We've been up to our ears in work, writing, and animating new projects, but figured it's high-time we checked in to let you all know a little more about what we've been up to. First off! We've been doing some hardcore volunteering for a Los Angeles screenwriting organization we've been members of for years, OBS. They've introduced an August Is Animation Month and we've been helping to design workshops and panels (more about that below) to share with the 200 + members of the organization. For the next two weeks we'll be presenting a Flash Animation workshop. A DIY approach to animation. Here's the copy:
WRITING & CREATING ANIMATED SERIES’ FOR FLASH ANIMATION
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12TH & AUGUST 19TH 2009 7-9pm
Web Cartoon Creators Shawnee & Shawnelle Gibbs (“Adopted By Aliens,” “Old Ladies Driving” & “Diva Smackdown”) are joined by Terence Anthony (“Orlando’s Joint”) and Ajamu Frasier (“Monkkey”) to teach you how to move your animated idea from page to stage.
Join this group of fresh, contemporary voices in animation for an affordable 2-day workshop, and empower yourself with the basics of Flash, one of the leading tools of 2D animation today.
Whether you’re an artist, writer or actor looking to expand, this workshop will give you the tools you need to get started telling your stories in unique and exciting ways!
When: Wednesday, August 12th & August 19th, 2009.
Where: General Life Insurance Building
1999 West Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(FREE Parking in the rear of the building on Hobart Avenue off Adams Blvd.)
Sponsored by: OBS
To kick off the month, we had the honor of moderating a panel on animation for OBS that included The legendary John Semper (Spider Man, Fraggle Rock, Static Shock), Kwesi Davis (Shrek The Third, KungFu Panda, Madagascar), Greg Eagles (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Teapot!), Tyree Dillihay (El Tigre, The Jammies), Jason Van Veen (The Boondocks), Dahveed Kolodny-Nagy (Teapot!), and David Wyatt (The Proud Family).
Shawnee & Jason Van Veen & Tyree Dillihay
Tyree & OBS Member Teri Jackson
Shawnelle & David Wyatt
And since we're on a roll with sharing, here's some memories from The Seattle Workshops we did this spring for The Langston Hughes Film Festival In-School outreach. We saw over 150 kids all over the city in two days! You can imagine how much fun it was! I think you can also imagine that we needed a little time to recuperate the following day. So awesome.