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Animators & Artists & Book Contributors & Geek Stuff & Traditional

Geek Stuff – New and improved animation desk!

Dave Nethery has posted an animation new desk on his blog! A colleague of his – Ronnie Williford retro-fitted the Cintiq into a traditional animation desk Quoted from Dave Nethery’s Blog: “This thing turns smoother than any animation disc I’ve ever used, and of course the angle of the drawing table is adjustable up and down as with a traditional animation desk. Everyone at work wanted to sit down and take it for a whirl.” And Dave has a pic…

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Animated Commercials & CG & Flash & Traditional & VFX

Coke Ads that rock!

I found these two links in some old bookmarks…converted the files and saved them for posterity…the first one reminds me of my homie – you know who you are ~ Angie Doggy Happy Cloud Psyop Designs Short Films for Coke “Doggy” and “Mr. Happy: Cloud” are part of a series of short viral films commissioned by Coca-Cola to run online and on broadcast. The new campaign introduces viewers to the “Coke Side of Life.” Agency W+K: Amsterdam invited artists to…

Animated Features & Animators & Character Designers & Disney & News & Pixar & The Biz & Traditional

Frog Princess brings 2D back to Disney

Rumors have been spreading the past few months that Disney is starting up a new 2D division again with the help of John Musker, Ron Clements and Eric Goldberg. The Frog Princess Image is by Scott Gustafson and has nothing to do with the Frog Princess Production Variety reports that the new project, “Frog Princess,” will be overseen by John Musker and Ron Clements, who left the studio shortly after “Treasure Planet” bombed at the end of 2002, grossing just…

Animated Features & Disney & The Biz & Traditional

2D is Making a Comeback!

AWN has this to say about Comicon and a Panel announcing 2D making a comeback at Disney… Comic-Con Sees Stars, 2D Officially Back at Disney July 23, 2006 In an animation panel, Kevin Koch, head of the Animation Guild, said that a new 2D film, titled, THE FROG PRINCESS, is in development at Disney. Moreover, Eric Goldberg, who has returned to Disney to work on animated shorts, said that LITTLE MERMAID directors Ron Clements and John Musker will be helming…

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Animated Features & CG & Character Designers & Concept Artists & Disney & Inspiration & Traditional

Disney Character Designer Chen Yi Change Interview

Disney Character Designer Chen Yi Change Interview A few years ago, California State Polytechnic University Pomona held an INTERVIEW with Disney character design supervisor, Chen Yi Chang. The interview, which can be streamed over the net HERE, covers a number of different topics from Chang’s background, a rough breakdown of the production pipeline of a feature film, as well as character design and technique. This lecture is geared towards beginners. So if you know the basics and don’t feel like…

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Animated Shorts & Animators & CG & Flash & Inspiration & Puppets & Traditional & VFX


TygerGuilherme Marcondes Angie here… This little film blew me away. I have always been fascinated by puppets…Especially the Japanese Art of Bunraku. I was able to see a few Bunraku plays when I was working in Osaka and they are sooooo moving and beautiful. A poem by a favorite poet/artist of mine William Blake is used loosely for the story. The combination of 2D, puppetry, live action and other elements is really fun to watch and the landscape reminds me…

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Animated Features & CG & Disney & News & Pixar & The Biz & Traditional

Ed Catmull: Pixar ‘s Superhero, Shakes Up Disney

Angie here…I saw Ed Catmull speak at NATE (National Animation Technology Expo) in 1995 and he was all excited about this new thing called Nurbs. Crazy huh? I knew back then what he was talking about was going to be huge, but had no idea what a profound influence this man had and was going to have on animation. Read this article in the LA Times about Ed Catmull! Ed believes that you should always hire people who are smarter…

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Animated Features & Book Contributors & Character Designers & Directors & Oscars & The Biz & Traditional

Eric Goldberg

There is a great interview with Eric Goldberg on Animated-News.comby Christian Ziebarth 12/19/2005: “A Conversation with Eric Goldberg” Interview Eric is one of the contributors to the book and has been a major influence in my – Angie’s – growth as an animator. I am ruined now after working for him, but in a good way. I toil over every single blink, finger gesture and frame of my animations. Jamie and I are very grateful for his contributions to the…

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Animated Shorts & Inspiration & The Biz & Traditional

Gobelins School – Pyrats Short

Below is a short film made by some students from the Gobelins School. The Gobelins School in France is known for their great animation department. Even though it’s a public institution, it is very difficult to be accepted into this school. Gobelins students make short films as a group (usually 4 to 6 artists). They also keep the length of their films to 1 or 2 minutes. This is smart because they are able to focus on what they do…

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Animated Features & Animators & CG & Character Designers & Disney & Inspiration & Storyboarding & Traditional

Glen Keane Podcast

Angie here, I sat here this afternoon folding laundry, while listening to the Glen Keane Podcast Part Two on Animation Podcast and I caught myself nodding over and over again. Part One is interesting, but Part Two really gets to the heart of things. Glen talks about his experience mentoring under the greats at Disney and how welcoming those people were. He talks about how sometimes he would just leave the studio when he would get stuck and go to…

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Animated Features & Animators & CG & Sketches & Traditional

Stuart Little

Rob Minkoff drew this for me.I had to totally redo a shot because they had re-edited the sequence …and it was his way of saying thank you.Hell, I didn’t care, I was just so happy to be animating!!! Stuart Little was one of my most favorite shows, because it was a sequel. When you work on a sequels everyone KNOWS who (the character) IS! In this case – the mouse – had already been through one movie and so the…

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Artists & Blogs & Concept Artists & Traditional

Darin McGowan

Angie here! What can I say…I love this guy. Darin is one of our contributors for the book and I will bring up each of the contributors once in a while, so you can get a sense of the folks that helped us make the book great! He has a brain like a magic box and you never what characters or stories will come out of there. He is also one of the few people out there that loves the…