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 Ã¢â‚¬“ 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 Ã¢â‚¬“ 6 pm
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 anglesÃ¢â‚¬”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 Ã¢â‚¬“ 4 pm
“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 OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Neill (Atom Entertainment), Sarah Phelps (eatPes.com), Rick Prelinger (Prelinger Archives), Fred Seibert (Frederator Studios/Channel Frederator) and Alex Williams (SplashCast).