Short film-making is great because it allows you to “Get in, be funny and get out,” said DreamWorks’ Sean Bishop during WIA-Los Angeles’ “The Shorts Experience” panel discussion recently. Led by WIA-LA pres Linda Miller, Bishop was one of many filmmakers gathered, who find an artistic home in the animated short. Other vibrant, outgoing, and just plain silly panelists included Dahveed, Jim Lujan, Ken Moro, Rick Solomon, Allison Craig, Graciela Rodriguez and our WIA 2011 Phyllis Craig Scholarship winner, Ivy Flores. Dahveed added that “shorts give you more freedom. It’s more liberating to do shorts than features.” Likewise Lujan, a real “do-it-yourself” animator, says he never burns out on short work (even though he does a cartoon a month) because “I always get to do what I want.” Doing shorts makes him a totally “self-propelled creative. I can capture my vision… for better or worse.” During the course of the evening, attendees were treated to screenings of all the animators’ work. We were thrilled to see some great female work among the awesome guys. Allison Craig brought her endearing “Barko,” the story of an unwitting circus dog who only wants to find a safe home. Check out Allison’s blog at http://allisoncraig.blogspot.com/ We were also thrilled to honor Ivy Flores’ experimental work from CalArts, that combined an experimental motion capture solution with light-based animation.
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