First up, a few panels at the Television Animation Conference.
Apparently the Canadian government is falling over itself to give Canadian animation producers money.
Then, ran into Chris Robinson and some RISD students including Leah Shore who stopped by the studio a couple months back.
First the feature "Mary and Max".
It's beautiful story, but the picture is completely secondary.
The character design and art direction is pleasing, and there are occasional visual gags -but it would have been better suited as a radio piece.
In fact, several of the films are better suited to the radio. "Q&A" is also lovely and charming piece. The visuals are nice but it's driven purely by the soundtrack -which was originally a radio piece and is no more moving because of the film aspect.
Two student pieces -also strong showings -are in a similar boat. Ian Miller's "True Confessions" and Diego Maclean's "The Art of Drowning", both have strong animation. But is the animation stronger than voice track? "The Art of Drowning" is not only a based on a poem by Billy Collins, the poet himself delivers a powerful reading.
Still, better to have a great soundtrack and solid picture than great picture and lackluster (or simply solid) scripting.