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IFP MN’s Professional Development Series salutes award-winning creators of animated films. Four talented artists will discuss and show samples of their work, addressing such topics as their creative process and tools, sustaining long-form projects, animation versus live action from a narrative and visual perspective, and presenting animated films in a live action arena. This will be a unique opportunity to discuss animation with leaders in the field—whether you work in animation, are interested in exploring animation as a career, have a passing fancy or long-term appreciation of the art of animation.
This event was inspired by the Walker Art Center’s screening of Chris Sullivan’s feature animated film, CONSUMING SPIRITS. CONSUMING SPIRITS screens in the Walker Cinema Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. and at 3:00 Saturday, February 9 following the talk ($9 / $7 Walker members, students with ID, and seniors).
"CONSUMING SPIRITS…is a defiant—or maybe, even better, an oblivious—exception to the rules and patterns of contemporary cartoon entertainment. [I]t is a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision.” – The New York Times
Panelists: John Akre, independent animator; MCAD professor Tom Schroeder, whose latest animated short, MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN, is an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival; Chris Sullivan, writer/director of CONSUMING SPIRITS, a Professor of Animation at the Art Institute of Chicago who has won numerous awards for his work in animation; and Scott Wenner of motion504 design, a Minneapolis-based broadcast design, effects and animation studio specializing in the art of motion.
Moderator: Jim Ockuly has been a museum professional for 25+ years and is currently the head of the Web group at the Minnesota Historical Society. Among other projects there, Jim co-led the creation of the state's first encyclopedia, www.mnopedia.org. His art career highlights include a PS1 residency, several film, video, and multimedia productions, and a Walker Art Center mural commission. Jim has also taught digital art courses at Carleton College.