May 1999, Independent Animation &
Recruiting and Jobs

Animation World will greet the spring by focusing on Independent Animation. Maureen Furniss will discuss the new wave of films hitting the festival circuit that are studio supported. David Kilmer will profile the fascinating life and times of director Paul Fierlinger, who spent his youth divided between the US and Czechoslovakia during the height of the Cold War. Harvey Deneroff will highlight the folks behind the scenes that promote independent animation. From festival directors to television programmers just due will be given. Directors John Schnall and Steven Dovas will discuss the current independent scene in New York City. We are also starting a new feature where five short films and commercials will be reviewed each and every month by Wendy Jackson, our former Associate Editor. On the jobs and recruiting side of things we will survey professionals to glean their insight into the market's future and will also cover an event taking place on April 1, 1999 in the San Fernando Valley, where animation professionals are coming together to talk about the Union, the current employment crunch and how studios manage their staff.

We will also feature a behind the scenes sneak peak of the new, state-of-the-art Spiderman ride in Orlando, Florida and a special profile of Bill Littlejohn by animation voice legend June Foray. Andrew Osmond will reveal what collector David Wyatt found one day at the London library. Here's a is currently touring with "Disney's Unseen Treasures." Jules Engle will explain his teaching techniques in the Student Corner. MIP TV will be reviewed by Paco Rodríguez, Manager of PPM MultiMedia, and Michel Ocelot's film Kirikou and the Sorceress will be reviewed by Philippe Moins. Jeff Williams, AWN webmaster, is going to put Dreamweaver 2 and Fireworks 2 to the test. Plus, a number of current books will be reviewed.

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