Projecting a New Image for Films and Animations at The Bushnell
Hartford’s famed Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts hosts a festival of short films and animations made by UConn students, along with a new installation in the theater’s foyer by Digital Media and Design students.
Fifteen films and animations created by UConn students (were) featured at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The UConn Film & Animation Showcase is a juried selection of works that is part of the event celebrating the premiere of the new projection installation in the Grand Foyer of The Bushnell, which includes animation produced by students in UConnâs Digital Media & Design (DMD) Projection Mapping course taught by Heejoo Gwen Kim, assistant professor of Motion Design & Animation.
The Showcase was organized by Ryan Glista CLAS â16, MFA â18, Digital Institute project manager at The Bushnell, Kim and Heather Elliott-Famularo, head of DMD at UConn. Exhibiting works of new media is part of the Bushnellâs effort to cultivate new digital arts and storytelling for Connecticut, says Glista.
âAs innovative programs like Digital Media & Design start to grow, new storytellers and digital experiences can transform the theatrical experience,â he says. âIncredible technology is becoming more accessible. Itâs an exciting time.â
Projection Mapping is a technique that is used to turn three dimensional objects such as buildings or theatrical stages into display surfaces for projecting artistic content, according to Glista.
The first UConn Projection Mapping class, offered last year, resulted in student designs projected on The Bushnellâs neoclassical walls, columns and pediment in the courtyard. The presentation was initially scheduled as a two-day test, but when Bushnell President David R. Fay saw it he decided to treat the audiences for the three-week, sold-out run of âHamiltonâ with the opportunity to see the display.
For the new projection installation in the Bushnell Grand Foyer, Kimâs class animated characters and design from the 187 X 40-foot, hand-painted ceiling mural in The Bushnellâs Mortensen Hall, which is the largest such work in the United States and features the Muse of Drama as its centerpiece. Artist Barry Faulkner and a staff of Prix de Rome artists created the work in 1929 with vivid representations of performance, progress, and hope from ancient mythological times to the 20th century.
âDigital media offers an opportunity to activate spaces and tell stories in ways that young people today can come to the arts and look with fresh eyes and a new vision,â Elliott-Famularo says. âThis collaboration was just a start. Weâre working already to see how we can continue to collaborate on other initiatives surrounding education, performance as well as activating the physical space of The Bushnell, inside and out. The Bushnell and UConn can work together to transform the arts community of downtown Hartford and the state as a whole.â
The showcase this weekend also includes films and animations ranging from live action short films and documentaries to 2-D and 3-D animations, presented in the Autorino Great Hall. The featured works include:
âDirty Laundryâ by Ken Asada (SFA â20)
âCULTâ by Noah Bernardi (SFA â20)
âExitâ by Matt Bilmes (SFA â18)
âAfter Flameâ by Dave Cai (SFA â20)
âOpening Nightâ by Ryan Glista (CLAS â16, SFA â18)
âButterscotch and Beetleâ by Ali Loftus (SFA â19)
âSWARM RAIDâ by Anna Lindemann and Ryan Glista (CLAS â16, SFA â18)
âFlowâ by Allie Marsh (SFA â20), Ali Sailer (SFA â19) and Helena Sirken (SFA â19)
âThe Adoptionâ by Jonathan Pico (SFA â21)
âThe Terra Projectâ by Kimberly McGuire (SFA â21)
âStandâ by Katie Sawosik (SFA â19)
âBirdcageâ by Sarah Shattuck (SFA â20)
âSay Cheeseâ by Carly Zaleski (SFA â19), Christian Partenio (SFA â19), Julia Shikhman (CLAS â22), and Amy OâRourke (CLAS â22)