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In the Works: A Conservative Playground, Plympton Profile, Vietnam Protesters, and Grammy Camp

22 July 2010 8:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The phenomenon and tribulations of one of America's biggest entertainment capitals - Branson, Mo - are the subject of veteran doc filmmaker Aj Schnack and True/False Film Festival's David Wilson's latest film, currently in production. Also profiled this week are projects from Kickstarter: a profile of "Guard Dog" animator Bill Plympton, the story of a fiery group of Vietnam War protesters, and aspiring musicians who go to Grammy camp. Editors Note: »

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Calling All Animators… Bill Plympton Wants You! (Contests)

29 June 2010 2:50 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

For all you animators out there…

2-time Academy Award nominee animator, and “King of indie Animation,” Bill Plympton, is remaking his 2004 award-nominated short film, Guard Dog, and he’s asking for your help in what he’s calling a “bold, never-before-attempted experiment.”

Specifically, Plympton is looking for animators from all over the world to re-create/re-animate 70 individual shots from the film, using any animation style or technique. One shot per animator. There is no age limit or professional status requirement for applicants, so anyone who considers themselves an animator, or aspires to be one, can do this. You will have 3 months to finish. The finished animation must be delivered by December 1st, 2010, and if you are 1 of 70 selected, you will be notified… and you’ll be on your way to fame and fortune… maybe

The competition begins September 1st. The composite final will be called Guard Dog Global Jam.

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- Tambay

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Bill Plympton’s Dog Days

11 January 2010 9:00 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Bill Plympton’s animation is easy to recognize: The scratchy colored pencils, the absurdist visual humor — sometimes grotesque, sometimes not. But, when one watches several of Plympton’s short films in a row — as in watching the Dog Days compilation DVD — several other, more nuanced, details about his style become apparent.

Dog Days contains Plympton’s short films made between 2004 and 2008, one of which, Guard Dog (2004), was nominated for an Academy Award and another, The Fan and the Flower (2005), won the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject. Several other of the films contained on the DVD also racked up lots of awards at numerous film festivals. Seeing all of these films one right after another, it’s easy to see why Plympton was so well rewarded during this prolific period: The man was firing on all cylinders and challenging himself to create his best, most innovative work.

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- Mike Everleth

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