Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell

From the Walt Disney Family Museum.

George Hurrell

February 11 – June 29, 2015
Located in the Theater Gallery

Step behind the lens and take a peek into the lights, camera, and glamour of the golden age of Hollywood with the newest exhibition from The Walt Disney Family Museum. Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell brings together a selection of rare, vintage prints from George Edward Hurrell (1904–1992)—one of America’s finest photographers whose professional career had a worldwide impact that continues to this day.

Hurrell is credited with creating the standard for the idealized Hollywood glamour portrait. Always an innovator, he invented the boom light and developed several—now standard—lighting techniques. Hurrell’s signature use of precision lighting, spotlights, shadows, and hand-retouching on the negatives produced romantic portraits that became his trademark style and the definition of glamour for the movie industry. This influential look became known as “Hurrell style.”

Classically trained as a painter, Hurrell employed fine art techniques in his compositions. Beginning in 1930, Hurrell worked as a portrait photographer for most of the major Hollywood motion picture studios, first with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. While most of the country suffered during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the movie industry thrived. During this time especially, Hurrell’s photographs did more than just promote a film or a celebrity; for many, the glamour, romance, and drama of these photos provided a momentary mental escape from difficult times.

In the 1940s, Hurrell married Walt Disney’s niece, Phyllis Bounds, and they had three children. The Hurrell’s founded a television production studio—Hurrell Productions—in the 1950s, which was housed on The Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank. Though this company was independent from the Studios, its location on the lot made it possible for employees to work for both Hurrell Productions and The Walt Disney Studios. Disney animators and staff were employed to create animated television commercials, featuring some of the most iconic and memorable mascots of the 1950s, including Bucky Beaver for Ipana Toothpaste and the original Cheerios Kid. Notably, Walt’s younger daughter, Sharon, was employed as the assistant to her cousin, Phyllis Hurrell, and was personally delivered each morning to the door of the Hurrell Productions offices by her father.

Guest curated by Dr. Louis F. D’Elia, Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell is comprised of prints that have been selected from the Pancho Barnes Trust Estate Archive: a collection of Hurrell photography that is arguably the best in the world in both breadth and quality. Pancho Barnes (1901–1975) was an adventuress, pioneering female aviatrix, and a close friend and early patron of Hurrell. She encouraged and helped start his successful Hollywood career.

This exhibition features more than 50 prints and objects—some of which have never been published and several of which have not been seen in more than 80 years. Lights! Camera! Glamour! highlights Hurrell’s impact as a photographer and the achievements of his unique and extraordinary eight-decade career.

Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell is produced by The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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Need extra help? Attend a workshop! They’re FREE!

These workshops are open to all students currently enrolled in the corresponding classes on a drop-in basis. You may choose to attend any portion of the workshops and you may leave early if you wish. Depending on your needs, you may attend one week only or for a number of weeks.

Below is the 2D ANM, 3D ANM, and a compiled schedule for all onsite figure drawing workshops with models.

Want to know what else other departments are offering? Click here.

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Submit to Nickelodeon’s 2015 Animated Shorts Program!

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What we’re looking for:

  • Animated shorts that are 2 to 3 minutes in length
  • Strong, relatable characters that are at the heart of it, that our kid audience of boys and girls ages 6 to 11 will love and want to see again and again
  • Creators who are passionate about their ideas, their characters, their stories. We want you to pitch from the heart. What is it that you really, really want to make and that means something to you?

Any and all styles and techniques of animation including 2D, digital 2D, CG, Stop Motion, Mixed Media are okay.

We’re open to any genre if your short has a strong comedic backbone. Action/Adventure/mystery is okay as long as it’s funny.

What we need from you:

A storyboard or some visual representation of your 2 to 3 minute story is required. We are open to how you want to present your pitch so long as you’re giving us visuals. Basically, we want to see your pitch and be able to say “we love this, let’s make this”, and then quickly start executing your vision.


Options include:

  • A rough beat board where you just provide the key beats of the story
  • A full storyboard – thumbnail, rough, or cleaned up
  • A comic or picture book
  • An animatic


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Nick Jr. Shorts Submissions! (Deadline: March 31, 2015)

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Thank you for your interest in the creative shorts program sponsored by Nickelodeon Preschool Television.


Creative Guidelines

We’re looking for character based shorts that are silly, whacky, loony and hilariously funny to our core audience of two to five year olds.

Shorts should include strong characters that appeal to both boys and girls.

Shorts should avoid stereotyping of any kind.

Shorts should be respectful of preschooler’s development, gearing humor and content to the audience.

Shorts should be visually stimulating and push the conventions of design while working on a level respectful of preschooler’s development.

Shorts should avoid topics and issues that date and link the series to a particular time and fad.

Shorts should have no more than 2 – 3 characters.

Shorts are limited to 2:00 in length and should primarily take place in 1 setting.

We are open to all animation styles.

Your pitch materials must include the following in a SINGLE .PDF file:

  • Concept treatment (1 to 2 paragraphs about your idea)
  • Character descriptions and designs
  • 2 minute script/outline OR 2 minute rough thumbnail storyboard
  • Resume and credits
  • Link to online portfolio and/or work samples (if available)


If available, you can provide a link to additional pitch content.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, March 31, 2015. No submissions will be accepted after this time.

If you are a Viacom employee, please note that participation is voluntary and unrelated to your employment by Viacom.

We will be in touch should we want to move forward with your concept.

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Women In Gaming on February 19th!


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Blue Sky Studios Coming on Feb 25 (Wednesday)


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Animation Town Hall Meeting on 2/19

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DreamWorks Will Shut Down PDI/DreamWorks Studio; 500 Jobs Will Be Eliminated

From Cartoon Brew:

BREAKING! The beleaguered DreamWorks Animation just announced in a written statement that it will eliminate approximately 500 jobs at its company, far exceeding the previously anticipated number of layoffs. Many of those five hundred layoffs will come from the unexpected shutdown of one of its main studios, PDI DreamWorks, in Redwood City, California.

The closing of that studio will begin immediately. The studio is expected to begin holding private one-on-one meetings with PDI artists as early as tomorrow, and offering some of them an opportunity to relocate to the southern DreamWorks campus in Glendale, California.

The layoffs at PDI and Glendale will be structured as “equal force reductions,” according to a report by the Animation Guild. That’s possible because of the PDI artists who are being offered the opportunity to relocate. Any artist who leaves the studio will be paid an additional sixty days of wages after the layoff.

The studio is cutting back its slate to two DreamWorks-produced films per year: one original film and one sequel. To save money, the studio will also begin outsourcing production for some of its films, like, Captain Underpants, scheduled for 2017. Films such as that will be produced “at a significantly lower cost.”

DreamWorks chief Jeffrey Katzenberg told financial analysts this afternoon that the studio’s attempt to make three films a year was “too ambitious.” He also said that he would become more involved creatively with the studio’s films:

“Much of my time has been focused on expanding the company. It’s now time for me to turn my attention back to the core businesses and support Mireille [Soria] and Bonnie [Arnold, the new DreamWorks feature animation co-presidents]. Much more of my time will be in support to them and less on the road. I remain 100% committed to building DreamWorks Animation. My time and my focus needs to be on making blockbuster hit films. We have the people to do it.”

The new release line-up for DreamWorks-produced films is as follows: Kung Fu Panda (March 18, 2016), Trolls (November 4, 2016), Boss Baby (January 13, 2017), The Croods 2 (December 22, 2017), The Larrikins (February 16, 2018), and How to Train Your Dragon 3 (June 29, 2018). The formerly announced B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been taken off the schedule completely and shifted back into development. Another film, Mumbai Musical, has also been put on the backburner.

Among the people who will exit the company: marketing chief Dawn Taubin, vice chairman Lewis Coleman, and COO Mark Zoradi. Zoradi, who joined only last summer, said at the time of his hiring: “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to join the talented DreamWorks team at a time of remarkable expansion and growth for the company.”

In a written statement, DreamWorks said it expects to incur a pre-tax charge of approximately $290 million in connection with the restructuring. These costs are expected to be incurred primarily in the quarter ended December 31, 2014, with the remainder in 2015 and 2016.  The plan will result in total cash payments of approximately $110 million incurred primarily in 2015.  The restructuring plan is expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2015 and expected to result in annualized pre-tax cost savings of approximately $30 million in 2015, growing to roughly $60 million by 2017.

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DreamWorks Employees Face Major Layoffs

From Animation Magazine:


Reports out of Hollywood say that DreamWorks Animation, which has been troubled by under-performing releases in recent years, is expected to lay off a good chunk of its staff at the studio’s Glendale and Redwood City campuses. The cull is part of cost-cutting measures, and is anticipated to match 2003′s mass lay offs which saw over 350 people dismissed.

According to The L.A. Times, among the 2,200 employees facing the layoffs are animators, storyboard artists, additional production personnel and support staff.

Even though How to Train Your Dragon 2 was a huge success for the studio, making over $600 million worldwide, DWA’s Mr. Peabody and Sherman and holiday release Penguins of Madagascar failed to meet expectation at the box office last year. Mr. Peabody caused the company to take a $57 million write down last April.

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The LEGO Movie – “Creating the Bricks”

Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, below is a video about how The LEGO Movie was made. Enjoy!

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