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.
Category: Short Films
The Aniboom Virtual Studio (aniboom.com), the world’s first virtual animation studio, is proud to announce the arrival of Leeor Goldberg to Aniboom.
There's been a lot of response to my last article. This really interesting challenge just arrived in my inbox. In fact, it’s so strong that I’m publishing it in full. It’s from Janet Blatter, a cognitive scientist, author, and film script and development consultant.
Animazing Spotlight’s international panel has completed scoring the animated shorts entries for the first quarter of their 2011 season.
PES's latest short film, "The Deep," has gone live as part of Showtime's new "Short Stories" Series.
Rick DeMott looks at how the standard of heart and humor plays into which films might receive Oscar nominations.
Scrat, the iconic star of Fox/Blue Sky's ICE AGE franchise, makes his 3-D debut in the new short, SCRAT'S CONTINENTAL CRACK-UP, playing in front of Fox's new Jack Black comedy, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, which opened Christmas Day (also in 3-D).
Based on the premise that every Toyota owner has an anecdote about why they love their car, Mike McKay, Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Los Angeles, led the team who came up with ‘Auto-Biography’, a Facebook community where Toyota drivers can share their stories.
Noise Industries, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, announced that development partner PHYX Inc. has released PHYX Stylist for the FxFactory® platform.
Steven Woloshen creates animation in cars, at work, in airports, on planes… in other words wherever and whenever he has ten consecutive minutes to play. We chatted over bottled water at the Ottawa International Animation Festival this past October, and continued by email after his return to Montreal.
Several weeks ago, I went to the Academy screening of all the eligible animated shorts – about 30 films. It's one of my favorite events, because often I discover films I've never seen before and I always have a film that I'm trying to get nominated.
Two producers discuss the theatrical Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote shorts and the upcoming Looney Tunes Show.
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.
Several years ago I’d heard that Caroline Leaf had moved on from filmmaking and was now painting. I was curious to know what was behind the shift, and even more curious to see her current work. I finally had an opportunity to interview her.
Universal Pictures plans to transform Ricardo de Montreuil's short film THE RAVEN into a feature film, reports ComingSoon.net.
Sensual is not a word often thought of when one thinks of a Disney animated film. But this Disney short flows with it. But this isn't just any Disney short, it originated as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. A seemingly unlikely pair of artists to work together. Disney wanted to experiment with the animation form and Dali saw animation as a perfect way to explore surrealism on film. The project started in the 1940s with Dali drawing dozens of images, but the film never came to be. Following the production of FANTASIA/2000, Roy E. Disney championed its completion using original storyboards and journals.
Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces nominations today for the 38th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation including best animated feature, television production, commercials, short subjects, video games and outstanding individual achievements.
For any film fan this release needs to be on your holiday wish list. Visually, both films are presented flawlessly in 1080p. In FANTASIA, the live-action sequences have never looks so rich. The silhouetted musicians are more dynamic because the blacks are so deep. As for the animated sequences, they look marvelous. There isn’t a hint of dirt or dust to be found. And unlike some restorations of Disney animated films, the cel painted frames retain their handmade quality. The landmark visual effects particularly stood out to me. The glow of the fairies in the “Nutcracker Suite” section felt more luminous than in previous presentations. The colors are rich and the true achievement of the film’s artistry has never been so crystal clear in a home entertainment release. The only slight issue is some color bleeding in the live-action sequences, but I’d argue that was from the negative.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards.
Foghorn Leghorn, the lovable, mischievous rooster and his pals Tweety and Sylvester are the next to headline Warner Home Video’s (WHV) Looney Tunes Super Stars releases, the newest series of DVDs celebrating classic Looney Tunes characters.
I first met the organizers of the KLIK Animation Festival at the Annecy Animation Festival a couple of years ago and they assured me that their festival is fun, fun, fun. When they invited me to Amsterdam to be on the Short Films and Political Animation jury, I jumped at the opportunity and it did turn out to be some serious fun.