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Charles Solomon Reviews the new Animation Show of Shows on KPCC

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 18, 2013 at 11:41am

It’s nice to see our little neck of the woods get a bit of attention from mainstream media now and then, especially with meaningful and thoughtful commentary about films that while known to many in the industry, for the most part are unknown to most everyone else on the planet.


Playing the Long and Short Game with HTML5: Part 1

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:50pm

Emotions have been running high in the HTML5 application development space in recent months. With the current worldwide explosion of mobile and web app use currently underway, many feel HMTL5 is the bright future of cross-platform development.


Festival of European Student Animation - Belgrade, Serbia

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 1:04pm

Devoted solely to student work, the festival is the brainchild of well known animator, illustrator, and renaissance man Rastko Ćirić in conjunction with Vuk Maksimovic, master wood carver and furniture maker, who is the representative of the Fortress for this project.

Animation Blogs

Mel Blanc and How Animation Students Learn Character Development

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:34am

Strong character development is the foundation of any animation, of course, but contemporary animators might run into copyright infringement issues when they borrow heavily from existing characters in other creative properties.

Screenwriting Blogs

A Writer’s #1 Most Important Creative Tool is...

So what is a writer’s #1 creative tool? Experience? Education? Vocabulary? Scriptwriting software? Jack Daniels? It’s none of these. The #1 creative tool of every writer is...


Five Steps To Slaughter Your Career

By Lisa Kaye | Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:42pm

When it comes to finding ways to sabotage your career efforts think of how a poor Thanksgiving turkey wound up a sacrifice for the joys of your holiday meal. It’s not so much that you have to be plucked, sucked and tucked to fit into your turkey suit, but what have you done to help escape your fate? Here are five sure fire ways to slaughter your career in any season.


Great Stories in Voice Over: Mike Meyers and the Story of Shrek’s Voice

What would Shrek be without his Scottish accent? Can you even imagine it? But not only was the character of Shrek NOT Scottish in William Stieg’s original books, (in fact, his name comes from Yiddish) but Mike Meyers very nearly never got the chance to play Shrek.


The Promised Land: Part 1

The issuing reflections are probably the most complex of all of those I have written until now, difficult and troublesome for me to reflect upon and even more so verbalize. Nonetheless, I feel a deep need to face a challenge of distilling and then sharing my personal thoughts and observations on this perplexing topics.