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The Breadwinner.

By Mike Valiquette

The Breadwinner had its world premiere yesterday at TIFF and the reviews are coming in. Oscar talk is already happening. This is an important film, for a variety of reasons. It’s the latest from Cartoon Saloon, the studio behind Secret of the Kells and Song of the Sea. Both those movies were nominated for Academy… »

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… »

Startoon Cartoon Podcast, featuring Brett Jubinville, Stephanie Kaliner and Brandon Lane

By Mike Valiquette

The second episode of the new Startoon Cartoon Podcast is online, and, as warned, I’m sharing it here. This week’s episode is an almost 2 hour long conversation with 3 amazingly talented and pretty darn candid human beings. Tinman Creative Studio‘s co-founder and creator of Super Science Friends, Brett Jubinville Writer, comedian, and creator of… »

events: ANIMATIC TO presents, The War Stories on Christmas

By Mike Valiquette

Next week there’s an extra special Animatic TO happening. Barry Sanders has invited a group of industry veterans to share their “war stories”. It’s a tricky one, we’ve all got stories to tell of jobs that maybe left an emotional mark or two, but we also would like to continue to work in this industry…. »

TONIGHT: Animatic TO presents Mike Valiquette, Deconstructing Development and the Startoon Experience

By Mike Valiquette

Yep. Animatic TO is back! And tonight’s presentation is gonna be me, talking about the development process here in Canada and how Startoon, the online development initiative I ran this pas year, fits into it. For those who weren’t constantly bombarded by my personal updates about Startoon, here’s a little breakdown on what it was… »

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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

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… »

More Networks, Less Animation.

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

Behind A Table At TAAFI 2014

By Rebecca David

  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

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

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… »

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… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 2

By Mike Valiquette

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

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: Amid Amidi (Cartoon Brew) Identifies Exactly What Canadian Animation Should Aspire to

By Mike Valiquette

Amid’s a pretty opinionated guy, and I don’t always agree with him. But in his description of the European animated feature climate, he presents very eloquently the model Canada should be aspiring to: Amid: The big advantage that European animated features have is their lower budgets. Why is that an advantage? The benefit of smaller… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

the Seven Ages of an Animator, by Graham Falk

By Mike Valiquette

I think every studio in Canada has a copy of this floating around somewhere. It’s one of those pieces of artwork that’s become part of our folklore. I picked up a copy about 15 years ago at Dynomight Cartoons in Ottawa, and still have it tucked away in a box somewhere next to random doodles… »

from the internets: Guys With Pencils talk with Scott Caple

By Mike Valiquette

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

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… »

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… »

Greatest Cartoons Never Made (sorta): Angora Napkin

By Mike Valiquette

Troy Little and Nick Cross just posted a Director’s Commentary of the Angora Napkin cartoon they produced as part of the Teletoon Pilot Project a few years ago.  It’s pretty much my favourite cartoon ever, but I’m biased. It’s a fun commentary, and you can really hear how much they enjoyed making it. The show… »

Cartoon Network Canada: July 4, 2012

By Mike Valiquette

Mark the date, cartoon fans.  Cartoon Network Canada is launching July 4th. Sort of. I was under the impression that what was being talked about was a standalone Cartoon Network Canada Channel.  This sounded exciting for viewers, who would be getting all kinds of great Cartoon Network programming, seven days a week, 24 hours 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… »

Editorial: Working = Money, right?

By Rebecca David

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… »

from the internets: Quebec producers rallying to re-energize animation industry

By Mike Valiquette

A reader sent along a translation of a recent article from La Presse in Quebec.  The original article can be seen here. In the face of a dwindling industry, studios and producers have joined forces under the banner of the AQA.  Similarly, Nova Scotia saw a group of industry players team up a couple of… »

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… »

comix: Angora Napkin

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a while since I posted a link, but Troy Little is still posting pages to his Eisner Award-nominated Angora Napkin graphic novel over at the Angora Napkin blog.  If you’re looking for a fun read, go check it out. He’s all the way up to page… »

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… »

Comic Jams

By Mike Valiquette

I’ve just discovered that some animationy people I know are taking part in a new Comic Jam in Toronto.  I’m a big fan of these kinds of events.  We’ve got one here in Ottawa that ‘s been organized by Sue Marsden for a couple of years now, last Wednesday of each month, at a very… »

comix: Chewie 2, by Clio Chang

By Mike Valiquette

I love when artists make quick comics!  Clio Chang is a graduate of Capilano University’s Animation program, and I think is currently working at Disney.  This was on her blog.  Apparently it was a dream she… »

cool beans: Curtis and Tara

By Mike Valiquette

Not sure where to put this.  Maybe under profiles, maybe under showcase?  Either way, today I’m introducing you to Curtis and Tara.  Apart from being two of the most genuinely (as far as I can tell) nice people I’ve met since I got my first job in animation, they also make stuff.  They’re responsible for… »

So you want to make a Canadian cartoon….

By Mike Valiquette

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

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… »

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… »

profile: Kevin Parry

By Mike Valiquette

Last week I posted a fantastic film in the showcase, the Arctic Circle,  by Toronto’s Kevin Parry.  Months back, Kevin was good enough to take some time to chat with me about himself and the film.  Not long after,   I had one of what amounted to three major system crashes over the course of… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

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… »

profile: Kris Pearn

By sir warren b leonhardt

image © ken bautista EDIT NOTE: This article was originally run in the Spring 2007 issue of Apatoons , a closed-loop a.p.a., and the longest running animation related publication in American history. With permission from all those involved, we’ve managed to get a Canadian Animation Resources exclusive! *Be sure to read through to the end… »

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… »

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

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

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

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

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… »

The state of the animation industry?

By Rob Anderson

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

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… »

When is a job not a job?

By Rob Anderson

When it is a career? Words have power so I like to read the meanings to them when formulating my thoughts: job 1 |jäb| noun 1 a paid position of regular employment : jobs are created in the private sector, not in Washington | a part-time job. 2 a task or piece of work, esp…. »

good night, Frames Per Second

By Mike Valiquette

This came in late last night from Tamu Townsend via Facebook. It’s also up on the FPS blog. At 11:59, I don’t plan to add further animation-related content to fps. In its earlier form, it was a print animation magazine founded and edited by Emru Townsend. Its first issue was in 1991, spawned from a… »

Profile: Jason McArthur

By Mike Valiquette

Today I’m going to introduce you to Jason McArthur. I met Jason two and some years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He was there as part of the Fatkat contingent, along with another very talented fellow, Steve Valdez. Neither of these guys were execs for the company, or sales reps, or anything else… »

Know your role

By Rob Anderson

Or: Weren’t you supposed to take care of that? I enjoy being a part of a small company. In a startup the roles that everyone play can be very wide and fluid. An artist can do everything from board to final animation. You learn tons fast and get to have your fingers in as many… »

Nick Cross announces production of The Pig Farmer: Updated with link to Cartoon Brew commentary

By Mike Valiquette

Award-winning Canadian animator, Nick Cross showed off a few drawings from his latest independent short, The Pig Farmer, over on his blog Friday. Nick is familiar to regular readers of this site as the director of a long list of animated shorts, most recently, 2009’s Yellowcake. These films take a long time to produce, as… »

Zen and the art of cartoon making

By Rob Anderson

Or: Wrong, do it again. I have three daughters. They are all aspiring artists with different levels of talent, as you would expect from kids of different ages and mentalities. This past weekend we had an interesting debate around the dinner table. My oldest, (14) was concerned that we didn’t praise her art enough. She… »

8 year old movie reviews

By Mike Valiquette

We’re introducing a new feature here at Canadian Animation Resources, along with a new contributor, Rohan Connolly. For the purposes of full disclosure, Rohan is my daughter, so this is nepotism at its finest. Rohan also watches a lot of movies and knows a thing or two about animation. She’s a regular attendee at the… »

Global Game Jam experience. By Rob Anderson

By Rob Anderson

Or: there is such a thing as too much coffee. This past weekend I decided to get involved in the Global Game Jam. It isn’t a competition or a contest but a global challenge. Here in their words is what it is about: The Global Game Jam (GGJ) was founded in 2008 as an IGDA… »

Employment Status

By Mark C.

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 job. I’ve worked in a number of different circumstances, and the main lesson I’ve learned… »

Finding the pressure points. By Rob Anderson

By Rob Anderson

Or: Critical chain management methodology for animation production. I have mentioned before the data on the % of projects that are considered a failure or that go over budget for various reasons (32% success rate, 44% over budget and 24%failure, source) I feel that part of the issue is the way that we create schedules… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

File structure and file naming. By Rob Anderson

By Rob Anderson

Or: TZ_2010_SC_22_fx_prt_02_walk_3_4_back_blue_V_23_good_Final_rev_latest._Friday_6 I love computers. Either Mac or PC. I’m not one of those folks who feel they have to hate one over the other. The biggest advantage- and also failure- of programs are their ability to allow the user to find many different ways to get the same thing done. This is a good… »

The Value of an Artist

By Mark C.

I’m often asked by artists to judge whether the work they are doing is worth the money they are being paid by a studio. It’s a tough question, as every studio I’ve ever worked for or heard of has paid their crews different amounts for work, and in very dissimilar ways. Some studios pay by… »

Life after animation: Vic Atkinson

By Mike Valiquette

This popped up in a search today.  It’s a short post about Vic Atkinson, who used to be a big name in animation here in Ottawa.  Seems Vic paints now. A few more strokes of the keyboard and I came across Vic’s website.  Here’s what his “about” section says: Vic Atkinson was born in London,… »

Too Much Information about Mark Cappello

By Mark C.

I find autobiographies pretty suspicious, maybe it’s the skeptic in me, but I’m always wary of someone’s own telling of their life story. The author tends to leave out the petty crimes, broken hearts and embarrassing moments as they construct a rather sunny view of their accomplishments. I will at least go against my nature… »

2009 year in review, part I

By Mike Valiquette

We’re a now a chunk of days into 2010, and personally, I’m excited about it.  2009 was a great year, despite all the crap that hit us, and I’m keen to wrap it up and see what’s ahead.  So let’s get on with it. When I put it to you guys, there seemed to be… »

Getting back to it

By Mike Valiquette

I’m having a hard time getting my head back to writing mode after the holidays, which would explain the lack of posts.  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do, and it the list is more than a little intimidating right now.  The job of running this site really is full time.  I’ve been… »

Rob Anderson on Leadership

By Mike Valiquette

Running the asylum Or, who gave you the keys? Are leaders born or made has been a debate for many years and is something that better minds than mine have weighed in on. Below are some of my thoughts on how to be a better leader of people: Last year, as part of my slow… »

Production Pitfalls, with Rob Anderson

By Mike Valiquette

Some pitfalls in productions Or “throw me the idol; I’ll throw you the whip”. More thoughts on project management: Here are some very sobering statistics on project success rates worldwide and encompasses all types of projects: 34 percent of all projects succeed. An average of 15 percent of all projects fail. Projects that are considered… »

Rob Anderson talks production, updated

By Mike Valiquette

Robbie Anderson is, in my opinion, the best production guy in the business. I’ve worked with him a couple of times, and I’ve always been blown away by his abiltiy to forecast troublespots. It’s uncanny. It’s like he has super-powers. Thankfully, Rob chooses to use those powers for good, and now, it appears, for the… »

aw shucks

By Mike Valiquette

I received this message about a week ago on Facebook. I have to thank you. Because of your constant updates, i have been able to get internships, jobs and to get to know people in the industry. I can’t thank you enough, Michael. That’s awesome. I operate this site in a bit of a bubble…. »

The End Is Near! (for tv)

By Mike Valiquette

This post is making the rounds and I figured I’d get it out to ya’ll here as well. In a nutshell, Henry Blodget offers us a very simple comparison regarding the state of the TV industry. It’s where newspapers were at about five years ago. Which doesn’t give the current broadcast model a lot of… »

Funbag Animation post-script, New Bike Entertainment secures assets

By Mike Valiquette

Funbag Animation Studios was a mainstay of the Ottawa animation scene from 1993 to January of 2007, when the partners decided to close shop and go their seperate ways.  Funbag had started out in the service business, like so many others, and had made the transition over to producing their own shows, like For Better… »

Gene Deitch, straight talkin’

By Mike Valiquette

I don’t know if any of you guys check out the RSS feeds I have posted at the lower left. The top one is Cartoon Brew, run by Amid Amidi and Jerry Beck. It’s there because it’s the best site for everything animation, hands down. Amid and Jerry complement each other perfectly and run a… »

Tabitha Fisher on entitlement

By Mike Valiquette

I hope Tabitha doesn’t mind me posting this. She mentions on her blog that these tasty snippets were actually overheard at the Ottawa festival this year. Should we talk about entitlement now and how it’s affecting our industry? Maybe I could enlist some readers to comment…. »

Teletoon Detour Pilot Project: News and Reviews, part II

By Mike Valiquette

I had a chance a couple of weeks back to catch all three screenings of the Teletoon Detour Pilots at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.  I wrote about the first night here. So, apparently I didn’t like the Wireless Family.  But I did like Angora Napkin, which should come as no surprise to my friends… »

OIAF’09, day 5 with Justin Murphy

By Mike Valiquette

Justin’s still filing his reports. Day 5 was Sunday, and despite a hectic pace and a late night party the night before, Justin made it out to a bunch of events. Here’s his take on it.Justin has been a great member of the team this past week.  I’ve really been enjoying his daily reports and… »

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