Archive for January, 2010

jobby: 3dsmax Generalist, Matte Painter, Hatch Studios, Toronto

Friday, January 29th, 2010

3dsmax Generalist Wanted: Hatch Studios Ltd. is looking for an experienced 3dsmax generalist available for contractual and/or full-time position. The applicant should posses experience in most aspects of 3D computer graphics including modeling, rigging, texturing, animation, lighting, rendering, vfx and compositing. Advanced modeling experience is required. VRay experience is an asset. Production experience is an… »

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Employment Status

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

In the fluid nature of the animation industry, most workers can encounter a number of different relationships with a prospective employer. Small jobs, relief work, contract, sub contract, volunteer, employee, literally every combination you can imagine can apply to a job. I’ve worked in a number of different circumstances, and the main lesson I’ve learned… »

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from the internets

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Cookie Jar inks deal with Mexican digital platform, Hi-TV Best of Ottawa 2009 coming up at the National Library and Archives, in Ottawa, February 20th.  Presented by the Canadian Film Institute NFB releases stats for it’s online archive and app… »

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comix: Artist’s Angst, by Tabitha Fisher

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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Saul Bass wants to make beautiful things

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Thanks to RobotJohnny at Drawn.ca for linking to this. There are a bunch of other great clips from the same interview available on… »

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Finding the pressure points. By Rob Anderson

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Or: Critical chain management methodology for animation production. I have mentioned before the data on the % of projects that are considered a failure or that go over budget for various reasons (32% success rate, 44% over budget and 24%failure, source) I feel that part of the issue is the way that we create schedules… »

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jobby: Sets and Characters Technical Artists, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Pixar Canada is looking for several Sets & Characters Technical Artists (“TDs”) for its new studio in Vancouver.  Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films.  The Vancouver studio will produce short-form animation focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars.  As… »

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A conversation with Gene Fowler: What’s the opposite of outsourcing?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I got word the other day that Gene Fowler and his gang at Loogaroo had just picked up a gig from a company out of Singapore.  Never one to miss an opportunity, I hit him up on MSN to find out more about it.  Gene was good enough to indulge my questions and even drew… »

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weekly Rex Bunyan

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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Last call for entries: Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

Monday, January 25th, 2010

LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES – EXTENDED DEADLINE for entries of animated commercials, music videos and TV trailer: 29. JANUARY 2010 The 17th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart / Germany (4.-9. May 2010) invites international advertising agencies, filmmakers and production companies to submit their films to our international competition Under Commission until January 29th 2010…. »

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jobby: FX Artist, Starz Animation, Toronto

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

FX Artist Position Description and Requirements: The FX Artist helps in the design and implementation of special effects for a feature length animated film. 3+ years fx production experience. Intermediate to advanced experience in all aspects of 3d production is a plus. Experience developing and designing fx water preferred. Experience with Maya particles/dynamics and particle… »

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File structure and file naming. By Rob Anderson

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Or: TZ_2010_SC_22_fx_prt_02_walk_3_4_back_blue_V_23_good_Final_rev_latest._Friday_6 I love computers. Either Mac or PC. I’m not one of those folks who feel they have to hate one over the other. The biggest advantage- and also failure- of programs are their ability to allow the user to find many different ways to get the same thing done. This is a good… »

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NFB Hothouse 6 call for submissions

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Would you like to make a 1 minute animated film in stereoscopic 3D and live in Montreal for 12 weeks?   Then head over here and get your shit together by February 19th, 2010. Here’s a bit of what it says: The National Film Board of Canada seeks submissions from emerging filmmakers (young and not-so-young), and… »

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from the internets: Voice of Log Driver’s Waltz, Kate McGariggle, succumbs to cancer at 63

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

There’s a very comprehensive post over here about the life of Kate McGarrigle. I’m not even going to try to compete with it. Like many of my generation, Kate McGarrigle is part of my experience as a Canadian, whether you know it or not. I only became familiar with her as an artist in my… »

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Too awesome not to post: Chinese Leno/Conan animation

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

This has been making the rounds, and  yeah, it’s not Canadian, but it IS… »

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The Value of an Artist

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I’m often asked by artists to judge whether the work they are doing is worth the money they are being paid by a studio. It’s a tough question, as every studio I’ve ever worked for or heard of has paid their crews different amounts for work, and in very dissimilar ways. Some studios pay by… »

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Showcase: Bambi Vs. Godzilla, by Marv Newland

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

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Jobby: Director, Original Content, Teletoon, Toronto

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

January 18th, 2010 Job Description: The Director Original Content ensures that the network is getting the best the Canadian Industry has to provide in terms of original series for the network according to our programming strategies and in accordance to our CRTC regulations. Responsibilities: • Under the direction of the VP Programming and guided by… »

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Weekly Rex Bunyan

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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Showcase: Maybe, by Sam Chou

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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From the Internets: Cameron Archer on the Teletoon Pilot Project

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Reposted from urbmn January 16, 2010 News: Nerdland, Ninjamaica gain most votes in Teletoon Pilot Project After three months and ten shows, Nerdland has emerged the English-language “winner” of the Teletoon Pilot Project.  The Cuppa Coffee Studios show attracted 185,342 votes. Interestingly, ledetour.ca visitors voted Lenz Entertainment’s Ninjamaica their favourite, with 76,014 votes.  Having not… »

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What to do in Ottawa: Mary and Max

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Mary and Max is playing at the Bytowne this week, here’s the listing. Written and directed by Adam Elliot (who made the Oscar-winning short Harvie Krumpet), Mary And Max is filmed entirely in stop-motion animation and narrated by Barry Humphries. The film begins in 1976 with eight-year-old Australian schoolgirl Mary (voiced by Bethany Whitmore and,… »

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Cordell Barker Masterclass, Part II, from nfb.ca

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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Letters of Note: John K to Amir Avni

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I got a link to this via email yesterday (so much catching up to do), and thought it migh tbe of interest to the readers.  It’s a letter that John K sent to then014-year-old, Amir Avni.  Amir is now finishing up his time at Sheridan, just to give this some context.  He’s getting pretty good! … »

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Cordell Barker Masterclass, part I, from NFB.ca

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

This is great. Looking forward to the… »

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Weekly Rex Bunyan

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Entering the metrics, by Rob Anderson

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Or: This data doesn’t look like a blonde? Knowing the stage that every element of a production is at is extremely important for a production manager. The use of digital asset management tools has become essential. You need to be careful though, it can be very easy to rely on the digital data alone to… »

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Reel Challenge Contest, from the CFC

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The Canadian Film Centre is offering a challenge to filmakers: The Reel Challenge is a contest for aspiring filmmakers to make a short compelling film about the importance of creators’ rights and copyright protection for their work, from a creator’s perspective. For contemporary artists, including filmmakers, the digital age brings extraordinary opportunities, yet at the… »

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Life after animation: Vic Atkinson

Monday, January 11th, 2010

This popped up in a search today.  It’s a short post about Vic Atkinson, who used to be a big name in animation here in Ottawa.  Seems Vic paints now. A few more strokes of the keyboard and I came across Vic’s website.  Here’s what his “about” section says: Vic Atkinson was born in London,… »

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Too Much Information about Mark Cappello

Monday, January 11th, 2010

I find autobiographies pretty suspicious, maybe it’s the skeptic in me, but I’m always wary of someone’s own telling of their life story. The author tends to leave out the petty crimes, broken hearts and embarrassing moments as they construct a rather sunny view of their accomplishments. I will at least go against my nature… »

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comix: Apricot-7, by Dan Helle

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

There’s a new page of Apricot-7 up.  Click on the image for the… »

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Showcase: Untalkative Bunny, by Graham Falk

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

This is the original short, by Graham Falk and Dan Craig. It was made for it’s own sake, and to see if they could produce a traditional cartoon digitally. This was back in the mid-nineties, before digital production had become the norm. A second short was made a few years later, followed by a series,… »

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Showcase: Snared, by Shane Plante

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Student film by Algonquin grad, Shane… »

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Jobby: Post Production Manager, Cookie Jar Entertainment, Toronto

Friday, January 8th, 2010

January 8, 2010. Position: Post Production Manager Reports to: Head of Production Operations Division: Cookie Jar Entertainment Location: Toronto, Ontario Description: The Post Production Manager will oversee the offsite Post functions of all Cookie Jar series and aspects of budgeting, logistical management, technical evaluation and cost accounting pertaining to Post Production. This position is located… »

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Showcase: Walk for Walk, by Amy Lockhart

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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Showcase: I Like Pandas, by Jessica Borutski

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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A little about Rob Anderson

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Now that I have agreed to be a contributor for this site, something that I feel very honored to be, Mike has asked that I do a write up about myself. Those that know me know that I am somewhat of a private person, but I will do my best. People also know, however, that… »

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2009 year in review, part I

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

We’re a now a chunk of days into 2010, and personally, I’m excited about it.  2009 was a great year, despite all the crap that hit us, and I’m keen to wrap it up and see what’s ahead.  So let’s get on with it. When I put it to you guys, there seemed to be… »

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Getting back to it

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I’m having a hard time getting my head back to writing mode after the holidays, which would explain the lack of posts.  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, and it the list is more than a little intimidating right now.  The job of running this site really is full time.  I’ve been… »

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Weekly Rex Bunyan

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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