Paul Younghusband reviews CG 101, a general, but detailed, book which covers a wide range of topics, from visual effects techniques, to terminology, job descriptions and visual effects history.
Within the world of animation, most experimentation occurs within short format productions, whether they be high budgeted commercials, low budgeted independent shorts, or something in between. The growing number of short film festivals around the world attest to the vitality of these works, but there are few other venues for exhibition of them or even written reviews. As a result, distribution tends to be difficult and irregular. On a regular basis, Animation World ...
Don't let your cover letter and resume become another piece of "junk mail." The cover letter is a sales tool - use itto sell your knowledge, skill and experience. Make it clear that you understandthe needs and goals of the company and that you can hit the ground runningwhen you are hired...
Renowned drawing instructor Glenn Vilppu offers the eleventh installment in his bi-monthly Animation World Magazine online drawing course. In this chapter, he discusses the utilization of direct lighting.
Karl Cohen investigates the appeal of Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival and gives homage to the two men who helped create this strange film aesthetic.
Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman reminisces about the incredible adventure Jason and the Argonauts took him on and the power of Ray Harryhausen and great storytelling.
The most famous stop motion studio in the world -- Aardman Animations -- is poised and ready for even greater success. Wendy Jackson Hall reports.
Fred Patten reviews Robin Allan's new book, Walt Disney and Europe; European Influences on the Animated Feature Films of Walt Disney, and discovers that Allan delves far beyond the obvious nature of the title.
Sharon Schatz interviews Brian Nilles on the newVicon 8 motion capture system and the future of the industry.
Digital humans are right around the corner accordingto Giant Studios and Webbie Tookay couldn't be more delighted. Laura Schiff explains. Contains Quick Time movie clips!
Ayanti Sen continues her piece on India's hopeful animation future by profiling a few up and coming Indian animators.
Motion capture takes a new direction when a live, four-legged creature is brought into the mix. Gregory Singer reports on capturing the motions of an Andalusian stallion.
Students of animation often forget the difference between setting keyframes and animating. Learn how to create animation with life-like motion and emotion.
The new year is a time for making plans for what you want to accomplish. I used to make resolutions, which were quickly given up on before the month of January was even over. Now, I prefer setting goals. Goals are dreams with deadlines.
Fantasia/2000 definately pushes the technical limits of animation, creating visuals we have never seen before. As a special treat, David Bossert, the film's artistic coordinator and visual effects supervisor, takes us deep into the process.
Cartoon historian Leslie Cabarga interviews famous animators from beyond the grave. What do Winsor McCay, Georges Mi, Max Fleischer, Walt Disney, Pat Sullivan, Otto Messmer, Tex Avery and Lotte Reininger have to say about their lives and the current animation scene? Read on!
The history of animation in the 20th Century has been falsified and distorted for many years. AWN wanted to begin the new century with an accurate list of our industry's achievements. Karl Cohen decided to take on the challenge.
Want to get hired in the new millennium? Well, besides the addition of Flash to your repertoire and keeping an eye on that computer, most of the required skills to get hired and be successful remain the same. However, get ready because high technology is becoming the norm. Here from the industry's top recruiters is advice about what you'll need to be prepared.
"While nothing beats the ability to draw in any year, in the upcoming year it won't hurt an...
Ruth and Roger Whiter were lucky enough to meet Ray Harryhausen for tea and a chat about his career, the craft of stop-motion and the value of careful planning.
We surveyed a wide range of leaders from all walks of animation's varied path and asked them their opinions on the biggest issues facing us and how this will change our industry.
John Canemaker remembers his friend and associate Faith Hubley, whose inspiration ranged far wider than her magical, Oscar-winning filmed images.