Animation World Magazine, Issue 2.11, February 1998

Animation World Magazine
February 1998 Vol. 2, No. 11

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Stop Motion and Motion Capture | Surveys | The Student Corner | Festivals and Events | Films | Books | Software | Hidden Treasures | News | Comics

Editor's Notebook
Animation and its many changing faces...



Who's Data Is That Anyway?

Gregory Peter Panos, founding co-director of the Performance Animation Society, describes a new frontier of dilemmas, the politics of performance animation.

Boldly Throwing Down the Gauntlet
In our premier issue, acclaimed stop-motion animator Barry J.C. Purves shared his sentiments on the coming of the computer. Now Barry's back to share his thoughts on the last two years that have been both exhilarating and disappointing for him.

A Conversation With...
In a small, quiet cafe, motion-capture pioneer Chris Walker and outrageous stop-motion animator Corky Quakenbush got together for lunch and discovered that even though their techniques may appear to be night and day, they actually have a lot in common.

At Last, Foam Puppet Fabrication Explained!
How does one build an armature from scratch and end up with a professional foam puppet? Tom Brierton is here to take us through the steps and offer advice.

Little Big Estonia: The Nukufilm Studio
On the 40th anniversary of Estonia's Nukufilm, Heikki Jokinen went for a visit to profile the puppet animation studio and their place in the post-Soviet world.

Wallace & Gromit Spur Worldwide Licensing Activity
Karen Raugust takes a look at the marketing machine behind everyone's favorite clay characters, Wallace & Gromit.

Performance Animation: Behind the Character
Heather Kenyon goes behind the scenes of Medialab Studio LA to meet the people who create real-time, motion-captured characters by using a technique the studio calls "computer puppetry."


How'd They Do That?: Stop-Motion Secrets Revealed

We asked six stop-motion maestros to reveal a few tricks of the trade. Henry Selick, Barry Purves, David Fain, Andrew Ruhemann, Voltaire and Mikk Rand responded with an odd assortment of ingredients that may be useful to you in your next stop-motion film.


California Summer School for the Arts: More Than an Education

Jon Roslyn profiles an in-depth, unique summer school program designed for extremely talented and driven artistic youths.


The Havana Connection (Available in Portugese and English)
Cesar Coelho takes us to the most important film event in Latin cinema, The 19th International Festival of New Latin-American Cinema, held in Havana, Cuba.

NATPE: It's A Tough Market But Someone is Selling...
Heather Kenyon reports on NATPE 1998's animated shows and the attending companies' goals. It's not just a syndicator's show anymore.

The World Animation Celebration: Here It Comes
Joy Kennelly highlights the different events of the World Animation Celebration which will be held in Pasadena, California February 16-21.


His Mother's Voice: Dennis Tupicoff's New Documentary
Emru Townsend reviews Dennis Tupicoff's new animated documentary, His Mother's Voice, an exploration of an unexpected death.


Forbidden Animation: A Valuable Contribution
Mark Langer reviews Karl Cohen's new book, Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America, a catalogue of censorship.

Digital Cinematography: A Good Place to Start
Bill Fleming reviews Ben de Leeuw's Digital Cinematography, a book that discusses the art of storytelling in 3-D computer animation.


The New Maya Sets Sail

On February 1, Alias|Wavefront is beginning to ship their latest animation software, Maya and Maya Artisan. Max Sims is here to tell us how it compares and what we can expect from this new tool.


The International Museum of Cartoon Art

Relocated from New York City, a unique collection of original cartoon art exists in Boca Raton, Florida. From comic books and strips to magazine illustrations, find out why it is worth the trip...


Animation World News

PDI signs on for Shrek, Nick says "Oh Yeah!" to shorts and we say good-bye to Mae Questel, Cameron Guess and Lillian Bounds Disney.

On A Desert Island With. . . .Movers and Shakers
Corky Quakenbush, Chris Walker and Barry Purves.


Dirdy Birdy
by John Dilworth

Next Issue's Highlights

This Month's Contributors

Motion-capture animation technology makes anything possible. Protozoa created a 3-D "Virtual Bill Clinton" for a special on MTV called, "The State of Music Videos," which aired on the cable network after the President's annual "State of the Union" address on January 27, 1998. MTV plans to use the real-time animated character for live broadcast in the future. The "Virtual Bill" image is courtesy of and © MTV Networks.

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