Archive for May, 2012

comix: Seo Kim

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I’ve posted some of her work before, but Seo Kim just keeps on making some of my favourite comix. You can see more of her stuff… »

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Greatest Cartoons Never Made (sorta): Angora Napkin

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Troy Little and Nick Cross just posted a Director’s Commentary of the Angora Napkin cartoon they produced as part of the Teletoon Pilot Project a few years ago.  It’s pretty much my favourite cartoon ever, but I’m biased. It’s a fun commentary, and you can really hear how much they enjoyed making it. The show… »

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Cartoon Network Canada update

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We ran a press release a few weeks ago regarding Teletoon’s upcoming venture with Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Canada.  I’ve been in touch with the kind folks at Teletoon for some clarification. Here’s what we now know: CN Canada will be a standalone specialty channel, separate from Teletoon and Teletoon Retro.  It “will launch at… »

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Press Release: PITCH THIS! returns to TAC at OIAF 2012

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

TAC, the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s (OIAF) industry event, is pleased to announce the return of its PITCH THIS! program, presented by 9 Story Entertainment. Pitch THIS!allows content creators the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to a panel of international broadcasters. Following the five-minute pitches, panel members will share their insight and provide valuable… »

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Press Release: TAAFI 2012, tickets on sale June 1st

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

FROM CLASSIC CARTOONS TO R-RATED ANIMATED FEATURES – TORONTO’S FIRST EVER ANIMATION FESTIVAL HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE Toronto, ON (May 30, 2012) ­ Tickets for the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), celebrating the best of animation arts from around the world, go on sale June 1, 2012. Widely supported by the Toronto animation industry,… »

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jobby: Shader Writer, DHX Media, Halifax

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

May 30, 2012 Job Title: Shader Writer Name: DHX Media (Halifax) Ltd. Job Type: Contract CG Opportunities – Shader Writer DHX Media Studio (Halifax) Ltd., based in Halifax, Nova Scotia is an international leader in children’s television production.  We are currently working on “Doozers” with The Jim Henson Company and are seeking a talented and… »

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TUFF 2012, call for entries! deadline: July 15th

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) — http://www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com We like our films short, sweet … and silent! The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns for a sixth year to digital platform screens across the Toronto subway system, September 7 – 17, 2012, concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). TUFF  accepts all genres of silent,… »

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gradfilms: Two by Two, by Matthew Kalinauskas, Sheridan College

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Here’s another gradfilm, this one from Sheridan College’s Matthew Kalinauskas, bit that’s all in the headline, isn’t it? It’s an older one, from 2008, but I hadn’t seen it before.  I found his blog too.  It’s here…. »

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A conversation with Josh Bowen, creator of Mondo Media’s Goodwin VS Badwin

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

  A little while back, I had a few minutes to chat with Toronto’s Josh Bowen.  Josh is an independent producer who had some recent success with Goodwin VS Badwin, a webseries being showcased on Mondo Media’s YouTube channel.  GvsB has ranked up a solid chunk of numbers, and while it hasn’t been a breakout… »

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from the internets: Meet the cartoonists behind Cartoon Network’s hottest shows, c/o the Beat

Friday, May 18th, 2012

  Heidi MacDonald’s long-running comics blog, the Beat, is currently running a series of articles featuring the cartoonists behind Adventure Time, the Regular Show and Problem Solverz.  The pieces showcase the crossover of current talent working on these shows from indie comix to animation.  It’s a good read, and shows the impact having the right… »

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jobby: 2D Animator, DrinkBox Studios, Toronto

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

May 16, 2012 FLASH ANIMATORS – DrinkBox Studios is a small independant game developer based in Toronto, Ontario. Our focus is the creation of humourous and uniquely fun downloadable games for console and PC. The company is currently seeking a talented senior Flash animator for immediate assistance on their upcoming titles. Position: 2D Animator Contract:… »

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TAAFI’s got films!

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Looks like the selection process is over for the inaugural edition of the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI). Here’s the word: Submissions came in from across the globe for the inaugural event and the competition was thick, making the selection process a hard one.  This exciting line up of shorts will guarantee an incredible… »

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gradfilm: Summer Dream, by Rachel Jin, Algonquin College

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Here’s another from the Algonquin grads: This little delight is by Rachel Jin.  You can see more of her work… »

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Greatest Cartoons Never Made: Ren and Stimpy, Life Sucks

Monday, May 14th, 2012

They’re out there.   The almosts and coulda-beens.  You know what I’m talking about.  You’ve probably seen clips or artwork, or heard stories about that show someone was pitching.  I can think of a few myself. A few years back, John Kricfalusi got a second shot at Ren and Stimpy.  The cartoon world got real excited. … »

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Look what I missed: May 8th, 2009….Happy 3rd birthday to us!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

On September 5th, 2008, I started a blog.  It was an extension of a Facebook Group I’d created for Canadian animators to share and talk.  Those first posts went up here and here, with absolutely no fanfare.  I remember hitting “publish”.  I also remember watching the hits and wondering if anyone was even interested.  A… »

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press release: Butch Hartman at TAC 2012

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Continuing to put their best cartoon foot forward, the Ottawa International Animation Festival, has announced Butch Hartman as a keynote speaker for TAC 2012.  I’ve never seen so focused an attempt to please the cartoon crowd form the normally indie-oriented event.  Granted, TAC is an industry event, but this is still pretty hardcore cartoonery. Here’s… »

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Grad Films: Garlic Sauce, by Maria Yeoshen, Algonquin College

Friday, May 11th, 2012

I had the chance to pop in at the Open House at Ottawa’s Algonquin College a week or two ago, and once again, I was surprised by the overall quality of the films.  Algonquin’s program has been steadily building a strong reputation, and in the past few years, the overall quality of the gradfilms has… »

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Reminder: OIAF 2012 Entries due May 18th!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

(REPOSTED FROM: February 8, 2012) – The Ottawa International AnimationFestival (OIAF) is pleased to announce its worldwide call for entries for its 2012 festival, taking place September 19 to 23 in Canada’s National Capital Region. Animators are invited to submit their recent work into five major categories including: Independent short films, feature films, commissioned films (TV series, commercials, music… »

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TONIGHT: Meet Sheldon Cohen, creator of the NFB’s “the Sweater”, May 10, Toronto

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Meet the man behind the NFB classic The Sweater! Enjoy his NFB animated shorts and join him for a live discussion and signing session following the screening. His book, This Sweater is for You!, a celebration of the creative process in film and art, will be available during the event. Join us for the following… »

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jobby: Senior Modeler/Rigger, Arc Productions, Toronto

Monday, May 7th, 2012

May 7, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto has an immediate opening for a Senior Modeler/Rigger.  With over 250 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life… »

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jobby: VFX Production Coordinator, Arc Productions, Toronto

Monday, May 7th, 2012

May 7, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for Visual Effects Production Coordinator.  With over 250 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life in… »

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jobby: Storyboard Artists, DHX Media, Vancouver

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Start Date: June-July 2012 DHX Media (Vancouver) Ltd. is an award-winning animation studio, which has produced over 300 half hours of original children’s shows such as Kid vs. Kat and Martha Speaks.  We are also proud to employ a team of more than 100 of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers. We are currently crewing… »

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Cartoon Network Canada: July 4, 2012

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Mark the date, cartoon fans.  Cartoon Network Canada is launching July 4th. Sort of. I was under the impression that what was being talked about was a standalone Cartoon Network Canada Channel.  This sounded exciting for viewers, who would be getting all kinds of great Cartoon Network programming, seven days a week, 24 hours a… »

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also from the internets: animation-studio-stuff.blogspot.ca

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Wow. Lots of stuff to look at over here: animation-studio-stuff.blogspot.ca It’s a blog by David Nethery, for “online animation students attending Academy of Art University. (or anyone else interested in the art and craft of classical hand-drawn animation) “, and provides sources & suggestions for setting up an animation workspace for hand-drawn animation. Check it… »

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from the internets: TAAFI’s Barnabas Wornoff on Sheridan Industry Day

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The TAAFI guys are doing a better job of posting than I am these days.  Today they’ve got a write-up of Sheridan’s industry day by alum, Barnabas Wornoff.  Check it out over here. Barney does a nice job of pointing out a few standout films, particularly GUM by Noam Sussman, and “Murder on the Docks”… »

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jobby: Maya Animators, Arc Productions, Toronto

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

May 2, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for Animators to join the team. With over 250 artists and technical directors and the most up to date resources available, we bring the vision to both major Hollywood studios and independent producers to life… »

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the Making of Rock and Rule, Canadian Animation history lesson on YouTube

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Thanks to Hobo Divine for pointing this out!  I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (darn job keeps getting in the way), but this is definitely worth a watch.  Rock and Rule is a pivotal film in Canadian animation history, marking both a high and low point for what could be considered Canada’s… »

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