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Blogs Fjorg! SIGGRAPH 2009 Competition – Day 2

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 12:02pm

Day 2 of the animation competition kicked off at 9am with a loud drumbeat and Afro Brazilian performers. The sound drew a large crowd in to watch the performances. The animation teams had worked through the night on their films so the very lively dancers lent some much needed energy to the competitors.

Blogs Evening Theater Awards Ceremony and Real-Time Live Demos

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 2:05am

Monday nights' Evening Theater began with the introduction of host Miles Perkins, senior staff at Industrial Light and Magic. He kicked off the award ceremony by paving the way for Scott Farrar, visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic.

Blogs Fjorg Begins!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 12:09pm

SIGGRAPH's Fjorg! competition, created by Patricia Beckmann as an Iron Animator event challenges the competitors to create a short film (15-45 seconds) from concept to finish in the short time span of thirty-two hours. To make the task more demanding, distractions are scheduled throughout the day to entice them away from the film making process.

Blogs Desowitz at SIGGRAPH 2009: Day 2

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 10:15am

The buzz so far? Aside from stereoscopic 3-D, GPU for film, with ILM's collaboration with NVIDIA for the amazing fire sim on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the talk of the show, thanks to the mainstream coverage in The Wall Street Journal and the tech paper and panel on the topic. But more about that later...

Blogs Zélie Bérubé: Artist Profile

Whether you’re at Anime Expo LA, Comic-Con, or any of the various cons around the country young artists are intrinsic to the landscape; they are the future of the biz. The artist alley is always lined with individuals “hocking their wares” and producing impromptu sketches. These streets are teeming with creative, hungry talent.

Blogs SDCC 09: The Weekend of Wonder

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 27, 2009 at 1:26pm

San Diego Comic-Con 2009 continued to astound audiences daily as the Hollywood studios debuted their most prized properties for public consumption. Friday was Disney’s animation showcase day in Hall H - The major coup was Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter welcoming Japanese Animation legend Hayo Miyazaki to the con for a panel on his upcoming release Ponyo.

Blogs A cartoon shows in Brooklyn…

If you take the J train over the Williamsburg Bridge, get off at Kosciusko Street and walk a few blocks west, you’ll come to a storefront that looks like it’s home to a going out of business sale. Inside is a bar and club called “Goodbye Blue Monday”: the place is decorated not unlike Pee-wee’s playhouse or the home of some mad collector of antique TV sets, mountains of action figures and bizarro furniture. I’m there because way in the back Tom Stathes is holding his first Cartoon Carnival.

Blogs SDCC 09: Thursday in 3-D!

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:29am

The first official day of San Diego Comic-Con 2009 was a doozy for animation and visual effects aficionados, with sneak peeks at the most anticipated 3-D films set to release in the next year. Imagi’s Astro Boy, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy, Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the mother of them all, James Cameron’s Avatar all debuted footage in 3-D to rapt audiences.

Blogs Richard and Robert Sherman Documentary Caps a Fantastic Week

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:39pm

A wonderful surprise waited for me Saturday morning, when I went seeing the boys. Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman had been with me through my entire life. I listened to their songs, from Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book, from Mary Poppins through to Aristocats.

Blogs Pixar, Pixar and even More Pixar!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 3:38pm

Sorry for writing so late. But yesterday evening I suffered from severe animation illness, information overload and heavy small talk. After seeing the commissioned film program filled with commercials and music videos up to the brink – sitting next to an equally tired Ron Diamond – I hardly reached my apartment and went into dreamland seconds later.

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