F5 is a new two-day creativity festival coming to New York City April 16 and 17. F5's eclectic lineup is built around "creative collisions" -- moments of lasting insight and inspiration that come from venturing outside your comfort zone and smashing into other ?elds.
Events: Visual Effects
This special media event puts the spotlight on the soundtrack. First held in 1998, it has featured creatives working at the highest levels of media and the arts including Walter Murch, Ren Klyce, Lynne Ramsay, Graham Hartstone, Christina Kubisch, Ken Loach, Carter Burwell, Tom Holman, Lucrecia Martel, Gabriel Yared, Richard Leacock, the Brothers Quay, Manfred Eicher and many others.
The independent Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts has chosen animation luminaries the Quay Brothers as the recipients of the 2009 Coolidge Award. The prestigious award is given annually to a film artist or artists whose work advances the spirit of original and challenging cinema. Previous honorees are film producer Jeremny Thomas in 2008, film editor Thelma Schoonmaker in 2007, actress Meryl Street in 2006, Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro in 2005 and Chinese director Zhang Yimou in 2004.
The MFA Computer Art Department at School of Visual Arts, the New York Digital Salon and the Department of Music and Multimedia Studies at Northeastern University present the New York premiere of the Visual Music Marathon, a 12-hour festival showcasing 120 works by contemporary digital artists and composers from around the world. The event offers an encyclopedic look into the burgeoning practice of visual music, which combines animation and musical composition.
Saturday, March 28 - 5 p.m.
Ten years ago, with only an independent cult hit (BOUND) and a script for a Sylvester Stallone action flick (ASSASSINS) on their resume, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski embarked on one of the most ambitious science fiction trilogies of all time. The MATRIX movies combined elements from varied genre classics and added a healthy dose of original thought to become a beloved (and heavily discussed and analyzed) series of contemporary entertainments.
The KLDW Festival is the first mega Creative Event of its kind to be organized in Kuala Lumpur. To be making its inaugural mark in KL soon, KLDW 2009 promises a wide mix of creative thoughts and eclectic ideas, of imaginative programs and inspiring showcases, plus loads more under one grand event of "Show + Shine", to showcase what we don't have, and to enhance what we do have.
MAXON Computer's BodyPaint 3D will be the focus of a comprehensive Visual Arts Track at the 2009 Game Developers Conference (GDC), aimed at artists eager to learn how to easily create custom 3D textures for current and next-gen games. The session, entitled "Real World Texture Painting Tips for Game Developers," will be led by Kris Orpilla, a character modeler and texture artist at Electronic Arts (EA) in The Sims Studio division, where he brought his expertise to bear on the newest EA hit, SIMANIMALS.
Friday, March 27 - 7:30 p.m. 25th Anniversary at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
The Game Developers Conference (GDC), returns in 2009 to the Moscone Center in San Francisco with world-class programming for the art, science and business of developing digital entertainment.
On Monday, March 23, comics writer and critic Danny Fingeroth will give an illustrated presentation about the life, work, and influence of writer and artist Will Eisner.
Taking a tour through Eisner's life-in effect, a journey through comics history-the presentation will serve as an introduction to those who'd like to know more about how the graphic novel phenomenon (which has spawned hit comics-based movies like THE DARK KNIGHT and WATCHMEN), and will offer new insights for those who may already know the work of Eisner and his creative descendants.
Sketch Theatre's first gallery show collects many of the sketches filmed on SketchTheatre.com and puts them on display to finally be admired in person. March 21 opening reception will featuring live figure drawing models, DJ and refreshments.
NewTek Inc., manufacturer of video and 3D animation products, will offer free live demonstrations of its products at http://demo.newtek.com beginning on March 18 and 19. Produced and streamed using NewTek TriCaster portable live production systems, each session will be held every two weeks and will focus on one NewTek product line. Visit http://demo.newtek.com for session focus information, dates, start times and sign-up form.
The products to kick off the NewTek DEMOS are:
Canada's first digital 3-D film festival is set for a classic movie house in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.
Askew's Foods and Pepsi are proud to present the world's largest digital 3-D film festival It Came From The 3d Dimension on the shores of the Shuswap Lake in the interior of British Columbia. The festival will feature 11 digital 3D films over a two-week period playing at the Salmar Classic Theatre, March 13-26, 2009.
San Diego Latino Film Festival is partnering with the international and local film communities to bring you a live set of workshops and panel discussions. Reel Talks will take place at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas during the course of the festival. Reel Talks offers emerging filmmakers, screenwriters, artists, scholars, students and film lovers an outstanding opportunity to meet with top professionals and learn the craft of the cinema in the real world, with its new trends, insider tips and emerging technologies.
Saturday, March 14
The American Cinematheque continues its program of one night seminars for filmmakers. The American Cinematheque debuted its Filmmaking Seminars for Filmmakers and other artists in September 2007 with the concept of offering concrete, practical information on a variety of filmmaking, marketing, creative and business practices at a very reasonable cost to the many independent filmmakers working in the Los Angeles area.
The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences together with the Los Angeles Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH will present a one night only event titled "Emmy Winning VFX". The presentations will feature the Primetime Emmy-winning visual effects employed in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, JOHN ADAMS and the main title design of MAD MEN.
The Cartoon Art Museum presents an advance screening of one of the most anticipated films of 2009, WATCHMEN, in a special benefit fundraiser sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures. This is your opportunity to avoid the opening night crowds and pledge your support to the Cartoon Art Museum, which will receive 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales to this spectacular advance screening.
General Admission: $25: One ticket to the March 5 advance screening of WATCHMEN at The Metreon, plus one free pass to the Cartoon Art Museum
This once-in-a-lifetime evening begins with a reception at MoCCA for "The Art of WATCHMEN" exhibition, continues with an advance screening of WATCHMEN, based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, and concludes with an author signing of WATCHMEN PORTRAITS by Clay Enos.
Tickets are available online, by visiting or calling MoCCA, Tuesday-Saturday at 212-254-3511. Tickets are $100 or $75 for MoCCA members.
All proceeds from this special event go to support MoCCA programming.
On Friday, February 27, Bitfilm will present its new Bitfilm Collection 03 in Tokyo. Following successful cinema screenings of the first two Bitfilm Collections in Berlin and Barcelona, this new compilation of outstanding digital animations will be shown to the public in Japan first. By March 3 the Collection 03 will be available online as download-to-own in DVD quality.
At the Super Deluxe Club in Tokyo all three Bitfilm Collections will be screened. Doors will open at 7 p.m., the screenings will start at 8 p.m. The entry fee is 1000 Yen.
Experimental animation was presented as fine art by its creators long before the art world acknowledged William Kentridge's work, the widely-accepted marker to distinguish animation a "legitimate" language in fine art. Looking beyond the constraining nomenclature of cartoon inherited from Sergei Eisenstein and forwarded by Gilles Deleuze and Rosalind Krauss, this panel visits an earlier history of art practice and critical thinking in experimental animation that was passed over by art history and then relegated to film history, where it was equally ignored.
The Cartoon Art Museum's Annual WonderCon Weekend Party will be held on Friday, February 27, 2008, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.. Admission to this ticketed event will be on a sliding scale from $10 to $35, with guests encouraged to contribute whatever they can to support the Cartoon Art Museum. Many of the featured artists and special WonderCon guests will be in attendance, including featured guests WATCHMEN co-creator Dave Gibbons and USAGI YOJIMBO creator Stan Sakai.
Coming off its biggest and most successful year ever, WonderCon is gearing up for its 23rd year as a Bay area tradition. The comics and popular arts convention returns to Moscone Center South for another three-day weekend run on February 27 through March 1. More than 29,000 people attended the show in 2008, and 2009 promises to be another incredible convention experience for fans from all over.
The Omaha Film Festival is now accepting entries in the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film, Animated Short Film, OFF the EDGE Feature Film (Horror, Experimental, Dark Films longer than 25 minutes) and Nebraska Short Film.
Screenplays will be accepted in Feature Length (30-140 pages) and Short Length (Under 30 pages).