We Remember Ray Harryhausen

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Feature Articles | One Comment
We Remember Ray Harryhausen

Memories of  a Master by Richard Gorey and Mark Bailey When a friend called to tell me that Ray Harryhausen had died, I was sitting at my drawing table on my light box, animating a Triceratops for a sequence of dinosaurs fighting I’m planning for my demo reel. To say Harryhausen’s work has influenced my […]

The Greatest Animated Film Never Made

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Feature Articles, Interviews | 3 Comments
The Greatest Animated Film Never Made

Persistence of Vision Review of Kevin Schreck’s new documentary, by Richard Gorey There’s something so compelling about genius, to us mortals who might never achieve such dizzying heights. There’s something even more compelling about failure, which fascinates people in a very different way, as when we find ourselves slowing down to examine a wreck on […]

A Chat with Animator Chris Conforti

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Feature Articles, Interviews | No Comments
A Chat with Animator Chris Conforti

Interview by Richard Gorey   Last month I spoke with New York Animator Chris Conforti, whose work I first saw when I guest-lectured in Dave Levy’s “Careers in Animation” class at SVA. At that time Chris was in the throes of finishing his thesis film, and he was zonked for much of my endlessly fascinating […]

A Visit with Animator Dustin Grella

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Feature Articles, Interviews | No Comments
A Visit with Animator Dustin Grella

  Interview By Richard Gorey This month, I visited with animator/filmmaker Dustin Grella, whose film Prayers for Peace won an ASIFA East award (and several others) last year. I’ve been speaking with several East coast animators, asking them how the industry has been treating them, whether or not a career in animation is still viable […]

Chatting with Animator Jane Wu

Posted by on Dec 4, 2011 in Feature Articles, Interviews | No Comments
Chatting with Animator Jane Wu

An ASIFA Interview by Richard Gorey This month in our continuing series of visits with New York animation professionals we’re chatting with Jane Wu, whose short film, Book Girl and Cabinet Girl, has been making an impression at festival screenings. The film is a gentle and offbeat animated parable about friendship. I asked Jane if […]

A Talk with Stop-Motion Animator Jessica Polaniecki

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Feature Articles, Interviews | 8 Comments
A Talk with Stop-Motion Animator Jessica Polaniecki

We meet with some new faces (and forces) in Animation. Interview by Richard Gorey. Animation is changing: this isn’t news to those in the business, but ASIFA East is changing, too. You’ve noticed we’re online now, and that we communicate via our blogs and websites. The ways in which people receive information—about jobs, the industry, […]

Flying the Flag at Se-Ma-For

Posted by on Sep 13, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
Flying the Flag at Se-Ma-For

Flying the Flag at Se-Ma-For: Guest Article by Tom Gasek Since I have been teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the last 5 years I have been having wonderful working summer “vacations.” After 27 years of professional activity in the area of character stop motion work (including stints with Nick Park, Peter Lord, […]

“Waking Sleeping Beauty” review, by Emmett Goodman

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Feature Articles | No Comments
“Waking Sleeping Beauty” review, by Emmett Goodman

“WAKING SLEEPING BEAUTY” Movie review by Emmett Goodman I was lucky enough to attend a preview of Don Hahn’s new documentary, “Waking Sleeping Beauty”. The Dolby Screening Room is a small theater, which is mostly used for critical viewings. Honestly, I felt out of my league there, as possibly the youngest audience member. Still, I […]

Thoughts on James Cameron’s “Avatar”

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in Feature Articles | One Comment

In this Sunday’s Daily News, Jacob Osterhout spoke of the “Avatar blues,” whose symptoms seemed to be the vague depression avid fans of the film felt when the movie ended. I wondered if the article was a serious examination of the effect the movie has on the popular culture or another example of the efficient […]