ASIFA-East April Interview: Diane Kredensor

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Interviews | No Comments
ASIFA-East April Interview: Diane Kredensor

Diane Kredensor’s formative years were spent making children’s books out of construction paper and way too much Elmer’s glue, and her grown-up years have been spent pursuing a successful career in children’s animation in Los Angeles and New York. She still hasn’t grown up all the way, something of which she’s proud. Diane is an […]

ASIFA-East March Interview: Jake Armstrong

Posted by on Mar 9, 2011 in Interviews | One Comment
ASIFA-East March Interview: Jake Armstrong

Jake Armstrong grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and moved to NY to study animation.  He’s currently a freelance artist living in Brooklyn doing anything from animation to storyboarding to illustration and makes a bunch of things on the side. Interview by David B. Levy 1-Your SVA Thesis short “The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!” had nothing […]

The New Animation Stars of NYC: Part 1

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Feature Articles | No Comments
The New Animation Stars of NYC: Part 1

The longer I’ve observed the animation scene, the more I’ve come to notice that our art-form’s past achievements are usually applauded at the expense or at the underestimation of the great work that’s being done right now. I don’t think this happens fo…

Animation Goggles

Posted by on Jan 25, 2011 in Feature Articles | No Comments
Animation Goggles

Just over ten years ago I sat on my first animation festival jury outside of ASIFA-East’s annual jury screenings. It was The New York Expo, a now-defunct film festival that had been around for decades. I’ve since sat on a few other juries, most notably…

ASIFA-East Interview: Howard Beckerman

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Interviews | No Comments
ASIFA-East Interview: Howard Beckerman

Introducing a new continuing monthly feature of ASIFA-East’s online Exposure Sheet, The ASIFA-East Interview. It’s no secret that the New York area contains some of the richest talent working in animation today. In an effort to better record our ongoing history we are proud to present this first installment, an interview with animation legend, and […]

Animation Hiatus Survival Guide

Posted by on Jan 23, 2011 in Feature Articles | No Comments
Animation Hiatus Survival Guide

A still from Andy Kennedy’s amazing new indie short, “Accumulonimbus.”Recently the animation crew behind Nick Jr’s Team Umizoomi, a production at New York’s Curious Pictures, began a year long hiatus between seasons. Some of this talented bunch instan…

The Right Pitch, The Right Way

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Feature Articles | No Comments
The Right Pitch, The Right Way

Joel Moss Levinson donned as a Penguin in one of his previous video projects. Sorry for the very late post this week. Our place was down with the flu, which we became “the flew” as we traveled by plane to visit family. If you’ve never travelled sick, y…

My Year with Plympton

Posted by on Jan 9, 2011 in Feature Articles | No Comments
My Year with Plympton

I’m far from alone in being fascinated with Bill Plympton’s films and career. Trying to describe his impact, John R. Dilworth once said, “Is he not our God?” But, since I’ve got a whole blog post to fill, I’ll try and say it in more words than that. Wh…

Up with Illusions and Wonderful Lives

Posted by on Dec 31, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments

Above still from Sylvan Chomet’s The Illusionist. An animated film about adult relationships made for a thinking audience. During the day of the blizzard, Debbie and I went to the Paris Theatre to see Sylvan Chomet’s “The Illusionist.” At the film’s en…

There’s Always More We Could Be Doing

Posted by on Dec 23, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
There’s Always More We Could Be Doing

Above image by PES, pre-production sketches for his indie film which doubled as a commercial directing spec, “Roof Sex.”I’m still seeing a lot of newcomers to the NY animation scene having difficulty finding work. That’s not a big surprise, given the …