Music is a crucial part of most great animation, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is hosting a program this Sunday evening (August 10, 7:30 pm) on the subject. As I write, tickets are still available, and at $5 there can’t be a better bargain if you love great animation and you’re anywhere near Los Angeles.
The program will focus on the work of Normand Roger, who has scored and provided sound effects for over 300 films, including 6 Oscar-winning shorts. Four of those shorts will be screened, including two of my all-time favorites, Michael Dudok de Wit’s Father and Daughter and Frédéric Back’s Crac. Frédéric Back will also be a guest, and Roger will discuss his creative approach to the animation soundtrack in an onstage conversation with composer Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Lost).
I’ve spoken with Monsieur Back before, at a previous Academy event (the 2005 Marc Davis Lecture on Animation), and he’s not only one of the few true artists who have worked in animation, but he’s also one of the kindest people I’ve even met. I’ve also briefly met Michael Giacchino, and he’s another genuinely nice guy, in addition to being super talented. I wasn’t aware of Normand Roger before this program, so I look forward to learning some insights. I’ll probably blog about this after the fact, probably after SIGGRAPH is over, so if you can’t make it I’ll try to give a gist of the evening.
Oh, and program is presented in conjunction with the opening night of the exhibition “Frédéric Back: A Life’s Drawings” on display in the lobby of the Linwood Dunn Theater. If you haven’t seen Back’s beautiful, gentle animation drawings personally, you’re really in for a treat.