Art student finding career in animation rewarding


January 04, 2000|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANIMATION CAN BE found everywhere -- in advertising, children's television and feature-length films. It seems to be the wave of the future, and one former Eldersburg resident is making a name for himself on that wave.

Jason Shulman recently was named winner of the International Student Animator Award at the LEAF '99 Awards. The LEAF (London Effects and Animation Festival) Awards are an international competition in their seventh year and were presented at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Jason received the award for his senior animation thesis project, "Hollow," about a pumpkin surgeon and his pumpkin patient. "Hollow" also has won several other awards for the animator, including recognition from his college, Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Fla., and a scholarship.

Jason's work was shown as part of the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater held at the Wembley Conference and Exhibition Centre during the LEAF convention. Jason also participated in SIGGRAPH '99 in Los Angeles.

Jason's talent and love of art were apparent in childhood: He won art contests during his elementary and middle school years.

Jason also displayed his talents at Liberty High School, where he created artwork for the school newspaper and the drama department.

An early interest in political cartooning led Jason into caricature art, with which he entertained at parties, bar mitzvahs and business events.

Jason has been living in California and working with computer animation for a television 3D children's cartoon since his graduation from Ringling last May.

He is the son of Ray and Linda Shulman of Eldersburg.

Holiday open house

A holiday atmosphere and a strong community spirit filled the air Sunday afternoon as the Sykesville Gate House Museum of History sponsored its first holiday open house.

Museum curator Jim Purman and docent Kari Greenwalt were on hand to greet the more than three dozen visitors who attended.

The museum's first floor was lighted with oil-burning lamps and candles, which enhanced the greenery placed throughout the museum.

Two pairs of clip-on ice skates from ages past were artistically draped with shiny crimson beads. A swag of pine and red velvet bows led visitors to displays on the museum's second floor.

People gathered in the first-floor room, where a display of 70-year-old Lionel trains on loan from Rachel Purman Workman ran every half-hour.

A tree dressed with colorful paper chains helped draw folks to the kitchen, which was filled with holiday treats and hot spiced cider.

Helen Gaither was the winner of a drawing for a Sykesville coverlet featuring images of historic sites throughout town.

Garland angels

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park is taking registration for its Woodland Garland Angels program. The program is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 11.

People ages 16 and older may participate. A variety of natural grasses, herbs and leaves will be used to create the woodsy angels.

The cost is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Information or to register: 410-795-6043.

Tree recycling

Don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree. You may leave trees, free of all decorations, outside Piney Run Park in the turn-around area. No trees will be accepted after Jan. 17.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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