There is always something new and exciting to share from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The goodies are plentiful, but space is sparse, so here is a recap on what you should know.
In New York City, April 24 to May 29, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI,” an animation series aimed at highlighting the techniques that make up the craft of animation. The program will use a variety of panels and screenings to explain and explore hand-drawn, stop-motion and CGI animation.
The series will open with a presentation featuring the animation studio LAIKA’s creative team behind the Academy Award-nominated “Coraline” (2009), “ParaNorman” (2012) and “The Boxtrolls” (2014). The showcase will also include a conversation with members of Blue Sky Studios about their CGI work, a program on the history of silent animation in New York and will close with a sneak preview of Pixar’s upcoming film “Inside Out.”
For up to date information on “An Animation Showcase: From Celluloid to CGI” and to purchase tickets, please visit their event pages.
Is there a talented filmmaker in your life? Good. Challenge that ambitious, young storyteller to submit his or her work to the 2015 Student Academy Awards. The deadline is looming but the application is now open at www.oscars.org/saa.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.
In tech news, the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is ahead of the curve with a new app called the Academy Color Predictor. The app is available on iTunes and free for iPad iOS 7. Created by the Sci-Tech Council’s Solid State Lighting Project Committee, the app helps filmmakers predict the interaction of the key ingredients in cinematography: the lights, camera, filters and the photographed objects themselves. Users can change key source light, image sensor and filter parameters to instantly visualize color-rendering differences and compare different combinations of elements.
The Academy stated, “This app emerged from our conversations with cinematographers, production designers, costume designers and set decorators who were struggling to predict color reproduction when switching from traditional incandescent light sources to solid-state lighting,” shared Andy Maltz, managing director of the Academy’s Science and Technology Council. “After a successful beta test, we’re now offering this app free, for general consumption, so that all types of content creators, researchers and students can benefit from our research.”
“We’re delighted to once again make available the Academy’s research to the film community and the general public,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “This app helps address a specific production need for filmmakers and underlines our commitment to driving technological advances that benefit both the motion picture industry and aspiring filmmakers everywhere.”
Keeping with the theme of being ahead of the curve, the Academy and ABC Television Network have announced the dates for the 88th, 89th and 90th Oscar presentations. The Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, Feb. 26, 2017, and March 4, 2018, respectively.
The 88th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live by ABC. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.