Hope Springs Eternal

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Hope Springs Eternal is a short animated film by Ron Noble. I had the opportunity to see this eclectic and wonderful film over the rainy days of winter in California. What is remarkable about this film is seeing the dynamic personality Ron gives his character Mort through simple expressions. Hope Springs Eternal is not a children’s film. Why should animation be limited to just family films? This film is about someone who has suffered deep loss and gives up hope. In the process of he finds himself suicidal. When he tries to end everything it actually does not work out the way he planned. The mishaps he suffers made me giggle. The song “Save My Soul” that Ron wrote adds a nice finishing touch to the entire mood. Ron approached this difficult subject with humor and class. The story is well done. The animation and art direction are beautiful. It truly suits this film. I loved this little story. It is truly a gem.

Ron Noble is a recognized talent in the animation industry. He has been cartooning since he was a child. He directed multiple seasons of All Grown Up, The Wild Thornberrys, Rocket Power, As Told By Ginger, and won the “Outstanding Children’s Animation Program” Emmy in 2002-2003 as a Director on Rugrats. Ron also is the head of the Animation Army, a group of talented people in the animation industry who meet once a month in LA. You can find them at www.animationarmy.com.

Hope Springs Eternal is playing at a film festival near you. For more information about the film please go to www.Nobletown.com.

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Akiko Ashley

Akiko Ashley is Founder and Partner in Luminetik Studios in Santa Monica California. Akiko has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years in video games, music, and film (producer, VFX producer, and animation production). Luminetik has done a full CG short based on their own IP ahead of it's time in "Kuriocity" with two female leads in 2007. Luminetik has worked done VFX for motion pictures, television, & commercials including a set of Superbowl Commercials for Arm & Hammer starring Jason Giambi. Akiko helped Luminetik become one of the first sponsors of DV Expo in NYC. Akiko has been a strategic advisor to Architosh magazine for 10 years and has been on the Advisory Board of Keyframe Magazine and HDRI Magazine. Akiko has been a speaker at SIGGRAPH, and did speaking engagements at Art Institute for for IGDA. Currently Akiko is freelance producer, and freelance editor and writer for young adult books, comics and magazines. In addition she is a photographer capturing candid moments of celebrities and other well known personalities.

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