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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.

More Cartoons by Steven Fischer

August 21, 2019
An episode from Steven Fischer's 2004 series, Francine. copyright 2004 Steven Fischer.

An episode from Steven Fischer’s 2004 series, Francine. copyright 2004 Steven Fischer.

The History of Illness by Steven Fischer. Copyright 2002 Steven Fischer and Blue Dog Productions, Inc.

The History of Illness by Steven Fischer. Copyright 2002 Steven Fischer and Blue Dog Productions, Inc.

Steven Fischer's 2000 concept sketch for the feature film Youthquake written by Michele Fischer. Drawing copyright 2000 Steven Fischer.

Steven Fischer’s 2000 character concept sketch for the feature film Youthquake by Michele Fischer. Drawing copyright 2000 Steven Fischer.

The Importance of Going Within

March 13, 2018

Winnetka Living recently published this article by Steven Fischer on creativity.

Steven Fischer’s Sketchbook

December 15, 2017

Some illustrations from the sketchbook of Steven Fischer

Chalkboard drawing for Rocky Run Tap & Grill restaurant chain. copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Studies of cafe patrons. Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Invented man. Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Invented woman. Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Feet study. Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Invented lady. Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Study of child. Copyright Steven Fischer. stevenfischer.net

Cartoon Storytelling for Adults of All Ages at Northwestern University

November 30, 2017

Learn the basics of cartooning, storytelling, and creativity. Participants use cartooning to create original characters and personal stories. This course is ideal for anyone interested in the art of cartooning, learning effective visual communication skills, and those interested in taking their creativity to the next level. Our objective is to create and complete and original story with original characters. Make sure your pencils are sharpened; you’ll be drawing a lot!

Six weeks starting January 23, 2018!   Click here for details and sign up!

Call Me Giant

November 17, 2017

Join us January 25, 2018 at Northwestern University’s Norris Center for an intense acting and character creation experience! Click here for details and sign up.

 

Director Steven Fischer leads actors through exercises for Call Me Giant, part of an actor’s intensive character creation experience at McCormick Auditorium, Evanston, Illinois. Photo by Jeff Sweeton.

 

Director Steven Fischer leads acting exercises at McCormick Auditorium in Evanston, Illinois, as part of an actor’s intensive character creation experience. Photo by Jeff Sweeton.

 

Film director, cartoonist Steven Fischer guides actors at McCormick Auditorium in Evanston, Illinois part of an actor’s intensive character creation experience. Photo by Susan Zielinski.

Cartoon Illustrations for DiamondMind Enterprises

October 28, 2017

L-R: Tom Rosenak at DiamondMind Enterprises works with cartoonist Steven Fischer on drawings for “Acres of Diamonds”.

 

L-R: Tom Rosenak at DiamondMind Enterprises works with cartoonist Steven Fischer on drawings for “Acres of Diamonds”. October 2017.

Cartooning for Adults at The Second City!

July 14, 2017

Bring your story ideas to life in cartoons. We’ll explore the creative process, cartoon drawing fundamentals, character development, and more! In-class writing and drawing exercises help you discover new possibilities in developing and expressing your ideas and point of view. These exercises help you generate the ideas for your own original, personal story. No experience necessary. If you can make a stick figure, you can get started!

Participants will receive a copy of Steven’s book The Wonderful, Happy, Cartoony World of Steve & Bluey.

Creating Cartoon Stories meets for one three-hour session. Sign up today!

About the instructor: Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy® nominated writer/producer/digital cinematographer of fiction, non-fiction, and animated stories. His credits include the films Freedom Dance (2007) featuring Mariska Hargitay and Old School New School (2010) with Brian Cox. His commissioned work includes Martin Scorsese’s NEH Jefferson Lecture, Keep the Promise with Margaret Cho and Tavis Smiley, among various films for Maryland Public Television/PBS, Romanian Television Network, TV Asia, Nextel, DuPont, Nalco/Ecolabs, Department of Defense, AmeriCorps, Hollywood Stars II, and National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Fischer is a Fulbright recipient and speaks internationally on storytelling.

Discover Norris Mini Courses at Northwestern University!

March 8, 2017

Here’s an excerpt from an article by Aine Dougherty, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

Northwestern offers lots of interesting classes for its students, but if your class schedule is full and you’re still itching to learn, look no further than Mini Courses at Norris University Center. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members, Mini Courses give participants the chance to learn new skills in just a few short weeks.

Courses cover a wide variety of topics, from cooking to dancing to drinking, so no matter what your interests are, you’ll be able to find a Mini Course that suits your needs. Or, you’ll get the chance to discover a new passion. Some of the most popular courses include Ceramics, Cherokee, Latin Ballroom Dance, and Wine Appreciation (for those over 21). The Spring 2017 program will offer these choices as well as many others, including Baking, Belly Dancing, Public Speaking, and Mixology.

Acting & Character Creation with Steven Fischer

Aspiring Brad Pitts and Angelina Jolies need look no further than Steven Fischer’s Acting and Character Creation class, where they can learn from an two-time Emmy-nominated instructor who has 25 years of work experience as a director, writer, animator, and actor in live-action and animated films. Fischer, a Mini Courses instructor since 2012, says that a typical session of his acting class involves “a lot of acting exercises and improv games” that help students generate performance ideas they can then use outside of class. Fischer affirms that his course is a safe place to create because there are no right or wrong ideas, and he says that participants can make the most out of their experience “simply by being open to something new.”

Film director-producer Steven Fischer works with actors at Northwestern University.

According to Fischer, all of the Mini Courses participants are “the best of the best … They are all ready to work; they are ready to share and give of themselves; they are open. They’re just terrific people.” Don’t you want to be one of them? Sign up today!

Early registration is open now and lasts until March 29 – sign up during that time to save $8. Regular registration lasts until April 16, and courses begin during the third week of April, meeting on weekday evenings for around six weeks. Find more information on the Mini Courses web page, and sign up for the class of your choice at www.nbo.northwestern.edu