The two guys behind Nova Scotia-based RDAStudio's TALES OF IRTH have signed a deal to produce the Flash animated series for DreamWorks and Imagine Entertainment's new Web venture POP.com. About a year ago, Robert Leth, 47, and Frank Forrestall, 27, started working together to bring Forrestalls fantasy TALES OF IRTH to the Web. POP.com has been actively searching the Net for intelligent and forward thinking Webisodes to bring to POP.com. Jamie Tosi, head of Flash animation at POP.com said to AWN, "TALES OF IRTH is very sophisticated, but with a subtle humor.
Seattle, Washington-based Jet City Studios, a children's Internet
production studio, is looking for 2D ANIMATORS. Flash and Shockwave
experience a plus. . . Hollywood, California-based REZN8 is looking
for 3D ANIMATORS for modeling, texturing, animating and compositing.
. . West Hollywood, California-based Ring of Fire Studios is looking
for a 3D DEPARTMENT HEAD/CGI ANIMATOR. . . Pixel Envy, Inc., a
leading producer of visual effects for film and video, is seeking a
San Francisco, California-based Mondo Media, a leading online animation and syndication company, is looking for 2D TRADITIONAL CHARACTER ANIMATORs, ANIMATION DIRECTORs, CHARACTER DESIGNERs/ILLUSTRATORs and STORYBOARD ARTISTs to work on original Web-based animated shows. . . Imaginary Forces, a conceptual design/production company based in Hollywood, California, is looking for 2D/3D ANIMATORs. . .Manhattan's So!much[design] is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR. .
Stan Lee Media, Inc. (SLM) announced a strategic alliance with Canadian-based Toon Boom Technologies for the development of Web-based animation software, which SLM will utilize in constructing its episodic Web comics. Jamie Wilkinson, executive vice president, Internet strategy for SLM, will oversee Beta testing in late summer/early fall 2000, to take place in Montreal and at a number of animation houses throughout the world. Pentafour Software & Exports Ltd., a leading developer of 2D/3D graphics and animation, special effects and software, will also participate in the project.
MIP TV (April 8-14, 2000) is one of the premiere television
conferences and markets in the world. The six-day event brings
together production companies and distributors from all over the
globe. The conference includes a vast array of panels and round-table
discussions with some of the world's top professionals. In 1999, MIP
TV attracted 10,439 professionals from 2,565 companies from 94
countries, of which 1,170 were exhibiting companies from 50 different
Stardust Entertainment Filmproduktion, a computer animation and visual effects studio located in Berlin-Potsdam, Germany, is looking to recruit a number of people to work on this and other upcoming productions this year. The company language is English.
On the occasion of the upcoming MIP TV (April 10-14) and Cartoons on the Bay Festival (April 14-18), AWN will be publishing a special TV Animation edition of the Animation Flash on April 4, 2000. To insure that all your television-related news is printed in the Flash please submit press releases to email@example.com by March 30, 2000. Please put "MIP TV News" in the subject area of your e-mail. Thank you.
New Orleans, Louisiana-based Imprimatur, Inc., a production, multi-media marketing firm and event planning company is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR for contract work on a children's television program. . . San Francisco, California-based Mondo Media, a new media company that creates and syndicates digital animation for the Web, television and film, is looking for 2D TRADITIONAL CHARACTER ANIMATORS and CHARACTER DESIGNERS to work on original on-line animations and shows. . .
Palo Alto, California-based Pacific Data Images is looking for SENIOR
CHARACTER ANIMATORS. . . Neoglyphix, a pre-IPO Internet entertainment
channel, has an opening for an ANIMATION DIRECTOR who will supervise
all artwork for production of the company's animated Webisodes. . .
Colorado Springs-based Visual Approach is looking for 3D CHARACTER
ANIMATORS for the production of a 3D animated kids series. . .
Hollywood Digital Visual Effects is seeking junior and senior 3D
Be a part of Playboy's rich heritage of cartoon humor. Participate in
Playboy's Comix and Animation Contest. All multimedia formats
welcome: Shockwave, Flash, videotape, pen and ink and more! The grand
prize winner receives $25,000. Five honorable mentions will also be
selected. Judges include Scott Adams, Award winning creator of
"Dilbert," and Kevin Smith, writer/director of hit films "Chasing
Amy" and "Dogma." The deadline for submission is April 1, 2000. As
has posted another article in its new Festival Review
section. In "The Celebration of BC Animation," Leslie Bishko reviews
the event which presented an impressive 25-year retrospective of
independent animation in Vancouver last October.
You can subscribe to FPS and all your favorite animation publications
directly from the Internet 24 hours a day! Available in AWN's
Be a part of Playboy's rich heritage of cartoon humor. Participate in
Playboy's Comix and Animation Contest. All multimedia formats welcome:
Shockwave, Flash, videotape, pen and ink and more! Grand prize winner
receives $25,000. Five honorable mentions will also be selected. Judges
include Scott Adams, Award winning creator of Dilbert, and Kevin Smith,
Writer/Director of hit films "Chasing Amy" and "Dogma." The deadline for
submission is April 1, 2000. As with any contest there are lots of rules
Meet key industry leaders in two power packed panels! AWN's Dan Sarto will
present "THE NEXT WAVE: ANIMATION ON THE INTERNET" at the Animation Expo on
Saturday, March 4, 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM. A panel of leading animators and
industry experts will discuss current opportunities and future
possibilities for the creation and distribution of animation on the
Internet. Session 1 will focus on THE TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND TECHNOLOGIES
being used to create web-based animated content. With so much focus on
- Do you live and breathe anime, comics, manga and sci-fi? Do you enjoy
working in a fast-paced, start-up environment? Then this may be your dream
job! Actionace.com, a pre-IPO company located in the San Francisco Bay
Area, is launching an on-line entertainment channel featuring webisodes
animated in Flash. Actionace.com is hiring all levels of ANIMATORS, from
seasoned professionals to entry-level. Job requirements/skills are: 4-year
college degree (animation major preferred); Thorough understanding of
STEPHEN L. BRAIN, former senior VP and general manager at Fox Animation
Studios has joined STAN LEE MEDIA, INC. as their new executive VP of
Production. In his new post, Brain will create Stan Lee Media's new digital
animation studio dedicated to developing Internet entertainment. Brain will
supervise the production team of storyboard artists, digital artists and
Flash animators as well as increasing Stan Lee's roster of 50 artists to
100 artists within the next 90 days. Beginning his career in 1977, Brain
This week both Corel and Adobe announced that they were adding support for
Macromedia Flash to some of their flagship products. Adobe will be adding
support for Flash to their popular web development tool GoLive, which means
that Adobe users should be able to easily integrate Flash animation into
their existing GoLive projects. Corel also announced that it would be
adding support for Flash to Corel LINUX and CorelDRAW 9. Corel LINUX will
be the first Linux OS to include the Macromedia Flash Player as a standard
ASIFA-Hollywood will host its 7th Annual Animation Expo on March 3-4, 2000,
in Glendale, California. The Expo is a two day animation industry trade
show focusing on the exhibition of animation related products and services
and the recruitment of related talent and personnel. Confirmed workshops
include: master teacher and layout artist Glenn Vilppu's "Capturing the
Pose with Line;" Ralph Sanchez, Director of Animation Development at
Nickelodeon Animation Studio, providing insight into developing and
The results of AWN's drawing to win a copy of Giannalberto Bendazzi's
reference book "Cartoons: One Hundred Years Of Cinema Animation" are in.
Following are the names of the ten winners: Eric Beckman, Carla Cobb, Peter
Dougherty, Andrea Moore, Scott Nelowet, Gail Noonan, Mary Peng, Stephen
Rapley, George Roy and Peter Westoby. Congratulations and thank you to all
the Animation Flash subscribers who participated.
Animation World Network is excited to announce that it has been acquired by
Creative Planet (www.creativeplanet.com), a network of business-to-business
Web sites for creative professionals. Dan Sarto, COO and co-founder of AWN
said, "This transaction will afford AWN the opportunity to continue its
aggressive growth strategy and sustained position as the leading Internet
site for the animation profession." AWN brings to Creative Planet its vast
Toon Boom Technologies recently released a new version of its 2D cel animation software, USAnimation, which is used by top animation studios all over the world (Walt Disney TV Animation, Film Roman, Warner Bros., Klasky Csupo, Paramount Pictures, Mercury FilmWorks, Sunwoo, Cuckoo's Nest, Cinar). Version 5.0 brings a wealth of new tools to animators, including the new 3D camera, or USAnimation's Real-Time Scene Planning module (which can be used at any time after scanning).
FPS (Frames Per Second), the Canadian animation magazine, now has a
questionnaire on-line that they invite all readers, new and old, to fill
out. The FPS survey is located at
The current issue of FPS (#18) is available for sale in AWN's
where you can subscribe to your favorite animation publications and
New York-based HEAVY.COM is looking for ANIMATORS to join their growing
staff. Applicants are expected to have solid skills in drawing,
storytelling, design, Flash and interpersonal dynamics. Prior filmmaking
experience and/or background in traditional 2D animation techniques is a
For more information about these and other jobs, check out AWN's
Career Connections, the online Animation Job Fair.
Funkmation Studios, an animation house providing services for film,
television, CD-Rom and the Web, has floated into a new home in Brooklyn's
Navy Yard. The animation house will share the new space with New York
Studios' film and television sound stage. Funkmation's credits include:
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH CD-Rom; storyboard and background design on
COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG; Flash animation on Partner Re's screen savers;
and a 2D animation pilot with C&C Films entitled MAXIMUM BLACK. The new
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