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Spark Animation ’09

Spark 09

Spark Animation ’09 is taking place next week in Vancouver. I wasn’t blown away by the line-up for the event’s first year, but this second time around they’ve brought together an exciting and diverse group of industry bigshots including DreamWorks director Conrad Vernon, David Fine of Bob and Margaret fame, Blue Sky art director Michael Knapp, Pixar production designer Ricky Nierva, The Secret of Kells co-director Tomm Moore, and feature animators like Dave Burgess and Chris Wiliams. There are also discussion panels and film screenings including $9.99, Mary and Max, The Secret of Kells, and Azur and Asmar. The event is industry-centric–no surprise because it’s being put on by SIGGRAPH–but there is a definite need for an event like this on the West Coast, and Vancouver is a lovely place to host it. The schedule and single-ticket/full pass info can be found on the SIGGRAPH Vancouver website. If any reader wants to send some notes about how it goes next week, I’d be interested in hearing about it.

  • I’l be heading over to the showings of “Frank and Ollie”, “Jungle Book”, and “Iron Giant” this year.

    I was hoping more of a 20th anniversary showing for something like “Little Mermaid” and the Wallace and Gromit shorts rather than “Jungle Book” though.

  • Hello Amid, I’ll be volunteering all week for this event and will be posting a review on my blog about it. Better yet, check out “The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation” author Ken Priebe’s blog in a week or so:, I’m sure he’ll have a great review. Can’t even begin to say how much I’ll be looking forward to this!

  • Thanks Kara! Yes, though I’m only able to attend a few select parts of the festival myself, I’ll surely have some things to say about it on my blog. I’m also glad to be a part of the Vancouver Siggraph committee that’s been planning this event. Thanks Amid for mentioning it.