Article written by Adam Ansorge.
How it works:
You show up, you have a DVD with animation on it, say what it is, how long it is, bam! You’re in a show!
With over 1 & 1/2 hours of material, the annual open screening was once again a hit!
There is no judgment, few rules (like duration within reason). One could show up with any animation in any condition whether it is complete, incomplete, animatic, rough pencil test, etc. It is a great showcase to see the things that you may truly never see anywhere else. If you ever had an animation and wanted to show it to an audience, this is definitely the place to do it.
Richard Gorey, our host and master of show, started precisely at 7pm. He lays out the rules, calls out the first title on the list, filmmaker approaches the microphone to say a few words, then on with the show. Like clockwork, the program went with nary a hic-up. The animation was as I would expect: an awesome medley of talent!
What I saw:
A slick fox re-arranging letters
Robots battling over ice cream with hip-hop music
An animated rock band kicking live-action ass
A panda who’s got a crush
A 3d vortex of 3d animation complete with 3d glasses
A break-dancing Newt Gingrich
delightful spots honoring Latin heroes
Secret stuff that I cannot mention
Bikini babes and sun
An amazing pencil test with a cat in love
A funnel cake fairy
A documentary on animation process
A gorgeous stop motion music video with the cutest bunnies ever!
A skydiving rabbi and a crocodile who can play the drums
And lots more!…
I unfortunately do not know the names of all titles and filmmakers. Hopefully this short list of memories gives some indication as to how mixed and awesome a screening like this can be. I am happy to report that this event was once again a huge success with an attendance somewhere around 70+ give or take. This event is to me one of the very hearts of animation’s potential future and is why I look forward to this event as I have every year since 2002. If you love animation as I do, do yourself a favor and go to this event. I look forward to next year already!