Students shown digital drawing techniques in animation workshop

Animation Festival First of Its Kind at Brenau

Apr 15, 2019
Brenau Staff
Animator Joe Karg talks to students about the animation industry

The Center for the Arts & Design hosted its first Animation Festival March 8, 2019, on the Gainesville campus. Activities included three afternoon workshops for art students: Background Illustrations for Animation, Writing and Storyboards, and Character Design. In the evening, students and community members got to meet animation voice actress Amelia Fischer, who was interviewed by Brenau professors Ian Peters and Huy Chu in Pearce Auditorium.

“Being able to focus on the voice [of a character] has always been appealing to me, and a part of storytelling I really enjoy,” Fischer said. “I really enjoy the people I work with too, because they are so funny. It’s a lot easier if I have six hours at the recording studio that day, I have a great time and I’m building great relationships with the directors.”

Animator Joe Karg shares his work with students

Fischer’s credits include voicing for anime shows and movies such as “No Game No Life,” “Magical Warfare” and “Girls und Panzar.” Having worked on stage at Georgia Shakespeare as an actress, she was eventually offered voiceover work in Houston, Texas, with Sentai Filmworks. At the Animation Festival, she offered insight into the voice acting industry and her own journey as a voice actress, providing the English dubbing for Japanese animation.

Afterward, the audience watched the Animation Show of Shows, a series of professional animated shorts created by animators from around the world, with an introduction via Skype from show curator Ron Diamond. Now in its 19th year, the Animation Show of Shows is a traveling show that is primarily shown to industry professionals and film studios as a means to inspire animators, but Brenau students got this rare treat to see some of the most amazing animated shorts from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Canada and more.