Q&A with Brenda Chap­man

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Avet­eran of the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try, Brenda Chap­man brings to the task of judg­ing this year’s short film com­pe­ti­tion at Annecy a ton of ex­per­tise honed over the years at the likes of Dis­ney, DreamWorks An­i­ma­tion and Pixar on films rang­ing from Beauty and the Beast to di­rect­ing cred­its on The Prince of Egypt and Brave. An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine: Do you see any of the films in ad­vance or do you watch them all at the fes­ti­val? Brenda Chap­man: No, I won’t. It will all be fes­ti­val screen­ing. An­imag: Have you met the other short film ju­rors be­fore? Chap­man: I don’t think so — if I have, it’s been a long time ago. My brain isn’t re­tain­ing what it used to. An­imag: Are there any films or film­mak­ers in the shorts com­pe­ti­tion that you are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in see­ing? Chap­man: I hate to be bor­ing, but I’m pur­pose­fully not div­ing too deep into what films and film­mak­ers are in the com­pe­ti­tion so that I can be com­pletely open and ob­jec­tive when I see the films for the first time. An­imag: Have you been on a jury at a fes­ti­val be­fore? If so, how did you like the ex­pe­ri­ence? Chap­man: Yes. I was on the Lu­nafest film fes­ti­val a few years back in San Francisco. I felt that I was an anom­aly on the jury panel. It wasn’t a very sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But I am very op­ti­mistic for the An­ncey An­i­ma­tion Fes­ti­val! An­imag: What, to you, makes a suc­cess­ful an­i­mated short? Chap­man: A clear story, char­ac­ters one can re­late to and im­agery that sup­ports the char­ac­ters and story … to name just a few things. An­imag: Have you been to Annecy be­fore? If so, what was your fa­vorite ex­pe­ri­ence there? Chap­man: Yes, I at­tended Annecy in 1995, when DreamWorks SKG set up a booth there for the very first time. We had one lit­tle ta­ble and some posters of the logo. That was it. Just be­ing there was pretty mag­i­cal. It’s an amaz­ing fes­ti­val! An­imag: What are you most look­ing for­ward to at this year’s fes­ti­val? Chap­man: Just be­ing a part of it — meet­ing with the other ju­rors and the or­ga­niz­ers. And of course, I’m look­ing very much for­ward to the films! [

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