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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.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 28

Special Guest: OIAF Animators' Picnic 2011 - Part 1


Joel and Alan bother legends of international animation as they try to eat, drink, and be wary at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011.

Blogs Oscar Tour NoCal: Final Night with ASIFA San Francisco

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:42am

Dolby Digital in San Francisco and Karl Cohen hosted the last Bay Area Oscar Tour screening for ASIFA San Francisco members. The filmmakers greeted ASIFA members in the lobby and talk about their films before the screening began. Marcy Page, producer of Wild Life, joined us for the evening.

Blogs Oscar Winner Rob Legato Coming to FMX 2012

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 27, 2012 at 9:41am

FMX is thrilled to present Hugo's leading Visual Effects Supervisor Rob Legato as a main speaker at this year's event. Together with Ben Grossmann (Pixomondo) he talks about the challenges involved in making Hugo. What's more, in a second presentation you are able to get even closer to Hugo when Grossmann is joined by Matthew Gratzner (New Deal Studios) to dissect the impressive train sequence.

Blogs Perry’s Previews 2012 Best Animation Feature Oscar & Interviews Directors

By Perry Chen | Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 9:05am

Because these two films are hardly seen by most people, I don’t think any of them has a chance of winning the Oscar. Just ahead of the Oscars on Feb 26, 2012, here is my prediction for the Best Animation Award.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 27

Live, from the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011, entertainment's own comedy pangea, Dino Stamatopoulos, is paid to sit down with the very Joel Frenzer and Alan Foreman for the most overmodulated audiophonic conver-senation* about his animated series Morel Orel and Mary Shelley's Frankenhole. Topics include: writing for adult animated comedy while drinking, drinking for adult animated comedy while writing, star-shaped facial hair, adopting classical horror literary author names into titular innuendo forever linking them historically, and poutine.

Blogs Perry’s Previews 2012 Animation Shorts Oscar Prediction, Review & Director Interviews

By Perry Chen | Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:30am

My review and filmmaker interviews for the 5 nominees are in the order from my least favorite to my favorite, with a prediction of Oscar winner at the end.

Blogs GOT A RESEARCH QUESTION? ASK GOOGLE. GOT A STORY QUESTION? ASK YOUR MIND!

Every screenwriter is born with an amazing writing tool. It’s called the human mind. But if you don’t know how to use it effectively you could be wasting a lot of creative potential. I’ve found a very special way to resolve creative story problems that I think you’ll find very useful...

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