State of Animation Addressed at Angoulême

The Fifth International Forum for Animation Technologies kicked off today in Angoulême, France and continues through Saturday, Nov. 15. Organized by Magelis, the Pôle Image d’Angoulême with the support of the CNC (French Film Board), the SPFA (French Animation Producers’ Trade Organization) and the CST (French Technicians’ Commission), the event reviews developments on the progress and evolution of production methods and techniques.

Tom Sito opened the Forum at 11:00 a.m. today with a keynote address on the highly topical issue of the state of 2D animation today. The co-director of Warner Bros.’ Osmosis Jones has also worked on such major productions as The Little Mermaid, Shrek, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and The Lion King.

Other topics to be covered in workshops include the animation of 3D characters, with the participation of animation director Kyle Balda, directors Pierre Coffin and Benoît Feroumont, and Isaac Kerlow from the Walt Disney Company.

The workshop "Towards Fully Digital Production Workflow for 2D Animation" will attempt to answer the question, "Can the all-digital chain provide a relevant solution to current artistic and technical challenges?" Participants will include Pascal David (Alphanim), Pascal Gayrard (Quatre vingt et un), Marie-Pierre Journet (France Animation), Tim Searle (Baby Cow Animation) and Jean-Michel Spiner (2 Minutes).

Another topic of discussion will be the challenges facing 3D animation in Europe. Panelists will include Jacques Bled (Mac Guff Ligne), Anders Mastrup (A.Film), Shelley Page (DreamWorks), Paco Rodriguez (Filmax) and Aton Soumache (Method Films).

Stay tuned for updates on this event as Animation Magazine Online will be reporting from Angoulême.