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Special Guest: OIAF Animators' Picnic 2011 - Part 2

It's the FFAF Pre-Holiday Holiday Spectacular as Joel and Alan continue to bother more legends of international animation trying to eat, drink, and be wary at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011, Part 2.  PLUS, backstage hijinks and hosting recap of the OIAF 2011 Closing Ceremonies.

Blogs Tackling the Big Issues: PC Gaming Alliance

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 12:11pm

One of the things we like to do is talk to some of the top innovators in the industry to see what makes them tick. We’ve spoken to Matt Ployhar -- president of the PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA) -- before, but he’s been up to a lot lately, so we followed up to get a closer look.

Blogs Pass It On . . .

By Lisa Kaye | Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:06pm

When you think you’ve done enough job hunting for yourself and you are not sure what you can share, think of those who are still struggling and have not been as successful as you and next time you hear of a job you are not interested in or perhaps is just not right for you, remember you can easily just, pass it on.

Blogs Encounter with Japan Part 6 - Climax

For some time now I have been promising myself a return to organic art. In my case this means line drawing. I love how line fluctuates, swings, cuts, curls, twists, envelopes, stubs, caresses, how it becomes a natural extension of an artist, how its creator can funnel into it the inner thoughts, passions, desires, frustrations or dreams.

Blogs Try Me

By Lisa Kaye | Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11:22am

When all of your search efforts have gone by the way side, do you ever feel like holding up a sign across your chest with the words emblazoned in big red letters, “Try Me!” But when you think about it, what harm would there really be if you let them try you for free?

Blogs Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 4: DreamWorks Animation

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:55am

Each year on the Oscar Showcase Tour, our day at DreamWorks is always great. The studio goes out of its way to provide a full day of demonstrations, a great lunch with executives and a packed screening of the nominated shorts. Of all the stops on the tour, DreamWorks always shares the most detailed and intimate look at films in progress, which for an assembly of animation directors and producers, is always a welcome treat. This year was no different.

Blogs Critical Mass: The Power of Mass Effect 3

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11:56am

Electronic Arts’ BioWare studio has come a long way since first launching Mass Effect on the PC. What began as an epic single-player experience has expanded into a new cooperative gameplay mode with Mass Effect 3. Up to four players can engage in exclusive co-op firefights on top of the epic conclusion of the single player campaign.

Blogs Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 3: Disney Feature Animation

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:03am

Fresh from our morning at the ARL, we were greeted in the lobby of Disney’s whimsical animation building by Stephanie Morse, Talent Development Coordinator. She ushered the nominees into the screening theater for a quick introduction. Then, leaving the lunchtime crowd to watch the nominated shorts, our band set out on a fast-paced tour of the neighboring Disney lot.

Blogs Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 3: Disney's ARL - Animation Research Library

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:07pm

Thursday morning found our traveling band of Oscar short animation nominees and AWN staff trekking eastward for a morning at the Animation Resource Library (ARL). The definitive, company-owned archive for all Disney production materials, ARL is something of an in-house secret, playing host to over 60 million pieces of original production artwork.

Blogs Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 1: Paramount Studios

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:29am

Paramount Studios is one of the oldest and most venerable of the big Hollywood studios. While the studio has been distributing animated films for some time through its relationship with DreamWorks, only announced last July it announced it was getting back into the animation production business. Our group spent the entire day on the lot and were not disappointed.

Blogs Have The Annies Become Relevant Again?

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:10pm

If you asked me whether the Annies had become irrelevant a few years ago, I, and many in and around the animation industry, would have quickly said, yes. But see what a few years have done. The Disney boycott really forced the hand of ASIFA and put them into a position to fix the problems many had been complaining about for years. Moves such as keeping Annie voting to professionals and forming the member's favorite category for the larger membership have gone a long way in bringing a sense of legitimacy back to the long running awards show.

Blogs Oscar Tour 2012 LA Day 2: 20th Century Fox

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 27, 2012 at 5:09pm

Wednesday afternoon found the Oscar shorts nominees at 20th Century Fox's sprawling backlot, located in the heart of Century City. After checking in at the Little Theater, used by the studio for on-site screenings, it was off for some behind-the-scenes looks at one of television's biggest studios.

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