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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

SSAW International Animation Masterclass with Michael Fukushima - 21st Nov

Masterclass Diary

21 November 2007

Michael Fukushima International Animation Masterclass

10.00 - 12.00
The Atrium, University of Glamorgan (Adam Street, Cardiff)


Michael Fukushima has been directing and producing animation films since 1984, when he left the Classical Animation program at Sheridan College. He also taught Classical Animation at Concordia University for several years. On the strength of his first auteur film, Tako, Fukushima was invited to the National Film Board in 1990, where he completed the Hot Docs-winning animated documentary, Minoru: memory of exile. He’s been an NFB producer since 1997.

Fukushima’s credits as an NFB producer reflect the eclecticism and diversity of his own tastes, ranging from abstract animation to kids’ films to documentaries, the Web, mobile phones and more. He is the creator of the Hothouse, a program that is helping usher in a new generation of animation filmmakers to the NFB. He’s particularly fond of abstract and slightly off-centre animation and is part of the movement melding animation with interactive installations, thereby introducing animation into new venues and to new audiences.

His notable recent productions include the Genie Award-winning cNote by Chris Hinton, Lillian Chan’s award-winning Jaime Lo, small and shy, Sainte Barbe -- a poignant puppet-animation film by Swiss filmmakers C├ędric Louis and Claude Barras -- and two shorts from the mobile phone anthology Art of Seduction. Fukushima’s current productions include The Down Project (a workshop film with four adults with Down Syndrome), the interactive installation and short film HA’Aki, and Bruce Alcock’s elegiac Vive la rose. He is in development on high-profile co-productions with the UK’s Paul Bush and Oscar®-nominated Koji Yamamura from Japan.

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