Archive for September, 2010

showcase: ‘Hot Stuff’ – Zlatko Grgic

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Written & storyboarded by Don Arioli, the ‘Mike Maltese’ of the NFB in the 60s to the 80s, animated & directed by Zlatko Grgic, a Zagreb animator imported over during NFB’s sponsorship era. The ‘sponsorship era’ refers to the time that most, if not all, government Public Service Announcements (PSA) were done via the NFB… »

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showcase: ‘Death Buy Lemonade’ – Kyu-bum Lee

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Talk about asleep at the wheel – posted last week at Cartoon Brew as part of CbTV’s Student Film Festival, Kyu-bum Lee’s Sheridan graduate film ‘DEATH BUY LEMONADE’ (2010) is a must see. I caught it at Sheridan’s student screening in May and loved it. Hats off to the Brewmasters for taking the initiative to… »

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profile – Philip Street

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This 3rd episode of Canadian Animation Radio, we chat with Philip Street, the current director of the NHL’s ambassador to the greatest game, Peter Puck! We talk process and chat about Philip’s 18 years & running as the comic strip creator of ‘Fisher’, one of the Globe & Mail’s exclusively syndicated comic strips, still in… »

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jobby: Production Manager, Lighting Artist, Rainmaker Entertainment, Vancouver

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

September 29, 2010 Position: Production Manager Reports To: Producer POSITION OVERVIEW Manage the day-to-day operations of the production – including crew scheduling, production scheduling, tracking and budgeting of man weeks…etc! There’s a bunch of other important stuff too. Some of it is listed below! In a nutshell though? Schedule, track, budget, analyze, revise…and just be… »

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Official word on Bob Jaques from Mercury Filmworks

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

September 29, 2010 REN & STIMPY DIRECTOR LANDS AT MERCURY Mercury Filmworks is excited to announce the addition of acclaimed director Bob Jaques (The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Ren & Stimpy’s Adult Cartoon Party, The Oblongs, Family Guy, Robot Boy, Woody Woodpecker, Cow & Chicken, The Baby Huey Show, Ren & Stimpy) to its… »

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jobby: Linux Desktop Support Administrator, Financial Analyst,Pixar Canada, Vancouver

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Linux Desktop Support Administrator About Pixar Canada Pixar Canada is looking for a Linux Desktop Support Administrator for its new studio in Vancouver. Pixar Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pixar Animation Studios, the world leader in animated films. The Vancouver studio will produce short-form animation focusing on legacy Pixar characters from films such as… »

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Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival announces guests

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival Official line-up of guests! Montreal – Wednesday September 29, 2010 – The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival is delighted to announce the line-up of guests for this year’s festival. The festival will take place on October 29, 30 and 31, 2010, at Concordia University’s J.A. de Sève Theater (1453… »

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comix: Hymen the Surly Panda II, by Nick Cross

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

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Loogaroo moves to games with Surge

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Here’s the link to the new game by New Brunswick animation house, Loogaroo: SURGE. What do ya’ll… »

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Coming soon from Starz Animation: Gnomeo and Juliet

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Produced mainly in Toronto’s Starz Animation facility, here’s the trailer for the upcoming Gnomeo and… »

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jobby: 3D Lighting and Rendering Artist, Hatch Studios, Toronto

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

September 28, 2010 3D Lighting & Rendering Artist Wanted Hatch Studios Ltd. is looking for a fulltime 3D lighting and rendering artist. The applicant should possess advanced experience lighting and rendering stylized and photorealistic environments, products, vehicles and characters. In addition, the applicant should have moderate compositing experience. A strong understanding of film & photographic… »

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events: NFB at VIFF 2010, Featuring the world premiere of Charles Officer’s Mighty Jerome

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Press Relaease: Toronto, September 23, 2010 – The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) returns to the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 30 – October 15, 2010) with seven films, including features that spotlight local heroes Harry Jerome and David Suzuki, and a new short from acclaimed Vancouver animator Ann Marie Fleming. World Premiere From… »

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Showcase: Les Amis, by Olivier Brisson

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Les Amis, by Olivier Brisson.  Producd during his studies at Cégep du Vieux Montréal. A breakneck film with a very Bande sensibility. Congratulations to Olivier on this very ambitious and well-executed… »

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comix: Chickenbone 5, by Mike Geiger

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Here’s tha… »

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Mercury lands Bob Jaques for Studio Director position

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Well, the word on the street has been confirmed, Bob Jaques, formerly a partner at Carbunkle Cartoons, is the new studio director at Mercury Filmworks in Ottawa. Here’s Bob’s very short bio from his blog: Hardcore Popeye cartoon and Fleischer fanatic. Animation producer, director, and co-owner of Carbunkle Cartoons. My partner Kelly Armstrong and I… »

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PROCESS: Inking, with Nick Cross

Monday, September 20th, 2010

‘Inking’ in Flash demo Here’s a demo video I recorded of myself inking a drawing in Flash CS3. I accidently exported the video in grayscale…oh well…. »

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updated: East Coast Animation companies speaking up against tax credit regulations

Friday, September 17th, 2010

I’m just gonna copy this one.  Hopefully that’s cool with Bruce Erskine and the people at the Chronicle Herald.  Here’s the link back to the source though, for good measure. I’ve avoided talking too much about this, as I don’t want to incite panic, but let’s face it, things are dire on the east coast. … »

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jobby: 3D Generalist, 3D Supervisor, Imarion, Toronto

Friday, September 17th, 2010

September 17, 2010 3D Generalist Summary: You will work with small team completing fully animated and completed shots for use in a television series. Primary Responsibilities: -Collaborate with the Animation Supervisor to meet the needs of the production. -Strong skills in all aspects of animation including modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, layout, compositing and rendering. -Watch… »

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jobby: Layout Supervisor, Lead Animator, Senior Animators, guru studios, Toronto

Friday, September 17th, 2010

September 17, 2010 Layout Supervisor, for a 3D video game inspired series show for teens. Requirements/Skills: Organize, prioritize and assign shots and tasks to your team and respond to various requests regarding work at various stages of completion Manage the workflow both in and out of your department Advise on layout problems before they happen… »

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AFF preview: ‘Year of The Bone’ – Maciek Szczerbowski, Chris Lavis

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Running from September 16 – 25  (STARTING TODAY!), the Atlantic Film Festival is hitting its 30th year! Congrats to them. This year, the Animation category has quality films from France, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Again, in the spirit of pushing the homegrown, the AFF post series will highlight animation entries from Canada. If… »

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AFF Preview: ‘The Scarf’ – Carla Veldman

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The Scarf Carla Veldman, 2010 “A young boy’s world is forever changed when his aging grandmother comes to stay.“ Screening at: ViewFinders Shorts Director’s Bio (from her website): Carla Veldman is a stop-motion enthusiast and recent Sheridan graduate who enjoys the tactile and textural world of puppet animation. She continuously delights in bringing inanimate objects… »

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AFF preview: ‘Waseteg’ – Phyllis Grant

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Waseteg – Phyllis Grant 2010 “Waseteg is the story of a young Mi’gmaq girl who finds solace in nature and dreams of the stories she’s heard in the village. One of them is about the Mysterious Boy who lives across the river with his Grandmother. Waseteg creates a cape of bark, and through the healing… »

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AFF Preview: ‘Not Over Easy’ – Jordan Canning

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Not Over Easy Jordan Canning, 2010, 6 min. Screening at: Atlantic Shorts 3 “It’s a scrambled story of love and heartbreak, as a woman starts to fantasize about a second chance with her boyfriend after a forgotten refrigerated gift leaves her picturing them as a couple of eggs.” Director’s Bio (from their website): Born out of… »

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AFF Preview: ‘Little Thunder’ – Alan Syliboy, Nance Ackerman

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Little Thunder Alan Syliboy, Nance Ackerman, 2009, 3 min. “This animated short inspired by the Mi’kmaq legend The Stone Canoe explores aboriginal humour. We follow Little Thunder as he reluctantly leaves his family and sets out on a cross-country canoe trip to become a man.” Screening at: Atlantic Shorts 5 Director’s Bio (from her website):… »

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AFF Preview: ‘Flawed’ – Andrea Dorfman

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Flawed Andrea Dorfman, 2009, 12 min. “Combining colourful storyboards and lyrical narration, acclaimed filmmaker Andrea Dorfman reminisces about her own budding romance with a plastic surgeon. When his profession leads her to focus on her own perceived imperfections, Andrea is forced to confront feelings about both herself and her boyfriend’s job.” Screening at:CBC Atlantic Shorts… »

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AFF Preview: ‘The Arctic Circle’ – Kevin Parry

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The Arctic Circle Kevin Parry, 2010, 4 min. “Starkly beautiful stop-motion animation highlights this tale of cold-hearted greed in the barren Arctic.” Screening at: Frame x Frame Director’s Website:… »

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AFF Preview: ‘Agricola & Sarah’ – Jason Levangie, Sydney Smith

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Agricola & Sarah Jason Levangie, Sydney Smith, 2010, 6 min. “Set to some haunting downtempo music by Gypsophilia, this arresting stop-motion animation tale tells of a man in search of love in a winding meadow and forest. When he finds it, it’s not quite what it seems.” Screening at: CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala Director’s Bios… »

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AFF Preview: ‘Ode to A Post-It Note’ – Jeff Chiba Stearns

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Ode to a Post-it Note Jeff Chiba Stearns, 2010, 5 min. “Utilizing stop motion, classical and pixilation animation, this film tells the story of one little Post-it Note’s incredible journey of self-discovery as it attempts to find its father.” Screening at: Frame x Frame Director’s Bio (from his website): Jeff Chiba Stearns is an award-winning… »

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AFF Preview: ‘The Sapporo Project’ – Marie-Josée Saint Pierre

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The Sapporo Project Marie-Josée Saint Pierre, 2010, 5 min. “Award-winning filmmaker Marie-Josée Saint Pierre directs this beautifully animated and poetic homage to the work of acclaimed Japanese calligrapher Gazanbou Higuchi.” Screening at:Frame x Frame Director’s Bio (from her website): Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre was born in Murdochville, Québec, in 1978 and is a French Canadian filmmaker based… »

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Compositor, Imarion Inc, Toronto

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

September 14, 2010 Summary: You will work with small team compositing aspects for use in a television series. Primary Responsibilities: -Collaborate with the CG Supervisor to meet the needs of the production. -Watch for render errors/ missing composite elements. Skills and Experience: -Visual sense of digital composites, good sense of camera and highly experienced with… »

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jobby: 3dsmax Animator, 3dsmax Generalist/VFX artist, Hatch Studios, Toronto

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

September 14, 2010 3dsmax Animator Wanted: Hatch Studios Ltd. is looking for an experienced 3dsmax Animator available for contractual work. Advanced soft body and rigid body character and vehicle animation experience is necessary. Both stylized and realistic animation styles are important. Production experience is an asset. Applicant must be able to work in-studio. Please do… »

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PROCESS: Animation, with Nick Cross

Monday, September 13th, 2010

More from Mr Nick Cross: Animation process with video Okay, after intending to do this for ages, I finally took the time to document my steps in taking a scene from animatic through to finished cleaned up animation. I’ve recorded each stage as a video so hopefully you will be able to see the progression…. »

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jobby: CG Lighting Artist, guru studio, Toronto

Friday, September 10th, 2010

September 10, 2010 Guru studio, the award winning and internationally renowned animation facility in Toronto, is looking for a multi-talented CG artist to join the lighting team to work on visual FX for a Television series. The ideal candidate will exhibit a strong ability to solve creative problems under pressure, and use all tools available… »

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press release: TAIS and Robert McLaughlin Gallery present Eleven in Motion, September 25, Toronto

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Eleven in Motion: Abstract Expressions in Animation, exhibit of Painters Eleven art with eleven animated works inspired by the group. Toronto, ON September 7, 2010 ­ The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, in conjunction with the Toronto Animated Image Society, is pleased to present ELEVEN IN MOTION: Abstract Expressions in Animation, an exhibition that brings together two… »

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showcase: ‘How To Be Alone’ – Tanya Davis & Andrea Dorfman

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

After seeing how this short racked up 1,063,244 views on YouTube in just two and a half weeks, I just had to track down the collaborators of the gentle yet stalwart film ‘HOW TO BE ALONE’ (2010). It has obviously struck a chord and is filling a void for viewers. Not only that, but I… »

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comix: Hymen the Surly Panda, by Nick Cross

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Here’s an old comic by Nick Cross. Oh,… »

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Showcase: ‘Almonds & Wine’ – Arnie Lipsey

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

After seeing this wonderful film posted on Mark Mayerson’s blog, I just had to find out more about the artist behind it. Toronto-based artist Arnie Lipsey was kind enough to play our patented ‘8 Second Exposure’ which is posted after his film. There’s even a BONUS film in the Q&A! Enjoy: 1) Name? Arnie Lipsey… »

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Teletoon announces it’s schedule for the Detour Pilot Project

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Here are the listings I have so far.  I didn’t get the press release for some reason, so I had to crib this from my pal  Cameron Archer.  I’ll update when I have the rest. UPDATE:  These are all the dates announced so far.  Teletoon has just released their October programming highlights.  We’ll have to… »

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jobby: Junior Graphic Designer (Web), Crowdwave Games, Ottawa

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Game studio looking for a graphic designer to fill a junior position.  Nature of  the work is web and interactive oriented. Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign skills desired. Contact mikev@crowdwavegames.com Position is full time, in-house.  Ontario residents… »

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jobby: Compositors, Starz Animation, Toronto

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Compositors needed. Starz Animation Toronto seeks several compositors available to start working immediately. Stereoscopic feature work and VFX TV series work. Contact Lance LeFort, Recruitment Manager at Starz or see the listings on the website at www.starzanimation.com for more details. All applicants need to be available to work in… »

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If I were in Vancouver…

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

…I’d be here: SPARK 2010 They’re playing Walt and El Grupo , and Waking Sleeping Beauty tomorrow night.  Am I ever gonna get to see these movies?… »

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PROCESS: BG Paint, with Nick Cross

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Nick Cross (Yellowcake, Angora Napkin, Waif of Persephone, Mr Floaf) is a generous soul.  He shares with you, and he shares with me.  Just look at his blog.  See?  Sharing.  Nick has been generously sharing his process in a series of posts, the latest of which exposes the secrets to his succulent background painting.  Nick… »

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Comix: Topshelf Reaches Infinity, numero deux, by Mike Geiger

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

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jobby:3D Generalist, 3dsMax Animator/Rigger, 3D Modeler, Compositor, Digital Matte Painter,VFX Artist, Klokwerks Digital, Toronto

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

September 3, 2010 3D Generalist / VFX Wanted: Klokwerks Digital Inc. is looking for an experienced 3D Generalist / VFX artist available for contractual work. The applicant should posses experience in modeling, texturing, animation, lighting, rendering, vfx, camera projection, 3D tracking and compositing. FumeFX, Krakatoa and RealFlow experience is an asset. VRay experience is an… »

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showcase: Kaj Pindal

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

It’s official, if you haven’t noticed. Kaj Pindal, our own – and the world’s – favourite ’10th Old Man’ of animation has a blog! PLASTERED with his amazing and inspiring work! Award-winning films that you can’t see anywhere else! If you already know that thanks to Cartoon Brew’s plug, quit reading this and go to… »

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TIFF Preview: ‘Interregnum’ – Nick Fox-Gieg

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The Toronto International Film Festival is literally just around the corner – next week, in fact. It’s high time that we started previewing the animated fare that’ll be screening at the fest. Online tickets are now closed, you’ll have to hit a box office You can order single tickets online (or call the box office)… »

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TIFF Preview: ‘Lipsett Diaries (Les Journaux de Lipsett)’ – Theodore Ushev

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

‘LIPSETT DIARIES (LES JOURNAUX DE LIPSETT)’ – Theodore Ushev, French (English available), 14 min. “A descent into the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at 49. A diary transmuted into a clash of images and sounds charting a prodigious frenzy of creation, a tableau depicting an artist’s… »

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TIFF Preview: ‘The Trenches (La Tranchée)’ – Claude Cloutier

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

‘THE TRENCHES (LA TRANCHÉE)’ – Claude Cloutier, Silent, 7 min. “A young man is preparing to fight at the front. On the battlefield and in the depths of the trenches, the recruits are dreading the order to attack. It’s World War I. At the signal, the recruit leaps into a hell of fire and blood… »

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TIFF Preview: ‘The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste)’ – Sylvain Chomet

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Ed note – we’re including this one because the Assistant Director Paul Dutton is a Canadian now living in Calgary, Alberta, and  Chomet’s last film ‘Les Triplettes de Belleville’ was co-produced out of Canada with a myriad of local talent. Flimsy, I know, but we thought people might get upset if we didn’t preview this… »

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TIFF preview: ‘Le Projet Sapporo (The Sapporo Project)’ – Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

‘LE PROJET SAPPORO (THE SAPPORO PROJECT)’ – Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Japanese, 5 min. “This poetic homage to calligrapher Gazanbou Higuchi utilizes Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s signature style of rotoscope animation to illustrate the craft of Japanese shodo. Energetic brush strokes pulsate into moving forms, connecting the artist to his work in a seamless flow. Morphing minimalist black and… »

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TIFF preview: ‘Eggcellent’ – Martin Sokol

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

EGGCELLENT – Martin Sokol, English, 2 min. “Forget free range. An underperforming chicken is under enormous pressure to produce at work, while mocked by obnoxious co-workers and wary of a watchful eye ready to downsize. Social satire and poultry collide in this comedic animated film that manages to say a lot with nary a word… »

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