Archive for August, 2010

Editorial: by Ron Doucet

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Video after the jump. (opinions expressed are those of Mr Ron Doucet, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Canadian Animation Resources) stab, by Ron Doucet from Canadian Animation Resources on… »

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OIAF announces 2010 jury

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

INTERNATIONAL JURY FOR SHORT PROGRAM, STUDENT, AND COMMISSIONED ANIMATION Munro Ferguson Born in New York City in 1960, Ferguson took a very early interest in cartooning and made his first film, When I Get Older, at age 7. He studied painting and drawing at the Banff Centre and received a BA in philosophy from the… »

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Events: Pitch This! deadline for submissions: CORRECTION: WEDNESDAY!!

Monday, August 30th, 2010

repost from July 23, 2010 Animation Hopefuls Pitch Their Ideas to Top TV Producers Artists look to make it big in the world of television animation at the seventh annual Pitch THIS! October 20-21, 2010 Ottawa, Ontario (July 21, 2010)–Television producers will get the chance to make a name for themselves in the world of… »

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FanExpo starts today!

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

I can’t go, but we’d love to hear from any readers in attendance! Mermaid man himself, Ernest Borgnine, is gonna be there! And probably lots of these guys.  They look tough, but they ain’t. Have… »

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profile: Neptoon Studios – Todd Kauffman & Mark Thornton

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Well, I’m not sure if these are less work than transcribing, but it’s way more fun! Got another podcast for you guys, an interview with non-other than the directors and designers of TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND seasons 1 & 2. That’s right, Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton of Neptoon Studios joins us. These two have set… »

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showcase: Lupo The Butcher (1985) – Danny Antonucci

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I’m STILL meeting people who’ve never heard of this film! Bad words used, kids. Be advised. Cartoon 101 is in sesh: Danny Antonucci (Lupo, Ed Edd N Eddy). I love the guy’s work. I really wish I took a gig on boarding that EEE show over at his studio A.K.A. Cartoon just to get back West &… »

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Heavy Metal Revisited

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

This could be interesting. ‘HEAVY METAL’ (1981) was the first cult classic animated film directed, more-or-less, and released in Canada – although the money to produce it came from American investors (‘Rock N Rule’ was released two years later). Montreal-based Bunbury Films is in production on a documentary that is covering the production of the… »

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jobby: Studio Technician, ECUAD, Vancouver

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

August 26, 2010 Studio Technician 3, Animation Temporary Part-Time (60%) One Year Term Position (ASAP to May 2011) Hours to be Determined (may include evening and weekend hours) Pay Grade I ($2,335 to $2,500 per month) Applications are invited for a Studio Technician to provide technical support to the delivery of curriculum and assist students… »

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showcase: ‘Fair Trade’ – Leslie Supnet

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

This Winnipeg animation indie artist has some interesting stuff on her site and Vimeo channel. I liked her film ‘FAIR TRADE’ so much I just had to ask her the patented ‘8 Second Exposure’ and she was kind enough to respond. Don’t forget to catch more of Leslie’s work at this years Ottawa International Animation… »

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comix: Mike Geiger’s Top Shelf Reaches Infinity, Number 1

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Not exactly sure where Mike is going with this one, but I like… »

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showcase: Ryan, by Chris Landreth

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

From NFB.ca: This Oscar-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist’s worst nightmare – succumbing to addiction, panhandling on the streets to make ends meet – Through computer-generated characters,… »

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press release: OIAF Announces Kids Jury Contest

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Kids to judge films and TV shows made for them Ottawa, Ont. (August 24, 2010)–The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is inviting local kids to enter its annual Kids Jury contest.  Ten animation enthusiasts, ranging from the ages of 9 to 14 years old, will be chosen to judge this year’s competition of short films… »

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jobby: Ottawa scene

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

I’ve been struggling for a week with this.  I want to write a simple post about the job market in Ottawa, with specific emphasis on some unique opportunities.  Maybe I’m being overly cautious, but here’s the thing: I don’t want to shill.  About two weeks back, I noticed a bump in job posts here on… »

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jobby: 2D Digital Animator, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

July 28, 2010 2D Digital Animator Type: Full-Time Employee Salary: Varies. Pay is by approved frame. Medical/Dental benefits available. Start Date: Immediately. Work schedule is flexible. Out of province animators are welcome. Company Info: Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and widely recognized as a leader in the 2D animation production… »

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jobby: Motion Graphics Designer, CrowdWave Games, Ottawa

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

August 11, 2010 CrowdWave is the world’s first mass-participation motion-controlled game platform. Our clients are some of the biggest teams in pro sports and we’re looking to add top talents in the field of animation and design to our creative roster. With 20+ thousand fans controlling your game every night, you’d better go big or… »

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profile: The many voices of Eric Bauza

Friday, August 20th, 2010

When doing a profile interview with a voice actor, it only makes sense to do a podcast. Plus there’s no way I could type as fast as Eric lays it down. Eric Bauza is an animation triple threat – voice actor, standup comedian and layout artist. In our first episode of Canadian Animation Radio, he… »

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showcase: Madame Tutli Putli, by Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski

Friday, August 20th, 2010

From NFB.ca: This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught… »

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showcase: Brad Caslor

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

228 years ago this month – history was made. That’s right, in August of  1782, Fort Prince of Wales was taken by the French. Thanks to the eminently talented Winnipeg animation vet Brad Caslor, we can remember this historic event. From the NFB ‘Canada Vignettes’ series, 1978 – ‘Fort  Prince of Wales’ The fact that… »

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jobby: Lighter, Imarion Inc, Toronto

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

August 17, 2010 Summary: You will work with small team leading the lighting aspects for use in a television series. Primary Responsibilities: – Collaborate with the Animation Director to understand desired look as it relates to lighting for the production. – Tracking lighting continuity within sequences. – Watch for render errors/ missing composite elements. Skills… »

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Lipsett Diaries wins at Hiroshima

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Here’s the word from NFB.ca: Lipsett Diaries wins award at Hiroshima International Animation Festival Lipsett Diaries, an animated film directed by Theodore Ushev and produced by the NFB, has just been awarded a Special International Jury Prize at Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Lipsett Diaries uses a series of imagined diary entries to trace the tormented… »

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sitestuff: New Vimeo Channel

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Hi gang! I’m trying to get a few features added/updated here, so please be patient.  As things get done, we’ll keep you updated.  For today, go check out our Vimeo Channel.  There’s a fair bit on there that’ll be familiar to anyone who follows out showcase page, but chances are you’ll see something new and… »

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showcase: Walking, by Ryan Larkin

Monday, August 16th, 2010

A classic from the NFB archives:  Animator Ryan Larkin uses an artist’s sensibility to illustrate the way people walk. He employs a variety of techniques–line drawing, colour wash, etc.–to catch and reproduce the motion of people afoot. The springing gait of youth, the mincing step of the high-heeled female, the doddering amble of the elderly–all… »

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showcase: Nick DiLiberto – ‘Medusa’

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I saw this via some Facebook friends and just had to track down the artist who made this thoroughly arresting short film. Once I had, Nick DiLiberto kindly answered CAR.CA’s patented ‘8 Second Exposure’. First of all, here’s the piece: 1) Name: Nick DiLiberto 2) Where ya from? Hamilton Ontario Canada 3) Where’d you get… »

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jobby: Flash Animator, Disney Online Canada, Kelowna, BC

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

August 11, 2010 COMPANY OVERVIEW Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG) is a segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) responsible for the creation and delivery of Disney branded interactive entertainment and informational content across multiple platforms including online, mobile and video game consoles around the globe. DIMG core businesses include Disney Interactive Studios, which… »

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jobby: Linux/Unix/Windows System Administrator, Imax Inc, Toronto

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

August 11, 2010 SUMMARY IMAX Corporation is seeking a Linux/Unix/Window System Administration to assist the Digital System Administrator in providing technical support to high-profile film projects.  This is a full-time contract position for a period of approximately 4 months. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES Install or reinstall Linux (Fedora or CentOS experience preferred)/Unix/Window OS on a multi-server distributed… »

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jobby: Programmer, Imax Inc, Toronto

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

August 11, 2010 SUMMARY IMAX Corporation is seeking a Computer Programmer with proficiency in Python, C, C++ and Perl in addition to strong scripting skills (bash,  borne, csh, etc.) to produce and maintain software solutions and tools tools to support to high-profile film projects. This is a full-time contract position for a period of two… »

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Jobby: Storyboard Revision Artist, guru studio, Toronto

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

August 11, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a Storyboard Revision Artists to join our team for an upcoming 3D video game inspired series show for teens. Requirements/Skills: Strong layout and design skills. Solid knowledge of story, including language, acting and craft. Must be highly… »

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jobby: Leica Editor, guru studios, Toronto

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

August 11, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a Leica Editor to join our team for an upcoming 3D video game inspired series show for teens. Requirements/Skills: Carry out assigned aspects of animation series editing activities. Compile and maintain continuity and integrity issues list; multiple… »

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showcase: Fruit, Juice! Protein? by Tavis Silbernagel

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I wish I had a trumpet effect for this one!  Canadian Animation Resources is super proud to present, for the first time EVER on the internets, the best animated short you never saw: Fruit, Juice! Protein? by Tavis Silbernagel! This is one my most favourite-est films ever made and it sprung from a very creative… »

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And the nominees are… OIAF 2010 releases official list of participating films

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Congratulations to everyone who got in!  A personal congratulations to Nick Cross for Yellowcake and Amberwood Productions for Rob the Robot. Title Director(s) Company/School Nationality Category Goodbye Mister Christie Phil Mulloy Spectre Films UK A – Feature Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then Brent Green USA A – Feature Midori-Ko Akira Mizuyoshi Mistral Japan Japan A… »

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jobby: 3D modeler/animator, Imarion, Toronto

Monday, August 9th, 2010

August 9, 2010 3D Modeler/ Animator Summary: You will work with small team modeling and animating aspects for use in a television series. Primary Responsibilities: -Collaborate with the 3D Supervisor to meet the needs of the production. -Model elements in high polygon and low polygon resolutions. -Animate assigned shots. -Handle technical aspects such as pipeline… »

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September at the NFB Mediatheque, Toronto

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Wednesday, September 1 – GREEN SCREENS presents WORST CASE SCENARIO 7 PM FREE Residents along the Clearwater River in Alberta, opposed to a proposed sour gas well, fear the impact a deadly hydrogen sulphide leak could have on their lives. Preceded by CITIZEN Z A flourishing neighbourhood group is threatened with evacuation from a Toronto… »

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jobby, Rigger, guru studio, Toronto

Monday, August 9th, 2010

August 9, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for Riggers, for a new children’s series. Summary: Alongside design and animation departments you will work with a small team to rig and model 3D characters, sets and props for use in a television series.  You possess a… »

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showcase: the Cat Came Back, by Cordell Barker

Monday, August 9th, 2010

What may be the most well-known piece of animation from the NFB, Cordell Barker’s the Cat Came Back is another classic piece of NFB animation that they have made available via their online archive.  Back when this film was produced, the NFB made a deal to have it screened before every showing of A Fish… »

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comix: Starcrossed, by Joel Duggan

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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Cat in the Hat premiere, tomorrow on Treehouse at 5:30 pm

Friday, August 6th, 2010

There was an article in the Toronto Star the other day featuring an interview with Martin Short and his take on voicing the title character in the New Cat in the Hat knows a Lot About That animated series.  What the article doesn’t mention, is that this series is being produced here in Canada through… »

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Call for entries: 2010 Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival

Friday, August 6th, 2010

From Erik Goulet at the Montreal Stop-Motion Film Festival: Hot on the heels of the hugely successful first edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival, we are officially opening the Call for Entries for 2010. www.StopMotionMontreal.com To enter your film in the festival, download a submission form, fill it out, and send it, along… »

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events: SPARK 2010, Vancouver, September 8 – 12, 2010

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

VANCOUVER ACM SIGGRAPH  Announces SPARK 2010 Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH* is pleased to announce its 3rd annual SPARK Animation Conference and Festival, after a very successful SPARK FX Conference and Festival in January. In its third year, this prestigious 3-day speaker series and 5-day film festival is intended to educate and inspire professionals, pioneers and enthusiasts… »

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jobby: 3D Generalist, Imarion Inc, Toronto

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August 5, 2010 Summary: You will work with small team completing fully animated and completed shots for use in a television series. Primary Responsibilities: -Collaborate with the Animation Supervisor to meet the needs of the production. -Strong skills in all aspects of animation including modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, layout, compositing and rendering. -Watch for render… »

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comix: Mike Geiger’s ChickenBone

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

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from the internets: URBMN on My Life ME

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

From Cameron Archer’s TV site, URBMN: August 4, 2010 News: My Life ME to debut on French Télétoon September 2010 Filed under: News Stuff,URBMN 2008- — C. Archer @ 11:50 pm My Life ME, an anime-style Canada/France co-production, will debut on the French version of Télétoon September 2010, according to Teletoon publicist Megan Dunkley.  The… »

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August at the NFB Mediatheque: Toronto

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August at the NFB Mediatheque: Screenings, Workshops and FREE Digital Viewing Toronto (August 4, 2010) – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Mediatheque wraps up its summer season with another month of distinctive programming, including animation workshops for both kids and adults, a night of silly short films, the final two sessions of our… »

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Gene’s day so far…

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

From the desk of Gene Fowler, at… »

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Advice from Ron Doucet: Building a Better Demo Reel

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Demo Reel Tips by Ron Doucet Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of screening hundreds of demo reels. I’ve seen plenty of good ones and bad ones, but even though the format has changed from VHS, to CD, then DVD, and now YouTube, I had always noticed a similar pattern of errors in the… »

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Kevin Parry animates for his mom

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

It’s no secret that we at Canadian Animation Resources, namely myself, are big fans of newcomer Kevin Parry.  Kevin made a great film during his final year at Sheridan called the Arctic Circle.  For father’s day, Kevin made a little something for his dad, and, apparently, it’s his mom’s birthday today. Happy Birthday Mom from… »

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press release: NFB Films at Hiroshima Animation Festival

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

This news is a bit stale, but I’ll include here as part of my catch up: Hiroshima International Animation Festival showcases two films by animator Theodore Ushev, Six NFB Productions in Competition The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) returns to 2010 Hiroshima International Animation Festival (August 7-11) with six films in competition. In the… »

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jobby: Production Accountant, IMAX, Toronto

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

August 3, 2010 JOB TITLE:            Production Accountant – contract REPORTS TO:        Magnitude COO LOCATION:            Toronto CONTRACT:            Minimum 6 months PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Duties include but are not limited to:  accounts payable and accounts receivable; petty cash; journals; account books to Trial Balance; bank reconciliations; payroll accounting; cost… »

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jobby: Compositor, IMAX, Toronto

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

August 3, 2010 JOB TITLE:        Compositor (Mid-Senior levels) LOCATION:        Toronto, Ontario (Canada) START DATE:        August 23, 2010 SUMMARY IMAX is looking for a number of talented digital artists (compositors) to work on an exciting full 2D to 3D conversion of a live-action Hollywood feature! This is a 2-3 month contract position located… »

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events: Fall animation classes, Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society has released a list of fall 2010 courses they are offering: COURSE: Intro to 2D Animation Instructor: Brian Batista Fee: $295 including GST QAS Members ($325 including GST non-members) Dates: Ten Weeks, September 23rd, 2010 to November 25th, 2010 Thursday Evenings 6:30pm – 9:30pm Location: Quickdraw Animation Society, 201 – 351… »

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back to work

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Hi everybody.  My holiday is over and I’m back at my desk.  I tried my best to keep things going while I was trying my best to take a vacation, but now it’s back to business as usual.  Lots to catch up on and lots to post, I’ll do my best to get things back… »

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