Friday, January 26, 2007
Museum of the Moving Image will present “Your Career in Animation,” a seminar featuring six animation-industry professionals, including two Academy Award nominees, sharing their secrets of success. The event on Friday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. will include a panel discussion, screenings of the participants’ work, and a book signing by David B. Levy, author of Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, who organized the evening. Admission is $10 adults; $7.50 college students and senior citizens; $5 children 5-18; and free for Museum members. The panel discussion includes:
Ila Abramson, who began her career in production on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, operates I Spy Recruiting, a company that specializes in recruiting artists for animation and design studios. Clients include companies such as Digital Domain, Blue Sky Studios, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, and Psyop.
Alice Cahn, vice president of programming and development for Cartoon Networks kids businesses, is responsible for discovering and cultivating a variety of new original series and specials for the network’s upcoming Tickle U, a programming block for preschoolers. Previously, Ms. Cahn was a development executive at Sesame Workshop.
Traci Paige Johnson is head designer, co-creator, and co-executive producer of Blues Clues, the popular and innovative series for preschoolers that is broadcast on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr.
Bill Plympton, independent animator, was nominated for two Academy Awards for his short films The Face and Guard Dog. His work appears on MTV Networks. He has completed four feature length animated films, The Tune, I Married a Strange Person, Mutant Aliens, and High Hair, as well as the live action features J. Lyle and Guns on the Clackamas.
Michael Sporn, a professional animator since 1972, worked with such legendary artists as John and Faith Hubley and Richard Williams (“Raggedy Ann and Andy”) before forming his own company. His work ranges from children's book adaptations, which exactly reproduce the illustrators' styles, to wholly original creations as well as for-hire commercial jobs. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Doctor Desoto, an animated children’s short.
The discussion will be moderated by David B. Levy, an award-winning independent filmmaker and animation director for Nickelodeon's Blue’s Clues, Blue’s Room, and the Noggin Channel’s Pinky Dinky Doo. His animation has been seen on Saturday Night Live and HBO, and he is currently the supervising animation director for the Blue’s Clues spin-off show, Blues Room. He has lectured and taught at Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts, and New York University and is president of the New York chapter of Association International du Film d’Animation (ASIFA). His new book, Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, surveys the field and shares the advice of more than one hundred professionals in the business of making animation.
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The Museum of the Moving Image is grateful for the generous support of numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Museum receives vital funding from the City of New York through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Additional government support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Natural Heritage Trust (administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation), and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum occupies a building owned by the City of New York, and wishes to acknowledge the leadership and assistance of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate D. Levin, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn, and City Council Member Eric N. Gioia.
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