Amid@Platform

Platform Animation Festival

I’m still recovering from Annecy but the Platform Festival is coming up in Portland in a few days and it promises to be another intense animation-heavy week. Jerry has already offered his appearance schedule for Platform so I thought I’d offer a list of programs I’m involved with up there. For those of you who prefer Jerry- and Amid-free animation events, you’ll be pleased to know there’s plenty of those as well, including promising presentations by Smith & Foulkes, James Jarvis, Scott McCloud, Henry Selick, and Aardman founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord. Here’s what I’ll be doing:

Tuesday, June 26, 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Northwest Film Center: Whitsell Auditorium / Portland Art Museum
Design Daze: Mid-Century Modern Design: A screening of rare Fifties animated shorts including the superb John Hubley/Bill Hurtz industrial More Than Meets the Eye, a 35mm print of Ward Kimball’s Melody and the Ronald Searle-designed Energetically Yours.

Wednesday, June 27, 4:30 pm – 6 pm
Winningstad Theatre
Tom Oreb, the Man of a Thousand Designs: An in-depth examination of Tom Oreb’s work as a designer. His designs will be examined from all angles—what his responsibilities were as a designer and character stylist, how his work was interpreted by the animation crew, and how character design fits into the broader context of a film’s production design.

Thursday, June 28
2:30 pm – 4 pm
Winningstad Theatre
“Work for Free! Getting Your Work Out There on the Web”: My name isn’t listed on the program but I think I’ll be participating on this panel. The panelist lineup would be quite solid even without my inclusion. It includes Megan O’Neill (Atom Entertainment), Sarah Phelps (eatPes.com), Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Archives), Fred Seibert (Frederator Studios/Channel Frederator) and Alex Williams (SplashCast).