Mette Tange, an animator from Denmark now working in Spain, was the winner of our 39th Annie Awards “Guess the Winners” Facebook contest. The grand prize was a trip for two to San Francisco and a private tour of Pixar. To view her report, in her own words and photos, click here.
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Mette Tange, an animator from Denmark now working in Spain, was the winner of our 39th Annie Awards “Guess the Winners” Facebook contest. The grand prize was a trip for two to San Francisco and a private tour of Pixar. Here is her report, in her own words and photos.
A great San Francisco trip with an amazing tour of Pixar Animation Studios
by METTE TANGE
Can’t wait – Excited – Can’t wait – Excited – Can’t wait – Excited – Can’t wait – Excited – Can’t wait – Excited – Can’t wait –
Sitting on the plane right above the wing, facing the toilets, the motor is running with sound level at 150.000 dB right underneath my seat and the TV does not work. But I couldn’t care less – I am on my way to San Francisco – On my way to visit Pixar!
Bouncing happily out of the plane right into a car. Drive/jumping out of the airport with a bald mechanic guy yelling after me, “You will get used to the automatic transmission – you will soon get them in Europe too.”
Arriving at the W Hotel and WHAT a hotel. Black ties with sunglasses carrying orange, green and blue drinks, a DJ standing behind a massive Apple logo playing Deep House, an elevator with 3D pictures on the walls, a pool on the 4th floor, spa on the 5th, fitness room on the 6th and our room at floor 11. What a view…and what a jetlag!
“Kapow” – eyes open – “Bang” – excited – “Kaboom” – more excited! Driving towards the holy gates of Pixar Animation Studios with a GPS that most of all wants us to drive directly into buildings or straight into the blue waters of San Francisco Bay.
Yep, European folks, Pixar does actually exist – it’s not something someone made up, to make the extra material on our beloved DVDs more entertaining.
In the main hall we met up with Lego Woody, Lego Buzz and, standing next to them, the sweet Danielle Levin who was our guide at the studio.
While telling stories about the buildings, the grass on the football field and answering our questions, we entered the cinema. Placed comfortably on red couches we watched La Luna, Small Fry and Brave’s Princess Merida’s beautiful red hair flash on the screen. Afterwards, we met with Small Fry’s director, Angus MacLane – as always in those surprise situations it’s really hard to come up with something cleaver to ask.
Completely blown away, we continued into the animation department. WOW! I have never seen anything like it. Workspaces dressed like houses, jungles and what not. It seems like only imagination and fire regulations can stop you from making your own perfect creative environment. Truly inspiring!
We went to animator Andrew Gordon’s old office and Danielle showed us a small door near the floor. We got down on our knees and crawled into an old air conditioning maintenance room, which Andrew had turned into a cozy little break space. It was decorated with small Christmas lights that transformed into dollar signs, stars, and hearts when you put on special glasses that were hanging on a string, slightly covering some of the names of people who had previously visited the room.
Andrew had changed workspaces and Danielle showed us his new office, Where there was a bust. Danielle turned the head of the bust, pressed a button and NNNIIRRRRRKK, a bookshelf opened revealing a secret room and a mysterious red light shining on the floor. With arms up in a kung fu pose and with careful steps, we entered the room. Inside were red sofas, a blackjack table, pictures of celebrities, and a fully equipped bar. I could have stayed there, sipping a whiskey or two, but we still had things to see.
Upstairs was a gallery with beautiful concepts from Brave. Drawings, paintings, videos, and figurines. Absolutely amazing artwork. I am dying to see that movie.
Last but not least, we saw John Lasseter’s office. I feel a bit sorry for the cleaning lady – his office is filled with toys – big toys, small toys, toys made of plastic, toys made of…Just a lot of toys.
Well, Danielle clapped her hands and made the gesture of “That’s it.” Then changed her gesture to “Oh, look at this’.” Two green bags filled with books, watches, hats, postcards and – and – and – were standing right there on the floor. Oh Boy! Now my apartment is going to look like John Lasseter’s office! Amazing!
One day left to see San Francisco. Walked up the hill in China Town, down hill in Castro, Up hill in Golden Gate Park, down hill, up hill, down hill, up hill…. lots of hills, lots of great spirit, lots of fun people.
Happily sitting at my animation desk back home. Full of energy, incredibly inspired, dreaming myself back to San Francisco. What a great trip. Still can’t imagine how lucky one can be. One day, I will hopefully discover the animated world of Pixar myself – To infinity and beyond!
Thanks to ASIFA-Hollywood and everyone involved in the trip: Frank Gladstone, Zahra Dowlatabadi, Allysa Amundson, Jim Morris, Danielle Levin and other folks I might not know of.
Thank you again for the great experience.
Disney and Pixar invite you and your family (up to a total of four guests) to the ASIFA-Hollywood 3-D Screening of Disney/Pixar’s
Saturday, June 16th
El Capitan Theater
6838 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Scheduled to introduce the screening are:
Nick Smith, Editor; Danielle Feinberg, Director of Photography – Lighting; Tia Kratter, Shading Art Director
Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be provided. Parking will be validated in the Hollywood & Highland parking complex. Guests will only have to pay $2.
Members should RSVP to DisneyScreeningsRSVP@gmail.com
Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Disney-Pixar’s BRAVE follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to change her fate, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane), unleashing chaos in the kingdom. When she turns to an eccentric Witch (voice of Julie Walters), she is granted an ill-fated wish and the ensuing peril forces Merida to harness all of her resources—including her mischievous triplet brothers—to undo a beastly curse and discover the meaning of true bravery. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and signature Pixar humor.
DreamWorks Animation and ASIFA-Hollywood cordially invite you and your family to a special 3-D screening of
MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
In Los Angeles
Saturday, June 23,11:00AM
5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, CA 90038
Please enter through the Bronson gate (on the corner of Bronson & Melrose Ave)
In New York
Saturday, June 23, 11:00AM
Paramount Screening Room
1515 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10036
In San Francisco
Saturday, June 23, 11:00AM
AMC Metreon 16 (Theater #6)
101 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
This invitation is for you and your family. Your photo identification will be required upon admittance. Invitations are non-transferable and space is limited. Arrive early for first come, first serve seating.
Running time: 82 minutes
Paid for by DreamWorks Animation
Opening this weekend (June 2 and 3), a 2011 favorite returns with a brand new English-language version featuring the voices of Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine.
A Cat in Paris
11272 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Members of ASIFA can show their membership card to receive a special discount of $8.50. For more information, please click here
You are invited to stop by this Saturday, June 2nd, for the quarterly open house at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Arts (LAAFA). They are excited to offer complimentary demonstrations, light refreshments, registration perks and much more. See you soon!
- Plein Air/Landscape Painting Demonstration Demonstration by Sharon Weaver from 11am to 1pm.
- Tonal Drawing Demonstration by Vadim Zang from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.
- Please note: RSVP is required for demos.
ASIFA-Hollywood Professional Special Rates!
Take advantage of $75.00 off select instructed classes during LAAFA’s Summer Quarter starting July 9th. LAAFA also offers industry professionals a Uninstructed Workshop Pass for only $150 for 10-weeks! You must call 818-708-9232 for these special offers. Discounts for instructed classes are for “new to LAAFA” industry professionals only. (Friday workshops are excluded from the workshop pass promotion.)
The Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy) was created in 1960 and takes place at the beginning of June in the town of Annecy, France. Initially occurring every two years, the festival became annual in 1998. It is one of the four international animated film festivals sponsored by ASIFA International. The festival is scheduled for June 4th through 9th, 2012.
At the festival, be sure to check out the latest animated gems, get more information on current and future trends, meet your favorite film directors and up-and-coming talents, and track down new associates and partners in the fun and friendly atmosphere.
The festival is a competition between cartoon films of various techniques (animated drawings, cut out papers, modelling clay, etc) classified in various categories:
- Feature films
- Short films
- Films produced for television and advertising
- Student films
- Films made for the internet (since 2002)
For information, visit the official website at www.annecy.org.
The piece in the video below was created by Diego Akel to encourage filmmakers to submit to the MUMIA Underground World Animation Festival. The festival, which is celebrating its 10th year this fall, screens in various Brazilian cities including Belo Horizonte, Betim and Nova Lima. If you’re interested in showing your film at MUMIA, go here for submission details. Entries need to be postmarked by May 31.
MUMIA aims to broaden the spaces of imagination and possibilities of anew speech on art, of a new way of sensing the world and also a new way of expression, amid giving support to the brazilian cinematography culture bycreating room to the emerging of new audiences, producers and directors.
Films and vídeos produced without any kind of support, no money at all or even those which caused loss to its producers and other ones made with very low budgets are very well accepted too.
MUMIA, a competitive festival, is an initiative of Brazilian animators in cooperation with Betim City Hall, Belo Horizonte’s Incentive Law of Culture, ABCA, SESC Palladium, Leite Filmes, Pimenta Filmes, Sinpro Minas and IT Films, Comunication and Entertainment, UNA Universitarian Center, Oficina de Imagens, Mucury Cultural, Casa Fora do Eixo.
The purpose of MUMIA is to promote the cultural production of animation films and videos, contributing to its development as an artistic language, specific format and production method. The Festival also aims to offer the local audience the access to the national and international animation production beyond what is currently available through commercial outlets, traditional production houses or film institutions.
You can view their blog at mumiainternational.blogspot.com
ASIFA-East handed out prizes for its 43rd annual Animation Festival. The Rauch Brothers took home the Best in Show for their 9/11-themed short John and Joe. Leonardo De Luzio’s Apt. 5A won for best student film, Karen Aqua’s Taxonomy won for best experimental film, and David B. Levy’s Turning A Corner won for best independent film. The event was held last Sunday, April 29 at the Tishman Auditorium in New York.
For a complete list of award recipients click here.