Movie Makers Take Note

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The Katonah Museum of Art is bringing a fantastic opportunity to kids in love with movie-making and the digital experience to Katonah this fall with the exhibition “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios, on view from September 16, 2012 to January 20, 2013.   A unique interactive exhibition, “Ice Age” to the Digital Age looks at the imaginative work of Greenwich, Connecticut-based Blue Sky Studios, creators of such blockbuster films as the Ice Age series, Robots, and Rio.  “Ice Age” to the Digital Age will guide visitors through Blue Sky’s entire process of creating computer animated films: from initial concepts, storyboards, character design, background art, and three-dimensional modeling to the highly technical work of animation, rigging, materials, lighting, special effects, and sound. In addition to final movie clips, the exhibition will feature rarely-seen original concept drawings, sculptural models, props, and digital stills. Interactive stations will allow visitors to sketch a scene or manipulate computer-generated images to better understand the innovative technology that brings the films to life. “Ice Age” to the Digital Age: The 3D Animation Art of Blue Sky Studios will provide an unprecedented number of collaborative opportunities between the Katonah Museum of Art and Blue Sky artists and technicians, including gallery talks with Blue Sky co-founder Chris Wedge and Ice Age: Continental Drift directors Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier.  The KMA will also offer an exciting calendar of programming in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Center, including Here and There Animation Workshops for Youth, Saturdays, October 20, November 17, December 8.  These are wonderful opportunities for your kids — check out the options and sign up now!  Workshops will be held from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at KMA, 1:30 – 3:00 pm at JBFC.  Day-long immersion workshops begin at the Katonah Museum where Blue Sky artists work with students to develop stories and characters. After lunch and a quick train ride, children bring their art to life at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Media Arts Lab. By the end of the afternoon, each child will have created a short animated project. Prepaid reservations required. $63 KMA/ JBFC members, $70 non-members. Participants must commit to the entire day. A KMA or JBFC staff person will accompany students on the train from Katonah to Pleasantville. Please bring lunch.

The workshops include:

October 20 ( Grades 2 – 4).  Creature Creation.  Design a unique character with Ice Age: Continental Drift art director Nash Dunnigan at the Katonah Museum, then animate your creation in a stop-action film short at the Media Arts Lab.

November 17 (Grades 9 – 12).  Making Moves.  With pencil, paper, and the expertise of Blue Sky story artist Jim Kammerud, create a storyboard sequence at the Katonah Museum, then bring the sequence to life at the Media Arts Lab.

December 8 (Grades 5 – 7).  Designing Worlds.  Under the direction of Blue Sky set designer Jon Townley, design the details of a movie set at the Katonah Museum, then infuse the scene with light and life at the Media Arts Lab.

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