Archive for December, 2013

Frederic Back, April 8, 1924 – December 24, 2013

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

We lost a great animator this past week. Frederic Back, the man behind films such as The Man Who Planted Trees and The Mighty River, passed away December 24th of cancer. He was 89. The Man Who Planted Trees from MrGreatShortFilms on Vimeo. A beautiful remembrance by Charles Solomon can be found here: http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/charles-solomon-recalls-frederic-back Composer… »

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Latest instalment of Michael Habjan’s CG Hulk/Superman slugfest hits Youtube

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Toronto-based CG Animator Michael Habjan uploaded the latest in his ongoing Superman vs the Hulk videos to YouTube over the holidays. Michael’s been plugging away, producing segments in his spare time, improving his craft with each new video. I love watching this project evolve. The models get better, the acting and camera work get better,… »

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Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

I’m clocking this one in at 1:46 am on Christmas Day this year, by the light of the tree. So, rather than waste time with any seasonal musings, let’s get on with our annual tradition, posting the coolest Christmas Special ever made, Nelvana’s trippy Cosmic Christmas. Merry Christmas everybody. Be safe, be well, and let’s… »

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Holiday animation roundup

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

I already posted Shaz Lym’s Hollidizzle greetings, but there are usually a few notable animated greetings worth showing off at this time of year. I’ll update as I find ’em. Here’s the Cineplex holiday bumper, with character animation from Toronto’s Blame Your Brother. Cineplex Holiday from Blame Your Brother on Vimeo. And Sam Chou’s Style5… »

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from the internets: Animator successfully sues defunct company for plagiarism

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

We’ve covered this one before, but it seems that Animator Claude Robinson, who filed suit against the former animation giant, Montreal-based CINAR, for copyright infringement over his pitch The Adventures of Robinson Curiosity, and the show they subsequently developed, Robinson Sucroe. CINAR, or whatever’s left of it, brought the fight to the Supreme Court, who ruled… »

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Happy Hollidizzle, Y’all. from Shaz Lym

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Something short and… »

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press release: Teletoon President, Len Cochrane announces retirement

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

In the first post-CORUS-acquisition press release I’ve received, here’s news that ling-time Teletoon president Len Cochrane is retiring in January. TELETOON Canada Inc. President to Retire in January 2014 (Toronto, Ontario, December 23, 2013) – TELETOON Canada Inc. today announced that the company’s President Len Cochrane has decided to retire in January 2014, following Corus… »

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CRTC OKs Corus’ Acquisition of Teletoon -UPDATED-

Friday, December 20th, 2013

I haven’t seen a press release myself yet, but the Brandon Sun, and the Winnipeg Free Press are both reporting that the long-brewing acquisition of Teletoon’s group of channels by media giant Corus, who also owns Nelvana and the kids broadcasters YTV, Treeehouse and Family Channel, has been approved by the CRTC. The contents of… »

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jobby: CG Animators, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Atomic Cartoons is currently looking to add CG Animators to our CG team. We’re working on multiple high profile projects, so this is a great opportunity. Atomic offers health benefits and room to move up the ranks. Contract: Full-time contract employee Salary: TBN. Benefits after 6 months employment Start Date: Feb 2013 Summary of Position:… »

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jobby: Flash Animator, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Flash Animator Atomic Cartoons is currently looking to add experienced FLASH ANIMATORS to our busy production team. We’re working on multiple high profile projects, so this is a great opportunity. Atomic offers health benefits and room to move up the ranks. Contract: Full-time contract employee Salary: TBN. Benefits after 6 months employment Start Date: Jan/Feb… »

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showcase: I Hate You Red Light, MR Horhager and JM Walter

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Audience choice winner at this past year’s TAAFI, I Hate You Red Light is finally available online for your eyes to eat with their bare hands. It’s a great example of old-school cartoonery…. »

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jobby: Harmony Animator, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Atomic Cartoons is currently looking to add experienced Toon Boom Animate Pro/Harmony animators to our busy production team. We’re working on multiple high profile projects, so this is a great opportunity. Atomic offers health benefits and room to move up the ranks. If you are an awesome artist and want to jump into digital animation… »

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jobby: HR Manager, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Atomic Cartoons is currently looking to add a HR Manager to our team. We’re working on multiple high profile projects, so this is a great opportunity to help Atomic build and keep the best team in Canada. Contract: Full-time employee Salary: TBN. Benefits after 6 months employment Start Date: ASAP   Summary of Position:  … »

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jobby: Lighting and Assembly Artists, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Monday, December 16th, 2013

December 16, 2013   Atomic Cartoons is currently looking to add Lighting and Assembly Artists to our CG team. We are creating a new CG Pipeline for Television so this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor. Atomic offers health benefits and room to move up the ranks. Contract: Full-time contract employee Salary:… »

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jobby: CG FX Artist, Atomic Cartoons, Vancouver

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Atomic Cartoons is currently looking to add several CG FX Artists to our CG team. We are creating a new CG Pipeline for Television so this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor. Atomic offers health benefits and room to move up the ranks. Contract: Full-time contract employee Salary: TBN. Benefits after 6… »

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jobby: Game 3D Animation and Modeling Artist

Monday, December 16th, 2013

December 16, 2013 Mark Animation is seeking a Game 3D Animation & Modeling Artist for a full-time position. This is an opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team and contribute meaningfully to a highly innovative, exciting project that is already gaining international attention. The ideal candidate will have game industry experience. The qualified… »

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Animatic TO, Kris Pearn, Barry Sanders, Guys With Pencils

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Despite the fact that I’m back in Ottawa for the rest of December, I’m going to write a quick post about the Toronto animation scene, and in particular, Animatic TO. I moved to Toronto two years ago, so I can’t really say what it was like before that, and I can’t really comment on what’s… »

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jobby: ToonBoom Producer, DHX Media, Vancouver

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

ToonBoom Producer DHX Media is an international leader in television production and distribution, interactive content and entertainment licensing, with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. With offices in Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Los Angeles and three award-winning production facilities, DHX Media is the producer or co-producer of over 40 original television series. We… »

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jobby: AVID Editor, George of the Jungle Season II, Yowza Animation, Toronto

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE SEASON II is looking for an experienced animation AVID EDITOR GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE SEASON II is looking for an experienced animation AVID EDITOR to assemble and edit animatics in a creative and fast paced environment.   This role requires the candidate to possess excellent storytelling and timing skills.  The studio is… »

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Recruiting Event: December 14th, Vancouver

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

  Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Lancaster Room, 801 West Georgia St., Vancouver December 14, 2013 9:00AM – 4:00PM We want talented men and women who show exceptional understanding of weight, locomotion, anatomy, dialogue, acting, appeal, and entertainment. If you’re funny too, that’s a plus. If you’re not, you’d better be a crack foosball player. If you’ve… »

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Showcase: Cuppa Coffee’s Fordtacular Spectacular!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Entertainment Tonight Canada’s site reported that Toronto’s Cuppa Coffee Studios has produced a 90 second short, Fordtacular Spectacular! Here’s the link: http://www.etcanada.com/blogs/etc_77387/fordtacular-spectacular-canadian-animators-rob-ford-parody-sparks-bidding-war/ And now, just a few short days later, here’s the film! According to the article, American and Canadian broadcasters were interested, which is a bit odd for a short. But the world media… »

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jobby: Production Manager, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

December 11, 2013 Type: Permanent full-time employee Salary: Salary based on experience plus Medical/Dental benefits and RRSP plan available Positions available: 1 Start Date: Immediately   Company Info: Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and internationally recognized as a leader in the animation industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and… »

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Canadian Animation at Sundance

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The Sundance Film Festival announced its lineup today (press release here), and Canadian animation is representing! Chris Landreth’s Subconscious Password, produced by the NFB, and with the participation of the Animation Arts Centre of Seneca College and Copperheart Entertainment. AWN covers the announcement here. Also screening is Crime: The Animated Series (Marcus McGhee), from Toronto… »

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jobby: Stroyboard Clean-Up Artists, George of the Jungle Season II, Yowza Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

December 10, 2013 GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE SEASON II is looking for STORYBOARD CLEAN-UP ARTISTS. GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE SEASON II has exciting opportunities for experienced storyboard clean-up artists with strong drawing, posing and blocking skills. Experience working in Storyboard Pro is necessary.   The role of clean up artist(s) has the potential to grow into… »

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More Bite on Mondo, Q&A With Supervising Producer Josh Bowen

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A few weeks ago, Blue Ant Media and Mondo Media announced a new venture called Bite On Mondo. BOM02-PPT The plan is to commission about a billion shorts that will be distributed via the Mondo Media Youtube channel, as a means of piloting concepts that will then be spun into series. Those series will also… »

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Animation Toil. Storyboard/animatic twofer. Are you working two jobs, and being paid for one?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

We never talk anymore. You  know, just sit down and have a good chat. Granted, I’m not always the best communicator. This site is basically a glorified job board these days. But it’s good to have a chat every now and again. Yesterday, Toronto artist Mark Ackland started a conversation on his Facebook page about… »

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jobby: Flash Animators, Compositor, Tinman Creative Studios, Toronto

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

December 5, 2013 Tinman Creative Studios are looking for artists! Tinman Creative is looking for people who can draw, know Flash, and can animate frame-by-frame.  Immediate positions include cleanup and inbetween work, and the potential for design and key animation work later on! Tinman Creative is also looking for an organized compositor with picture editing… »

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press release: McLaren Wall-to-Wall: NFB and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership issue call for projects to mark centenary of celebrated Canadian filmmaker Norman McLaren

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

  Montreal, December 5, 2013 – Norman McLaren, one of the most famous animation filmmakers in the world, would have been 100 years old in 2014. McLaren brought an energy and vision to animation filmmaking that live on to this day. To celebrate his centenary, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the Quartier… »

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jobby: CG Animators, Guru Studio, Toronto

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Our award winning and internationally renowned Toronto animated entertainment company is looking for CG ANIMATORS who are responsible for animating characters and props using Maya. This role reports directly to the Line Producer and Animation Supervisor. Responsibilities: Use… »

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jobby: CG Layout Artist, Guru Studio, Toronto

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Our award winning and internationally renowned Toronto animated entertainment company is looking for a Layout Artist who is responsible for supporting layout in a CG series. This role reports directly to the CG Supervisor and Producer.   Responsibilities:… »

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jobby: Render Wranglers, Guru Studio, Toronto

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Our award winning and internationally renowned Toronto animated entertainment company is looking for RENDER WRANGLERS who are responsible for helping the Supervisor track renders. This role reports directly to the Line Producer and CG Supervisor.   Responsibilities: Data… »

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from the internets: Animation in Cottage Country

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Here’s an idea, approach a small municipal center with strong local incentives and rural tax credits, and get them to foot the bill for your animation studio. Sorry, that was catty. Here’s a link to an article from last year about a new animation studio poised to open in Huntsville: http://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/3578368-animation-studio-closer-to-huntsville-s-grasp/ And a subsequent article,… »

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press release: Supercenter Pilot going into production

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Big Box Retail Gets Animated As if big box retail wasn’t animated enough.  A brand new 22-minute pilot inspired by Black Friday riots and underpaid employees on food stamps goes into production. TORONTO ONTARIO CANADA NOVEMBER 18TH 2013 – Goodwin Badwin Productions and MightyPants Media have just commenced production on a 22-minute adult animated comedy… »

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jobby: Storyboard/Animatic Revisionist, DHX Media, Toronto

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

December 3, 2013 Description: DHX Media Ltd. Toronto is currently looking for an experienced Storyboard/Animatic Revisionist with a wacky sense of humour to join the team on a new animated series! Required Skills/Qualifications: Previous experience as a Storyboard Revisionist on an animated series preferred; Strong drawing skills and sense of design, character and composition; Proficient… »

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jobby: HR Coordinator, Guru Studios, Toronto

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

GURU – HR COORDINATOR Guru Studio’s dedicated team is passionate about bringing inspired character driven stories to screens around the world. Our award winning and internationally renowned  animated entertainment company is looking for a HR COORDINATOR. The HR Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the hire of all staff at Guru. This includes artists for producers… »

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jobby: Motion Builder, the Third Floor Inc, Vancouver

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The Third Floor, Inc. is seeking a Motion Builder artist to work on a high profile feature film in Vancouver. We are looking for someone that can convert scenes from Maya to Motion Builder while making sure everything links up. There may be some on-set tasks, as well. The ideal candidate will: – be team… »

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