The “Toon In!” team has been working on the AniMazing Spotlight! “festival and feedback” project lately, so we thought we’d bring you up to date on the latest over there. You can get more details by visiting us at www.animazspot.com.
We find it interesting that the three winning shorts of the first two quarters are very different, at first glance, anyway; “Alice’s Attic” by Robyn Yannoukos, the first one to your right, the Q1 winner, announced last month, is a complex visual statement, “Jabbawaki” by Sean B. Conly, the second one down, one of the new Q2 winners is a graphically stunning legend, and finally “RED & blue” by Tyler Ayres, the last one down there, the other Q2 winner, is a more traditional light-hearted romp with animated characters.
And, yet all three have one important thing in common …
they are all strong in more than one area, such as design, animation, story, music, uniqueness, moral, production values, etc. So some shorts that may have been stronger than any three of these, in one particular area, didn’t have a “totally” strong impact for the majority of our panelists. And, that’s why we have the Speciality Awards, Student Award, and the screening of additional films we feel should be seen at the November “Weekend of Animated Shorts” at the Egyptian Theatre, in Hollywood.
However, many filmmakers tell us they don’t give a hoot for the awards.
They just want to hear what our panel of experts think about their short labor of love. Brock Gallagher, who’s entered a short in Q3 remarked … Oh! I just looked at the list of industry panelists who offer feedback. Hoo boy! I hit the jackpot! Nancy Beiman! She started teaching at Sheridan this past year, and I never had the opportunity (well actually I never took initiative to take advantage) of speaking to her about my film, although I always wanted to! I’m really curious what they all will have to say! Good or bad, I can take it! And Gene Deitch! I grew up watching his cartoons! His book is amazing. Wow. Can’t wait to see what I got myself into! I have a very thick skin. Tell them all to really let me know what they think! It will only help me get better!