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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…