Official Press Release
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA is pleased to present:
Puppet Masters of the Macabre: a night of spooky stop-motion animation
Thursday, April 29, 7 PM
Admission: $5 | Free for MoCCA Members
Puppet Masters of the Macabre: a night of spooky stop-motion
animation will be hosted by Aurelio Voltaire and prresented by Small
And Creepy Films and The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.
Stop-motion animation has been around since the very beginning of
film and is still around today. The art of manipulating rubber puppets
and bringing them to life by posing them one frame at a time on film
has seen something of a renaissance in recent history with the release
of such films as Coraline, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and A Town Called
Panic. Unlike it’s shiny and new cousin, computer animation,
stop-motion has always had a home-made and somewhat surreal quality to it. Perhaps it is for that reason that it is often the technique of
choice for filmmakers like Tim Burton and Henry Selick, looking to
create a strange and spooky world (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach).
Aurelio Voltaire, a filmmaker firmly entrenched in the world of dark,
puppet animation takes us on a little tour of the genre on April 29th
during “Puppet Masters of the Macabre: A Night of Spooky Stop-Motion
Animation”. Voltaire will screen excerpts from his reel (including
station IDs created in the early days of MTV and The Sy Fy channel and a few of his award-winning shorts) as well as the work of other
colleagues and luminaries of macabre animation. The screening will be
immediately followed by a panel discussion lead by Voltaire. On the
panel will be Micah Van Hove of Small and Creepy films and other
stop-motion animators and industry professionals.
This presentation will take place at MoCCA and is in association with
Small and Creepy Films (http://www.smallandcreepy.com
) a destination for whimsically dark shorts on the internet.
For a glimpse at Voltaire’s work visit:
http://www.smallandcreepy.com is the website of Caroline Thompson (Screenwriter of Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Adams Family and others).
On view at MoCCA
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through May 30, 2010
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