Saturday, January 1, 2011

Extracurricular: Starz Animation @ TIFF

For those of you with an interest in animation, and/or learning more about the children's media industry and/or are simply curious to hear more about what goes on behind-the-scenes of a major film production, be sure to join me on January 14th for the first Higher Learning Friday event of the new year, at the TIFF Lightbox. I've got 30 tickets put aside for students in my INF2304 and INF1005/6 (04) classes to attend a special presentation by Starz Animation Toronto Creative Director Kevin Adams, who will discuss the making of "9"(2009) - a dystopian, beautifully animated feature film directed by Shane Acker and produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov. The company and creators behind the film are of particular interest to students in this class - Starz Animation has been involved in some pretty high profile (at times controversial) children's films and television series over the past few years, including a couple of the Veggie Tales movies and the Macy's sponsored Yes Virginia TV special. It will be interesting to hear the insider perspective, particularly in relation to a film that appears to have attracted somewhat conflicted responses from viewers (e.g. kids tend to like it more than adults, etc.).

Here's an intro to the film and company in question:

Here are the details:
Kevin Adams presents: "Behind The Scenes: Making of 9" 
(followed by a Q/A with students)
Friday, January 14th 2011
10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the TIFF Lightbox

I have 30 (free!!) tickets available for students in either of my two Winter 2011 classes... 
so be sure to reserve your ticket with me in advance. 
On the day of....Please arrive between 9:45am and 10am. 
I will be waiting in the lobby to give you your tickets. 
And make sure to bring your student card.

If you don't pre-register with me, you may be able to get same day tickets anyway (depending on availability). Here's the info for how that would work:

Same day ticket availability: The remaining tickets for each event will be made available on a first-come, first- served, basis. Tickets are limited to one per person and are available one hour before the event's start time at TIFF Bell Lightbox's Box Office, located at 350 King Street West.  Students must show valid college or university cards for admittance.

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