Konstantinos Pappis – The Odd Ones Out: The Rise of YouTube Storytime Animation

The emergence of new media has reshaped the creation and sharing of art in contemporary culture (Catricalà 2015; Krekovic 2003). The arrival of YouTube, in particular, has allowed for “independent modes of producing traditional media genres” (Burgess and Green 2009, n.p) as well as new genres, such as vlogging. An example of a traditional art […]

Jana Rogoff – Czech(oslovak) Animated Documentary on the Holocaust: The Visual Testimony of Helga Hošková-Weissová 1958/2011

Animated documentary on the Holocaust, initially a controversial format, has become an established category. Over the past twenty to thirty years, many short, mid- and feature length films have been produced, including Miloš Zvěřina’s trilogy,[1] Orly Yadin and Sylvie Bringas’ Silence (1998), The Last Flight of Petr Ginz (2012) by Sandy Dickson and Churchill Roberts, […]

Joan Ashworth – Animation is a refuge: ‘arrivants’ dwell in the stories of the mind

When we were preparing an animation workshop around storytelling for refugees, or arrivants[1] in Palermo as part of renowned scholar and writer Marina Warner’s Stories in Transit project, some questions arose, including Why might refugees engage with animation? How can animation, as a form of storytelling, offer a home for imagination? How can philosopher Hannah […]

Lucy Baxter – The Mental Abuse Matters Project: Creative Practice in Animation and Live Action VR

How can a complex inner state so turbulent and nebulous that it often remains a mystery to the person experiencing it be translated into a visual medium such as film, virtual reality or animation? The spectrum of mental abuse is wide, covering intimate, parental, peer, colleague and elder relationships. Emotional abuse is considered to be […]

Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre – Quebec Animation Cinema and Women’s Agentivity: an exploration of sexuality and desire through the works of three animators produced at the National Film Board of Canada

Moreover, because of the nature of the animated film, because it is a unique combination of printed popular culture (as in drawings done for newspapers, books, and magazines) and the twentieth century’s later emphasis on more life-like visual media (such as film, television, and various form of photography) it is argued here that it is […]

Vanessa Cambier – Slowing Down with Fast Films: The Animated Work of Sally Cruikshank

Discovering Sally Cruiskhank’s Work The first time I saw Sally Cruikshank’s animated film Quasi at the Quackadero (1975) it ran in the middle of a program including 15 other short experimental films, all made in the 1960s- 1970s. Shown as part of a special screening of 35mm projections at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, […]

Jessica Rutherford – Challenges surrounding participatory practice research in Animation: The case of FASD affected participants

This paper discusses the development of a Learning Programme designed around the animation film making process. The process of animating is tactile, multimodal and multi-sensory, allowing for wide application in a range of settings for purposes including education and therapy. Targeting multiple learning pathways with its visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach, the Learning Programme aims […]

Henry Melki, Ian Montgomery & Greg Maguire – Beauty and The Beast: A Dynamic Relationship Between 3D animation and Adaption to Change

Life of Pi has won numerous awards, including Academy Awards for best Visual Effects and best cinematography. At the Oscars ceremony in 2013, Bill Westenhofer, Visual Effects supervisor for Rhythm and Hues Studios, was interrupted by the theme from Jaws (1975) playing loudly to mask his speech at 44.5 seconds. Westenhofer’s microphone was disconnected, when […]

Lisa Scoggin – Grief, Myth, and Music in Tomm Moore’s Song of the Sea

Director Tomm Moore achieved some fame with his first feature, The Secret of Kells, which describes a fictional story of the illustrator of the Book of Kells as a child.  His second feature, Song of the Sea (2014), uses various Irish myths – most notably that of the Selkie – in a relatively modern setting […]

Zilia Zara-Papp – Reinvention and Reimagination Brought to Life in Children’s Animation Adapted from Literature – A Comparative Study of Elements of Art History from Australia, Japan and Europe

Children’s animation adapted from literature – including short stories, folk tales and ancient myths – showcases diverse approaches of reinventing and reimagining elements of art history within the animated works, depending on their specific cultural sources. Furthermore, this reliance upon native cultural art as source material knows no geographic bounds.  As this paper will demonstrate, […]