Upcoming Event

October 29th, 2007

2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival

I'm excited to be lecturing at the 2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival on Saturday November 3rd at 3:40pm. The event is located at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave, Everett, WA 98201.

From the official website:

This year's 2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival is promising to be even bigger and better than last year! Competition entries have doubled and we've again attracted some of the finest presenters that any self-respecting animation fan could wish to see! Keynote speakers include Don Hahn (award-winning producer for Disney and Tim Burton) and internationally-syndicated artist Michel Gagne (celebrated for his books, TV and Movie design/animation work). Read more...

October 25th, 2007

Spectre's Bride Article in Monday Magazine

Monday Magazine has just published a nice article about the upcoming performance of "The Spectre's Bride". Remember, only 5 more days before the big show. Get your tickets now! Here's an excerpt from the article:

But perhaps one of the most striking aspects of the shadow puppet portion of the "The Spectre’s Bride" are the haunting designs of the puppets themselves. While the hours of painstakingly cutting out intricately designed cityscapes, willow branches and zombies is credited to the folks at the VPC—including Capet himself—the man behind the designs is Michel Gagné, a renowned animator whose credits include the likes of The Land Before Time, Ratatouille and the popular Flight graphic novel series.

“We knew his aesthetic was what we wanted so there was very little need for conceptual discussions,” Capet says of working with Gagné. “In most cases, it was the first or second thing he drew that we went with.”

Once Gagné completed the designs, Capet set out to begin transforming the renderings from full-colour pages into flat cutouts. Given budget restraints—and Capet’s hands-on approach to all aspects of the show—that meant doing things like printing out all the shadow puppets on Capet’s home computer and spending countless hours in a storage room in the basement of St. Patrick’s school armed with X-acto knives.

While the assembly may seem low-tech, the results are far more engaging than the latest CGI-ridden blockbuster movie; moving cutouts and LED flashlights, manned by Gosley and members of the Victoria Puppetry Guild, are used to simulate pans, zooms, fade-ins and even moonrises. The images will be projected onto a small screen, which will be filmed by an HD camera and then displayed behind the choir and orchestra to illustrate key parts of the story. Indeed, it’s a far cry from making butterflies with your hands and a flashlight on the wall of a tent.

--Amanda Farrell, October 24, 2007
Read full article here.

October 24th, 2007

Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets Wins Awards at Flash Animation & Motion Graphics Conference

I'm happy to report that Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets has been selected as a winner in the 2007 Best in the SW : Flash Animation & Motion Graphics Awards in three categories:

- Best of Show
- Best of Show: Animation
- Best Animated Interstitial

To see the complete list of 2007 Best in the SW Award winners, click here.

October 23rd, 2007

New Exhibit at The Trilobite Show

For as long as I can remember, I've had a mysterious obsession with trilobites. In 2005, after having a discussion with my friend Andrew Scott and realizing our mutual admiration for these aliens from the past, we decided to create "The Trilobite Show". To kick things off, I designed a website and Andrew and I put together our first on-line exhibition: "A Tribute to the Trilobite".

Now, I am pleased to present our second on-line exhibition, this time featuring the incredible trilobite photographs of Peter Cameron.

© Peter Cameron 2007

Andrew and I are planning a lot of amazing "Trilobite Exhibitions" in the coming months. I'll keep you posted here so you don't miss anything. Hail to the trilobites!

October 21st, 2007

"Spectre's Bride" Update

The preparations for the upcoming Spectre's Bride show are coming along. Here's a little excerpt from Simon Capet's "Spectre's Bride" blog:

"We have been working non-stop since mid September cutting 110 pound card stock into hundreds of intricate images designed by Michel Gagné. Gnarly and twisted forest trees, craggy houses and crooked townscapes, grave stones and zombies."

"Using LED flashlights casting light on the card stock figures, we are creating black and white, 3-D worlds that amaze. A number of people – including various media people— have been trooping through the warren, watching the images on a large rear projection screen.

The reaction, without exception, has been: “Wow.”

The puppeteers will be under the stage, in a small room, moving the images and casting the shadows on a rear projection screen. A HDTV camera will then transfer the images from the screen to a projector in the Farquhar Auditorium, which will cast it upon the screen. All this while the choir, orchestra and soloists will be performing. Live theatre always has an element of risk. And this production, with its hundreds of cardboard cutouts all timed to the orchestral score, is riskier than most.

I can hardly wait. I know it will be astounding."

--Simon Capet, October 18, 2007
Read full entry here.

October 19th, 2007

Bell Con = Success

The first Bellingham Comicon was a big success! 1500 fans from Whatcom County, and as far as Seattle and Vancouver, attended the event. It's nice to have a venue like this about 15 minutes from our home.

Just before the convention, I was interviewed by Jonathan W. Sodt from the Whatcom Independent for an article about the convention. Some of the interview made its way in the article, but other parts were left out. Jonathan posted the full unedited interview on his site, Chronicles of Fenmere.

October 15th, 2007

My Wife's New Project

Some of you have probably noticed the "Nan's Green Planet" icon on the left side bar of this site.

For the past few years, Nancy (my beloved wife) has been trying to make our home as eco-friendly as possible. She's taught me how to re-use, reduce and recycle as much as possible, and she always selects home products that are bio-degradable, and non-toxic for the environment.

Nancy's constant search for better and more effective environmentally-friendly products have lead her to Shaklee, the only company in the world that has been recognized as having a zero footprint on the ecology.

In her continuing effort to help heal the planet, she has joined Shaklee as a distributor. I'm happy she has found something she's passionate about and fully endorse her venture and I hope you will too.

Visit www.NansGreenPlanet.com for more information or write to her at nansgreenplanet@yahoo.com.

October 10th, 2007

Bellingham's First Comicon

This coming Saturday, I will be signing at Bellingham's very first comic book convention: Bell Con! Come and say hi!

Bell Con 2007 is on October 13, 2007 at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. It is 60 minutes south of Vancouver, BC and 90 minutes north of Seattle.

For more info contact Jason at 360-778-1033. TICKETS are $5.00 a person and are available the day of the event. It is between 10am-4pm.

October 5th, 2007

Upcoming Lecture

I will be doing a lecture at the Whatcom County Museum of Art on October 11th. This event is freeand open to the general public so if you're in the neighborhood, please come by.

Here is the description on the museum's official site:


Michel Gagné, Animator/Artist
Whatcom Museum, Rotunda Room, Free
The artist will present a slideshow on his whimsical cartoons, special effects, and films. He has published 12 fantasy books that are enjoyed by both children and adults. His cartoon videos have appeared on the Nickelodeon Cable-TV channel.

Whatcom Museum
191 Prospect Street
Bellingham WA 98225

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