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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Uarts Junior Animation and Film Show

Tonight, in a program of animation and film students, animation won.
The culmination of a semesters work was screened at the Uarts Junior Animation and FIlm Show.
The first time any of them had tackled sustained storytelling (they had to be 1:30 to 2:00).
I had a class of fourteen, several of them from my previous semester at Uarts.
I'm sure their classmates won't mind me singling out Sean Glaze's "Fisthead" and Aaron Cowdery's "Da Hood Ass Adventures of Captain Ig'nant".
Both of these films were huge crowd pleasers and the crowd was most definately pleased.
Mr Glaze has animation (and music and a bunch of other talents) dribbling out of his skin and Mr Cowdery is the kind of class act any teacher would be pleased to see toiling away on his film.
Julia Altabef made an ambitious and accomplished multi media monster film "Wrath of Socks" and Mr Samuel Troyer showcased his terrific backgrounds with his Amish zombie film.
One of my favorite students of all time, Anamaria Solis, and my favorite cartoonist in the class, Candice Graham had films that could be described as dogs breakfasts but the crowd responded very well indeed to both of them so what the hell do I know?
Aleson Ho, a terrific illustrator and cartoonist threw together a surreal beastie of a film that I would to have to explain to you all one day.
Adam Murray made a really funny thing about a kid battling an arcade game that would have been even better if he was allowed to have Sean animate it for him (but really, well done matey : ).
Kev Kypers limped over the finish line with the soon to be spectacular "It Is Not A Duck" a smart and funny look at individuals in society.
Rosie Scandell whipped up a sand on glass extravaganza that looked as though she'd worked on it for months.
Bravo, Rosie!
With some encouragement (by which I mean harassment) Mr Dotson made a touching film about his autistic twin that I am sure will find some life online when he's tidied up his credits so they don't run longer than the film itself.
Thank you all for you hard work.
With all your other classes it's astonishing that you got anything done at all.
I hope to see most of your films online soon - feel free to tinker with them before you do.


UM said...

I want to see them!

roconnor said...

If I'm ever fortunate to lead a production or studio class again, we'd have a class blog as part of the curriculum.

One page, all the students would be required to upload their progress regularly for public scrutiny.

I'm offering this idea to you free of charge.

Elliot Cowan said...

I'll post them as they post them online, matey : )

Elliot Cowan said...

ROC - It is something I've considered several times, actually.
I've decided that as good an idea as it (and it really is) is I might be reluctant to load them with any extra work, regardless of how brief maintaining a blog might be.
These guys have SO much work to do beyond their films that it's extraordinary they get them finished at all.
It's my chief frustration as a lecturer.

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