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Blogs Encounter with Japan Part 3

Now, having observed Japanese society, the way it was taught to control their emotional and physical demeanor, I am un-startled by their adamantly unshaken, orderly, ongoing trust in authorities. It leads to a polite, restrained, reverently subdued reaction to what ensued due the corporate negligence, and a secretive, cunning cover up that continues to define what is being done to them.

Headline News Keith Knight and Stephan Pastis in conversation at Cartoon Art Museum

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 5:36pm

The Cartoon Art Museum welcomes Keith Knight, creator of "The Knight Life," and Stephan Pastis, creator of "Pearls Before Swine," for a discussion of their comics and careers in celebration of CAM’s latest exhibition, "Black and White and Read All Over: Comics of the New Millennium."

Headline News Funky Turns 40 at the ToonSeum, a Celebration of African American Animated Characters

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 2:46pm

The ToonSeum and the Museum of Uncut Funk present Funky Turns Forty, an exhibit celebrating the legacy of the first wave of positive Black animated characters of the 1970s.

Blogs Inside the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 4:31pm

Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center was founded in 1999 by drama and arts management professor Don Marinelli and the late Randy Pausch, professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design.

Blogs Encounter With Japan Part 2

As I reflected in my previous blog, Japanese are true perfectionists, in all they do. Thus, when it comes to political correctness, over centuries, and elected isolation from the external world, they turned it into an art form, a nature, but at what cost? Bowing projects a wonderfully charming sense of politeness and respect, but it does not end on just one bow, it goes on, and on. It is very carefully and skillfully choreographed and, as such, not spontaneous.

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 Encounter with Japan Part 1

"Are you insane?” "Have you lost your mind?" "Are you not afraid?" "Don't you realize this is the worse time to go there?" This is just a sampling of the polite examples of reactions and comments my plans for a trip to Japan had triggered. And yet, based on my own life’s journey, I understood early on that, sometimes the worse time could be the best, the most raw, sincere, revealing and insightful.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 26

Joel and Alan sit down with the very Linda Beck, newly inaugurated ASIFA East President, Animator, Producer, Actress, and Former Temp, to talk about those roles and birthing a human. Plus a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, which, if you are reading this online, trumps it's impact: the new Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum website revealed at long last!

Blogs Back to the Front: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 9:39am

Call of Duty is much more than a video game; it’s a cultural phenomenon. Nowhere was that more evident than at Raleigh Studios in Playa Vista, Calif., where Activision threw a shindig unlike anything ever done in the game industry. For three days in early September, Call of Duty invaded the 12-acre compound Howard Hughes created, the Spruce Goose. Unlike the world’s largest plane, which failed miserably in flight, Call of Duty has soared to new heights with each successive game.

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 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 Final Thoughts on Ottawa 2011

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 1:07pm

The festival brings together everything uniquely interesting about the animation industry. Art, commerce, tattoos, the best and worst of kids cartoons, unintelligible films from Asia, alcohol, great student films and big studios walking hand in hand with little studios, agreeing they'll refrain from poaching talent except at the parties. The Ottawa festival brings together big and small, have and have not, legend and newbie together in a unique way - cozy, intimate, unpretentious, inviting.

Blogs Korea Media & Content Market at the Highland Center

Last week I attended the Korea Media and Content Market sponsored by the Korean Trade-Investment Agency (Kotra).The event was held at the Hollywood & Highland Center and was designed to introduce a number of Korean animation and media companies and their projects to interested investors and potential partners.

Headline News Irwin's Moxie takes Grand Prix at Ottawa

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 9:16pm

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) came to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies which were held this evening at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. OIAF organizers announced the 2011 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.

Blogs Ottawa 2011 – I Feel So Old

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 4:04pm

The Animator’s Picnic is inspired event programming – stop all proceedings, go to a park, eat, drink, see and be seen. On this unseasonably beautiful Autumn day, as I gaze out on the crowd of young animators, I can’t help but think…I feel so old. Nothing like a large gathering of energetic young hipsters, free from the burdens of metabolic decline and hearing loss, to remind you just what a sorry-ass geez you are. The crowd gets younger, the walk to the Bytowne Cinema gets longer and no amount of Advil or Scotch can change that. Sometimes I wonder, if I start talking to a young female animation student, am I perceived as someone who has something useful to say, or just a perve? Can one be both?

Blogs Ottawa 2011 – And So It Begins…Again

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 23, 2011 at 7:26am

I know it must be Ottawa Animation Festival time because it’s been roughly a year since my last verbal manhandling by an airport customs agent. Happy Anniversary! I seem to be a magnet for every disaffected flak vested agent looking to brush up on their 12-step time mismanagement drill.

Headline News IMAX Expands Partnership with Singapore Exhibitor

IMAX Corporation today announced that Shaw Theatres Pte Ltd, a leading exhibitor in Singapore, has signed an agreement to install a digital IMAX(R) theatre system in the new JCube entertainment complex in Singapore.

Blogs Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 24

Few FFAF episodes have challenged the potent potential of what a jam-packed powder-keg of animation multilarities can elicit in the burgeoning minds of those seeking more lore and eternal wisdom of this frame-by-frame La Bamba than number 24. This show is huge. Ron Diamond + Dan Sarto = how to invent and maintain an international animation archive and animation short distribution empire while enjoying the best of Scotch and olive canning. The Animation Room + The Animation Room = how to create an animation studio boyband right out of college. And finally, Billy + Bill + William Frenzer = how to develop treasured American comedy songs into animated music videos that change the course of human history. Perfection, sometimes, does not take time.

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