Art of Akira

Presented at Notacon 8 (2011), April 15, 2011, 4 p.m. (60 minutes)

Believe it or not, there was a time when animation was done without the use of computers. Strange, I know. And in a time of artwork reuse, cost-cutting and grist-for-the-mill animation production, one man - Katsuhiro Otomo - challenged the rules of both animation and film, despite having zero experience in either field. He started Akira knowing only one thing: how he wanted it done. And he changed the world forever.No animation has ever matched the level of detail and craftsmanship of Akira. In this presentation, Joe Peacock, owner of the world's largest private collection of original Akira production art and cels, will show you how things were done back when doing things right meant doing them the hard way.Joe has brought selections from his collection to share with Notacon to show those true do-it-yourselfers how doing things the hard way paid off.



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