Our first class trip was to the Creative Alliance for a screening of animation shorts.
First of all, it was just nice to see the place where we will screen our films. I would have been content watching it on a home projector in a basement or garage. It’s hard not to gush about the opportunity to have our films be shown alongside films made by established artists, in a not unpleasant venue!
It was actually my first time watching a screening of this sort. It was a wonderful mishmash of artistic visions. It would be difficult to point out any one particular film because the screening of these colorful and diverse shorts resulted in a imaginative and very satisfying animative gestalt.
The films played off one another so well. The more humorous ones pierced the dark ambiance left by more serious films. Some were gentler than others, easier to wrap your head around. Others left you pondering well into the next film.
I found that emotions can be more easily imbued in this medium of film where there are no human actors. In a sizable portion of the films we saw, the whole background set was purely of someone’s imagination. Mundane things are given shapes and colors we are not familiar with. With nothing to really anchor the viewer in reality, the filmmaker has total control in creating the atmosphere.
Even when the film felt more realistic, the shot angles and atypical motion were potently transportative.
“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.”
– Walt Disney
Overall, it was a whole lot of fun. I loved being in so many artist’s minds. I loved the wonderful stories and even enjoyed the incomprehensible few. It was a rich and fulfilling evening, and I now have a much-appreciated, broader understanding of the art of animation.