Archive for November, 2010

Tim Burton on Kevin Parry’s ‘Arctic Circle’

Monday, November 29th, 2010

images © Kevin Parry Kevin Parry, recent Sheridan Grad and one of this site’s favourite animators, managed to wrangle Tim Burton’s on the spot review of his student film ‘Arctic Circle’ at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on the opening weekend of Tim Burton’s exhibit. Talk about a once in a lifetime chance! They also get… »

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profile: Kevin Parry

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Last week I posted a fantastic film in the showcase, the Arctic Circle,  by Toronto’s Kevin Parry.  Months back, Kevin was good enough to take some time to chat with me about himself and the film.  Not long after,   I had one of what amounted to three major system crashes over the course of… »

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jobby: Animator/Illustrator, CrowdWave Games, Ottawa

Monday, November 29th, 2010

November 29, 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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RIP Leslie Neilsen

Monday, November 29th, 2010

from Wikepedia: Leslie William Nielsen, (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, Nielsen enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as disc jockey before… »

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jobby: Studio Coordinator, guru studio, Toronto

Friday, November 26th, 2010

26, 2010 guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation and production company in Toronto, is looking for an energetic, Studio Coordinator to administer between front office, production, IT and facilities operations. The job includes everything from managing the office budget, front desk scheduling, to organizing travel, interns and liaising between producers and space… »

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Stop the Presses! NOVA SCOTIA ANIMATION INDUSTRY SAVED!

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Tomorrow is a day off for my daughter, so we stayed up and watched Back to the Future.  She’s never seen it before, and I try to inject a healthy dose of watchable movies into her diet of Princesses and singing high-schoolers.  The movie’s better than I remembered, and a good time was had by… »

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jobby: Water Effects Artist, Lead Compositor, Starz Animation, Toronto

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

November 25, 2010 Water Effects Artist -Feature film or high end television experience -VFX experience -Minimum 3-5+ years working in Realflow software, specifically with photorealistic water -Intermediate experience in Maya is a must -Expert understanding of Maya dynamics is a must -Experience with Houdini a plus -Scripting experience preferred (Python, MEL) -A demonstrated understanding of… »

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jobby: Lighting/Compositing Supervisor, Compositing Supervisor, Starz Animation, Toronto

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

November 25, 2010 Lighting/Compositing Supervisor POSITION OVERVIEW The Lighting/Compositing Supervisor works with the Lighting/Comp APM to help create schedules, with the Department Head to create staffing models, and with the Pipeline Supervisor to enhance the Lighting/Compositing pipeline. The Supervisor assists the Lighting/Compositing Leads in the resolution of technical issues.  This role collaborates with the Art… »

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the Challenge of Animation: Another piece of the puzzle

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

It’s been a good long time since I’ve written any more “Challenge of Animation” posts,  but that doesn’t mean I can’t add some pieces to the puzzle.  Cartoon Brew posted yesterday a short bit about new markets, so I’m going to link to it here. The main point of the piece is just that, it’s… »

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Old, Bad System

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Montréal-based screenwriter Alex Epstein has an interesting blog often full of pithy insights to the screenwriting side of (live-action) television. But here’s one article that especially twigged with me: “Q. I was wondering, five years later: is the “writing room” mentality still dead in Canada? Or has it picked up any steam since you last… »

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This weekend: Tim Burton exhibition opens, Nov. 26, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

this pic was too over-the-top NOT to use. This weekend on Nov. 26 the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto’s greatest gift to movie lovers in Ontario as far as I’m concerned, is hosting the grand opening of the Tim Burton retrospective that’s already been to NYC, LA, Sydney and London. The artwork will be on display… »

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showcase: The Arctic Circle, by Kevin Parry

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

One of the best films I’ve seen in a while, Kevin Parry’s Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle from Kevin Parry on Vimeo. The film was completed last year at Sheridan, and has been making the festival rounds.  I did an interview with Kevin a few months back, which I’ll finally post here shortly, along with… »

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Naked Frames IV, Nov. 25, Revue Cinema, Toronto

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Coming up this week: Naked Frames IV. Don’t know what that is? From their site: “Put on by a shadowy council of artists, Naked Frames concerns itself with providing exposure to all things cool and all types of weird. Despite the growing number of film festivals in Toronto, there still remains a lack of venues… »

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press release:playhouse disney sets out on an Imaginative adventure with STELLA AND SAM

Friday, November 19th, 2010

NEW CANADIAN ANIMATED SERIES launches SUNDAY JANUARY 9 AT 10:30 a.m. ET Toronto, November 17, 2010 – Astral’s Playhouse Disney premieres the new animated series Stella and Sam on Sunday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m. ET. The new series, based on the beloved books by Canadian author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, follows the backyard adventures… »

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from the internets: 33 animated shorts qualified for Oscar category UPDATE: 2 Canadian films qualify

Friday, November 19th, 2010

From Cartoon Brew, a list of the 33 animated short films that are qualified for Academy Award Nominations.  Two Canadian films this year, Theodore Ushev’s Lipsett Diaries, and David Baas’ Skylight, made the… »

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jobby: Texture Artist/Modeler, guru studio, Toronto

Friday, November 19th, 2010

November 19, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a Texture Artist/Modeler. The ideal candidate will have the ability to interpret 2D character, set and prop designs efficiently and accurately in 3D, and create texture and UV maps with good use of space and minimal texture… »

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from the internets: Vancouver Animation

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Just a quick link to a very thorough, though still puffy, piece of propaganda on the Vancouver… »

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showcase: Angora Napkin pilot – Troy Little, Nick Cross, 2009

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The ‘Angora Napkin’ pilot is on the internet for all to see, as posted by one of the co-creators – after Teletoon’s glitchy iTunes release of their batch of Detour pilots two weeks ago. Nice to see the creators repping the film as they want it to be seen. Enjoy! More info after the film…. »

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jobby: Crowdwave Games, Lead Developer, Ottawa

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

November 16, 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 to our creative roster. With 20+ thousand fans controlling your game every night, you’d better go big or go home. We’re looking for people who… »

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press release: Hasbro and Corus make sweet, sweet love. Rich get richer.

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

First of Many Global Output Deals for Year-Old Television Production and Distribution Division of Hasbro LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 9, 2010– Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based production and distribution division of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), has reached a comprehensive programming and marketing agreement with Canada’s leading kids and family TV broadcaster, Corus Entertainment. The agreement covers a… »

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comix: thesupervillain.com

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

You want comix?  We got comix. Mike Geiger’s making them, Hobo Divine’s making them, Mick Harrison and Kyle Marshall too.  Heck, even Scott MacDonald is making them. Put ’em all together and what do you get?  A talent sandwich.  You also get daily comix on thesupervillain.com.  They officially launched yersterday, but there’s already a bunch… »

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this weekend: Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema, Nov. 18 – 21, Kitchener-Waterloo

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The 10th edition of the Waterloo Festival for Animated Cinema is returning to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario from Thursday November 18th through Sunday November 21st, 2010. Full list of films can be found HERE and the sched is HERE. Directors Brent Green (Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then), Garri Bardin (The Ugly Duckling), Liu Jian (Piercing 1), Takaaki… »

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jobby: 3D Lighting & Rendering Artist, Hatch Studios, Toronto

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

November 16, 2010 Hatch Studios Ltd. is looking for a fulltime 3D lighting and rendering artist. The applicant should possess advanced experience lighting and rendering stylized and photorealistic environments, products, vehicles and characters. In addition, the applicant should have moderate compositing experience. A strong understanding of film & photographic lighting techniques, live-action CGI integration, HDRI… »

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press release: marblemedia and Corus Entertainment Announce Winner of 2010 Innovative Storytellers Award, UPDATED

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

This came directly from one of our readers, James Caswell.  James was just named the winner of the 201 Innovative Storytellers Award.  Congratulations James. TORONTO, ONTARIO (November 9, 2010) Corus Entertainment and marblemedia today announced the winner of the 2010 Innovative Storytellers Award: James Robert Caswell. The $20,000, five-year educational initiative was launched in 2008… »

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press release: Atomic Cartoons adds Rob Simmons to Executive Team, Partnership

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Industry Finance veteran becomes partner at Atomic Cartoons VANCOUVER, BC November 8, 2010 – Atomic Cartoons Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Rob Simmons to the company’s executive team. During his years as a finance and business affairs executive in animation, Rob has structured and executed multiple international treaty co-productions and joint ventures… »

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from the internets: URBMN reviews Teletoon Pilots

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Our old pal Cameron Archer has been keeping up with the recent airings of the Teletoon Detour pilots commissioned a few years back.  This past Sunday was Ninjamaica’s debut.  Cameron watched it, and didn’t hate it.  Here’s a bit of what he had to say: Ninjamaica has, taken at face value, a stupid premise. He’s… »

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Car-powered camera stand from Starz Animation

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Check out the challenge that Starz Canada took on for Subaru and DDB: Car-mounted camera, fence-mounted artwork. The 760 frames of animation were created by Kevin Adams at Starz Toronto, the spot itself was directed by Chris Tait. There’s a  production video too, if you want to see the magic… »

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Reel Asian Film Fest, Toronto, Nov. 9 – 16.

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

In it’s 14th year, the Reel Asian Film Fest has already been underway in Toronto, but it’s this weekend when the animated fare starts to pop up. If I were you, I’d keep an eye out for the DRAWING ON THE ART OF HAND & FOOT series screening at the NFB mediatheque on Friday Nov… »

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Koji Yamamura masterclass at the Toronto Mediatheque, Nov. 13

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

From the NFB blog: “The NFB Mediatheque is thrilled to host a Masterclass and screening on November 13th to celebrate the work of Oscar®-nominated animator Koji Yamamura. He is the most successful auteur animation filmmaker in Japan today, and his work is internationally renowned. This special programme, co-curated by Michael Fukushima and Marco de Blois… »

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jobby: VFX Producer, IMAX, Toronto

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

November 9, 2010 JOB TITLE: VFX Producer REPORTS TO: COO & CTO START DATE: Immediately SUMMARY IMAX Corporation is looking for an experienced VFX Producer to work on an exciting full 2D to 3D conversion of a live-action Hollywood feature.  This is a 7 month contract position located in downtown Toronto. The VFX Producer reports… »

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jobby: CG Compositor, Junior Design Assistant, Hatch Studios, Toronto

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

November 9, 2010 CG Compositor Hatch Studios Ltd. is seeking a CG compositor for contract and / or fulltime positions. The compositor is responsible for combining live action and computer generated elements together from a variety of sources into shots that realize the vision and creative direction of the client and director. The applicant should… »

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showcase: ‘Rise of the Living Corpse’ – Chris Walsh

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Sheridan College instructor Chris Walsh knocked out this horror filmfest favourite last summer, and it’s been plastered everywhere including the horror connoisseur site Fangoria. I’m digging the AMC new series ‘Walking Dead’, so let’s post this in honour of all things zombie. More about Chris Walsh on his Vimeo Channel and blog. Here’s what he… »

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cool beans: Cartooning Scholarship

Monday, November 8th, 2010

This is cool!(via drawn.ca) NCSF Cartooning Scholarship A reminder: there is just over a month to get your applications in for the National Cartoonists Society Foundation’s annual Jay Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. If you are a student in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico who draws cartoons or comics, and you are heading to university or college… »

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showcase: Runaway – Cordell Barker, 2009

Friday, November 5th, 2010

This is the last of our showcase series of the exclusive online programming for the NFB’s Get Animated! series of workshops and screenings across Canada. To find the rest of them, simply go to ‘showcase’ in the menu bar above this post on Canadian Animation Resources and start browsing. While the series has already run… »

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jobby: Creative Director, Alchemy, Toronto

Friday, November 5th, 2010

November 5, 2010 Alchemy is looking for an experienced Creative Director to lead and inspire our creative team and oversee all stages of production.  Responsible for the visual style and quality of work created by Alchemy, the Creative Director will ensure art direction fits the overall project’s goals, and will lead a team of artists… »

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re-showcase: Madame Tutli-Putli – Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski, 2007

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

We’re not done yet! Continuing with our showcase series bent on hyping the NFB’s ‘Get Animated!’ cross-Canada screening & workshop series, that runs until this Sunday, here’s Clyde Henry Production‘s award-sinning short ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’ from 2007. If you were in Montreal on Oct. 31 and not at the Stop-Motion Festival, perhaps you were at the… »

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this weekend: GIRAF 6, Calgary, Nov. 3 – 7

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

This weekend in Calgary, AB, is the sixth annual GIRAF fest. Don’t know what that is? From their website: “The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival is the only exclusively independent animation festival in Canada, with a focus on experimental and self-produced animated film. GIRAF plays an essential role in the promotion, education and appreciation of… »

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Christian Potenza has a proposal for you

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Well, this is interesting. Christian Potenza’s ANIMATION NATION ARMY is doing an exercise in Crowdsourcing. No money req’d. From his YouTube channel: “Well folks, here it is. THE ANIMATION NATION CARTOON PROJECT – OPERATION: Lets Make A Wicked Cartoon! This is how it will work. Phase 1 – upload a video response to this video… »

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jobby: Storyboard Revision Artist, guru studio, Toronto

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

November 2, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a Storyboard Revision Artist to join our team. The start date is immediately and will last until December 24, 2010. Requirements/Skills: Strong layout and design skills. Solid knowledge of story, including language, acting and craft. Must be… »

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jobby: Modellers, Texture Artists, XSI Generalists, Gallus Entertainment, Toronto

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

November 2, 2010 Modelers Gallus Entertainment Inc., a fully independent Toronto Animation Studio is currently seeking CG Modelers for an exciting new boy’s action series, complete with villains from the cinema: Medusa, Vampires, Werewolves, Cyborgs, et cetera, all in an alternate universe full of shiny FX. Our modeling needs span over a few different programs:… »

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jobby: Maya Animators, FX Artists, Gallus Entertainment, Toronto

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

November 2, 2010 Maya Animators Gallus Entertainment Inc., a fully independent Toronto Animation Studio is currently seeking Animators (Maya) for an exciting new boy’s action series, complete with villains from the cinema: Medusa, Vampires, Werewolves, Cyborgs, et cetera, all in an alternate universe full of shiny FX. We’re calling out for a broad spectrum of… »

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jobby: Freelance 2D EFX Artist, guru studio, Toronto

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a Freelance 2D EFX Artist, for a new children’s series. Start date is immediately and will last until April 2011. Requirements/Skills: · Understanding of traditional animation with the ability to design and create effects within the established style of the… »

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jobby: Lighting Artists, guru studios, Toronto

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

November 2, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for a Lighting Artists (GPU Based) to join our team for an upcoming 3D video game inspired series show for teens. Mach Studio Pro is a unique GPU Lighting Production tool. It allows people to work in a… »

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The comfort zone

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Or: This must be purgatory. It’s Friday. 5 O’clock. You have spent the week doing your job. You have your check and are ready for the weekend. You had a discussion with some of your co-workers about a game you played recently or a film you watched. You all had strong opinions and had talked… »

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SpeakEasy’s Annual Comic Book Show, Toronto, Nov. 4

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Yet another heads up! This might not appear to be animation-related, yet my co-worker from House of Cool, Art Director Lubomir Arsov will be there, and so will Marvin S. Mariano, who’s done pre-prod work for plenty of film companies such as LucasFilm, among others. Also among the participants is the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop, a… »

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TELETOON Detour Pilot Project now on iTunes

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Last year’s batch of Teletoon’s tax credit babies are now available on iTunes. Among the titles are: Angora Napkin Dunce Bucket Ninjamaica Fugget About It Chinatown Cops Space Knights Celebutard Nation Drop Dead Gorgeous Nerdland You can find out more on the official Teletoon website or via Mike Valiquette’s reviews from last year. If you… »

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