Friday, April 2, 2010
1-4 pm Master Class with Chris Landreth
School of Visual Arts (SOVA), 3rd and Queen
Oscar® winning animator Chris Landreth will bring his latest short film The Spine (voted one of the top 10 Canadian Short Films by the Toronto Film Festival Group, and nominated for a Genie Award) to Dawson City. In his master class Chris will talk about his approach to modeling and animating the complexities of the film’s characters. He explores the “Uncanny Valley” (the “creepy” effect of making CGI characters that are too realistic) and how The Spine attempts to avoid this problem. He also shows how his animators used a method-acting approach to mimic subtle gestures, ticks, and micro-expressions in their characters’ faces and bodies, and explains how his crew balanced realism and stylization to create characters who are uncanny in a positive way.
Note: The Spine also screens Saturday at 7pm
Chris Landreth went into animation as a second career after a stint as an engineer. He received his MS degree in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois in 1986. For three years he worked in experimental research in Fluid Mechanics at the University of Illinois before making his leap into computer animation.
In 1994 Landreth joined Alias/Wavefront, where it was his job to define, test and abuse animation software, in-house, before it was released to the public. In addition to well-mannered software, this resulted in the production of animated short films, including The End (1995) and Bingo (1998).
Now recognized as one of the animation world’s rising stars, Landreth embarked on his most ambitious project yet: the animated documentary Ryan (2004), which marked Landreth’s first co-production with Copperheart Entertainment and the National Film Board of Canada. Ryan, a portrait of animator Ryan Larkin, allowed Landreth to push the boundaries of the visual technique he calls psycho-realism – in which the body becomes a visual metaphor for a character’s deepest inner states. Ryan immediately became a contemporary classic, and was honoured with more than 50 awards, including an Oscar®. Working with the same team of producers, Landreth has followed up Ryan with The Spine (2009), a film that continues his explorations in the use of unique imagery to represent human psychological turmoil.
7 pm YUKON & BEYOND
Various, Yukon, 2010, 22
An “exquisite cadaver” project commissioned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dawson City International Short Film Festival. 10 Yukon filmmakers each made a 2 minute short film, linked only by words at the beginning and end. None of the filmmakers were aware of whose film would link to theirs. Content of the films was up to the filmmaker. More...
10NORTH words & filmmakers (in order of appearance)
GOLD–RIVER Veronica Verkley
RIVER–PASSING Lulu Keating
PASSING–SLOWLY Marten Berkman
SLOWLY–LAND Duane Ghastant’ Aucoin
LAND–TREES Andrew Connors
TREES–BIRDS Troy Suzuki
BIRDS–EYES Dennis Allen
EYES–FLUTTERING Daniel Janke
FLUTTERING–FRAMES Celia McBride
FRAMES–SILVER Werner Walcher
Suzanne Crocker, Yukon, 2009, Animation, 3:30
Marten Berkman & Arlin McFarlane, Yukon, 2009, Drama, 10
Alice is a teenager more interested in tunes and texting than dead relatives she never knew, but a story her late great grandmother leaves behind in a dollhouse wrenches Alice out of her programmed world.
The Last Mittens of Winter
Terry Haines, BC, 2009, Experimental, 1:30
A search for the last mittens of winter in the soppy streets of Dawson City.
Geh eenjit di’ tr’iheetl’yaa
Mary Jane Moses, Yukon, 2010, Documentary, 6:42
This film is about my Gwich’in culture. Rabbit snaring is a traditional skill learnt as a child. The film incorporates my culture, language and way of life which still continues today.
Richard Lawrence, Yukon, 2009, Experimental, 3:15
A montage of home film portraits, taken by photographers known only to their subjects, mirrors the times and the timelessness of the human face.
Dawson City Oldtimers
Troy Suzuki, Yukon, 2010, Mockumentary, 12
More silliness from the world of Dawson hockey.
Miles To Go
Evelyn Pollock, Yukon, 2010, Documentary, 27
A cross-country road trip with truck drivers exploring the open road, the landscape and the things one sacrifices when spending so much time away from home.
9:15pm BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON
OUTDOOR SCREENING in the window of the ODD Gallery.
David Baas, Ontario, 2009, Animation, 4:37
An animated mock documentary about the ecological plight of penguins in the Antarctic, possibly foretelling cataclysmic results for the rest of the world.
L’homme et la bête
Martin Thibaudeau, Quebec, 2009, Comedy, 10
Three city guys in a Quebecois winter cottage are surprised by the presence of a mysterious beast in the basement. Who will vanquish? This cruel comedy poses a cynical view on man’s hunter instincts and the duality between compassion and the desire to overcome.
Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Kevan Funk, Alberta, 2009, Drama, 5
During a 15 minute coffee break, an office drone is liberated from his mundane existence after accidentally discovering an exhilarating form of sonic therapy.
The Art of Drowning
Diego Maclean, BC, 2009, Animation, 2
Based on a poem by Billy Collins, The Art of Drowning ponders what awaits us at the end of the line.
Vive la rose
Bruce Alcock, BC/Québec, 2009, Animation, 7
Based on a traditional song by Emile Benoit, this is the moving tale of a tragic Newfoundland love story, in which a simple man raises his voice in melancholy farewell to his beloved.
The Bellow’s March
Eric Dyer, USA 2009, Animation, 5
Anthropomorphized concertinas play out a Sisyphean cycle of destroy-create-destroy.
Kwan Ho Tse, Ontario, 2009, Experimental, 4
The cityscape of Toronto for the past hundred years compressed into 4 minutes.
Love on the Line
G Melissa Graziano, USA, 2008, Animation, 5
Follow the dots and dashes to a time before the Internet, when star-crossed lovers had to curb their raging hormones using the quickest form of communication available: the telegraph.
10:30 pm STRANGE THINGS DONE
The Wild the Untamed
Rachel Wiegers & Tara Rudnickas
Yukon, 2009, Comedy, 1
A nightmare becomes a dream come true.
Jason Britski, Saskatchewan, 2009, Experimental, 4:30
Witchcraft is an examination of the nostalgic, and darker implications of my family’s Super 8 “home movies”...
Anita Reilly McGee, Nova Scotia, 2009, Comedy, 13
Grande Dame is a short in two parts: Sex In Seven Ages and Encore!. In Sex In Seven Ages, Lila (Greg Malone), a trans-gendered Grande Dame of the theatre, gives a farewell performance to adoring fans – a reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s Seven Ages of Man monologue. In Encore! three women in a small town decide to give an eccentric relative an appropriate send-off.
Kevin Papatie, Quebec, 2009, Documentary, 3:14
After meeting with the Zapatistas, Kevin comes back to his community to share his experience.
History of the Meat Packing District
Gary Leib, USA, 2008, Animation, 1
A cartoon history of the Meat Packing District of NYC.
Mark Schroeder, BC, 2009, Drama, 18m 45s
Instant is a black comedy about an accident with crazy glue that helps to mend a broken heart.
The Black Dog’s Progress
Stephen Irwin, UK, 2008, Animation, 3
The Black Dog, unwanted by his owner, is thrown out into an unwelcoming neighbourhood. On his journey, he’s corrupted by acts of violence and grows determined to live happily ever after back home.
Brain Static, a Self-Portrait
Roger D. Wilson, Ontario, 2009, Experimental, 5
Mental illness is a sickness that is overlooked, shunned and hidden in the shadows. Brain Static takes the viewer into the mind of the filmmaker and his fear that one day he would face the same illness as his own mother.
Tsi tkahéhtayen (The Garden)
Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Canada, 2009, Drama, 12
A mystical gardener harvests fruits from the earth that defy everyone’s expectations.
Richard Farmer, USA, 2009, Drama, 9:30
Combining questions of Faith, Technology, and Politics, Under God is a Cold War-era parable about the day President Eisenhower met with the world’s first super computer, UNIVAC.
Fernando Franco, Spain, 2009, Drama, 13
The sentimental relationship between Andres and Sara is a living organism.
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