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Louis K. Wang is a visual artist with a background in photography. He studied and worked in the US before returning to his hometown, Taipei. His gallery on AWN features Web graphics, plus images from the pilot of an anime style show, plus more from a project for a CD production and an educational game. Also new this week in the Animation Showcase: "Liquid Fish," a new series of work by Jean Detheux, with images and clips.
Spanish artist and caricaturist GOGUE has just finished the caricature cover for New York's Leisuresuit Magazine...
As you may already know, AWN has recently expanded to showcase world-class artists using 2D, 3D and other methods of digital and traditional creation covering the entire realm of animation and art...
AARON AUGENBLICK's animated films include award-winning shorts "The Midnight Carnival" and "The Wire"...
Worthington, Ohio's Big Fish Animation is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR and ANIMATION ASSIST/CLEAN UP to work on a TV pilot for a major network. . . Toronto, Ontario, Canada's Cuppa Coffee Animation, a mixed media animation house known for its organic, hands-on approach to animation, is looking for CREATIVE DIRECTORS. . . New York's Curious Pictures, a commercial animation and effects studio currently expanding into web design, is looking for experienced MAYA TD/MODELERS for freelance work. . .
Lee Lanier is known for his gritty, black-and-white, absurdly surreal short films. Surprisingly, his work is a product of computer animation. Lee worked at Pacific Data Images as a lead lighter and lead modeler on "Antz" and "Shrek." His first short, "Millennium Bug" was shown at numerous festivals and such venues as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. Lee just completed his second computer animation short, "Mirror." Pramod Sahoo is the creator and founder of www.chachoo.net, India's only site showing Webisodes starting with the "Sandoo" series.
ASIFA-Hollywood's Annie Awards are a high point in the animated year and this year was no exception, if a bit frigid around the edges.
Seoul, Korea's Pix Production Co, Ltd. is looking for 2D/3D ANIMATORS, a BUSINESS MARKETER and a COMPUTER PROGRAMMER. . . Minneapolis, Minnesota's College of Art and Design, an independent, accredited institution, is looking for an ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR to teach all levels of animation. . . Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong's STVDIO Media, a cartoon illustration studio branching out into animation, is looking for a CARTOONIST-ANIMATOR to work on cartoon illustration and animation projects. . . JC Pictures, Inc. is looking for a DESIGN COORDINATOR to work on a children's animation TV series. . .
FilmCore's editor Michael Bartoli and ILM director Bill Werts have teamed on the new spot for Toyota's new Corolla S Model. The 30-second spot opens on a newspaper floating in the air above a suburban street. On the center of the front page is a large picture of a man who comes to life and tries to hail a ride from a passing car. Werts and the team at ILM shot a real newspaper against blue-screen, with the paper attached to monofilament to make it dance. The actor was shot separately then composited with the newspaper. Initial compositing was performed by Bartoli on Avid.
The Filmografo gallery on AWN is presenting the entire body of work produced by Abi Feijo's studio from 1987 to date...
What if I told you that yes, sexism, ageism, racism all existed in the industry? Would you give up your dream? If you answered yes, that is the right decision because if you can be discouraged by an obstacle, you don't have the persistence it will take to make it. If you answered no, that is also the right decision because you will pursue your career no matter what the obstacles. Discrimination exists but it shouldn't stop you. The people who have skills that are in demand will find work.
Part of the trick of getting hired is knowing where to be seen by the recruiters. We asked several studios about the top resources they turn to first.
Janet Ginsburg reveals the subtle timing of when an agent is needed and when an agent might hinder getting that job.
Big Idea Productions, Inc. is currently looking to hire a 3D MODELING/TEXTURING SUPERVISOR, a MODELING SUPERVISOR and two MODELERS/TEXTURERS. . . Sherman Oaks, California-based Animation Creations, an animation workshop which teaches animation fundamentals to children, is looking for an ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR. . . NewTV.com, an early stage Internet TV station, is looking for ANIMATORS who can build their work with Flash for a brand new Internet television station. . .
It is important to understand there is a difference between an agent and a recruiter, what they do, how to work with them, and how they are paid.
Ian Boothby, co-writer of Casper's Haunted Christmas, gives us some insight on the pitfalls and joys of writing for CGI.
Juniko Moody speaks with the major studios' recruiters and relates what they had to say about their current hiring philosophies and needs.
Animation World's readers answered the call and sent in their comics. Rick DeMott showcases the best of the best!
Rick DeMott looks into the reasons why the Screen Cartoonists Union of Los Angeles decided to picket in front of PBS affiliate, KCET.
Every employer wants to find the right person. Targeting the companies you are interested in, learning about their operations and future plans, is an important step in landing the job you really want. Your diligent research will pay off in the interview because you will impress them by your knowledge and enthusiasm for their company - you know how you can contribute.