DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Bill Plympton


A Master Class with
Bill Plympton - The King of
Indie Animation

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Bill Plympton is probably the most prominent member of the independent New York animation film scene. At his New York Studio 'Plymtoons', he keeps producing new, high quality, artistic short and feature length films at a rate that's unusual for an animation filmmaker – films that make their way to festival and television screens all over the world.


Plympton graduated from Portland State University in Graphic Design and moved to New York in 1968, where he started out drawing cartoons for magazines. He began making films in 1983 and was nominated for the Academy Award for his second short, "Your Face" only five years later, in 1988. His second nomination came in 2005 for "Guard Dog". His short films and music videos were frequently seen on MTV during the 1990s. Since 1991, he has produced nine feature-length films, including a documentary and a number of feature films. He is best known for his long animations: "The Tune", "Mondo Plympton", "I Married A Strange Person", "Mutant Aliens", "Hair High" and "Idiots and Angels".


In his Master Class, the maestro of American underground cartoon animation will talk about his career as an independent filmmaker and demonstrate how to make a living of short animations. He will discuss his most successful works and show many of his acclaimed short films and music videos as well as excerpts from his latest feature-length film. The climax will be a demonstration of his drawing techniques, and everyone who wants to can take home a genuine "Plympton" from this Master Class.


The master class will be held in English.


Head of Animation

Annegret Richter

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