Category: commentary

Resource Repost: Employment Status

In the fluid nature of the animation industry, most workers can encounter a number of different relationships with a prospective employer. Small jobs, relief work, contract, sub contract, volunteer, employee, literally every combination you can imagine can apply to a…

A Message From Mike

Hi everybody. I hope you’re all managing ok right now. It’s crazy. Unprecedented. I’ve never lived through anything like it, and I’m old as rocks. Studios have shifted to remote working models, we’re mostly all working from home now, joining…

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

This year was the Ottawa International Animation Festival’s 40th anniversary, which meant that I had to find a way to get up to Ottawa from Toronto and watch some beautiful works of animation done by some kooky filmmakers. As always,…

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS KICKSTARTER: 6 Days to Go!

There’s just so much to share in the world of the SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS, how can it not be pulling in the big dough? There’s six days to go in the crowdfunding campaign, so if you’ve got a soft spot…

Nova Scotia Film Rally: Right Now.

Screen Nova Scotia has organized a rally today in Halifax outside of Province House. It’s set to start at noon, and CBC is reporting that supporters are assembling now. Yesterday saw a confusing and disappointing series of events after representatives…

More Networks, Less Animation.

A few weeks ago, Playback reported that a new movie channel, Starlight, that shows nothing but Canadian movies, would be getting a Category B broadcast license. Awesome! The all-Canadian movie channel Starlight has finally got its broadcast licence from the…

from the internets: Canadaland ep44, Cartoon Sweatshop

Animator Adam Hines, of the soon-to-be-defunct podcast, Guys With Pencils, recently found the time to share his thoughts about the nature of the Canadian animation landscape on Canadaland. http://canadalandshow.com/podcast/cartoon-sweatshop He says a lot of stuff that’s quoted on the main…

from the internets: Disney extends Netflix deal to Canada

This news broke last week, but I was busy. So that. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2014/07/17/disney_pixar_marvel_lucasfilm_movies_coming_to_netflix_canada.html Basically, Disney has set up an exclusive distribution deal with Netflix, that they’ve now extended to Netflix Canada. What this means: if you want to watch Disney movies,…

Behind A Table At TAAFI 2014

  Gosh I love TAAFI.  You can ask Mike, he’ll back me up.  The atmosphere is what I like the most, I think. The air at TAAFI is laid-back and happy.  There are cartoons to watch, panels to attend and…

Mark Mayerson on Pitching Your Project

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…

from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

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…

Merry Christmas!

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…

from the internets: Post-OIAF Roundup

Ottawa 2013 has come and gone, and I had a great time, as usual. TAC went really well, I was able to do some real business this year. It’s a more intimate event than other markets, and you get to…

The Chaperone is the BALLZ

I managed to get to a TIFF screening last week and saw a bunch of terrific short films. But if I had to single one out, and I don’t, but I will, it’s The Chaperone. You need to put your…

from the internets: Globe & Mail on Corus/Shaw acquisitions

This article might seem peripheral to the animation sector in Canada, but the subject matter will have a very direct effect on the working futures of animators across this country: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/crtc-raises-flag-over-ties-between-corus-shaw/article14015455/ The relationship between Corus and Shaw is the bigger…

TAAFI 2013 in review

This year TAAFI was kind enough to let me attend their animation weekend, as long as I promised to tweet the whole time. I think I did a good job.  This was TAAFI’s 2nd year, of which I did not attend…

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 1

Mark Mayerson has posted his coverage of TAAFI, day 1, Industry Day. It’s over here. Mark is always a welcome voice in our world, and his coverage is excellent. I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but it’s…

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

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. …

Greatest Cartoons Never Made: Ren and Stimpy, Life Sucks

They’re out there.   The almosts and coulda-beens.  You know what I’m talking about.  You’ve probably seen clips or artwork, or heard stories about that show someone was pitching.  I can think of a few myself. A few years back, John…

Editorial: Working = Money, right?

From the publisher: (Mike!) Yesterday’s big story here, and on a few other like-minded sites, was the new business model being espoused by Digital Domain CEO John Textor, whereby students at their new government-funded school are paying tuition to work…

OIAF 2011, my thoughts.

It’s been a few days since the closing ceremonies, and I’ve been watching the ongoing slew of comments via Facebook and twitter as we all struggle through our post-festival recoveries.  As usual, there’s a cold going around.  I’ve had reports…

OIAF 2011 wrap up, UPDATED with full list of winners.

It’s Monday morning, and the 2011 edition of the Ottawa International Animation Festival is done.  Sunday was a quiet one for me, like many others, but as always, I made it a point to be at the closing ceremonies last…

more OIAF 2011, by Grant Moore

Grant Moore‘s been good enough to continue sharing his experience at the Ottawa Festival this year.  Here’s his take on Saturday’s events. OIAF – Day #2 Home from my second day at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and I’m exhausted!…

OIAF 2011 report, by Grant Moore

Grant Moore is blogging his experience at this year’s animation festival.  I asked if it was ok to swipe his coverage, and he was generous enough to share. OIAF – Day #1 Just got home from my first day at…

30 Second Films update

A few weeks ago, I announced a project that we’ve undertaken here at Canadian Animation Resources, the 30 Second Film Challenge.  The Challenge involves a group of recent grads from Algonquin College’s animation program here in Ottawa setting out to…

It’s Jalloo time!

I’m outta town, in sunny(today) Miramichi for this year’s Jalloo Festival of Animation and Games.  It’s always great to indulge in some east coast hospitality and talk cartoons.  They’ve really got me working this year too, with three separate panels…

Hothouse report 1, by Tabitha Fisher

A little while back, the NFB announced this year’s Hothouse participants.  Among them was Tabitha Fisher, an animator and illustrator from Toronto.  I’ve featured some of Tabitha’s work here on the site before, and I’m very glad to announce that…

Developing News

‘Stella and Sam‘ creator Marie-Louise Gay posted about her POV on developing her childrens’ book into an animated property. A good read for anyone looking to start developing their own series and pitching. The main thing I got out of…

Joseph Gilland’s Elemental Magic special effects workshop (quick review by Barry Sanders)

Friend of the site, Barry Sanders, was fortunate enough to attend Joseph Gilland’s effects workshop in Toronto last week.  He was kind enough to send over a quick write up: On Sunday February 20th the Toronto Animated Image Society presented…

Rock & Rule Premiere at Corus Quay

by Peter Roe (Guest Contributor) On January 19, 2011, intrepid Nelvana animator, Barry Sanders, presented the first of (what is to become) a monthly event, at the Toronto home base of Corus Entertainment: an after-hours screening of a non-mainstream animated…

Own it, don’t groan it.

A personal retrospective on what it means to be a project manager. Recently I partook in a fireside chat with a bunch of seasoned project managers from around the country. OK it was a pub but there was a fireplace.…

the Challenge of Animation: Another piece of the puzzle

It’s been a good long time since I’ve written any more “Challenge of Animation” posts,  but that doesn’t mean I can’t add some pieces to the puzzle.  Cartoon Brew posted yesterday a short bit about new markets, so I’m going…

Old, Bad System

Montréal-based screenwriter Alex Epstein has an interesting blog often full of pithy insights to the screenwriting side of (live-action) television. But here’s one article that especially twigged with me: “Q. I was wondering, five years later: is the “writing room”…

The comfort zone

Or: This must be purgatory. It’s Friday. 5 O’clock. You have spent the week doing your job. You have your check and are ready for the weekend. You had a discussion with some of your co-workers about a game you…

Montréal Stop Motion Festival Oct. 29-31

We posted the guest announcement previously, but just a reminder amid the tsunami of the Ottawa International Animation Festival-related stuff that might be coming up next week, don’t forget to check out the 2010 Montréal Stop Motion Fest the weekend…

Editorial: by Ron Doucet

Video after the jump. (opinions expressed are those of Mr Ron Doucet, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Canadian Animation Resources) stab, by Ron Doucet from Canadian Animation Resources on Vimeo.

jobby: Ottawa scene

I’ve been struggling for a week with this.  I want to write a simple post about the job market in Ottawa, with specific emphasis on some unique opportunities.  Maybe I’m being overly cautious, but here’s the thing: I don’t want…

The art of staying sane

Or: Even crappy McJobs can give you valuable experiences. I was at a conference this week (Casual Connect) for the social online gaming space and had a fun discussion about the awful jobs people have had to do over their…

Great Writing in Canadian TV

Hi all, I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted but I came across this little nugget from a Canadian Film and TV industry writer and it just blew my head clean off with it’s insight and depth.…

Uncertainty is the principle

Or: Heisenberg would have made a great Producer. A great quote from Ed Catmull: “On managers self-destructive tendencies for creative work: The notion that you’re trying to control the process and prevent error screws things up. We all know the…

Pixar Masterclass report

I was unable to attend the Pixar Masterclass in Toronto last week, but fortunately, I know some people who did.  One of those people is Neil Hunter, Coordinator of Ottawa’s Algonquin College Animation Program.  Here’s his report: Pixar Masterclass, Toronto…

Just do it!

Or: the world of rapid prototyping. I am in the process of recovering from what is known as a game jam. Game jams are an event that you can organize with friends where you try and create a playable game…

Gene Fowler on Jalloo Festival 2010

I’m still in Miramichi and I’m all Jalloo’d out.  I’ll give you guys a proper write up when I get some rest, but in the meantime, here’s a post from Gene Fowler of Loogaroo, on his experience mid-festival: I’ve just…

Lipsett Diaries review by Dominic von Riedemann

This animated short was screened as part of the 2010 Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto.) Countless documents and lives have illustrated the relationship between creativity and madness. Whether it’s musician Nick Drake, painter Vincent Van Gogh, horror writer H.P.…

The Production Bible.

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…

The perfect wave.

Or: when it all goes right! I realized the other day that most of my articles are focused on the things that can or do go wrong with a production. While I consider myself somewhat of a cynic I also…

Dealing with stress.

Or: Captain I think it’s gonna blow! Over the years I have seen a lot of folks leave this industry for one reason or another. Some leave because they wanted a career change. Some were forced because they couldn’t find…

Signal to Noise ratio

Or: Kids these days! When I am doing timing for storyboards my typical setup is Final Cut Pro. I get the audio and the still images from the board and pace out the show based on the acting in the…