Visitors to the recently opened SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street will find plenty going on there in early May. In addition to the ongoing Dusty Film and Animation Festival, the College is joining forces with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting (FTB) to present Careers in Animation, in which several industry professionals will come together on Tuesday, May 5, at 8pm, for a discussion about the New York animation business. The speakers are Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton (1969 Cartooning), animator Aaron Augenblick (BFA 1997 Animation), animator Debra Solomon, author and director David B. Levy, distributor Catherine Branscome and commercial animator Norma Toroya. The event is free, but attendees need to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following week, the theater will host a pair of programs highlighting student work. On Monday, May 11, 6 – 9pm, the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department presents a screening of Motion Graphics work. These original animations were made by students in the program’s Digital Video track, which tests the limits of type to move off the page and into time and space. Then, on Wednesday, May 13, 7 – 10pm, will be Encore!, a screening of thesis projects created by graduating seniors from the BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department. Both events are free and open to the public; for a complete list of SVA events in the theater and elsewhere, click here.
Images: (top) Still from Motion Graphics Screening promotional video, 2009; (bottom) Christian Haniszewski and Rogelio Olguin, still from Abyssus, 2009.