Article written by Elliot Cowan.
Last night we wrapped up the last of 4 jury screenings for the upcoming ASIFA-East animation festival.
First of all, a big congratulations to every student who had the belief in their film to step up, pay an entry fee and have it screen for their peers.
There is, I think, always a distinct pattern when watching a large collection of student films.
In every class, there’s probably going to be one incredibly talented person, who knows how to draw, animate, takes the time to learn the technology and has some understanding of the storytelling process.
There’s usually a mid range of capable animators who can only get better and better.
The last section is made up of reasonably uninspired individuals and this is reflected in their films.
And of course we saw a little of each.
Commercials and Promos under 2 Minutes
A diverse collection of media.
As is the case these days, a lot of puppeted matter, much of it was done with some style and flair.
This category is really the heart of the Festival.
We had the chance to see new films from two of the cities animation stalwarts (I’m not sure either of them would care to be referred to as warts, though…), plus some films from up and comers.
Very little in the way of character animation and great drawings, though.
The last night of jury screenings is always the hardest for anyone who’s sat through the previous eight or nine hours of films, but this year I think it was the strongest night, bolstered mainly by some great music videos from a certain band who favors the NYC animation scene.
It was also nice to see animation from more animation stalwarts (who are less warty than the other stalwarts).
As always it was a mixed bag although with less treats than one would care for, I think.
There was a surprising lack of bad flash, very little 3D animation and a peculiar abundance of music videos. Why so many, I wonder?