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Richard Williams The Animators Animator Gives Sold Out
Master Class Five Decades After Starting In The Business

Richard Williams Animation characters
As MIPJunior opens and producers and directors of the Animated genre gather to celebrate the art of Animation, Richard Williams, one of the greatest animators of our time, gave a sold out Master Class for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater last evening (Oct 4th).

Voted The Animators' Animator by his peers in The Observer, Richard Williams won an Oscar in 1988 for Visual Effects for his groundbreaking work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit and received a Special Achievement Award from the Academy for the animation direction of the film. He previously had won an Academy Award in 1972 for the animated short A Christmas Carol. Williams has amassed more than 250 international awards for his work. After five-plus decades in the industry, Williams continues to practice his art. In 2010 he completed a short film he began more than 57 years ago, Circus Drawings. He lovingly shares his craft by training new generations of animators through his master classes and his book and DVD set, The Animator's Survival Kit.

Presented as part of the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation, Williams discussed the work that has inspired him and the people who have influenced him. Some of Williams' favorite clips were shown to illustrate the artistic and emotional range of this amazing medium, from the charm of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the imagination of Fantasia to the stylized sophistication of Rooty Toot Toot and the subtlety of expression in Toy Story.

Williams enlightened the audience about his own work through clips from The Little Island, The Charge of the Light Brigade, A Christmas Carol, The Return of the Pink Panther, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Circus Drawings and the first theatrical trailer for The Thief and the Cobbler, as well as a preview of his work-in-progress, Prologue.

Exhibition: RICHARD WILLIAMS: MASTER OF ANIMATION A new exhibition opened on Friday, October 4 and runs thru December 22nd in the Academy Grand Lobby Gallery, in conjunction with the Marc Davis Celebration of Animation. The Academy invites attendees to take a visual tour through Richard Williams' career and experience his master class approach to the art of animation through this dynamic exhibition. Twelve unique zones, accompanied by matching chapters from Richard Williams' new iPad App, show aspiring animators and pros alike how to direct animation and how Williams approaches character movement, dialogue, animal action and more.

Nu Image - Villa d'Estelle   Starz Worldwide - Stand RSV.25
AFM   Wonderphil Ent.
Screen Media - Stand R31.28   Park Ent. - Stand 05.37
LBYL Films   Stealth Media - Stand 11.28
Artist View Ent. - Stand R29.17   The Little Film Company

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