Archive for April, 2010

showcase: Key Lime Pie, by Trevor Jimenez

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Finally! Trevor Jimenez got around to posting his Sheridan College 2007 Grad film, Key Lime Pie.  I initially saw this at the Ottawa Festival and was instantly taken in by it’s fresh design and stellar execution.  Trevor’s a heck of an artist, and I’d love to see him get back to making shorts.  This film… »

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Pixar Masterclass in Toronto, June 18-19

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Pixar Artists Masterclass in Toronto Jun 18, 2010 – Jun 19, 2010 VanArts is proud to present a Masterclass in Animation & Story Development with instructors Story Artist Matthew Luhn and Animator Andrew Gordon, both from Pixar Animation Studios! This exceptional 2-day event takes place in Toronto on June 18/19th, and offers participants a rare and… »

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press release:NFB HIRES OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMMAKER, CORDELL BARKER, AS CREATIVE CONSULTANT

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

 Montreal, April 29, 2010 – The National Film Board of Canada is taking its long-time relationship with animation filmmakerBarker, creator of three NFB animation shorts that are among the most popular in the public producer’s catalogue, has signed on as a creative consultant with the NFB’s Prairie and North West centres. He will advise NFB… »

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Bryce Hallett giving Rick Green a quick history of Canadian Animation

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Found this on YouTube.  Once you get through the “funny”, Bryce does a pretty good job of sharing aspects of our industy’s history. Check it… »

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from the internets

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

IMAX inks deal with Warner Bros Cookie Jar teams with NDI Media for Muzika game Pixar Canada tidbits, here… »

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press release:Guru Studio produces animated music video for Crash Karma’s hit single Fight

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

April 28, 2010 – Soviet-era poster propaganda comes to life in Guru Studio’s latest animated music video for Crash Karma’s hit single Fight. Produced for The Management Trust and E1 Entertainment, Fight is set to premiere today on Much Music and can be viewed at www.gurustudio.com/karmaLarge.php “High-quality animated music videos are a rare breed to… »

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Monday, April 26th, 2010

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Press Release: Guru Studio expands, hires former CORE tooner, Aaron Linton

Monday, April 26th, 2010

April 26, 2010 – Toronto-based Guru Studio welcomes its latest recruit Aaron Linton to its production team. Linton, who headed up the Toons division at C.O.R.E. Digital, joins Guru Studio as part of the Justin Time team. Justin Time is an energetic pre-school show developed by Guru Studio in production for Family Channel and Playhouse… »

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Showcase: Smile and Penny, Hobo Divine and Mike Geiger

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

This has been making the rounds, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t post it here.  It’s the lead-in for a proposed web show by the very talented pair of Hobo Divine (jamie Mason) and Mike Geiger. smile and penny from smileandpenny on… »

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Weekend Reading Cheat, Video: Pixar’s Ed Catmull

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Posting on the run the past few days.  I’m in Toronto and I’m busy, busy, busy. Here’s a great piece of video with Pixar’s Ed Catmull. A few select quotes: I don’t like hard rules at all. I think they’re all bullshit. I do believe you want a vision, so you start off with a… »

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The perfect wave.

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Or: when it all goes right! I realized the other day that most of my articles are focused on the things that can or do go wrong with a production. While I consider myself somewhat of a cynic I also like to think of myself as having an optimistic side. Otherwise why keep at it… »

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Jess Borutski’s Looney Tunes

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Over on Cartoon Brew, Amid posted a still frame from the new Looney Tunes show that was designed by Ottawa’s own Jessica Borutski.  Well, as expected, the comments lit up with fear and horror.  You can read all about it here.  (Editor’s note: Jess is an amazing designer and one of our top talents, the… »

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jobby: stop motion opportunity, Toronto

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

April 22, 2010 This came in yesterday, it’s not  a straightforward job post, but if there are any stop motion folks out there, this might be an interesting opportunity: “ESTABLISHED INTERNATIONAL RECORDING ARTIST” working on a new project named ” Happy Child Star”.  Open Call for Animators and Puppeteers. Canadian Music Artist looking to create… »

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jobby: Animators, PiP Animation, Ottawa

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

April 22, 2010 Thankfully, an overlap in productions has resulted in a need for more animators.  PIP Animation is currently looking for six to ten animators to work on two different productions. In order to qualify, you must be a traditionally trained animator with production experience in Adobe Flash 8 and/or Flash CS4.  You must… »

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jobby: Animator, Supervising Animator, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

April 5, 2010 Animator About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for several Animators 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… »

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from the internets (update)

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Cartoon Network just put out a press release with a whole slew of programming announcements.  There’s a lot of live action.  Yep.  I’ll leave that analysis to Amid at Cartoon Brew.  There’s also a lot of pretty cool sounding cartoons though (including Adventurtime, and something executive produced by Superjail’s Christy Karakas).  As far as the… »

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jobby: 3D artist, Ganz/Webkinz, Toronto

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

April 21, 2010 JOIN THE AWARD WINNING WEBKINZ TEAM !! Now is your chance to join the Ganz team that has brought you such products as Webkinz and Webkinz Jr.  You can be a part of developing new adventures !! Now is your chance to join the creative team that has brought these vibrant worlds… »

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jobby: 3D artist, Ad-Dispatch, Halifax

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

April 21, 2010 Join the Ad-Dispatch team and work in a creative advertising position in Atlantic Canada. Ad-Dispatch has been named in Profit Magazine’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Canada. We are currently looking for a 3D artist who is creative and able to work to achieve deadlines. Responsibilities: ·         Work under strict deadlines and… »

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from the internets

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Cookie Jar continues to move into live action Cheshire Smile’s Tim Tyler responds to imminient closing of prairie broadcaster… »

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Events: Toronto Animation Industry Night, April 22, Toronto

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Looks like I’m going this year! Here’s the details: You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Toronto Animation Industry Night – THURSDAY APRIL 22nd 7pm-2am, $10 @ the door. The Field House 315 Queen St. E. Music performance by Drasko V (Drastic Music) and VJ Performances by Markus Heckmann (Derivative) and VJ Nokami, Screening, Prizes (including… »

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Pixar Canada is open for business

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Articles here and here. The second link has a video that Pixar made for the announcement. I’ll post more… »

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events: Exchange For Change, writers workshop, Toronto, February 24

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Here’s an interesting event that came to me via Warren Leonhardt. EXCHANGE FOR CHANGE: screen/media writers workshop & benefit fundraiser Writer and Canadian Film Centre alumnus Elize Morgan has joined with Karen Walton and Ink Canada (a great place for all things Canadian Film/TV and Writing) to create a fund-raising event for writers. This is… »

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Monday, April 19th, 2010

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Dealing with stress.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Or: Captain I think it’s gonna blow! Over the years I have seen a lot of folks leave this industry for one reason or another. Some leave because they wanted a career change. Some were forced because they couldn’t find work in the field. Some simply got fed up. In the last 5 years or… »

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Nick Cross shares his process

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Anyone who reads here regularly knows what a fan I am of the work of animator Nick Cross.  Nick has made some amazing films over the years(Waif of Persephone, Yellowcake), and is currently hard at work on his latest, the Pig Farmer.  Nick has always been very forthcoming with the process behind his films, sharing… »

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Dan Magnan’s Road Regrets, by Jon Busby

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

New video by Jon Busby, of Vancouver’s… »

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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Lipsett Diaries Trailer (via NFB)

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I’m overdue in posting this, but here’s the trailer to Theodore Ushev’s the Lipsett Diaries. The latest film from award-winning animator Theodore Ushev (Drux Flux) depicts the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at the age of 49. His descent into depression and madness is explored through… »

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CORE Closure update: Globe and Mail gets some details

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Globe and Mail’s Michael Posner has continued to follow up on the closure of CORE Digital last month.  His article from Fridays’s Globe and Mail gives further details behind the FX shops demise. It looks like the company was further in debt than I’d heard: The bankruptcy followed a seven-month negotiation involving C.O.R.E., the Royal… »

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Cartoon Brew hosting Student Film Festival

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Attention all Student film-makers: Amid Amidi and Jerry Beck are trying something new over at Cartoon Brew. It’s the time of year when lots of students are adding the finishing touches to their films so it’s a perfect time to announce Cartoon Brew TV’s inaugural student animation festival. We’ve lamented privately for years that no… »

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guru studios’ HAZED at Pictoplasma

Monday, April 12th, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAZED screens at Pictoplasma in Berlin April 8, 2010 – Guru Studio’s HAZED, an animated black comedy with an underhanded environmental message, was selected for the Pictoplasma Characters in Motion Film Festival in Berlin. The short film, produced by Toronto-based Guru Studio (gurustudio.com), is slated to screen April 10 as part of… »

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from the internets

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Cameron Archer reviews Spliced! over at URBMN Angora Napkin,by Troy Little, the graphic novel, based on the cartoon idea by Troy Little and Nick Cross, that subsequently got turned into a cartoon for the Teletoon Detour Pilot Project, has been nominated for an Eisner Award!  In comix circles, that’s like an Oscar, or I dunno, a… »

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TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE 2010, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE 2010 Deadline: May 14, 2010 – 5:00 pm Toronto Animated Image Society is seeking independent animated films made after January 2008 that are under 15 minutes in length for the TAIS SHOWCASE Screening this June 24, 2010.  All genres, mediums, techniques, themes accepted.  Artist fees paid for all screened films. No entry… »

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from the internets: Ottawa production

Friday, April 9th, 2010

New Cat in the Hat show premiering on PBS in September.  This one’s in production at Pip Animation.  Huge order, looks great. Disney’s got Fish Hooks, currently kicking in at… »

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jobby: Animator, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA

Friday, April 9th, 2010

April 9, 2010 Just so there’s no confusion on this one people, this is a posting for Pixar in Emeryville, not Vancouver.  There are specifc application procedures listied at the bottom, please follow them. Position Title:  Animator  Summary of Position: Creates the motions, gestures, and expressions of three-dimensional computer graphics characters and objects. General Duties and… »

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2010 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Call for Entries

Friday, April 9th, 2010

NEWS RELEASE Ottawa International Animation Festival:  Call for Entries OTTAWA, ONTARIO (April 8, 2010) – North America’s largest animation event, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is now accepting film submissions for the 2010 edition. Thousands of animators, students and studio executives will fly, bus, drive, sail and walk to the nation’s capital from October… »

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Signal to Noise ratio

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Or: Kids these days! When I am doing timing for storyboards my typical setup is Final Cut Pro. I get the audio and the still images from the board and pace out the show based on the acting in the audio track. I will add sound effects if required and occasionally the odd piece of… »

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jobby: Compositors, guru studio, Toronto

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

April 6, 2010 Guru Studio, the award-winning internationally renowned animation house in Toronto, is hiring 2 Compositors for a 2D/3D hybrid series and is a full time contract based over the next 12 months w/ possibility of extension. Required Skills/Experience: *         Understanding of 3D concepts and workflows *         Comfortable… »

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Last day to get Angora Napkin t-shirts

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Angora Napkin co-creator, Troy Little, has crafted up a nifty t-shirt design.  He’s selling them on the Angora Napkin blog, and today is the last day they’re available!  SO if you want one of these puppies, go grab one… »

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Algonquin College Grad Show: April 30th, Ottawa

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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from the internets

Monday, April 5th, 2010

April 5, 2010 Disney taking space in Toronto The Gazette takes a look at the bigger picture, with reference to the broadcast industry in general. iPad sales: 300 000ish in… »

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My Green Box PSA from guru studio

Monday, April 5th, 2010

This came in last week from guru studio in Toronto, pretty cool. My Green Box from guru studio on Vimeo. Here’s the press release that came with it: Guru’s low-fi animation produces high-impact self-harm prevention PSA Toronto, March 31, 2010 – “My Green Box” a public service announcement (PSA) that celebrates the golden age of… »

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Upcoming event: Toronto Screenwriting Conference(Apr 10-11),

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Warren Leonhardt was kind enough to pass this on: This April 10 and 11 http://www.torontoscreenwritingconference.com/ Speakers include (there are many good ones, here are the animation-related ones): Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick wrote and executive-produced the major motion picture Zombieland for Columbia Pictures. Reese has written screenplays for Pixar Animation Studios (Monsters, Inc.), Walt Disney… »

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Monday, April 5th, 2010

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jobby: 3D artists, Design Interpretive, Ottawa

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

UnrealEd/Maya Artist -Must be skilled in low-medium polygon modeling and uv-unwrapping -Should have experience building organic and inorganic models and architecture -Able to create high-quality texture maps using Adobe Photoshop -Must be familiar with basic rigging and weights painting in Autodesk Maya 2008 -Must be able to create environments using the Unreal 2004 Editor -Should… »

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jobby: character animators, rigging expert/animator, David Oreilly, Berlin

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

This one’s kinda cool folks, but you’d need to be in Berlin. Hi everyone, I’m hiring again! This time it’s not for a big commercial project – it’s for my next short film. I have actually never hired anyone to help with my own animation so I’m really excited about this, it will be a… »

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