Ace and Son have been creating lots of nifty music clips for this band called Grouplove. Sounds sexy. No, not really. Sounds hippie. Stupid hippies. Great videos though.
An old battered briefcase triggers a flood of memories.It reminds me of great times, great friends and the good fortune I've had to have had so many of both over the years.
During the season premiere of Breaking Bad's final season, the always hilarious character Badger describes his Star Trek script to Skinny Pete. Less than 24 hours after the premiere, someone has created an animated version of the scene.
We all know at least one person where we scratch our heads and wonder beyond amazement, “How on earth did they land that job?”
Julie Zammarchi is an American indie animator best known for her films Ape (1992) and beautiful The Passenger (2009). I stumbled upon a recentish piece short she did using Johnny Cash's 25 Minutes To Go.
My first trip to the Middle East proved to be the amazing experience I had expected it to be. Unfortunately I had to miss the first two days of the Beirut Animated Festival due to commitments at Annecy. I left early on Sunday morning from the Geneva airport. My first surprise came when I landed at the Beirut airport. The festival staff had told me that I could purchase a visa when I arrived at the airport, but as it turned out with my official invitation to participate in a cultural event, there was no charge for my visa. Even though I would only be there for four days, the visa was issued to me for a month.
With a minimal staff and a very limited budget, festival director Sarra Maali and her staff have created an impressive festival. Headquartered at the beautiful Metropolis Cinema, it combined the best of Middle Eastern animation with a varied selection of international features and short animated films. The opening night was kicked off with a screening of the French feature The Rabbi’s Cat and I was told that the several hundred seat theatre was full.
Have you ever been writing and felt like your story is crap? If you haven’t you must not be an experienced writer. If you have, don’t worry, crap has some useful nutrients in it. Let me explain...
A great animation film stems from having a good, solid story to tell. Technique alone won't save you if your concept is crap. Technique alone is nothing. Sadly, that's the biggest problem with animation today and that's why films like Consuming Spirits and Approved for Adoption should be celebrated, cherished, and seen.
Since you are likely not born into royalty or a standard of living that affords you the ability to do what you please, do you work because you love to, have to or just because there is no other way you know to exist?
A long long time ago, like 10 years ago, a young woman went to the Czech Republic, learned about puppet animation and made a splendid little film called The Toll Collector.... Now she's back. Well.. she's been back (in the USA) for a while..but I mean back in the 'time to make another film' sense.
Music doesn't interest me, but animation does. Directed by Spottydog Stark and animated by the kinda great Leah Shore. Produced by Richard O'Connor's Ace and Son Moving Pictures Company out of New York (apparently New York is a big deal.)
If you think you’ve got what it takes to succeed in your job-think again. It might not matter how good you think or know you are, but what if your boss hasn’t a clue?
Celebration and Chorale will close the 2013 Ottawa International Animation Festival. On a big screen, the experience will remove time and space and, for six minutes, the fleeting touch of a stranger will bring you closer to something good.
A whole pile of animation types loaned their doodles and sketches to Animation Sketchbooks, a nifty new book by U.S. animator, Laura Heit.
So some guy with a lot of time and talent went and made a little Breaking Bad lego animation parody. My dealer, Bender, loves it.