Academy Remembers Animator Beckett

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor animator and visual effects artist Adam Beckett at a special program Aug. 17.

The program, titled Infinite Animation: The Work of Adam Beckett, will be presented at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and includes a screening of Life in the Atom, a film Beckett was working on at the time of his death at age 29.

Visual effects artist Richard Winn Taylor and Pamela Turner, Beckett’s biographer, will host the event. The program will include screenings of several of Beckett’s films and include a panel discussion with his friends and colleagues, including David Berry, Richard Edlund, Chris Cassady, Beth Block, Roberta Friedman and Pat O’Neill.

Beckett worked on both experimental art films, as well as commercial movies such as Star Wars, on which he was the head of the rotoscope and animation departments. He died in a fire in 1979.

Tickets cost $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members or students with a valid ID. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, at the Academy box office, or online at www.oscars.org. All seating is unreserved.