CHICAGO MOTION GRAPHICS
BY MASON DIXON, DESIGN AFTER NEXT
From Kansas City to Chicago to Detroit, the Midwest has been blossoming with creative video works: slick animations, seductive commercials, beautiful shorts, dancing-head music videos, 2D cutouts and illegal cutups. The vast majority are going unnoticed, unscreened, or scattered among festivals stubbornly clinging to genre barriers: animation vs. film, art vs. advertising. So in 2003 the Chicago Motion Graphics Festival was founded to collect and celebrate the best video works emerging in between 3D animation and traditional editing.
The opening for the 2003 festival had a special challenge: to intrigue a room of motion graphics artists while setting itself apart from the rest of the ...