Animation World Magazine, Issue 3.1, April 1998

In Passing...

Ray Seti. Animator and artist Ray Seti died on February 21, 1998 from a brain tumor. He was 65 years old. Seti worked in the New York commercial animation industry for over 35 years, founded two film graphics/animation companies, and taught animation in the 1980s and 90s. He is also a past president of the now defunct New York union, the Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Guild. Seti emigrated to the U.S. from Egypt in the late 1940s and started his career in animation working for Film Graphics, a company run by Lee Blair, husband of Disney artist Mary Blair and brother of animation historian Preston Blair. He also worked for studios such as Trilogy Graphics, Nexus Productions, Laser East and Frame:Runner, and for Hal Seeger on a remake of the Fleischer Koko the Clown series, which aired on television in the late 1950s. In 1971 Seti founded Sunflower Films, which he ran until 1986, and in 1992 he founded Seti Video Communications, which produced commercials out of White Plains, New York. In the 1980s he offered animation classes at his studio in the evenings, which were frequented by advertising agency staffers. Up until late 1997, Seti was teaching advanced animation at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City. "He was a bright and clever person," said colleague Howard Beckerman, who teaches a similar class at SVA. Animator Emily Hubley has taken over Seti's class at SVA.

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