With four seasons under its belt, The Hub channel’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic celebrates its season-ending two-part episode and a just-announced 26-episode season five with one of its “What’s the Hubbub?” online chats.
Why is it that many live action filmmakers look down upon Animation as a lesser and an inferior medium?
From the guy who asked “What if Star Wars was a Tarantino film?” comes a new twist on Disney’s blockbuster animated musical: “If Frozen was a Horror Movie.”
In Part 1 I explained how I pitched one series with $13,000 worth of artwork and another with two sentences on the fly, and I sold the two sentences. But why did my two-sentences sell? What was it about the concept? What made it so good? ...
Whether you are a seasoned professional with a track record or making your first film finding your way through the co-production maze is difficult. This year at FMX in Stuttgart, Germany (22 to 25 April) I came across Chimney’s Top 100 European Film Funds (The Gateway to European Financing) This book is an invaluable tool for any animator who is looking for co-production and funding opportunities in Europe.
The 175 page book is organized by country, from Armenia to the United Kingdom, and in countries with several diverse regions such as France, the regions are subdivided into regional funding opportunities. Vital information, including available tax shelters, VAT percentage and requirements, and co-production treaties are listed along with contact information. The glossary demystifies terms such as soft money and pari passu and the through indexes list funds by countries, alphabetically, and funding levels. Chimney plans to publish a yearly update to keep information current, and in the next year is planning to create an app with all the information in digital form.
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering an online look at Bruce Alcock's (At the Quinte Hotel) latest film, 54 hours...
Based on a recent interview Bill Desowitz did with Wally Pfister (Transcendence), Marc ponders the question whether technology actually fails us.
I can't get enough of Saki Yori's freewheeling, animated anxieties that somehow calm. Her latest is The Tale of The Plump Bird.
This year Fete De L’Anim celebrated ten years of bringing animation to Tourcoing and the surrounding towns. The event not only had a fine selection of films, it was an important meeting place for animation professionals and students from top European animation schools to exchange knowledge and ideas.
Kristof Serrand, Supervising Animator at Dream Works was this year’s guest of honor. His presentation “Trade Secrets: How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy” was excellent. As one of the key players working on the trilogy and someone who has successfully made the transition from 2D to 3D, Kristof is well qualified to take the packed audience behind the scenes and show us a lot about the conception and making of the films. Besides being an extremely talented person he is also very charming. Unfortunately I missed the first two days of L’Anim so I could not attend his first Master Class.
Anibar International Animation Festival is pleased to announce its worldwide call for entries for its 2014 festival, taking place the 5th to 10th of August, in the city of Peja. Regulations and a link to the online application form is available at: http://anibar.com/2013/En/media/news/178/ here
Animation filmmakers are invited to submit their work to compete in three main categories:
Germany's Studio Film Bilder just picked up a shiny award for their new pre-school series, Patchwork Pals. The series was created by acclaimed indie animator, Angela Steffen.
During the evenings between April and June, people can spend an evening viewing 7 commissioned Norman McLaren influenced projects that will be projected onto the facades of 7 Montreal buildings.
Looking for innovative experiments: Animation-based visuals for a live concert with Danish rock band Magtens Korridorer.
As part of the Viborg Animation Festival 2014, October 3rd – 5th (more on the 2012 edition at this very site), a concert performance with Danish rock favorites Magtens Korridorer and animation-based visuals will take place in intimate Viborg venue Paletten (capacity 500).
We’re looking for a different kind of live music experience, one that plays around with the relationship between music, band, visuals and/or audience.
Your job will be to come up with an innovative and interesting concept for the visuals, which can be executed within a budget of 200.000 DKR (roughly 27.000 euros). Everything from projection mapping to inflatable dolls may be incorporated – the only requirement is that a not insubstantial amount of the 200.000 must be set aside for animated visuals and that these will be produced in the Viborg animation cluster Arsenalet (www.arsenalet.dk).
The task is harder than it seems. Can you identify 43 cartoon theme songs in this Ensemble ACJW mashup? My attempt was an epic FAIL!
The 33rd edition of ANIMA Brussels, 28 February through 9 March 2014 took a giant step toward becoming a world class animation festival this year when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed qualifying status on ANIMA. Joining such renowned festivals as Annecy and Zagreb, ANIMA’s Grand Prix winning short film Futon by Japanese animator Yoriko Mizushirlhas now officially qualified for the 2014 Oscar race.
Yoriko utilizes the traditional Japanese mattress, a futon, to take the audience into the dream fantasy world between consciousness and sleep. While wrapped up in her futon the young girl in the film sinks into thoughts of life’s pleasurable waking hours – a piece of sushi, warm covers, a stretch of her body are all portrayed in sensual images using a soft color pallet. A complete list of all of the winning films is at the end of the article.
Many people have a general idea of what a voice sounds like, but there is a tremendous amount of skill and integrity involved with voice-matching an actor.
Days 1 and 2 are filled with sessions pushing developers to be more daring in every aspect of their creative efforts.