Tag: commentary

Resource Repost: Employment Status

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

The Breadwinner.

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…

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

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…

events: ANIMATIC TO presents, The War Stories on Christmas

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…

OIAF 2016 in Review, by Noam Sussman

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

Nova Scotia Film Rally: Right Now.

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

More Networks, Less Animation.

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

from the internets: Canadaland ep44, Cartoon Sweatshop

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

Behind A Table At TAAFI 2014

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

Mark Mayerson on Pitching Your Project

Mark Mayerson has been posting the content of a talk he did for an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. We posted part one last week, and he’s now got 5 of…

from the internets: It’s Mark Mayerson day!

Mark Mayerson did an Animatic TO event in March: Don’t Pitch To the Buyer, Pitch To the Audience. It was great. I always enjoy getting Mark’s side of things, despite wanting to argue a couple of points with him. We…

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

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

from the internets: Mark Mayerson on TAAFI, day 1

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

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

Dominic von Reidemann is a regular contributor at suite101.com.  Suite 101 is down for a rehaul, so Dominic’s ours at the moment.  He’s sharing some reviews of the films he took in while at last weeks’ Animation Festival in Ottawa. …

Editorial: Working = Money, right?

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

comix: Angora Napkin

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…

OIAF 2011, my thoughts.

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

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

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

more OIAF 2011, by Grant Moore

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

Comic Jams

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…

comix: Chewie 2, by Clio Chang

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 had.

cool beans: Curtis and Tara

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…

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

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

profile: Kevin Parry

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,  …

The comfort zone

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

Editorial: by Ron Doucet

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

jobby: Ottawa scene

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

The art of staying sane

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

Uncertainty is the principle

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

profile: Kris Pearn

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…

Pixar Masterclass report

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

Just do it!

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

Gene Fowler on Jalloo Festival 2010

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

The Production Bible.

Or: there are more than ten commandments in this one. There are many bibles that exist in a production, with many more rules than the ten from the Christian bible. I prefer to call them Manifestos. These Bibles/Manifestos are used…

The perfect wave.

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

Dealing with stress.

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

Signal to Noise ratio

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

Casting your net

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…

When is a job not a job?

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,…

good night, Frames Per Second

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…

Profile: Jason McArthur

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.…

Know your role

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…

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

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…

Zen and the art of cartoon making

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…

8 year old movie reviews

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…

Global Game Jam experience. 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…

Finding the pressure points. By Rob Anderson

Or: Critical chain management methodology for animation production. I have mentioned before the data on the {f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd} of projects that are considered a failure or that go over budget for various reasons (32{f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd} success rate, 44{f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd} over budget and 24{f2e86ea6af82e2bb048871abf045622abf0ed27fb513932dc1ee8c05a54cbefd}failure,…

The Value of an Artist

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…

Life after animation: Vic Atkinson

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…

Too Much Information about Mark Cappello

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…

2009 year in review, part I

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…

Getting back to it

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…

Rob Anderson on Leadership

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…

aw shucks

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…

The End Is Near! (for tv)

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…

Gene Deitch, straight talkin’

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…

Tabitha Fisher on entitlement

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…

OIAF’09, day 5 with Justin Murphy

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…