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STARTOON CARTOON PODCAST: Behind the Scenes of Running a Studio in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the Startoon Cartoon Podcast (something else we do that’s pretty much the exact same content we’d like to be producing for CAR), we spoke with Morghan Fortier of Tinman Creative Studios, Hector Herrera of Together Words + Pictures, Kyle MacDougall of Jam Filled, and Style5′s Sam Chou. These guys all operate studios of… »

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

By Mike Valiquette
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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, it’s not easy to catch every single screening since there are so many events and… »

Countdown to OIAF 2016: MORE Festival Memories from Rob Anderson

By Mike Valiquette
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OIAF 2016 is right around the corner. It’s a big year, the festival is celebrating 40 years. I’ve been going since 1992, and from this vantage point it all seems like one long blur of faces and films. Thankfully there are those out there with clearer memories. One of those is our very own occasional… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS KICKSTARTER: 6 Days to Go!

By Mike Valiquette
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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 in your heart for cool cartoons, and if you’re reading this, you clearly do, SHOW… »

from the internets: Animation Pimp On Our Golden Age of Animation

By Mike Valiquette
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From Chris Robinson, via AWN. If you want to see a true Golden Age of Animation, just take a look around you right now. Never before has there been so much inspiring animation (short and to a lesser degree, features) being produced by so many generations, cultures and genders (although that needs some fine tuning… »

Nova Scotia Film Rally: Right Now.

By Mike Valiquette
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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 of the film industry met for two hours with Finance Minister Diane Whalen. Both sides… »

Urbance Kickstarter: FUNDED!!!!! and still 43 HOURS TO GO!

By Mike Valiquette
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UPDATE: With 44 hours to go, Urbance just hit their goal of raising $189 000.00!!!!!! I’ve seen projects bounce back, but this is amazing. Just two days ago they were short about 35K (if I’m not mistaken), and now they might be looking at stretch goals. I’m excited to be supporting this project, and I… »

More Networks, Less Animation.

By Mike Valiquette
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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 CRTC. After earlier being denied a category A broadcast licence that would have granted Starlight mandatory carriage,… »

from the internets: Canadaland ep44, Cartoon Sweatshop

By Mike Valiquette

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 page. I haven’t listened yet. I’m suffering from very spotty internet right now. But it’s… »

from the internets: Disney extends Netflix deal to Canada

By Mike Valiquette
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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, which now include productions from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Walt Disney Animation Studios, you… »

Behind A Table At TAAFI 2014

By Rebecca David
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  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 lots of people who are more than happy to meet you! So when TAAFI announced… »

Mark Mayerson on Pitching Your Project

By Mike Valiquette
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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…. »

from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

By Mike Valiquette
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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… »

Merry Christmas!

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

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

By Mike Valiquette
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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… »

from the internets: Post-OIAF Roundup

By Mike Valiquette
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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 spend more time focusing on the meetings you’ve got, rather than speeding off to the… »

The Chaperone is the BALLZ

By Mike Valiquette
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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 eyes on it. Here’s the trailer: Directed by Fraser Munden and Neil Rathbone, this thing… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 discussion, and of much greater interest to the CRTC. In our little world, there’s a… »

TAAFI 2013 in review

By Rebecca David
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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 the first. What follows is my experience and evaluation of this year’s fest. Friday: TAAFI… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 2

By Mike Valiquette
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Mark Mayerson’s coverage of TAAFI, Day 2 is up, with a hearty recommendation aimed directly at Dr Stuart Sumida and some shorts programme coverage. Thanks Mark! Follow the… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 1

By Mike Valiquette
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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 totally worth reading. Now I know what I missed, and I’m especially glad Mark has… »

from the internets: the best god-damned thing I’ve read about in forever.

By Mike Valiquette
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Or, Fuck Yeah Fox. Say what you will about the content they’ve been previewing online. Axe Cop may not be your cup of tea, nor perhaps Apollo Guantlet. But the situation that is playing out at Fox in LA sounds amazing. The confidence the network has put in the hands of their designated shepherds, Nick… »

from the internets: Guys With Pencils talk with Scott Caple

By Mike Valiquette
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Guys with Pencils podcast, featuring a conversation with Scott Caple.  Scott is an instructor at Sheridan, whose resume includes the Incredibles and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here’s the download link…. »

from the internets: Animation Production Insight, from Echo Bridge

By Mike Valiquette
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Steve Valdez runs Echo Bridge Pictures.  They’re a boutique animation studio out of Florida.  Yeah, I know that’s not in Canada, but I’m not going to hold it against him.  Steve’s an honorary Canadian in my book.  I met him a few years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, an event he tries to… »

Why did the animator cross the road?

By Mike Valiquette

Brent Forrest supplies the answer after the… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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.  Here are his thoughts on Paul Bush’s BABELDOM: Paul Bush’s BABELDOM is lazy filmmaking at… »

John Textor Quits Digital Domain and the End of Tembo, UPDATED: JON TEXTOR’S RESIGNATION LETTER

By Rebecca David

The VFX community is abuzz with the sudden fall of Digital Domain stock prices and the revelation that they are in massive debt. We asked ourselves what this could mean for Tembo, the feature film Digital Domain had slotted to develop in it’s new Florida studio? The Institute they’re developing?  While Digital Domain’s plans to open… »

A conversation with Josh Bowen, creator of Mondo Media’s Goodwin VS Badwin

By Mike Valiquette

  A little while back, I had a few minutes to chat with Toronto’s Josh Bowen.  Josh is an independent producer who had some recent success with Goodwin VS Badwin, a webseries being showcased on Mondo Media’s YouTube channel.  GvsB has ranked up a solid chunk of numbers, and while it hasn’t been a breakout… »

Greatest Cartoons Never Made: Ren and Stimpy, Life Sucks

By Mike Valiquette

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 Kricfalusi got a second shot at Ren and Stimpy.  The cartoon world got real excited. … »

Look what I missed: May 8th, 2009….Happy 3rd birthday to us!

By Mike Valiquette

On September 5th, 2008, I started a blog.  It was an extension of a Facebook Group I’d created for Canadian animators to share and talk.  Those first posts went up here and here, with absolutely no fanfare.  I remember hitting “publish”.  I also remember watching the hits and wondering if anyone was even interested.  A… »

Education and Exploitation with John Textor

By Rebecca David

Publisher’s Note(Mike V): Apologies to those readers still interested in following this story.  We were unable to schedule the second half of our interview with John Textor in an expedient fashion, and felt it best to get what we do have to you sooner rather than later.  The first half felt like a warm-up, to… »

Q&A with John Textor – CEO of Digital Domain

By Rebecca David

Editor’s Note: We’ve been running coverage following the reveal that Digital Domain is setting up a school, using government funding, to enable students to pay tuition for the “privilege” of working on their upcoming animated features.  The bit that really lit the fire was a villainous address by their CEO, Joh Textor, to a group… »

Editorial: Working = Money, right?

By Rebecca David
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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 on the feature films their new animation studio, Tradition Studios, is producing.  In his own… »

events: Current centre of online attention and exploiter of student labour, Digital Domain, recruiting sessions. Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re following the news here or over on Cartoon Brew, or even at VFXsoldier, you’ll be familiar with American VFX shop, Digital Domain.  They state with great pride on their site that they were founded by Jim Cameron, and they’ve contributed to effects on tons of huge movies.  These guys have done tons of… »

Cartoonists demo the Wacom Inkling, Marlo hulks out.

By Mike Valiquette

A while back, we got the good people at Wacom to send us one of their fancy new Inkling pens to do a demo.  You remember the Inkling right?  It tore up people’s twitter feeds for about 24 hours.  I figured I should get someone who knows their digital tools to put it through its… »

a conversation about unpaid internships, part II

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks ago, the comments section  of the site pretty much lit up over postings for unpaid internships by Toronto’s guru studios.  The readership here really got involved, something that I’m always really proud of, and the discussion was generally very constructive.  Guru responded and explained that the posts were a clerical error, and… »

a conversation about unpaid internships

By Mike Valiquette

A few days ago, we posted openings at Toronto’s guru studios for unpaid internships in various positions.  We received an above average number of comments in response to those posts. First of all, thank you for your response.  We get next to no discussion in our comments section.  That’s our norm.  We also recently had… »

Cable News/Rant: G4 Canada drops [adult swim] from schedule

By Cameron Archer

I’m introducing you guys to a new contributor today, Cameron Archer. Cameron and I have been corresponding for some time now, and I’ve come to enjoy his commentary on TV in general, and sometimes animation in particular.  You can usually find him over on his own site, urbmn.  Cam’s got opinions, and he’s not afraid… »

OIAF 2011, my thoughts.

By Mike Valiquette

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 of it here in Ottawa, and from colleagues in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.  The other… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 night.  The press release isn’t out yet, so a complete list of winners eludes me…. »

more OIAF 2011, by Grant Moore

By Mike Valiquette

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! So, I will do my best to give a recap of what I experienced throughout… »

OIAF 2011 report, by Grant Moore

By Mike Valiquette

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 the 2011 Ottawa International Animation Festival. I didn’t get to see too much since I… »

30 Second Films update

By Mike Valiquette

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 make sophomore films.  Our approach has been very specific: make the film you can make,… »

It’s Jalloo time!

By Mike Valiquette

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 already today, another tomorrow, plus a screening of contemporary Canadian animation that I managed to… »

from the internets: Should I post my film online, via CartoonBrew

By Mike Valiquette
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Cartoon Brew had this posted recently, and I think it bears repeating to our audience as well. Max Porter of the husband-and-wife animation team Tiny Inventions wrote a fascinating blog post about the pros and cons of immediately distributing their short Something Left, Something Taken on-line last year instead of waiting for the film to… »

So you want to make a Canadian cartoon….

By Mike Valiquette

So let’s end the week with this, shall… »

Hothouse report 1, by Tabitha Fisher

By Mike Valiquette

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 she’ll be doing a bit of writing for us for the next little while, sharing… »

repost: Boring Freelance Tax Preparation Part 2

By Mark C.

Thanks to everyone who read or commented on Part 1 of this 2-part article. People had great input, and hopefully this conversation helps clarify this complex aspect of the field. As a freelance or self-employed artist one of the most challenging things to keep track of is all of your freelance receipts. It is often… »

repost: Boring Freelance Tax Preparation, Part 1

By Mark C.

Mark C contributed this helpful pair of posts last year.  The info is as good now as it was then, and considering April is right around the corner, quite timely. (thanks to Chris Dainty for the suggestion) Tax time is almost upon us, and at this time of year many freelance animation artists are busy… »

Developing News

By sir warren b leonhardt

‘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 it was: a) it took a decade. b) she never waffled on what she wanted… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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 a full day lecture by veteran effects animator Joseph Gilland to a sold out NFB… »

Good Business: Mercury Filmworks offering RRSP plan

By Mike Valiquette

I’m a big fan of good things.  Good design, good information, and good business.  We’re at a point now where our animation industry is generally run pretty well at the studio level.  It doesn’t seem that long ago, however, that you could fill a studio with 150 people, full time, for months on end, and… »

from the internets: Canimation Canadian Cartoon Character Hall of Fame

By sir warren b leonhardt

The not-often updated Canimation blog has done it again – this time with a reaction to the recent Teletoon Retro poll. Head over there to read this post about why Rocket Robin Hood could be the Greatest Canadian Cartoon of All… »

Rock & Rule Premiere at Corus Quay

By Mike Valiquette

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 feature film. The obvious choice to kick-start this series was Nelvana’s own attempt at breaking… »

Dear Stereoscopic 3D, You are SO dead. Signed, Ebert & Murch

By sir warren b leonhardt

I’ve had my reservations of the notion about 3D becoming the new norm, just solely on the basis that it can add about $12 – 20mil to any animated feature in a time of financial woes. And – estimates reveal it may have diminishing returns. There’s a million articles about this, (I highly recommend this… »

Globe & Mail is the new centre of the universe

By sir warren b leonhardt

In a recent article, the tech columnists at the Globe & Mail took it upon themselves to define the term ‘viral’ to all you noobs out there. In the process, they managed the classic left-handed compliment slap endemic to Canadian pop culture. “The runaway success of “Americanarama,” a song by Canadian indie band Hollerado with… »

non-canadian: Rango reference, voice actors actually interacting for a change

By Mike Valiquette

Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is making a 3D Feature about a lizard.  Johnny Depp is voicing the lizard.  That’s just about the full extent of most mainstream coverage of Rango. They’ve released a very short promo that shows an interesting approach to voice record.  They seem to have shot the film in a… »

catching up with URBMN’s Teletoon Pilot reviews

By Mike Valiquette

I always seem to be playing catch up these days.  Maybe it’s because I’m trying to run the site while holding down a full time job, teaching six hours a week at Algonquin College, juggling the occasional freelance gig, and raising a nine year old. Our pal Cameron Archer is also a busy guy, and… »

Own it, don’t groan it.

By Rob Anderson

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. Plus lots of beer. Inevitably discussion gravitated to all the problems and heart aches that… »

the Challenge of Animation: Another piece of the puzzle

By Mike Valiquette

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 to link to it here. The main point of the piece is just that, it’s… »

Old, Bad System

By sir warren b leonhardt

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” mentality still dead in Canada? Or has it picked up any steam since you last… »

from the internets: URBMN reviews Teletoon Pilots

By Mike Valiquette

Our old pal Cameron Archer has been keeping up with the recent airings of the Teletoon Detour pilots commissioned a few years back.  This past Sunday was Ninjamaica’s debut.  Cameron watched it, and didn’t hate it.  Here’s a bit of what he had to say: Ninjamaica has, taken at face value, a stupid premise. He’s… »

The comfort zone

By Rob Anderson

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 played recently or a film you watched. You all had strong opinions and had talked… »

TELETOON Detour Pilot Project now on iTunes

By sir warren b leonhardt

Last year’s batch of Teletoon’s tax credit babies are now available on iTunes. Among the titles are: Angora Napkin Dunce Bucket Ninjamaica Fugget About It Chinatown Cops Space Knights Celebutard Nation Drop Dead Gorgeous Nerdland You can find out more on the official Teletoon website or via Mike Valiquette’s reviews from last year. If you… »

‘Officer Bubbles’ sues YouTube and users over animation

By sir warren b leonhardt

Holy Streisand Effect. Well, you must have heard of this one by now. Over the past few months, a Toronto officer policing the G20 this summer was satirized with some YouTube cartoons, and he’s just not going to take it anymore. So he’s filed a lawsuit against YouTube & Google to get the anonymous users’… »

Get Animated! October 28 – November 7, 2010

By sir warren b leonhardt

Manoman, there’s SO MUCH going on this month! There’s the yearly Ottawa International Animation Festival next week, the Stop-Motion Festival in Montréal the week after that, and now this! oehttp://www.nfb.ca/film/get_animated_2010 From the official website: “Get Animated! is a Canada-wide series of free screenings, master classes and activities marking International Animation Day. Watch the NFB’s latest… »

Montréal Stop Motion Festival Oct. 29-31

By sir warren b leonhardt

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 after Ottawa’s fest.They’ve just posted their full schedule. Among their guests is the eminent stop-motion… »

Nova Scotia: the Animation Situation, by Ron Doucet

By Mike Valiquette

This was posted on Ron’s blog about a week ago, reprinted with permission here. October 01, 2010 The Final Straw? So after nearly a year of battling the subject, it would seem the issue (thus far) is at a stand still. The issue being; the Nova Scotia Labour tax credit debacle, in which a slight… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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. … »

Editorial: by Ron Doucet

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

jobby: Ottawa scene

By Mike Valiquette

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 to shill.  About two weeks back, I noticed a bump in job posts here on… »

from the internets: URBMN on My Life ME

By Mike Valiquette

From Cameron Archer’s TV site, URBMN: August 4, 2010 News: My Life ME to debut on French Télétoon September 2010 Filed under: News Stuff,URBMN 2008- — C. Archer @ 11:50 pm My Life ME, an anime-style Canada/France co-production, will debut on the French version of Télétoon September 2010, according to Teletoon publicist Megan Dunkley.  The… »

Gene’s day so far…

By Mike Valiquette

From the desk of Gene Fowler, at… »

Advice from Ron Doucet: Building a Better Demo Reel

By Mike Valiquette

Demo Reel Tips by Ron Doucet Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of screening hundreds of demo reels. I’ve seen plenty of good ones and bad ones, but even though the format has changed from VHS, to CD, then DVD, and now YouTube, I had always noticed a similar pattern of errors in the… »

The art of staying sane

By Rob Anderson

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 careers. It struck me that even that worst job that you have had can be… »

Great Writing in Canadian TV

By Mark C.

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. http://the-legion-of-decency.blogspot.com/2010/07/detaching-from-matrix.html Jim Henshaw is the writer’s name, and that handle is damn near butch enough… »

Uncertainty is the principle

By Rob Anderson

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 saying it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission. And everyone knows that, but I… »

More from Ron Doucet on setting freelance rates

By Mike Valiquette

Ron posted a while back about setting freelance rates and provided some guidelines that he used.  Well, it caused a bit of a stir, as he quoted some very low numbers.  If you read the post, you might do well to red through the comments as well, as an excellent discussion ensued regarding the rates… »

Awesome advice from Ron Doucet: Setting Your Rates For Freelance Work

By Mike Valiquette

Setting Your Rates for Freelance Work As I have been doing many freelance jobs from storyboards to design and animation over the past year for many clients both big and small. I’ve realized how difficult it can become to figure out what to charge clients for your services.  Here’s a small guide based upon by… »

Pixar Masterclass report

By Mike Valiquette

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 2010 By Neil Hunter, Coordinator Algonquin College Animation Program It was a hot summer morning… »

Just do it!

By Rob Anderson

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 within a set time limit usually 24 or 48-hours. Very similar to the 24-hour comic… »

Gene Fowler on Jalloo Festival 2010

By Mike Valiquette

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 returned from a full day and night of absolute debauchery at the local college here… »

Lipsett Diaries review by Dominic von Riedemann

By Mike Valiquette

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. Lovecraft or animator Ryan Larkin, there are no shortage of lives burned out by the… »

You don’t know what you don’t know.

By Rob Anderson

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… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

The Production Bible.

By Rob Anderson
ye

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…. »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

The perfect wave.

By Rob Anderson
me

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 like to think of myself as having an optimistic side. Otherwise why keep at it… »

Dealing with stress.

By Rob Anderson
me

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 work in the field. Some simply got fed up. In the last 5 years or… »

Signal to Noise ratio

By Rob Anderson
me

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 audio track. I will add sound effects if required and occasionally the odd piece of… »

the challenge of animation, part III

By Mike Valiquette

March 30th, 2010 Another quickie, just a link really, but as we address the challenge of animation, it’s important to be looking for a solution.  I’m struggling these days to put it all on paper, but it’s there, and I’m going to try to spell it out.  At the very least, here’s one of the… »

How I spent my March break

By Rob Anderson

March 29, 2010 A couple of weeks ago now, I went to the Game Developers Summit and The Flash Game Summit to try and absorb as much information as I could on the world of game making. I consider myself to be a game geek. I have been playing board games since I learned to… »

Review: Tooned! from Breakthrough Films and Television, TVTropolis, by Cameron Archer

By Mike Valiquette

Seeing as I don’t get TVTropolis, I asked our friend Cameron Archer, of URBMN, to review the premiere of Tooned!  I reported this thing was going into production back on the old blog many moons ago.  Here’s how the Breakthrough site described the show then: Stay Tooned is a live-action factual entertainment series about the… »

Mattel’s Monster High VS Neptoon Studio’s Monstrocity High, you decide, UPDATED

By Mike Valiquette

March 22, 2010. This kind of thing happens all the time: you have an idea for a show, you draw some sketches, come up with some characters, maybe even put together a pitch, then discover that someone’s pitching, or already producing, something similar. Often enough, you can chalk it up to dumb luck and sheer… »

The state of the animation industry?

By Rob Anderson
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Or: I think we are going to need a better boat. You may have noticed some rather spectacular news in the last few days concerning closures of animation studios and layoffs of seasoned folks at others. While this is not a new phenomenon it sure smarts when it happens. Over the last two years there… »

Words of Wisdom from Ron Doucet: Creating an Online Presence

By Mike Valiquette

March 9, 2010 Looks like our little list of contributors is growing! Please welcome Ron Doucet. I’ll get Ron to give us a proper intro soon, for now, I’m just going to go ahead and yield the floor to him for the first of what I hope will be many contributions to Canadian Animation Resources…. »

the challenge of animation, part II

By Mike Valiquette

Part II in an ongoing conversation. I’m sick as a dog today, so I’ll keep this short. Oh, and cryptic. The challenge of animation here in Canada may actually be more challenging than even I suspected.  That’s all I can say today.  More to… »

Casting your net

By Rob Anderson
yar

Or: the importance of networking I am heading off next week to the Game Developers Conference. I hope to be able to post some things from there but I thought that sharing some of the reasons for going would be fun! I am generalizing here but something about the animation industry seems to attract a… »

the challenge of animation, an ongoing conversation (plus a call for feature talent)

By Mike Valiquette

March 2, 2010 Chapter one in an ongoing series. I was speaking with a distributor this week. They’ve been approached by an American client who is looking to do a feature film. It’s got a low budget (but still in the tens of millions) and they’re looking to produce it in Canada. Great right? You’d… »

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