AWN Oscar Tour Travelogue
Day 3 of the LA leg of the Oscar Showcase Tour finished up with a screening for The Simpsons production crew.
Day 2 in LA concludes with a screening at the Motion Picture Academy hosted and moderated by Jason Schwartzman.
Day 2 in Los Angeles continues at Disney Feature Animation, highlighted by a studio tour with John Musker.
The SoCal leg of Oscar® Showcase Tour kicked off with a screening Monday night at Woodbury University, sponsored and organized by ASIFA-Hollywood.
Gain insight into each of the Oscar-nominated animated shorts directors in these exclusive interviews on AWN.com.
The main subject of discussion is Mr. Peabody and Sherman. The story of the sophisticated dog genius and his adopted boy companion spans back to the 50’s, originally part of the Rocky and Bullwinkle animated series.
Day 1 of the Northern California leg of the AWN Oscar® Showcase Tour begins in San Francisco. First stop - Electronic Arts.
Bob Balser, the animation director on Yellow Submarine, and his wife Cima share their impressions of the Oscar Showcase DreamWorks studio visit.
Each year on the Oscar Showcase Tour, our day at DreamWorks is always great. The studio goes out of its way to provide a full day of demonstrations, a great lunch with executives and a packed screening of the nominated shorts. Of all the stops on the tour, DreamWorks always shares the most detailed and intimate look at films in progress, which for an assembly of animation directors and producers, is always a welcome treat. This year was no different.
Fresh from our morning at the ARL, we were greeted in the lobby of Disney’s whimsical animation building by Stephanie Morse, Talent Development Coordinator. She ushered the nominees into the screening theater for a quick introduction. Then, leaving the lunchtime crowd to watch the nominated shorts, our band set out on a fast-paced tour of the neighboring Disney lot.
Thursday morning found our traveling band of Oscar short animation nominees and AWN staff trekking eastward for a morning at the Animation Resource Library (ARL). The definitive, company-owned archive for all Disney production materials, ARL is something of an in-house secret, playing host to over 60 million pieces of original production artwork.
Paramount Studios is one of the oldest and most venerable of the big Hollywood studios. While the studio has been distributing animated films for some time through its relationship with DreamWorks, only announced last July it announced it was getting back into the animation production business. Our group spent the entire day on the lot and were not disappointed.
Wednesday afternoon found the Oscar shorts nominees at 20th Century Fox's sprawling backlot, located in the heart of Century City. After checking in at the Little Theater, used by the studio for on-site screenings, it was off for some behind-the-scenes looks at one of television's biggest studios.
Next stop on our whirlwind Oscar-nominee tour was Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Imageworks, which share a campus not five minutes from the main Sony lot.
Bright and early on Wednesday morning, the directors and producers from three of this year's Oscar-nominated animated shorts joined AWN and tour organizer Ron Diamond on the Sony Pictures studio lot.
Dolby Digital in San Francisco and Karl Cohen hosted the last Bay Area Oscar Tour screening for ASIFA San Francisco members. The filmmakers greeted ASIFA members in the lobby and talk about their films before the screening began. Marcy Page, producer of Wild Life, joined us for the evening.
Friday is here and we continue at Pixar with the third and last day of our Bay Area tour. It is another gorgeous day as we drive onto the Emeryville campus.
As we made our way from PDI/DreamWorks up to George Lucas' Big Rock Ranch, we took a short pause to take in the spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge.