Archive for May, 2010

blogroll update

Monday, May 31st, 2010

May 31, 2010 Just wanted to mention a few new additions to the blogroll.  Four of my students from Algonquin College: Mike Collymore, Cassie Young, Brian Grzech, and Natasha Armolavicius.  Also, Kevin Parry (awesome stopmo from Sheridan), and Jon Izen (Yam Roll!).  Finally, a few readers also sent in there blogs a while back, apologies… »

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Tonight: He-Man & Skeletor Walk Into a Bar…

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Sounds like a joke, but could be serious fun – Tonight, Monday May 31, Toronto’s faction of the Dr. Sketchy crew will be hosting a ‘He-Man vs. Skeletor’ sketch session @ the Cameron House in downtown Toronto. Fully licensed venue. You might even win a prize courtesy of the Silver Snail. From their Facebook page:… »

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You don’t know what you don’t know.

Friday, May 28th, 2010

There is something about that statement that I really like. It makes me reflect back to my younger days in the film industry, the days when I had a huge opinion on anything and everything with absolutely no experience to back it up. That never stopped me from saying things mind you. To this day… »

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jobby: Development Lead, Starz Animation, Toronto

Friday, May 28th, 2010

May 28, 2010 POSITION OVERVIEW The Development Lead leads story development for propriety projects, ensures that story sequences are delivered on time and on budget, manages the work of more junior development colleagues, and makes creative recommendations about potential studio projects. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Lead story development for proprietary projects Generate story ideas, storyboards and… »

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Deadline for OIAF submissions

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Via Facebook:  It’s your last chance to submit your entry form online (www.animationfestival.ca) for the OIAF 10 Festival. The deadline is June 1. Log in to the website and fill out the form, then get you DVD to us by June 15th. Don’t forget we have categories for features, tv series, music video, new media,… »

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Profiles: GAGA, a conversation with Jessica Borutski

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Sometime back, Ottawa artist Jessica Borutski landed herself an amazing and intimidating gig. She was asked to redesign the iconic cast of Warner Bros classic Looney Tunes characters for an upcoming relaunch.  Well, Jess has been hard at work from her canal-viewed apartment/studio here in Ottawa and the show has been announced for Cartoon Network… »

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jobby: Lead Animation, Ubisoft, Montreal

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

May 26, 2010 Ubisoft, producer, editor and distributor of video games, interactive software, and multimedia applications situated in a loft in the heart of Mile-End, Montreal, offers a stimulating work environment where creativity, friendliness and leading edge technology are how what we pride ourselves in. You will benefit from a competitive salary and a range… »

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from the internets: May 25, 2010

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Cuppa Coffee expands Rainmaker’s development slate ToonBoom moving into… »

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jobby: Stereoscopic Technical Director, Stereoscopic Compositor, Starz Animation, Toronto

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

May 25, 2010 Stereoscopic Technical Director Department:  Technology          Reports To:  Head of Technology POSITION OVERVIEW The Stereoscopic Technical Director helps various departments convert files to through the stereo conversion process. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Understand workflow, procedures and strategies across multiple disciplines Work closely with compositors, roto artists and others to finalize shots Maintain continuity within… »

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jobby: CG Supervisor, Nelvana, Toronto

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Nelvana Limited has an exciting opportunity for a CG Supervisor in our Toronto Studio. The CG Supervisor brings exceptional technical, creative expertise and high level Animation Production management skills. Expert in the core and emerging technologies of the Animation Industry that will continue to enhance the studio’s current and future productions. The CG Supervisor works in… »

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comix: weekly rex bunyan

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Really?  Pigeons in Starcrossed AND Rex Bunyan today?… »

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comix: latest Starcrossed is up

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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jobby: VFX Supervisor, Imarion Inc, Toronto

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Looking for a VFX Supervisor Starting Date: TBD Job details: Imarion Inc. is an animation/ post-production studio looking for an experienced VFX supervisor who is dedicated, hardworking and talented to join our creative team. Responsibilities: -Advise and oversea all 2D and 3D operations -Strong troubleshooting abilities to ensure all CGI animation and effect   are integrated… »

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comix: Starcrossed, by Joel Duggan

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

I haven’t linked to these before, but I’ll remedy that today.  Starcrossed is a comic strip by animator Joel Duggan.    I’ve been reading along for a little while now, and props to Joel for putting out a regular strip that’s been consistent from day one. Here’s the latest one. What do you think readers? … »

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press release: Total Drama World Tour premiere on Teletoon

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

TELETOON SETS STAGE FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF TOTAL DRAMA WORLD TOUR The first episode of Total Drama World Tour premieres on Thursday, June 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT Toronto, May 13 2010 – TELETOON gives fans a sneak peek of the highly anticipated TELETOON Original Production Total Drama World Tour with the world premiere of… »

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TUFF 2010, call for entries

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

May 18, 2010 Making a great one-minute film? that’s TUFF! The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is a 10-day (September 10-19, 2010) public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million daily subway commuters. TUFF is looking for the best one-minute silent films from across Canada and around the world. Filmmakers, animators and video artists are… »

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NYTVF call for animated pilots

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

May 18, 2010 The 6th Annual Independent Pilot Competition: The New York Television Festival allows creators to showcase their original TV pilots directly to development executives and producers looking for the next hit show. Categories: The NYTVF accepts TV pilots in all categories and genres, both scripted and unscripted, live-action and animated, in traditional or… »

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weekly rex bunyan

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Here’s Darren Rawling’s latest installment to his Rex Bunyan strip.  Apologies to Rawls for posting a day late.  I was in Toronto for my brother’s wedding over the weekend, and I’m slowly getting back up to speed. I want to take a quick second and comment on this strip. I really dig it. It’s got… »

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jobby: BG designer/painter,video game producer, guru studio, Toronto

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

May 18, 2010 JOB POSTING # 1 guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto seeks a Background Designer/Painter for their original show Justin Time. Justin Time is a “2d/3d Hybrid” production with a unique look. Visually, it pulls design influences from the likes of Mary Blair, Golden Book Illustrations and… »

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the challenge of animation, part IV: TCAF and Animation, by Mark Mayerson

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I linked to this yesterday, but I really feel it needs to be read.  I asked Mark Mayerson if I could repost it and he was good enough to say yes. So, here are Mark’s words: TCAF and Animation Last weekend, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival was held at the reference library at Yonge and… »

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from the internets: may 13, 2010

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Teletoon developing Sherlock Legacy with Bejuba! (exclamation point isn’t mine, oh, and it’s a cgi/live-action hybrid) Rainmaker reports a loss for Q1 Chris Hinton interprets the music of Canadian composer Michael Oesterle TCAF and Animation, by Mark Mayerson Here’s a ridiculous question: Which is better, Nelvana or Cookie Jar? Anyone interested in posting their… »

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jobby: Senior Animator,CG Supervisor, Prime Focus VFX, Vancouver

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

May13, 2010 For almost ten years, Prime Focus VFX has been delivering world-class visual effects to major feature film projects. Combining extensive experience in post visual effects production, look development and custom R&D solutions, Prime Focus offers clients a vast range of VFX services. We provide a local presence for production and post-production with integrated,… »

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funding drive update

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Well,  midpoint of week two.  Things have cooled a bit.  I’m busy trying to nail down the commercial sponsors right now, which will take some time, but I’m hoping to hear back from one or two of you today.  I will go ahead and announce that we’ve got ToonBoom joining us as a sponsor!  The… »

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press release: Guru Studio recognizes Kevin Parry’s ‘The Arctic Circle’ with Best Character Animation Award

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Guru Studio recognizes Kevin Parry’s ‘The Arctic Circle’ with Best Character Animation Award Toronto, May 12, 2010 – Guru Studio has once again partnered with Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning to nurture emerging animation talent. As an ongoing sponsor of the college’s Animation Industry Day, Guru Studio presents its 2010 Best Character… »

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showcase: Christian Potenza – Day In Tha Life

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Canada’s hardest working voice actor, Christian Potenza (Stoked, Total Drama series, 6Teen, Jimmy Two Shoes, Sidekicks, and more), takes fans and civilians on his daily rounds of the studio circuit as a voice actor for dozens of animated projects and various commercial gigs in his ‘Day In The Life’ vidblog series. (The thug spelling in… »

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press release: NFB at Worldwide Short Film Festival

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

FIVE NFB ANIMATIONS PRESENTED AT THE WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Toronto, May 11, 2010 – The National Film Board of Canada returns to the Worldwide Short Film Festival (June 1 to 6, 2010) with five animated shorts films, including the world premiere of Theodore Ushev’s latest film about enigmatic filmmaker Arthur Lipsett. NFB selections Opening… »

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jobby: multiple positions, Cuppa Coffee Studios, Toronto and remote

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

May 11, 2010 Cuppa Coffee Studios is looking for individuals to fill the following positions. PLEASE NOTE: Remote artists must have access to a Cintiq Scripters: We’re looking for a programmer to work with an animation team to develop tools and scripts that increase productivity and workflow, and allow us to track our production and… »

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weekly rex bunyan

Monday, May 10th, 2010

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The Production Bible.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Or: there are more than ten commandments in this one. There are many bibles that exist in a production, with many more rules than the ten from the Christian bible. I prefer to call them Manifestos. These Bibles/Manifestos are used to create a baseline or fundamental guide for everyone involved in a production to follow…. »

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Happy Birthday, Canadian Animation Resources

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Tomorrow is May 8th, and it will officially be one year since Canadian Animation Resources migrated from a bunch of hacked together Blogspot pages to it’s current home, right here.  I’ve had an amazing year running this site.  It’s what I love doing, and I owe all of you a huge thank you for the… »

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from the internets

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Ottawa producer, Firdaus Kharas receives Peabody award for animated condoms Former National Film Board of Canada commissioner André Lamy, remembered. AmoebaCorp of Toronto won the Webby for best use of animation or motion graphics for a promotional site for the Pop Shoppe.  Congrats AmoebaCorp. Troy Little is everywhere these days, “TCAF this, TCAF that… blah,… »

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profile: Troy Little

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

TROY LITTLE is one of the many maritimers carving their own path through animation. Geographically isolated from traditional media centers like Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, the maritimes have found themselves the center of attention in the late 90s and early 2000s, becoming a new hotspot for Canadian animation production. While things may have taken a… »

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New contributor: Warren Leonhardt

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

I’d like to invite everyone to join me in welcoming Mr Warren Leonhardt the Canadian Animation Resources team.  I met Warren a few years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.  We have a lot of people in common and I’m a huge admirer of his work.  Warren’s been a frequent commenter here and has… »

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Support the ‘Source!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

This Saturday, May 8th, will be our first anniversary here at www.canadiananimationresources.ca.  Before that, we were a hacked-together bunch of blog pages for about a year, and even before that, a simple Facebook Group.  The site has come a long way and it’s become something of a full-time job.  We’ve added new regular contributors (Rob… »

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events: TCAF 2010, Toronto, this weekend

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Wish I were going.  And yes, not exactly animation.  But this weekend is the 2010 edition of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.  If you’re going to be in the area, it’s an amazing event. My pal Troy Little is going to be there.  He’s an animation/comix guy, one of the co-creators of Angora Napkin, and… »

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press release: NFB Online Short Film Contest

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Calling all Internet users! The 6th NFB Online Short Film Contest – Cannes 2010 is launched Vote online May 4 to 17 Montreal, May 4, 2010 – From May 4 to 17, you can vote online for your favourite short among the finalists of the 6th NFB Short Film Contest – Cannes 2010: Just go… »

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Craig Young’s Moonchicken, by Nick Cross

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Here’s an animatic that’s being pitched around by Amberwood Entertainment.  Created by Craig Young, storyboard by Nick Cross. I’ve told a lot of people that Amberwood’s doing new things these days, this should be proof enough of… »

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weekly rex bunyan

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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from the internets

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Rainmaker announces feature slate Claude Robinson VS Cinar lawsuit, round 2.  After winning his palgiarism suit against the animation giant, Claude is back in court due to an appeal. Doug Murphy appointed President, Corus Television First Cartoon Network, now Teletoon.  The live-action takeover continues with My Babysitter’s a Vampire, from Fresh… »

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jobby: Storyboard artist, Monstroville, remote position

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Monstroville is an independently produced project based in LA.  They’re currently looking for a board artist.  Check out the blog for more info about the project, starring Tom Kenny and Clancy Brown.  Here’s the job info: Monstroville Storyboard Artist Wanted! I’m currently looking for a freelance storyboard artist to work on a new Monstroville Flash… »

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jobby: various positions, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

It’s that time of year again, the OIAF is starting to expand as the festival draws nearer.  Here are the postions they’re looking to fill: Jobs at the Ottawa International Animation Festival Ever dream of working for a major international film festival, where you can immerse yourself in all aspects of event management while working… »

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TAIS stuff: Animation Showcase call for submissions, Aqua Jam call for submissions, HD Panel Discussion, Toronto

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE 2010 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Deadline: May 14, 2010 – 5:00 pm The Toronto Animated Image Society is seeking animated films made after January 2008 that are under 15 minutes in length for the TAIS Animation Showcase 2010, taking place on June 24th at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. All genres, mediums, themes… »

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technical difficulties

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Just a quick shout out to anyone who has emailed me over the past few days.  I had a snafu with my email and lost all received messages from about the 28th of April to this morning.  I apologize to those of you who I won’t be getting back to.  There were a few people… »

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In Defense of Flash, Nick Cross responds to Steve Jobs’(and others’) criticisms

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Reposted, with permission, from Nick’s blog: Friday, April 30, 2010 In Defense of Flash So, it seems that over the past year, more and more folks have been downgrading Adobe Flash as crap. The iPhone and iPads don’t support Flash and most recently, Steve Jobs has published an article defending Apple abandoning it. I realize… »

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jobby: Art Director, Director, Rainmaker, Vancouver

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Position: Art Director Reports To: Producer/ Production Designer Apply Online: www.rainmaker.com Overall Accountabilities The Art Director is responsible for the overall look, creative direction, and visual consistency of the product in conjunction with the show Producer and Production Designer. Leads and mentors the design team to complete the style of the show, maximize resources, and… »

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jobby: Executive Art Director, CG Supervisor THQ, Montreal

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

THQ is Looking for World Class Art Directors and CG Supervisors With our recent releases of Darksiders, UFC and Red Faction, we are well on our way to rebuilding THQ as a high quality, craft driven developer of world class games and transmedia properties. A key to this is our recent announcement to build a… »

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