Pinky Toe

https://vimeo.com/216430990

Overwhelmed by a "phantom itch" from his missing pinky toe, a man must come to terms with his situation or succumb completely to his obsession.

My second year film at CalArts!

I was lucky to have worked with some amazing talent to make this possible. Thank you so much to everyone involved.
Music Composed by Paul Michael Cardon
Narration by Nick D'Agostino
Sound Design by Paul Michael Cardon
Set Fabrication by Ming-Huei Huang
Props by Emily Martinez and Kesiah Manival
2D Coloring Help by Bryan Lee

Enjoy the show!


The Fox and the Hound Gif

this is dedicated to my hard working student Danny Munoz, who has a similar shot in his thesis film...  MATCH and is working hard to get his film rendered for thesis review tomorrow!


Ali Ghorbani Animations

Ali Ghorbani Animations

#piggy #pigs #money #sneeze #cute #animation

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USC’s School of Cinematic Arts presents ‘First Frame 2017’ April 21st!

I am so proud of my students at USC. Come out and see some of the films!  My MFA student from 2016 Jessie Wang created the film below - 8'Oclock shadow.

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts presents First Frame 2017, the annual showcase featuring the latest achievements in animation from students and alumni in the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts (Hench-DADA).

The showcase will feature original student work spanning all forms of animation including experimental and character, hand-drawn, stop motion, digital 2D and 3D, and virtual reality. A jury composed of full-time animation faculty selected the line-up of projects.

The event is free and open to the public. To view clips of the participating projects, visit the First Frame 2017 web site.


Welcome To My Life | Cartoon Network Mini

Cartoon network Mini: Welcome To My Life

Short about a day in the life of Douglas aka T-Kash, a monster trying to fit in at his high school.

Elizabathe Ito says: My senior year project. An animated documentary about a family of monsters trying to lead a normal american life. The voices are really my family... This won the Producer's Choice Award in the first Nicktoons Film Festival, was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 2004, and has been in various festivals around the world.

Soundtrack is here.


David Blaine “Spectacle of The Real”

Client: David Blaine
Director: Buck
Music & Sound Design: Antfood


Far The Days Come

Far The Days Come

A tree fell and somewhere in a cold unknown land, man discovered fire.
Fire saved man and comforted him.
Time passed, trees kept falling and comfortable men fired to take further comfort in unknown lands.
World has come a full circle.

CREDITS:

Directed By : Ram Singh
Music By : Letter Box
Art Lead : Samar Malik
Artist : Gyanendra Singh, Govind Ram, Vikas Pundir
Animation :Pinky Naskar , Nishant Kumar
FX : Nishant Kumar
Special Thanks : Vivek Mangipudi

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Winning the Story Wars - The Hero's Journey

Here's part two of the video series that accompanies Jonah Sachs' new book, "Winning the Story Wars." Discover how digital tools are returning humanity to a new oral tradition and what kinds of stories will work in this new era of empowerment marketing. Inspired by Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey, Sachs lays out a story model any brand or cause can use to get its message heard, and explains why stories must be not just told, but lived.


The Artistry Of 'Samurai Jack'

If you were watching Cartoon Network in the late '90s and early 2000s, you probably have Genndy Tartakovsky to thank for some of your favorite cartoons.

But one of his cartoons stands above the rest as a visual and animated masterpiece — "Samurai Jack." With it's unique drawing style, distinct minimalist feel, and perfectly choreographed action sequences "Samurai Jack" has gone down as a seminal work in cartoon history.

Never having received the ending it deserved, "Samurai Jack" is finally returning to Adult Swim this weekend to finish the epic animated tale started way back in 2001.


The World of Ralph Bakshi

Before The Simpsons, before Family Guy, and before Sausage Party, there was Ralph Bakshi, who remains of the most distinct voices in all of animation, and who helped popularize mainstream adult-oriented animated features in the West. Let's take a few minutes to dive in and explore the worlds he created.

Press the CC button for film titles.

Further Reading-
They Don't Make Them Like Ralph Bakshi Anymore: Interview by Marc Spitz- http://bit.ly/1MCVtsa
Inner City Hues: The Ralph Bakshi Q&A by Tony Best- http://bit.ly/2nsRApd
Ralph Bakshi- Surviving in Tough Times (2008)- http://bit.ly/2nKcFYi


Marshall McLuhan

somethingsavage.com / twitter.com/somethingsavage / instagram.com/somethingsavage

A new film by Daniel Savage commissioned by Al Jazeera on the philosopher Marshall McLuhan.

Narrated by Alex Chow, a social activist in Hong Kong and prominent figure in the Umbrella Movement.

Directed and animated by Daniel Savage
Produced by The Listening Post
Narrated by Alex Chow
Music by Flako
McLuhan recordings courtesy of marshallmcluhanspeaks.com

View all films: interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2017/the-listening-post-media-theorised/index.html


Punch TV Studios Launches Punch Animation

Hollywood, CA-based Punch TV Studios announced that it is rebranding and relaunching the Urban Television Network as a new animation division that will focus on the development of animated television series and movies for syndication. Punch Animation has tapped renowned animators Floyd Norman (co-writer of the forward to my Thinking Animation book) and Leo Sullivan as president of creative development and chief operating officer, respectively.

Norman (aged 81) worked with Walt Disney himself on such films as Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101 Dalmatians (1961) and The Jungle Book (1967) as well as more recent films like Toy Story 2 (1999)and Monsters, Inc. (2001).

Sullivan is an Emmy award-winning animator/filmmaker known for his work on the TV series Flash Gordon, Pac-Man, Iron Man, Tiny Toons Adventures, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones. He has more than 50 years of experience in the field of animation and has taught at The Art Institute of California-Orange County, guest lectured at UCLA and Compton College Animation Arts Departments worked with numerous community organizations and has taught and mentored youths who have gone on to work for major animation studios.

Punch Animation reports that it is already producing new concepts and ideas for licensing and distribution around the world.


Aaron Blaise Live Stream - "Basic Physics & Timing of an Animated Jump"

This video starts the at 21-minute mark. Watch Aaron animate a jumping polar bear! Join Aaron Blaise Here on YouTube Every Thursday at 1:00 PM EST.

Aaron Blaise is also live on Facebook every Tuesday at 1:00 PM EST here: http://facebook.com/TheArtofAaronBlaise/


Toonami: Exquisite Corpse | Adult Swim

MFA Grad from USC DADA '14 - Director: Simón Wilches-Castro
Music: “Let’s Fight” by Amon Tobin
VFX Supervisor: Michael Kuehn
Animation Director: Alex Tysowsky
Animation: Keith Sizemore
2D effects: Edward Artinian, Simón Wilches-Castro
Digital Compositing: Colin Fleming
CG Sequences: Hinge Digital
With animation from: Henrique Barone, Sean Buckelew, Jesse James Dean, Ryan Gillis, Miguel Jiron, Alicja Jasina, Sean Glaze, David Reilly, Yawen Zheng, Katie Tamboer, Louis Morton, Edward Artinian, Kris Merc, Brian Smee, Grace Mi, Katrina Ruzics, Joe Bennett, Quique Rivera, Einar Baldvin, Peter Millard, Jeanette Bonds, Shoko Hara, Grace Nayoon Rhee, Lee Hardcastle, Robertino Zambrano, Alex Grigg, Guilherme Marcondes, Simon Wilches-Castro.


Making of Mini Maui

Disney Moana: Animating Mini Maui http://www.cgmeetup.net/home/making-of-moana/

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Posted by CGMeetUp on Saturday, March 4, 2017


AninetFest Winner - Ed by Taha Neyestani

AninetFest Award

www.aninetfest.com/films

The festival ends 12th of March 2017.

A tribute to all life drawing models, and to the passion of the craft; exploring form, figure, life and all that lies within. 4th-year thesis film done at Sheridan college. Animated in Photoshop.


ICARE (Icarus)Teaser

From Cartoon Brew... The Greek myth of Icarus serves as the basis of the film, but there are some new twists to this classic tale about a boy who flies too close to the sun. “The idea is to imagine the youth of the young Icarus, a part that goes unmentioned in the myth as we know it,” Vogele told Cartoon Brew. In Vogele’s version, the story will focus on the friendship between Icarus and the Minotaur, both of whom are portrayed as outcasts.

The logline:

The cheerful gods of the Olympus are rewriting the myth of “Theseus and the Minotaur” from the perspective of Icarus, who befriends the young Minotaur hidden in the royal palace of Knossos. When King Minos imprisons the “monster” in the secret labyrinth, Icarus risks it all to save his childhood friend and becomes entangled in a tragedy of manipulation and betrayal.

The Greek gods—Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite—serve as the narrators and spectators of the story. They are re-imagined as newspaper journalist-gods who are trying to craft their version of the story, and the story switches between them pulling the strings from above and the mythological story in ancient Crete. The gods are cg characters, but rendered with flat lighting to merge with the painted backgrounds, “like a moving illustration” Vogele described.

Ancient myths are the wellspring of contemporary superhero stories, and Vogele believes that returning to the source will yield rich material for a film. “The mythical heroes are ruthless and relentless,” he said. “They are archetypes who will sacrifice anything and anyone to fulfill their mad passion, no virtue too big, no vice too cruel. Their lack of empathy is truly chilling, but they are the bright-eyed defenders of their own justice and integrity, which makes them fascinating.”

Nicolas Steil, Iris Group CEO and producer of Icarus, is setting up the film as a co-production with still-to-be-determined studio partners in Belgium and Germany.

The family film has a targeted completion date of 2019. The budget is undisclosed for now.


Samurai Jack Season 5 Trailer | Samurai Jack | Adult Swim

It has been 12 years since a new episode of Samurai Jack.

But Jack is indeed back. The fifth — and final — season of the Emmy-winning Adult Swim animated series created by Genndy Tartakovsky finds the samurai still trapped in a dystopian future after Aku, the shape-shifting demon supreme Master of Darkness, destroyed all time portals. The bearded, armored-up Jack has stopped aging, a side effect of time travel.

“It seems he is cursed to just roam the land for all eternity. His past haunts him as well as a cult of assassins dedicated to killing him for Aku’s glory.”

Check out this clip from the season premiere, in which Jack faces down an army of robots with his spiked motorbike of death.

 


GrutBrushes Art Brushes Complete

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Over 240 Pressure Responsive Photoshop Brushes grutbrushes.com/artsbrushes for Digital painting and Drawing. Includes the optional free GrutBrushes Plugin for Photoshop CC Get 'em all now for just $20

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Over 240 Pressure Responsive Photoshop Brushes grutbrushes.com/artsbrushes for Digital painting and Drawing. Includes the optional free GrutBrushes Plugin for Photoshop CC Get 'em all now for just $20

Posted by GrutBrushes Artisanal Photoshop Brushes on Sunday, October 23, 2016


After Effects to Nuke 101 - A Tutorial by BenQ

Many of my students lean on After Effects and it is quite easy to learn but also Ae has limits once you learn the basics of compositing. Ae is a good as a general application. If you are serious about compositing you should really learn Nuke.

This video is sponsored by Benq. This is a brand new series specifically created to help you transition from After Effects to Nuke.
In this first video we do a basic introduction to get you started before you watch more advance videos about Nuke.

I will be showing, side by side, After Effects and Nuke trying to achieve the same result in both applications. We will be talking about the Interface, project settings, Import clips, playback, layers vs nodes, merging layers, blending Modes and exporting.

Please visit: http://www.benq.co.uk


After Practice

Nice work, just needs to bend at the ball of the foot more... but, really nice job!


Super cool 3D animation (with sound!) by Neil Tolman based on my After Practice color sketch~ I'm really touched and honored T.T

Please show him some support!
His website/works:
http://www.roguefx.com
https://www.instagram.com/roguefx/

Posted by Guweiz on Monday, February 20, 2017

Super cool 3D animation (with sound!) by Neil Tolman based on my After Practice color sketch~ I'm really touched and honored T.T

Please show him some support!
His website/works:
http://www.roguefx.com
https://www.instagram.com/roguefx/

Posted by Guweiz on Monday, February 20, 2017

Summary From Neil Tolman

I'm a huge fan of @guweiz's work, and was particularly taken by his painting "After Practice". Heading into Christmas break 2016, I really wanted to jump into a passion project to keep me on my toes, and I thought back to this painting. This would be a huge undertaking, and would really challenge my creativity and problem-solving skills. -- Perfect! I freakin' LOVE a challenge.

I spent about 60 hours in total over the course of three months on my spare time. I was pretty much done with the visuals within a few weeks, and spent the rest of the time adding in little details like exhaust fumes on the cars, the breeze moving through the trees, drips coming off the umbrella, etc. I absolutely loved working on this, and appreciate @guweiz's for painting such inspiring works. Check out Guweiz on: Patreon Facebook TwitterDeviant Art and Instagram

Software: Maya/Vray/After Effects/Magic Bullet/Star Glow


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 animation mixes several styles, including the animators painting the characters on the wall of a house!


‘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.

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. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.

The 35-minute film, which Valley describes as “a documentary that happens to be animated,” is quite unique. This film, which won an Annie award for best animated special production this past weekend, began life as a graphic novel five years ago as a way for the director to tell a very personal, true story about his efforts to save a self-destructive longtime friend named Techno, who had finally hit rock bottom and called out for help from a military hospital in China.

More about the film here at AWN


Mesh

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.


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 music artist, to be announced.

More at friendselectric.tv/andy-baker.


Apocalatte

Third Year Group Film - Sheridan College
That's Boss Productions

ARTISTS:
James Ghio | Kanako Iwata | Nathan Dewey | Luke Smith | Aaron Fryer | Emily Choi | Jason Burch | Anton Wong | Chris Gallant | Ibrahim El-Dulaimi | Michael Huerto

Mentor: Tony Tarantini
Music: Nick Randall

artist links below

James Ghio http://jimbo0311.deviantart.com/
Luke Smith http://lukeyarts.tumblr.com/
Kanako Iwata http://kanacoke.blogspot.ca/
Nathan Dewey http://deweydark.blogspot.ca/
Emily Choi http://ricepuff.blogspot.ca/
Ibrahim El-Dulaimi http://3dulaimi.blogspot.ca/


POKEY POKEY by Jake Zhang

A message from one of my students at USC regarding his film - POKEY POKEY...

The Pokey Team: composer Pantawit Kiangsiri, sound designer Katie Gately, producer Zhen Zeng, graphic designer Shangning Wang, one of story creators Xu Zhou, Chinese version theme song creator 黃衍仁, voice actor Ross Huguet, Music Engineer Dan Blanck, animation helpers Jinzhi Du, Fan Feng, Wan Jinyue, etc. Thank you Joshua Weisbrod for helping revising the script. And sure thanks to the great USC faculties and staffs for your support and help: Mike Patterson, Candace Reckinger, Sheila M. Sofian, David Fain, Tom Sito, Christine Panushka, Mike Fink, Lisa Mann, Bethany Sparks, Liz Gill Brauer, Eric Hanson, Kathy Smith, Mar Elepano, Sandrine Faucher Cassidy, Eileen Chiao.
Thank you all my classmates from Official USC John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts. and big thanks to my family especially my wife Xiaowen Liang.

Thank you all and I will keep creating.

Behance project: https://www.behance.net/…/POKEY-POKEY-animated-short-(dark-…
7 Palms Entertainment, LLC, CUT-UP Distribution,

POKEY POKEY

A father attempts to figure out the best way to protect his son from seeing filthiness of the crime-ridden city...
Festivals & Awards list: (updated Jan 2017)
● Winner of Special Storytelling Designation - Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
● Best Animation - Bucharest Short Film Festival 2016
● Nomination of Best Animation - Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2015
● Official Selection - Bogota Short Film Festival 2016 (Columbia)
● Official Selection - 43rd Athens International Film + Video Festival 2016 (Academy Award® Qualifying)
● Winner & Official Selection - Animaze Daze Festival Animation Day in Cannes Film Festival (France)
● The Best 2d Project - The Vision Feast 2016
● Best Animation - Diversanima Festival 2015 (Chile)
● Special Mention: Animation - Festigious Film Festival 2016
● National Award: Special Mention - Shnit International Short Film Festival 2016 (Multiple cities all over the world)
● Official Selection - Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2016 (US)
● Finalist of Student & Youth Media - 59th CINE Golden Eagle Award
● Distinction Award - Athens Animation Festival 2016 (Greece)
● Official Selection - 17th San Diego Asia Film Festival (US)
● Second Place Award - Audience Award Animation Shorts Film Competition
● Best Sound - The British Animation Film Festival (London)
● Official Selection - Toronto Reel Asia International Film Festival (Canada)
● Official Selection - DC Shorts Film Festival (US)
● Official Selection - Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival (Japan)
● Official Selection - Tally Shorts Films Festival 2016
● Official Selection - Dam Short Film Festival 2017 (US)
● Official Selection - 6th Ars Independent Festival 2016 (Poland)
● Official Selection - 12th Monterrey Intl. Film Festival 2016 (MX)
● Official Selection - Court Métrange International Festival 2016 (France)
● Official Selection - BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival 2016
● Official Selection - 12th Budapest Short Film Festival 2016 (HU)
● Official Selection - Havah International Short FIlm Festival 2016
● Official Selection - KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 2015
● Official Selection - 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival (United States)
● Official Selection - Underexposed Film Festival 2016 (United States)
● Official Selection - RabbitFest International Animation Festival 2016 (Italy)
● Nomination of Best Animation - USC First Look Film Festival 2016
● Foreign Film Bronze Award - The 13th Global Chinese Universities Film and TV Festival (Hong Kong)
● Silver Medal - 1st Golden Shuanmazhuan Student Film Festival (China)
● Official Selection - Corfu Animation Festival 2015 (Greece)
● Official Selection - Cutout Fest International Animation and Digital Art Festival (Mexico)
● Official Selection - USC First Frame Festival (USA)
● Official Selection - Animasyros International Animation Festival (Greece)
● Official Selection - Indiearth Animation Film Festival (India)
● Official Selection - Kuala Lumpur ECO Film Festival (Malaysia)
● Official Selection - Spark Animation Festival 2015 (Vancouver, Canada)
● Official Selection - Laguna Film Festival 2015 (USA)
● Official Selection - Weyauwega International Film Festival 2015 (USA)
● Official Selection - 66th Montecatina International Short Film Festival (USA)
● Official Selection - Twister Alley International Film Festival 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - The DRAWTASTIC Festival of Drawing & Animation 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Animation Attack! 2016
● Official Selection - ANNY: Animation Night New York 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Animation Nights New York Best of Fest 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - Xining FIRST International Film Festival (China)
● Official Selection - ScareLA 2016 (USA)
● Official Selection - 10th A Night of Horror/ Fantastic Planet Film Festival (Australia)
● Official Selection - British Animation Film Festival 2016 (England)
● Official Selection - Berkeley Video & Film Festival (2016) (US)
● Official Selection - 6th Irvine Film Festival 2017 (US)