the weekend, I went out and caught an early screening of The
Animation Show, a short film program featuring the work of
Don Hertzfeldt and Mike Judge among others. You can find out when
this program will play in a city near you by following this
link. With the exception of a couple of short films, the line-up
was incredibly strong, ranging from the quiet and introspective
to the side-splittingly hilarious. The highlight of the evening's
program was Hertzfeldt's new material, produced especially for
The Animation Show. I nearly suffered a heart attack from laughing
so hard. Good stuff.
supporting this show, you'll also be helping the independent arts
community at large. It is the intention of the organizers to create
a viable means through which animators can make a decent amount
of dough producing short films, rather than having to find the
big money to do animated features. If this succeeds, we may be
seeing a more varied selection of works produced on a regular
basis with much less financial pressure on the independent animator.
I think this is a wonderful idea, and hope that The Animation
Show is a great success. Apart from all that, it's wonderful,
intelligent, entertainment. Go and see for yourself.