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Master animator gives Animae thumbs up
A surprise was waiting for guests who attended the official opening of Animae Caribe 2013 at the Hyatt Regency on Monday evening.
Just after the welcome and greetings, Stan Lee—famous for his Marvel heroes like Spiderman—appeared on a big screen at the front of the podium.
“It takes creative passion to bring a dream to life,” Lee said at the opening of the festival, which is now in its 12th year. “Animae is for the Caribbean, for the world.”
His appearance was punctuated by enthusiastic applause from the audience who included British High Commissioner Arthur Snell, TT Film Company board member Michael Cherrie, and Anthony Phills and design and technology solutions creator, who was responsible for connecting Animae Caribe with the legendary animator.
Monday’s event also included the screening of short pieces before sponsors, partners and international guests. Their presence clearly demonstrated their support for the Festival and brought the first day of events to a successful end.
Earlier in the day, secondary school students visited the UTT’s creative campus at John D in Port of Spain, to participate in seminars and listen to some of the animators who are here to share the power of animation.
Students of St James Secondary School were particularly interested in stop motion animation.
Kathi Zung, whose career began at MTV Animation, creating puppets for the series Celebrity Deathmatch, explained the behind the scenes to the students.
“These puppets are not like the Muppets you see on TV, that use hands to move their heads and mouths. In fact these puppets are screwed onto an animation table and pictures are taken of them with every movement,” she said. “That’s 32 frames per second, 68,000 pictures for a one-hour film.”
Zung has been making models and puppets in the stop motion animation industry for 15 years. In addition to her work at MTV, her work in foam and silicone have appeared in commercials and films for clients such as Nike, HBO, Nickelodeon, Kmart, NBC and McDonald’s.
After explaining the pain staking task of creating an aluminium frame, moulding and reshooting the puppets with every slight movement, Zung said it is worth it.
“Why would anyone go through such trouble? Because of then quality and personality that comes through stop motion animation. That feeling you get…it’s magical on its own.”
Today’s schedule for Animae Caribe
UTT Academy for Performing Arts, NAPA
New digital trends, E-publishing, Interactivity for Caribbean Content
For writers, illustrators and content creators. Digital downloads now offer a new paradigm for the storyteller. E-publishing and marketing strategies that work. Featuring Bahalia Publishing director Tim Demeter, Adrian Allen of Anansi Web Series and Anthony Phills from Caribbean Commerce Magazine. Facilitated by Joanne Johnson.
11 am—3 pm
Demi-Books Interactive E-book Design
Workshop to create an interactive animated e-book by Bahalia Publishing Marketing Director Tim Demeter. iPad users needed for this workshop
Cultural Content Creation
Adrian Allen of Anansi Web Series.
Content for all platforms. From story to script, to online platforms.
Technology made simple. Content creation for online platforms using interactive technology. Workshop using Kinect technology with Dr Michael Smith.
Mobile Development 101
Anthony Phills - From Concept to Deployment
For anyone who wants to know the basic outline and process needed to develop a mobile app service solution.
Digital Guardian—Digital information platform
Carigamers—Gamers group of T&T
Heroes Foundation—Local Comic display/demo
TTAN—T&T Animation Network.
Microsoft - Technology display.
Art of Animation Exhibition*
Curated by Nikolai Noel & Luiz Vasquez
National Museum, POS
Wine and conversation with selected digital media and traditional artists
5 - 8 pm
UTT, John D Campus
AC DARK NIGHT*
Screening of Adult “Dark” Animations
Studio Lounge Rumours, Tragarete Rd
Curated by Arnaldo James
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