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Academy Presents “An Animation Showcase” in NYC April 24-May 29

Academy Presents "An Animation Showcase" in NYC April 24-May 29

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” an animation series that takes place April 24th through May 29th, 2015, in New York.  Aimed at highlighting the techniques that make up the craft of animation, the program will use a variety of panels and screenings to explain and explore hand-drawn, stop-motion and CGI animation.

The series will open with a presentation featuring the animation studio LAIKA’s creative team behind the Academy Award-nominated Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014).  The showcase will also include a conversation with members of Blue Sky Studios about their CGI work, a program on the history of silent animation in New York and will close with a sneak preview of Disney-Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out.

For up to date information on An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI, or to purchase tickets please visit the Academy’s event pages:

The Nuts and Bolts of Stop Motion: The Artistry and Ingenuity of LAIKA – April 24th at 7pm. A look at what (and who) was behind LAIKA’s first three feature films: Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012) and The Boxtrolls (2014), with LAIKA’s Creative Supervisor of Puppet Fabrication Georgina Hayns; Annie Award-winning Director of Rapid Prototype Brian McLean, one of Variety’s 2012 “Animation Elite”; and VFX supervisor Steve Emerson, who worked on The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline. At The Academy Theatre, 111 East 59th Street. 

The Anatomy of an Animation Studio: An Evening with Blue Sky – May 12th at 7pm. The team behind the Ice Age and Rio franchises, as well as the upcoming The Peanuts Movie will take the audience on a journey through the CGI creative process using clips and storyboards to unveil the magic of Blue Sky Studios. At The Academy Theatre, 111 East 59th Street.

The History of Silent and Early Sound New York Animation – May 19th at 7pm. Join film archivist and historian Tommy Stathes with a comprehensive look at the early cartoons created in New York City between 1900 and the late 1920s. The first portion of the program will have live jazz accompaniment, and the show will culminate with screenings of the first sound-on-film cartoon to be produced in New York, Paul Terry’s Dinner Time (1928), and finally, Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie (1928), the Hollywood production commonly considered to be the first fully synchronized sound cartoon. At The Academy Theatre, 111 East 59th Street.

A Sneak Peek of Disney-Pixar’s INSIDE OUT – May 29th at 7pm  Director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera will share behind-the-scenes details about Pixar’s latest feature, its inspiration and what it took to bring it to the big screen. At The School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23rd Street.

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