Pixar technology chief and executive vice president Ed Catmull gave an early morning keynote address at the New Animation Technology Expo. Photo courtesy of Pixar.Once again the World Animation Celebration has come and gone, transforming the Pasadena Civic center into an extremely happy (but not "The Happiest") place on Earth. For many Los Angeles-based industry professionals the Celebration is like an animator's New Years, a time to reflect and take stock of progress and change, as well as set resolutions and goals for the next Celebration. One indispensable element of the...
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The IBCTA panel on "Finding a Niche." Front row, left-right: moderator Fred Seibert, panelists Bill Kopp, Sue Rose, and back row: Corky Quakenbush, Brown Johnson and Mike Lazzo. Photo by and Craig Skinner/Celebrity Photo, courtesy of WAC.
As I, a hopeful creator/future filmmaker for non-violent media, planned my trip to the second year of the World Animation Celebration, there were a variety of topics at this year's International Business Conference of Television Animation (IBCTA) that caught my eye. Abuzz with energy, a standing room only crowd of people from as far as...
March 1998,In the last few years, animation and voice-over have become a source of great interest to folks, but for quite some time it was a niche...
Karl Cohen interviews the Disney legend, Maurice Noble, and discusses his career, working with Chuck Jones and the animation industry today.
Robert Abel's keynote speech was one of the highlights of the World Summit for Feature Films and Visual Effects. Photo by and © Craig Skinner/Celebrity Photo, courtesy of WAC.Over the course of two days and six panel discussions, some of the most influential people in live-action effects and animation shared their views on where they think the animation industry is today and what its direction will take in the future. These panels marked the first meeting of the World Summit for Feature Films and Visual Effects. The summit is a new annual event being offered as part of the World Animation...
we asked people involved in animation pre-production to tell us what animated films they would want with them if they were stranded on a desert island
Ray Harryhausen, who brought puppets from the production of his stop-motion visual effects, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by modern-day counterpart, Ken Ralston. © Craig Skinner/Celebrity Photo, courtesy of WAC.Well, here I am after a week of WAC and I'm pretty much none the worse for the wear. Then again, I spent a full day at the Internet Pow-Wow on Monday, took Tuesday completely off, went to only a few events on Wednesday and Thursday then attended solid screenings between 1 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. Some of my friends who attended the festival did a lot more and they had the...
"Optical Poetry," a major exhibition ofthe work of the late abstract animation filmmaker Oskar Fischinger openedlast week at the Jack Rutberg Fine Arts gallery at 357 North LaBrea Avenuein Los Angeles, California. The exhibition, which runs through June,features more than 40 original paintings and drawings created byFischinger. Other than a mutoscope created by Fischinger which is only ondisplay, all of the artwork in the show is for sale. Prices range between$6,000-$80,000 per piece. A video cassette -"The Films of Oskar Fischinger
In a small, quiet cafe, motion-capture pioneer Chris Walker and outrageous stop-motion animator Corky Quakenbush got together for lunch and discovered that even though their techniques may appear to be night and day, they actually have a lot in common.
Independent German filmmaker Kirsten Winter describes her unique pre-production process of working with composer Elena Kats-Chernin, while developing her visuals.
Bill Fleming reviews Ben de Leeuw's Digital Cinematography, a book that discusses the art of storytelling in 3-D computer animation.
On the 40th anniversary of Estonia's Nukufilm, Heikki Jokinen went for a visit to profile the puppet animation studio and their place in the post-Soviet world.
Joy Kennelly highlights the different events of the World Animation Celebration which will be held in Pasadena, California February 16-21.
Heather Kenyon goes behind the scenes of Medialab Studio LA to meet the people who create real-time, motion-captured characters by using a technique the studio calls "computer puppetry".
Heather Kenyon reports on NATPE 1998's animated shows and the attending companies' goals. It's not just a syndicator's show anymore.
Mark Langer reviews Karl Cohen's new book, Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America, a catalogue of censorship.
Gregory Peter Panos, founding co-director of the Performance Animation Society, describes a new frontier of dilemmas, the politics of performance animation.
Barry J.C. Purves shared his sentiments on the coming of the computer. Now Barry's back to share his thoughts on the last two years that have been both exhilarating and disappointing for him.
Karen Raugust takes a look at the marketing machine behind everyone's favorite clay characters, Wallace & Gromit.
How does one build an armature from scratch and end up with a professional foam puppet? Tom Brierton is here to take us through the steps and offer advice.
Jon Roslyn profiles an in-depth, unique summer school program designed for extremely talented and driven artistic youths.