NFB Film Screening with Chris Landreth and Theodore Ushev

On Thursday I got to see some films at the Animation Show of Shows and Friday night I got to go to ILM to see screening of more films! Hosted by SIGGRAPH, ASIFA, and NFB (National Film Board of Canada), and joined by the directors Chris Landreth and Theodore Ushev. It's great to see what others are creating outside of the Hollywood mindset, particularly as they use animation as a form of medium to express art and is not blocking animation into just a film genre. While I had already seen Subconscious Password and Gloria Victoria at the Animation Show of Shows, I got to see them again but this time in stereoscopic 3D as they were created and meant to be seen. It was a completely different experience and blew my mind. Chris Landreth, who won an Academy Award for Ryan in 2005 and recently the Grand Prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival for Subconscious Password , his first film in stereoscope. Chris described himself and his work to be very interested in realism and hyper-realism. However, it's not just about making things in his film look like reality but he explores and analyzes the perception of reality and the reality of humanness. While Subconscious Password still holds up well without stereoscope, it says so much more with it. Instead of just seeing an image on a large screen having this large gap between the audience and the front of the image, the film and characters are brought right before the audiences' eyes and it makes everything more intimate.

At Annecy 2013 Theodore Ushev was given the Fipresci Award by the International Federation of Film Critics for Gloria Victoria. This new film completes his trilogy with Tower Bawher (2005) and Drux Flux (2009). The series focuses on the revolutionary relationship between art, industry, and power using imagery reminiscent of the Russian constructivistism. On the opposite side of Chris Landerth who used realism to describe himself, Theodore Ushev used abstract to describe himself and his work. I have no problem with that as, even though it's not personally my style of art, I enjoy appreciating it for its ideas and the questioning that arises, particularly with my art history background. When I first saw Gloria Victoria at the Animation Show of Shows without the stereoscope my reaction was  just "this is a beautiful 2D animation", "I like the strong graphic style, reminds me of printmaking". Gloria Victoria was specifically made for stereoscope and now seeing it in its true form I was completely blown away. Theodore Ushev talked about using stereoscope as part of the medium to create art and using the layering and depth to create "sculpture" to film.

Pictures from the ILM Letterman Theater Lobby!

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