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Animation Revelations at AUT this week

Animation Revelations returns to Auckland for a three-day bash from Thursday, offering a mix of screenings, workshops, panel discussions and a masterclass.

Much of the film programming is by Malcolm Turner, who also programmes for the NZIFF and is director of the just-concluded Melbourne International Animation Festival. Two NZ titles screened in Melbourne. Miriam Harris’ Warsaw, January 2011 screened in the Blend programme, some of which also plays Animation Revelations. Harris takes part in one of the event’s two panel discussion sessions.

Wellington animators Ross Payne & Stephen Templer’s Don’t Sit Under The Poo Tree played the MIAF Kids programme, which isn’t repeated at AR – but the film will play in the Toons for Tots programme at this year’s NZIFF.

Don't Sit Under the Poo Tree

Don’t Sit Under the Poo Tree

Among the international participants this year is Munro Ferguson, head of the National Film Board of Canada’s StereoLab” facility for many years.

Ferguson will present on StereoLab, the possibilities and technical challenges of 3D stereoscopic filmmaking, as well as presenting a programme of 3D stereoscopic animated films from the NFB.

Ed Hooks will present a full-day masterclass based on his Acting for Animators.

French animator Nadia Micault will present Sonata, which integrates live action dancers into an animated environment. Shown in Melbourne as part of the Blend prgramme, Micault will also present on the techniques used in the film.

For those with less ethereal tastes, the Late Night Xcess programme offers up the sort of animation the NZIFF doesn’t – unless it appears in Ant Timpsoin’s Incredibly Strange selection. This year’s crop promises a urethra full of killer bees, inappropriate touching of a walrus, drug addled penguins, the truth about alien abduction anal probes, and a poisonous poem to an ex who (apparently) enjoyed enemas.

Animation Revelations runs 3 – 5 July at AUT University, Auckland. All the info is here. To book, go here.

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