Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.4, July1997

Events & Exhibits

Fred Schodt To Speak On Manga. Japanese animation and pop culture expert Fred Schodt will present a talk titled "Dreamland Japan: Comics and Japan's New Visual Culture" on Thursday July 3, 1997 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Airport. Schodt, the author of the book Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga, will examine in his talk the manga phenomena, and trace the history of comics up until the explosive global industry it has become today. This event is presented by the Japan America Society (JAS) in association with Stonebridge Press and Anime Expo. Reservations are required, and tickets are $15 for JAS members, $25 for non-members and guests. For information call (213) 627-6217 ext 17, before June 27. This issue of Animation World Magazine features an interview with Fred Schodt who will discuss the cultural origins of Japan's manga craze.

Animated Residencies & Exhibs At MOMI. London's Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) is now accepting applications for its annual Animators in Residence program. Presented in association with Channel 4, the program will select four recent graduates (within the last 5 years) with "talent and a good idea for an animated film" for a three month residency in the musuem's fully-equipped animation studio. A total budget of £4,400 will go towards production of the animators' films, which will be considered for commission by Channel 4's commissioning editor, Clare Kitson. Past participants in the program include Anthony Hodgson, whose Combination Skin was subsequently commissioned for Channel 4. The entry deadline is August 22 for the next residency. For an application form, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Yvette Burrows, Animation Administrator, Museum of the Moving Image, BFI on the South Bank, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT.
Animators in the residency program work in a glass studio inside the museum, incorporated into the zoetrope-shaped animation display room, as a "live exhibit." What a way to work! In addition to their permanent collection of animation artwork, MOMI has two major animation exhibits on display this summer. Running June 10 through November 11 is "Gerald Scarfe Meets Walt Disney," a collection of designs and illustrations created by Gerald Scarfe for the art direction on Disney's "Hercules," a film which is set for U.K. release this fall. "Candy Guard: Animation Artwork" is a collection of original animation drawings by Candy Guard, an animator who has received much acclaim lately for her Channel 4 series Pond Life.

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