Yardelnarf!

March 4, 2021
Paisley Yardelnarf from Yardelnarf! by George Berlin and Steven Fischer.

Read about Paisley Yardelnarf and all her friends at ACEsCONNECTION.COM . Many thanks to Jane Stevens and ACEsCONNECTION for your support and interest, and thanks for all you are doing to bring awareness to Adverse Childhood Experience, trauma-informed care, and healing.

ACE Parenting Theater Course

February 26, 2021

Our friend and colleague, Dr. Brian Alman, recently posted this article on AcesConnection.com announcing the development of a theatrical experience that will combine psychology, trauma-informed learning, cinema, and improvisation to create an immersive, interactive learning experiencing in efforts to help parents (and those planning to become parents) address conflict in a more healthy way.

The article can also be read at: https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/ace-parenting-theater-course

(Note: This program is currently in development and we are actively seeking sponsors, support, and participants. If you are interested, please contact us through my website: http://www.stevenfischer.net

As they say, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” After all, how could one be expected to adopt a better way of parenting if they’ve never seen or experienced it themselves?

This is all about to change.

ACEs Parenting Theater Course

Dr. Vincent Felitti, the Co-Principal Investigator of the ACE Study, and Dr. Brian Alman, one of the leading mind-body stress experts in the world, have partnered with Steven Fischer, a two-time Emmy-nominated filmmaker, to develop a course to actually show—not simply tell—the differences between ACE-causing and ACE-preventing parenting styles. That way, parents can learn, engage, and practice in a highly-effective ACE parenting course that is taught in a group setting with theater, role-playing, and improvisational interactions.

For example, parents will learn what healthy and unhealthy interactions look like within the family dynamic:

Unhealthy

  • When a child tells of a traumatic experience and a parent responds with, “Don’t worry about it,” the child hears a denial of reality and sometimes feels the event must be their fault.
  • When a child describes a traumatic experience and a parent responds with, “It’ll be fine,” the child feels a lack of understanding and support.
  • Judgment
  • Criticism
  • Passive listening
  • Ignoring
  • Interactions that are tense, stressed, and reactive
  • ACEs

Healthy

  • When a child tells of a traumatic experience and a parent responds with, “Can you tell me more?”
  • When a child describes a traumatic experience and a parent responds with, “How do you feel?” or “What do you think about __?”
  • Comforting and helpful perspectives
  • Acceptance
  • Active listening
  • Interactions that are open, positive, stress-free, and relaxed
  • Positive childhood experiences

This course is essentially designed to break the cycle of generational trauma and give parents the most in-depth and actionable parenting content available today.

About the Course

The course will include six original movies that will be 60 minutes each.The movies that dramatize healthy and unhealthy parenting and change the way parents view parenting. The movies are to be used as prompts for group discussion on how parents might deal with conflict in ways that will ultimately be healthy for their children’s emotional, mental, and physical development.

Kids Love The Scrub Club

November 18, 2020
“Mask Emergency” directed by George Berlin and produced by Steven Fischer.
“Tis the Season” directed by George Berlin and produced by Steven Fischer.
The Scrub Club animated shorts, directed by George Berlin and produced by Steven Fischer.

The Scrub Club is helping kids stay safe and healthy all year round. These animated shorts are produced by George Berlin Studios for NSF International.

The Cast:

Kara Edwards as Carry

Dan Friedman as Maskwell

Kyle Holman as Slick

The Production Team:

Producer: Steven Fischer

Director: George Berlin

Writer: David Spethmann

Illustrators: Alec Rudek, Kimberly Darovec

Animators: Lindsay Zimmerman, Ryan Jolly, George Berlin

The Scrub Club

November 16, 2020

http://www.scrubclub.org

The Scrub Club is produced by George Berlin and Steven Fischer.

Steven Fischer’s Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony Workshop at Okada Lab, Tokyo!

August 16, 2020

Many thanks to Takeshi Okada and the folks in the Okada Laboratory at the University of Tokyo! I appreciate the chance to share my thoughts on creativity and the creative process, creating original stories and characters along the way. Domo arigato!

Creative Writing and Journal Writing at Northwestern University

June 16, 2020

Many thanks to Debra Ann Blade and Sylvia Tan for your continued interest in my Creative Writing workshops!

Northwestern University’s Norris Center is offering free sessions in Creative Writing and Journal Writing (among many other courses) to provide some much needed relief for people needing artful, healthy outlets during these stressful times.

Steve & Bluey Tell it Like it is in the World of Cartoons

June 9, 2020

From the Daily Record, August 21, 2002 and the first release of The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey.

Steve & Bluey tell it like it is in the world of cartoons

George Berlin: Dream Play Create

June 4, 2020

Blue Dog Productions, Inc. and Steven Fischer announce George Berlin: Dream Play Create, a re-packaging of the EarthRise Apollo animated series by animator George Berlin.

 

 

Produced in the style of a CBS Sunday Morning segment, this short documentary spotlights animator George Berlin and his cosmic animated films EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams, EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons, and EarthRise Apollo: Dreaming of the Infinite. Each animated short celebrates the child within, encouraging all of us to keep alive inside a love of imagination and exploration no matter how old we grow.

Stills from the animated films:

Big Wheel space adventure from EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons (2019) George Berlin Studios.

 

Still from George Berlin’s EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams as it appeared screening in Bucharest at the iMapp Bucharest projection mapping festival.

EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons at BLINK Cincinnati

November 17, 2019

Our animated projection mapping epic EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons projected at the BLINK Cincinnati light-based arts festival, October 10-13, 2019! (The festival estimates 1.5 million people attended.)

The rooftop scene from EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons (2019) by George Berlin Studios.

The rooftop scene from EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons (2019) by George Berlin Studios.

Conceived by animator George Berlin, Lunar Toons is inspired by the artist’s own adventures growing up enthralled with space travel and exploration.

Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/371998637

Hats off to the George Berlin Studios Team:

 

Director

George Berlin

 

Producer

Steven Fischer

 

Animators and Illustrators

Nick Janecki

Ryan Jolly

Marc Walls

Lindsay Zimmerman

Vanja Spremo Zogovic

Mike Jagodzinski

Alec Rudek

George Berlin

 

Music

Mike Langlie, Twink the Toy Piano Band

Big Wheel space adventure from EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons (2019) George Berlin Studios.

Big Wheel space adventure from EarthRise Apollo: Lunar Toons (2019) George Berlin Studios.

EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams Projects in Bucharest

September 28, 2019

Our animated projection mapping epic EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams released on September 21, 2019 in Bucharest, Romania! Watch it here: https://vimeo.com/362616567

EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams by George Berlin Studios, screening at The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania on Saturday Sept 21, 2019.

Moonbeams was one of only 8 invitations to the prestigious iMapp Festival, one of the world’s largest international 3D projection mapping shows. The creation of the animation required demanding technical precision as sixty-four 30K lumen projectors projected the movie as one image on the façade of The Palace of the Parliament building in Bucharest, an irregular screening space of 23,000 sqm (the second largest administrative building in the world), to an audience of 60,000 spectators.

EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams production team:

Director

George Berlin

 

Producer

Steven Fischer

 

Animators and Illustrators

Nick Janecki

Ryan Jolly

Rick Lapidus

Chris Morris

Marc Walls

Lindsay Zimmerman

Vanja Spremo Zogovic

Mike Jagodzinski

Alec Rudek

 

Composer

Donny Walker

 

Sound Design

Zach Jarrett

Kelly Askam

Mind Exchange Music

 

Musicians

George Berlin

Donny Walker

Kelly Askam

Zach Jarrett

Jason Jade Lyons

Neil Alan Sacheck

Lucia Thomas

Cory Tiffin

Josh Williamson

The gods scene from EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams. Art by Lindsay Zimmerman and Alec Rudek; animation by George Berlin, Lindsay, and Vanja Spremo Zogovic. Copyright 2019 George Berlin Studios

 

Apollo landing scene from EarthRise Apollo: Moonbeams Apollo. Art and animation by George Berlin. Copyright 2019 George Berlin Studios.