Mark A. Z. Dippé to Lecture on Japanese Anime

by malducin

A press release from AMPAS mention that ex-ILMer and FX cult legend Mark A. Z. Dippé will participate on a lecture about Japanese anime next month at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.

The lecture is a special Academy event, the The 7th Annual Marc Davis Lecture on Animation and tilted "Drawing from Japan: Anime and Its Influences ". As many people know Mark Dippé was director of the film version of Spawn and was one of the pioneers of the ILM CG department after the Pixar spun off. Here is part of the press release with more info:

The origins, history and influences of Japanese animated films will be examined by a panel of commentators when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the Seventh Marc Davis Lecture on Animation on Wednesday, November 14, at 8 p.m., in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The program will be the first time that the Davis Lecture has focused on the animation industry of a particular country and that industry's effect on world culture.

Confirmed to participate in the program are Jerry Beck, animation historian and author; Mark A. Z. Dippé, ILM Visual Effects Supervisor and director of "Spawn;" Kunihiko Ikuhara, director of "Sailor Moon" and "Revolutionary Girl Utena;" Eric Goldberg, director of "Pocahontas" and two segments of "Fantasia 2000;" Frank Gladstone, a member of the DreamWorks SKG animation department; and Fred Patten of Streamline Pictures, a distributor of anime in the U.S.

In addition to discussion, the evening will include numerous film clips from such seminal films as "Akira," "Ghost in the Shell," "Princess Mononoke," "Perfect Blue," "Laputa: Castle in the Sky" and "Pon Poko."

The Marc Davis Lecture on Animation, named for the animator who was one of Disney's legendary "Nine Old Men," was established in 1993 to provide a forum for established film animators and other experts in the craft to share their experiences as well as to explore with colleagues the challenges of creating animation for the screen.

Tickets for the Seventh Marc Davis Lecture on Animation are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with valid identification. They may be purchased in advance at the Academy during regular business hours, by mail, or on the night of the event, if still available, when the doors open at 7 p.m. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Please note that this event examines many different styles and genres of Japanese animation. Some excerpts may be too violent or explicit for children. For more information, call 310-247-3600.

More information can be found at the Oscar website:

Drawing from Japan: Anime and Its Influences