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Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Press Release: Animation Resources- A New Nonprofit Serving The Animation Community

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Fernando Valley, CA, January 17 2015

Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit that aims to educate, support and encourage the animation community. Through membership, the organization focuses on preserving the past, inspiring the present, and cultivating the future of the medium of animation. An overarching service for the worldwide animation community, as well as resources, events, and activities are coordinated through the website, at http://animationresources.org.

One of the primary functions of the organization is to be a leader in the industry for preserving the history of animation through The Animation Resources Animation Archive. Currently, the Archive houses over 8,000 digitized animated films, over 150,000 high-resolution images, and over 1000 artist biographies. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in the creation and growth of the Archive, allowing them even closer proximity to the artwork that has inspired centuries of artists. With enough funding, the goal is to syndicate the entire collection to universities, libraries, and museums around the world through Cloud services.

Animation Resources inspires the present by showcasing the incredible artists who are working today. Visiting curators broaden the scope of content, educational screenings and lectures will be made available, and networking opportunities for aspiring professionals will unite the animation community at large.

Through the previously mentioned resources, Animation Resources cultivates the future by helping the next generation of filmmakers hone their skills and tastes to elevate the craft of animation. While students benefit from the immense wealth of educational resources on hand, independent animators and industry professionals will also find a near inexhaustible supply of inspiration. As guidance, Animation Resources is overseen by an advisory board of professionals from throughout the animation community, including Ralph Bakshi, David Chai, Sherm Cohen, Will Finn, John Kricfaclusi, Steve Stanchfield, Mike Van Eaton and JJ Sedelmeier. The day to day operations of Animation Resources are also overseen by a board of directors, working in various capacities throughout the industry, and their individual bios can be seen and accessed at http://animationresources.org/leadership/.

The membership dues are an annual fee of $75 for professionals & enthusiasts, and $50 for students. The membership gains access to 12 DVD quality cartoons per year from the archive, many of which have never been seen by the general public, as well as 6 high resolution 150 page e-books each year, covering topics such as “Zim’s Correspondence School of Cartooning,” “Comic Art & Caricature,” “H. M. Bateman’s Suburbia & Burlesque,” and “Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death and Illustrations from the Bible.” Additional details about membership levels can be found at http://animationresources.org/membership/levels/.

Animation Resources is based in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, but is accessible worldwide through animationresouces.org, additional information about the history of the organization can be found at http://animationresources.org/about/.

CONTACT:

Stephen Worth
sworth@animationresources.org

OTHER LINKS:

The Goals And Projects of Animation Resources: http://animationresources.org/meta-animation-resources-goals-projects/

KCET: Animation Resources Aims To Build A Massive Digital Archive Of Cartoon Art: http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/animation-resources-aims-to-build-a-massive-digital-archive-of-cartoon-art.html

Animation Resources on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/animationresources/
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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

STUDENTS: Apply For A Sponsorship to Join Animation Resources

Sponsor A Student

Are you a student that wants to be a member of Animation Resources, but can’t afford it? Send three sentences explaining why it will help you being a member along with a link to an example of your work to sworth@animationarchive.org. We are going to create a “Sponsor a Student” page where people can pay for your student dues for a year. Beyond that, it’s up to you. But here is your chance for a leg up. (Please do not apply if you can afford the $50. This is for students who really need it.)
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Monday, January 5th, 2015

Meta: Animation Resources’ Goals and Projects

Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the worldwide animation community. Through our various online and in-person projects, we educate and inspire professional animators, cartoonists, illustrators and students. If you are a creative person in animation or an allied field, you should be a member of Animation Resources!

The Goals of Animation Resources

  • To support and encourage animation education
  • To support the preservation and critical evaluation of animation history
  • To recognize the achievement of excellence in the art of animation
  • To increase public awareness of animation
  • To act as a liaison to encourage the free exchange of ideas within the animation community
  • To encourage journalism documenting current trends and activities in animation
  • To encourage the social interaction of professional and non-professional animation enthusiasts
  • To encourage the development and expression of all forms of animation

Animation Resources’ Projects

ANIMATION ARCHIVE PROJECT

We are in the process of developing a database of material designed to educate and inspire artists working in the fields of animation, cartooning and illustration. Included in the collection are hundreds of thousands of high resolution scans of rare artwork and instructional material related to the subject, as well as thousands of digitized animated films and biographical data on great artists. All of this information is combined in a database where the collection can be sorted and searched in an incredibly flexible manner. Currently, the collection occupies dozens of hard drives and measures in the terabytes, but our eventual goal is to be able to house it on cloud servers and make the information available over the internet. More About the Animation Archive Project

ANIMATION CREATIVE LEAGUE

The Creative League currently meets once a month for networking, informal discussion, screenings, friendly critique of work in progress, and guest speakers. The topics of the meetings cover the full spectrum of creativity- music, art, cartooning, dance, filmmaking, animation, comedy and drama. The purpose is to inspire and empower independent animation creators and build a community of independent artists in the Los Angeles area. More About the Animation Creative League