CANADA 150 - BRUCE ALCOCK
Celebrating Independent Animation in Canada
August 12, 2017
RESERVATIONS OPEN FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES
In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Spark CG Society is hosting a Special Series of monthly talks celebrating Independent Animation in Canada. Please join us as we celebrate Canadian animation.
Saturday - August 12, 1:30 PM
THE COMMERCE OF ART & THE ART OF COMMERCE
moderator: Marv Newland with Bruce Alcock
Vancouver Film School
420 Homer St (@ West Hastings St)
Is there anything Bruce Alcock can’t do? Music, painting, TV shows, independent films, commercials, apps, video games and multimedia art projects, he has done it all. Alcock’s distinctive work has been recognized by numerous festivals and awards worldwide. Join us as Bruce discusses the balance of art and commerce, how they affect one another, and how you need both to succeed.
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Founder, Creative Director // Global Mechanics
Bruce Alcock, founder and Creative Director of Vancouver design studio Global Mechanic, is an experimental artist whose animated shorts — Impromptu, Vive la Rose, At the Quinte Hotel, Wrong Number Phone Message and 54 Hours — have won accolades at festivals worldwide. Bruce’s wide-ranging background in music and art expresses itself in a varied and inventive approach to every project. His design-based TV commercials have led to award-winning campaigns for clients like Coca-Cola, Molson, Chrysler, Bell and Proctor & Gamble; his art projects include an interactive lm for Canada’s pavilion in the Venice Biennale of Architecture, multi-screen typographical animation for the dance/theatre/poetry/music piece The Four Horsemen with Toronto’s Volcano Theatre, set design and projection work for Art in Times’s I Send You This Cadmium Red and ongoing gallery shows of his paintings and installations.
Bruce studied tuba performance and comparative literature at the University of Toronto, then moved to Barcelona, where he apprenticed with animator Dirk Van de Vondel. He also designed the font Soupbone, distributed by FontShop International. Global Mechanic is his third production company; he co-founded Cuppa Coffee Animation in Toronto (1991) and Tricky Pictures in Chicago (1995). The studio is an environment where multiple modes of production inform one another, mixing the organisational rigour and budget of commercial work with the creative spirit and critical aesthetic of art projects.
Twitter and Instagram: @brucewgalcock
(Bambi Meets Godzilla, Anijam, Tales From the Far Side, CMYK)
Marv Newland graduated from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and made his first animated short, "Bambi Meets Godzilla," (1969). This production was followed by TV commercial work. He moved to Toronto, Canada working on TV commercials, "Sesame Street" segments and magazine illustration. Newland designed and/or directed; TV series, commercials and short films for companies in: Holland, New York and Ottawa. In 1975 he founded the production company International Rocketship Limited in Vancouver, Canada. He has worked as designer, animator, director and producer of commercials, series and shorts for his own company and for among others: Vinton Studios, USA; Studio B, Canada and the National Film Board of Canada.
Marv Newland received the Grand Prix at the Annecy International Animation Festival, France for his direction of, Gary Larson's "Tales From the Far Side," 1995. Films made under his direction have been awarded festival prizes in: Hiroshima, Japan; Asolo, Italy; Chicago, Portland, Houston and San Francisco, USA; Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, Canada. He has served on film festival juries in: Japan, England, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, Norway, Korea and on Genie juries in Canada. Newland has conducted animation workshops at: Filmakademie in Ludwigsburg and Kunsthochschule in Kassel, Germany and at La Poudrière in Valence, France. He is currently an animation instructor at the Vancouver Film School in Canada.
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