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Brainstorming sketches for the Europe Travel Project ...
Brainstorming sketches for the Europe Travel Project ...
about 3 hours ago
Today is Leif Erikson Day. Not exactly sure why we celebrate him but I guess from some historians' belief that he could have discovered America and not Christopher Columbus after all. Either way, Vikings are always cool to draw! :)Click ...
Today is Leif Erikson Day. Not exactly sure why we celebrate him but I guess from some historians' belief that he could have discovered America and not Christopher Columbus after all. Either way, Vikings are always cool to draw! :)Click this post to see step by step painting process below. Enjoy.© 2013 Armand Serrano. All rights reserved.
about 4 hours ago
You said this iconic scene from #Shrek is one of your favorite DreamWorks Animation movie moments #31DaysofDreamWorks
You said this iconic scene from #Shrek is one of your favorite DreamWorks Animation movie moments #31DaysofDreamWorks
about 5 hours ago
Here's the second half of Mr. Hickner's audio podcast, and most of the interview in the video version (new camera equipment was a tad glitchy; new processes to learn): TAG Interview with Steve HicknerFind all TAG Interviews on the TA...
Here's the second half of Mr. Hickner's audio podcast, and most of the interview in the video version (new camera equipment was a tad glitchy; new processes to learn): TAG Interview with Steve HicknerFind all TAG Interviews on the TAG website at this link Steve arrived at Disney Feature Animation while The Black Cauldron was in work, and plunged into work on the production. After that came The Great Mouse Detective, in the middle of which Michael Eisner, Frank Wells and Jeffrey Katzenberg arrived to remake the studio, top to bottom. Peter Schneider was installed as head of Disney Feature Animation. During the production of live-action/animation hybrid Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Steve asked Mr. Schneider for two minutes of his time, which Peter granted. (Who can turn down a couple of minutes, right?) Mr. Hickner told Peter he had heard a second animation unit for Roger Rabbit was opening, and he wanted to be part of it. Mr. Schneider made Steve no promises (he didn't even admit the unit was being formed), but a short while later Steve was an early assignee into Who Framed Roger Rsabbit's new-formed animation unit. Which demonstrates that it pays not to be shy when there are new worlds to conquer.
about 5 hours ago
After yesterday’s surprise news of the sudden shutdown of Pixar Canada, roughly one hundred people are out of work in the Vancouver area. I’ve heard no news about anyone being shifted to Emeryville, so we’re going to go...
After yesterday’s surprise news of the sudden shutdown of Pixar Canada, roughly one hundred people are out of work in the Vancouver area. I’ve heard no news about anyone being shifted to Emeryville, so we’re going to go with the assumption that these folks need jobs. On that note, here’s what I know of in the Vancouver area. Atomic Cartoons: Typically known for some of the best 2D animation in the country, and famous as the creators of Atomic Betty, Atomic Cartoons is looking for CG artists for what I’m told is a long term gig. Here’s the link: http://www.atomiccartoons.com/careers/  Currently they have listings for a Maya Hair Tech, a Maya Modeller/Texture Artist, and a Modelling Supervisor. Nerdcorps: Nerdcorps has been aggressively recruiting  for a while. I imagine they’re going to snap up a big chunk of people over this. On some days, this site is pretty much wallpapered with job posts from them. Here’s the link to their careers page: http://www.nerdcorps.com/careers/jobs/ They’ve got listings for Character Animators, Compositors, Imaging PAs, Senior Animators, Junior Modellers, Animation PAs, and VFX Artists. Nitrogen Studios: They’re getting a lot of press for Sausage Party, the new Seth Rogen CG feature they’re producing. If you’re looking to make a step away from the family-friendly fare of Disney/Pixar, this might be the place for you. Here’s the link: http://www.nitrogenstudios.com/jobs/ They’re looking to fill “all postions”, including CG Supervisor, Junior Modeller/Rigger, Lead Animator, Matte Painter/Concept Artist, Production Coordinator, Previz Layout Artist, Pipeline TD, and VFX Supervisor. Yeti Farm Creative: If you want to get out of town, Yeti Farm is working with Atomic, and are staffing up as well in Kelowna. They don’t have the positions listed on their careers page, but here’s the link: http://www.yetifarmcreative.com/?page_id=1048 If anyone else is hiring, let us know and we’ll do our best to share. Good luck everyone. m
about 9 hours ago
There are few things more inspiring to me than seeing fellow artists create artwork on their spare time outside of work. Maybe it is because I find it so difficult to do myself. And of all of the people I know, few can compete with the p...
There are few things more inspiring to me than seeing fellow artists create artwork on their spare time outside of work. Maybe it is because I find it so difficult to do myself. And of all of the people I know, few can compete with the productivity of fellow Dreamworks story artist, David Derrick.David is very passionate about animals (understatement). He draws them, makes sculptures of them, and he even makes educational videos about them. He is amazing. I wanted to plug his latest children's book, "I'm the Scariest Thing in the Jungle." It is such a fun, clever and well executed idea. He is holding a huge launch party event with an animal show (!) which everyone/anyone is invited to (flyer below). If you can't make it to California, no worries, you can purchase the book online on his site, davederrick.com
about 9 hours ago
Jim Stoten works as an illustrator in the UK, producing pieces for print publication, apparel, walls and various art projects. He has an uncanny ability to find the humor in mundane editorial subjects, like “food blogging,”...
Jim Stoten works as an illustrator in the UK, producing pieces for print publication, apparel, walls and various art projects. He has an uncanny ability to find the humor in mundane editorial subjects, like “food blogging,” below: Jim also plays music in Owen and the Eyeballs and makes his own home recordings. Recently Jim released a decade’s worth of his music online, and created an animated promo video for the occasion: See Jim’s work on his portfolio website and at his repping agency Big Active.
about 19 hours ago
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has posted four excerpts from Richard Williams’ sell-out appearance last Friday in Los Angeles. In the clip above, Williams speaks about Milt Kahl and The Jungle Book. The rest of ...
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has posted four excerpts from Richard Williams’ sell-out appearance last Friday in Los Angeles. In the clip above, Williams speaks about Milt Kahl and The Jungle Book. The rest of the clips are identified below. The big news that came out of the event was that Williams will allow a workprint of Thief and the Cobbler to be screened at the Academy in December. In the past, Williams has distanced himself from the production as much as he could—an understandable position considering the personal pain that is associated with it. It is great to see him finally embracing it. Even in its incomplete state, the film has many marvelous moments of technical and artistic beauty. How Disney films inspired Richard him The making of A Christmas Carol The making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
about 21 hours ago
Bad news in Vancouver today, here it is in today’s Province: http://blogs.theprovince.com/2013/10/08/pixar-canada-shuts-its-doors-in-vancouver/ Pixar Canada is shutting down. 100 employees let go. They’re refocusing on the E...
Bad news in Vancouver today, here it is in today’s Province: http://blogs.theprovince.com/2013/10/08/pixar-canada-shuts-its-doors-in-vancouver/ Pixar Canada is shutting down. 100 employees let go. They’re refocusing on the Emeryville shop. Thanksfully, many of those let go should have a relatively soft landing, as other Vancouver CG shops have been scrambling to fill positions. Nitrogen and Nerdcorps both post openings here on this site regularly. Good luck to all who have found themselves looking for new opportunities today. UPDATES: Variety mentions that tax incentives have recently been cut in BC, likely prompting the closure: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/pixar-canada-closed-in-surprise-move-1200706910/ Cartoon Brew readers react with sympathy and support: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/business/breaking-pixar-canada-just-shut-down-100-employees-let-go-89480.html The Animation Guild Blog offers some commentary: http://animationguildblog.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pixar-canada-shuts-its-doors.html Mark Mayerson provides some perspective: http://mayersononanimation.blogspot.ca/2013/10/pixar-canada-shuts-down.html
about 22 hours ago
We're just receiving this news: Close to 100 employees at Pixar Canada’s Gastown animation studio lost their jobs Tuesday as the company decided to pack up the three-year-old operation and concentrate its operations in Emeryville, Calif...
We're just receiving this news: Close to 100 employees at Pixar Canada’s Gastown animation studio lost their jobs Tuesday as the company decided to pack up the three-year-old operation and concentrate its operations in Emeryville, California. “A decision was made to refocus operations and resources under the one roof,” Barb Matheson, a spokesman for Pixar parent company Disney, said from Toronto. “Staff were just told today. Not great news, obviously. It was just a refocussing of efforts and resources to the one facility.” The article goes on further to explain: “As the dynamics of the animation industry continue to change rapidly, we continue to fine-tune our studio and its production processes. We have made the determination to refocus our creative and business efforts and resources under one roof.” Much attention has been given to the market distorting effects of the entertainment subsidies offered by countries like Canada and their provinces. Could Disney be making the artistic decision to consolidate their resources in order to make a better (read: more profitable) product in a single workspace? Its a nice thought. More likely, Disney's crack financial employees were reading the bottom line on what operating a studio in a "subsidized" space cost versus what they were getting back in return and recommended the best FINANCIAL move. Bringing operations back to Emeryville, and out of the expensive land "corporate welfare", was the better move. Maybe this will start a trend? It would certainly make 2014 an interesting year if it did. More as this story develops. Our sympathies to all the artists who are effected by this. We hope Disney will make the transition as smooth as possible.
about 22 hours ago