Listening to: Mixed Music from iTunes
Reading: An Elmore Leonard novel
Watching: Battlestar Galactica (Season Two)
With this online art community, we have a unique opportunity to connect with our kindred. We must avail ourselves of this experience, for it may never come again.
Congratulations to director George Miller, and Warner Bros for winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature of the Year, with HAPPY FEET!
Well done! They managed to best the giant, Pixar. Well deserved, since I personally feel CARS is Pixar's weakest effort to date. And HAPPY FEET out-charms, and also highlights a more important cause. Route 66 rocks, but Penguins rule! LOL!
And CONGRATULATIONS to Torill Kove for winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film of the Year, with THE DANISH POET!
KUDOS! In a category and industry now heavily laden with over-produced digital animation, this traditionally rendered, simplistically beautiful work proves that an important animation method is NOT dead, and can still achieve amidst an increasingly technical landscape. May this give some hope to so many brilliant veteran and younger animators who feel threatened that their beloved art form is obsolete. I say 'art form' since the continual "exclusivity" of digital production has so unfairly distanced hand-drawn animation within its own genre.
I'd rather think that Technology merely kills its own. Each new machine replaces the older model, leaving the Purpose inviolate. I'm less disturbed by the obsoletion of Rotoscoping, or Film Photography (even with their elements of remarkable creativity) than I am with Technology callously and unwisely supplanting a more intimate artistic expression.
As I've said, the STORY is the heart of any great work, and there are many tools in the box with which to tell the story. Tell the story well enough, and it really shouldn't matter which tools we use. But why ignore the still-worthy pencil, pen, and brush in order to devote oneself to a computer?
You are the artist, whether animator, or illustrator. Select what canvas on which to paint. And express yourself with your heart's desire, your mind's imagination, and ALL the instruments within the reach of your fingertips.