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jobby: Particles and Dynamics Animator, Imarion, Toronto

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Particles and Dynamics Animator Summary: You will work with small team leading the animation of particles & dynamics for use in a television series. Candidates must possess an array of skills and be comfortable filling a wide variety of roles from project to project. Primary Responsibilities: Collaborate with the Animation Director to meet the needs… »

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non-Canadian: Sylvain Chomet dropping 2D

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Here’s a disappointment. According to a recent interview, Sylvain Chomet (Triplets of  Belleville, the Illusionist) will be going in a different direction for his next film, either CG or live action. Chomet’s been responsible for two of the most engaging 2D films in recent memory, and employed a lot of Canadians in their production.  His… »

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non-canadian: Rango reference, voice actors actually interacting for a change

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is making a 3D Feature about a lizard.  Johnny Depp is voicing the lizard.  That’s just about the full extent of most mainstream coverage of Rango. They’ve released a very short promo that shows an interesting approach to voice record.  They seem to have shot the film in a… »

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showcase: the Good Little Bunny with the Big Bad Teeth, by Jessica Borutski

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

It’s Christmas Day, and here’s my present to you, courtesy of Jess Borutski! The Good Little Bunny with the Big Bad Teeth from Foolish K. Bunny on… »

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Showcase: Cosmic Christmas, Nelvana

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

A Canadian Christmas classic in three parts, from back when Nelvana was cool. Best of the holidays to you all…. »

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Christmas Greetings

Friday, December 24th, 2010

I’ve been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a few Christmas Cards here at the site.  I’m going to go ahead and assume it’s cool to post ’em. Here’s one I like from Darren Rawlings: I’ll post a few more later…. »

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jobby: Graphic Artist with Flash experience, Skyreader Media, Ottawa

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Skyreader Media is looking for a graphics artist with Adobe CS5 and programming experience, with concentrations in flash animation for an e-book application. The work will be contract for the first few months while we evaluate how the candidate fits in our organization. The candidate must be able to work from home in Ottawa and… »

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jobby: Animator, Antic Entertainment, Toronto

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

December 21, 2010 POSITION SUMMARY: This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate animator to help conceive Antic Entertainment’s new online gaming project, and beyond. You will help explore animation styles, help identify technical limitations, and help set the standard for our project. RESPONSIBILITIES: – Work with Lead Artist to set the animation benchmarks. Create… »

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jobby: 2D production artist, Antic Entertainment, Toronto

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

December 21, 2010 POSITION SUMMARY: This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate 2D artist to help conceive Antic Entertainment’s new online gaming project, and beyond. As one of the production artists on the team, you will help create concepts and final game-ready art, and help set the standard for our project. RESPONSIBILITIES: – Work… »

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from the internets: Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum: Podcast from OIAF 2010

Monday, December 20th, 2010

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jobby:multiple positions, ToonBox Entertainment, Toronto

Monday, December 20th, 2010

December 20, 2010 ToonBox is growing! ToonBox Entertainment, a 3D animation studio located in downtown Toronto, is looking for a number of talented professional artists and technical directors to join our fulltime 3D feature team in 2011 as we ramp up our vis dev and pre-production efforts on our first theatrical feature. Available positions Include: … »

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Press Release: Teletoon greenlights Fugget About It, renews it’s commitment to mediocrity

Monday, December 20th, 2010

That’s all I’m going to say about it for now.  Here’s the press release.  Feel free to discuss. The TELETOON At Night Pilot Project finalist Fugget About It to be commissioned into a 13-episode comedy series (Toronto, ON, December 20, 2010) – TELETOON Canada inc. is pleased to announce that Fugget About It, an animated… »

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A message from Jess Borutski

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Ottawa animator, Algonquin College hall-of-famer, and redesigner of the Looney Tunes, Jessica Borutski just launched her new website: Foolish Kingdom.  Along with the launch came the announcement that  her latest film, the Good Little Bunny With the Big Bad Teeth would be premiering online on Christmas Day.  I saw the film a while back at… »

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catching up with URBMN’s Teletoon Pilot reviews

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I always seem to be playing catch up these days.  Maybe it’s because I’m trying to run the site while holding down a full time job, teaching six hours a week at Algonquin College, juggling the occasional freelance gig, and raising a nine year old. Our pal Cameron Archer is also a busy guy, and… »

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jobby: development assistant, guru studio, Toronto

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

December 14, 2010 guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animated entertainment company in Toronto, is looking for a whip smart, acutely intuitive Development Assistant to assist the president and vice president with content review and the preparation of development material. You will complete and file all government related applications and registrations, help service… »

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Nova Scotia Animation, the bullet dodged: Mark Cappello’s summary of the events that nearly killed an industry

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

(Or, what may be the most important news story of the year) To say it’s been a hell of a year for our colleagues in Nova Scotia would be an understatement.  While the rest of our community has been pulling itself out of an industry-wide downturn, the Nova Scotia animation industry was all but decimated… »

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jobby: FX Animator, guru studio, Toronto

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

December 14, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto is looking for an  FX Animator, for a 3D video game inspired series show for teens. Requirements/Skills: Artistic: Fanatical attention to detail Production: Able to work cooperatively within a creative team environment Dependable, able to anticipate the needs of the… »

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jobby: Effects Artist, Starz Animation, Toronto

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

December 14, 2010 Starz Animation located in downtown Toronto is looking for an Effects Artist to work on a stereoscopic live action feature film. Duties and Responsibilities: Create effects for assigned shots using Realflow and Maya, ensuring continuity and flow within and between shots and sequences Work with Lead Effects Artist to ensure that all… »

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showcase: Skylight, by Dave Baas

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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jobby: Compositing Supervisor, Starz Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Starz Animation located in downtown Toronto is looking for a Compositing Supervisor to work on a stereoscopic live action feature film. This role collaborates with the Art Director and the VFX Supervisor to influence the aesthetic and technical “look” of the compositing and promotes the success of team members and general morale within the studio…. »

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jobby: Lead Compositor, Starz Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

December 8, 2010 Starz Animation located in downtown Toronto is looking for a Lead Compositor to work on a stereoscopic live action feature film “A Dolphin’s Tale”. This role plans out sequences for the assigned project, influences the technical and aesthetic aspects of the final composited shots and works to resolve technical issues. This is… »

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jobby: Sponsorship Coordinator, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

December 7, 2010 SPONSORSHIP COORDINATOR Be part of a fun work environment and help support the art of cinema and animation as the Sponsorship Coordinator for the Canadian Film Institute and its major event, the Ottawa International Animation Festival. The Canadian Film Institute presents a regular public programme of contemporary, historical, and international cinema in… »

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Official press release from Nova Scotia government re: tax credits

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m just gonna paste this sucker up: Province Increases Competitive Advantage with Tax Credit Changes Premier’s Office Published Monday, December 6, 2010 Changes to the Film Industry Tax Credit and Digital Media Tax Credit announced by Premier Darrell Dexter, will ensure the province’s film, television and new media industry continues to be one of the… »

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RIP Mark Dailey, voice of City TV and Crag(Ripping Friends)

Monday, December 6th, 2010

He didn’t do a lot of animation work, but I’m using that as an excuse here.  This guy had one of the best voices on TV.  I don’t have cable anymore, so I was unaware of the fact that he was sick, but apparently he’s battled cancer before, and finally succumbed to it this afternoon…. »

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jobby: Series Director, Big Bad Boo Studios, Vancouver

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

December 3, 2010 Animation studio looking for an experienced director to lead the creative production team of a second season of an established 2D animated children’s TV series “1001 Nights” Job Description and Responsibilities: • To provide creative vision and direction on pre‐production, production and post production of an established 2D Harmony animated TV series… »

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from the internets: Max the Mutt announces four year program

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Via Facebook: The Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities has approved Max the Mutt’s application to offer a four year Diploma in Classical and Computer Animation and Production! This program brings together the current 3 year diploma and the Advanced Diploma. Uniting these into one program has enabled us to fine tune courses, and… »

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Pixellation Rocks

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Manotick, Ontario’s Hollerado has had its newest vid ‘Americanarama‘ out for a few months now, making use of good ol’ lo-fi pixelation, a method of animation that Norman McLaren made famous waaaaay back in 1952 by winning an Oscar using it. Suck on that, CGI. After 58 years, pixelation is still more fun. Making of… »

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comix: Mike Geiger’s top shelf reaches infinite, number 3

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Not sure where Mike Geiger finds the time, but here’s his latest top shelf… »

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jobby: Compositor, Imarion Inc, Toronto

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

December 1, 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 experienced with… »

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Own it, don’t groan it.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

A personal retrospective on what it means to be a project manager. Recently I partook in a fireside chat with a bunch of seasoned project managers from around the country. OK it was a pub but there was a fireplace. Plus lots of beer. Inevitably discussion gravitated to all the problems and heart aches that… »

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