The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced a four-evening seminar series titled ‘Evolution or Revolution? Production Design in the 21st Century’ to take place on Monday evenings beginning on April 25.
‘Production Design in the 21st Century’ will examine the different aspects of production design and set decoration from the perspective of the designers and decorators themselves. Each evening will feature film clips and open discussion between the evening’s special guests and members of the audience.
The series schedule is as follows:
The Convergence of Production Design in Live Action and Animation (April 25)
Designers from animation and live action compare their responsibilities, as well as the creative and executive pipelines through which they navigate their work.
- Kathy Altieri, production designer (How to Train Your Dragon, Over the Hedge)
- Scott Chambliss, production designer (Salt, Star Trek)
- Harley Jessup, production designer (Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc.)
- Lilly Kilvert, production designer (Valkyrie, The Last Samurai)
- Karen O’Hara, set decorator (Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s A Christmas Carol)
Memorable Images: Production Designers and Set Decorators Choose Their Favorites (May 2)
Production designers can create powerful images that embed themselves into the collective cultural consciousness. The panel will give examples of those unforgettable instances when dramatic design surges from a support role to the forefront of the storytelling process.
- William Creber, production designer (The Poseidon Adventure, 1972; Planet of the Apes, 1968)
- Jack Fisk, production designer (There Will Be Blood, The New World)
- Alex McDowell, production designer (Watchmen, Fight Club)
- Beth Rubino, set decorator (It’s Complicated, American Gangster)
Set Decoration and the Design Collaboration (May 9)
Production designers and set decorators discuss their collaborative process.
- Jim Bissell, production designer, and Jan Pascale, set decorator (Leatherheads, Good Night and Good Luck)
- Jim Erickson, set decorator (Watchmen, There Will Be Blood)
- Alex McDowell, production designer, and Anne Kuljian, set decorator (The Terminal, Minority Report)
- Jeannine Oppewall, production designer, and Jay Hart, set decorator (Pleasantville, L.A. Confidential)
The Criteria for Good Production Design (May 16)
Production designers and set decorators discuss what they look for in their peers’ work as hallmarks of great creative design.
- Nathan Crowley, production designer (Public Enemies, The Dark Knight)
- Jack Fisk, production designer (There Will Be Blood, The New World)
- Alex McDowell, production designer (Watchmen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
- Jeannine Oppewall, production designer (Pleasantville, L.A. Confidential)
- Leslie Pope, set decorator (Get Him to the Greek, Donnie Brasco)
- Victor J. Zolfo, set decorator (The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Panels will be moderated by two of the Academy’s Art Directors Branch governors, production designer Jim Bissell (300, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg (Public Enemies, Transformers). Each session will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. PST at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
Registration for the entire series is $40 for the general public and $30 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. Admission for individual evenings, if available, is $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, or in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the session when the doors open at 6 p.m. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
The musical legacy of The Walt Disney Studios will be celebrated at the 2011 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in collaboration with D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, will host a multi-faceted celebration of the studio’s history of bringing music and film together. Presentations at TCM’s four-day festival in April 2011 will include a screening of the recently restored groundbreaking classic Fantasia (1940), which integrated great works of classical music with some of the most innovative animation ever put on film; a collection of Silly Symphonies animated shorts, curated and introduced by film historian Leonard Maltin; and a special tribute to Disney live-action musicals.
TCM will also be presenting a collection of animated Laugh-O-Grams. These shorts were created by Walt Disney made at the Laugh-O-Gram studios, which he founded in the 1920s and where he was inspired to ultimately create the Mickey Mouse character. These historically important films were recently discovered and restored by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and are being presented in partnership with The Walt Disney Family Museum, located in San Francisco.
The celebration of the musical world of Disney is part of the 2011 festival’s overall theme, Music and the Movies. Throughout the four days, the TCM Classic Film Festival will shine a spotlight on outstanding composers, great songwriters and the unique role music plays in the art of filmmaking.
“When it comes to the merging of music and motion pictures, no single studio has made as consistent and important contributions as Disney,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “We are proud to join with Disney’s D23 fan club to celebrate that legacy as an important part of the festival. It is also a rare opportunity for everyone to experience the magic of Disney through beautifully restored feature films and rare shorts from the early days, shown on giant movie screens for the first time in years.”
The following is a rundown of the Disney celebration planned for the TCM Classic Film Festival:
Fantasia (1940) – Recently restored edition
This groundbreaking animated anthology, one of Walt Disney’s most astonishing achievements, combines classical music with animated imagery, from the abstract (“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”) to the hilarious (“Dance of the Hours”) to the awe-inspiring (“Night on Bald Mountain” / “Ave Maria”). A commercial failure when it was first released, the film has since become a cultural treasure, thanks not only to the innovative recording and animation techniques, but also to Mickey Mouse’s memorable appearance as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
Silly Symphonies – Curated by Leonard Maltin
Film historian Leonard Maltin will curate and introduce this collection of memorable Silly Symphonies shorts. Walt Disney Productions created 75 of these music-filled animated shorts from 1929 to 1939. Many of the featured shorts (rarely theatrically screened) broke new ground in animation techniques, garnering seven Academy Awards® along the way.
A Special Tribute to Disney Live-Action Musicals
After establishing its artistic reputation through animated films, the Disney studio moved into the realm of live-action musicals. The TCM Classic Film Festival’s Disney celebration will include a special tribute to the Disney Live-Action Musicals.
Laugh-O-Grams – Newly discovered and restored shorts, presented in collaboration with The Walt Disney Family Museum and Museum of Modern Art
This collection of recently discovered and restored Laugh-O-Grams heralds the earliest days of Walt Disney’s career. Before he started the studio that would bear his name, Disney started the Laugh-O-Grams studio. Located on the second floor of a brick building in Kansas City, Mo., the Laugh-O-Gram studio became home to many of the pioneers of animation. The building, which still stands, is also said to have provided Disney with the inspiration for his most enduring character, Mickey Mouse
Festival passes are now on sale at www.tcm.com/festival
D23 is reporting that Tinker Bell will receive her very own star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 21.
Tink will be joining the likes of other ‘fictional’ Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Snow White, Winnie-the-Pooh and Kermit the Frog. Also to be found along the Walk of Fame are two stars for Walt Disney and a special, unprecedented star for Disneyland itself, awarded for its 50th anniversary.
We will publish additional information as it becomes available to us, but as for the star’s location, we are quite certain it will be the second star to the right of somewhere.
Very in-coincidentally, September 21 is also the day that Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue will be released on Disney Blu-ray and DVD.