A raft of animated films, television series and interactive properties, from major studios and independent animators alike, were on display at Licensing International this year.
Karen Raugust reports that despite the wide gap in budgets and resources, independent animation houses can learn from the major media companies' digital/new media activities.
Joe Strike sheds some light on what distributors are looking for when they go out searching for animation to acquire.
In her column, Nancy Cartwright continues her series of chats with animation veterans talking with veteran voice over director Ginny McSwain.
Philippe Moins travels to the Annecy Animated Film Festival and finds a lineup of out of the ordinary animation.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time won the award of Special Distinction, one of the three awards for features at Annecy this year. Its merit lies in the execution of the time jumping story which, instead of dealing with vast movements of history, concentrates in the small movements in the emotional lives of its Japanese urban high school protagonists over several days. Trivial moments in a triangle of high school students are lived and re-lived in an attempt by the heroine, Makoto, to get it right in the simple choice of which she will have for a boyfriend or a friend.
The distances we place...
Russell Bekins searches for the diamonds in the ruff at the 2007 Annecy Animated Film Festival while answering 20 irritating questions.
Karen Raugust looks at how animation executives rely on their big-studio experience to launch new indie production houses.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- Niebla (Fog) by Emilio Ramos, Ark by Grzegorz Jonkajtys, En Tus Brazos by FX Goby, Matthieu Landour and Edouard Jouret, Close Your Eyes and Do Not Breathe by Vuk Jevremovic and Loom by Scott Kravitz.
Veteran storyboard artist Mark Simon tries out Toonboom's Storyboard Pro to find out how the new software ranks in the world of digital storyboarding.
For this month's column, Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman lays down the laws of animation, which involves creation, evolution and intelligent design.
In this month's "Career Coach," Pamela Kleibrink Thompson paints the art of conversation, which should center on dialogue not monologues.
In the first of a series of production diaries, production designer Paul Lasaine talks about crafting the look of Sony Pictures Animation's 3D-animated feature, Surf's Up.
Are agents perfect matchmakers? Mark Simon makes a date with that question in this month's "Mind Your Business."
For the June 2007 "Press Start" column, Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla takes a historical look at the top five arcade fighter games of all time.
For this month's trio of anime reviews, Chris Feldman gives us his thoughts on To Heart V.1 New Feelings, V.2 Finding Courage, Demon Prince Enma V.1 and Highlander: The Search for Vengeance.
Joe Strike chats with the stop-motion master at Aardman Animation about bringing their distinct British humor to an Americanized version of Creature Comforts.
Prior to the Disney/Pixar Ratatouille presentation at WonderCon earlier this year, Andrew Farago was granted a one-on-one interview with comedian/actor/writer Patton Oswalt to discuss his starring role in the upcoming film.
Janet Hetherington talks to professionals in the animation, TV and film industries to find out what they did before they landed their dream jobs.
Karen Raugust reports on how digital technologies have changed the recruiting process, but passion, talent and teamwork still rule.
Japanese director Satoshi Kon sat down with Greg Singer to discuss the making of his latest animated feature, Paprika.
Tara DiLullo Bennett gets the scoop on Sanctuary, which marks a new media experiment for sci-fi shot in HD and made with XSI and ZBrush.
Jean Detheux chronicles Visual Music Marathon, the festival that came out of nowhere and set a benchmark, instantly!
In her bi-monthly column, Nancy Cartwright chats with Carolyn Omine, Simpsons writer and consulting producer.