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Animator Richard Williams Kicks Off Academy Exhibit Oct. 4

A new exhibition mounted by the Academy opens Friday, October 4, with a special presentation from Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams, including discussion and clips from his work.


Animator Richard Williams will be giving a talk on his career at the Academy's theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 4, at 7:00 p.m. The event, part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, kicks off the opening of a new exhibition, Richard Williams: Master of Animation. Tickets are $5 general, $3 for students and Academy members, and will go on sale online on September 3.

The exhibit, on view through December 22, 2013, is a visual tour through Williams’ career that showcases his master class approach to the art of animation. Comprised of 12 unique zones, the exhibit is accompanied by matching chapters from Richard Williams's new iPad App, show aspiring animators and pros alike how to direct animation and how Williams approaches character movement, dialogue, animal action and more. Exhibit hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends noon to 6 p.m.

Voted "The Animators' Animator" by his peers in The Observer, Canadian-born animator Richard Williams has amassed more than 250 international awards for his work.

Williams won an Oscar in 1988 for Visual Effects for his groundbreaking work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and received a Special Achievement Award from the Academy for the animation direction of the film. He previously had won an Academy Award in 1972 for the animated short, A Christmas Carol.

Today, after five-plus decades in the industry, Williams continues to practice his art. In 2010 he completed a short film he began more than 57 years ago, Circus Drawings. He is also training new generations of animators through his master classes, and his book and DVD set, The Animator's Survival Kit.

Presented as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, Williams will discuss the work that has inspired him and the people who have influenced him. Some of Williams's favorite clips will be shown to illustrate the artistic and emotional range of this amazing medium, from the charm of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the imagination of Fantasia to the stylized sophistication of Rooty Toot Toot and the subtlety of expression in Toy Story.

Williams will also enlighten audiences about his own work through clips from The Little Island, The Charge of the Light Brigade, A Christmas Carol, The Return of the Pink Panther, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Circus Drawings and the first theatrical trailer for The Thief and the Cobbler, as well as a preview of his work-in-progress, Prologue.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.