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Posted by Peter Keahey at 4:13PM   |  5 comments
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Blog posting written by Peter Keahey, Film, Photography and Visual Arts, '12, FLEFF Intern, Yellow Springs, Ohio

I live in Yellow Springs Ohio, about nine hours away from Ithaca. My academic focus is on Animation. 

Although the Roy H. Park School does not have a major specifically for animation, I use every opportunity I can to learn new animation tools and collaborate on other projects. I have worked on thesis films, and learned a variety of animation tools including Maya, Flash, Photoshop, Frame Thief and Dragon. When I don’t have opportunities to animate, I storyboard other projects in order to continue practicing my sequential art. I also do personal comic books as an extra activity.

I joined FLEFF for the networking opportunity and for the experience of working in a festival environment. I participated in FLEFF before as a spectator. This year, I wanted to have a behind the scenes position and have an active role in the film festival. Many individuals have had their films picked up and or have found positions at film festivals,  so knowing how to maneuver and operate inside one can be an employment advantage. Being involved in FLEFF also affords you the opportunity to connect and meet with cutting edge filmmakers, who might help you learn how to get your foot in the door.

FLEFF is important because it exposes society to films that everyday people may not have sought out or even heard of on their own. FLEFF doesn’t screen the average summer popcorn movie. It presents audiences with films that are very unique and highly creative. These films have solid foundations, deep thought, and  complex structure, delivering very polished and professional pieces of work. FLEFF helps to keep film culture alive and well in the face of sequels and reboots--and that’s also why I wanted to be involved.

So, what's your favorite film genre or animated film?



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I love using animation to show what cannot otherwise be seen - to illustrate something complex. I use animation a lot in the science films I produce, - in addition to explaining complicated processes, animation adds a comfort level to the viewer - without making something seem silly, just more accessible. Scientists frown on silly. Almost as much as they frown on innacuracies!


You seem to have an appreciation of how FLEFF can open you up to different kinds of film, new media and the arts. Thanks for this posting.

From your previous FLEFF experiences, what events or guests changed how you see things or think or pushed you to consider something new?

My most recent favorite animated film is Tangled. The story structure for is was pretty good for an animation. It definitely is interesting to see how different forms of media use different techniques to get messages across. Art is such a vast field and I think thats part of why it's so incredible!

I definitely agree with Ann on animation's ability to show what can't be seen. I like seeing animation in fantasy films, especially those of Hayao Miyazaki. I think the depth of his fantasy-worlds are incredible!

Peter- Did you see the Oscar nominated animated full-lenth and short films? Do you agree with the selected winners?

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