Before you run off half-cocked with that shiny new animated six-shooter of yours, here are a few pieces of advice that will help you live long and prosper in this business. It would be foolish to think you could become a good animation writer without first understanding a little bit about creativity, especially considering cartoon writing is one of the most creative forms of writing there is. Fortunately, creativity is not as ethereal as some might lead you to believe.
Ric Viers not only creates vast libraries of sound effects, he also shares his knowledge with anyone who wants to create their own sounds.
There are only two things you need to do to become a better writer: study and write. The question is: are you studying and writing optimally? I wrote screenplays for Columbia and Paramount on instinct, and wrote hundreds of animation scripts the same way. But I’d never really “learned” how to write. I finally decided to get serious about my craft and read all the best-selling screenwriting books. I learned quite a bit. But one of the most important things I learned was that WHAT you read is only half of the journey. HOW to read is the other. Learn the three R's and become a better screenwriter...
Now following a second New York ruling tossing out their claims, the owners of Stan Lee Media have won the right to pursue a new suit against Stan Lee in California, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
Stan Lee Media Inc.'s $1 billion lawsuit against Marvel Ent. in regards to the copyrights of characters created by its namesake has been tossed out of court, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
20th Century Fox Animation and producer Shawn Levy are planning a feature adaptation of Roger Hargreaves’ children's book series MR. MEN, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the second excerpt from chapter one of The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation, Ken A. Priebe extends his history of stop-motion features to international releases.
Ken A. Priebe gives readers a history of stop-motion features in this excerpt from his book The Advanced Art of Stop-Motion Animation.
Without good direction, you end up with drek. Problems with sequence timing or the render pipeline can be solved with relative ease – problems of mismanagement are difficult to overcome and usually spell doom. Animation directors aren’t directing animation, they’re directing a group of people who are working in arguably the most time consuming and exacting of creative mediums. David Levy's new book Directing Animation at its heart strives to teach the reader how to keep an animation production crew happy, productive and on task.
“Think of this book as a Disney History companion filling in some of those nooks and crannies that may only be mentioned in a brief sentence or two, if at all, in other Disney history books. These chapters truly are the forgotten but fascinating Disney stories.” Through the compilation of the wide array of articles that he has written through the years, Korkis presents a work that provides his readers with little known histories and stories about Walt Disney and the empire that he created.
Few cartoons have been able to capture the attention of multiple generations like the Looney Tunes. As Ruth Clampett, daughter of Looney Tunes animation director Bob Clampett, points out in her foreword to THE LOONEY TUNES TREASURY (Running Press; Publication month: October 2010; $45.00), "Looney Tunes are the animated family we grew up with."
Special Guest: Ottawa International Animation Festival - Part 1. Full laurels, keys to capitals, and banks of international accolades might weigh down other comedy podcast journaltarians of animation, but never for the lion-hearted, docu-brave, master news-making martyrs (and hyperbolically humble) Joel Frenzer and Alan Foreman. Join them as they interview animation's brightest and best about books, inappropriate cartoons, competing podcasts, pirates, and pumpkins - live from North America's largest festival of international animation in Ottawa, ON in 2010 at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2010.
In Williams’ graphic novel, RED FOG, the zombie poster boy is Martin Bormann the real life, circa 1945, Nazi official who had absolute power over access to Hitler by controlling Hitler’s finances, paperwork, and appointments. Bormann disappeared in May of 1945 during the Third Reich’s last stand.
Whether we like it or not, lying and deception are part of the heroic tradition. Enter Utsuho. A troublemaker at heart, he’s intent on using his wicked ways for good.
It’s no secret that VIZ’s catalogue is diverse, and truly has something for everyone. Well, continuing along those lines, the release of The Ouroboros Wave and Dragon Sword and Wind Child has just been announced.
Alexander Payne (SIDEWAYS) is circling Fox Searchlight's adaptation of Dan Clowes' graphic novel WILSON, reports Deadline.com.
It was only a matter of time before manga and anime apps appeared on the iPad. Fortunately, VIZ waited and definitely got it right. Check it out.
The new venue for celebrating anime in So Cal has a location for 2011 and is now seeking artists for its alley
Direct from the New York Anime Festival, here is the latest blurb from BANDAI regarding Lucky Star manga and other anime titles.