This Month's Contributors

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Marie Beardmore
is a London-based freelance journalist who specializes in writing about the international animation industry. She is also developing her own animation projects which include a children's series for 4-9 year olds and an animated sitcom.

Jerry Beck is a cartoon historian, writer and animation studio executive. He was editor of The 50 Greatest Cartoons (Turner), recently co-wrote Warner Bros. Animation Art (Levin) and is currently a freelance writer and consultant through his own company, Cartoon Research Co.

Keith Bradbury lectures in the History and Theory of Art at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia.

Alina Chau, Hiu Fan is an international student from Hong Kong. She is in the Master of Fine Art (MFA) program majoring in Animation at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Frank Foster is a founding vice president at Sony Pictures Imageworks. His computer film contributions include sequences in such feature films as: Speed, Johnny Mnemonic, The Craft and Contact. He is currently directing the High Definition documentary film The Story of Computer Graphics, a feature-length production from the SIGGRAPH organization.

Gigi T.Y. Hu is a Ph.D candidate at the University of Hong Kong, Department of Comparative Literature. She is currently a visiting researcher at Sophia University, Institute of Comparative Culture. In 1996, she co-founded the First Singapore Animation Fiesta.

Wendy Jackson is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

Heather Kenyon is editor-in-chief of Animation World Magazine.

Andrea Martignoni is an Italian musician and researcher. He is currently involved in studying the various aspects of the relationship between music, sound, and image in animation films.

Philippe Moins is co-director of the Animation Festival of Brussels, for which he organized one of the first retrospectives of William Kentridge at any animation festival. He is the regular animation reporter for the daily Belgian newspaper Le Matin (The Morning Paper).

Prakash S. Moorthy
is an independent animation film maker based in Kerala, India.

Barry Purves
is a Manchester-based filmmaker. Through his production company, Bare Boards Productions, he has directed several stop-motion animated films and commercials, including Next, Screen Play, Rigoletto and Achilles.

Karen Raugust is the author of several books and reports on licensing and entertainment, including The Licensing Business Handbook, International Licensing: A Status Report (both available from EPM Communications, New York) and Merchandise Licensing for the Television Industry (available from Focal Press, Newton, Mass.). She also writes about licensing, animation and other topics for publications including The Hollywood Reporter, Publishers Weekly and Animation Magazine, and acts as a consultant to the licensing and entertainment industries. She is the former executive editor of The Licensing Letter.

Rada Sesic is a film critic and director, who lived in Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. In the beginning of the war she fled to the Netherlands where she writes for film magazines. Recently she finished the short film, Room Without A View.

John Southall is Research Fellow in Animation at Southampton Institute and is responsible for the running and development of SIIARA. He has researched and published on contemporary animation production in Britain. Currently he is researching animated film in the Second World War.

Glenn Vilppu teaches figure drawing at the American Animation Institute, the Masters program of the UCLA Animation Dept., Walt Disney Feature Animation and Warner Bros. Feature Animation, and is being sent to teach artists at Disney TV studios in Japan, Canada and the Philippines. Vilppu has also worked in the animation industry for 18 years as a layout, storyboard and presentation artist. His drawing manual and video tapes are being used worldwide as course materials for animation students.

Pat Raine Webb is a freelance researcher, writer and programmer in animated film with 20 years experience in the animation industry. She is vice president of ASIFA UK and publishes the group's quarterly magazine Dope Sheet.

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