Archive for September, 2012

press release: Smiley Guy Studios’ pick up OIAF kids’ prize for Beethoven’s Wig

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Always at the risk of sounding self-serving, here’s the official press release from Smiley Guy Studios (where I work) regarding the win at the Ottawa Festival last week: Beethoven’s Wig Wins Very Big at Ottawa Int’l Animation Fest Smiley Guy Studios-Produced Film receives Children’s Short Prize TORONTO / NEW YORK, September 27, 2012 – “Beethoven’s… »

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showcase: Smiley Guy’s Cloud 8

Friday, September 28th, 2012

We’ve been sitting on this one for a while as it does the festival circuit, but Smiley Guy Studios’ Cloud 8 is now online.  This is the film that convinced me to join the studio.  The use of flash is really top notch.  Made with the assistance of BravoFact. Enjoy…. »

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jobby: Studio Coordinator, Guru Studios, Toronto

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

September 27, 2012 Location: 110 Spadina Ave Suite 500, Toronto Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience You could join our talented team of Guruvians! Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned Toronto animation house is looking for a STUDIO COORDINATOR to coordinate and manage Guru’s studio and management needs. The Studio Coordinator is directly… »

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jobby: Director, Kratt Brothers Company, Ottawa

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Company: Kratt Brothers Company Location: Ottawa (Kanata), Ontario Start date: October 2012 Job Title: Director Job Type: Contract Salary: Based on experience Kratt Brothers Company Ltd is seeking an experienced director for the third season of Wild Kratts. The applicant should be well versed in most aspects of the animation pipeline including storyboards, designs, color, animation & compositing.   General Responsibilities: Consult with the Creators… »

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BABELDOM review by Dominic von Reidemann: 1 out of 5.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Dominic von Reidemann is a regular contributor at suite101.com.  Suite 101 is down for a rehaul, so Dominic’s ours at the moment.  He’s sharing some reviews of the films he took in while at last weeks’ Animation Festival in Ottawa.  Here are his thoughts on Paul Bush’s BABELDOM: Paul Bush’s BABELDOM is lazy filmmaking at… »

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jobby: Assistant TD, Arc Productions, Toronto

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Septemeber 25, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for an Assistant Technical Director to join our 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… »

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jobby: CG Animators, Arc Productions, Toronto

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

September 25, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for Animators to join our 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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jobby: Lighters, Arc Productions, Toronto

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

September 25, 2012 Arc Productions, a Canadian based CG animation and visual effects facility located in downtown Toronto is looking for Lighters to join our 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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OIAF 2012: WINNERS!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

  JUNKYARD WINS BEST SHORT, ARRUGAS SELECTED BEST FEATURE,  AT OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL OTTAWA (SEPTEMBER 23, 2012) – The OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (OIAF) came to an end Sunday, with closing ceremonies held at the National Arts Centre. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies. This year’s event, held September… »

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checking out OIAF 2012: UPDATES ONGOING

Friday, September 21st, 2012

It’s been a crazy few days in Ottawa already, and for a good chunk of the attendess, the festival really kicks in today.  The lack of updates is a good sign, because it means we’re too busy actually enjoying the show.  But fear not, we’ll do our best to share a few highlights.  It’s strange… »

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Gods and Monsters Art Show, Thursday, Ottawa!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Come along, see cool art, by cool artists, hobnob, drink, fun stuff like… »

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jobby: CG Animation Line Producer, March Entertainment, Sudbury ON

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

March Entertainment’s Sudbury studio is seeking a knowledgeable, meticulous and experienced CG Animation Line Producer to help bring our upcoming television projects to fruition.   As CG Animation Line Producer, you will oversee all the production aspects of our upcoming series. You will be responsible for tracking and maintaining production costs, deadlines and milestones, while… »

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jobby: CG Animation Director, March Entertainment, Sudbury ON

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

March Entertainment’s Sudbury studio is seeking a skilled and experienced CG Animation Director to oversee our upcoming television projects.   As CG Animation Director, you will work closely with the Producers and Directors to help them achieve their vision for their respective projects. You will also mentor and supervise animation teams both technically and creatively,… »

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press release: Rumblecat, from Treason Media and Style5

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Treason Media and Style 5 Get Ready to Rumble! Toronto, Canada – September 15, 2012 – Aron Dunn’s indie prodco Treason Media has partnered with Sam Chou’s production studio Style5.tv to create and produce the original primetime (14+) animated comedy series “Rumble Cat”. Aron Dunn, head of Treason Media says, “I’ve been a huge fan… »

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comix: Canadian Anthology? Superheroes? J. Torres? Yes, please.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A little bird brought this to my attention today, and now I’m bringing it to yours.  J. Torres (J. Torres won the Shuster Award for Outstanding Writer for his work on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Love as a Foreign Language and Teen Titans Go. He is also the writer of the Eisner Award… »

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events: OIAF 2012 Animators For Hire, registration closes today!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

All you job-hunting animators, today is the last day to sign up for Animators For Hire at the Ottawa International Animation Festival! The event is this upcoming Saturday, September 22. Here’s the description: In the morning (from 10:30am to 12:30pm) participating studios will give short presentations so animators can learn more about each company and… »

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Big news for Arc Productions, 4 picture deal announced!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

We’re just going to swipe this directly from the Hollywood Reporter, since no one at Arc thought to send me a press release!!!! TORONTO – Canadian digital animation studio Arc Productions has signed a four movie production deal with Tayrona Films Inc. The former Starz Animation Toronto studio, now Canadian-owned, unveiled the multi-picture co-production partnership,… »

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Last day for online registration to OIAF 2012

Friday, September 14th, 2012

After this, you gotta get them at the door, with the rest of the rabble. You really should be going. … »

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jobby: Set Modeller for CG Series, March Entertainment, Ontario/Germany

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

September 13, 2012 March Entertainment is on the hunt for a multitalented and creative person to help us model and texture sets for an exciting CG animated TV series. Though the offer is only open to Ontario residents, this job is predominantly located in Berlin, Germany. The duration is 6 months with a 1-month trial… »

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jobby: Supervising Technical Director, Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

September 13, 2012 About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for a Supervising Technical Director 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. Summary… »

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jobby: Junior Artist, 90Nine Cents, Toronto

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

A Junior Artist is required for the Mobile Games Studio ’90Nine Cents’! This entry level position entails assisting in the art production of mobile games and applications by: – cleaning up conceptual artwork (while adhering to the appropriate style) – exporting art assets for implementation – formatting text and graphics for promotional material – other… »

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showcase: Smiley Guy and Mondo Media team up for iPhone parody

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Full disclosure: for those who don’t know, I work at Smiley Guy Studios in Toronto.  I try not to cross-pollinate what I do there, with what I do here, but every once in a while there’s going to be something that’s worth posting.  Today is one of those days. Smiley Guy has been doing some… »

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showcase: the Railway Steam Gallop

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

This came in from Carla Veldman.  It’s a film she did with legendary animator, Kaj Pindal. Here’s what she has to say about the film: A short stop-motion film I worked on with animator Kaj Pindal at Sheridan College in the summer of 2010, documenting a day in the life of a train. Music: The… »

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OIAF pre-festival coverage: Chris Robinson on CTV

Monday, September 10th, 2012

A little clip of OIAF Artistic Director Chris Robinson chatting up the festival in our nation’s… »

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from the internets: more PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS? could it be?

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Here’s some good news!  A little while back, Nick Cross posted a pilot he animated for  Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan‘s PIG GOAT BANANA MANTIS!  The cartoon was produced for Nickelodeon, and we all got to see it because the network had finally passed on the project.  It looked like a candidate for our “Greatest… »

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jobby: Elliott Animation is hiring! Storyboard Artist, Storyboard Revisionist, Designer, Toronto

Monday, September 10th, 2012

September 10, 2012 Elliott Animation is hiring! We are looking for talented, experienced individuals to contribute to our current productions. We are one of Canada’s few Artist owned and managed studios, dedicated to creatively and technologically empowering our people to create innovative and compulsively watchable family entertainment. Our talent thrives on our innovative, entrepreneurial spirit… »

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events: CARTOONAPALOOZA is coming!!!! (Vancouver)

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The gang at Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons are throwing another shindig!  I’ve lost track of how many of these there’ve been, but it seems to be that time again.  So if you’re in Vancouver this Thursday, you now have something you can do.  Have… »

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Jon Klassen, animated by Fran Krause

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Here’s something cool to put in your eye-holes as the week comes to a close.  It’s a trailer for Toronto-based artist, Jon Klassen‘s new book, This is Not My Hat, animated by super-awesome American animator Fran Krause…. »

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jobby: FX Animator, Copernicus Studios, HAlifax

Friday, September 7th, 2012

September 7, 2012 Copernicus Studios Inc. is looking for a Flash Effects Animator, specialized in 2D-hand-drawn FX. Position: FX Animator Contract: Full-time, on site   Start Date: Mid-Novemer (for 9 months)   Job Description: The FX Animator will be given finished animation files to work with, each file will be a separate shot with finished… »

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John Textor Quits Digital Domain and the End of Tembo, UPDATED: JON TEXTOR’S RESIGNATION LETTER

Friday, September 7th, 2012

The VFX community is abuzz with the sudden fall of Digital Domain stock prices and the revelation that they are in massive debt. We asked ourselves what this could mean for Tembo, the feature film Digital Domain had slotted to develop in it’s new Florida studio? The Institute they’re developing?  While Digital Domain’s plans to open… »

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from the internets: OAIF 2012 coverage begins

Friday, September 7th, 2012

With this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival just around the corner, mainstream media starts to throw a few stories our way.  First up is local Ottawa fare: Metro Ottawa as a nifty little picture of Chris Robinson, OIAF Artisitic Director, resident curmudgeon, and Animation Pimp.  Chris looks frighteningly cheery.  The brief piece mainly covers the… »

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jobby: Surfacing Artist, Guru Studio, Toronto

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

September 6, 2012 Position: Surfacing Artist Location: 110 Spadina Ave Suite 500, Toronto Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience Hours of Work: 40 hours per week. Overtime as required.   Guru Studio, the award winning internationally renowned animation house in Toronto, seeks experienced Surface Artist for a premier international animated TV series. As a Surfacing Artist… »

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jobby: Assistant Production Manager, Arc Productions, Toronto

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

September 6, 2012 POSITION OVERVIEW The Assistant Production Manager is assigned to a specific show and works with Production Manager(s) and/or the Associate Producer to ensure that overall production scheduling and budget requirements are met within his or her assigned department(s).  This role attends and drives director approval meetings and represents an assigned department in… »

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events: Montreal Stop Motion Festival 2012

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

For immediate distribution The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival We’re back along with a brand new demo reel! Montreal, September 4, 2012 – The fourth edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival will take place on October 19, 20, and 21, 2012, at Concordia University’s J.A. de Sève Theater (1453 Mackay Street, Montreal). The… »

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jobby: Compositors, Embassy Visual Effects, Vancouver

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

September 6, 2012 Vancouver based The Embassy Visual Effects, renowned for its photorealistic visual effects work on feature and commercial projects, is currently on the lookout for Compositors Experience 4+ years experience using Nuke; understanding of Softimage, Houdini environments an asset Experience in 2D and 3D tracking, rotoscoping, keying and compositing both CG and live… »

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from the internets: Digital Domain’s stock sinking faster than the Titanic

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

(see what I did there?) A few months ago, the internets were in an uproar over US-based FX house Digital Domain and their new business model, involving student labour, government money, and comments made by CEO John Textor.  We snagged half an interview with Textor, but that was it.  Well, reports are coming in that… »

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