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AUGUST events in Toontown
August 1st, 2008

Despite the heat, downtime and vacations, the LA Animation Community will have a busy month this August. The big news is SIGGRAPH, (Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques) the computer graphics society's annual gathering, is happening at the LA Convention Center downtown (8/11-15th). This provides Angeleanos with their semi-annual excuse to bother to drive downtown.
Other goodies this month include:

-Eric Goldberg will be having a book-signing/ launch party at Samuel French Bookstores in Studio City 8/6 7:00PM sponsored by CTN Creative Talent Networks.

-SOUND IN ANIMATION II, the Motion Picture Academy will host a show where award winning sound artists Mark Mangini ( Aladdin), and Randy Thom (Incredibles,Forrest Gump, Ratatouille, even Osmosis Jones!)will discuss the art of past sound efx masters like Looney Tunes Treg Brown, and Jimmy McDonald. Fri. 8/8 7:30PM

-Sunday Aug 10th at 1:45PM I'll be giving a talk to Once Upon a Classic, a group of Disney Animation supporters. I'll be talking about my own career and signing copies of DRAWING THE LINE.

-FREDERIC' BACK is coming! Composer Michael Giacchino will host a tribute to Frederic's music master Normand Roger. Sun 8/10, 7:30PM
Frederic's work will be on exhibit at the Academy's Linwood Dunn gallery in Hollywood.

-I'll be MC at a panel celebrating the art of FRANK THOMAS & OLLIE JOHNSTON at SIGGRAPH. Don Hahn, Ted Thomas, Dave Burgess, Kevin Koch, Randy Cartwright and Andreas Deja will join me in discussing the art of one of animation's most famous teams, and their continued relevance to our digital world. SIGGRAPH 8/13 10:30AM-noon.

-The School of Visual Arts will hold an Alumni Party at SIGGRAPH thurs at the Hotel Figueroa Thurs 8/14 6:00PM

-There will be an invitation-only Tribute to the Life of the late Ollie Johnston at the El Capitan Theater, 8/19.

-The Academy is hosting a CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF GEORGE PAL. The Hungarian immigrant filmmaker who created the PUPPETOONS shorts, then went into producing visual effects fantasies like THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, THE TIME MACHINE (1960) and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) film director Joe Dante will host. Guests include Russ Tamblyn, Alan Young (Mr. Ed), Ann Robinson and effects master Jim Danforth. Weds 8/27th 7:30PM.

The Martians cruise LA, from George Pal's War of the Worlds

So, Dude! Wipe off that zinc-oxide! lots of cool reasons not to go to the beach this summer!