Archive for April, 2014

Gradfilm Showcase: Waterfront, by Ashly Phaphonsomkham

Monday, April 28th, 2014

It’s that time of year again: 2014 Gradfilm season is upon us. We’re going to get the ball rolling with Waterfront, from former Sheridan student, now Sheridan alumni, Ashly Phaphonsomkham. Enjoy! Ashly Phaphonsomkham FINAL from Ashly Phaphonsomkham on… »

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Happy Friday!

Friday, April 25th, 2014

A little something to end the week, from Toronto animator Freddy… »

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jobby: VFX Compositor (feature), AICMovie INC, Toronto

Friday, April 25th, 2014

We are seeking a VFX Compositor to work on a European/Canadian feature film. The ideal candidate will have: – experience with tracking and screen replacements (a must) – knowledge of NUKE and/or AE.6 camera tracking – availability between April 28th and June 6th, 2014.   Please send your resume and/or reel to Courtney at… »

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jobby: Recruitment Manager, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Recruitment Manager Type: Full Time – Maternity Leave Salary: Dependant on experience; Medical/Dental benefits. 2 weeks vacation. Start Date: June 2014 – 1 Year term   We are currently seeking a Recruitment Manager for a Maternity leave. Reporting to the VP of Production the successful candidate will identify and act on opportunities to recruit top… »

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TAAFI Party Ticket Giveaway!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Are you in Toronto? Do you like parties? Do you like free stuff? Then email me directly for a pair of free tickets to this Friday’s School’s Out Party!!!! mv@canadiananimationresources.ca Make… »

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cool beans: Look what Noam did!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Noam Sussman makes cartoons I like. Here’s a birthday card he made for Jib Jab. I like it. Big surprise…. »

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press release: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s Jutra selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

“An original mix of animation and documentary, Jutra by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre juxtaposes the two genres to push the boundaries of filmmaking. As such, it aptly illustrates how the NFB, on the eve of its 75th anniversary, continues to serve as a creative space where parallel worlds and uncommon visions can find their place and flourish.”… »

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jobby: Animators/Clean-up Artists, Switch Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Animators/clean-up artists, Switch Animation Switch Animation is looking for animators/clean-up artists. Candidates must be comfortable working with Cintiqs. Knowledge of Flash is essential. The candidates would be responsible for cleaning up (and making sure the characters are on-model) and occasionally in-betweening scenes from senior animators. This is a short term position, available immediately. The studio… »

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jobby: Editor, Switch Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Editor, Switch Animation Switch Animation (formerly Yowza Digital) is looking for intermediate or senior Adobe Premiere Editor. This is a short term contract, the position is available immediately. The candidate should have an excellent knowledge and work experience of Premiere CS6. He/she will be responsible for splinting animatics into separate scenes to be used in… »

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Studio Day at Algonquin College tomorrow! Grad Show on Friday!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

If you’re in Ottawa, check out my old gang at Algonquin! Studio day tomorrow, and open to the public on Friday at the Observatory Pub…. »

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East Coast Anijam: Beat Boxing!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Anijams everywhere!!!! This one’s was put together by a group of Halifax animators as an entry for the Nocturne Arts Festival 2013. It’s called “Beat Boxing” Pretty much a who’s who of East coasters. Nocturne Festival Entry 2013 – Beat boxing from grahaeme on… »

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jobby: Background Production Artist, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Background Production Artist Type:   Freelance/Contract Salary:   Per piece Start Date:  Immediately Positions: 3   About Mercury Filmworks: Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and is internationally recognized as a leader in the animation industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. Mercury has helped bring to life many of the… »

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NFB’s Filmmaker Assistance Program Guidelines

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

There’s been a few changes to the National Film Board’s Filmmaker Assistance Program guidelines. For those who don’t know, the FAP is “not a funding (cash) program. Assistance is offered in the form of technical services, up to a maximum cash value of $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the region in which you reside.” In… »

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REMINDER: Animatic TO presents Brandon James Scott, April 23, Toronto

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Animatic TO’s next event: an evening with the Creator of Justin Time, Brandon James Scott. Brandon James Scott is a Toronto based Illustrator working at leading animation entertainment company, Guru Studio, and he is also the creator of the award winning Guru television series JUSTIN TIME! Join us as he talks about the process that… »

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REMINDER: TAAFI Industry party THIS FRIDAY!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Another year, another TAAFI  industry shindig. I’m getting too old for this. Here’s the link:… »

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Smiley Guy is back with another round of Furry Force

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Another Smiley Guy related post, sorry. Furry Force 2 came out this past week, on College Humor. The first one broke 2 million views in about a week, so the order came in pretty quickly for a second one. Not totally SFW. You are warned. CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny… »

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jobby: Storyboard Supervisor, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Storyboard Supervisor Type:  Permanent – Full Time Salary:  TBD; 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 innovation. Mercury  has helped… »

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jobby: 2D Character & Prop Build Artist, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

2D Character & Prop Build Artist Type:   Permanent full-time employee Salary:  Commensurate with experience. 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,… »

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jobby: 2D Digital Animator, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

2D Digital Animator Type: Permanent full-time employee – in house Salary: Pay is by approved frame. Medical/Dental benefits and RRSP plan available Positions available: 5+ 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,… »

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jobby: Writers/Story Editors, Blue Ant Media, Toronto

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Blue Ant Media, a Canadian media company located in Toronto, is seeking freelance comedic screenwriters and story editors to work on a variety of adult animated short format comedies, which will be distributed on Bite.ca and Mondo Media’s YouTube Channel. All services will be performed under a “work for hire” services agreement, which will be… »

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OIAF 2014 Call for Submissions!!!!!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Submissions are open for OIAF 2014 until May 16th. Send ’em your films! Films must be completed after June 15th, 2013, there’s no fee to submit, and screening at Ottawa is just about the awesomest thing that can happen to you and your little animated masterpiece. Go here for all the info and to submit… »

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jobby: Storyboard Artists, Wild Kratts, Ottawa

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Company – WK4 Production Series – Wild Kratts Job Title – Storyboard Artists Job Type – Freelance Compensation – Compatible rates, please inquire Start Date – May 2014 Responsibilities Work with tight deadlines Be able to attend launch meetings in Ottawa Do revisions as per directors notes Ensure quality and maintain the style of the… »

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showcase: 40K Anijam

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Here’s a little story about an anijam that spontaneously erupted last week. On Monday morning, I noticed a Facebook update from musician Buck 65, known also as Rich Terfry. Rich hosts the afternoon drive show on CBC 2, something I used to listen to very regularly back when I had a commute. Rich/Buck is a… »

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jobby: Awesometown Entertainment Recruiting Event, April 16th, Toronto

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

That’s about the size of it. Awesometown Entertainment, the new studio on the block in Toronto, founded by Dan Kretch, is hosting some kind of open house/recruiting event. Here’s the invitation: And here’s the link to… »

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Mark Mayerson on Pitching Your Project

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Mark Mayerson has been posting the content of a talk he did for an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. We posted part one last week, and he’s now got 5 of 6 parts up. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here…. »

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jobby: 3D Generalist, Mark Animation, Toronto

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

3D Generalist Mark Animation is hiring a talented 3D Generalist to join our production team in Toronto. This position offers a chance to work in a creative environment producing children’s animation TV series and content for digital platforms such as iPad. If you are interested, please send your resume and links to your demo reel… »

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jobby: Storyboard Artists, DHX Media, Halifax

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Job Title: Storyboard Artists Job Type: Contract Location: Halifax, NS, Canada   DHX Media Studio (Halifax) Ltd., based in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking talented Storyboard Artists to join our growing team. Studio environment is fast-paced and committed to creating high-quality animation. Candidates should thrive as part of a team and take direction well. Responsibilities:… »

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jobby: Accounting Assistant, DHX Media, Halifax

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Job Title: Accounting Assistant Location: Halifax, NS, Canada Job Type: Contract   DHX Media (Halifax) Ltd. is an award-winning animation studio, which has produced over 200 half hours of original children’s shows. We are also proud to employ a team of more than 100 of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers! We are currently seeking… »

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jobby: Key Animators, DHX Media, Vancouver

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Key Animators DHX Media – Vancouver is an award-winning animation studio, which has produced over 300 half hours of original children’s shows.  We are also proud to employ a team of more than 200 of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers. We currently have opportunities for Key Animators to join our team! We require several… »

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jobby: 2D FX Artist, DHX Media, Vancouver

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

2D Effects (FX) Artist DHX Media – Vancouver is an award-winning animation studio, which has produced over 300 half hours of original children’s shows. We are also proud to employ a team of more than 200 of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers. We have a great artist-centric environment, staff events like our annual Art… »

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press release: Atomic Cartoons Broadens Creative Focus Under New Creative Director, Luke Carroll

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

(Vancouver, BC) – Atomic Cartoons is revving up investment in generating creative content, with a mandate to develop more original properties and diversify offerings in response to the evolution of the animation and broadcasting industries. To support this new initiative Atomic – known for its service work on series such as Rocket Monkeys, as well… »

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jobby: FX/CG Generalist, Guru Studio, Toronto

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

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 self-driven FX/CG Generalist to help build a library of visual FX for a television series currently in production. Responsibilities: – Add FX such as… »

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jobby: Animation Director (feature), Digital District Montreal (via 3Pod), Montreal

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Title: Animation Director Status: Contract/Full Time Location: Montreal Annual Salary: Based on experience   Digital District Montreal is a subsidiary of the French company Digital District founded in Paris in 2008 (The Artist, OSS 117, etc …). Since 2012, Digital District Montreal has been specializing in the production of full CG feature and visual effects… »

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press release: Steven Universe coming to Teletoon!

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

I know this makes a lot of people very excited, so here you go: TELETOON Canada premieres Steven Universe this April (April 7, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) Steven Universe premieres on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT in TELETOON Canada’s flagship Can’t Miss Thursdays programming block. The new series is created by Emmy® and… »

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from the internets: Warren United, from Smiley Guy Studios and Baby Cow Productions

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

As always, for the sake of total transparency, I work at Smiley Guy. So I try not to overdo posting about them. But here’s a great little piece of press touting the studio’s new co-production with Steve Coogan’s (yes, THAT Steve Coogan) production company, Baby Cow: Warren United. The Mirror is actually calling it “hilarious”,… »

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from the internets: Ummmmm yeah. Not so sure about this one.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

This is making the rounds, so I guess I ought to share it here. I’m pretty sure this ISN’T the way to “get onto… »

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from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Mark Mayerson did an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. It was great. I always enjoy getting Mark’s side of things, despite wanting to argue a couple of points with him. We chatted afterwards, and he gave me a hard time for not opening my big mouth… »

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press release: More Camp Lakebottom coming from 9Story

Monday, April 7th, 2014

9 Story Entertainment Receives 2nd Season Order for Hit Animated Comedy Series CAMP LAKEBOTTOM Toronto, Canada – April 6, 2014 – 9 Story Entertainment is pleased to announce that it has received a 2nd Season order from TELETOON Canada for an additional 26 x 22’ episodes of the hit animated comedy series Camp Lakebottom.  Camp… »

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jobby: 2D Digital Animator, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

2D Digital Animator Type: Permanent full-time employee – in house Salary:  Pay is by approved frame. Medical/Dental benefits and RRSP plan available Positions available: 5+ 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,… »

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jobby: 2D Character and Prop Build Artist, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

2D Character & Prop Build Artist Type: Permanent full-time employee Salary: Commensurate with experience. 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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jobby: Storyboard Supervisor, Mercury Filmworks, Ottawa

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Storyboard Supervisor Type: Permanent – Full Time Salary: TBD; 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 innovation. Mercury  has helped… »

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Sheridan is offering summer workshops: Drawing for Animators

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Drawing for Animators Workshop: July 7-31 Learn from leaders in animation education and let them help you produce a competitive portfolio and enhance your drawing skills. The workshop includes four modules: life drawing, perspective drawing, character design and storyboarding. These workshops can be taken separately or in a combination of your choice.   Age minimum:… »

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from the internets: AWN Interviews Retiring NFB Producer, Marcy Page

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Marcy Page has had an amazing career in animation. As one of two English Language Animation Producers for the National Film Board of Canada, she’s worked with, nurtured, managed, and enabled(in the best sense of the word) some of the top animation talent Canada has to offer since 1990. Her filmography includes Madame Tutli-Putli, the… »

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Best thing today: Yellow Sticky Notes Anijam, by Jeff Chiba Stearns and Friends

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

It’s finally here! Look at all the amazing talent! I don’t think I’m going to post anything else today, it would be unfair to everything. There’s a press release attached after the film, it’s worth reading. For those of you who don’t know, Jeff Chiba Stearns made a film called Yellow Sticky Notes, then he… »

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jobby: Texture Artist, DHX Media, Halifax

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Job Title: Texture Artist Job Type: Contract Location: Halifax, NS, Canada DHX Media Studio (Halifax) Ltd., based in Halifax, Nova Scotia is seeking a talented Texture Artist to join our growing team. Strong working knowledge of Photoshop and Maya required. Studio environment is fast-paced and committed to creating high quality animation. Candidates should thrive as… »

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jobby: Modeler, DHX Media, Halifax

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Job Title: Modeler Job Type: Contract Location: Halifax, NS, Canada DHX Media Studio (Halifax) Ltd., based in Halifax, Nova Scotia seeks a talented Modeler to join our growing team. Strong working knowledge of Maya required. Studio environment is fast-paced and committed to creating high quality animation. Candidates should thrive as part of a team and… »

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awesome little promo piece from Blame Your Brother

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Blame Your Brother is a great little boutique studio based in Toronto. This is what they do. BYB Morning Coffee from Blame Your Brother on… »

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press release: Tricon Kids & Family secures international distribution rights to new children’s series SHUTTERBUGS

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Ottawa/Toronto, April 1, 2104 –  Big Jump Productions, Amberwood Entertainment and Tricon Kids & Family are pleased to announce that production is under way on the new animated pre-school series Shutterbugs, developed in association with TVO, Ontario’s public educational media organization.  Amberwood and Big Jump Productions will serve as co-executive producers and Tricon as international… »

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