Archive for February, 2011

press release: WGC Award nominees announced

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Writer’s Guild of Canada announced their nominees last week, and it looks like The League of Super Evil could very well be the best written animated TV show in Canada, garnering two nominations this year. Here’s the nominees for the Animation Category: “In Animation.. League of Super Evil “All You Can Eat” Written by Edward… »

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press release: Disney Scribe Lorne Cameron to Crack ‘The Nut Job’

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Toronto’s ToonBox Entertainment sounds like it’s…going nuts?! This press release is from last month, but consider it a heads up to all you feature animation hopefuls out there. I know for a fact that the storyboard crew is pretty much booked up, but there should be more opportunities at ToonBox in the coming months. From… »

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showcase: ‘Fixed’ – Jeffrey Thompson, 2010

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I caught this film at the Sheridan student screening last year in 2010, and it stood out. Turns out it was Jeffrey Thompson’s thesis film, and I wound up working alongside him at Toronto’s House of Cool. Funny guy full of stories, and his film ‘Fixed’ is but one of many. He was even kind… »

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Joseph Gilland’s Elemental Magic special effects workshop (quick review by Barry Sanders)

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Friend of the site, Barry Sanders, was fortunate enough to attend Joseph Gilland’s effects workshop in Toronto last week.  He was kind enough to send over a quick write up: On Sunday February 20th the Toronto Animated Image Society presented a full day lecture by veteran effects animator Joseph Gilland to a sold out NFB… »

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Call for Proposals: GIRAF Animation Festival, Signal Film/Art

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Deadline: Friday March 18, 2011 Quickdraw Animation Society seeks artist proposals for our GIRAF 7 signal film. The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival runs this Nov 2‐6, and celebrates the best in independent animation, through screenings, visiting artists, workshops, and talks. In 2011, our festival will feature Animated City ‐ an installation component with outdoor… »

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showcase: Eggcellent – Martin Sokol, 2010

Friday, February 25th, 2011

We posted about Martin Sokol‘s film for the TIFF 2010 Preview series, but I thought it was high time that we posted this little gem of a graduate film. Martin’s a recent graduate of Sheridan College with a bright future ahead of him if he could just tell me more about this film – I… »

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TVOntario interview with Jones & Freleng

Friday, February 25th, 2011

We’d be remiss if we didn’t post this here, just to continue a bit of a meme if nothing else. Posted on Mark Mayerson’s blog and Cartoon Brew yesterday, here’s an archive interview with Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng circa 1980. For more background on the show, refer to Mark Mayerson’s post on the subject…. »

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showcase: 80s Zellers campaign – Lightbox Studios Inc.

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

In the 80s, the Zellers chain commissioned some cool commercials of the Batman and his supporting cast. I remember them fondly. Animated in Toronto by animation veteran Greg Duffell’s studio Lightbox Studios, Inc, I had a chance to ask him a bit about these spots. An excerpt from our email exchange: “…they were done 23… »

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showcase: ‘Scary Larry’ – Mercury Filmworks/Lagardere Entertainment/1492 Pictures/Timoon Animation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A USA/France/Canada co-production, this teaser trailer for a proposed series ‘Scary Larry’ does a pretty good job of looking good for the budget, thanks to the folks at Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks. Animated entirely with ToonBoom. I hope the series can maintain this level of ‘limited-full’ animation. No North American distro is lined up yet, as… »

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showcase: Mixar’s ‘Condiments’ – Starz Animation Toronto

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A reliable unicorn told me that Starz Animation Toronto animated this parody that aired on ‘The Simpsons’ last week. Kind of ironic considering they also animated ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’, Touchstone’s sleeper hit (top 5 at the box office for the last 3 weeks) that was rumoured to be ousted from the Disney wheelhouse after the… »

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events: Animation & Film: The Scott Caple Retrospective, Friday, February 25, 2011, Toronto Cartoonist’s Workshop

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

From Scott’s blog: I have been remiss in leaving it to now, but I have a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: I am going to have, my first, my very own, SHOW!! I have joined forces with the Toronto Cartoonists Workshop. The show will be in their space, in downtown Toronto, 486 College St., that’s between Bathurst and… »

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jobby: FX artist, 567vfx, Toronto

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

February 23, 2011 567vfx is looking for an experienced FX artist proficient in visual effects compositing, broadcast design, has strong client presentation skills, a great personality and handles pressure well. FX supervision, knowledge of the AutoDesk Flame platform, 3D design & team leadership are an asset. Email lucy@567vfx.ca…. »

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call for entries: Northwest Animation Festival

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Straight outta Portland: It’s the inaugural year for the Northwest Animation Festival and they’re looking for your animated films.  Any length, and no restrictions on when they were made.  So if you’ve got that gem on a disc that you made five years ago, here’s a chance to show it to people! There’s a small… »

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call for entries: Art By Chance

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

here’s the poster: here’s the promo film: here’s the description: ART BY CHANCE proudly announces its 2011 theme: CHANGE ART BY CHANCE is opens to films of all kinds; fiction, animation, documentary and video art with the exception of training and advertising films. We are calling enthusiastic and creative international filmmakers with 30 second long… »

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jobby: more Pixar posts: Technical Artist – Rigging,Shading TD, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

February 17, 2011 Technical Artist – Rigging About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for a Technical Artist – Rigging (“TD”) for its Vancouver Studio.  Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such… »

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Free comics by animators in Toronto: Mosaik Project

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

A group of Toronto animation artists have banded together to put out an independent free magazine called The Mosaik Project. It’s in most TTC and GO Train stations in Toronto as of this past Thursday, February 10th. Here’s how they described themselves to me: We are one of the few companies in Toronto putting out… »

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jobby: V-Ray Artists, 3DS Max Animators, Nuke Compositors and AE Compositors, MELD Media, Toronto

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

February 15, 2011 MELD Media looking for V-Ray Artists, 3DS Max Animators, Nuke Compositors and AE Compositors Meld Media (Toronto) is looking to fill the following positions: 1) Sr. V-Ray Artists 2) 3DS Max Animators 3) Nuke Compositors 4) AE Compositors. Positions to begin immediately. Please send demo reel links and resume to: morghan@meldmedia.com *No… »

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jobby: 3D animator, Hatch Studios, Toronto

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

February 15, 2011 Hatch Studios Ltd. is looking to fill a full-time 3D animation position. The applicant should have substantial experience animating characters, vehicles/products and cameras. For characters, they should have a solid understanding of timing, comedic acting, personality, and strong facial/body posing. For vehicles/products, they should have a solid understanding of real-world weight distribution… »

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from the internets: Paul Dutton on the Illusionist

Monday, February 14th, 2011

BleedingCool.com brings a little more from Calgarian Paul Dutton, who was the animation Director on Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist.  The interview is a bit light, but it’s nice to see Paul getting a share of the attention. Here’s a snippet: I think with any movie, especially a movie where you’re somewhat restricted by budget, and… »

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from the internets: Paul Dutton to direct Spring Heeled Jack?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

From BleedingCool.com: Paul Dutton, Calgarian and Animation Director on Sylvain Chomet’s the Illusionist is developing Philip Pullman’s Spring Heeled Jack as a Feature: It’s the plan that I direct this film. I’m developing it right now with a partner here in Calgary, Alberta and Mr. Pullman has given me the rights to shop the project… »

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jobby:Technical Wizard – Sets & Characters, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Friday, February 11th, 2011

February 11, 2011 Summary of Job The Sets & Characters department is responsible for creating the digital world (animated characters, sets and props) that is used by layout, animation, fx and lighting. The Technical Wizard is a member of the Sets & Characters team who is especially strong technically. The Technical Wizard uses technical and… »

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non-canadian: yeah, ok…Pixar’s pretty cool

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

New York Times goes to Emeryville. The embed code didn’t work, sorry.  Follow the link for a rare look inside the Pixar campus.  Those are some happy, fullfilled… »

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Happy birthday, Stompin’ Tom! (via nfb.ca)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Here’s a little film by Paul Morstad, from 2004. from nfb.ca Moon Man is an animated short inspired by the song “Moon Man Newfie,” composed and sung by Canadian music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors. It tells the story of folk hero Codfish Dan, who made Newfoundland history after a lucky fishing trip on the Milky… »

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Events: Cartoonapalooza 11, February 24th, 7pm, Anza Club, Vancouver (fundraiser for Karen Rasi)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Karen Rasi is a colour stylist who worked at Studio B around the same time I did many, many years ago. I was recently contacted by Trevor Bentley, of Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, who informed that about 3 weeks ago she had a stroke. She is out of the hospital and has since been moved… »

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events: Joseph Gilland via TAIS, Toronto, February 20th

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

ELEMENTAL MAGIC WORKSHOP: An Organic Approach to Special Effects Animation. The event,  featuring Disney veteran, special effects animation guru and author, JOSEPH GILLAND, will take place on Sunday, February 20th from 10 am to 5 pm at the NFB Mediatheque in Toronto.  The cost is only $15 for the full day. Joseph will also be… »

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jobby: Animation Instructor, Quickdraw Animation Society, Calgary

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Animation Instructor (Contract): Youth Animation Camps Deadline for submission: Monday February 21, 2011 * Quickdraw Animation Society is an animation centre with a mandate to facilitate independent artists and their work. We are dedicated to providing the independent animator inexpensive access to equipment, resources, and training to create their own animated productions. Quickdraw seeks interested… »

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not Canadian: David OReilly’s the External World

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Well, here’s a whole lotta awesome.  Finally online, just about my favourite animated film from the past year or so: The External World from David OReilly on… »

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Good Business: Mercury Filmworks offering RRSP plan

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I’m a big fan of good things.  Good design, good information, and good business.  We’re at a point now where our animation industry is generally run pretty well at the studio level.  It doesn’t seem that long ago, however, that you could fill a studio with 150 people, full time, for months on end, and… »

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from the internets: Jay Stephens interview on CBR

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Guelph, ON based, award-winning cartoonist Jay Stephens has a great interview over at Comic Book Resources about his newest co-creation, a King Feature syndicated comic strip ‘Oh Brother!’. In it he touches on the animation process of his show ‘The Secret Saturdays’, which airs on Teletoon and Cartoon Network. From the interview: “Can you elaborate… »

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NFB Hothouse 7 call for submissions

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Looks like it’s a day for announcements, first Teletoon wants you to give them your cartoons, now the NFB want so pay you to make one.  Here’s the link, but I’m gonna paste the whole thing here. Hothouse 7: Call for Submissions Deadline: Friday February 25, 2011 Program Dates: March 14 – June 03, 2011… »

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Teletoon Pilot Project, part DEUX

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Teletoon has just announced a new version of their Pilot Project.  We’ve yapped on and on about the first go around on this, let’s see what the new one has to say for itself. Here’s the press release: TELETOON AT NIGHT PILOT PROJECT GIVES BUDDING AND PROFESSIONAL ANIMATORS 10,000 REASONS TO SHOW OFF THEIR SKILLS… »

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from the internets: Canimation Canadian Cartoon Character Hall of Fame

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The not-often updated Canimation blog has done it again – this time with a reaction to the recent Teletoon Retro poll. Head over there to read this post about why Rocket Robin Hood could be the Greatest Canadian Cartoon of All… »

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coming up: The Toronto Screenwriting Conference, April 9-10

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

For those interesting in bettering their story skills, I highly recommend attending the upcoming Toronto Screenwriting Conference. I went last year and learned SO much about craft & structure. I also spotted a handful of animation writers who shall remain unnamed. It’s no surprise that some of their scripts are pretty dang solid. So, if… »

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jobby: Environment/Sets Modeling Artist, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

February 3, 2011 About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for an Environment/Sets Modeling Artist (“TD”) for its Vancouver studio. Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio produces short-form animation focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and Cars…. »

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jobby: Intermediate/Senior Compositors, Optix Digital, Toronto

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

February 3, 2011 Company: Optix Digital Location: Toronto, Ontario Positions: Intermediate/Senior Compositors Description: Optix is looking for two intermediate – senior level compositors to join our team on a photorealistic CG television series. Working experience in Nuke and familiarity in Maya are a strong asset. Please send reels and resumes if interested. Contact: Ben McEvoy,… »

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jobby: Character Modelling Artist, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

February 3, 2011 About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for a Character Technical Artist (“TD”) 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 focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such as Toy Story and… »

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from the internets: Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum Podcast, OIAF 2010, part II

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from this past fall’s Ottawa International Animation Festival from the guys at: Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) Special Guest:  Ottawa International Animation Festival – Part 2 The Big Bang, Opposable Thumbs, Fire, the Wheel, Chop-Sticks, Animal Husbandry, The Mona Lisa, Gigli, Head-On, the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum.  Now, the most exciting conclusion… »

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events: 6th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival, March 4-6

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Coming up next month in Vancouver, the 6th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival.  Looks like they’ve got some animation screening.  Here’s the info they sent me: 6th Annual Vancouver Women in Film Festival Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6, 2011 followed by the WIFTV Short Film Showcase screening celebrating International Women’s Day on… »

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coming up: BravoFACT! information session, LIFT Toronto, this Thursday, Feb. 3

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

As indie animator Mike Geiger says on his Facebook post: “toronto indie animators and filmmakers don’t miss this one. free bravo fact info session. lets makes some films!” FREE INFO ON FUNDING SOURCES FOR YOUR SHORT FILMS! No excuses if you’re in the GTA. From the LIFT Website, which you should be monitoring on the… »

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Rock & Rule Premiere at Corus Quay

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

by Peter Roe (Guest Contributor) On January 19, 2011, intrepid Nelvana animator, Barry Sanders, presented the first of (what is to become) a monthly event, at the Toronto home base of Corus Entertainment: an after-hours screening of a non-mainstream animated feature film. The obvious choice to kick-start this series was Nelvana’s own attempt at breaking… »

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