This book examines the life and animated art of the late Adam K. Beckett. Beckett is known for his six award-winning animations, made between the years 1972-1975, that were ground-breaking at the time and that continue to influence artists today. He is also recognized for his contributions to the first Star Wars movie, as he was head of the animation and rotoscoping area.
This collection of essays brings together original scholarship on animation in contemporary moving image culture, from classic experimental and independent shorts to digital animation and installation.
Covers every aspect of production, from finding a concept, choosing a medium, and creating characters all the way to getting the end result screened and distributed. In addition to traditional cel animation also examines direct filmmaking, stop-motion animation, and Flash, as well as early motion devices and toys that produce animated images, all with case studies illustrating the successes and difficulties experienced by professional animators.
Cartoons-both from the classic Hollywood era and from more contemporary feature films and television series-offer a rich field for detailed investigation and analysis. Contributors draw on theories and methodology from film, television, and media studies, art history and criticism, and feminism and gender studies.
A fascinating inside story, told by two long-term Disney animators, of the gradual sophistication of a relatively young and particularly American art form--which no other movie studio has been able to equal.
The Society for Animation Studies (SAS) is an international organization dedicated to the study of animation history, theory and practice. It was founded by Dr. Harvey Deneroff in 1987. Each year, the SAS holds an annual conference at locations throughout the world, where members present their recent research.