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Animation Screening

 

Animation Buffet

By Maureen Furniss

Since the late 1980s the art of animation has seen tremendous international growth. Initially inspired by innovations in television programming and feature-length films, animation grew as a result of the widespread use of the personal computer and the Internet, both which played a large role in the advancement of original, independently-produced short works.

This brand of short-form animation has always been a vital part of the animation world. For many years, however, works of this type were mainly exhibited in the context of film festivals that were attended by local audiences and a small number of international devotees who would travel to the events. In general, it was difficult to see innovative and short animated works.

With the growth of animation in the last twenty years, more schools are now offering students an opportunity to study and create animation in various forms. The demand for visual materials has encouraged the growth of DVD production, a format that is easily employed by many artists, even those with relatively limited budgets. The result is that animation has become more widely available to everyone and has seeped into our cultural landscape to a greater degree than ever before.

Though technology has played an important role in the growth of animation, many artists have held onto what might be called “traditional techniques” that rely on direct manipulation of handmade media such as complex drawing on individual sheets of paper or applying materials to the surface of film stock, frame by frame.

Digital technology has evolved to such an extent that it can now be used in varying degrees to assist in many creative processes that inspire individual artists. It does not necessarily dictate the limits of creativity, rather, it adds new possibilities. Some of the films included in this screening predate this expansion in technology, confirming that it is not the digital tool that results in inspired work, but rather the creative process behind it.

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