TBT: Hello Dalí!

With the new Disney & Dali exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum, I thought it would be fun to bring back an old post for TBT (“Throwback Thursday”). Enjoy!

Many have heard of Walt Disney, but does the name, Salvador Dalí, ring a bell? He was a famous Spanish surrealist artist. Still not ringing a bell? Perhaps you have seen one of his famous paintings, The Persistence of Memory.

Dalí’s works range from paintings, sculptures, and films. In 1929, Dalí collaborated with Spanish director, Luis Buñuel, on a short film called Un Chien Andalou. The film’s opening features the legendary scene of a young woman’s eye (actually a dead calf’s eyeball) being slit with a razor.

In 2003, a short film by Disney and Dali was released to the public called Destino. Production on the short began in 1945 with Disney artist, John Hench and Dalí. It finally premiered in 2003 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France. Production came to a halt in the late 1940s due to financial misfortunes during World War II. The end product combines the original work with some computer animation. The film tells the story of a Greek Titan and his love for a woman. The audience watches the female jump through surrealist surroundings inspired by Dalí’s work. Can you recognize which influences were Disney’s and which were Dalí’s?

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Accolade Competition Call for Submissions (Deadline: August 21, 2015)


Accolade Global Film Competition

A Prestigious and Unique International Film Competition!

Film – Television – New Media

***Call for Entries***
Deadline: August 21, 2015

Entry Form  Website  Email: info@accoladecompetition.org

What is Accolade and Why Enter?

MovieMaker Magazine named The Accolade Global Film Competition among the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee!  The Accolade has been a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices for over ten years.  Attracting both powerhouse film companies and talented new filmmakers, the Accolade Global Film Competition is unique in the industry.  It is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition to gain the recognition they truly deserve!

Our talented filmmakers have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.

The Accolade has recognized productions from all over the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bali, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Honors and Laurels

Quality and creativity are celebrated in four levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Recognition.
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season and Best of Show winning films also receive a beautiful 24k gold plated statuette created by the same company that crafts the Oscar (a $375 value).  Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award Of Merit award level. Awards of Recognition recognizes achievement in a specific category of entry.

Easy to Use

We know you have spent a lot of time and effort on your film and the last thing you want is to encounter a difficult submission process.  Our all-in-one online entry form makes entering a simple and easy process online!  Unlike some commercial portals, you can enter your film in as many categories as you like for even more exposure.   Enter today!

Do you know other talented artist story tellers looking for exposure?  Forward this email to your friends and colleagues.  Get them involved and help them gain the recognition they deserve!

To stay up to date with the latest announcements, “Like” The Accolade Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/AccoladeCompetition

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A Lego Brickumentary (Prescreening) on July 28

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An Evening with Aardman Animations: Shaun the Sheep Movie (August 4, 2015)

ShaunTheSheep_FilmPage_476x268August 4, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Landmark’s Clay Theatre

An Evening with Aardman Animations will celebrate the stop-motion powerhouse with an onstage conversation following a special advance screening of their new film Shaun the Sheep Movie. Co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak will be in attendance and will discuss their creative process and answer audience questions following a screening of their latest feature film, based on the hit television series.

About the film: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Aardman Animations’ adeptness at engaging audiences with compelling stories told through animation has earned the company a well-deserved worldwide reputation. Their award-winning independent feature films, television series and advertising spots feature a unique aesthetic, and their immediately recognizable characters have countless fans worldwide. The studio has produced a number of the most popular animated films of all time and has earned ten Academy Award nominations, with four wins among them. Their credits include The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), Chicken Run (2000), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and Flushed Away (2007). Shaun the Sheep, the studio’s wildly popular animated television series on which the new film is based, was launched in 2007 and has broadcast more than 130 episodes worldwide.

Tickets to An Evening with Aardman Animations are $12 for SFFS members; $14 general; $13 seniors, students and persons with disabilities; $8 for children aged 12 and under.

For more information, click here.

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The Good Dinosaur: Disney-Pixar Releases Trailer for Animated Film

The film, based in an alternate world where Earth was never hit by an asteroid and dinosaurs were never extinct, is scheduled for release in U.S. theaters on Nov. 25.

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Interview with Stop Motion Animation Student: Annie Wong’s Coppelia

Check out Annie Wong’s interview below about her stop motion short, Coppelia.

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AAU_StopMotionAnimation: Annie Wong from Becky Johnson on Vimeo.

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Leonid in Space has won an Award of Merit!

Best Shorts Competition

Kendra Williford’s Leonid in Space has won an Award of Merit for the 2015 Best Shorts Competition!

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For more information, click here.

Congratulations Kendra!


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JURASSIC WORLD: Building the Apatosaurus – Legacy Effects

For Jurassic World’s most touching scene, Legacy was asked to bring a gentle giant to life. Go behind the scenes with the Legacy team as they use both new and traditional methods to create an animatronic Dinosaur!

Follow Legacy Effects on Twitter: http://bit.ly/1aszio2
Visit the Legacy Effects site: http://www.legacyefx.com/

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“LADY and the frog” is screening at Nantucket Film Festival Kids’ Shorts Program!

LADY and the frog 2014′s Spring Show 1st Place Winner for 2D Animation Short Film Full Color, Tina Hsu’s “LADY and the frog” is screening at Nantucket Film Festival Kids’ Shorts Program June 28th 10am!

To see the progress and journey that “LADY and the frog” has been on, check on the Facebook page here!

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‘Leonid in Space’ has been accepted into the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards!

Leonid in Space

Leonid in Space has been accepted into the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards!

Congratulations Kendra!

To find out more about Kendra and her work, visit her website here!

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