MR. LAWRENCE

There are two great events happening this Saturday in Los Angeles. Both are opposite each other at 3pm and I’m somewhat involved with each one.The first is the one I will be hosting for Asifa-Hollywood at the AFI. “A Quiet Afternoon With Mr. Lawrence” will showcase the work of local animator Doug Lawrence (aka Mr. Lawrence).plankton1.jpgLawrence is a director, writer, creator, layout artist, puppeteer, live action independent filmmaker, comedian and actor. I first met Doug when he was a layout artist on the original Ren & Stimpy in 1991. He has since gone on to be one of the principal creatives on ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE (and voiced the nerdy Filbert character). He’s since directed THE TWISTED TALES OF FELIX THE CAT and wrote for numerous other cartoon shows – spending the last several years on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS as a director and writer (and the voice of evil Plankton).Lawrence has also created live action series, made award winning independent live action comedy shorts and performed in comedy clubs around Los Angeles. On Saturday at the AFI, we will screen Doug’s hilarious Film Roman pilot HAIR BALLS, and several other rareties from his animation career, as well as his latest live action short, VOICEOVER. Doug will also discuss his career in Hollywood and tell you how it really works.Meanwhile, over at GOLDEN APPLE, an IRON GIANT reunion and DVD signing event will be taking place. I assisted Bill Leibowitz in contacting artists to attend this event – and tried my best to get Bill to change the date & time – but he was insistent on doing it this Saturday and putting my name on the flyer, despite my telling him I had other plans that day. Unfortunetly Bill passed away a few weeks ago – and the show must go on. We expect a huge crowd of animators and fans. I will be showing up around 5:30pm or so.I report… you decide. But I hope you’ll join us at 3pm Saturday at one of these events.