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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Event: Don Hahn's Alchemy of Animation

In celebration of the release of Don Hahn's latest book, The Alchemy of Animation, Woodbury University and ASIFA-Hollywood invite you to attend a panel discussion hosted by Author/Producer Don Hahn

Featuring several of the most influential animators working today...
  • James Baxter ("Beauty and the Beast," "The Lion King," "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," "Shrek 2", "Enchanted")

  • Mike Belzer ("The Nightmare Before Christmas," "James and the Giant Peach," "Meet the Robinsons," the upcoming "Bolt")

  • Nik Ranieri ("Beauty and the Beast," "Hercules," "Meet the Robinsons," the upcoming "The Princess and the Frog")
Don Hahn and his panel of colleagues from the past 20 years will share their insights into the highly creative and involved process of making animated films across a variety of mediums - traditional, computer and stop-motion animation - as reflected in The Alchemy of Animation. The varied experience and talent among this group will serve students and fans of animation well through this educational yet entertaining gathering.

Monday, October 20, 2008, 7:00 p.m
Fletcher Jones Foundation Auditorium
Woodbury University
7500 Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91510
ASIFA-Hollywood Members and their Guests Only
RSVP Required

Following the panel discussion, Don Hahn will sign copies of his book, The Alchemy of Animation. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from the sale of books to benefit the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive.
Alchemy of Animation

The swift stroke of a pencil, the delicate positioning of a puppet, and the intricate process of building a 3D-render: these are but a few of the magical elements presented by Academy Award nominated producer Don Hahn in his book The Alchemy of Animation. This overview of the animation process across three mediums- hand-drawn, stop-motion and computer-generated- provides an entertaining and informed look at the sorcery behind the creation of such diverse Disney classics as Dumbo, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story, among others. Fans will appreciate the rarely seen artwork ranging from Snow White to the upcoming Bolt, and students of animation will relish the insider's look at the many steps involved in making such masterpieces.

Alchemy of Animation

One of the most successful producers working in Hollywood today, Don Hahn has been working creatively as a filmmaker at The Walt Disney Studios for over 30 years. In the realm of animation, Hahn produced the classic "Beauty and the Beast," which became the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Motion Picture Academy. His next film, "The Lion King," broke box-office records around the world to become the top-grossing traditionally animated film in Disney history as well as a long-running blockbuster Broadway musical. Hahn's other animated films include "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Atlantis: The Lost Empire," and the 2006 short "The Little Matchgirl" which earned Hahn his second Oscar nomination. He is currently developing the stop-motion animated feature "Frankenweenie" with director Tim Burton. Hahn has authored three books on the art of animation, including The Alchemy of Animation.

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