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comix: Angora Napkin, pages 11 and 12. Tune in tonight to Teletoon @ 11:30 for the pilot!

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Here are the last two pages of Nick Cross’ Angora Napkin comic. For more Angora Napkin, watch Teletoon tonight at 11:30.  Nick directed one half of the pilot, while co-creator Troy Little handled the other half. Happy… »

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Angora Napkin comix by Nick Cross, pages 6 to 10

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Tomorrow night’s the big show on Teletoon for any of you kiddies hopped up on sugar enough to stay awake till 11:30, in the meantime, hear are some more Angora Napkin comix pages to tide you over.  We’ll wrap up this story by Angora Napkin co-creator Nick Cross tomorrow.  See you then! Does that count… »

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Hallowe’en Showcase: ‘The Gruesomestein’s Monsters!’ – Mark Ackland and Riccardo Durante

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Created by Toronto-based directing duo Mark Ackland and Riccardo Durante, The Gruesomestines’ Monsters was a project that I thought was destined for great things when I first saw the story reel years ago. Originally part of the ill-fated YTV ‘FUNPAK’ contest, these shorts got aired once or twice on YTV a few years back, and were… »

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call for submissions: Plastic Paper 2011

Friday, October 29th, 2010

PLASTIC PAPER: WINNIPEG’S FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED, ILLUSTRATED + PUPPET FILM is an international festival that takes place May 4-7, 2011 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg, Canada. The festival is one component of the year-round organizational activities of the Big Smash! Film Collective. PLASTIC PAPER’s programming is a mix of premieres, retrospective screenings, short films… »

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profile: Fifteen Pound Pink – Carol Beecher and Kevin D.A. Kurytnik

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This 4th episode of Canadian Animation Radio was a ton of fun for me. When I was in Calgary in the early 90s, my first exposure to animation was through the Quickdraw Animation Society’s night courses taught by then-instructor Kevin D.A. Kurytnik. I have been grateful ever since. With his partner Carol Beecher, they have… »

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showcase – ‘County Ghost’ series, Mike Geiger

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Mike Geiger’s ‘County Ghost’ webseries has been floating around for a while, but since Hallowe’en is this weekend, I thought it was high time to get the poop on the skinny, so I asked him all about it! Here’s my favourite one of the four eps he’s got so far, and they’re all good: Mike’s… »

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tomorrow: Hothouse 6 in S3D, NFB Mediathéque, Toronto

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

On Thursday October 28th at 7 pm, Hothouse in the Third Dimension introduces Toronto audiences to films from the sixth edition of Hothouse, a 12-week apprenticeship for emerging Canadian animators who tackled the challenging process of stereoscopic 3D (S3D) animation. Two directors, Megan Turnbull and Zane Kozak, will be on hand for a Q&A afterward…. »

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showcase: The Drinker – Rex Hackelberg

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Toronto-based Rex Hackelberg has done it again – showing us all what real cartoonin looks like! I love his style. From his Facebook page: “Here’s a short film I made in 2006. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that brings awareness to the compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol.” More nuttiness at Rex’s blog and YouTube… »

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this weekend: Vancouver Short Film Festival, October 28-29

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Almost missed this one! I should preface this post by asking if there were any readers in BC who’d like to contribute to Canadian Animation Resources with some coverage of the Lower Mainland, Interior and Northern BC up to the Yukon. Almost by default we wind up writing about things which tend to be geographically… »

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showcase: Antagonia – Nicolas Brault, 2002

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This short animation film takes place in a topsy-turvy land of ice, water and sky. Montreal-based Nicolas Brault is a graphic artist who works in a wide range of styles and techniques. He works as a computer graphic artist, graphic designer, scriptwriter, director and animator. Among other works, he has made four animated shorts that… »

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La Moustache

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

La Moustache, a commercial creative shop whose members hail from Montreal and Toronto have posted some sweet clips & pics of the process behind the recent(ish) GAZmétro ad campaign they animated three months ago. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the environmental chalk animation of flowers, etc growing all over old brickwork. It’s well… »

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OIAF 2010 wrap-up and talkback

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The awards are all handed out, and the crowd has dispersed.  This year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival is over. I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with nearly enough people, but it was great to see all the familiar faces, and thank you to all of those that took the time to say “hi”. … »

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showcase: The Necktie – Jean-François Lévesque, 2008

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Continuing our showcase series for NFB’s ‘Get Animated’ program happening across Canada from Oct. 28 – Nov.7, 2010 , here is  Jean-François Lévesque’s award-winning short ‘The Necktie’. The NFB’s made it ridiculously easy to find out more info with the film’s main site, but I’ll still embed the film, interview and storyboard for the film… »

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comix: Angora Napkin, by Nick Cross, page 5

Monday, October 25th, 2010

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Ottawa International Animation Festival 2010 announces winners

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

U.K. WINS BIG AT 2010 OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL OTTAWA, ONTARIO (October 24, 2010)–The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) comes to an end with a highly anticipated closing ceremonies which were held this evening at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  OIAF organizers announced the 2010 winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. This year’s… »

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tonight on Teletoon: Duncebucket

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

I’m winding down my Ottawa International Animation Festival activities for 2010, and I’m tired, soooooo tired.  But if I’m still awake at 11:30 tonight, I’m going to watch Duncebucket.  Duncebucket was one of a bunch of pilots made about two years ago for an innovative pilot program undertaken at Teletoon.  I sat through the lot… »

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comix: Angora Napkin, by Nick Cross, page 4

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

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Art Director, Crowdwave Games, Ottawa

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

October 6, 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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comix: Angora Napkin, by Nick Cross, page 3

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

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jobby: Apprentice Layout Artist, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

October 22, 2010 Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focuses on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars. Summary of Position Pixar Canada is offering an exciting 12 month Apprentice program is ideally intended to… »

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jobby: Rendering TDs, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

October 22, 2010 About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for two Rendering TDs (Technical Artists) for its studio in Vancouver. Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focuses on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and… »

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comix: Angora Napkin, by Nick Cross, page 2

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

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The Wrong Block

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I haven’t been this excited about a Canadian production since who knows when. ‘The Wrong Block’ looks fantastic, and while it owes a lot to Robert Valley’s signature style, the guys behind this at Style5 Animation have got their own approach locked. Check out this great trailer: From the official website: “Following the mysterious and… »

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press release: France/Canada feature coproduction announced at TAC

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

2d3dAnimations (France), Wizzfilms Inc. (Canada) October 20th, For immediate release – official signature will be held at the CC hall at 12:50 , table 001. Under the framework of the Cartoon Connection, in conjunction with the International Animation Festival of Ottawa, Florent Mounier, Cofounder of 2d3D Animations (Angoulême/France) and Danny Bergeron, President of Wizzfilms Inc…. »

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showcase: ‘My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts’ – Torill Kove, 1999

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

This animated film is from Oscar®-winning Torill Kove. It’s a tall tale about her grandmother’s life in Oslo, Norway, during World War II. Sharp and whimsical, her story combines her grandmother’s tales with historical events and fantasy, showing how a cherished anecdote can come to acquire a mythical status. King Harald of Norway said, “I… »

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Neil Gaiman guests on ‘Arthur’

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I first noticed this in an article posted on WIRED! last month. Neil Gaiman will make a guest appearance on Cookie Jar’s series ‘ARTHUR’ airing on PBS Monday, Oct. 25 as part of a Hallowe’en week run-up for the kids. I’m just going to assume you know who Neil Gaiman is (creator of ‘Coraline’, ‘The… »

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comix: Angora Napkin, by Nick Cross, page 1

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

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Dave Cooper’s Bent at OIAF 2010

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

There are all kinds of tasty treats peppering the festival this year, here’s one of them: Dave Cooper is doing a signing of his latest book: BENT, from Fantagraphics. Here’s what Dave had to say: hello friends! i wanted to let you know that i’ll be signing copies of “Bent” this saturday- in conjunction with… »

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Say hi to this guy at OIAF 2010

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

This is what I look like this year, so if you see me, feel free to say… »

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OIAF 2010 coverage

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Ok, I know there’s more going on in this country than the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and I’ll do my best to cover that stuff too, but for the next few days, it’s Festival time!  Tomorrow’s the big day, and I’ll be spending pretty much all my time there. We’re going to do our best… »

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comix: Angora Napkin, by Troy Little

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

The countdown… »

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showcase: ‘From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning’ – Claude Cloutier

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

As promised, here’s the second of the showcase series for NFB’s ‘Get Animated’ program happening across Canada from Oct. 28 – Nov.7, 2010. Since it’s actually Tuesday morning, I thought it’d be appropriate to showcase Claude Cloutier’s 2000 film, ‘From the Big Bang to Tuesday Morning’. oehttp://www.nfb.ca/film/from_big_bang_to_tuesday_morning From both sites lambiek.net and the NFB artisans… »

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‘Officer Bubbles’ sues YouTube and users over animation

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Holy Streisand Effect. Well, you must have heard of this one by now. Over the past few months, a Toronto officer policing the G20 this summer was satirized with some YouTube cartoons, and he’s just not going to take it anymore. So he’s filed a lawsuit against YouTube & Google to get the anonymous users’… »

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showcase: “Yannick Nézet-Séguin: No Intermission” – Théodore Ushev, 2010

Monday, October 18th, 2010

As promised, here’s the first of the showcase series for NFB’s ‘Get Animated’ program happening across Canada from Oct. 28 – Nov.7, 2010 that we’ll be running all week in an effort to booster it. I’m not doing anything groundbreaking in the text posted here, just cutting and pasting, but my hope is that you’ll… »

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Get Animated! October 28 – November 7, 2010

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Manoman, there’s SO MUCH going on this month! There’s the yearly Ottawa International Animation Festival next week, the Stop-Motion Festival in Montréal the week after that, and now this! oehttp://www.nfb.ca/film/get_animated_2010 From the official website: “Get Animated! is a Canada-wide series of free screenings, master classes and activities marking International Animation Day. Watch the NFB’s latest… »

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Cool Beans: OIAF 2010 has an app!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

This was a good idea and now I want an iPhone for next… »

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jobby: Mercury Filmworks and Guru Studio at Animators For Hire at OIAF 2010

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Every year, the Ottawa International Animation Festival hosts an exclusive hiring opportunity with their Animators for Hire event. They bring a bunch of studios together and allow prospective employees to grab some face time. This year we have some solid representation from Canadian Studios.  Guru from Toronto and Ottawa’s Mercury have been posting on this… »

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jobby: Lighter, Imarion, Toronto

Friday, October 15th, 2010

October 15, 2010 Summary: You will work with small team in the lighting department 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 and Experience: -Visual… »

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jobby: Lighting TD/Supervisor, guru studio, Toronto

Friday, October 15th, 2010

October 15, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto, is looking for a LIGHTING TD / Supervisor (GPU Based) for a new show for teens. Mach Studio Pro is a unique GPU Lighting Production tool. It allows people to work in a real-time environment and ensure lighting is consistent… »

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from the internets, URBMN interview with Nick Cross

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Following up on his chat with Angora Napkin co-creator Troy Little, here’s Cameron Archer’s interview with Nick Cross. Nick’s a semi-regular presence here on the site already.  We’ve run his demos, some of the commentary he’s shared on his blog, and have featured his films and comix as well.  We’re also about to start serializing… »

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Montréal Stop Motion Festival Oct. 29-31

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

We posted the guest announcement previously, but just a reminder amid the tsunami of the Ottawa International Animation Festival-related stuff that might be coming up next week, don’t forget to check out the 2010 Montréal Stop Motion Fest the weekend after Ottawa’s fest.They’ve just posted their full schedule. Among their guests is the eminent stop-motion… »

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From the internets, URBMN interview with Troy Little

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Friend of the site, Cameron Archer, has a posted a short interview with Troy Little, Eisner-Award-nominated graphic novelist, animator, dad, and coffee junkie, over on his URBMN blog. Troy is one of the creators, along with Nick Cross, of Angora Napkin, the pilot for which will be airing on Teletoon this coming Halloween at 11:30… »

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Algonquin Shuffle update

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Thanks to everyone who has chimed in with their comments and concern over the recent changes at Algonquin.  Word is now out, to some degree, regarding the situation. Last Thursday, October 7th, Neil Hunter and Paul West were removed from their positions as co-coordinators of the Animation program at Algonquin College.  It was reported to… »

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Full TAC pass available from the Bell Fund! details below

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Here’s your chance to get a Free pass to Canada’s only animation business conference, TAC. The Bell Fund is kindly donating their full TAC Animapass to one lucky winner. Email info@animationfestival.ca to enter the draw starting now until Thursday at noon EST. Winners will be notified and announced on Friday, October… »

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jobby: Multiple positions, Toonbox Entertainment, Toronto

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

October 12, 2010 Toonbox Entertainment in Toronto is doing a bunch of hiring.  They’re looking to fill the following positions: Systems Engineers, Pipeline Engineers, Technical Directors, Lead Character Designer, Character Modeler, Rigging Supervisor, Texturing Supervisor, and Lighting/Compositing Supervisor.  Details below. Systems Engineers Reports to: Head of Production Technology/CG Supervisor Position Description: ToonBox Entertainment is looking… »

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comix: Mike Geiger’s Chickenbone #6!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

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jobby: Render Wrangler, Imarion, Toronto

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

October 12, 2010 Render Wrangler- Night shift (9pm-5am) Starts ASAP Job Descripton: Supervise the rendering process.  This involves monitoring a render farm of many machines.  Continuously checking the computers to ensure there are no technical or machine problems which might interfere with a successful output. Key Skills include: * high degree of computer literacy; *… »

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Sudden changes at Algonquin College

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

This past Thursday afternoon, October 7th, Neil Hunter and Paul West, the co-coordinators of the Algonquin College Animation Program, were fired from their position.  There’s been no official statement, but further information should be available regarding the changes in the coming week. The timing of this move seems really odd, particularly with the Animation Festival… »

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showcase: Jaime Lo, Small and Shy, by Lillian Chan

Friday, October 8th, 2010

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press release: OIAF 2010 examines Japanese animation

Friday, October 8th, 2010

ANOTHER SIDE TO JAPANESE ANIME EXPOSED AT OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL “Time Out of Mind” Special Screening October 20 to 24, 2010 OTTAWA, ON (October 5, 2010)–The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is paying tribute to Japan’s best animators by showcasing a collection of their famous works.  “Time Out of Mind,” which is featuring at… »

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jobby: Compositor, Imarion, Toronto

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

October 6, 2010 Summary: You will work with small team compositing aspects for use in a television series. Primary Responsibilities: – Collaborate with the CG Supervisor to meet the needs of the production. – Watch for render errors/ missing composite elements. Skills and Experience: –Visual sense of digital composites, good sense of camera and highly… »

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jobby: Senior Character TD, Starz Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

October 6, 2010 JOB TITLE: Technical Director – Senior Character TD – CG Animated Feature Film DEPARTMENT: Rigging and Character support REPORTS TO: Head of Technology POSITION OVERVIEW The Character Technical Directors design, implement and create animation controls and deformation systems to control 3D geometry which may represent characters and creatures in a CG animation… »

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Nova Scotia: the Animation Situation, by Ron Doucet

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

This was posted on Ron’s blog about a week ago, reprinted with permission here. October 01, 2010 The Final Straw? So after nearly a year of battling the subject, it would seem the issue (thus far) is at a stand still. The issue being; the Nova Scotia Labour tax credit debacle, in which a slight… »

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‘One Big Hapa Family’ (2010) – Jeff Chiba Stearns

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I’m looking forward to seeing this feature-length doc when it comes out my way. I’m a bit disappointed that it won’t be showing at this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival for whatever reason, especially in light of the Japanese-focused programming that will be there this year. This film looks like a wonderful example of how… »

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if i were in Toronto, i’d be here: Nuit Blanche

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Toronto’s 5th annual Nuit Blanche starts tomorrow night, from 6:57 pm (official sunset) till dawn. From the Nuit Blanche site: “Toronto’s annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns to mark a five-year milestone. Discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From building façades and city parks to alleyways and heritage buildings, choose… »

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showcase: ‘Folk Tunes’ (2005) – Quickdraw Animation Society

Friday, October 1st, 2010

This is from Quickdraw Animation Society’s ‘Jampede’ back in 2005 – multiple artists jamming on animation. Everything is as it should be. Quickdraw Animation Society is one of Canada’s longest-running artist-run non-profit centers for animation, and is located in Calgary, Alberta. Chris Robinson (curator of the Ottawa International Animation Festival) has a great write-up on… »

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