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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Day-long Animation/Claymation Workshops
  • Evening lecture on the Hollywood Industry
  • A cinematic presentation and lecture on western Massachusetts digital artists


DATE: Saturday, April 24 - repeat performance on Saturday, May 8

LOCATION: EastWorks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, Mass.

TIME:
  • Claymation/Animation Workshops 10 a.m.; 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Evening program in Eastworks performance space - 8 - 10 p.m.
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THE EVENING PROGRAM WILL FEATURE:

  • Guest speaker Larry Jackson, former Senior Vice President of Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at Miramax Films, VP In Charge Of Production at Orion Pictures, Production Manager for (and mentored by) the legendary Orson Welles, and independent producer and director. He is currently the developer of the iArtHouse.com downloadable film library.
  • Eugene Mamut, co-owner of the Animagic Museum in Lee with Irina Borisova, and recipient of the 1986 Academy Award for Science and Engineering for work on 'Predator.' He will highlight the accomplishments of regional digital artists serving the film industry with a half hour film.
  • Clips from regional animation, special effects, video games developers and authors whose work has turned into film.
  • A Q & A will follow.

ABOUT HIDDEN HOLLYWOOD:

Hidden Hollywood will reveal the fact that the special effects for films as famous as "2001: A Space Odyssey," featuring Doug Trumbull's ground breaking, pre-computerized special effects, were produced in western Mass. There is a total of at least 60-plus highly skilled digital artists making animation and special effects throughout western Mass. There films, featured at The Animagic Museum in Lee, Mass., owned by Eugene Mamut and his wife Irina Borisova (google Eugene Mamut and the Animagic Museum), include:

"9 to 5"
"Star Wars"
"Dirty Dancing"
"Predator"
"Surrogate" (just released)
"Chicken Run"

Enjoy this short film that illustrates the amazing special effects and animation work taking place in this region. It features Jackson, Skateboard Dude, the lead character in "2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids" by Amy Zuckerman and James Daly (2009, Dutton and Penguin Young Readers), as well as The Animagic Museum in Lee, Mass., The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. and the Berkshires in its fall splendor.

The Animagic Museum

ABOUT VALLEY PRODUCTIONS:

Valleywood Productions programs are designed to promote regional digital artists, inform the public of the amazing and sometimes famous digital artists, producers/directors, film distributors, animation/special effects masters, video game producers and support service companies that now permeate all of western Massachusetts and the Rt. 91 Corridor up to Albany, southern Vermont and New Hampshire.

As always, these programs have an economic development, business networking and educational purpose. This is the following: promote our region to the world; assist people of all ages to learn about careers in the digital arts, and provide entrepreneurs and opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most famous, or esteemed Hollywood talent and experts. Amazingly, thanks to advanced communication technology, they all maintain residences in this region.