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  • Your first look at Disney World’s Avatar land

    Animated Views
    Dacey
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
  • Artist of the Day: Miranda Tacchia

    Cartoon Brew
    Chris McDonnell
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Discover the work of Miranda Tacchia, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!
  • American Box Office

    TAG Blog
    Steve Hulett
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    One animated feature (some of it hand-drawn! Overseas!) remains in the Top Ten. Weekend Box Office 1). Focus (WB), 3,323 theaters / $6.76M Fri.*/ 3-Day: $20.2M/Wk 1 2). Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX), 3,282 theaters (+16) / $3M Fri. (-43%)/ 3-Day: $10.8M (-41%)/ Total Cume: $85M/ Wk 3 3). Fifty Shades Of Grey (UNI/Focus), 3,383 theaters (-272) / $3.4M Fri. (-57%)/ 3-Day: $10.24M (-54%)/Total Cume: $146.9M/ Wk 3 3). The Lazarus Effect (REL), 2,666 theaters / $3.9M Fri.*/ 3-Day: $10.22M/Wk 1 5). The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PAR), 3,467 theaters (-213) / $2M Fri. (-49%)/ 3-Day:…
  • Comic-Con International and CBLDF Event: The Enduring Influence of Will Eisner

    Comic-Con International
    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    SPECIAL WILL EISNER WEEK EVENT IN NYC THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!Comic-Con International and CBLDF Event: The Enduring Influence of Will Eisner Comic-Con and the CBLDF team up to present a Will Eisner Week program at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, this coming Wednesday, March 4, at 7:00 PM. Read more
  • “Secrets and Lies” Review

    The Disney Blog
    Marshal Knight
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Secrets and Lies, or “Juliette Lewis Stares,” as I call it, is a new ABC limited series premiering this Sunday. Starring Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford, it follows as he goes on a morning run to find a local boy … Continue reading → “Secrets and Lies” Review originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
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    Animated Views

  • Your first look at Disney World’s Avatar land

    Dacey
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
  • What time is it? Adventure Time! The Movie coming to the big screen

    Dacey
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:29 pm
  • Star Trek legend Leonard Nimoy passes away at age 83

    Dacey
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    He lived long…and prospered. But not long enough for many Star Trek fans, who will be deeply saddened to learn that Leonard Nimoy has passed away at the age of 83, ComingSoon.net is reporting. Nimoy, of course, played the beloved Mr. Spock on Star Trek during the 1960s, a role he would go on to reprise in eight movies, most recently 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. In addition, Nimoy would provide the voice of the character on Star Trek: The Animated Series during the 1970s, which brought many writers from the original series back and was the only time that Star Trek won an Emmy.
  • Frozen with Emoji should be the cutest thing you see all day

    Dacey
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
  • Big Hero 6

    Ben
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Walt Disney Animation Studios (November 7 2014), Walt Disney Home Entertainment (February 24 2015), Blu-ray plus DVD, 102 mins plus supplements, 1080p high-definition 2.39:1 widescreen, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, Rated PG, Retail: $39.99 Storyboard: A computer wunderkind adapts and teams up with his older brother’s robotic creation and his geeky research colleagues to take on a mysterious threat out to control revolutionary nanobot technology which, in the wrong hands, could prove disastrous… The Sweatbox Review: Although I have never been able to find any concrete evidence to corroborate…
 
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    TAG Blog

  • American Box Office

    Steve Hulett
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    One animated feature (some of it hand-drawn! Overseas!) remains in the Top Ten. Weekend Box Office 1). Focus (WB), 3,323 theaters / $6.76M Fri.*/ 3-Day: $20.2M/Wk 1 2). Kingsman: The Secret Service (FOX), 3,282 theaters (+16) / $3M Fri. (-43%)/ 3-Day: $10.8M (-41%)/ Total Cume: $85M/ Wk 3 3). Fifty Shades Of Grey (UNI/Focus), 3,383 theaters (-272) / $3.4M Fri. (-57%)/ 3-Day: $10.24M (-54%)/Total Cume: $146.9M/ Wk 3 3). The Lazarus Effect (REL), 2,666 theaters / $3.9M Fri.*/ 3-Day: $10.22M/Wk 1 5). The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PAR), 3,467 theaters (-213) / $2M Fri. (-49%)/ 3-Day:…
  • Real Estate Sale

    Steve Hulett
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    When you need to raise money, you liquidate stuff. In a regulatory filing on Thursday, DreamWorks Animation disclosed that SunTrust Equity Funding had signed an agreement earlier this week to purchase the DreamWorks campus for $185 million. The sale includes 10 buildings on about 15 acres of land, which was developed two decades ago and is dotted with olive trees, oaks and a koi pond. ... I've walked around the campus numerous times. You feel like you're in the middle of an Italian Renaissance village, maybe a corner of Florence. I think of the koi pond (which is large) as "Lake Katzenberg."…
  • Tweet This

    Steve Hulett
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
    A factoid for Twitter fans: "Networked Insights" says the average box-office value of a tweet is $560, but animated films are higher than that If you want to have a significant effect on the box-office take of a movie, tweet about how you want to see an animated family film five weeks prior to its release. That tweet will be worth an extra $1,390 at the box office, according to a study released on Friday by "Networked Insights". A tweet about a comedy made the week of release, on the other hand, will only give the movie an extra $90. ... DreamWorks Animation needs to get on the stick with…
  • Big Screen Time

    Steve Hulett
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    ... for the series Nick let slip through its fingers. Adventure Time, one of the most popular shows on Cartoon Network, is being developed at Warner Bros. for the big screen as an animated feature. Created by Pendleton Ward at Cartoon Networks Studios, Adventure Time follows the escapades of 12-year-old boy Finn and best friend dog Jake. .... The project will be produced by the winning combo of Chris McKay and Roy Lee. McKay (one of the exec producers of The Lego Movie) was recently hired to direct The Lego Batman Movie at Warner Bros. and also was the genius behind Robot Chicken. Lee is…
  • Hand Drawn Animation

    Steve Hulett
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    ... receding in the rear view mirror. I keep reading articles saying how hand-drawn cartoons are on the cusp of a comeback. Maybe in Europe, where hand-drawn features continue to be produced, but not in Southern California. A Disney animation veteran recently clued me in as to why: ... I've worked on CG features and I've worked on hand-drawn features. And hand-drawn features are harder to make. Hand-drawn cartoons take a year to produce. Once you've produced sequences, it's hard to change the work. You have to go back and do everything over. But with CG, you can animate the movie in three or…
 
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    Comic-Con International

  • Comic-Con International and CBLDF Event: The Enduring Influence of Will Eisner

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    SPECIAL WILL EISNER WEEK EVENT IN NYC THIS COMING WEDNESDAY!Comic-Con International and CBLDF Event: The Enduring Influence of Will Eisner Comic-Con and the CBLDF team up to present a Will Eisner Week program at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, this coming Wednesday, March 4, at 7:00 PM. Read more
  • Comic-Con Professional Registration Frequently Asked Questions

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:26 pm
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2015 PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION UPDATEComic-Con Professional Registration Frequently Asked QuestionsAre you ready for creative professional registration tomorrow? Toucan is here to help you navigate the new process, including important questions about guest registration! Read more
  • Comic-Con 2015 Early Bird Hotels Are Open!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW IF YOU HAVE A BADGE FOR COMIC-CON 2015!Comic-Con 2015 Early Bird Hotels Are Open!If you know you will be attending Comic-Con International 2015, and you want to save money AND get your room in advance of everyone else, here’s your chance! Read more
  • Fourth Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL SPECIAL GUESTS MONDAY!Fourth Wave of Comic-Con International 2015 Guests Announced!Somebody has a good case of the Mondays! It's time for 5 more Comic-Con 2015 Special Guests! Read more
  • Attendees Assemble! Open Online Registration is Almost Here!

    CCI_Gary_SDCC
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:40 pm
    COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2015 REGISTRATION UPDATE!Attendees Assemble! Open Online Registration is Almost Here!A thank you to our fans from everyone at Comic-Con International! Read more
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    The Disney Blog

  • “Secrets and Lies” Review

    Marshal Knight
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:57 am
    Secrets and Lies, or “Juliette Lewis Stares,” as I call it, is a new ABC limited series premiering this Sunday. Starring Ryan Phillippe as Ben Crawford, it follows as he goes on a morning run to find a local boy … Continue reading → “Secrets and Lies” Review originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Leonard Nimoy, dead at 83, voiced Kida’s father in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire

    John Frost
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    It’s sad day for Star Trek fans everywhere. Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83 after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was well known for his iconic role of Mr. Spock, but as a child … Continue reading → Leonard Nimoy, dead at 83, voiced Kida’s father in Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Planet Hollywood begins its Disney Springs Transformation

    John Frost
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:13 am
    It’s long been one of the most popular and iconic elements of Downtown Disney, but the giant Planet Hollywood globe will soon be transformed into an elegant looking observatory that harkens back to the golden age of Hollywood with its … Continue reading → Planet Hollywood begins its Disney Springs Transformation originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Art of Animation Resort Tour – Cars

    John Frost
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:04 am
    Today we complete our tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. We had our first glimpse at the Finding Nemo section when the resort first opened. Recently we returned for a walking tour of the three other sections, The Lion … Continue reading → Art of Animation Resort Tour – Cars originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
  • Marvel’s Avengers – Age of Ultron Character Posters and TV Spot

    John Frost
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
    We’re just a little more than two months away from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opening night. May 1st can’t get here fast enough if you ask me. In the meantime, we have a new set of two character posters … Continue reading → Marvel’s Avengers – Age of Ultron Character Posters and TV Spot originally posted on The Disney Blog - Disney News and Information -- by fans, for fans . If you're reading this on a different site, please click the above link to read the original story. Thank you.
 
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    Upcoming Pixar

  • Will there be a Pixar musical?

    Simoa
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:45 pm
    We’re not entirely sure. But sites have been buzzing about the possibility of a Pixar musical after an interview Randy Newman gave for Classic FM, in which he mentioned that Lee Unkrich is currently working on a musical. Immediately speculation arose about whether this musical was Unkrich’s untitled Dia de Los Muertos film (the Mexican holiday celebrating the dead, translated to Day of the Dead), which was announced in 2012. There haven’t been a lot of updates on the film since then, but that is to be expected as Pixar operates on a high level of secrecy concerning films in…
  • Brain Freeze

    Simoa
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    The latest Inside Out trailer has been released today, the third so far. Although the film tied in some great promotional material earlier this month alongside the Super Bowl and the puppy bowl, this trailer focuses exclusively on brand new clips from the film. This trailer continues to build on clever jokes, showing what happens when Riley gets a brain freeze, as all the emotions and headquarters become encased in ice. It also highlights the camaraderie of the emotions, as they appear to cheer Riley on during a hockey game. It’s clear that even though Joy is the only…
  • Lots of Joy

    Simoa
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Now that Inside Out is less than five months away, there’s lots of new promotional material which will only increase as the release date gets closer. Over the past month there have been new stills, posters, toys, and a new character! One of the first stills to be released was of Joy and Sadness on the Train of Thought, presumably, with Joy holding one of Riley’s memories. The background is absolutely gorgeous. We have to wonder where the two are headed. The bottom still features a very wistful looking Joy in the main headquarters of Riley’s mind. The Argentinian poster shows…
  • Pixar in 2015

    Simoa
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    As this year ends and the new one begins, we have not one, but two Pixar features to look forward to. Pete Docter’s ambitious mind film Inside Out will hit theaters on  June 19th. We shared two new images from that film in our last post, and now there’s one more still. In this image, it looks as if one of Riley’s memories is being projected in her mind as the emotions observe. Riley is walking with both of her parents on either side of her, and if I were to guess, I’d say it’s a happy memory. The color in this still is soft, yet vibrant. You can really see…
  • Woody's News Round Up! 12/28/14

    Simoa
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    We hope everyone had a festive, restful holiday! With 2014 coming to a close, we have a list of Pixar news you may have missed over the past couple of weeks. Luxo Jr. added to the National Film Registry: The 1986 short, directed by John Lasseter and Bill Reeves, was one of 25 films selected for the 2014 registry. As part of the Library of Congress, the film registry is dedicated to highlighting films for their "cultural, historical or aesthetic significance." The iconic short, featuring two lamps come to life, was nominated for an Academy Award and was the first 3D animated film to…
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    Michael Sporn Animation - Splog

  • ASIFA EAST Memorial for Michael Sporn March 2, 2015

    Michael
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Michael Sporn was one of the giants of the New York animation community. From 1980 until his untimely death last year, Michael Sporn’s studio produced many acclaimed television specials, most of them animated entirely here in New York. To commemorate the first anniversary of his passing, ASIFA-EAST is hosting an evening of Tribute to Michael Sporn–and we’re encouraging members of the animation community to contribute to a tribute reel to be presented at the event and preserved online. ASIFA-East Tribute to Michael Sporn Monday, March 2, 2015 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)…
  • Animation Day of Rememberance for Michael Sporn

    Michael
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Today in Hollywood, Tom Sito and Yvette Kaplan will represent Michael at the Animation Day of Remembrance. Tom and Michael go all the way back to 1976 and Raggedy Ann. Yvette met Michael at The Hubley Studio here in NYC. I have requested that they include Ray Kosarin’s superlative memorial to Michael and his studio. It was written by Ray for Michael’s Memorial Celebration at the AMPAS Lighthouse screening room on March 31, 2014. Tom asked me if he could use the Michael’s rendering of the mouse, Abel, talking to The Star from Abel’s Island by William Steig for the…
  • Gremlins

    Michael
    11 Feb 2014 | 10:04 am
  • Celebration

    Michael
    25 Jan 2014 | 8:42 am
    Greetings Everyone, Thanks for all of your support and kind tributes. He would be so pleased. Warm regards, Heidi
  • Spirited Away

    Michael
    20 Jan 2014 | 10:09 am
    Hello Everyone Michael passed away peacefully at dawn yesterday, January 19th. His magnificent spirit is now free. The Splog will remain and will be maintained and will continue to be a forum for the art of animation and all of the arts. Thank you all for your support of Michael and his work. He holds you all in his heart (even though he may not admit it). Heidi
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    FALLOUT

  • February Sketches

    James Baker
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Here are some watercolor sketches done on location around San Francisco in this past month. The first was done in Union Square while Julia and I sat prior to our dinner reservation on Valentines day. It was gloriously warm and sunny, with many people out enjoying themselves, and I managed to get a scribbly sketch [..READ MORE..]
  • Teenage Camelot

    James Baker
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    At around the age of 15, I met a group of older teenagers who’d already finished with high school, shared a house and lived on the dole. I thought they were the height of teen cool because they could do whatever they wanted; woah. I was still obliged to wear my school uniform and kow-tow [..READ MORE..]
  • Phil Robinson

    James Baker
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:28 pm
    A beloved longtime member of the Bay Area animation community, has finally succumbed to pancreatic cancer after battling it bravely for over 3 years. Phil Robinson will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jennifer, and his many friends from around the world, me amongst them. Phil came to the Bay Area in the early [..READ MORE..]
  • The Bullet Train

    James Baker
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    In late 1996 I was in a mood to travel. There was an impasse in my life and, as with similar confusing junctions before and since, I hit the road, spending Christmas in Britain with friends, planning to head to Paris in the New Year, by way of the train through the CHUNNEL. Nobody was [..READ MORE..]
  • Sketch Trek: THE NEXT GENERATION

    James Baker
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:59 am
    As a follow up to some Star Trek TV sketching we did months ago, Julia and I did more sketch nights of Star Trek: The Next Generation, a favourite of Julia’s that I wasn’t so familiar with. When Star Trek: TNG was first broadcast, in the late 1980s, I was working in Asia and Europe; countries where I couldn’t understand [..READ MORE..]
 
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    Ice-Cream Monster Toon Cafe

  • NEW Kickstarter reward for all backers!!

    Alina Chau
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Acquerello III Kickstarter just cross the 90% mark and getting closer to the goal.  Thank you everyone for your awesome support!!  This campaign has a little over a week to go.  If you can help to meet the goal by Wednesday, March 4.  I will give all my backers an uncut 30 mins watercolor video demo of “Together Forever” as an additional rewards. Here is the teaser trailer of “Together Forever” painting demo  ^_______^Join the pledge now at - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/867120167/acquerello-iii-watercolor-and-beyond
  • Quote Show invitation!

    Alina Chau
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Dear all,I would love to invite you to the gallery show opening of the Quote Show at Hero Complex Gallery tomorrow:“We are the music makers … and we are the dreamers of dreams” - Quote ShowShow from Feb 27 to March 15Opening reception, Feb 27, 7pmHero Complex Gallery2020 South Robertson, Blvd, Studio B, Los Angeles, CA 90034Have a lovely evening!
  • Making of Acquerello III video!

    Alina Chau
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Acquerello III Kickstarter Up-date:Today is the third week of my Kickstarter campaign.  I would like to share some behind-the-scene making-of story and my thoughts in idea development.  I hope you will enjoy the video.For full video, please visit - http://goo.gl/NxFsjpDirect link to my Kickstarter site or you can click my link under my profile for quick access:http://goo.gl/FgbDpA
  • Original Concept Art Give Away!

    Alina Chau
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    Kickstarter​ up-date:This week, I am giving away some never before seen original concept art.  I will randomly pick two lucky winners and announce the result on March 2nd, Monday morning, Pacific Time. Join in the fun and pledge now!!https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/867120167/acquerello-iii-watercolor-and-beyondAt the end of the campaign, I will put together a special edition E-book in pdf format with all these extra give away artworks plus more.  ALL my backers will receive a copy of this E-book as a bonus gift!!  ^______^
  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Goodies Give Away!!

    Alina Chau
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!Celebrating the Year of the Sheep, I am giving away this set of 3 screen wallpapers (1920 x 1080 pixels) to all my backers!!  These illustrations are from my latest children picture book - The Year of the Sheep, written by Oliver Chin, published by Immedium.  Anyone who join in and pledge during the New Year celebration from Feb 19 - Feb 28 will get this set of wallpapers too!!Acquerello III Kickstarter​ link:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/867120167/acquerello-iii-watercolor-and-beyond/postsWish you all an AWESOME Year of the Sheep!!  ^______^
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    Disney History

  • 27 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am

    Didier Ghez
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Excellent review of A Mickey Mouse Reader has just been released on MiceChat.
  • 27 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    The new issue of Disney Twenty-Three has been released. A few good articles in there, as always, including one about the building of the Burbank studio. (The magazine is only available to active D23 members).
  • 26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    A book which is now available for pre-order on Amazon is One Little Spark: Mickey's Ten Commandments and the Road to Imagineering by Marty Sklar. I am really hoping that it will be worth picking up. Sounds intriguing at this stage, at least.
  • 25 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you have even just a passing interest in the history of Disneyland and Disneyland memorabilia, you have to pick up the exceptional catalog of Van Eaton's upcoming auction (weekend of February 28). This will remain a reference book for years to come.
  • 24 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am

    Didier Ghez
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:02 am
    I just realized that the latest issue of the Carl Bark Fan Club Pictorial is out. I will pick up my copy very soon. It contains various articles by Michael Barrier, which makes it even more exciting.
 
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    The Daly Blog

  • Digital Molly and Mog

    donnachada
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
  • 5 shades of grey

    donnachada
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:33 pm
  • After Oscar

    donnachada
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
  • Molly and Mog are back to their old tricks

    donnachada
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Molly and Mog are back to their old tricks. This is my Instagram web comic. Instagram handle is mollyandmog and you can also find them on their on tumblr mollyandmog.com.
  • Changes

    donnachada
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:31 am
    Doing so much of my own stuff since the DreamWorks downsizing a couple of weeks ago. Missing my pals, but getting through a lot of stuff I'd never get a chance to do :D :D :D
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    Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

  • Collapsing and Expanding Time, Part One

    mark kennedy
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    There are really only two ways to edit film…you can either collapse time or expand time. If there's a simple rule of thumb, I would say that one of the basic principles of film is that you should use editing to collapse the boring, uninteresting parts and to expand the rich, dramatic, meaningful, emotional and/or entertaining parts.Sounds easy, right? Like a lot of what we do, it's basic in principle but can be very difficult in execution.One of the greatest storytelling tools film has is the ability to cut out the dull and uninteresting parts. Characters can cross town in the blink of an…
  • Getting In The Character's Head

    mark kennedy
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:33 pm
    While we're on the topic of tools for storyboard artists and the best way to approach a scene, I thought I'd talk about one of the biggest problems I see sometimes in storyboards and even in finished films on the whole.One of the things that makes me lose interest in a film is when I don't understand why the characters are doing what they're doing.As we watch films, one of the ways that we get engaged and wrapped up in the story is that we project ourselves onto the characters on the screen and we put ourselves into their shoes, empathizing with them and (if the film is done well) feeling…
  • What's Different By The End?

    mark kennedy
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    At Disney, storyboard artists are issued a sequence to storyboard at a time. A sequence is usually anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes of screen time and usually takes place in one location. A sequence is usually one idea, like "Rapunzel meets Flynn" or "Rapunzel and Flynn spend a day in town".A film is usually made up of around somewhere between 28 and 32 sequences, just to give you an idea.So as you figure out how to approach a sequence and how to board it, one of the most important questions you can ask yourself is, "what's different by the end?" What changes during the course of the…
  • Music, Storytelling and "Serial"

    mark kennedy
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    A big part of my job as a "Head of Story" at Disney is spending time in editorial as the editor, the director and I look at storyboards cut together with temporary dialogue and temporary music as a stand in for the soundtrack to judge how the story is developing and work at improving every aspect of the story and the storytelling. We spend a lot of time discussing the temporary soundtrack and looking for just the right kind of music to fit each moment. We have a great music editor who works very hard to cut together pieces of existing soundtracks to reflect the mood of each moment and make it…
  • Jon Stewart on Steve Carell

    mark kennedy
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I recently heard an interview with Jon Stewart (host of "The Daily Show") where he talked about former Daily Show cast member Steve Carell's role in the film "Foxcatcher". Jon said something along the lines of "What makes Steve so good is that he finds the moments in scripts that no one else realized were there".I'm paraphrasing, but it was something along those lines. In any case, I thought it was an interesting thing to say. We've been talking a lot at Disney about what makes a good story artist, and it can be hard to define what makes a story artist so good at what they do. Drawing is…
 
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    Spline Doctors

  • Composition is King

    Dr.Nate
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Here’s a great write-up on the beautiful, creative, and bold compositions in the recent Foreign film IDA (Poland). Shot in Black & White and with a 1:33 framing, the director and his crew created some stunning imagery. In the link you can find a nice array of screen shots from the film, all worth studying and taking in. I highly recommend seeing the film if you haven’t yet, one of the ‘Best Foreign Film’ nominees for the upcoming Oscars in a few weeks. http://nofilmschool.com/2015/01/static-frames-oscar-contender-ida-composition-king   - N. Stanton  
  • Visual Storytelling

    Dr.Nate
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Happy New Year out there ! I hope this post finds everyone starting a new creative endeavor. I wanted to focus on what we all look for when watching a film – great ‘Visual Storytelling’. Whenever I get a sequence I always ask myself –  How can I ‘show’ what is on the written page, and not rely on dialogue to get the action or  emotion across in the sequence ?  This is the Holy Grail that I seek when I put the pages down, and start drawing. There are many great examples out there in cinema that show this, and I was very happy to find this post recently…
  • 2015!

    Dr. Gordon
    3 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Happy New Year! Some exciting things happening this year! • New Podcasts • New Doctors (story specialists and more) • Masterclasses! • A new look for our 10 year anniversary! Thanks for the support as always and please tell us what you want to hear. -Andrew
  • The Toy Story That Time Forgot

    Dr. Gordon
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I had the opportunity to be a Directing Animator on the TV special “The Toy Story that Time forgot. I thought I would share a few things that I learned on that special. • The world of Toy Story really requires a different style of animation in that the characters we animate need to look like toys not people in Toy suits. What does this mean? It was very much the same idea on Ratatoullie. We wanted Rats to feel and move like Rats, not like people in Rat suits… Toys have limited ranges of motion. This is important to sell how they are constructed. John Lassiter likes to talk about…
  • New Inside Out Trailer.

    Dr. Gordon
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    I can’t wait for this film to come out. It’s great! Below is a new trailer. Click the image.            
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  • O’Hara Offers A Different Perspective

    Aaron
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:57 am
    Chris O’Hara, an California-based artist who has worked on series like The Amazing World of Gumball, has revealed his festival short, A Different Perspective. It’s been on our screening tour at over 50 festivals, but now this tale about an alien invasion is available to all eyes on Vimeo. It’s a tale about perspective, that plays with our sense of depth perception. Here’s A Different Perspective:
  • Animated Goats Invade China

    Aaron
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:53 am
    Elia Gardella recently moved to Shanghai and the surroundings influenced this new greeting card which composites animation over live-action footage of the city. It’s in honor of the Chinese New Year.
  • Kromann Finished School Dead or Alive

    Aaron
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    Lærke Kromann’s graduation short from the Animation Workshop is titled Dead or Alive. It’s a CG tale about a struggling student in need of a roommate, and he gets more than he bargained for in the deal. While this was created using CG animation, there’s moments in this short that you’d swear it was created in stop-motion. CREDITS Lærke Kromann: Director, Writer – laerkekromann.blogspot.dk/ David Crisp: Co-director, Writer – monkeytennisanimation.com Jane Langkilde Madsen: Art Director, Set Supervisor, Animator – jane-langkilde.blogspot.dk/ Lea…
  • Jeremy Clapin Adds Gravity to Innocent Video

    Aaron
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    French animator Jeremy Clapin directed this new music video for Hundred Waters, the Flordia-based band. The track is titled Innocent, and it features a very paranoid cleaner robot in space! Credits below the video. CREDITS Directed and designed by Jeremy Clapin Music by Hundred Waters Nicole Miglis / Trayer Tryon / Paul Giese / Zach Tetreault hundred-waters.com/ Executive Producers : Nicole Miglis / Mike Feinberg – FAMILY ARTISTS Record Label : OWSLA / K7 / Traffic Line Producer : Fortiche Production Production manager : Delphine Blaineau Modeling characters : Pascal Charrue Characters…
  • Hertzfeldt Drops World of Tomorrow Trailer

    Aaron
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Academy-award winning animator/director Don Hertzfeldt is currently gearing up for his next feature film, which he won’t animate completely by himself this time. While we await the release of Antarctica, we can count the days until March 31st when his latest short film, World of Tomorrow, will arrive online. This guy is truly breaking new storytelling ground, as witnessed in his last feature It’s Such a Beautiful Day, which, by the way, has a solid 100% on RottenTomatoes.com. Here’s a trailer for World of Tomorrow which won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at Sundance…
 
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  • Towards The Sun From Home Online

    Robert Stukowski
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:13 pm
    With a month left before release day, Westbury Road Entertainment dropped the original song Towards the Sun for digital distribution. Performed by Rihanna, the song comes from DreamWorks Animation's upcoming animated feature Home. Towards The Sun From Home Online
  • 2015 Music Oscars Winners

    Robert Stukowski
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Animation loses out again at the Academy Awards over the weekend. Despite an excellent show, the Music Oscars went to The Grand Budapest Hotel and Selena. 2015 Music Oscars Winners
  • Big Hero 6 Wins Cinema Audio Award

    Robert Stukowski
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Awards season continues as Big Hero 6 captures another award. The Disney film has the best mixed animated sound according to the Cinema Audio Society. The society gave the award to Alan Meyerson for the film during their 51st Cinema Audio Society Awards ceremony over the weekend. Big Hero 6 Wins Cinema Audio Award
  • Everything is Awesome at the LEGO Movie Oscars

    Robert Stukowski
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:28 pm
    To celebrate the rise of animated films, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will showcase the pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy trio The Lonely Island performing the song "Everything is Awesome" from the LEGO Movie live at the Oscars this year. Everything is Awesome at the LEGO Movie Oscars
  • Gus The Yellowbird Music

    Robert Stukowski
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    The French animated invasion continues with a new music release from 22D Music. 22D Music is digitally dropping the soundtrack for the animated feature Yellowbird (Gus: Petit oiseou, grand voyage) on us late in February. Gus The Yellowbird Music
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  • French Animated Features – Part 17: 2015

    Fred Patten
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    2015 has just started. There may be other French-language animated features this year that have not been announced yet – but this is where the country is at as of the day of this posting. Les Moomins sur la Riviera (Moomins on the Riviera), directed by Xavier Picard and Hanna Hemilä. 80 minutes. February 4, 2015. A co-production of Pictac Cie. in France and Handle Productions in Finland, in honor of Tove Jansson’s 100th birthday. An adaptation of the “Moomins on the Riviera” sequence in her and her brother Lars’ Moomin 1954-1975 comic strip, produced in cel animation in her…
  • The First Japanese Animation Films in 1917

    Fred Litten
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    In this research note I intend to discuss some aspects of the history of the earliest Japanese animation films for the cinema. The first task is to assemble from the literature a list of all such films shown in 1917. I will then introduce a hitherto unknown contemporary source on SHIMOKAWA Ōten’s 下川凹天Imokawa Mukuzō Genkanban no maki 芋川椋三玄関番の巻 (Imokawa Mukuzō – The Janitor) which has been widely, but apparently wrongly, considered to have been the first Japanese animation film, and look into the chronological order of Shimokawa’s films in the first half of…
  • Animation Anecdotes #201

    Jim Korkis
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Disney’s Boysenberry Mountain. In the Disney animated feature, Fantasia (1940), the majority of the action in the Pastoral Symphony takes place in the brightly colored Elysian Fields at the foot of Mount Olympus. At the beginning of the sequence, Mount Olympus fills the screen with its smooth, rounded curves. Its unusual royal purple coloring contrasts starkly with the reddish-orange sky in the background. While decades of audiences have accepted that color choice as the obvious perfect selection for that iconic mountain in the early morning light, it was actually the result of a happy…
  • “Dead End Cats” (1947)

    Steve Stanchfield
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    Note: I wanted to start today’s article with an apology to the cover artist on Van Beuren Classics, Milton Knight. In designing the cover for the set, we altered the background colors and added shadows to Mr. Knight’s work. These changes were not to his liking, understandably, and we should have run them by him in advance of showing our advance cover. We changed the cover back to his original color design the next day, but wanted to make an apology for it appearing here. It’s not beyond any of us to make mistakes, but I do hope we’ve learned from this one and will make…
  • In Her Own Words: Virginia Davis

    Jim Korkis
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Disney Brothers Studio did not start with a mouse but a little girl named Virgina Davis. On October 16, 1923, a New York distributor, M. J. Winkler, contracted to release the Alice Comedies series about a live action girl interacting with cartoon characters and a cartoon background, and this date became the formal beginning of The Walt Disney Company. Winkler insisted that the same little girl be used in the series as appeared in the pilot film, Alice’s Wonderland. For the first nine cartoons, Walt himself did the animation and directed the live-action scenes, while his brother, Roy,…
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    27 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
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  • In Memory of: The Disney Afternoon

    Ju-osh M.
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:50 am
    Yesterday’s announcement that Disney would be re-booting DuckTales in 2017 reminded me of a GREAT interview that The Animation Guild Blog did with Tad Stones back in 2011. In that interview, Stone detailed the creation and decimation of the 90s ‘Disney Afternoon.’ Stone knows what he’s talking about, too — he played an integral part in nearly every show! Click here to listen. (Note: The Disney Afternoon portion begins at roughly the 21 minute mark of Part 2, then continues into Part 3.)
  • I Love This Guy: Cesar Romero as The Joker (1966)

    Ju-osh M.
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:33 am
    Marlene Dietrich was once quoted as saying that Romero was “the undisputed Queen of Homosexuals. I don’t think there was a gay actor in all Hollywood who hadn’t knelt before him.”
  • Rob Schrab To Direct ‘LEGO Movie’ Sequel

    Ju-osh M.
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Rob Schrab will make his feature directorial debut on Warner Bros.’ upcoming The LEGO Movie Sequel. Schrab has directed quite a few great episodes of Community and Parks And Recreation, but he snatched my heart forever by creating the AMAZING action/comedy comic book, Scud: The Disposable Assassin. The LEGO Movie Sequel is scheduled for a May 2017 release.
  • The ‘Peanuts’ Voice Cast

    Ju-osh M.
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:26 am
 
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  • Thriving Career in Mass Communication

    CG Mantra
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    After taking 12th examination, the first question which pops up in the mind of students is “what next?” It is the time when they are in quest of best career option. If you have good communication skills and you are creative too in that case Mass Communication can be a good career option. The rapid advancement of technology has brought lots of career prospects in the field of Mass Communication. This field is all about disseminating news to mass through various channels of media. It can be electronic media, print media, broadcast media, new media etc., each channel has its own beauty. It…
  • Visual Effects-An Insight-2

    CG Mantra
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Many Animation & VFX institutes in all over India have been adding Practical Effects Techniques at least as a theoretical subject nowadays. Thanks to World Wide Web for its rich resource that enables a youngster to understand the Visual Effects Industry better and to chose the appropriate Animation & VFX institutes. This youngster are no more focusing on software centric education but also exploring other techniques of visual effects for better & higher career prospects in the industry. In continuation of our last write-up about “Forced Perspective” &…
  • Visual Effects- An Insight-1

    CG Mantra
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:29 am
    Forced Perspective is one of the other ways to create visual effects in movies and television serials which is nowhere visible as a part of curricula of any Animation VFX institute in India. Recently the use of this is seen in Hollywood movies “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” & “Harry Potter” in the modern Era of Computer advancement. It raises the many questions on Animation & VFX Institute that whether they should restrict their curricula to Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) or explore other way of visual effects Actually Forced Perspective is a…
  • The Roar of Visual Effects

    CG Mantra
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Once again a Tiger is in the news but not to killing anyone. This time the tiger is in news which was created on computer by Indian CG artists in Indian Studio. Yes we are talking about the film Roar. This film is having approx 800 Visual Effects shots and to achieve the lifelike result even the director and producer of the Film, trained themselves by enrolled them in Visual Effects course. This is a great achievement of Pune based Anibrain VFX studio to create life like CG wild creature with the help of software like Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop & Foundry Nuke. This is another…
  • New Plugin for VFX

    CG Mantra
    27 Jan 2014 | 1:11 am
    Think beyond box with XMesh from THINKBOX Here comes a brand new power pack plug-in for Maya from the house of Thinkbox Software. On December 5, 2013 Thinkbox officially announced the release of his new plug-in XMesh to streamline animation and visual effects production pipelines. This unique plug-in have the capability to club with Autodesk 3ds Max as well. This unique feature allows a rock solid platform to interchange pipeline while performing VFX at Autodesk Max or Autodesk Maya.Some of the major highlights of the product are: Accelerated Loading Easy Information Transfer Enhanced…
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