Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Featurette about Tim Burton's upcoming "Frankenweenie"

Tim Burton reunites with actors Catherine O'Hara, Wynona Ryder and Martin Landau for "Frankenweenie."

Here's a featurette about the making of the film.

And, if you'd like to see what I thought of films like "Compliance" "Lawless" and "Cabin in the Woods," go visit your Resident Film Snob.

Drawing for beginners series to begin at KCKCC on Oct. 9

A series of six Drawing for Beginners classes will be offered at Kansas City Kansas Community College starting Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Drawing for beginners series to begin at KCKCC on Oct. 9 courtesy Kansas City Kansan.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Bugs, Daffy, Porky, and all their friends are back with new episodes of The Looney Tunes Show, next Tuesday at 8/7c on Cartoon Network! Click play and hit the comments to let us know YOUR favorite word to describe The Looney Tunes Show!
Dylan Dietz
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Annual Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF) October 5-11


We are gearing up for the 12th Annual Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF) October 5-11, 2012 at the Glenwood Arts in Overland Park, Kansas.  KIFF is a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit, specializing in showcasing Independent films, featuring over 50 Documentary and Narrative films for the week from all over the world.

The normal price for a pass before Sept. 21st is $50.00 and after that it is $60.00; otherwise, general admission rates apply. Festival pass holders are seated before general admission.

For further information and to arrange interviews, please Reply to this email or contact Brian Mossman at (913) 642-4410.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Earlier today you saw what Courses SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 will have, now check out what the Symposium on Apps has in store!

The Symposium on Apps program at SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 aims to cover the development, technology, and marketing of mobile applications, including but not limited to computer graphics software and hardware, games, augmented reality, location-based services, animation, and social networking.
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Sit down, relax, and get ready for some fun! Here are 75 typography tutorials to quench your type thirst:

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

MAPA October Meeting at IFC

The Independent Film Commission has invited us on October 3 to sit in with their group, show some of the short films from the Animation Celebration and talk about being an animator in the Midwest! If you can make it, here is another opportunity for local artists to shine and to meet local filmmakers in your area!

October 3, 2012
6:00 PM
Westport Coffee House
4010 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, Missouri 64111-3010

Please join us for this collaborative event!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Animation Celebration Recap

It's really taken me a week to gather all my wonderful thoughts on MAPA's first Animation Celebration, presented by CinemaKC.  It was overwhelming and humbling to see a community of artists come together in such a spectacular venue, the Boulevard Drive-in. (Thank you Brian and Wes Neal!)  The wonderfully cool evening after the long, hot drought of 2012 set the tone perfectly for what was to become one of the most memorable nights of my life.  (Special thanks for co-host Michelle Davidson for keeping my nerves cool.)

Thank you Kansas City for supporting our amazingly talented animators.  Here is the final line up for the evening:

Student Program (Special thanks to Doug Hudson, Chair of the Animation Department, Kansas City Art Institute and Vonda Yarberry, Professor of Art & Design, Missouri State University)
“Spooky Ghost” by Ryan Comiskey, Kansas City Art Institute
“Pillow Fight” by Matt Arnold, Missouri State University
“Elm” by Mike McCubbins, Kansas City Art Institute
“Mannequin” by Art Wiesen III, Missouri State University
“Hell for Bread” by Trent Coffin, Kansas City Art Institute
“Apollo Trailer” by Missouri State University, in associate with Electronic Arts
“Remix” by Douglas Meloche, Kansas City Art Institute
“The Adventures of Malachi Winter: Chapter 1” by Thomas Beard, Missouri State University
“Luchadorable” by Ryan Tonner, Kansas City Art Institute
“Morning Rush” by Bintner, Missouri State University
“Zorgo” by Josephfilm, Missouri State University

CAPS: An Inside Look
Segment produced by Leah Karchin, Interactive Design Instructor at the Center for Advanced ProfessionalStudies (CAPS), Blue Valley Schools

The Films of the Broadmoor Technical Center, (Special thanks to Bryan Johnson, Animation and Interactive Media Instructor, Shawnee Mission School District)
“1969 Dodge Charger” by Sam McManness
“Final Project” by Daniela Sanchez
“Eva” by Daniela Sanchez
“Animation” by Daniela Sanchez
“”My Jeep” by Daniela Sanchez
“Presenting the Ford Model T!” by Rachel Traul
“Rocket Fuel” by Josh Glenn
“Chess Club” by Sam McManness

The Films of ReelSpirit, (special thanks to Barbara Noble, Director)
“Billy and Blob and Billy Blob” by Emily Perisho, Elementary
“Kaleidoscope Heart” by Christina Waddle, Colleen Wouters & Lauren Larkins, Middle School
“The Hungry Car” by Tobin Wise, Elementary
“The Hungry Monsters” by Morgan Wehner, Elementary
“Mr. Prickles Explodes” by Owen Bailey
“Beautiful Changes” by Evan Williams & Robin Brudage, Middle School
“Fire Tractor” by Evan Miller, Elementary
“Un-erasable Friendship” by Emma Moore, Rachel Dustman, Donna Borer & Haley Burge, Middle School
“Nursery News at 5:00” by Kathleen Didion, age 12

Professional Program
“Follow the Sun” by MK12
“Beach Bums” by Bazillion Studios
“Demo Reel 2011” by T2+BackAlley Films
“Descendant” by Dan Wood, Architect at Populous
“World Builder” by Bruce Branit of BranitFX

Independent Program (some student submissions moved to this program because of content)
“Another Dress, Another Button” by Lyn Eliott
“Aliens in Wonderland” by Jim McCullough
How to Put a Square Peg into a Round Hole,” or “Square Peg” by Mary C. Taylor (thanks for the T.V. time)
“Again and Again” by Jim McCullough
“Corporate City” by Trent Coffin
“Vanishing Twin” by Rhianna James, Kansas City Art Institute
Handheld Monster by Alison Dixon, Kansas City Art Institute
“Clocked In” by Issac AhLoe, Kansas City Art Institute
“Space,” “Bubbles & Blankets” and “Familiarity of the Stranger” by Brodie Rush
“History of America” by MK12

The folks that make it possible

MAPA would like to thank all of our area sponsors:
The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City
The Film Society of Greater Kansas City
Independent Filmmaker's Coalition
Kansas City Women in Film and TV
Reel Spirit
Thank You Walt Disney
UMKC Film Department
41 Action News
Women of the Motion Picture Industry
Blue Valley North Caps Program, Blue Valley Schools
The Broadmoor Technical Center, Shawnee Mission School District
Missouri State University
The Kansas City Art Institute

But we're not done promoting animation in the Midwest, so stay tuned for future MAPA seminars and shows promoting the very best in special FX and animation from the Heartland.  Let's make next year's event even bigger and more spectacular!  Submissions begin March 15, 2013.

Dylan Dietz
Director, Midwest Association of Professional Animators (MAPA)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Animation Celebration Review: MAPA Loves Bennie and Ike

Thanks to everyone who made the first MAPA Animation Celebration a huge success!  We certainly have a very talented and cutting-edge industry growing right here in the heart of the Midwest.

I am proud to report we had 102 cars show up for our event Saturday night.  Proceeds go to support the ongoing work of CinemaKC and to get MAPA a step closer to our goal of non-profit status.

Thank YOU Kansas City and to Wes and Brian at the Boulevard Drive-in for hosting this amazing event.  We also thank the more than 30 animators who contributed work to this show and will include a full list of all the films this week on the blog.

But before we congratulate those whose work was seen at the Celebration, here are two that got left out.  For whatever reason, the artwork of Bennie Thompson and "Clocked in" by Isaac Ahloe both flaked out of the program.  So in honor of Ike and Bennie, below are some of their work. 

Clocked In: Isaac Ahloe 2011 from KCAI Animation on Vimeo.