Search form

Tagged With: Independent Animation

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 161: How Indie Animator Jeremy Nixon Manufactures Social Media Fame

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 1:03pm

The London-based 2D animator offers up some tips for using ‘TVPaint’ for 2D animation and discusses his journey to social media fame and how he gets gigs with big clients.

ITFS Highlights ANIMATIONWorld

A Little ‘Short’ Slice of Stuttgart

AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson takes a close look at six ‘under the radar’ animated shorts in competition at next week’s hybrid Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film – ITFS – running May 3-8.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 158: How Christian Haynes is Creating Indie Series ‘Zach in Time’

The artist and animator shares how he got his original series off the ground, thoughts on self-taught learning vs. animation school, and how to improve your own art.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Musical Comedy Collaborators’ New Rock Band Shadow Academy Gets Animated

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 4:09pm

Music producer Jim Roach and Ninja Sex Party singer Dan Avidan’s pandemic-inspired new project, showcased in two music videos directed and animated by Simon Macko, channels the pair’s shared love for big music, big guitars, and even bigger songs.

And the Award Goes To… ANIMATIONWorld

The Animation Pimp Takes the Short Road to the Oscars

AWN’s long-time resident provocateur, Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson, gets the directors behind this year’s Best Animated Short nominees - ‘Affairs of the Art,’ ‘Bestia,’ ‘Boxballet,’ ‘Robin Robin,’ and ‘The Windshield Wiper’ - to share their insightful answers to his anything but standard questions.

And the Annie Goes To…? ANIMATIONWorld

Vicious Places and Punished Faces: The Best Short Subject Annie Award Nominees

Five outstanding animated works, widely awarded and loved at festivals worldwide, all worthy of taking the top prize at ASIFA-Hollywood’s 49th annual celebration of the best in animation, coming March 12.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 152: How Hero4Hire Head of Development Jordan Beck Produced and Distributed ‘Sgt. Stubby’

The development exec shares how he went from working at an infantry museum to raising $25M to fully produce and distribute an award-winning indie film; discussion includes a look at North American distribution and what one skill is needed to get a developer role.

In-Passing ANIMATIONWorld

Iconic Zagreb Animator Borivoj Dovnikovic Passes at 92

The global animation community mourns the loss of the great Croatian animation director, author, founder of the Zagreb School of Animation, and former ASIFA Secretary General.

Awards Headline News

‘Night Bus’ Wins Sundance Short Film Jury Animation Award

The macabre short from writer-director Joe Hsieh continues its festival circuit success since qualifying for this year’s Oscars and scoring an Annie nomination for best short subject.

Bakshi Would be Proud! ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Spine of Night’: Redefining Fantasy and Animated Filmmaking

Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King resurrect an older, rotoscoped animation aesthetic, blending it with a blast of new creative storytelling and visual design energy in their epic, bloody, ‘swords and sorcerers’ tale about humanity’s battle between good and evil.

Let the Voting Begin ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Musician’: Celebrating Human Resilience with Cutout Animation

Expatriate Iranian director Reza Riahi and producer Eleanor Coleman discuss their expertly crafted, dialogueless stop-motion short film about a musician, blinded by Genghis Khan - while taking his girlfriend as a slave/consort - who 50 years later, is summoned to perform at the castle where she is being held.

Let the Voting Begin ANIMATIONWorld

Plague Diversions: Gazing at the Shortlist for the Best Animated Short Oscar

AWN’s Animation Pimp and Ottawa Animation Festival artistic director Chris Robinson shares his takes on this year’s set of 15 films shortlisted for a spot as one of five nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Independent Animation Headline News

Watch: Oscar Shortlisted ‘The Windshield Wiper’

Director Alberto Mielgo concludes ‘Films are made to be watched’ as he shares his labor of love; the 3D/CG animated movie that poses the question, ‘What is Love?’ is now available free on YouTube.

indie animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘My Sunny Maad’ Explores Life and Love in Afghanistan

Award-winning Czech director Michaela Pavlátová discusses her first animated feature, about a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan, which won the Jury Award at Annecy and has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

Indie Shorts ANIMATIONWorld

‘Night Bus’: An Exploration of Betrayal and Redemption

Taiwanese animator Joe (Wen-Ming) Hsieh’s 2D short follows 6 bus passengers harboring intense secrets whose lives unravel after a string of unfortunate events, wrongful accusations, and attempts at revenge.

Art Headline News

Animated Short ‘On/Off’ and Frida Kahlo Take ‘Shape’ in Paint

Writer, director, and animator Nicolás P. Villarreal brings the famed artist to San Francisco via an outdoor mural to explore the ‘shapes’ of his vision; his seven-minute award-winning 2D animated film celebrates the structure and discipline needed to achieve our dreams.

You’re Not Alone in Your Anxiety ANIMATIONWorld

‘Demi’s Panic’ Encourages Moving Past PTSD… Even in a Pandemic

For Daniel and Lorena Hernández Leonard, braving the terrifying ordeal of taking their sick daughter to the hospital during the height of COVID-19 led to their first animated short about dealing with traumatic anxiety; legendary indie animator Bill Plympton directs, providing just the right pencil sketch style to illustrate such distress.

animated short films ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Short ‘On/Off’ Shows the Strength of Structure in Creativity

Director Nicolás P. Villarreal’s award-winning, Oscar-qualified 2D film celebrates how discipline and focus are important qualities people usually need to achieve their dreams.

indie animation ANIMATIONWorld

Izabela Plucińska: Changing Fate with Your Own Hands

The Polish stop-motion animator discusses working with plasticine and her most recent, and challenging production about a bulimic and perverted man who obsessively identifies his lost love with his left foot.

Adapted Works Headline News

‘Kapaemahu’ Expands with Book, Exhibition and Documentary Film

A series of projects will soon arrive based on the celebrated, award-winning 2D short about the long-suppressed, centuries-old story of Waikiki’s mysterious four-boulder monument to the gentle people, both male and female in mind and body, who brought science and healing to the island.

Commercials Headline News

Aardman and Catsnake Create RSPB Legacy Spot

The ‘Time Flies’ commercial uses watercolor style 2D animation to invoke feelings of nostalgia and encourage viewers to reconnect with nature; the advert’s TV and online release coincides with Remember a Charity Week.

Animation Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Drops Official Trailer and New Program Highlights

Get a glimpse of what’s in store at the upcoming virtual event set for September 22 – October 3; in addition to a host of screenings, sessions will include a discussion about WIA Vancouver’s ACE Program, an introduction to the Black Write Talent Incubator, and a conversation with storyboard artists José Pou and Bradley Cayford.

indie animation ANIMATIONWorld

Michaela Pavlátová Talks ‘My Sunny Maad’

The legendary award-winning director discusses her jump from animated shorts into feature films with the poignant tale of a Czech woman who marries an Afghan man with no idea what her life will be in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Pages