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.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview.
According to the lawsuit, the district is demanding a jury trial to determine whether Grumman owes compensation for the costs of monitoring contaminants, operations, maintenance, treatment upgrades, and equipment required to comply with state and federal safe drinking water law; or whether Grumman would bear the expense of securing an alternative source of clean drinking water.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For most, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and feast on a smorgasbord of traditional holiday cuisine.
But for six Farmingdale High School Seniors, it means helping others have a full meal.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers took on the Sachem North Flaming Arrows last Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium for the Long Island Conference I Championship in front of 7,200 fans. This was the Dalers second trip to the finals since losing to Floyd last year. The Dalers went into the game looking to finish a perfect season.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Farmingdale Dalers, ranked first in the division (11-0), came out to defend their title as Nassau County champions against the no. 3 seed, the Massapequa Chiefs (8-3), who attempted to take it away. The Chiefs, after losing to the Dalers 33-8 in week 4, would of liked nothing better then to defeat the Dalers in front of 4,000 people at Hofstra and grab the title. The rivalry was all the talk this week and the Nassau County Police had extra Officers all around the stadium at Hofstra.