T.R.A.N.S.I.T.: A Delicious Sense of Understanding and Journey
Emru Townsend reviews Piet Kroon's new film, T.R.A.N.S.I.T., a fascinatingly complex journey of imagery and story.
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue - Getting the Money on the Screen
Wild Brain's Dave Marshall, co-director of FernGully 2, discusses how he tailored the pre-production process of FernGully 2 to guarantee the best final film for the budget.
The World Animation Celebration: Pasadena's Festival
The World Animation Celebration offered a number of events ranging from screenings to technology seminars to employment expos. Animation World sent a bevy of specialists to report.
Animating in the Spotlight: Creating Prime Time
Film Roman's Mike Wolf outlines the pre-production process of prime time animation and focuses on the features that make prime time special.
Creating Music and Imagery Together
Independent German filmmaker Kirsten Winter describes her unique pre-production process of working with composer Elena Kats-Chernin, while developing her visuals.
'FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue '- Getting the Money on the Screen
Wild Brains Dave Marshall, co-director of FernGully 2, discusses how he tailored the pre-production process of FernGully 2 to guarantee the best final film for the budget.
FernGully2: The Magical Rescue Storyboards
"The storyboard is the visual blueprint of the film. Whatever strengths or weakness appear in the storyboard will almost certainly show up in the finished film. If you want to see it in the film, it must be in the boards, every pose, every expression, everything."
- Dave Marshall and Phil Robinson, Wild Brain.
Editor's note: As a supplement to Dave Marshall and Phil Robinson's article about the pre-production process of creating FernGully2: The Magical Rescue, Animation World Magazine is pleased to offer this visual supplement of storyboard panels from the film. All art on this...
And I Get Paid!?!: The Life of a Voice Actor
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...
RealFlash: The First Step
South Park characters have been brought to the Web by Smashing Ideas Animation, using RealFlash. © Comedy Central.Let's say you've got a great piece of animation that you want to post on your web site. You advertise. You get your audience excited. They go to your site, and then...they wait. As incredible a tool as the Web is, its "instant communication" feature is obliterated if your audience has to wait ten minutes to download a file. More often than not, a viewer will become frustrated and leave your site before seeing the piece you've worked so hard to create.
Enter Streaming Media When...
Cruddy Sketches and a Red Pen: Pre-Production on The Curse of Monkey Island at LucasArts
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RealFlash
Using Macromedia's Flash 2, POP! and Spümco partnered to create some of the most intriguing animations the web has seen to date. © Spümco.Last October we received a call from RealNetworks asking if we'd be interested in creating content for the upcoming launch of their new streaming media solution, RealSystem 5.0. Specifically, RealNetworks was searching for a company to create animation sequences in RealFlash streaming animation based on Macromedia's Flash technology, synchronized with RealAudio. We were in the process of wrapping up a long project for the Microsoft Network (MSN) that was...
Maurice Noble: Animation's 'Old Rebel'
Karl Cohen interviews the Disney legend, Maurice Noble, and discusses his career, working with Chuck Jones and the animation industry today.
The New Animation Technology Exposition and Conference Viewed and Reviewed
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...
On a Desert Island with....Pre-Production People
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
Tuning in to the IBCTA
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...
World Summit for Feature Films and Visual Effects
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...
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
Located in Rochester, New York, Eastman House has an extensive and fascinating collection of films and stills. Animation highlights include retrospectives and a collection of pre-cinema animation devices.
Thinking about the World Animation Celebration '98
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...
Who's Data Is That Anyway?
Gregory Peter Panos, founding co-director of the Performance Animation Society, describes a new frontier of dilemmas, the politics of performance animation.
Wallace & Gromit Spur Worldwide Licensing Activity
Karen Raugust takes a look at the marketing machine behind everyone's favorite clay characters, Wallace & Gromit.
The Havana Connection
Cesar Coelho takes us to the most important film event in Latin cinema, The 19th International Festival of New Latin-American Cinema, held in Havana, Cuba.
California Summer School for the Arts: More Than an Education
Jon Roslyn profiles an in-depth, unique summer school program designed for extremely talented and driven artistic youths.
Boldly Throwing Down the Gauntlet
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.
The New Maya Sets Sail
On February 1, Alias|Wavefront is beginning to ship their latest animation software, Maya and Maya Artisan. Max Sims is here to tell us how it compares and what we can expect from this new tool.