Quickdraw Animation Society

The history of Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit animation production and appreciation society in Calgary, Alberta

Cameraless Animation Explorations begin

Cameraless Animation, the technique in which visuals are drawn or scratched directly onto 16 or 35 mm film is explored by many Quickdraw members, including Richard Reeves the iconic Canadian animator of the award-winning cameraless film "Linear Dreams"

Quickdraw Animation Society is envisioned

Doctors and research scientists began meeting in a conference room at the Foothills Hospital to watch cartoons. Discussions about forming an Animation society and seeking non-profit status began with founding members Greg Lucier, Rita Egiizi and John Edstrom.

Quickdraw is Born

Quickdraw Animation Society was officially born. Grants were written and sporadically received. Screenings and workshops took place on borrowed equipment. The newly established board of directors begins looking for a permanent space

Quickdraw has a home And operations funding

QAS finds it's first permanent home in 1988 and receives its first operational funding. Animation equipment is slowly getting collected for production purposes

Educational Programming Begins

Animation classes and workshops begin at Quickdraw. Different animation techniques are explored

Professional Standard Video Pencil Test Purchased

Quickdraw's first piece of professional animation equipment- a standard video pencil tester is purchased.

Academy-Award Winning Animators hold workshops with Quickdraw

John Weldon ( Special Delivery) and Jimmy Picker ( Sundae in New York) both Academy Award winning animators hold workshops with Quickdraw Animation Society at the Alberta College of Art and Design

First Quickdraw Staff Hired

Quickdraw hires their first part-time paid staff member, an administrator to help in grant-writing and programming development.

The First Animation Stand

Quickdraw makes their first animation stand with a 16mm Bolex camera, a plastic sewer pipe and yellow nylon rope. Many early Quickdraw films were shot on this stand, including works by Ron Slamp, Kevin Kurytnik, Don Best and Gary Tallin.

Quickdraw Moves Downtown

Quickdraw moves into a 2400 sq foot facility in downtown Calgary

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