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AniMazSpot Releases Studio Reel

AniMazSpot announces a “Studio Reel” to introduce some of the AniMazSpot entries to the major animation studios in the Los Angeles area.

Press release from AniMazSpot:

Many people think of AniMazSpot as simply an annual animation festival, but at its core it is actually a non-profit organization with a mandate to support and promote animated shorts filmmakers. With that in mind, Board Director, Dave Brain, suggested a “Studio Reel” to introduce some of the AniMazSpot entries to the major animation studios in the Los Angeles area.

The Studio Reel is limited to shorts submitted to AniMazSpot since its inaugural festival in 2009, now over 300 shorts strong. Emails were sent out to all the filmmakers for current contact information, and the response was overwhelming. There were just too many to put on one reel. But, if this first Studio Reel is a success, more will be produced. There are plenty of excellent AniMazSpot shorts from all corners of the globe.

The shorts selected for the first Studio Reel offers the studios about two dozen clips from AniMazSpot shorts in a variety of styles and techniques from international independent animators and animation students, who have entered their shorts in one of the AniMazSpot festivals.

A brief sample of AniMazSpot shorts selected for the Studio Reel include: a 2009 entry, Wall Pets by Eunice Kim, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate, who created this seemingly extemporaneous hand-drawn short in her apartment in Seoul, South Korea. It was nominated for Best Non-Narrative short for the inaugural festival in 2009. One of the 2010 entries is a computer animated short from Sweden, Cuckoo by Christian Paulsson, who was one of the Best of Festival nominees that year. He works on animated commercials in Stockholm and got some of his animation tricks from Animation Mentor in the San Francisco Bay area, via the internet.

Tod Polson’s multi-technique/style epic, Escape of the Gingerbread Man is one of the 2011 entries on the Studio Reel. Gingerbread Man’s subject matter unravels in Ireland, with pre-production done in Ireland and Denmark, production in Thailand, and posted in Thailand and Denmark, whew! Then, from this year’s entries, which are still coming in, comes Threadbare, which the AniMazSpot panel hasn’t even seen yet. It was created by Brett Underhill, from Brooklyn, New York. Underhill studied at New York University, and created this stylish piece in 2D Computer Animation.

If you have a short animation to submit, the Third Quarter of AniMazSpot 2012 is still open for entries, the deadline is April 23, 2012. Find out more at, “submit a short.”

Tod Polson’s Escape of the Gingerbread Man

Threadbare by Brett Underhill

Wall Pets by Eunice Kim

Cuckoo by Christian Paulsson

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.