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Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group

After Effects Abuser Group - Pushing Pixels Beyond . . .


William Joyce, famous children's book author, tells of his journey to win for short animated film in 2012.

Bonnie Erdrich, Co-Manager of our After Effects Abuser Group, traveled to Abilene this summer for "The Children's Art & Literacy Festival". It featured William Joyce and his work being honored with readings of his storybooks, his movies, unveiling of six bronze sculptures of his storybook characters, character costume contest and parade, followed by his presentation of his journey to Oscar.

That presentation was so spectacular with his sense of humor, humility and storytelling skills, that Bonnie requested a copy to show at our meeting on October 28th. Be prepared to be amused, entertained, and moved by him and his team's humility and excitement as being first time winners.

Named by Newsweek Magazine as "One of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium", Joyce has been heavily involved in the world of digital animation from its full-scale inception at Pixar Animation. His projects have been produced by nearly every major film studio including Disney, Twentieth Century Fox and Dream Works Animation.

His feature films include "Epic", "Rise of the Guardians", "Robots" and "Meet the Robinsons", and he has developed character concepts for "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life".

In 2009, he co-founded Moonbot Studios, a transmedia storytelling company specializing in books, apps, film, and video games.

In February 2012 he won an Academy Award for "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore", an animated short film about the curative powers of story. His television series include "George Shrinks" and "Rolie Polie Olie" for which he won three Emmy Awards.

"Children's literature is the first art that children are exposed to. It should be good. And when it is, it should be given respect." -William Joyce

Special thanks to Rob Westman, videographer for The Abilene Reporter News, for the William Joyce Presentation.


Adobe Connect LINK for those who cannot attend in person.

The Digital Video / After Effects Abuser Group has presentations on video editing and special effects software, including, but not limited to, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe After Effects. Terry Syndergaard is the Manager, Bonnie Erdrich, co-manager. Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The fee for non-OCMMA members is $10, or $5 for students.

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  • Mike M.

    The story Bonnie shared with the group was fascinating and inspiring!

    October 28, 2014

  • Cristina M.

    So sorry, can't make it tonight :(

    October 28, 2014

  • Jonathan

    Hi - I'm here, but don't have a printed PDF. Which room & building am I looking for?

    October 28, 2014

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