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New contributor: Warren Leonhardt

By Mike Valiquette

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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By Mike Valiquette

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from the internets

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

technical difficulties

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

Bryce Hallett giving Rick Green a quick history of Canadian Animation

By Mike Valiquette

Found this on YouTube.  Once you get through the “funny”, Bryce does a pretty good job of sharing aspects of our industy’s history. Check it… »

Weekend Reading Cheat, Video: Pixar’s Ed Catmull

By Mike Valiquette

Posting on the run the past few days.  I’m in Toronto and I’m busy, busy, busy. Here’s a great piece of video with Pixar’s Ed Catmull. A few select quotes: I don’t like hard rules at all. I think they’re all bullshit. I do believe you want a vision, so you start off with a… »

from the internets (update)

By Mike Valiquette

Cartoon Network just put out a press release with a whole slew of programming announcements.  There’s a lot of live action.  Yep.  I’ll leave that analysis to Amid at Cartoon Brew.  There’s also a lot of pretty cool sounding cartoons though (including Adventurtime, and something executive produced by Superjail’s Christy Karakas).  As far as the… »

Nick Cross shares his process

By Mike Valiquette

Anyone who reads here regularly knows what a fan I am of the work of animator Nick Cross.  Nick has made some amazing films over the years(Waif of Persephone, Yellowcake), and is currently hard at work on his latest, the Pig Farmer.  Nick has always been very forthcoming with the process behind his films, sharing… »

Dan Magnan’s Road Regrets, by Jon Busby

By Mike Valiquette

New video by Jon Busby, of Vancouver’s… »

Lipsett Diaries Trailer (via NFB)

By Mike Valiquette

I’m overdue in posting this, but here’s the trailer to Theodore Ushev’s the Lipsett Diaries. The latest film from award-winning animator Theodore Ushev (Drux Flux) depicts the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at the age of 49. His descent into depression and madness is explored through… »

CORE Closure update: Globe and Mail gets some details

By Mike Valiquette

The Globe and Mail’s Michael Posner has continued to follow up on the closure of CORE Digital last month.  His article from Fridays’s Globe and Mail gives further details behind the FX shops demise. It looks like the company was further in debt than I’d heard: The bankruptcy followed a seven-month negotiation involving C.O.R.E., the Royal… »

guru studios’ HAZED at Pictoplasma

By Mike Valiquette

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAZED screens at Pictoplasma in Berlin April 8, 2010 – Guru Studio’s HAZED, an animated black comedy with an underhanded environmental message, was selected for the Pictoplasma Characters in Motion Film Festival in Berlin. The short film, produced by Toronto-based Guru Studio (gurustudio.com), is slated to screen April 10 as part of… »

TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE 2010, CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

By Mike Valiquette

TAIS ANIMATION SHOWCASE 2010 Deadline: May 14, 2010 – 5:00 pm Toronto Animated Image Society is seeking independent animated films made after January 2008 that are under 15 minutes in length for the TAIS SHOWCASE Screening this June 24, 2010.  All genres, mediums, techniques, themes accepted.  Artist fees paid for all screened films. No entry… »

Signal to Noise ratio

By Rob Anderson
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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… »

Ottawa International Animation Festival 2010 poster, updated with credits

By Mike Valiquette

I checked with Chris Robinson and he was good enough to give me the following information about the artist behind this year’s OIAF poster:  The 2010 Festival Poster was designed by Ottawa-based artist Andrea Stokes (http://pinkwagon.com/) . Andrea received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and now divides time between… »

site news: bandwidth issues

By Mike Valiquette

Sorry to any and all who came by earlier today, only to have your heart broken by a big white page and a message about exceeded bandwidth.  I’ve got it fixed for now.  So many new readers this month… welcome! and thanks for reading and busting my bandwidth.  Don’t worry, we’ve got room for you… »

Workspaces: Ward Jenkins

By Mike Valiquette

I found this today.  It’s a flickr set from Ward Jenkins of his home studio, his workspace from when he was at Laika, and his workspace from Primal Screen. I love this kind of thing.  Ward’s a very talented and well-spoken guy.  So it’s a real treat to get a peek into his various work… »

Upcoming Event: Labyrinth Store at Algonquin College, Ottawa

By Mike Valiquette

Via Rich Lauzon: Date: Monday, April 19, 2010 Time: 3:00pm – 8:00pm Location: Algonquin College 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa ON The Labyrinth Store’s Animation Road Show is coming to Algonquin for the third straight year!! This Toronto store specializes in books on Art, Illustration, Animation and Manga. They accept cash, debit and credit cards. If… »

Upcoming Event: Anomaly 2010, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette

Via Facebook: Date: Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 Time: 7pm to 8:30pm Location: Bread Garden at Metrotown, 4575 Central Blvd, Burnaby, BC Description We hosted the first Anomaly event in 2009 last April.. Approximately 200 was in attendance to witness some of the top CG talents in demonstration… ====================== Now, we’re back for Anomaly 2010! ======================… »

More from Ron Doucet: Specializing Within Your Field

By Mike Valiquette

Specializing Within Your Field Many animation courses (including the one I graduated from) really stress to their students that they should be a ‘jack-of-all-trades’. I have always disagreed with this. From the very beginning, when I began to work in this industry, I have never seen any evidence of this being true. From all the… »

Sylvain Chomet’s the Illusionist, Trailer

By Mike Valiquette

The trailer to Sylvain Chomet’s new feature, the Illusionist, is up. A lot of Canadian talent on this one, and it looks… »

Attention Artists! Call for submissions for Canteen Art Shop and Gallery, Ottawa

By Mike Valiquette

Call for artists from Inaas Kiryakos of Canteen Art Shop and Gallery in Ottawa This May we’re hosting an art show themed 99 Red Balloons. We’re inviting 99 artists to create an original 9″x9″ piece that will be sold for either your choice of $99 or $66 (99 upside down) dollars. As long as you… »

weekly Rex Bunyan

By Mike Valiquette

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If I were in Edmonton, I’d go to this.

By Mike Valiquette

The NFB and the NSI are co-hosting a workshop directed specifically at how filmmakers can use social media to engage their communities. Matt Forsythe (Content Manager, NFB.ca) and Liz Hover (Digital Media Manager, NSI) will provide practical advice on: • How to Create a Social Media Strategy • How and When to Use Social Media… »

Showcase: King of Magazines, Dave Cooper and Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

Danko Jones – King Of Magazines from Bad Taste Records on… »

Annie Awards

By Mike Valiquette

A little something called the Annie Awards went down over the weekend in L.A. Here are the winners: Best Animated Feature: Up Directing in a Feature Production: Pete Docter Up Animated Effects: James Mansfield The Princess and the Frog Character Animation in a Feature Production: Eric Goldberg The Princess and the Frog Character Design in… »

from the internets

By Mike Valiquette

Cameron Archer discusses Teletoon’s handling of the upcoming 6teen finale and debuting the Dating Guy in Canada over at URBMN Congrats to JC Little at Carpediem on My Life Me. BC ups tax credit for foreign productions from 25 to 33 % Fresh TV lands 3 Pixie Awards for… »

technical diffficulties

By Mike Valiquette

Apologies to anyone who popped by yesterday for their daily dose of Canadian-skewed animation goodness,  only to find themselves looking at Chinese television programming or being offered an online education in firearms repair.  It seems there was some malicious code embeddded in a plugin and yesterday the bomb went off.  Everthing should be ok now,… »

Saul Bass wants to make beautiful things

By Mike Valiquette
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Thanks to RobotJohnny at Drawn.ca for linking to this. There are a bunch of other great clips from the same interview available on… »

A conversation with Gene Fowler: What’s the opposite of outsourcing?

By Mike Valiquette
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I got word the other day that Gene Fowler and his gang at Loogaroo had just picked up a gig from a company out of Singapore.  Never one to miss an opportunity, I hit him up on MSN to find out more about it.  Gene was good enough to indulge my questions and even drew… »

Last call for entries: Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film

By Mike Valiquette
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LAST CALL FOR ENTRIES – EXTENDED DEADLINE for entries of animated commercials, music videos and TV trailer: 29. JANUARY 2010 The 17th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart / Germany (4.-9. May 2010) invites international advertising agencies, filmmakers and production companies to submit their films to our international competition Under Commission until January 29th 2010…. »

Too awesome not to post: Chinese Leno/Conan animation

By Mike Valiquette

This has been making the rounds, and  yeah, it’s not Canadian, but it IS… »

Letters of Note: John K to Amir Avni

By Mike Valiquette
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I got a link to this via email yesterday (so much catching up to do), and thought it migh tbe of interest to the readers.  It’s a letter that John K sent to then014-year-old, Amir Avni.  Amir is now finishing up his time at Sheridan, just to give this some context.  He’s getting pretty good! … »

Cordell Barker Masterclass, part I, from NFB.ca

By Mike Valiquette
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This is great. Looking forward to the… »

2009 in review?

By Mike Valiquette

I’m slowing recovering from the blur that is Christmas and was wondering what you guys might have to say about this past year.  It was a great one for me, and, while as an industry, we certainly felt the pinch in ’09, I think we’re set up for a pretty intersting 2010.  But what do… »

On holiday, back next week!

By Mike Valiquette

Hi gang. I’m in NYC for the weekend, so I don’t expect to be posting much, but who knows. Either way, I’ll be back at it next week. Right now, I’m off to play tourist and eat lots of pizza…. »

Atube, the global animation film festival

By Mike Valiquette
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Came across this through the Facebook Group page.  It looks interesting.  I’m swamped today, and haven’t read through the downloadable details of the specific contests yet, but will try to do so tonight.  The rest of the site is moslty Italian, so I’m outta luck there.  What looks cool to me is this storyboard contest. … »

from the internets

By Mike Valiquette

Geofreakz gets a go Amberwood’s Rollbots to DVD with Nelvana NFB in LA Vancouver’s Big Bad Boo didn’t take no for an… »

Support Canadian Animation Resources

By Mike Valiquette
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Hi guys! I’m going to try something here. I’ve been talking to a few people about whether or not it’s cool to ask my readers to help support the site financially. I have a structure in place for sponsorship, through advertising sales, so if anyone out there wants to get in on that, it’s available…. »

Site News

By Mike Valiquette

November 24th, 2009 Anyone who’s paying attention will see a couple of small changes here on the site. Apart from some cosmetic tweaking (we widened the page), I’d like to draw your attention to the menu bar at the top. I announced yesterday that the showcase page is now active, and yep, there it is…. »

from the internets

By Mike Valiquette
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Starz secures 12 million in financing from Royal Bank of Canada. I don’t know the details, but generally something like this es more like a line of credit, gap financing. So it’s not like the Royal Bank is financing their productions. It’s more like a payday cash advance from a really big Money Mart so… »

Marc Bell print available

By Mike Valiquette
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Canadian indie cartoonist Marc Bell has a print availalel here for 30 bucks.  There’s also a print by Al Columbia, he’s not Canadian, but he’s awesome. Purchasers, you have my… »

Drop Dead Gorgeous on detour.ca

By Mike Valiquette
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This week’s offering on detour.ca is Drop Dead Gorgeous.  I got a note from Caroline Maria, the show’s producer and director, that I thought I’d pass on to you guys: hi Mike – well the Drop Dead Gorgeous pilot is now online at thedetour.ca – i was wondering whether you would be interested in sharing… »

Waterloo Festival of Animated Cinema: Press Pass giveaway!!!!

By Mike Valiquette
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WFAC 2009 is almost upon us, and I need someone to play the role of intrepid reporter on behalf of the site!  I’m definitely missing out on this truly unique event.  The lineup of films this year is really amazing and hats off to Joseph Chen for putting this program together.  I’m going to quote… »

The Promise of 1981, a look at what might have been

By Mike Valiquette

Mark Mayerson posted scans of an old article about then up-and-comer, Nelvana, to his blog (must reading for anyone who gives a crap about animation in Canada).  It’s an interesting read about a company that had to take a very different direction in order to… »

facebookery, and the making of the tweets and stuff like dat dere.

By Mike Valiquette
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OK, so we’re on twitter and there’s now a facebook fan page.  The fan page is set up so anyhting posted here gets fed there automatically, so if you really want to stay current, and you’re on facebook, get signed  up. (there’s a little link in the menu bar up above here) As far as… »

OIAF ’09 signal film

By Mike Valiquette
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I promise I’ll get to new stuff soon.  There’s just so much from this past week to pass on.  Like the signal film.  This year’s was produced by Toronto’s Head Gear Animation.  I can’t embed it, but they have it up on their site as a Quicktime.  Here’s the link. I like… »

A night with Don Hertzfeldt, OIAF ’09, updated with part 4

By Mike Valiquette
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I came across these clips on YouTube today and figured I’d pass them on. I didn’t get to this event last week, so it’s great to get a chance to see what I missed. Hopefully you guys feel the same way. I’ll embed the clips below. Sadly, there’s no part… »

OIAF ’09, tips from Fran Krause

By Mike Valiquette
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Animator Fran Krause posted this to his blog some time ago, I’m going to reprint it here without his permission and hope he doesn’t mind. For the last several years, I’ve sent an email to all my students at the end of the Spring semester explaining the easiest and cheapest ways to attend the Ottawa… »

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Mike Valiquette
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technical difficulties…grrr

By Mike Valiquette

Posting should resume… »

ToonBoom Sale today

By Mike Valiquette
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Got word of a one day sales event from ToonBoom on a buttload of software.  If anyone’s shopping, today might be the day to do… »

Waking Sleeping Beauty at TIFF

By Mike Valiquette
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Had this brought to my attention by Barry Sanders in Toronto.  I’d forgotten about this film actually, but Barry says it’s well worth watching for any fan of animation, especially for those of us in the industry.  It’s apparently very candid in it’s discussions of the climate at Disney during their return to prominence in… »

Last chance for OIAF ’09 Animapass!

By Mike Valiquette
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I haven’t had a chance to read all the reviews for Tim Burton/Shane Acker’s “9” yet, so I’m giving the contest til Monday.  So, anyone who’s looking to save 200 bucks and come to Ottawa for the festival next month, go out and see 9 this weekend.  Bring 5 or 10 friends , and write… »

SPARK ’09 this week in Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette
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Lotsa good stuff at SPARK this year.  If you’re in VAncouver, you should be going. I’m hoping to have some coverage from one of our dedicated readers. Here’s the press release SPARK ANIMATION ’09 CELEBRATES INSPIRATION & INNOVATION WITH A STELLAR LINEUP OF INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AND ANIMATED FILM PREMIERES Vancouver ACM SIGGRAPH launches the Spark… »

Best of OIAF 2008 at the Shanghai, Ottawa

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re in Ottawa at the end of the month, and looking to sate your appetite for both independent animation and tasty dumplings, here’s the place to be: The Best of Ottawa 2008 at Shanghai Restaurant On Thursday, September 24, 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm, join festival staff at Shanghai Restaurant (651 Somerset St, W)… »

Weekend Viewing: Shane Acker’s 9, write a review and win a free Animapass

By Mike Valiquette
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Ok, 9 has been out for a few days, but this is the big weekend.  You have the time, you have the interest, go see it.  Maybe you could even win a prize! Here are the rules again if any of you want to win that Animapass for this year’s OIAF: The Ottawa International Animation… »

Mike Geiger’s Cuddlesticks: viral reaction

By Mike Valiquette
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Have you seen Cuddlesticks? No? Well, you’re part of a growing minority. It’s a short film that was produced by Mike Geiger. He’s got it up on Youtube, along with a bunch of his other work, all of it worth checking out. Cuddlesticks sports an advisory warning, and apparently with good reason. Have you seen… »

Contest: Review 9 and win a free Animapass for OIAF ’09

By Mike Valiquette

Ok gang, here it is, our first ever contest here at Canadian Animation Resources. The Ottawa International Animation Festival is just around the corner, and I have a free Animapass to give away!  But there are two, yep: 2, conditions.  Here are my terms: All applicants must submit a review for the movie 9, in… »

3D Object Animation Workshop with Neil Burns, Last Chance!!!

By Mike Valiquette
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3-D OBJECT ANIMATION Make your still imagery come to life! Spots still available! Workshop date: SUNDAY AUGUST 30th, 10AM – 6PM + 4 hours practice time This one-day workshop will examine traditional 3-D clay, foam and object animation using various films as examples and will culminate in the creation of a group-made 3-D animation. The… »

(updated!)Teletoon to air remaining episodes of Life’s a Zoo

By Mike Valiquette
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Heard from Cameron Archer, of URBMN. I linked to him regarding the remaining episodes of Life’s a Zoo that were sitting on the shelf at Teletoon. Apart from picking up a Gemini nom, the final seven episodes have made their way off the shelf and onto the schedule for this fall. Update: “We’re looking forward… »

Weekly Rex Bunyan comic

By Mike Valiquette
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Darren posted this yesterday, I’m the one running… »

Sheridan workstations for sale

By Mike Valiquette

(via Mark Mayerson) Hey All, Three years have gone by so fast!!! It is time again to sell off all of our current workstations to make room for the new ones for the next 3 years. We are only selling the workstations not the monitors. We are using the Monitors for next year so we… »

From the Internets

By Mike Valiquette
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More coverage of the official selection for the OIAF. 22 Canadian films this year, with representation in every category. Artistic Director Chris Robinson: “We’re always extremely proud to show off Canadian talent in addition to providing a platform for animators around the globe to showcase their work. But this year goes above and beyond what… »

Canadian Animation on Sundance Channel: Animation Bizarro

By Mike Valiquette

Found this. Looks cool. A few familiar creators. Take a… »

The Insatiable Mr. Banks, formerly from Fatkat, now from Loogaroo

By Mike Valiquette

video after the jump. The Insatiable Mr.Banks from Loogaroo on… »

CGMovement workshop, August 16th, Vancouver

By Mike Valiquette
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Via facebook: About the workshop: ============= As our group’s mission is to promote interactions and learning within the 3D animation community, we would like to invite you to join us at our next Animation Workshop on August 16th, 2009! What it is is that each volunteer will bring forth a short tutorial piece that he/she… »

TAIS! August Incubator, August 5th, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette
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Join other animators and wannabe animators for an informal meetup and cameraless animation workshop. Show your works in progress, share animation knowledge and network with other animators all while scratching, painting or inking away on provided film stock. TAIS reps will be on hand with all the tools and know-how you’ll require to get working… »

Weekly Rex Bunyan comic

By Mike Valiquette
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It was a long weekend here in Ontario yesterday, so I failed to post the weekly Rex Bunyan strip from Darren Rawlings. A day late, but here ya go…. »

Weekly Rex Bunyan

By Mike Valiquette
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Darren Rawling’s Rex Bunyan is up again. Must be… »

Weekend Reading: Mark Mayerson

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re not reading Mark Mayerson’s blog, you should be.  Mark is a smart guy.  He writes smart things.  I don’t necessarily think he’s always right, but I like what he has to say.  He posts a wide variety of animation-related topics on his blog, Mayerson on Animation, and has some very pertinent observations of… »

Leonard Maltin’s Animation Favorites from the National Film Board of Canada

By Mike Valiquette
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I haven’t mentioned or linked to this before, and that’s a shame. The NFB have made a whole buttload of films available for viewing over at their site. I’m going to link to Leonard Maltin’s Best of the NFB compilation, because I might get more hits by having Leonard Maltin’s name in my content. Leonard… »

Weekly Rex Bunyan

By Mike Valiquette
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It’s Monday, so that means Darren Rawlings has anothr Rex Bunyan strip… »

Who makes cartoons?

By Mike Valiquette

I’m asking this question, not in the sense of “who are the people that make the cartoons we watch?”, but rather, who. out there, is making cartoons? There’s a lot of talk about how the advances in technology, both hardware and software, have created unprecedented possibility for the creation of professional quality animation. Home studios… »

weekly Rex Bunyan, by Darren Rawlings

By Mike Valiquette
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It’s Monday, and Darren managed to get another strip… »

Comix: Keep reading Pip & Norton

By Mike Valiquette
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Comix: More Rex Bunyan

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Happy Canada Day!

By Mike Valiquette

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Review of ECUAD Animation Gradshow

By Mike Valiquette
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Reader Craig Long graciously supplied a review of the Emily Carr Animation Gradshow mentioned here. *Review of Short Fuse, ECUAD Animation Grad Show* As I think back to my formative last days of university, I remember feeling a strange mix of emotions when instructors would assign an open-ended final project. With limitations that stretch only… »

Short animation: Charged

By Mike Valiquette

CHARGED – Animated Short Film from Collin T on Vimeo. This is the film I wrote about a few weeks back, “Charged”, by Collin Tsandilis, Trent Correy, and Mayrhosby Yeoshen, from Algonquin College. It’s online at Vimeo and they’ve got it over at Digg.com as well, so head on over and vote for the sucker. … »

VanArts offering masterclass in Montreal with Pixar artists

By Mike Valiquette
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EVENT INFO: Masterclass with PIXAR Artists VanArts presents a rare and exciting opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most talented artists. Join story artist Matthew Luhn and animator Andrew Gordon, both of PIXAR Animation Studios, as they conduct a 2-day Masterclass in Animation and Story Development. This masterclass is geared toward not only… »

PEI International Film Festival, Final call for entries

By Mike Valiquette
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With a category for Best Animation, head on over the the PEI International Film Festival site.  Tomorrow is the last day to get your film submitted. Info at the… »

Toronto After Dark Film Festival, final call for entries

By Mike Valiquette

Got this in from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Act fast, deadline is tomorrow! Call for Entries, Final Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2009! ATTENTION: HORROR, SCI-FI, ACTION, ANIMATION AND CULT FILMMAKERS This is the very last chance for you to submit your short or feature film to this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival…. »

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