October 28 is International Animation Day, and to mark the occasion, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is presenting free screenings of great NFB animated films in cities across Canada as part of its Get Animated! series.
The full schedule has not yet been announced, but here is what we can look forward to here in Vancouver:
As part of the Vancouver Short Film Festival, you can see NFB New Releases on Thursday October 28 at 2:45 pm (Vancity Theatre)
Saturday October 30
1pm Master Class with Matthew Talbot-Kelly (Trembling Veil of Bones) (Vancity Theatre)
4pm NFB New Releases (Vancity Theatre)
Sunday October 31 – 10am Fairy Tales for All (Vancity Theatre) – Fairy tale lovers, young and old alike, will be charmed by this selection of animated shorts, including Molly in Springtime, awarded Best Animation at Banff World Television Festival 2010.
Monday November 1 – Ron Diamond’s Animation Show of Shows (Emily Carr University of Art & Design)
The NFB New Releases Program allows viewers to discover the latest works by NFB’s award-winning filmmakers, including Higglety Pigglety Pop!, an adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s book from filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Oscar® nominees and Genie Award winners for Madame Tutli-Putli), featuring the voices of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker.
Emily Carr University of Art & Design is offering a new immersive 4-day workshop on Digital Storytelling. Course participants will come with ideas for a story, family legend, or a piece of personal non-fiction, and leave with a 2 to 3-minute video, formatted for web-broadcast, family viewing or DVD distribution.
Digital storytelling, which sprang from The Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California in the mid-’90s, was designed as a method of personal and community empowerment, bringing the tools of digital media production to the tech-wary and those usually kept on the other side of the lens. It has become a worldwide and dynamic movement to humanize and personalize fields as varied as health services, multimedia journalism, education, historical projects, literacy, marketing and communications, community development, tourism, research and evaluation.
With the help of tutorials, one-on-one help from experienced facilitators and the power of the group, attendees will write a 250 word script, read and record their stories, then add images, video clips and a soundtrack into easy-to-learn video editing software to produce short story videos. All of the stories will be shared at the screening that ends the workshop. Your digital story will open a world of possibilities to your creative practice, organization or community.
Previous experience in a Mac environment, using photo and video-editing software is an advantage but facilitators offer as much hand-holding as needed. This course will be co-taught by Surya Govender and Suzanne Ahearne at the Granville Island campus. The course fee is $495.00.