This year MIAF has its very own space so you can
drop in, hang out, recuperate between screenings, catch up with
friends and colleagues, check out what's on, talk toons, buy a catalogue,
vote for your favourite film, grab a drink or something to nibble
on, and take in some special programming.
It will be the base for many of those ‘little
moments’ that make a festival memorable. See and be seen,
watch the filmmakers watching you, talk/ponder/think/argue animation.
It will host a number forums, special screenings and impromptu Q&As
throughout the festival. You should still keep your mobile phone
switched off but you can talk through the screenings.
You’ll find the Festival Club at the bottom
of the escalators just inside the Flinders St entrance.
Animation 101s will also
be held here, free of charge!
Short talks, screenings and Q&As... all in less than an hour.
A brilliant way to learn a lot about a very specific element of
the festival and hopefully provide a wider base to try and learn
more about animation in general.
Animation 101 #1: Wed 20 June
Chris Pahlow and Steph Brotchie are members of ‘D.I.Y. ART’
a small artistic collective established in 2005. Together they
have produced a series of independent films without any funding
or practical technical support including “Fraught”
which is playing in competition. Using
examples from their earlier films, they will address the ways
in which the absence of budget and/or industry experience forces
independent filmmakers to develop new ways of story-telling and
invent new economic animation and filmic techniques to convey
Animation 101 #2: Thu 21 June
Music & Animation:
“Rip” is a remarkable and charming
film – an ethereal melding of visual imagery and a specially
composed string quartet piece. Animator, Janette Goodey, is adamant
that the music was an equal element in the overall creation process
of “Rip”, a fundamental part of the film’s DNA.
The story of how these two elements
of the finished work developed as ‘equal partners’
during the film’s creation is an interesting one and highlights
the often overlooked importance of music to the success of many
animated films. Goodey and composer Claire Nash will talk about
this partnership of elements, their determination to give the
music and the imagery ‘equal billing’ and how this
work was completed.
Animation 101 #3: Fri 22 June
Guest Presentation: MAD
The multimedia animation and design (MAD) academy
was established in Adelaide in 1998. Specialising in training
students in 3D animation for a wide range of industrial and commercial
clients, the MAD Academy is an authorised Autodesk Training Centre
and is busy expanding its range of courses to capitalise on the
Autodesk Groups’ acquisition of Alias Wavefront | Maya.
MAD Academy’s Michael Kerylidis
will talk about the ACTUAL commercial animation environment that
students must be trained for, the skills they will need to join
the workforce and the kind of projects that they will find themselves
working on once they start drawing a paycheck.