• The Old Castle, Promenade 1, The Great Gate of Kiev

    The Old Castle, Promenade 1, The Great Gate of Kiev.

  • Bydlo (The Oxcart), Promenade 4, Catacombs.

    Bydlo (The Oxcart), Promenade 4, Catacombs.

  • The Gnome, The Gnome, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks.

    The Gnome, The Gnome, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks.

  • Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba Yaga).

    Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba Yaga).

  • The Old Castle - live performance (only 3 of 5 screens showing)

    The Old Castle – live performance (only 3 of 5 screens showing)

  • The Great Gate of Kiev - live performance (only 3 of 5 screens showing)

    The Great Gate of Kiev – live performance (only 3 of 5 screens showing)

  • USC animation team with Michael Tilson Thomas and USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley

    USC animation team with Michael Tilson Thomas and USC School of Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley.

  • MikeCandaceandMTT_01

    Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger, and Michael Tilson Thomas

  • 2_Style Frames and Storyboards

    Style Frames and Storyboards

  • 3_Working with the Score

    Working with the Score

  • 4_Green Screen Shoot

    Green Screen Shoot

  • ShootingElements_05

    Shooting Elements

  • 6_Student and Faculty Actors 2

    Student and Faculty Actors

  • 7_Student and Faculty Actors

    Student and Faculty Actors

  • StudentCrew_08

    Student Crew

  • RehearsingwiththeOrchestra_09

    Rehearsing with the Orchestra

  • 10_Michael Tilson Thomas + The New World Symohony Orchestra

    Michael Tilson Thomas and The New World Symphony Orchestra

5-screen, 35 minute animated visualization for the performance of Mussorgsky’s
“Pictures at an Exhibition” (Orchestration by Maurice Ravel)
New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida
Gala Premier Performance: January 29th, 2011
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Description:

The project was produced and directed by faculty Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with a team of 11 animation artists drawn from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. The animation was designed and animated by current students, recent graduates and faculty. The piece took shape from its inception through a dynamic dialog between the visual artists and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Produced for the inaugural concert performance in Frank Gehry’s New World Center multi-media concert hall, Miami Beach, Florida. The giant 5-screen immersive space surrounds the audience and the orchestra with 270 degrees of projection. Music and imagery are performed live and in sync. Pictures at an Exhibition was conceived as a collaborative project between the animation program of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the New World Symphony Academy under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

The programmatic work by Mussorgsky (orchestration by Maurice Ravel) was the perfect canvas to apply the talents of the diverse USC-DADA animation program. The project embraced a blending of animation techniques that included CG, digital hand drawn, analog hand drawn, rotoscope, long exposure photography, green screen live action, and practical VFX.

Credits:

Directors:

Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger (animation faculty)

Sequence Director/Animators:

  1. Promenade 1 – Emily Henricks
  2. The Gnome – Andy Lyon
  3. Promenade 2 – Emily Henricks 
  4. The Old Castle – Elizabeth Willy, Ryan Kravetz
  5. Promenade 3 – Mike Patterson
  6. Tuileries – Cecilia Fletcher
  7. Bydlo (The Oxcart) – Melissa Bouwman
  8. Promenade 4 – Mike Patterson
  9. Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks – Seong Young Kim
  10. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle – Carolyn Chrisman
  11. Market at Limoges – Steven Day
  12. The Catacombs – Candace Reckinger
  13. Con Mortuis (With the Dead in a Dead Language) Candace Reckinger, Mike Patterson
  14. Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba Yaga) – Alessandro Ceglia
  15. The Great Gate of Kiev – Ria Ama

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