“When you take something that’s inert, and through motion, give it life, make it appear to be alive, living, breathing thinking and having emotions, that’s animation. But when you take something that’s live-action, and move a part of it, that’s a special effect.”
“I started to do stop-motion when I was a kid. You take a Super 8 and make some models, and move, click, move, click. All that. I love all forms of animation, but there is something unique and special to stop-motion: it’s more real and the set is lit like a set. But I think it’s also a kind of lonely and dark thing to want to do.”
— Tim Burton
June was a busy animation month for me, which (ironically) means the blog has been rather silent. The biggest event for the month was my first trip to the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Market. Annecy is apparently one of the animation events each year — seasoned professionals, animation students, representatives of most major animation studios, and film fans all descend on the picturesque French town every year to see the latest and greatest in the world of animation, and to meet some of the people that make that work possible.
There was so much going on at Annecy this year that it would be a feat just to cover a fraction of the films, meetings, and networking events that happened over the course of the five day festival. Among my personal favorites was the debut of Sanjay’s Super Team (the new Pixar short scheduled for release with The Good Dinosaur in November), Cartoon Network’s look into their Global Animated Shorts program (and a preview of upcoming show We Bare Bears), the information session on Renderman (which you can get and use for free here), and getting to see a ton of incredible short films, including Adam Elliot’s new work Ernie Biscuit. The real triumph of the festival, though, was the amazing way the Annecy highlighted the work of women in the animation industry throughout the festival.