Illustrators Jon Klassen and Chris Appelhans will be in town this weekend to lead a visual storytelling presentation and workshop, in a visit sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the JUMP Society. JUMP Society’s Pat Race said the events are geared toward filmmakers, illustrators, cartoonists, storyboarders, writers and anyone else interested in how stories are told through a sequence of images.
The visual storytelling presentation begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the downtown library, and the workshop runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas library. Both events are free. Registration is required for the workshop; call 586-3440 for details.
Klassen, an illustrator and animator, received the Governor General’s Literary Award for his work on the children’s book, “Cat’s Night Out,” and recently worked as art director and concept artist on U2’s music video, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight.” Other projects have included a BAFTA-nominated short for the 2010 Winter Olympics, set and prop design for the stop-motion animation film “Coraline,” and design work for “Kung Fu Panda” with Dreamworks Animation.
Appelhans’s projects include illustration and production work on “Monster House,” “Coraline,” and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” all of which were Academy Award nominees. He is curently working on a screenplay for a Robert Zemeckis production company.
In conjunction with the visual storytelling events, Gold Town Nickelodeon will feature screenings of “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes Anderson’s adaptation of a Roald Dahl book. The film will be shown at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Appelhans, a production designer for the film, will be on hand after Tuesday’s screening to answer questions from the audience.
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