Friday, September 23, 2011


Reflections on Light and Color
Italy is always worth a trip, especially during fall when the beautiful landscapes glow in autumnal colors. For those interested in computer animation there is another reason to go to Torino (Turin) in October:
The Computer Animation Festival VIEWFest (21st to 23rd October 2011) and
VIEW Conference, "the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Digital Cinema, 3D Animation, Gaming, VFX and Interactive Techniques" (25th to 28th October 2011).

There are a number of interesting speakers at VIEW Conference including Randy Thom, one of those sound designers who helped shape our expectations of what fantastical worlds in movies sound like (Wild at Heart, The Empire Strikes Back, Mars Attacks, Coraline).

But for readers of this blog, the most interesting event might be Sharon Calahan's workshop:
Sharon Calahan: Ediza Afternoon, 30x24, Oil on Linen

Pixar's Director of Photography/Lighting Sharon Calahan

Reflections on Light and Color

This workshop is intended as discussion about using light and color to create memorable images that support the story. Sharon will talk about her favorite images and why they captivate.
Sharon Calahan joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1994 as lighting supervisor on the studio’s first feature film, Toy Story. She then served as director of photography on Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and Cars 2.
Sharon knew at the age of three that she wanted to be an artist for Disney. She went on to study graphic design, illustration and photography. Following art school, she began her career as an art director for broadcast television and video production.
Prior to joining Pixar, she was a lighting director at Pacific Data Images completing commercial work, longer format television, and graphics packages.

Date: 24 Oct  |  Time: 11:00-13:00  |  Location: Centro Congressi Torino Incontra
In addition to that Enrico Casarosa, director of Pixar's upcoming short La Luna, will "deliver a workshop open to aspiring filmmakers, scriptwriters and animation artists. Saturday 22 October from 10.30am to 12.30am – Sala 1, Cinema Massimo"

More Information here.

It also looks as if legendary Italian animation veteran Bruno Bozzetto (Signor Rossi, Soda and West, Allegro non troppo) will be appearing at the VIEWFest.

VIEW Conference Press Release (English).


A Miyazaki Treat by Way of the Ghibli Conversations Blog

And now for something completely unrelated:
Daniel Thomas McInnes' Studio Ghibli Blog is a place of constant inspiration to me. 

One article I have come back to quite a few times recently is his posting of Miyazaki's complete original Mononoke Hime Storybook. What an amazing visual storyteller!

Be sure to also check out the sweet and poetic "Imoto He - For my Sister".