2 1/2 D & 2D & Animated Shorts & Artists & Inspiration & Stop Mo

The Bigger Picture

I love this so much! The story of two brothers struggling with the care of their elderly mother. “Staff Pick Premiere: a story of loss told in life-size animation.” Read our interview with director Daisy Jacobs in the Vimeo Blog: vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-a-story-of-loss-told-in-life-s **2015 BAFTA WINNER** **2015 OSCAR NOMINATED** Directed by Daisy Jacobs, The Bigger Picture tells the story of two adult sons dealing with the deteriorating condition of their elderly mother. It’s a beautiful film, full of tenderness and compassion. The…

2D & Animated Features & Independent Film Making & Inspiration & Passion Pictures & Vimeo

‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’ Vimeo Original is an Academy Award Contender

Vimeo On Demand Director Robert Valley teams with Passion Pictures to bring his gritty graphic novel to the screen, garnering an Oscar nod and Annie win along the way. Genres: Animation, Documentary Duration: 35 minutes Subtitles: 3 languages + Show Availability: Worldwide For the Script 2 Screen book for Pear Cider and Cigarettes, please visit robertvalley.com. Drink and smoke…that’s what Techno Stypes really likes to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick.…

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CG & News & Previz

Chris Edwards in Beijing – Part 1: Previs and Virtual Production in China

One of the nicest guys I ever worked with in CG and respectful of the artists who work for him. Read the whole article here at AWN. THE THIRD FLOOR founder talks about cutting edge production techniques and technology in a new global frontier. By Chris Colman | Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:01pm Chris Edwards has been pushing the envelope in film production techniques for more than a decade. Since he co-founded THE THIRD FLOOR in 2004, the company…

2 1/2 D & 2D & Animated Shorts & Cartoony & Inspiration


A little moment in a big world. Directed By: Gunner Illustration: Ian Sigmon, Nick Forshee, Mike Burdick Animation: Rachel Reid, Mel Mccann, Josh Parker, Harrison Schaeffer, Marcus Bakke, Nick Forshee, Ian Sigmon, Mike Basilico Sound: ambroseyu.com/ Mesh Animation Process from Gunner on Vimeo.…

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Animated Features & Behind the Scenes & Geek Stuff & Inspiration & Learning & Stop Mo

A Conversation with Kubo and the Two Strings VFX Oscar Nominees

https://livestream.com/gnomon/kubo-two-strings-vfx LAIKA’s Oscar-nominated VFX Supervisor, Animation Supervisor and Director of Rapid Prototype will discuss Kubo and the Two Strings at Gnomon ahead of the VES Awards. The panel will bring together Steve Emerson, Brad Schiff, and Brian McLean, and the discussion will be moderated by Emmy-winning character animator and Gnomon Instructor, Laura Barbera. Speakers will take questions from both the stage audience and Livestream viewers during the live event. Tweet questions using #gnomon on Twitter. If you’re in or near…

2D & Artists & Inspiration

Director Andy Baker Signs on with Friends Electric

This post dedicated to my student Joe Etemadi… Friends Electric announces that experimental animation director Andy Baker has joined its artists’ roster for UK and European representation. As part of the Friends Electric cohort, Baker is broadening his creative horizons, working with new technologies to create work for a range of platforms and long-form narratives while continuing to emphasize 2D design and character-driven commercial animation. He is currently working on a “first of its kind” VR promo for a prominent…

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Anim Talk & News & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

Animation Workers Reach $100 Million Settlement With Disney in Wage-Fixing Suit

Animation workers have reached a $100 million settlement with the Walt Disney Company, Pixar, and Lucasfilm in a class action lawsuit claiming that the defendants violated antitrust laws by conspiring to set animation wages via non-poaching agreements. Disney and its companies were the last remaining defendants in the litigation. Earlier this month, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $50 million settlement with DreamWorks Animation, following previous settlements of $13 million with Sony Imageworks and $5.95 million with Blue Sky.…


Animal Crackers Movie

Mr. Woodley WIP   Many of my students ask me what should go on their reels to get a job at one of the big studios. All you have to do is look at the movies you like to find out. As a character animator you must have: At least one nice pantomime piece One close up drama acting piece One acting and interaction piece with two characters! Animal Crackers is an independent animated film co-directed by Scott Christian Sava and Tony…


Q & A with Patrick Osborne of Oscar and Annie Nominated Short “Pearl”

Former Disney animator Patrick Osborne won an Oscar in the Best Animated Short category for his 2014 film Feast. Now, just two years later, he’s heading back to the Academy Awards thanks to his groundbreaking Google short Pearl. Full Interview here… Jackson Murphy: First of all, congratulations on the Academy Award and Annie Award nominations. Patrick Osborne: Thank you. It’s always nice to make a film, and to get something made that feels like it’s creatively what you wanted –…

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Animated Features & CG & Pixar

Pixar’s new ‘Lou’ short tackles playground bullying

I’m so excited to announce that I’m directing Pixar’s next short film “Lou”! #insidepixar #himom A video posted by Dave Mullins (@dave.mullins) on Sep 28, 2016 at 1:43pm PDT Not many studios could get mainstream audiences excited about a new short film, but Pixar isn’t most studios. The company has just released a cute little teaser announcing their next new short: Lou, directed by longtime Pixar animator Dave Mullins. Lou will be Mullins’ first directing credit, but he’s an old hand when…

Animated Shorts & CG & Inspiration

Flutterby Short

impressive short.  I use this rig to teach with. It’s only 15$! Somebody really knows how to light and texture!  Looks like they fixed her deformations at the elbows which are not pretty.   Ruchirek Yui Somrit Thesis at Academy of Art University. Responsible for environment assembly, surfacing, look development, lighting, and compositing. Music & Sound Design by Filipe LeitÃo Concept Art by Kitikhun Pan Vongsayan The girl rig modified & butterfly rigged by Jordan P. Jones (the girl is…