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Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Join The Animation Creative League!

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WHAT IS THE ANIMATION CREATIVE LEAGUE?

Studio animators have a distinct advantage over independent animators when it comes to networking. The studio workplace provides many opportunities to interact with other creative artists of different disciplines. However an independent artist often works alone and doesn’t have the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate and learn from the people around him.

The Los Angeles Animation Creative League was formed to address that problem.

Creative League Screening Room
The Animation Creative League Clubhouse

We have no formal structure, just regularly scheduled meetings and a Facebook mailing list. The events are held in a member’s home who has a projection video system and large living room. We keep the meetings small- no more than 20 people. This way it encourages interaction among members, not just the passive viewing of an audience. We do not charge admission and refreshments are pot luck, provided by the members themselves. Our meetings consist of quick introductions, a screening or guest speaker, then we retire to the kitchen for refreshments and informal discussions. The mood is informal and everyone is encouraged to participate.

Our programs are not just limited to the subject of animation. In fact, the focus is usually on allied fields. Too often animators think of themselves as “animators” rather than “artists” and “film makers”. For this reason, our programs in the past have focused on acting, dance, music, writing, illustration, cartooning, and live action film. We encourage our members to see animation as part of a bigger creative world, not a world unto itself. Our members include musicians, live action filmmakers, designers, technicians, fine artists, students and creative individuals of all types. This diversity gives us our strength.

Creative League Screening Room

Attendance at Creative League meetings is by invitation only. Space is limited, so as a courtesy to the rest of the members of our group, do not request a confirmation if you do not plan to attend, and let us know immediately if your plans change so we can offer your space to another member.

If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact the group administrator, Taber Dunipace at…

tdunipace@animationresources.org

…and join our Facebook page.

Animation Creative League Facebook Page

You can also click to read about some of our Past Events.

Start Your Own Creative League

START YOUR OWN LOCAL CREATIVE LEAGUE

The Los Angeles Animation Creative League does not have to be the only chapter of our group. Using the internet as a means of communication, there is no reason why there couldn’t be an informal network of chapters in other cities and countries. All it takes is a meeting room, a program director and advertising targeted at creative people in your own area. The Los Angeles chapter of the Animation Creative League is happy to share its Facebook page with over 5000 members all over the world with other groups of individuals who want to do the same thing.

We have learned several things from putting on events over the past couple of years. Here are a few tips that might help you get your own group started…

  • Keep it small… It’s natural to want to grow the group as big as possible as fast as possible, but a large size introduces complications that you might not be willing to deal with on a volunteer basis. Having to rent meeting rooms, pay for printing and mailings, and the sheer time involved in organizing large scale events can put a real damper on your activities. Better to stay small and build a tight group of quality individuals who are enthusiastic and eager to participate.
  • Share and share alike… The only thing you absolutely need is a meeting room and a way to view video. Everything else is optional. When you gain a little momentum, guest speakers will seek you out and members will want to bring refreshments and help out with setting up and cleaning up after. If no one volunteers to provide things, just do without. Don’t spend your own money.
  • Build a simple communications network… We have one place where people can go to find out dates and times of events- our Facebook page. Everyone knows to check there, and the events are announced the same way each time, with a Facebook invite going out to the entire group that includes a pitch to interest people in the program and info on how to RSVP. Behind the scenes, the volunteer in charge of publicity contacts each person and gets an email address and phone number for our list. All direct communications are done privately by email. Be aware that most people who RSVP for events on Facebook don’t really intend to attend. I don’t know why this is the case, but it is.
  • Be open to all, but be selective too… Give everyone an opportunity to participate, but be mindful of people who are disruptive or dominate the discussions. Feel free to cheerfully eliminate people who don’t fit in with the group. This is very difficult to do, but it is vital, because an unpopular personality can drive members away and you’ll end up with just the unpopular personality. Thankfully, troublemakers are rare and usually make themselves known pretty quickly. Just don’t send out RSVPs to them after their first event. Be polite but firm.
  • Do not host open events… Always require people to RSVP and follow up with them by email, sending reminders and directions to the location of the event. We do not publicly publish the location so people have to RSVP. We have found that people take open events for granted. Requiring them to correspond by email keeps them connected.
  • Take advantage of local groups and organizations as a source of members… Promote your group to local educators and professionals. Offer it as a networking opportunity to meet other creative people. Enlist others to help spread the word and form alliances.
  • Post follow ups… We try to encourage members to post about events after they take place, and we post a summation on the Facebook page. The best motivator to get people to attend the next meeting is to let them know all the fun they missed at the last one.
  • Persevere… At first, the meetings may only attract a few people. But if you consistently do programs on a monthly basis, the momemntum will build and people will invite their friends. Also, your group may have an impact in places you aren’t even aware of. The internet plugs you in to the whole world. Someone you have never met may be benefitting in some way from what you do. All you really have to do is “just do it”.

Start Your Own Creative League

If you would like to create a local chapter of The Animation Creative League contact Stephen Worth at sworth@animationresources.org and he will post a call for local members on our Creative League Facebook page. If you receive interest, get in touch with the responders and organize a planning meeting. When your group is established, we will make you an admin on our Facebook page, so you can promote your chapter. When you have an event to announce, look at the format of the calendar events and write up a description that follows our format. Make sure to include your city in the title of the event up front so people can spot the location easily. As our network grows, we will probably create a private email list for the coordinators of each group so we can compare notes and exchange programs.

Build your own local creative community. It’s well worth the effort.

Thank you
Stephen Worth
Director
AnimationResources.org

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

SCREENING FRI FEB 27: Invention For Destruction brings Jules Verne To Life!

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TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP BY EMAIL TO TABER DUNIPACE AT tdunipace@animationresources.org

NETWORK

Come meet the people behind Animation Resources on Saturday. February 27th at 7pm. We are hosting a special surprise screening and an evening of networking with creative people in animation, cartooning and illustration.

SCREENING

In 1958, Czech puppet animator Karel Zeman produced a mind blowing adaptation of Jules Verne’s stories called “Invention For Destruction”. Combining a dazzling array of techniques, the film seamlessly blends stop motion animation, forced perspective sets and live action into an eye popping simulation of steel engravings come to life. The only thing in cinema even remotely similar are the films of George Melies. The film was released in America as “The Fantasy Film World of Jules Verne” to great critical acclaim.

The Karel Zeman Museum in Czechoslovakia recently produced a meticulously restored high definition transfer of the film from the original camera negative. We will be screening that restoration on the big screen at our annual meeting. But seating is limited, so RSVP soon.

PARTY

The Board of Directors of Animation Resources will be on hand to outline our accomplishments over our first year in operation, and to answer questions about our exciting plans for the upcoming year. The dedicated volunteers who catalog the hundreds of thousands of images and animated films in our digital archive will be demonstrating our database and showing how they digitize the treasures it contains.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in our organization. RSVP is required. Contact Taber Dunipace at…

tdunipace@animationresources.org

…for info and directions. If you would like to bring refreshments, please do.

If you are interested in joining or volunteering, mark your calendar and plan to attend. There will be special perks for new members throughout the month of February, so if you haven’t signed up yet, join online soon to take advantage of all of the added benefits for charter members.

JOIN Animation Resources today!
http://animationresources.org/membership/levels/

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Creative League Screening: SCIENCE FICTION NIGHT

Science Fiction

Like fairy tales, science fiction attempts to say something true about the world by creating an entirely different world. On Saturday August 15th at 7:30 pm, we will be screening one of the greatest science fiction films you’ve probably never seen, “Quatermass and the Pit”, in a sparkling new high definition transfer.

SCIENCE FICTION
A Screening Hosted By The Animation Creative League
All welcome. Members: Free / Mon-Members $5 Donation
Saturday August 15th, 2015 7:30 pm
Animation Resources Screening Room, Pacoima CA

RSVP INFO

The Animation Creative League events are by invitation only. There is no charge for members (and a guest), but a $5 donation is requested from non-members. You are encouraged to contribute snacks and drinks.

To request an invite, please email YOUR NAME, YOUR PHONE NUMBER and THE NUMBER OF GUESTS to Taber Dunipace at…

tdunipace@animationresources.org

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, YOU MUST RSVP BY EMAIL. FACEBOOK RSVPs ARE NOT VALID.

If you can bring refreshments, please do. Confirmations will go out well in advance of the screening. Space is limited. Please do not RSVP unless you plan to attend, and make sure you let us know if you can’t make it so we can offer your seat to another person. See you at the screening!

About Animation Creative League

Creative League Facebook Page

SCIENCE FICTION Event Facebook Page
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