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Human Computation

Google TechTalks July 26, 2006 This has little to do with animation, but great potential to influence all parts of visual representation and organization on the internet and is just plain neato! Watch the whole thing – this guy has figured out how to get people to work for free! Luis von Ahn is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, where he also received his Ph.D. in 2005. Previously, Luis obtained a B.S. in…

Animated Television & Animators & Character Designers & Concept Artists & Inspiration & Sketches

John Kricfalusi at Van Eaton Galleries August 10th

John Kricfalusi will be hosting a fundraising event for the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks on August 10th at 7pm. John will be screening rare cartoons and talking about “When Cartoons Were DRAWN Funny”. Seating is VERY LIMITED, so if you want to attend, make your reservations soon. Van Eaton Galleries is located at 13613 Ventura Bl in Sherman Oaks. There is an $8 donation to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive at the door, and you…

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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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Disney & Inspiration & Jamie and Angie & The Biz & The Book

Great Books!

Howdy, Jamie here. Just finished a couple of great books. The first one is by Henry Caroselli called The Cult of the Mouse. This guy really hits the nail squarely on the head with his writings on corporate greed and the effect that it is having on innovation and creativity. He is a former Disney employee and his observations about the Eisner years are spot on ( for those of us who worked there during the time frame involved, it…

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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…