Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 15 February 2013 00:00
The master of indie animation, Bill Plympton, recently graced the campus of Farmingdale State College to host several lectures and film screenings for the public, as well as for the school’s graphic arts program students.
Plympton, who considers himself the “Johnny Appleseed of Animation,” told Anton Newspapers that this is a very exciting time for animators, “This explosion of animation right now is amazing; it’s now in its second golden age.”
Aside from cartooning, animators now have a wider variety of career opportunities, such as Internet, gaming, commercials, and movies. “There are lots of students who love to draw who have a wonderful opportunity to get work doing animation,” Plympton said.
Jon Salletta, a video communications major at Farmingdale, was among the student guests at the opening reception. A longtime fan of Plympton’s, Salletta has always been a fan of traditional animation. “He [Plympton] takes his unique style and crafts it into its own genre, a humorous thing.”
Plympton said pop culture is one of his obstacles. “Distributors feel that America only wants to see computer animation; it’s a roadblock,” he added. “I’ve been fighting this stereotype; I think Cheatin’ can break through.” He is the only person to hand draw an entire animated feature film.
The Art of Cheatin’ is Plympton’s work-in-progress, an animated adult themed story about “love, jealousy, revenge, and murder – full of nudity and violence, but also with my surreal sense of humor,” said Plympton. Cheatin’ is inspired by the work of James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
“It’s a totally unique film, watercolor animation,” Plympton said. “It’s not like Pixar or Dreamworks; it’s handmade.”
Plympton recently turned to public support for the funding of The Art of Cheatin’ through a website call Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects. He earned the support of 1,334 private backers, some who pledged as little as $1, to reach $100,916 for the base-funding support.
Cheatin’ is Plympton’s seventh animated feature and the first being done in a hand-painted style with over 40,000 drawings to be digitally colored. The film is scheduled to be completed in June.
Plympton began his career creating cartoons for The New York Times, National Lampoon, and Playboy. In 1987, he received an Oscar nomination for his animated short, Your Face. In 2005, he received another Oscar nomination for his short, Guard Dog; and in 1991, he won the Cannes Palme d’Or for his short, Push Comes to Shove.
Visit Plympton’s website: http://www.plymptoons.com for more about his past work and upcoming projects.
The Plympton exhibition at Farmingdale runs through Feb. 22. This exhibition includes six animated short films and is made possible with the generous support of Farmingdale Student Government.
The Memorial Gallery is located in Hale Hall, on the campus of Farmingdale State College at 2350 Broadhollow Road (Route. 110). Gallery hours: weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery, open to the public, is accessible to persons with mobility impairments. For information call (631) 420-6118.
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.
“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia. “Flying through the air never gets boring. At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.”