School of Film Spotlight Series: Tiny Inventions' Kitchen

Connelly Auditorium

The School of Film presents the Spotlight Series, which brings visiting filmmakers, writers and animators to campus to present their work to both public and University audiences. This event is FREE and open to the public.

This month features Tiny Inventions, the directing team of Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata. Known for their playful and humorous mixed-media animations, Tiny Inventions combines handcrafted art, photography and digital techniques. In Tiny Inventions' Kitchen, Kuwahata and Porter will discuss how they "cook" films – including the ingredients, processes and festivities involved in production. Presenting past and current work, the Tiny Inventions duo will also discuss how they work on commercial jobs while continuing to make their own personal work.

About Tiny Inventions
Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter are award-winning animation directors. Specializing in mixed-media narratives, they are particularly interested in marrying analogue and digital animation techniques, often combining handcrafted art, CG animation, drawn animation, stop-motion and photographic effects. Since 2003, their films have screened in over 250 film festivals worldwide, including Sundance Film Festival and Annecy Animation Festival, and have received 25 international awards.

In addition, their personal and commissioned works have been profiled in various publications, including IDN, Stash Magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, Animation Magazine and Motiongrapher.com. They were profiled in Variety magazine's "Up Next" spotlight in 2011.

Max holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a full-time faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art. Ru holds a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and is a thesis advisor for an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. They recently finished a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Animated Film and their newest film "Between Times" will be released in winter 2013.

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