The For­tunes of Fall C

Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Tom McLean Ed­i­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­

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.

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