I’ll share my thoughts on the Platform festival in a bit, but first, a few snaps from this past week. As you can probably tell from these few photos, it was quite the star-studded deal. If you want to check out even more photos, FPS magazine has two great sets posted onto Flickr: one by Jason Vanderhill and another by Tamu Townsend. The official Platform photographers also have hundreds of photos posted onto Picasa. Also if you have other photos that really need to be posted up here, you can send them to me.
JJ Sedelmaier is startled to see me in person as he reads Cartoon Brew on his laptop.
Jerry Beck moderates a fine panel about Basil Wolverton. Panelists from left to right are Monte Wolverton, Kenny Scharf and Marv Newland.
The amazing directing duo Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes with PES’s producer Sarah Phelps.
Stop-mo powerhouses Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero of Screen Novelties fame are captured in the middle of a delicate business negotiation.
It was invigorating to see painter Kenny Scharf and other artists from non-animation disciplines participating in the festival.
Plympton collaborator Lisa LaBracio gets her twisted kicks by stealing the hats of important animation historians.
Installations and performance art were big items at this year’s Platform as evidenced by this balloon installation created in Biljana Labovic’s hair. Jessica Plummer (c.) and Pat Smith don’t know quite what to think.
Gunnar Strom (l.) tells Steve Segal about all of the wondrous sights to see in Norway…all three of them.
Danny Antonucci (right) and A.K.A. co-workers Hyuck (c.) and Dan Sioui admire vintage motorcycles hanging in the air at this fine Portland bar.
Jennifer Shiman, creator of the popular Flash series 30 Second Bunnies Theatre and her fiance.
*Frederator exec Eric Homan points out that there’s a Flickr set from Frederator’s Drinking & Drawing event. And remember, at the end of the day, we’re all one big happy family in the animation world.
* Filmmaker and historian John Canemaker has sent in a couple pics from his presentation with Marge Champion, the dancer and choreographer who provided the live-action reference for Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
In this second pic, Canemaker writes that, “The child in the shot is Ava Jenkins, Ward Jenkins‘s little girl. Marge is telling her that she once worked with a girl at MGM named Ava: Ava Gardner!”
* And here’s a tip: if you’re not feeling well and have a long lecture coming up about Tom Oreb, you probably shouldn’t be doing this right before your presentation. The photo is by Matt Tamaru who’s posting some nice shots on his Flickr, including pics of Joel Trussell, Bill Plympton and Will Vinton.
* Brooke Keesling has sent in a couple terrific photos. This first one has from left to right: Brooke, Jerry Beck, Nick exec Eric Coleman and PBS exec Linda Simensky.
And this one is Brooke, myself, John Canemaker and Ward Jenkins.
* A nice Platform photo set by Eric Urban