Stop Mo Expo Coming to Burbank

Fans of stop-motion animation will want to take part in ASIFA-Hollywood’s inaugural Stop Mo Expo, a celebration of the art form taking place on April 21 at Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif. The day’long event will feature panels, seminars and rare film screenings, as well as appearances by Will Vinton, Corky Quakenbush, the Chiodo Bros., Jim Aupperle, Randy Cook and a number of other talented artists and technicians who are keeping the art of stop-motion alive and relevant.

The panels and seminars will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Topic will nclude Stop Motion in the Computer Age (moderated by Edward Chiodo), Ask the Experts (Tennessee Reed Norton), Stop Motion Education (Larry Loc), Sets, Lighting, Camera (Jim Aupperle) and Evolution of Stop Motion Animation (Stephen Chiodo).

The screenings will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until to 10 p.m. Selections will include The Great Cognito by Will Vinton, Africa Partings by Robyn Yannoukos, Blood and Sunflowers by Christiane Cegavske, Butter Dove by Jean Ngo, Raging Rudolph by Corky Quakenbush, Keep It Down by Max Maddox and Brady Serwitz, and Viscous Cycles and Sergeant Swell of the Mounties by Len Janson and Chuck Menville.

The 8 p.m.-10 p.m. block will be reserved for screenings of rare 16mm stop-motion prints from the extensive collection of Mark Kausler. These will include The Mascot from Ladyslaw Starewicz, 1930s Philips Radio Commercials and Rare Puppetoons from George Pal and Eastern European stop-mo from the ’30s.

There will also be a stop-motion animation jam where professionals, students and members of the Movies By Kids after-school program will collaborate on a short film as attendees watch. In addition, a number of stop-motion artifacts will be on display. These include part of the Oogie Boogie set from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas from the ASIFA-Hollywood Archives, an animation model from Africa Partings and a number of items from Chiodo Bros. Prods.

All tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Admission for the two events can be purchased separately or in a packaged deal. Prices for ASIFA members are $25 for the day event and $20 for the film festival, or $35 for both. Non-members can get in for $35 for the day, $30 for the festival or $50 for the package deal. Woodbury University is located at 7500 Glenoaks Blvd. in Burbank, Calif.