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Super Science Friends Video Game Kickstarter!!!!! Only 2 Days To Go!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The gang from Tinman are expanding the Super Science Friends experience with a new game, and they’re looking for your support to get it up and running. We’ve never hidden our admiration for Tinman, or the Super Science Friends show they make, so we’re always happy to give them a plug. These guys are a… »

TONIGHT: TAAFI presents Creator Driven Shows: A Cartoon Discussion, LIVESTREAM!!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: Our pals at Canadian Animation Blog will be livestreaming, for anyone who can’t make it. You’ll find the live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/user/canadiananimation/live Creator Driven Shows: A Cartoon Discussion SOLD OUT! Rush line seating available at the door. Thursday, December 7th, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, Corus Quay Over the past few years there have been many… »

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… »

press release: Wow Unlimited Media and Bell Media Teaming for Kids and Youth Channel

By Mike Valiquette

Wow Unlimited Media and Bell Media Announce Strategic Partnership in Kids and Youth Entertainment TORONTO, ON and VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – June 07, 2017) – Wow Unlimited Media Inc. (“Wow“) (TSX VENTURE: WOW.A) (TSX VENTURE: WOW.B) and Bell Media (“Bell Media”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a term sheet (the “Term Sheet“)… »

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… »

STARTOON is BACK! Submissions are open!

By Mike Valiquette

Alright. It’s time to talk about Startoon. I always struggle a bit when it comes to cross-promotion. Startoon is my day job these days, so I get a little wobbly about promoting it here. But then I have to step back and tell myself to stop being a dummy and share what we’re doing. Because… »

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… »

press release: New Content Focus At Nelvana

By Mike Valiquette

We got this press release a little late, but I thought it would be important to share it. Honestly, I’ve never been very excited about what happens at Nelvana, but this news is interesting. I firmly believe that the real change in our industry towards creator driven production will only occur in a place that… »

showcase: IMPOTENTS PILOT IS ONLINE! from Vancouver’s Smoking Doors

By Mike Valiquette

Independent animation production wins again! After a successful crowd-funding campaign, Vancouver studio Smoking Doors has just completed and released their adult-animated comedy pilot for the Impotents! Check it out!… »

Startoon Character Development Initiative Launches in Canada

By Mike Valiquette

For those readers who don’t know me, when I’m not maintaining this site I also work as an animation producer and director in Toronto. Occasionally what I do in that identity overlaps with what I do here, and I try my best to be really transparent about it. This is one of those times. I’m… »

Federal Tax Credits for Webseries! Raise Your Voices and Be Heard!

By Mike Valiquette

A week or two ago we posted a link to a federal government questionnaire regarding digital content development in Canada. That kind of initiative is great, and shows that someone’s listening and interested in helping to grow our creative industry. Now there’s this. CAVCO (Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office) has been taking what I like to… »

Democracy in Action? Canadian Heritage Ministry Contemplates Overhaul to Content Industry Incentives

By Mike Valiquette

It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks, TAAFI happened, now there’s gradfilms to share and, as usual, we can barely keep up with the job posts. But while all this has been going on, all wonderful symptoms of a very healthy and thriving animation industry, which is part of a larger cultural industry, our… »

The Big News: Toonz Software Goes Open Source

By Mike Valiquette

This is everywhere, and it seems to be pretty great. Toonz software, the animation software used by only the greatest animation studio of all time, Studio Ghibli, will be made available for free via an open source version beginning on March 26th. The version is called TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version, and it will include features… »

ToonBoom Webinar: Creative Entrepreneurship with Big Jump’s Cory Morrison.

By Mike Valiquette

Toon Boom is offering a webinar with Ottawa’s Cory Morrison, one of the founders of Big Jump Productions. Wednesday, March 24th at 4pm, Cory will discuss what it means to be a an entrepreneur in the creative field of animation. Sign up… »

The Little Prince’s Bumpy Ride, or: Distribution’s a Bitch.

By Mike Valiquette

Some of you went out to your local theatre last weekend and treated yourself to a screening of the latest retelling of the classic Antoine de Saint-Exupéry story, the Little Prince. It’s a great looking movie, a  CG/2D/Stop-Motion Animated Feature Film directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) with Production Design by Lou Romano (The… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS: More Episodes!! Crowdfund the Cartoonery!!!

By Mike Valiquette

How is this happening? I know we haven’t covered it yet, and maybe the Robert Valley Kickstarter is sucking up the cartoon crowdfund dollar, but there’s seven days to go and the Super Science Friends Kickstarter is coming up WAY short. The first one was a huge success, and it lead to the coolest cartoon… »

Events: Animatic TO presents Indie Animation Film Maker Carla Veldman, TONIGHT, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

If you’re in Toronto, and you want to hang with the animation crowd, tonight’s a great night to do it. Animatic TO’s latest edition is an evening with award-winning independent film maker Carla Veldman. From the event page: Carla Veldman is a Toronto based animation filmmaker and stop-motion artist. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation… »

press release: NFB’s Hothouse Program Back for 11th Season

By Mike Valiquette

Want to make an animated film? Apply by December 11 for the chance to be part of the NFB’s Hothouse program for emerging Canadian animators November 26, 2015 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada (NFB) The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is seeking submissions for its Hothouse apprenticeship program for emerging Canadian… »

IT’S HERE: SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS, from Tinman Creative Studios

By Mike Valiquette

Months ago, Toronto animation shop Tinman Creative Studios decided they wanted to make a cartoon. I know. Revolutionary. They had an idea that no one in the broadcast industry wanted to give them money to make, so they stepped around them and went right to the people. To no one’s surprise, THEY gave them money…. »

from the internets: Michael Hirsh Masterclass at World Animation Summit, via Animation Magazine

By Mike Valiquette

“You’ve got to believe that you will survive those tough moments.” Michael Hirsh, Co-founder of Nelvana and Cookie Jar, current vice chairman of DHX Media and chairman of The Entertainment and Media Finance Group. One of the biggest figures in the history of the Canadian animation industry, speaking to attendees at a masterclass given during… »

from the internets: Bardel gets Bought. Italian Producer Rainbow Announces Purchase of BC Animation House

By Mike Valiquette

Saw this on Kidscreen this morning. Another big buyout for long time animation players here in Canada. Studio B showed the way, selling to DHX back in 2007. Nerdcorps also went to DHX last year. Next up was Atomic. Thunderbird bought them just a few months ago. And now it’s Bardel’s turn. Bardel’s been around… »

TONIGHT! TORONTO! Animatic TO Presents: Undergrads Creator Pete Williams

By Mike Valiquette

Animatic TO continues to offer up a great series of speakers, with tonight being no exception. A long time ago on a tv network far far away… Pete Williams will be giving a talk about his animated TV series, UNDERGRADS! originally aired in 2001, the series only ran for 13 episodes but has since gained… »

from the internets: Teletoon Retro Shutting Down

By Mike Valiquette

CP24 (of all places) has got this tidbit: Corus is down Teletoon Retro at the end of August. (Here’s the link) Some programming could shift to Teletoon proper, and I can assume we’ll be getting further announcements as the channels realign themselves. The broadcast landscape is shifting almost weekly it seems, with DHX dropping their… »

Pitch This! Submissions Open for TAC 2015

By Mike Valiquette

PITCH THIS! Offers Pitching Opportunities at The Animation Conference 2015 OTTAWA, ON, CANADA (JUNE 17, 2015) – The Animation Conference (TAC), in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment, is pleased to once again offer PITCH THIS!, a specialized program dedicated to providing producers with potential career-changing pitching opportunities. The TAC committee, which includes representatives from the… »

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… »

Impotents Kickstarter Update: GOAL ACHIEVED! $20,542!!!!!

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE, UPDATED: The Impotents has achieved it’s funding goal! We’re going to take all the credit for today’s push over the finish line and send out a thanks to those readers who jumped on board. Now they’ve gotta make the sucker! SSSOOOOOOO CLOOOOOOOOOSE!!!!! With only 46 hours to go, there’s less than a thousand bucks… »

Crowdfunding Cartoons: The Impotents Kickstarter UPDATE: $3500 TO GO!!!

By Mike Valiquette

  UPDATE: 8 days to go, and only about 3500 bucks left to  get these guys to the gate. Clearly they’ve got momentum in their campaign, clearly it’s being well-received by those who check it out. By crowd-funding standards, this one’s a good bet. Let’s spread the word some more and support home-grown, creator-owned cartoons!… »

Animatic TO’s Mark Mayerson Pitch talk is up online

By Mike Valiquette

Toronto’s animation lecture series Animatic T.O. is posting another talk online; Mark Mayerson’s “Don’t Pitch To Buyers, Pitch The Audience!” https://youtu.be/KtQQmmbvmGc Mark’s blog ‘Mayerson on Animation’ (http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.ca/) is one of the sharpest commentaries on the state of animation and his talk is just as insightful. New Animatic T.O. lectures go up every two weeks on… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit update: NS Gov Caught Changing Deal Terms Without Consultation, Appears to Give Zero F@#ks

By Mike Valiquette

From our pal Ron Doucet: SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE. So we were told that the announcement of the Animation “deal” was made public yesterday, but that it was simply to steal the attention from the PC Filibuster. The language in that release looked okay to us. The document was posted online for all to see…. »

Ontario Budget: Tax Credits Targeted

By Mike Valiquette

Ontario’s provincial government unveiled it’s new budget yesterday. Though nowhere near the sweeping scale of the recent cuts in Nova Scotia, we’re not coming away unscathed. Here’s the relevant passage: Film and Television Tax Credits Ontario provided significant support of approximately $335 million in 2014–15 to the film and television industry through the Ontario Film and… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit update: Deal or No Deal?

By Mike Valiquette

Word’s just getting out that a deal may have been struck between the province of Nova Scotia and the film industry. CBC has coverage, and I’m pulling quotes from Marc Almon (Chairman of Screen Nova Scotia) and Scott Simpson (VP of Screen Nova Scotia) from here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-film-tax-credit-deal-struck-between-province-industry-1.3045946 Here’s what Marc had to say as he… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Daniel Luke

By Mike Valiquette

I grew up in a small town an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Australia. I graduated from RMIT University Melbourne in 2008, and in 2012, at the age of 24, I moved to Nova Scotia in pursuit of my dream of working in the Canadian animation industry. It hurts that the proposed budget is making my… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Rosemary Travale

By Mike Valiquette

Hi! My name is Rosemary Travale and I work in Halifax, Nova Scotia currently as a Layout Artist at DHX Media. I’m originally from Stoney Creek, Ontario and I went to Sheridan College for animation, graduating in 2014. I’m only a recent transplant to Halifax, moving here with my finacee at the very start of… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: MK Harris

By Mike Valiquette

Hi – my name is MK Harris! I’m 25 years old, and I just moved to Halifax in January to be a Key Poser at Copernicus Studios, in Halifax. I graduated from Sheridan College in Oakville around this time last year, but when I got the offer to work at Copernicus, I jumped at the… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Aisling Doyle

By Mike Valiquette

I just moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia from Dublin, Ireland on 17th February 2015. I had no intention of coming to Canada as a temporary thing, a fleeting “Let’s have a lark in the Great White North and come home afterwards.” I came to Canada to build a life here and immigrate. I initially had… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Jordan Shereck

By Mike Valiquette

Hello! My name is Jordan Shereck. I’m 22 years old and I’m an animator at Copernicus Studios, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I love my job and I don’t want to lose it. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work at a studio where the people are so warm and friendly, and where I… »

Breaking Down the Nova Scotia Tax Credit Cut

By Mike Valiquette

Pulled this from Copernicus’ facebook feed, thought I’d share it here. I see many comments from the general public who see the tax credit as a hand out, and “if your industry needs heavy subsidy how is it successful?” Here’s how the NS tax credit worked: nova scotia 50% of labour +10% rural bonus(not HRM)+5%… »

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… »

Nova Scotia Tax Credit Update: Cautious Optimism DOUBLE UPDATE: WE’RE STILL SCREWED

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: I take it all back. Nova Scotia Finance Minister Whalen apparently was having a whole different conversation and is basically sticking to her guns. She agrees that the new system doesn’t work for the film industry, but it still works for the government. So nothing. Her mouth is moving, and words are falling out… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Brennan Bova

By Mike Valiquette

For the last 5 years I’ve worked on and off in the animation industry, culminating in about 4 years total. I’ve had the pleasure to work on a lot of awesome projects for companies like Warner Brothers and Disney and two of my childhood heroes, Chris and Martin Kratt. In that short time, I’ve managed… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Carmen Cameron

By Mike Valiquette

Hello folks, My name is Carmen Cameron, an animator here in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m from Parrsboro, and moved to Halifax when I was 18 to attend college, where I learned 2D and 3D animation. For the last three years, I have been working at Copernicus Studios as an animator, and I have never felt… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Alex Branch

By Mike Valiquette

Hello there, My name is Alex Branch and I’m a Builds Artist at Copernicus Studios Inc. This is my first studio job and I’m beyond excited to be working full time in the industry and to have my hard work broadcasted in the near future. Initially, I intended to move to Toronto, but decided to… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Amanda Hildisheim

By Mike Valiquette

Hey Guys, My name is Amanda Hildisheim and I always knew I would be in the art industry. I’ve been here in Halifax almost two years working at Copernicus Studios Inc. I’ve worked on 6 different animated shows. I have learned so much and am progressing well in the industry. I love staying in Halifax… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Alyssa Penney

By Mike Valiquette

A little under 3 and a half years ago I got an email saying I was hired to work as an animator on a new show starting about a week from that point. I was nervous and scared to leave home, but in a matter of days I picked up everything with the help of… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Shannon Perry

By Mike Valiquette

Nineteen years out west. It was after nineteen years out west, at the age of 25, that I finally got the chance to move back to Nova Scotia. The decision to do so was easy; I have so much family out here, and even though I left the province at the age of six, I… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: We Strengthen Nova Scotia

By Mike Valiquette

The Digital Animators of Nova Scotia (DANS) are sharing many of the faces of the industry in this latest… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Cartoon Conrad

By Mike Valiquette

Monday morning shout out to my pals at Cartoon Conrad in Nova… »

Faces of Film Nova Scotia: Ron Doucet

By Mike Valiquette

The fight’s not over. Share your story. Send us your story, we’ll post it here. I’ve been working in the animation industry for over 15 years here in Nova Scotia. This is back when the television animation industry had just begun here in the province. I started out as a 2D digital animator, and later… »

RIP: Nova Scotia TV and Film Industry “There is no tomorrow.”

By Mike Valiquette

A reaction piece from the Chronicle Herald featuring Marc Almon, Chair of Screen Nova Scotia. And just like that, things are looking dire. I’ve been speaking to friends on the east coast, asking whether this is a death knell or something that can me managed. It’s going to be tough, and the sentiment is that… »

Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit at Risk

By Mike Valiquette

We haven’t been covering this, and that’s inexcusable. Today, Nova Scotia will be presenting it’s new provincial budget, and as is often the case, the film tax credit is being eyed as a target for belt-tightening. Yes, the credit is responsible for a spend of 24 million dollars, a savings that any government would like… »

from the internets: Canadian TV? Cancon Overhaul from the CRTC, daytime requirement on local broadcaster drops to ZERO %

By Mike Valiquette

So, this is a thing that is happening: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/crtc-eases-canadian-content-quotas-for-tv-1.2992132 I don’t even know what this means yet. Canadian “local” TV stations no longer have any requirement to air Canadian content during the daytime hours, a drop from 55% Cancon to 0. Not sure what they mean by “local”. Money’s still being funneled into Canadian production,… »

crowdfunding: Carla Veldman’s Uncle Antlers on IndieGogo

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve been following and covering Toronto animator Carla Veldman‘s work for some time. She’s produced a couple of great films(Dog Walker, the Scarf), and is in production on another: Uncle Antlers. This time around she’s raising some money via Indiegogo. Here’s a description of the project: Uncle Antlers is a 5-minute film traditionally animated on… »

The Ottoman Kickstarter, 7 days to go

By Mike Valiquette

There’s just so much amazing work, worthy of support, happening via Kickstarter. At the risk of just becoming exclusively an outlet for such things, here’s the latest that’s been brought to my attention: The Ottoman. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1027198543/the-ottoman-animated-short-film The Ottoman is an ambitious short film that’s attempting to bring the look and feel of classic European comics… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS: 40 hours to go!!!

By Mike Valiquette

You’re almost done putting up with all my shilling for the Super Science Friends Kickstarter. They hit their goal a few days ago, and added a super science stretch goal of a digital comic if they reach 30K. With 40 hours to go, they’re getting close. I’ve made no effort to contain my excitement for… »

What? Another Super Science Friends update? $22,709 of $25,000! Big news: Fearless Fred Kennedy cast as Albert Einstein!

By Mike Valiquette

We heard a little rumour, and turns out it’s SUPER TRUE! Not only is Super Science Friends less than 3ooo bucks away from reaching their crowdfunding goal, but they just cast none other than Fearless Fred Kennedy to voice the young Albert Einstein in the show! So move over, Yahoo Serious, Fred Kennedy is Young… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS UPDATE: $21,102 of $25,000 goal! Animated intro unveiled! Handmade comics as a perk!

By Mike Valiquette

Lots of great news on the Super Science Friends front! It looks like word is getting out to the whole damn world, and the results are right there on the screen. With 7 days to go, they’re less than 4K away from their goal. (support here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2034721517/super-science-friends) The project has momentum, and I got a… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS KICKSTARTER update: $8,887.00 of $25 000.00 goal

By Mike Valiquette

UPDATE: C’mon people. Not even halfway? 11 days to go? What part of awesome are you not seeing? Who doesn’t want this? What’s a guy gotta do? So let’s figure this out. We need to spread the word. Can we mobilize our community to help a little Toronto studio make a very cool cartoon. What… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS Master Post- Animation update #7

By Mike Valiquette

I love this more than most things. Maybe as much as I love sandwiches. Tinman Creative Studios is a wonderful little studio in Toronto run by wonderful people. They make wonderful things. The most wonderful of those things is Super Science Friends. They refer to it as “the show that no one will ever buy”…. »

Urbance Kickstarter. This is what it’s all about.

By Mike Valiquette

This is perfect. This is how crowdfunding should be used. It’s embarrassing to me that I didn’t know they were Canadian when I first came across the project. I will be supporting… »

from the internets: Netflix to CRTC, nope.

By Mike Valiquette

This is so important. I’ll find some time to share and talk about it, but you should be following what’s happening right now. All this talk about the future of TV, cable-cutting, all the theoretical discussions we’ve been having for the last 10 years, this is it. Right here. Is Netflix bigger than Canada? Maybe…. »

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: Gloryosky responds to Canadaland’s Cartoon Sweatshop Podcast

By Mike Valiquette

A few weeks back, animator Adam Hines, perhaps best know as one half of the already-missed Guys With Pencils podcast, got himself interviewed on Canadaland, where he spoke about the service nature of our animation industry, among other things. (it’s here if you haven’t listened yet.) It generated a fair bit of conversation/debate/praise/ugly trolling. In… »

crowdfunding cartoons: HP Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness!!!

By Mike Valiquette

The latest Kickstarter campaign I wanted to stick in front of your charming little faces is a feature adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”. It’s being spearheaded by Algonquin College alum Stephen Robert Sloan, and looks both ambitious and exciting. I’m not a Lovecraft guy, but the impact the writer has had… »

crowdfunding cartoons: The Sketchbook, by Chris Williams

By Mike Valiquette

Expat Canadian animator, Chris Williams, is running a Kickstarter campaign for an ambitious short film, The Sketchbook. It’s a Canadian story of a 16-year-old boy who enlists in the army to search for his father, who is away at war in World War I. Chris has set himself a goal of $198 000 dollars to… »

from the internets: Ontario Provincial Politicians Attemtping to Make Tax Credits an Election Issue

By Mike Valiquette

It’s voting day in Ontario, and, as usual, it’s turned into a mudslinging affair. In the last few days, the various representatives, and their representatives, have been shaking the political tree to see what kind of spoiled fruit will fall from the branches. One topic they’ve tried out is our provincial tax credits. It doesn’t… »

Hothouse 10 Call for Submissions

By Mike Valiquette

This post is pure cut and paste, respectfully. Go here to see the original post. I should just add that the NFB’s Hothouse program is one of the most important and vital film-making opportunities in Canada. There aren’t  lot of chances for emerging film-makers to get funded, so the role of the NFB in this… »

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…. »

events: Animatic TO presents Mark Mayerson! This Wednesday.

By Mike Valiquette

This Wednesday, Animatic T.O. presents guest speaker: Mark Mayerson! Mark has worked as an animator, writer, producer and director in TV animation for 29 years and he currently is a professor at Sheridan College teaching animation. Mark is also the man behind Mayerson on Animation, an informative and opinionated animation blog that we feature in… »

TONIGHT: Robbie Anderson talks Production Kung Fu at the Rhino (Toronto)

By Mike Valiquette

Canadian Animation Resources’ very own, Robbie Anderson, is giving a talk tonight in Toronto at the Rhino on Queen West in Parkdale. Robbie is, in my very humble opinon, the very best production person in the business. He’s the Harvey Keitel of cartoons, a “cleaner” called in to fix other people’s messes, and he does… »

CRTC OKs Corus’ Acquisition of Teletoon -UPDATED-

By Mike Valiquette

I haven’t seen a press release myself yet, but the Brandon Sun, and the Winnipeg Free Press are both reporting that the long-brewing acquisition of Teletoon’s group of channels by media giant Corus, who also owns Nelvana and the kids broadcasters YTV, Treeehouse and Family Channel, has been approved by the CRTC. The contents of… »

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

By Mike Valiquette

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: Animation in Cottage Country

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s an idea, approach a small municipal center with strong local incentives and rural tax credits, and get them to foot the bill for your animation studio. Sorry, that was catty. Here’s a link to an article from last year about a new animation studio poised to open in Huntsville: http://www.muskokaregion.com/news-story/3578368-animation-studio-closer-to-huntsville-s-grasp/ And a subsequent article,… »

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: 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… »

Pitch This! at OIAF 2013

By Mike Valiquette

TAC, The Ottawa International Film Festival’s (OIAF) industry event, is pleased to announce the return of its Pitch THIS! program, presented by 9 Story Entertainment. Pitch THIS! allows content creators the opportunity to pitch their project ideas to a panel of international broadcasters. Following the five-minute pitches, panel members will share their insight and provide… »

press release: Competition Bureau okays Teletoon sale.

By Mike Valiquette

All that’s left now is for the CRTC to say yes, and then the biggest producer of animation in Canada will pretty much own every primary animation broadcaster in Canada. Yep.   Corus Entertainment Receives Competition Bureau Clearance to Acquire TELETOON, Historia and Séries+ (Toronto, Canada) On Friday, March 15, Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B)… »

from the internets: Mark Mayerson’s review of Sick Little Monkeys

By Mike Valiquette

Thad Komorowski has written an unauthorized, behind-the-scenes account of the making of Ren & Stimpy.  Here’s Mark Mayerson’s… »

Michael Fukushima Interview, Part II

By Mike Valiquette

Here’s the second, and final part of the interview I conducted with NFB producer, Michael Fukushima. Part I can be found here. Thanks again to Michael, Grayden Laing, TAAFI, and the NFB.  This was a… »

Why did the animator cross the road?

By Mike Valiquette

Brent Forrest supplies the answer after the… »

A conversation with Michael Fukushima

By Mike Valiquette

Last week felt like Michael Fukushima Week here at Canadian Animation Resources.  He was in town being honoured by the Reel Asian International Film Festival, and I had a two day period that was pretty much all him.  For those who don’t know, Michael is a producer for the National Film Board of Canada, his… »

Benj Arcand’s WACKATDOO

By Mike Valiquette

Our pals at Cartoon Brew have an admirable policy about not posting links to online funding campaigns.  They keep it very black and white, as I’m sure they need to.  We at Canadian Animation Resources, however, have no such policy. We don’t post every campaign we come across, and I wish I could tell you… »

John K is Kickstarting a cartoon

By Mike Valiquette

In case you haven’t heard, John Kricfalusi is trying out Kickstarter for his next cartoon,”Cans Without Labels”.  From his blog: Hey fans and fellow animators. I know you’ve always wanted to be your own TV executives. Now’s your chance to “Green Light” a cartoon personally – without having to wait years for the mystifying network… »

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. … »

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… »

the Making of Rock and Rule, Canadian Animation history lesson on YouTube

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Hobo Divine for pointing this out!  I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (darn job keeps getting in the way), but this is definitely worth a watch.  Rock and Rule is a pivotal film in Canadian animation history, marking both a high and low point for what could be considered Canada’s… »

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… »

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… »

want to read something scary? Sith Lord CEO plots to make students pay to work on movies.

By Mike Valiquette

VFX Soldier posted about this yesterday, and I’m gonna point you guys to it(here’s the link).  It’s making people angry, and we’re going to talk some more about it after you’ve read the piece. I will break it down for you lazy readers though.  Digital Domain(Florida) CEO John Textor presented a business model to a… »

The Challenge of Animation: Tax Credits?! Again?! Saskatchewan axes film tax credit.

By Mike Valiquette

We never seem to get this right, do we?  Nova Scotia bungled their tax credit legislation a few years ago and saw hundreds of animators leave the province in a matter of months when all the contracts went elsewhere.  New Brunswick dumped their legislation entirely, but then shifted to a digital media credit (but not… »

from the internets: TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies talks animation with Mark Mayerson, Robin Budd and Chris Landreth

By Mike Valiquette

From Mark Mayerson: TV Ontario ran two animated features, Perspepolis and Mary and Max, on Saturday Night at the Movies on March 17. As usual, between features, they ran interview footage relating to the films. This segment features Oscar winner Chris Landreth (Ryan), Director and animator Robin Budd (Producing Parker, Ruby Gloom) and me. Here are the interviews: In The Interviews… »

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… »

from the internets: YouTube Gamechanger?

By Mike Valiquette

Back in April, it was reported (link) that Youtube would be investing 100 million dollars into original content, and launching new channels to accommodate this.  Friday they made the announcement a little more formal (link).  As word is spreading, we’re hearing from some of the folks who are involved in the initiative.  Aaron Simpson shared… »

the making of “the Devil and Daniel Mouse

By Mike Valiquette

A look back at animation production at Nelvana through the wayback… »

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