Women in Camera and Lighting Panel

BAWIFM and SF State University’s Cinema Collective co-hosted a panel on Thursday April 26th with female directors, directors of photography and cinematography spoke about the industry. An excellent panel with excellent guests.

From Left to Right: Moderator Laura Valladao, Director of Photography Sophia Constantinou, Cinematographer Jessica Fisher, Director of Photography Kate Lin Ariz Mendi

From Left to Right: Kate Lin Ariz Mendi, (Excellent Panelist’s who’s card I forgot to grab) and Photographer and Director Van Nguyen-Stone

Left to Right: Excellent Panelist and Laura Valladao

From Left to Right: Jessica Fisher, Kate Lin Ariz Mendi,

Pixar Animator Mike Makarewicz’s Excellent Lecture Notes

Academy of Art alum, 8 year Pixar animator and all around swell guy Mike Makarewicz (MUH-KARE-UH-VITCH) gave a great talk at the 79 Montgomery theater on Saturday April 21st on the most important of the 12 animation principles to him: timing. It was an excellent talk. He spoke extensively on the subject, provided great film clip and musical examples, reviewed animation club member Brandon’s reel, and even gave a demo on how to animate Sully from “Monster’s, Inc.” Animation gold, I tell you. Here are my illustrated notes. You can also read some non-illustrated and equally helpful notes over at the Animation Club blog.

San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival

Tonight marked the final evening of the San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival. I volunteered in the office every week, working with executive director Scarlett Shepard. I had the opportunity to see “That’s What She Said” written by Kellie Overbey (“The Good Wife,” “Law and Order: SVU”) and directed by Carrie Preston (Arlene on “True Blood”). Friendly, lovely ladies and funny film. Check out the link here – it’s an official selection at Sundance and it will be released in theaters this fall.

Here are some sketches from the Q&A:

And here I am with Kellie and Carrie:

Links of Note: Toon In!…to the World of Animation…

Links of Note is a weekly post in which I offer a description of the links posted on the right side of this blog. Today I will be discussing Toon In!…to the World of Animation.

Toon In!…to the World of Animation is fabulous. Created by Tee Bosustow, son of Stephen Bosustow, Executive Producer for many of United Productions of America’s most beloved animated shorts, Mr. Bosustow interviewed many of the former and current heavyweights in the animation industry during the podcast’s 2006 to 2008 run, including voice acting maven June Foray, DreamWorks director Steve Hickner, Pixar/live action director Brad Bird, animator and author Tom Sito and even the late great Jules Engel. Along with several other industry professionals, he also helped coordinate the UPA Legacy Project, a feature documentary about the legendary studio, and was instrumental in the recent DVD release Jolly Frolics from Turner Classic Movies. 

Mr. Bosustow insists during his interviews that he knows little about animation, however his unbridled enthusiasm, easy-going manner and excellent Q&A sessions with his guests reveals a professionalism that all animators should aspire to. 

No word yet if this podcast will resume, but thanks to the internet the hard work and dedication of those involved with the site can be appreciated by students and fans of all aspects of animation. 

Image from  Toon In!…to the World of Animation

BAWIFM Mentor Meeting Sketches

I attended the BAWIFM Mentoring Event co-hosted by the Women’s Film Institute yesterday. It kicked off this year’s 8th Annual San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, an event I have been volunteering for since February. I’m looking forward to the films and enjoyed hearing the panelists. They discussed what it’s like financing and creating their own films, how to work effectively as a leader of a project, being a woman in the field and the importance of assembling a team. As Windy Borman, director of “Eyes of Thailand” stated – “hire slowly and fire quickly.”

Top Left – The Sign Language Interpreter
Center Top – Filmmaker and Historian Lynn Hershman Leeson
Top Right – Associate Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University Martha Gorzycki
Bottom –  Creative Consultant & Film Commissioner Ami Zins   

Top Left – The second Sign Language Interpreter
Center Top – Ambika, BAWIFM’s Moderator
Top Right – Director Windy Borman
Bottom – Pixar Story Manager Ryan Lynch

From Left to Right – Ambika, Ms. Borman, Ms. Gorzycki, Ms. Lynch,
Bottom Left to Right – Ms. Zins, Ms. Leeson

Links of Note: The Pixar Podcast

Links of Note is a weekly post in which I offer a description of the links posted on the right side of this blog. Today I will be discussing the Pixar Podcast.

I found the Pixar Podcast several months ago and it rapidly became one of my all-time online shows. Created by BYU student Derrick Clements, the Pixar Podcast offers news, film reviews and most fascinating to me, interviews with Pixarians and other notables in the industry. Some of the interviewees include Pixarians such as layout artist Craig Good, animator Austin Madison, animator Chris Chua, story artist Matthew Luhn, Pixar University’s Elyse Klaidman, Disney producer Don Hahn (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Atlantis to name a few) and ILM supervisor Hal Hickel (Rango and many other films).

Derrick’s love for all things Pixar shines through each episode and it’s a delight to hear about the inner workings of the studio each month. He also expands the world of Pixar to other projects that the studio is involved in, including reviews of Brad Bird’s Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Andrew Stanton’s John Carter. Most recently, he interviewed the buyers of the real-life Up house.

This is an excellent resource for animation students and for fans of fine film-making. Check it out here.

Image via the Pixar Podcast

Links of Note: The Animation Podcast

Links of Note is a weekly post in which I offer a description of the links posted on the right side of this blog. Today I will be discussing the Animation Podcast. Enjoy! 

Several years ago I came across an excellent podcast on iTunes called The Animation Podcast.

It was the first animation podcast that I found and still one of the best. Disney animator Clay Kaytis (animation supervisor on “Tangled”) interviews  the greats in the industry, including Andreas Deja (supervising animator for Tigger, Jafar, Scar), Eric Goldberg (supervising animator for the Genie), and Burny Mattison (story department for “Tarzan”, “Pocahontas”, “Aladdin”). His interviews are in depth and he asks interesting questions. He conducted the last podcast in 2008 however the website is still going strong and he continues to answer reader questions.

Check out the podcast here and feast your ears on animation gold.

Image via The Animation Podcast

Jennifer Yuh Nelson – The Most Successful Female Director in History

Brenda Chapman (an excellent animation director in her own right) posted a link to this great article about Jennifer Yuh Nelson – director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and the most successful female director in history. She is incredibly humble and talented – it’s exciting to know that there are directors out there as awesome as her. Keep up the good work, Jennifer!

Image via Manny the Movie Guy

Steve Hickner – Building Your Career

Here’s a great video that my friend sent me of a talk that Steve Hickner, Director of “Bee Movie” at DreamWorks Animation, gave at CTN Animation Expo last November. Great stuff. Take notes.

Building Your Career from Getting In to Getting It All from Creative Talent Network on Vimeo.

A job might last two to three years where as a career in the animation business is “a life”. Steve presents an engaging opportunity to build a point of view and help you get in this industry and continue to grow. ~Steve Hickner, Director DreamWorks Animation Studio