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TV Animation Producers Taking Diverse Measures to Ensure Long-Term Profitability

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:42pm

An astonishing 64% of the TV animation execs surveyed said they planned on switching to the production of Anime Porn, while 17% said they planned on opening vegan and gluten-free veggie-wrap food trucks. 6% responded they were leaning towards the risky but highly profitable kidnap-for-ransom business, while 10% said that their large long-term leased and unused studio space would easily support the storing of hazardous waste.

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The Search for a da Vinci Masterpiece

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 2:52pm

In the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, a feverish search occurs seemingly in slow motion. In order to make progress in the search, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has been inventing a brand-new field of work called “art forensics.” Armed with innovative new portable sensing devices, they are searching for a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci called “The Battle of Anghiari.”

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Review: Beauty and the Beast in 3D

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:13am

It’s been close to 2 decades since I last saw the original Beauty and the Beast, sitting mesmerized right alongside my then 3 year old daughter Becky. Sitting mesmerized right alongside my now 23 year old daughter as we watched this beautiful new version of the film, I can safely say the ends justify the means and the tremendous amount of work to bring this film to 3D has produced a visually stunning experience.

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Visual Computing: Redefining the Interactive Experience

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:57pm

Imagine exploring Paris through a digital window in your living room, using a camera to capture a 3D blueprint of your house to plan your next remodel, or trying on clothing in a virtual dressing room that shows how fabrics flow with your every move. These are a few potential applications of visual computing, a fast-growing field of technology that combines photorealism, HD video and audio, interactivity and computational modeling to enable real-time, lifelike immersive experiences.

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The Crossroads of Art and Technology: Creating The Creators Project

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 6, 2012 at 3:10pm

The Creators Project, founded in part by Vice Media, was started to showcase innovative artists and enable them to realize new artwork. When The Creators Project launched in 2010, Vice used a variety of media -- including television, print, online and mobile outlets -- to document the work of more than 100 creators to date, hailing mostly from seven countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, South Korea, United Kingdom and United States).

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Atlanta Braves Unhappy With Pixar’s Brave

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 22, 2011 at 6:39pm

At a casual glance, anybody taking on Disney in a court of law would seem either fabulously wealthy, fabulously nuts, or both. So, I find this news item of particular interest. As reported on the Yahoo Sports blog Big League Stew, Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves are slinging some arrows at Pixar, challenging them over the name of the upcoming animated feature, Brave.

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Green Means GO! The Technology Behind the World Solar Challenge

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 3:23pm

In late October 2011, for the eleventh race since 1987, a group of solar-powered cars designed by groups from around the world attempted to cross the continent, from Darwin to Adelaide, on solar power alone. Some cars made it; some had to resort to being towed on trailers part of the way by gasoline-powered vehicles. Members of one 70-person-strong team from Cambridge University designed, built and drove a car in the race.

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LHOOQ Magazine Profiles Canadian’s Fallows, Robinson and Taylor

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 14, 2011 at 5:16pm

Noted animation producer / director / technologist / multimedia guru / man of international mystery Christopher Panzner has launched a brand new bi-yearly digital magazine, LHOOQ (pronounced “Look”), a pluridisciplinary (pronounced “double-you tee eff”) look at mindstyle, lifestyle, arts, literature, anything, everything. The first issue includes a great piece spotlighting three well-known Canadian (pronounced “Kun-ay-dee-yan”) animation-type folks, none other than Mike Fallows, Chris Robinson and L. Elliot Taylor.

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Let's Hope This is Fantastic VFX...Let's Hope

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 6:12pm

Now, I love kids just as much as anyone. Well, that's really a lie. I like kids that take out the trash the first time asked and can be trusted around my scotch. Which is to say, there are no kids that I like. However, this short video has me hoping someone who knows their way around a vfx shot had a hand in its making.

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7 Animated Ditties Take on Wall Street Greed

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 4:44am

The folks at Buzzco Associates have taken on big business and the pervasive economic and political dissatisfaction spilling over on Wall Street with a set of 7 animated shorts. In the time-tested spirit of political humor, where one can only laugh when faced with daunting issues that are anything but funny, each short is based on a traditional nursery rhyme, spinning topical issues together with little childhood ditties we all know and love. The latest film, Itsy Bitsy Spider, was just released last week.

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Dice Tsutsumi’s Sketchtravel Art Project is Auctioning a Masterpiece of Art History

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 4:06pm

Recently, I had an opportunity to talk to Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi, whom many of you know as a driving force behind the Totoro Forest Project and most recently, the Sketchtravel charity art project. An accomplished artist who spends his days applying his formidable skills as an art director at Pixar Animation Studios, Dice gave me an inside look at the unprecedented Sketchtravel sketch book, a historic collection of sketches which is being auctioned off this coming October 17th.

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Review: ANIMASOPHY - Theoretical Writings On The Animated Film

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:21am

Estonian animation director and educator Ulo Pikkov has accomplished a remarkable feat in producing a most readable book on animation theory. For those who do not know about the technical side of animation Animasophy – Theoretical Writings On The Animated Film is a great place to start. Readers who are already well versed in animation techniques will be reminded about what they already know but don’t always think about.

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Review: ANIMATORS How Did You Do That?

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:03am

If you have ever watched an animated film and wondered “How did they do that?” then Tobias Wengert’s ANIMATORS how did they do that? is the book for you. Wengert has transcribed in print his conversations with twelve diverse members of the Stuttgart, Germany animation community who reveal the secret techniques behind the magical images they create.

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Plympton's Winsor McCay Film Restoration Project Looking for Support

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 6:03pm

For the past 2 years, Bill Plympton has had a team of interns busy restoring Winsor McCay’s last short film, The Flying House. As work has progressed, Matthew Modine came onto the project as a producer and with assistance from business partner Adam Rakoff, has launched an online fundraising effort through Kickstarter.com.

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