|Nationality United States|
Name Skip Battaglia
|Years active 1980–present|
Alma mater Boston College
Home town Buffalo
|Full Name Carl F. Battaglia|
Born April 3, 1948 (age 67) (1948-04-03) Rochester, New York, U.S.
Occupation Animator Filmmaker Educator
Known for Experimental animated films
Awards CINE Golden Eagle Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury
Movies Car Crash Opera, Academy Leader Variations
Education Boston College, Syracuse University
Similar People Georges Schwizgebel, Piotr Dumala, Jane Aaron, Krzysztof Kiwerski, Jerzy Kucia
How the Frog's Eye Sees (1984) - Skip Battaglia [Extrait]
Carl F. "Skip" Battaglia (born April 3, 1948) has been an American experimental filmmaker and animator for 30+ years.
- How the Frogs Eye Sees 1984 Skip Battaglia Extrait
- Select filmography
- Awards and nominations
Battaglia was raised in Buffalo, New York where he states his introduction to Circle Art in High School changed his life. In 1966 he graduated from St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Philosophy from Boston College, graduating in 1970. He returned to St. Joseph's Collegiate, and from 1971 to 1973 taught high school English. He received his Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications, graduating in 1974. From 1977 through 1981, he was Adjunct Faculty for the University of Rochester Department of Fine Arts. From 1981 through 1987, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Communications and Journalism at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He currently serves as Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches courses on film language, and other related film and film production courses.
Battaglia's animations range from pencil, and pastel on paper, as well as paint on film. He has won various awards from film festivals around the world, such as in New York City, Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, and London. His film Parataxis is taught as part of courses on American Expressionism. He is known for his 1980 short film Parataxis and his 1997 music video for the song Taki Dom. He is best known for his experimental and abstract animation, Crossing the Stream. In 2008, the Ottawa International Animation Festival featured a retrospective of Battaglia's work, and also in 2008 his name was added to the St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Fine Arts Wall of Honor in recognition of his accomplishments.
Always involved with sound design, Battaglia wrote the libretto for "Car Crash Opera" and took it to Michaela Eremiasova and Jairo Duarte-Lopez, then Ph.d candidates in music composition at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester NY. The three worked on the opera as a soundtrack, and the soundtrack was performed at the 2006 New York Opera Festival. The animated film short (8 min.), "Car Crash Opera," premiered in January 2012. It has won national and international awards for image and sound.
Of Boccioni's Bike, Boston Globe wrote the film "offers the most successful union of imagery and music.
Of How the Frog's Eye Sees, The New York Times called it a "witty look at the flies, fish and plant life that pass through the title creature's field vision".
Of The Animated Star-Spangled Banner, Philadelphia Inquirer wrote "The Animated StarSpangled Banner is just that, the national anthem sung by a chorus of fifth graders" and "given a highly literal cartoon expression", and Pittsburgh Press called it "hip and original", while Washington Times noted the film "takes punning license with the words of the national anthem as they're spoken by a group of fifth-graders." Variety wrote that the film was "inventively animated," with such imagery as the rocket's red glare becoming a line of Rockettes and then changing into an angry Karl Marx.