Friday, September 18, 8pm, Haugh Performing Arts Center
Kicking off the Haugh Performing Arts Center season and opening Gumby Fest 2015, the five members of The Hot Club of San Francisco play what’s known as gypsy jazz swing against a backdrop of three early stop-motion animated films. The Hot Club of San Francisco celebrates the music of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s Quintette du Hot Club de France. The films are “There It Is,” Charley Bowers (1928), “The Cameraman’s Revenge,” Ladislaw Starewicz (1912), and “The Mascot,” Ladislaw Starewicz (1933). Tickets: $30 Student/Senior: $28 16 & Under: $15. www.haughpac.com.
Gumby Through the Years
Saturday, September 19, 11-12:15pm, Haugh Performing Arts Center
Joe Clokey will present “Gumby Through the Years.” This is a fascinating look at his father Art Clokey’s groundbreaking stop-motion work from the late 1940s to the present. This behind-the-scenes look has been a sold-out show at cities across the nation, and Joe has added some never-before-seen treats just for Gumby Fest. Q&A included.
- Joe Clokey, son of Gumby creators Art and Ruth Clokey, was raised as Gumby’s
little brother. Gumby’s adventures first came to life in bedtime stories that Art Clokey invented for his children. Today, Joe is President of Clokey Productions / Premavision Studios. In the ’60s and ’70s, Joe studied clay animation techniques alongside his father. Since 2001, he has produced Gumby spots for ABC, Namco, Google and others, as well as the TV special “Gumby’s World,” a one-hour “Davey and Goliath” special. He was instrumental in producing “Gumby Dharma,” the documentary about Art Clokey and Gumby.
- Joan Rock Clokey started out like Art Clokey—as an art teacher. Upon completing her master’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Art/Case Western Reserve
University, her desire for adventure led her to teach art in Kuwait, Ecuador and Japan, in addition to the Cleveland Museum of Art and several colleges. Joan earned an MBA in marketing and has held numerous management positions with creative companies. As Director of Creative and Marketing for Premavision/Clokey Productions, she takes the lead on Gumby marketing strategy and manages the studio art department. Her keen sense of design and passion for painting and photography make her a natural for overseeing set design, puppet making and photography.
The World of Visual Effects
Saturday, September 19, 1pm-2pm, Haugh Performing Arts Center
Visual effects (VFX) in filmmaking include creating animated environments that would be impossible or too expensive to create in a live action shot. This panel will celebrate the amazing and technical visual effects made in film by Harry Walton, known as a “visual effects guru.” He attracted a large crowd at Comic-Con this year and will show Gumby Fest audience clips from his work on films including “Indiana Jones,” “The Abyss,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and more.
Moderator: Joe Clokey
- Harry Walton, stop-motion animator and visual effects guru, has prepared a fascinating presentation on visual effects through the years. He started his career
at Clokey Productions in Glendora where he worked on Gumby and “Davey and Goliath.” From there he applied his stop-motion and FX talents to “Land of the Lost,” “Robocop,” “The Abyss,” “Star Trek,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Terminator,” “Indiana Jones,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and many more iconic films.
Hollywood Filmmaker and Art Director: Robert Stromberg
Saturday, September 19, 3pm-4:15pm, Haugh Performing Arts Center
Filmmaker Robert Stromberg is no stranger to making blockbuster films. He won Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Art Direction on James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” In his 2014 directorial debut for Disney’s “Maleficent,” he became the highest-grossing first time director in history. This year at Gumby Fest, he will show some behind-the-scenes clips from his films and discuss the work that he has accomplished.
Moderator: Joe Clokey
- Robert Stromberg is the director of last summer’s smash hit “Maleficent.” He’s won Academy Awards in Art Direction for “Avatar” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Robert has extensive experience in visual effects and production design where he has over 90 credits on films such as “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Life of Pi,” “The Hunger Games,” among many others.
Putting it all Together- The Components To Produce A Stop-Motion Animation
Sunday, September 20, 11am-12 noon, Haugh Performing Arts Center
There are many people necessary to make a stop-motion animation. Sarah Serata, a producer will talk about what she does and her role in organizing all of these parts. We will hear about what is needed to create a stop-motion animation from some of those individuals that make it all happen.
Moderator/Panelist: Sarah Serata
- Dalton Grant, owner Red Giant Studios, worked for Pixar (“Cars”) Dreamworks (“Shrek II”) and Wild Brain (“Higgley Town Heroes”). He has been a professional story artist for the last 15 years. He got his first start out of college to work at Pixar animation studios in Emeryville, California, where he learned to become a story artist for features and expanded his love of writing in animation through drawing. Shortly after he worked on the “Shrek 2” with DreamWorks as a board artist and helped pitch and design the promotional material after the film was finished. Before moving back to Los Angeles he traveled back and forth to China and ended up starting a small studio to produce the short film “the way to heaven,” based on a Chinese myth in southern China. Other credits include Paramount’s “Sponge Bob 2 Movie,” two episodes of Nickelodeon’s new series “Pig Goat Banana” and Bix Pix very special “Tumble Leaf” season 2. He will soon be boarding on the DVD feature of the new “My Little Pony” series.
- Bryan Garver, Supervising Gaffer and Stage Manager, LAIKA. A native Oregonian, Bryan Garver started his stop-motion career nearly two decades ago working on commercials at Will Vinton
Studios. Bryan also has experience in the episodic television realm on such titles as “The PJ’s,” “Gary and Mike,” “Phantom Investigators,” “Robot Chicken,” “Titan Maximum,” and “Frankenhole.” His work on features includes “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” “The Boxtrolls,” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
- Tim Hittle, animator and creator of “The Jay Clay Trilogy.” His other stop-motion work includes “The
New Adventures of Gumby,” The Fridge on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “James and the Giant Peach.” As a CG animator he has worked on several films for Pixar including “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e” and “Toy Story 3.” He currently works for Pixar Animation studios and lives in San Francisco.
- Martin Olson is Head writer/Staff Writer/Songwriter for Disney’s Phineas
and Ferb. Developing a new Gumby series with Premavision and The Jim Henson Co. Producer of Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular for FX. Author of NY Times best-seller Adventure Time Encyclopedia. Staff writer for Disney’s new series Mikey’s Law. His new book The Enchiridion, written with his daughter Olivia for Abrams Books, will be published Oct. 6, 2015.
- Sarah Serata is a feature film and television producer specializing in stop-motion production and story development. Sarah began her career with stop-
motion legend Henry Selick in 2005, managing the art department on the Academy-award nominated film “Coraline” and went on to develop and produce for Mr. Selick’s Cinderbiter Studios with Disney & Pixar in 2010. Currently Ms. Serata is producing for Emmy-award winning studio Bix Pix Entertainment (Amazon’s “TumbleLeaf”) in Los Angeles, California where she lives with her husband and two creative children.
Film Focus: The Nightmare Before Christmas (and the Gumby Connection)
Sunday, September 20, 1-2pm, Haugh Performing Arts Center
Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” has become a stop-motion classic. Animators Anthony Scott, Tim Hittle and Harry Walton all had their start in the Gumby Studios, and worked together on “Nightmare.” They will share clips and behind-the-scenes moments and important scenes from the film.
Moderator: Citrus College Student Dennis Camargo
- Tim Hittle, animator and creator of “The Jay Clay Trilogy.” His other stop-motion work includes “The New Adventures of Gumby,” The Fridge on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “James and the Giant Peach.” As a CG animator he has worked on several films for Pixar including “The Incredibles,” “Wall-e” and “Toy Story 3.” He currently works for Pixar Animation studios and lives in San Francisco.
- Anthony Scott, renowned stop-motion animator and animation director and
current head of animation at Clokey Productions/Premavision, kicked off his career with “The New Adventures of Gumby” in 1988. He went on to animate on “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Toy Story 2,” “Davey & Goliath’s Snowboard Christmas,” and others. Scott was the animation supervisor on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” and Henry Selick’s “Coraline.” He just finished supervising the stop-motion segments of the upcoming feature “The Little Prince.” Scott has a huge on-line presence with his Stopmotionanimation.com.
Creature Feature: Puppets from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™
Sunday September 20, 3pm-4:15pm, Haugh Performing Arts Center
We are excited to showcase Julie Zobel from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop at Gumby Fest. Bringing 30 years of experience as a lead puppet maker, Julie Zobel will show her work and show how a puppet is developed from sketch to final creation.
- Julie Zobel is a Senior Puppet Builder at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. With over three decades of experience with the Shop, Zobel has been a lead fabricator on
puppet and animatronic projects for television, film, stage show and commercial clients. A graduate of NYU with an MFA in Theatre Design, Zobel joined the company in 1980 creating the walk-around suits for “Sesame Street Live.” Her prolific career includes TV credits on such classic series as “Sesame Street” and “Fraggle Rock,” as well as “Dinosaurs,” “Muppets Tonight,” and “Sid the Science Kid.” Feature film credits include “Where the Wild Things Are,” “George of the Jungle,” “Dr. Doolittle,” “Cats and Dogs” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” Additionally, Zobel has been on the team for the Shop’s live show clients like Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5.
Tickets for all Haugh presentations are $10 per adult and $5 per child. Limited Edition All-Access Passes are available for $25 (one day) and $40 (two day). Tickets and All-Access Passes are available by calling the Haugh Box Office, (626) 963-9411, Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m to 4 p.m. For information, visit www.haughpac.com.