The Fortunes of Fall C
ompleting each issue of is a breathtaking experience. Not only does it take a lot of work from some very talented people to make sure every detail is paid proper attention, but looking at the finished magazine is always a great reminder of how incredible it is to be involved in this industry.
Take, for example, LAIKA’s third feature film, The Boxtrolls, a tale of identity told in thrillingly detailed stop motion. The Portland-based studio never fails to impress in its dedication to stop motion, and their work always celebrates what’s great about the medium while also pushing it forward.
On the flip side is independent animation icon Bill Plympton, whose feature Cheatin’ is — as all of Plympton’s films are — hand drawn by the man himself. With more than 30,000 drawings done on paper for the film, Cheatin’ is a joy to watch and we encourage fans to catch it when it comes to a theater near you.
Bridging an unusual gap is The Congress, the new feature from innovative Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman, who brought us the mind-blowing animated documentary Waltz with Bashir. He’s back this time with a trippy science fiction movie that is half live-action and half animation. Folman’s animation director, Yoni Goodman, was good enough to give us the lowdown on how this independent and visionary film was made.
And on the CG side of things, we cover the Belgian CG animated feature Thunder and the House of Magic. The folks at nWave have found a lot of success abroad with this tale of a cat discovering a unique family in a magician’s home, and soon American fans can check it out for themselves.
The Ottawa International Animation Festival, one of our favorite events, exemplifies this kind of diversity. This is a festival that always goes above and beyond to seek out the best animated shorts and features from all over the globe. It’s a bonus that it can all be seen in the lovely capital city of Canada, where the animation and visual effects industries are growing so quickly we had to write a feature about it.
Further abroad is the unique European production summit called Cartoon Forum and the coming of MIP Junior at Cannes. We give you the essential rundown of what you need to know and look for at each of these amazing events.
I also am very excited to be sharing with you more information about the third annual World Animation and VFX Summit, which is coming up fast! Set for Nov. 2-5 in lovely Marina del Rey, this is a can’t-miss event and we are very proud of the caliber of guests and content lined up so far — all that’s missing is you!
So no matter which events you’re going to this month — or even if you’re just enjoying from the comfort of home — we always love to hear from our readers. Let us know what you think.