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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 2012 Kidscreen Summit: Key Market For Those That Hustle

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 13, 2012 at 11:10am

To get the most out of KidScreen, you need to set up as many meetings as you can ahead of time and on the fly with other delegates and/or companies. In order to have meetings, you need to have something to talk about and that's usually a property you'd like to pitch or an idea of what you'd like to option with which you'd like to partner. The opportunities are there, but dance cards fill up quickly.

Blogs Become a SIGGRAPH 2012 Student Volunteer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 1:34pm

Are you science? Are you art? Do you daydream of computations or calculate in creativity? Are you a student? If so, you will find yourself right at home at SIGGRAPH 2012. Science and art will come together in one outstanding international conference to explore computer graphics and interactive techniques from both points of view, and YOU can be a part of it!

Blogs A NORDIC – BALTIC ADVENTURE - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:16am

For five days every year the historic town of Fredrikstad, Norway becomes the center of Nordic/Baltic animation. The festival brings in an illustrious roster of names from the international animation community and this year was no exception.

Blogs Asia Television Forum 2011: An Animation Creation Hotbed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 16, 2011 at 12:57pm

If you’re from South East Asia, China, Japan or Korea, Singapore’s modern architectural skylines may not wow you as much as a Westerner. And I imagine, if you are from the region, the proliferation and impact of Asia’s animation production isn’t news to you either. After all, Asia’s “animation moon” has been full and shining brightly for many years, decades even for some countries.

Blogs SIGGRAPH Technical Papers – More Evidence of My Downfall

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 12:35pm

If you wish further evidence of your own lack of smartness, sit through a SIGGRAPH technical paper Fast Forward presentation. This was not your typical gathering of wily-old geezer scientists in smocks and meerschaum pipes, ruefully rubbing their beards while thoughtfully using 10 sentences to explain things where one sentence would completely suffice.

Blogs On The Road to SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 8:10pm

18 hours in planes, 8 hours in airports, 2 hours in shuttles, all in the quest for a chance to meet some of Asia’s brightest computer graphic technologists and to once again eat roast pork overlooking the majestic Hong Kong harbor. A worthy goal, I must say.

Blogs CTN-X: A Student's Perspective

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 2:00pm

CTNX is for the young and hungry, boasting a crowd of current students and the recently graduated, who are looking at an angle into their beloved, but notoriously tough, contemporary animation industry. There’s no doubt the event will keep on drawing in professionals, studios, and students, but it remains to be seen whether it can live up to high expectations. Seeing young talent engage with their idols, and feeling their way into a field they are clearly passionate about, is where CTN truly shines.

Blogs CTN-X Is Back in Its Third Year

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 3:57pm

Now in its third year, CTN Expo has gotten over some of its growing pains. Gone was the hectic chaos that was last year's event, replaced with the efficiency that so impressed in its inaugural year. Los Angeles has been in need of a quality animation gathering and this fills the bill nicely.

Blogs Workshops and Masterclasses Set for VIEW Conference

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 9:14pm

Weta Digital’s Wayne Stables, Digital Domain’s Eric Nash, Pixar's Sharon Calahan, ILM's Scott Farrar, ILM's Roger Guyett, DNeg's Gavin Graham and PDI Founder Glenn Entis are some of the speakers slated to present next week at VIEW, Italy's largest computer graphics conference.

Blogs Digital Domain's Erik Nash to Present Real Steel at VIEW Conference

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 3:32am

In a surprise addition to an already powerful roster of speakers lined up for the VIEW Conference, October 25 to 28, overall visual effects supervisor Erik Nash from Digital Domain has chosen to give the world’s first presentation of that studio’s work at VIEW Conference.

Blogs CTN is Bringin' it On to Pass it On - One Artist at a Time!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 8:43pm

Coming November 18-20, 2011 to Burbank, California, CTN brings you a variety of business, creative, technical and inspirational presenters from various walks of life to reaffirm that CTN-X as that jewel in the crown, that "one of a kind" show where we get to rise out of the production trenches for 3 whole days to experience visual stimulation, fantastic connections and powerful inspiration.

Blogs World's First Tintin Presentation coming to VIEW Conference

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 10:25am

Wayne Stables, visual effects supervisor at Weta Digital for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin has chosen to give the world’s first presentation of that studio’s work on the film at the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy.

Blogs Paradigm Shifting at the VES Production Summit

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 7, 2011 at 4:24pm

Last Saturday the VES hosted its third annual Production Summit, this time at the quaint Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Despite all about VES 2.0 and the Bill of Rights to help facilitate quality of life improvements for artists and VFX companies, the purpose was to address the paradigm shift going on and to discuss better biz practices.

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