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January 2016


ASIFA-Hollywood’s 43rd Annual Annie Awards recognize the year’s best in the field of animation.  The awards cover 36 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Feature-Independent (new this year), Special Productions, Commercials, Short Subjects, Student Films and Outstanding Individual Achievements. The winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  The Annie event also presents several honorary awards.

ASIFA-Hollywood, founded in 1972, is the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA. They support a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.  For a complete list of nominations, please visit www.annieawards.org.



This new course for the Spring, 2016 semester starts this month and the teacher is Robert “Tony” Claar.  There will be two separate classes (each offers 3 units of college credit).  They meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Jan. 26, 8 to 10 AM and on Saturdays starting January 30, 9 AM to 1 PM. You can register on Laney’s passport website: passport2.peralta.edu

Tony writes, “You can be an animator! Why don’t you try?  Improve your drawing skills. Watch great films.  You can learn all the fundamentals of classic, hand drawn animation for sure.  It will be fun & worth it.”

“This is a traditional drawn animation class for beginners.  The exercises do not require advanced drawing abilities.  Instead, they will be simple and you can be at a beginning level.  The class starts at the beginning, with animating straight & curved lines, then the 3 basic forms: the sphere, cube and cylinder.  We will animate objects, simple characters, animals, birds, fish, and visual effects such as fire, water and smoke.  Students will learn Disney’s 12 principles of animation, laws of physics like gravity and principles of movie making.  Students will also learn stop-motion and will make their own short animated movies.”

“The animation software is Digicel Flipbook, used by the top animation studios and most colleges.  I have used it professionally for 22 years.  Go to digicelinc.com to check it out. We have it installed on the computers at Laney.”

“I have over 30 years of professional animation experience that I want to share with you. It includes work on TV products (Disney TV in LA, Fox TV, MTV’s Liquid Television); on feature films (Cool World, directed by Ralph Bakshi; Ferngully and The Chipmunk Adventure, all in LA) plus Sesame Street in London, and Professor Balthazar and Satiemania in Zagreb Film Studios, Croatia.  Bay area animation work: Colossal Pictures, SF Production Group, The Learning Co., Broderbund, and many commercials.”

“I was fortunate to attend Richard William’s 3 day master class in Vancouver, Canada, 1995.  My own films are on You Tube: Tony Claar.  Welcome to the class, let’s start animating!”



THREE DAYS ON THE “ISLAND IN THE SKY,” La Citta Incantata Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy, July 10 – 12, 2015
by Nancy Denney-Phelps 

Leaving Padova, I rode the train south through fields of bright yellow sunflowers looking forward to the adventure awaiting me at La Citta Incantata (The Enchanted City).  Lucca Raffaelli, one of Italy’s top experts on comics and animation, conceived the idea of bringing together over fifty of Italy’s most distinguished animators, designers, cartoonists, storyboard and visual artists to demonstrate and talk about their work.

Ram Devineni is now focusing on getting the comic book into schools and translating it into different languages.  He also hopes to bring Priya to the screen as the star of an animated feature.  You can learn more about the project at:  priyashakti.com

You can learn more about La Citta Incantata at: www.lacittaincantata.it