The Largest Entertainment Conglomerate Just Got Bigger

More at the NYT - LOS ANGELES — In a move that will reverberate from Hollywood and Silicon Valley to TVs and smartphones around the world, the Walt Disney Company said Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, the empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.

While the agreement is subject to the approval of antitrust regulators — and the Justice Department recently a big media company, moved to block AT&T, from becoming even bigger — Disney is acknowledging that the future of television and movie viewing is online. The acquisition, which would make Disney a colossus unlike anything Hollywood has ever seen, is the biggest counterattack from a traditional media company against the tech giants that have aggressively moved into the entertainment business.

So what happens to BlueSky?

So the big Studios now are:

  • Disney / Fox
  • Warner Brothers
  • Universal
  • Paramount
  • Sony

Tag Wage Survey

This is the first time in years this survey has seemed even remotely accurate. Although the Max for a CG animator seems low.  I am not sure what category 1/level 1 means either. Most CG studios do not have a union, but maybe more artists who are non-union have participated in the survey?

TAG Wage Survey

John Lasseter To Take Leave Of Absence Due To Misconduct Allegations

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at both Disney and Pixar, has announced he’s taking a six month sabbatical after several women came forward with stories about his recurrent misconduct. The Hollywood Reporter detailed the claims of several employees.

How Much Does Animation Cost Per Second By Callison Slater

From Callison Slater's Blog

Famous examples of animation, along with how much each second cost to create (Budget Adjusted for Inflation / Running Time).

Hopefully, this can help other animators and potential clients judge pricing more clearly.

Keep in mind, though, that the employment laws and studio systems differ from country to country, and different animation styles require different amounts of time and resources.

Studios usually hire entire teams of animators, celebrity voice actors, etc., so not every bit of the budget went toward animation, but animation is typically the most expensive part of any film.

Plus, if you were hired to create something that looked like Toy Story 3, for example, someone would need to pay for the rigging, modeling, animation, and rendering, so most expenses are unavoidable.

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$49,059 per second



Toy Story 3 (2010)

$36,639 per second


 Brave (2012)

$33,217 per second


 Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

$24,689 per second

Ratatouille (2007)

$25,759 per second


Finding Nemo (2003)

$21,027 per second


Hercules (1997)

$19,292 per second


Coraline (2009)

$11,690 per second


Toy Story (1995)

$9,990 per second


Beauty and the Beast (1991)

$6,906 per second


Snow White (1937)

$5,448 per second

Akira (1987)

$2,852 per second


The Simpsons (1990)

$1,030 per second

Steamboat Willie (1928)

$495 per second


Millennium Actress (2003)

$397 per second



South Park (2006)

$223 per second


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Devon Manney - USC Alumnus’s Wins Silver Student Academy Award

I am a little late on this but one of my USC Students won a silver medal in Animation at the Student Academy Awards.


Alumnus’s award-winning animated short explores phantom limb pain

“No one makes a film in a vacuum,” Manney said. “And ‘Cradle’ is indebted to so many beautiful souls and talented artists that it really just makes me dizzy to think about it.”

Animation Is Film Festival | October 20th-22nd

The inaugural year of Gkids Animation Is Film festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, commences in two weeks. Gkids has teamed with the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Variety magazine and ASIFA-Hollywood to launch Animation Is Film, an annual animation festival in Los Angeles. The first edition will showcase feature films in competition, special presentations, retrospectives, and short film programs. Complete schedule below.

TCL Chinese 6 Theatre
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028


Friday, October 20, 2017
7pm: Breadwinner (Q&A): U.S. PREMIERE
9:30pm: Fireworks

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00am: Outlandish Lands
1:30pm: The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Q&A)
1:30pm: Three Snow Whites
4:15pm: Zombillenium (Q&A)
4:15pm: Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (Q&A)
7:00pm: Mutafukas
7:00pm: Virus Tropical (Q&A): WORLD PREMIERE
9:30pm: Mind Game

Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00am: Big Fish and Begonia
11:00am: The Incredibles (Q&A)
2:15pm: Lu Over The Wall
2:15pm: The Lego Batman (Q&A)
5:15pm: Mary and the Witch’s Flower (Q&A)
5:15pm: Tehran Taboo (Q&A): NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
8:00pm: Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
8:00pm: Songs of Love and Death (Q&A)


Filmmakers: Nora Twomey (THE BREADWINNER ), Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert (THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES), Hiromasa Yonebayashi (director) and Yoshiaki Nishimura (producer) (MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER), Alberto Vázquez & Pedro Rivera (BIRDBOY: THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN), Arthur de Pins & Alexis Ducord (ZOMBILLENIUM), Santiago Caicedo (VIRUS TROPICAL), John Walker (producer, THE INCREDIBLES), Chris McKay (THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE), Ali Soozandeh (TEHRAN TABOO), and other film festival luminaries.

For more information CLICK HERE.

Amazing List of Animation By Women Directors

Animation By Women Directors

This list has been created to gather as many animation films made by women directors as possible, given that they are currently available in MUBI’s database.

We would love any contributions that help the list to grow so we can all learn about new names and discover new films. The aim is to share and exchange knowledge.

A List Of Animated Features Currently In Development From Cartoon Brew

The list is not entirely accurate, but seems to be the only one of it's kind out there.

Alcon Entertainment
  • Darkmouth (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Directors: David Pimentel, Doug Sweetland
    Writer: Lloyd Taylor
    Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove (Alcon), Simon Brooks (Canyon Creek Films), Kira Davis (8:38 Productions), Craig Peck
Amazon Studios
  • Emily the Strange (more)
    In development – cg feature
    Creator: Rob Reger
Columbia/Sony Pictures
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Shannon Tindle (creator of Kubo and the Two Strings)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Michael Rianda (creative director, Gravity Falls)
  • Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Jon Saunders (commercial director, Passion Pictures)
  • Vivo (more)
    In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures Animation)
    Director: Kirk DeMicco (co-director, Croods; director, Space Chimps)
    Writer: Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights)
    Music: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Sony Pictures/Marza Animation Planet)
    Executive producer: Tim Miller (Deadpool, Blur Studio co-founder)
    Director: Jeff Fowler, (Gopher Broke)
  • Untitled Angry Birds Sequel (more)
    In development – cg feature (Columbia Pictures/Rovio)
    Director: Thurop van Orman (creator, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack)
    Co-director: John Rice (supervising director, King of the Hill)
Dreamworks Animation
  • Scary Jack
    In development – cg feature
    Writer: Robert Ben Garant (Night at the Museum)
    Producer: Damon Ross (development executive, Captain Underpants: The First Movie, Troll, Turbo)
  • Escape From Hat
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
  • Puff the Magic Dragon (more)
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Director: Mike Mitchell (director, Trolls, Sky High)
  • The Dam Keeper
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Directors: Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi
    Writer: John Henry Hinkel
    Producer: Kane Lee
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • The Girl Who Drank The Moon
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Kelly Barnhill
    Writer: Marc Haimes (Kubo and the Two Strings, Nimona)
    Producers: Carlos Saldanha, Maresa Pullman
  • The Memory Thief
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Fox Animation)
    Producers: Perrin Chiles, Marshall Lewy (Adaptive Studios), Shawn Levy, Dan Levine (21 Laps)
  • The Witch Boy
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Creator: Molly Knox Ostertag
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
  • With Kind Regards from Kindergarten
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation)
    Writers: Adam Kline
  • Zita the Spacegirl
    In development – cg feature (Fox Animation/Chernin Entertainment)
    Creator: Ben Hatke
    Writers: Morgan Jurgenson (Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil), Alex Ankeles
    Development executive: Darlene Caamano Loquet
Illumination Entertainment
  • Johnny Express (more)
    In development – cg feature (Illumination/Mofac Alfred)
    Creator: Kyungmin Woo
Paramount Pictures
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Creator: Norman Bridwell
    Writer: Justin Malen (Bastards)
Skydance Media
  • Luck (more)
    In development – cg feature (lion Animation Studios)
    Director: Alessandro Carloni (co-director, Kung Fu Panda 3)
  • Split (more)
    In development – cg feature (lion Animation Studios)
    Director: Vicky Jenson (co-director, Shrek, Shark Tale)
Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios

These studios only announce films targeted for or already in production, but no longer make their development slate public.

Warner Bros.
  • Bone (more)
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Mark Osborne (director, The Little Prince; co-director, Kung Fu Panda)
    Creator: Jeff Smith
    Writers: Adam Kline, Mark Osborne
    Executive producers: Mark Bauch (Lin Pictures), Mark Osborne
    Producers: Dan Lin (Lin Pictures), Zareh Nalbandian (Animal Logic)
  • Billion Brick Race
    In development – cg feature (Warner Bros./Animal Logic)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
  • Space Jam 2
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid
    Director: Justin Lin (director on The Fast and the Furious franchise)
Independent Studio Productions
  • Bubbles (more)
    In development – stop-motion feature (Starburns Industries)
    Directors: Mark Gustafson, Taika Waititi
    Writer: Isaac Adamson
    Executive producer: Isaac Adamson, Lee Stobby
    Producers: Andrew Kortschak, Walter Kortschak (End Cue), Dan Harmon (Starburns Industries)
  • Danny and the Dinosaur
    In development – cg/live-action hybrid (Branded Pictures Entertainment)
    Writer: David Bowers, Brian Sawyer, Gregg Rossen
  • Kung Fu Space Punch (more)
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)
    Writer: Doug Langdale
  • Pet Robots
    Pre-production – cg feature (Blue Dream Studios)
    Director: Scott Christian Sava (Animal Crackers)
    Writers: Scott Christian Sava, Audry Taylor, David Wise
    Art director: Armand Serrano (visual development artist, Zootopia, Big Hero Six)
  • The Book of Life 2
    In development – cg feature (ReelFX)
    Director: Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life)

Jorge Gutierrez on board to develop LEGO spinoff The Billion Brick Race Read

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Warner Bros. has tapped “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the “Billion Brick Race” project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise.

“Billion Brick Race,” which has not yet been greenlit by the studio, was previously in development with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. Producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee. Chris McKay and Jill Wilfert of Lego are executive producing.


Stop-motion shorts and TV specials may be submitted for the first edition of ANIMARKT pitching that will take place in Lodz (Poland) in October 2017. Pitching competition will be accompanied by pitching training sessions, panel discussions, presentations, workshops and individual face-to-face meetings.  

The pitching is a part of ANIMARKT – the first in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) event of a kind, focusing on stop motion / puppet animation. Its second edition will be held in Lodz (Poland) from 2nd to 6th of October 2017. During this five day event producers, distributors, representatives of TV broadcasters, animators and other professionals will share their experience and practical knowledge on working in animation industry.

Pitching sessions

This year ANIMARKT, for the very first time, will have two pitching sessions for creators of short stop-motion projects.Taking part in a pitching training with tutors experienced in animation production will be a great way to gain practical skills on how to pitch and promote a project, while submitting a project to a pitching competition may be a chance to be awarded with the Centre of Audio-Visual Technologies’ contribution in kind in the amount of: 60 000 PLN (ca €14 200), 30 000 PLN (ca €7 100), 20 000 PLN (ca €4 700),” says Agnieszka Kowalewska-Skowron, ANIMARKT programmer. Information concerning the three awarded projects shall be announced on 5 October 2017 during the Closing Gala of the International Festival of Animation Art, ANIMART.

ANIMARKT pitching competition is open for short stop-motion / puppet animation projects from all over the world. The submitted project has to meet the following conditions:

  • film duration: up to 25 minutes;
  • 80% of the film is a stop-motion / puppet animation;
  • the film must be at the development stage.

    An additional asset of the project will be the artistic input of the creators (animation director, storyboard author, author of artistic designs, composer, realization of a significant part of the animation) from at least one of the following countries: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia.

    More information about pitching, its regulations and an application form can be found on the event’s Submission deadline is August 31st, 2017.

    About ANIMARKT event

    The main aims of ANIMARKT event are popularization of animation (especially stop-motion / puppet animation) from Central and Eastern Europe on international arena, as well as giving support to its creators and improving networking among animation producers, aiming at international co-productions.

    ANIMARKT is organized by MOMAKIN ( – a company who was born out of a great passion for animation and film, as well as out of the desire to popularize the magnificent art of stop motion animation. The co-organizer of the event and the sponsor of the main prizes in the pitching competition is the Audiovisual Technology Center (Poland). ANIMARKT is co-financed by Visegrad Fund and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland). Among partners of the ANIMARKT are: Animánie (Czech Republic), Fool Moon (Slovakia) and PRIMANIMA World Festival of First Animations (Hungary).

    For more information, please contact:

    Iwona Buchcic, sends e-mail), +48 502 598 925

Patrick Osborne’s ‘Nimona’ Set for 2020 Release

From AWN:

Animated feature adaptation of the Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel by ‘Lumberjanes’ creator Noelle Stevenson is currently in production at Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox.

Nimona is a fantasy comic set in a medieval future where knights go to night clubs riding hoverboards and carrying swords. The graphic novel follows a young shape-shifter who teams up with a disgraced knight in order to reclaim his honor and overthrow a corrupt regime. Published in 2012, Stevenson wrote and drew Nimona as her thesis project at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The director of Disney’s 2014 Oscar-winning short film, Feast, Osborne was also the head of animation for Big Hero 6 and worked on several other Disney projects ranging from Wreck-It Ralph to Paperman. Osborne went on to direct the 2016 Academy Award-nominated short film and Virtual Reality experience Pearl for Google Spotlight Stories, as well as one season of Sony’s live-action/animation hybrid series Imaginary Mary, starring Jenna Elfman and an adorable CG-animated Mary, for ABC. Nimona will be Osborne’s feature film debut.

Nimona is written by former DreamWorks Animation executive Marc Haimes and produced by Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment alongside the company’s president of production Adam Stone. Haimes previously wrote the script for LAIKA’s 2016 stop-motion feature Kubo and the Two Strings. The animated adaptation is currently in production at Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio behind the Ice Age and Rio movies, as well as 2015’s The Peanuts Movie.

Stevenson is also one of the creators of the graphic novel “Lumberjanes,” which Fox is also developing as a live-action feature.

Director Ron Howard selected to take over production of Star Wars stand-alone Han Solo film

Two days after announcing that its production of the second Star Wars anthology film, based on the young Han Solo character, would be parting ways with its directors, Lucasfilm has found a replacement director. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard will take over the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie.

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Award-Winning Oculus Story Studio

Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon. The studio’s 50 staffers are encouraged to apply for new jobs within Oculus, but all ongoing projects of the studio are being canceled.

“We’ve been looking at the best way to allocate our resources to create an impact on the ecosystem,” said Oculus VP of Content Jason Rubin in a blog post. “After careful consideration, we’ve decided to shift our focus away from internal content creation to support more external production. As part of that shift, we’ll be winding down Story Studio.”

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Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment is getting into the booming, competitive animation business

From the LA Times by Ryan Faughnder

Hollywood producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are stepping into the animated film business in hopes of taking advantage of the booming — and increasingly competitive -- market for family movies.

Grazer and Howard’s production company Imagine Entertainment has teamed with Australian animation firm Animal Logic to develop, produce and finance six movies during the next five years, they said. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Animal Logic, based in Sydney with offices in Vancouver and Los Angeles, is best known for doing the animation for hit films including Oscar-winner “Happy Feet” and “The Lego Movie,” both of which were released by Warner Bros.

The move comes amid animation’s continued dominance at the box office. Four of the top 10 movies last year were computer animated -- “Finding Dory,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” “Zootopia” and “Sing.” The grown-up mid-budget movies Imagine has built its brand around face growing difficulties at the box office.

Imagine, based in Beverly Hills, is best known for live action adult-oriented fare, including “The Da Vinci Code” trilogy and “Apollo 13.” The company has long wanted to dive into animation, but couldn’t afford to take the gamble, Grazer told The Times.

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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.

SIGGRAPH Opens Registrations - Back in LA!

Registration is open now for SIGGRAPH 2017, running July 30-August 3 in Los Angeles for its 44th conference and exhibition, which Conference Chair Jerome Solomon promises will be “bigger and better than ever.” Passes are available for the full week, single day or exhibition-only at

My Life as a Zucchini - OSCAR NOMINEE TRAILER

My Life as a Zucchini follows a young boy called Zucchini. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.

My Life as a Zucchini is directed by Claude Barras and written by Céline Sciamma, adapted from the novel “Autobiographie d’une Courgette” by Gilles Paris. It is produced by RITA Productions (Max Karli and Pauline Gygax), Blue Spirit Productions, Gebeka Films and KNM (Kate and Michel Merkt), in coproduction with the RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG-SSR, France 3 Cinéma, Rhône Alpes Cinéma and Helium Films, with international sales handled by Indie Sales.

Claude Barras is Swiss-born and based in Geneva. After studying illustration and computer graphics, he went on to direct several short films such as Au Pays des tetes, Stigmates 2D, and The Genie in a Ravioli Can. Barras founded his own animation company, Helium Films along with fellow illustrator Cédric Louis and is represented by U.S. talent agent Jerome Duboz of William Morris Endeavor. Zucchini is Barras’ first feature-length film is realized by the writing of celebrated French director/producer Céline Sciamma, known for her vividly genuine take on growing pains and the journey of adolescence in her films Tomboy, Water Lillies, and Girlhood.

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.

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 has become a primary force in propelling previs from little-known technique to essential component in major visual effects movie production. All services considered, from pitchvis through to postvis, THE THIRD FLOOR now estimates it is involved in 75% of all Hollywood feature productions. And Edwards is only just getting started. Last year he co-founded the Virtual Reality Company, a new entity harnessing art, storytelling and technology to explore the possibilities of VR entertainment. He is currently beating the drum for virtual production – prebuilt computer graphics taken on set to interact with the live shoot in real-time – aiming to elevate it to the same level of ubiquity as previs.
CC: What made you feel that THE THIRD FLOOR could have role to play in China?CE: I felt that this unbridled enthusiasm was going off in so many different directions that perhaps structuring media using previs could be a way to bring it all together, to bring all of these specialist teams and creators to work on one project that can be profitable and widely accepted all around the world. But I knew that that had to be born from within China and we would just be the support medium to help out those Chinese creators. We’re hoping to work from within China, building global content and, through an internship program, we want to help train the best of the best Chinese creators and give them the real world experience working on the highest end productions.

Read the whole article here at AWN.

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. All of the sums will be put in a settlement fund.

more at Variety...

Film Festivals: Call for Entries

Film Festival Deadline Date
New Media Film Festival April 25, 2017 (Final)
Sun Valley Film Festival January 13, 2017
ShortShorts January 31, 2017 (Late)
Collective International Film Festival January 31, 2017
Short Circuit January 31, 2017 (Late)
The European Independent Film Festival January 22, 2017 (Late)
AnimafestFree Entry February 1, 2017
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival February 3, 2017
Emerging Filmmaker Showcase March 3, 2017
Stories From The Line April 14, 2017
College of Adaptive Arts Film Festival - Free Entry February 23, 2017
Festival De Cannes, Cinefondation Selection February 15, 2017
Annecy February 15, 2017
Crested Butte Film Festival - Discount February 1, 2017
Viennna Shorts Film, Animation, & Music Video January 31, 2017
Visions Film Festival & Conference January 17, 2017 (Late)
Catalina Film Festival January 16, 2017


Katzenberg Possible Replacement for Michael Lynton at Sony Entertainment

17via The Wrap

Michael Lynton dropped a late Friday bomb on Hollywood in the form of his resignation as CEO of Sony Entertainment and Corporate Executive Officer of Japan’s Sony Corporation.

After 13 years at the top of the Culver City, California lot overseeing both Sony’s motion picture and music businesses, Lynton announced he would be concentrating full time on his position as Snapchat’s board chairman in six months time.

While the coming days will shed light on why Lynton departed, the immediate question is clear: who is taking his chair?

Never one for idle hands, Katzenberg isn’t going to go fly fishing for the rest of his days after the recent unloading of his DreamWorks Animation to NBCUniversal for $3.8 billion. Katzenberg has survived many years in a volatile business, is iconic in the clubby circles of Hollywood and is a decisive leader.

15th Annual VES Award Nominees

Via Jeff Heusser,  FX Guide, 

Nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards were announced today by the Visual Effects Society. Nominating panels were held in the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Sydney, Vancouver and Los Angeles. On-Line Viewing & Voting (Members Only) will commence January 21st, followed by the Awards to be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Congratulations to all the Nominees:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Doctor Strange
Stephane Ceretti, Susan Pickett, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli, Paul Corbould

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Christian Manz,Olly Young, Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, David Watkins

Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children
Frazer Churchill, Hal Couzens, Andrew Lockley, Jelmer Boskma, Hayley Williams

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
John Knoll, Erin Dusseault, Hal Hickel, Nigel Sumner, Neil Corbould

The Jungle Book
Robert Legato, Joyce Cox, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez, JD Schwalm

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Kevin Baillie, Sandra Scott, Brennan Doyle, Viktor Muller, Richard Van Den Bergh

Deepwater Horizon
Craig Hammack, Petra Holtorf-Stratton, Jason Snell
John Galloway
Burt Dalton

Jason Bourne
Charlie Noble, Dan Barrow, Julian Gnass, Huw Evans, Steve Warner

Pablo Helman, Brian Barlettani, Ivan Busquets, Juan Garcia, R. Bruce Steinheimer

MIchael Owen,Tyler Kehl, Mark Curtis, Bryan Litson, Steven Riley

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Finding Dory
Angus MacLane, Lindsey Collins- p.g.a., John Halstead, Chris J. Chapman

Kubo and the Two Strings
Travis Knight, Arianne Sutner, Steve Emerson, Brad Schiff

Kyle Odermatt, Nicole P. Hearon, Hank Driskill, Ian Gooding

The Little Prince
Mark Osborne, Jinko Gotoh, Pascal Bertrand, Jamie Caliri

Scott Kersavage, Bradford S. Simonsen, David Goetz, Ernest J. Petti

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Black Mirror; Playtest
Justin Hutchinson-Chatburn, Russell McLean, Grant Walker, Christopher Gray

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst, Matthew Rouleau, Sam Conway

Stranger Things; Demogorgon
Marc Kolbe, Aaron Sims, Olcun Tan

The Expanse; Salvage
Robert Munroe, Clint Green, Kyle Menzies, Tom Turnbull

Westworld; The Bicameral Mind
Jay Worth, Elizabeth Castro, Bobo Skipper, Gustav Ahrén

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Black Sails; XX
Erik Henry, Terron Pratt, Aladino Debert, Yafei Wu, Paul Stephenson

Penny Dreadful; The Day Tennyson Died
James Cooper, Bill Halliday, Sarah McMurdo, Mai-Ling Lee

Roots; Night One
Simon Hansen, Paul Kalil, Theo le Roux Preist, Wicus Labuschagne, Max Poolman

The Man in the High Castle; Volkshalle
Lawson Deming, Cory Jamieson, Casi Blume, Nick Chamberlain

Vikings; The Last Ship
Dominic Remane, Mike Borrett, Ovidiu Cinazan, Paul Wishart, Paul Byrne

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Brian Horton, Keith Pope, David Johnson, Tobias Stromvall

Dishonored 2; Crack in the Slab
Sebastien Mitton, Guillaume Curt, Damien Laurent, Jean-Luc Monnet

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Virtual Reality
Andy Rowans-Robinson, Karen Czukerberg, John Montefusco, Corrina Wilson, Resh Sidhu

Gears of War 4
Kirk Gibbons, Zoe Curnoe, Aryan Hanbeck, Colin Penty

Quantum Break
Janne Pulkkinen, Elmeri Raitanen, Matti Hamalainen, Ville Assinen

Uncharted 4
Bruce Straley, Eben Cook, Iki Ikram

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

Coke Mini; A Mini Marvel
Vincent Cirelli, Michael Perdew, Brendan Seals, Jared Simeth

For Honor
Maxime Luern, Leon Berelle, Dominique Boidin, Remi Kozyra

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Hannah Ruddleston, Fabian Frank, William Laban

Titanfall 2; Become One
Dan Akers, Tiffany Webber, Chris Bedrosian

Waitrose; Coming Home
Jonathan Westley -Wes, Alex Fitzgerald, Jorge Montiel, Adam Droy

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

Dream of Anhui
Chris Morley, Lee Hahn, Alex Hessler, Kent Matheson

Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure
Bill George, Amy Jupiter, Hayden Landis, David Lester

Soarin' Over the Horizon
Marianne McLean, Bill George, Hayden Landis, Dorne Huebler, Thomas Tait

Skull Island: Reign of Kong
John Gibson, Arish Fyzee, Sachin Shrestha, Anshul Mathuria

Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience
Dan Glass, Brett Harding, Tom Debenham, Brian Delmonico, Matt Pulliam

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Niffler
Laurent Laban, Gabriel Beauvais-Tremblay, Luc Girard, Romain Rico

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Grand Moff Tarkin
Sven Jensen, Jee Young Park, Steve Walton, Cyrus Jam

The Jungle Book; King Louie
Paul Story, Dennis Yoo, Jack Tema, Andrei Coval

The Jungle Book; Shere Khan
Benjamin Jones, Julio Del Rio Hernandez, Jake Harrell, James Hood

Warcraft; Durotan
Sunny Wei, Brian Cantwell, Brian Paik, Jee Young Park

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

Finding Dory; Hank
Jonathan Hoffman, Steven Clay Hunter, Mark Piretti, Audrey Wong

Kubo and the Two Strings; Kubo
Jeff Riley, Ian Whitlock, Adam Lawthers, Jeremy Spake

Kubo and the Two Strings; Monkey
Andy Bailey, Dobrin Yanev, Kim Slate, Jessica Lynn

Moana; The Mighty Maui
Mack Kablan, Nikki Mull, Matthew Schiller, Marc Thyng

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode or Real-Time Project

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare; Omar
Bernardo Antoniazzi, Aaron Beck, Jason Greenberg, Chris Barnes

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
John Montefusco, Michael Cable, Shayne Ryan, Andy Rowan-Robinson

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Drogon
James Kinnings, Michael Holzl, Matt Derksen, Joeseph Hoback

Game of Thrones; Home; Emaciated Dragon
Sebastian Lauer, Jonathan Symmonds, Thomas Kutschera, Anthony Sieben

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Commercial

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Tim van Hussen, David Bryan, Chloe Dawe, Maximillian Mallman

Opel Motorsport; Racing Faces; Lion
Jorge Montiel, Jacob Gonzales, Sauce Vilas, Alberto Lara

SSE; Neon House; Baby Pixel
Jorge Montiel, Daniel Kmet, Sauce Vilas, Peter Agg

Waitrose; Coming Home
Jorge Montiel, Nick Smalley, Andreas Graichen, Alberto Lara

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Deadpool; Freeway Assault
Seth Hill, Jedediah Smith, Laurent Taillefer, Marc-Antoine Paquin

Doctor Strange; London
Brendan Seals, Raphael A. Pimentel, Andrew Zink, Gregory Ng

Doctor Strange; New York City
Adam Watkins, Martijn van Herk, Tim Belsher, Jon Mitchell

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Scarif Complex
Enrico Damm, Kevin George, Olivier Vernay-Kim, Yanick Dusseault

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Finding Dory; Open Ocean Exhibit
Stephen Gustafson, Jack Hattori, Jesse Hollander, Michael Rutter

Kubo and the Two Strings; Hanzo's Fortress
Phil Brotherton, Nick Mariana, Emily Greene, Joe Strasser

Kubo and the Two Strings; Waves
David Horsley, Eric Wachtman, Daniel Leatherdale, Takashi Kuboto

Moana; Motonui Island
Rob Dressel, Andy Harkness, Brien Hindman, Larry Wu

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Black Sails; XXVIII; Maroon Island
Thomas Montminy-Brodeur, Deak Ferrand, Pierre Rousseau, Mathieu Lapierre

Dishonored 2; Clockwork Mansion
Sebastien Mitton,Guillaume Curt, Damien Laurent, Jean-Luc Monnet

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City
Deak Ferrand, Dominic Daigle, François Croteau, Alexandru Banuta

Game of Thrones; The Winds of Winter; Citadel
Edmond Engelbrecht, Tomoka Matsumura, Edwin Holdsworth, Cheri Fojtik

The Man in the High Castle; Volkshalle
Casi Blume, David Andrade, Nick Chamberlain, Lawson Deming

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Doctor Strange; New York Mirror Dimension
Landis Fields, Mathew Cowie, Frederic Medioni, Faraz Hameed

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards
Patrick Tiberius Gehlen, Michelle Blok, Christopher Baird, Drew Wood-Davies

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Space Battle
John Levin, Euisung Lee, Steve Ellis, Barry Howell

The Jungle Book
Bill Pope, Robert Legato, Gary Roberts, John Brennan

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Deepwater Horizon; Deepwater Horizon Rig
Kelvin Lau, Jean Bolte, Kevin Sprout, Kim Vongbunyong

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Princess Leia
Paul Giacoppo, Gareth Jensen, Todd Vaziri, James Tooley

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Star Destroyer
Jay Machado, Marko Chulev, Akira Orikasa, Steven Knipping

Star Trek Beyond; Enterprise
Daniel Nicholson, Rhys Salcombe, Chris Elmer, Andreas Maaninka

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Alice Through the Looking Glass; Rust
Klaus Seitschek, Joseph Pepper, Jacob Clark, Cosku Turhan

Doctor Strange; Hong Kong Reverse Destruction
Florian Witzel, Georges Nakhle, Azhul Mohamed, David Kirchner

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Jedha Destruction
Miguel Perez Senent, Matt Puchala, Ciaran Moloney, Luca Mignardi

The Jungle Book; Nature Effects
Oliver Winwood, Fabian Nowak, David Schneider, Ludovic Ramisandraina

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Finding Dory
Stephen Gustafson, Allen Hemberger, Joshua Jenny, Matthew Kiyoshi Wong

Kubo and the Two Strings; Water
David Horsley, Peter Stuart, Timur Khodzhaev, Terrance Tornberg

Marc Henry Bryant, David Hutchins, John M. Kosnik, Dale Mayeda

Nicholas Burkard, Moe El-Ali, Claudia Chung Sanii, Thom Wickes

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards
Kevin Blom, Sasmit Ranadive, Wanghua Huang, Ben Andersen

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City
Thomas Hullin, Dominik Kirouac, James Dong, Xavier Fourmond

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Diarmid Harrison-Murray, Tushar Kewlani, Radu Ciubotariu, Ben Thomas

Sky; Q
Michael Hunault, Gareth Bell, Paul Donnellan, Joshua Curtis

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

Doctor Strange; New York City
Matthew Lane, Jose Fernandez, Ziad Shureih, Amy Shepard

Independence Day: Resurgence; Under The Mothership
Mathew Giampa, Adrian Sutherland, Daniel Lee, Ed Wilkie

The Jungle Book
Christoph Salzmann, Masaki Mitchell, Matthew Adams, Max Stummer

X-Men: Apocalypse; Quicksilver Rescue
Jess Burnheim, Alana Newell, Andy Peel, Matthew Shaw

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

Black Sails; XX; Sailing Ships
Michael Melchiorre, Kevin Bouchez, Heather Hoyland, John Brennick

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Meereen City
Thomas Montminy-Brodeur, Patrick Davids, Michael Crane, Joe Salazar

Game of Thrones; Battle of the Bastards; Retaking Winterfell
Dominic Hellier, Morgan Jones, Thijs Noij, Caleb Thompson

Game of Thrones; The Door; Land of Always Winter
Eduardo Díaz, Aníbal Del Busto, Angel Rico, Sonsoles López-Aranguren

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

Canal; Kitchen
Dominique Boidin, Leon Berelle, Maxime Luere, Remi Kozyra

John Lewis; Buster the Boxer
Tom Harding, Alex Snookes, David Filipe, Andreas Feix

Kenzo; Kenzo World
Evan Langley, Benjamin Nowak, Rob Fitzsimmons, Phylicia Feldman

LG; World of Play
Jay Bandlish, Udesh Chetty, Carl Norton

Waitrose; Coming Home
Jonathan Westley -Wes, Gary Driver, Milo Paterson, Nina Mosand

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Breaking Point
Johannes Franz, Nicole Rothermel, Thomas Sali, Alexander Richter

Adrian Meyer, Lena-Carolin Lohfink, Denis Krez, David Bellenbaum

Garden Party
Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon, Théophile Dufresne, Lucas Navarro

Mareike Keller, Dennis Mueller, Meike Mueller

Two special awards will be presented as well:

Victoria Alonso
Victoria Alonso
The VES Visionary Award will be presented to Victoria Alonso - Producer / Marvel Studios Executive VP of Physical Production.

Alonso is currently executive producing James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok.  In her executive role, she oversees post-production and visual effects for the studio slate. She executive produced Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War, Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alan Taylor’s Thor: The Dark World, Shane Black's Iron Man 3, as well as Marvel’s The Avengers for Joss Whedon. She co-produced Iron Manand Iron Man 2 with director Jon Favreau, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, and Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger.


Ken Ralston
Ken Ralston
Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Ken Ralston - Sr. Visual Effect Supervisor / Creative Head, Sony Pictures Imageworks.

Ralston has earned five Academy Awards® including a Special Achievement Oscar® for the visual effects in the 1984 phenomenon, Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi.  In addition to this, he received Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects for his work as visual effects supervisor on Forrest Gump (which was also awarded the Oscar for Best Picture), Death Becomes Her, the revolutionary Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Cocoon. Ralston followed his Academy Award-nominated work as senior visual effects supervisor on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (3D), with Columbia Picture's Men in Black III and most recently Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.

27 Animated Features Submitted For the 2016 Oscar's

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“The Angry Birds Movie”
“April and the Extraordinary World”
“Finding Dory”
“Ice Age: Collision Course”
“Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV”
“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Kung Fu Panda 3”
“The Little Prince”
“Long Way North”
“Miss Hokusai”
“Monkey King: Hero Is Back”
“Mustafa & the Magician”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Phantom Boy”
“The Red Turtle”
“Sausage Party”
“The Secret Life of Pets”
“25 April”
“Your Name.”

Framestore agrees £150m Chinese deal

Framestore, which worked on Superman Returns, has agreed a takeover by Cultural Investment Holdings, Sky News learns.

An Oscar-winning British visual effects company, which has worked on a string of Hollywood blockbusters, has agreed a takeover by a Chinese conglomerate that values it at nearly £150m.

Sky News understands that Framestore, whose film credits include Gravity and Superman Returns, is close to completing a deal with Cultural Investment Holdings Co, a Shanghai-listed group that was previously focused on the automotive sector.

The deal will see CIH acquiring 75% of Framestore's shares, with the British company's management team - led by founder Sir William Sargent - remaining in place and retaining a minority stake after the deal completes.

Insiders said the takeover remained subject to the approval by several Chinese regulators.

The ILM Perspective: Careers, Recruiting, and Industry Advice

Thursday, August 4th, at 7:30 pm for an evening with Industrial Light & Magic at the Gnomon Stage. Generalist, Sonja “Sony” Christoph and Hard Surface Modeler, Joseph “Jay” Machado will reveal their career path stories while sharing the skills and activities that led to their landing and building successful roles at ILM in San Francisco. Recruiters, Lori Beck and Jennifer Coronado, will share the history and background of ILM, from San Francisco to Singapore, and will offer sage advice about where to start, how to be prepared, application tips, plus more priceless information for your journeys in the industry. If you’re embarking on a career in digital production for entertainment and want to learn how to be a productive member of a first-class team, this event will aim to offer inspiration and answers to help you on your way. Professionals will also gain insightful tips about hiring, collaborating, and developing skills for successful careers.

The event is free and open to the public. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. ILM has reserved the right not to Livestream this event, so don’t miss this opportunity to attend in person at the Gnomon campus in Hollywood. The event will not be recorded.


7:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Sonja Christoph: Overcoming Challenges and Discovering Your Unique Talents
8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Jay Machado: The Art of Collaboration and Understanding Production Pipelines
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Lori Beck: The History of ILM Plus Career and Application Advice
9:00 pm – 9:30 pm: Jennifer Coronado: Knowing the Expectations of the Professional World

Pixar Developing Four New Original Movies

Finding Dory just came out and Cars 3, the Incredibles II and Toy Story 4 are in the horizon. After the superhero sequel comes out in 2019 the next four Pixar movies will be originals, according to Pixar President Jim Morris. And that means since Disney’s acquisition of Pixar in 2006 there will have been 14 original movies and 7 sequels by the time these four come out, thus fulfilling the promise Catmull made years ago.


read more here...

Call for Submissions: Yule Log 2016

Now in it’s 4th year, Yule Log 2.0 is a collection of short films created by various artists that are bringing the Yule Log tradition into the digital age.

It’s an opportunity to showcase your work alongside some of the most talented artists in the world. It’s also a chance to make a difference. We’re raising funds to support Camp Interactive in the Bronx, NY. It’s a place where kids can learn to code (and canoe).

Last Year's (2015) Submissions

Yule Log Website

Submit Your Portfolio

Women in Animation - 50/50 by 2025

Women in Animation – 50/50 by 2025

Founded over twenty years ago and relaunched in 2013, Women In Animation(WIA) is working to build a supportive, empowering ecosystem for women in the animation industry. WIA exists to give women the resources, opportunities, confidence and experience to fill the creative leadership roles within the industry that so often go to their male counterparts, hoping to bring about a major change in the landscape of creative leadership.

Disney Shutting Infinity Game Unit, Cutting 300 Jobs

Disney said Tuesday it is shutting down its Disney Infinity line of video games, saying the changing market is too risky.

The company booked a $147 million charge, mostly for unsold inventory. It also laid off about 300 employees, most of them based in Salt Lake City at Avalanche Software, a game studio Disney bought in 2005.

CEO Bob Iger told analysts the risks "caught up with us." Although the unit did well — bringing its interactive division into profitability in recent years — Disney determined it was better to manage the risks by licensing characters rather than developing video games from scratch, he said.

read more at ABC News...

Other video game companies are extending a helping hand to the hundreds of people that Disney is laying off.

Insomiac Games, for example, posted this message on Twitter:

New Website - 2016

Thinking Animation Logo HeaderA scary word press update forced me to create a whole new approach to the website.  Please let me know about any errors, typos or fixes of any kind.  Also, if there was a functionality before that you liked better, or even if you like the new site!!! I am happy to hear it all!

Pixar’s Michal Makarewicz: Animation Demo + Lecture Masterclass at Gnomon, Feb 20-21

Pixar’s Michal Makarewicz: Animation Demo + Lecture Masterclass at Gnomon

From Gnomon:

NOTE: Event runs 9am - 7pm on Saturday, February 20 AND 9am - 7pm on Sunday, February 21. 

The Animation Collaborative, and Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation are proud to present the Animation Demo & Lecture Masterclass with instructor Michal Makarewicz, Directing Animator at Pixar Animation Studios!

Geared toward students and experienced animators alike, this masterclass discusses animation from a variety of artistic perspectives, breaking down and explaining the simplest to most complex theories, ideas, and choices. This course focuses on a layered approach and features in-depth lectures with corresponding LIVE demonstrations in Autodesk Maya and industry-proven techniques for handling both common and unusual animation challenges.

Using examples of work by the instructor and other professional animators, each information-packed lecture is designed to deconstruct a specific topic and show the effects that various choices and techniques can have on your work. The corresponding live demos then illustrate how to incorporate these choices into your work so that your ideas read clearly from blocking to polish. Students are also shown tips and tricks for keeping a clean workflow in Autodesk Maya’s graph editor throughout the animation process.

We believe that true understanding of the animation process goes beyond simply discussing the subject matter. Our Animation Demo & Lecture Masterclass offers the unique opportunity to see how one of the industry’s most talented artists approaches animation - LIVE in front of you. Get the tools you need to create your own feature-quality animation, and don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry!


In-Depth Lectures Include: 

  • Acting and Performance
  • Eyes
  • Brows
  • Working With Dialogue
  • Variety of Animation Workflows
  • The Graph Editor
  • Planning and Blocking
  • Polish
  • Q&A

LIVE Demonstrations in Maya:

  • Bouncing Ball
  • Complex Physical Shot
  • Acting Shot

Includes 30-page booklet of Instructor's Notes!

Michal Makarewicz joined Pixar Animation Studios in early 2003. He has animated on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, and Inside Out. Michal has been a Supervising Animator on the Up DVD short film Dug’s Special Mission, Directing Animator on Cars 2, and was Supervising Animator on Pixar’s first half-hour TV special, “Toy Story of Terror.” Michal was awarded an Annie for “Outstanding Character Animation in a Feature Production” by the International Animated Film Society for his work on Ratatouille. Michal is currently working on Pixar's upcoming feature film Finding Dory.

In addition to his work at Pixar, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school Animation Mentor, and has instructed classes at California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Michal has also been a contributing mentor to the Pixar internship program for the last seven years, helping foster growth and development within the company. Michal owns and operates The Animation Collaborative, located in Emeryville, CA. The Animation Collaborative offers a series of workshops in animation, character design, story, and a variety of other subjects, all led by some of the most talented artists and instructors in the industry.


"This class exceeded my expectations in every way. The content involved material that I could not have found in any book... It contained real and applicable solutions to problems that we as animators face regularly."

- Carolina Quesada

"Mike’s approach to animating is just...refreshing. It not only allows you to be more exploratory with ideas but to solve issues quickly."
- Faisal Naqvi

"The lectures and demos were extremely insightful, and Mike boiled down complex topics into clear, actionable lessons... His layered approach to animation sets the foundation for a more efficient workflow and faster editing. Take this masterclass if you want to push your skills to the next level!" - Jonathan Sundy


Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games + Animation
Called "the MIT of visual effects" by Fast Company magazine, Gnomon offers an unrivaled experience for students and boasts a 2015 placement rate of 94%. For over 15 years, Gnomon has educated many of the world’s best digital artists, and offers a variety of educational options to help students reach their goals in the entertainment industry, with full-time two- and three-year programs, specialized courses for high school students, and over 100 individual courses for professional enrichment. Gnomon’s campus is located in Hollywood, California. Every classroom has been designed to cultivate creativity and learning by mimicking the environments of real production studios. The 30,000 square foot facility has seven state-of-the-art computer labs, a green-screen stage, two cycloramas, dedicated sculpture labs, a drawing studio, lecture spaces, student lounges, a student store, and the Gnomon Gallery.


Tuition fee includes non-refundable registration fee of $75.00 USD. Cancellations for refund of remainder of tuition fee ($400.00 USD) will be accepted up to 3 weeks before the event. From 20-10 days before the event, a cancellation fee of $100 USD will apply. From 9 days before the event and after, refunds cannot be provided. Event tickets are non-transferable.

Tuition fee is $475.00 USD total. There are no taxes, ticketing fees or service charges. However, for international attendees, there MIGHT be a "foreign transaction fee" of 1-3% applied by your credit card issuer. This fee, if any, is beyond The Animation Collaborative's control and is the purchaser's responsibility, including for any cancel, refund, or discount transactions. Financial aid is not available for this event.

The event organizer, The Animation Collaborative, reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event with reasonable discretion and for any reason (inclement weather, low enrollment, instructor illness, or any other unforeseen disruptive circumstances). In the case of cancellation by The Animation Collaborative, the full event fee, including the registration fee of $75.00 USD, will be refunded. If the event is postponed, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund, or transfer their registration to the rescheduled event. In all cases, The Animation Collaborative shall have no further liability beyond the event fee ($475.00 USD). We regret that any transportation and hotel costs, cancellation penalties, or any other non-recoverable costs incurred by registrants are not refundable. In the event of any unforeseen last-minute scheduling problems, we reserve the right to substitute an equivalent, qualified instructor who might not be listed in the class description.

Attendees must be over the age of 18.

A pen and paper are recommended for taking notes. Attendees will also receive a 24-page booklet of instructor's notes. Laptop/tablet computers are permitted, but please no recording with these or other devices. NO AUDIO OR VIDEO RECORDING OF THE CLASS MATERIAL OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED. DISTRIBUTION OF THE INSTRUCTOR'S NOTES IS ALSO PROHIBITED. Out of respect for fellow attendees and the instructors, we ask that attendees please refrain from live tweeting, texting, phone calls, etc. during the class.

Please contact The Animation Collaborative at:

Gnomon School of Visual Effects - 1015 North Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038 -View Map

Registration is open for two full days of instruction by Pixar Directing Animator, Michal Makarewicz, at Gnomon on February 20 – 21, 2016. His Animation Demo and Lecture Masterclass is geared towards students and experienced animators alike, and will cover a variety of artistic perspectives. The two-day course features in-depth lectures with live demonstrations in Maya, focusing on industry-proven techniques for handling common and unusual animation challenges.

Members of our mailing list get to use coupon code ANIMCB75 for $75 off.

CalArts Holds First Symposium on Gender Bias in Animation

CalArts is holding its First Symposium on Gender Bias in Animation... It's about finding ways to showcase more women directors.

From Cartoon Brew's Academy Announces 10 Animated Shorts Advance to Oscar Shortlist

"The animation categories are guaranteed to be heavily male-centric this year. Just two of the ten shortlisted shorts have women directors, and none of the contending animated features were directed by a woman. Compare this to this year’s César shortlist, in which 8 of the 12 films were directed by women. Women make animated films; the Academy chooses not to recognize them."

Live-Action/CGI ‘Imaginary Friend’ Comedy Lands a Pilot Order at ABC

‘Imaginary Friend’ Animated Comedy Lands a Pilot Order at ABC

ABC is giving the greenlight to another hybrid sitcom for Imaginary Friend, a live-action/CG-hybrid comedy from Disney animator and rising star Patrick Osbourne (Feast), The Goldbergscreator Adam F. Goldberg, and executive producer David Guarascio.

10 Top Animation Job Newsletters and Feeds

I get a lot of job offers in my email box.  After working in Los Angeles so long, I don't interview and most people know me, call me up and we strike a deal.  But, I have come to like looking through these ten job newsletters from time to time, especially when I know I have seniors graduating USC or undergrads and MFA students getting ready for internship season.  So... here are my top ten animation job newsletters you should all be subscribed to and why.










Indeed has an email alert you can setup as well and you have to sign in to do so.  Indeed works well if you are really specific about what you are looking for on your alert because it caters to lots of different types of jobs.  The good thing about indeed is many of the studios post internships that are not posted on their websites.



Ani Jobs

This site has an RSS feed you can pipe into your favorite reader.  There is no newsletter because this is a forum like creative planet and so, you are expected to go to the forum.  If I didn;t want extra noise, I would probably just use creative planet since it seems to have the same job postings and more.






AWN Agents

Animation World network calls its alert system, agents. You must login to create an agent alert to come to your email box.  I find this list to be suitable if you are specific to your region because it is a worldwide list. It's not as updated as the other lists, but it can't hurt to get an email every once in a while from AWN , especially if you are looking to work outside of the country.






CG Society Jobs

CG Society Jobs covers mostly game type jobs so only sign up if that is your focus.  They do have a need way to set up an RSS feed if you prefer that to email and you can pipe that into your reader like feedly.






Animation Jobs has a job alerts you can set up once you register. All CG job you might already be getting from the other newsletters, but they seem to be keeping up.  They also have a twitter account.






Greenlight Jobs

This service utilizes the indeed job server and creates a cleaner way to access jobs specific to the movie industry.  The site has a link directly through LinkedIn to apply to a job which I think is handy.  if you want a job in the industry you might find some here that you cannot find elsewhere. You can join their newsletter here, look on the left hand side for signup.







Art Jobs Connection

They have a feed, but no newsletter.  There are A LOT of jobs posted here and cover games, films and commercial work including traditional and CG positions.  Impressive site with an additional way search by a map.







Creative Planet Network

This site has a high ranking not because of its great newsletter, but because it is by far the best and most used job board out there.  It's a free board to the studios that post and the job seekers that seek and has been around for over twenty years posting animation opportunities. Creative Planet does have an RSS feed you can pipe into your favorite reader.  There is no newsletter, other than one you create through a feed though, because this is a forum and you are expected to go to the forum.  You can, however, subscribe to posts in the forum, but they come and go fast with no comments so I am not so sure why anyone would do that.








Linkedin Jobs

Linkedin has been pretty corporate in the past with their job boards, but the "artist type jobs" are getting more traction.  You can set up specific alerts from LinkedIn jobs, to your email box when jobs are posted. The link above takes you to animation jobs and then you can narrow it down by region.  Here is a link as to how to set up LinkedIn job alerts.






Creative Heads

This is one of the most comprehensive and clearly stated job newsletters for animation out there.  Here is last week's Creative Heads newsletter as an example.  If you are looking for a job in animation and only have the patience for one email each week, this is the one.  Sign up here!



Toy Story

How Much Does 3D Animation Cost?

The biggest studios producing animated films right now are without a doubt Disney (“Frozen”), including their subsidiary Pixar (“Toy Story”), DreamWorks (“Shrek”) and the relative newcomer but sucessful Illumination Entertainment (“Minions”). These are international multi billion dollar companies with huge distribution networks and their budgets reflect this. To get some rough figures we can take a look at the top grossing animated films, their production costs and run times (source).

3D Animated Feature Film Budgets

Budgets and running times of the top grossing animated feature films (as of July 2015)

Title Worldwide Gross Budget (est') Run Time Cost Per Second
Average: $24,156
Frozen $1,279,852,693 $150,000,000 102 minutes $24,510
Toy Story 3 $1,063,171,911 $200,000,000 103 minutes $32,362
Despicable Me 2 $970,761,885 $76,000,000 98 minutes $12,925
Finding Nemo $936,743,261 $94,000,000 100 minutes $15,667
Shrek 2 $919,838,758 $150,000,000 93 minutes $26,882
Ice Age 3 $886,686,817 $90,000,000 94 minutes $15,957
Ice Age 4 $877,244,782 $95,000,000 88 minutes $17,992
Shrek 3 $798,958,162 $160,000,000 93 minutes $28,673
Shrek 4 $752,600,867 $165,000,000 93 minutes $29,569
Madagascar 3 $746,921,274 $145,000,000 93 minutes $25,986
Monsters University $743,559,607 $200,000,000 104 minutes $32,051
Up $731,342,744 $175,000,000 96 minutes $30,382
Kung Fu Panda 2 $665,692,281 $150,000,000 90 minutes $27,778
Ice Age 2 $660,940,780 $80,000,000 91 minutes $14,652
Big Hero 6 $652,127,828 $165,000,000 102 minutes $26,961


Chicano Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz Hired to Make Sure Pixar Doesn’t Fuck Up Dia de Muertos Film ‘Coco’

"Coco will be released in November 2017. In that time, let’s just hope the Pixar team doesn’t do anything dumb, lest Lalo have to take out the chancla."

~ read more here


Lalo Alacarez



Book of Life

Animated 'Book Of Life' with Jorge Gutiérrez

"Here was this Mexican kid saying, 'Hey, it's a movie about death for children!' And so I kind of scared everybody, and everybody turned me down." ~Jorge Gutiérrez

Have a listen.  His story about pitching the show is quite entertaining.

Gnomon Talk: 3D Artists Career Paths - Aug 27th, 2015

3D Artist Career Paths: From Video Game Cinematics to Films
3D Artist Career Paths: From Video Game Cinematics to Films, Thursday, August 27th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The next free community event at Gnomon is Thursday, August 27th. Join Concept Artist/Illustrator, Fausto De Martini, and Cinematic Artist, Seth Thompson, for an inspiring evening of career insights and live demos. Discover pro tips on how to secure your dream job in the industry, plus get your fill of priceless information on how to stay competitive in the field. Fausto De Martini will offer a 45-minute 3D design live demo, plus Seth Thompson will showcase some of his prized techniques in 3ds Max, ZBrush, and Photoshop. Whether you’re a student, hobbyist, or professional artist, this evening will prove a valuable resource.
RSVP to join us on campus, or follow Gnomon on Livestream to watch the full event for free from anywhere in the world. Learn more about Gnomon community events.
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Simons Cat

Endemol Shine Buys Controlling Stake in 'Simon's Cat'

Next time your parents tell you  "You can't make any money being an animator, show them this article. Financial details weren't disclosed. That means it was A LOT of cash!

Simon's Cat"Simon’s Cat is a brilliant example of how an original brand created on YouTube can reach and delight huge audiences," said Laurence Jones, commercial director at Endemol Shine UK. "Millions of fans around the world love the mischievous and funny Simon’s Cat and there is enormous potential for growth, whilst staying true to the brand."



~ via Hollywood reporter


Burbank-based effects shop reports layoffs

Stereo D Burbank-based effects shop reports layoffs

Burbank-based visual-effects company Stereo D, which last summer announced plans to open a Toronto office, notified the state earlier this year that in June it would be laying off more than 225 employees, including 75 temporary employees.

Tax incentives lured Stereo D to Toronto, Sherak said, but he is “extremely hopeful” and “extremely excited” about a recent expansion of the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program, which state legislators approved last summer to try to prevent the migration of production work out of state. more here

The USC Games Bridge Program can help student teams make successful transitions to the real world of game development

News - USC: Turning Student Projects into Full-fledged Companies

The USC Games Bridge Program can help student teams make successful transitions to the real world of game development.

A new program at USC is taking student video games to the corporate level.

"USC devotes its resources to supporting this new generation of the best and brightest game creators.  ~Gordon Bellamy"

The USC Games Bridge Program, which began this summer, was created to turn student games into companies primed for venture capitalist investment or acquisition. Its innovative approach and elite mentorship program is changing how potential employers recruit and how new games will be developed.

Three teams of Bridge students are receiving legal mentorship to structure their company; business mentorship by venture capitalists, executives and publishers; and insights from games industry leaders. They’ll be working throughout the summer to develop games and perfect their pitch to future venture capitalists to invest in or acquire their company.

“Over the years we’ve seen a lot of great teams graduate from USC and start successful game companies,” said USC Games Director Tracy Fullerton.”Thatgamecompany, The Odd Gentlemen, Survios and Giant Sparrow are just few of these companies that have gone on to release critically acclaimed commercial games. The Bridge has been set up as a formal way of helping our student teams make successful transitions to the real world of game development.” more here

Siggraph 2015

Siggraph 2015

Siggraph 2015

Siggraph is in Los Angeles this year, are you going?

Lots of kewl stuff going on...

SIGGRAPH 2015 - Computer Animation Festival Trailer

ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2015

ACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Symposium on Computer Animation 2015

To be held at USC

Fabric Engine 2 at Siggraph 2015 from Fabric Engine on Vimeo.

We're launching Fabric Engine 2 at Siggraph 2015 and we'd love to see you at the show.

We're having a series of user groups all day on Tuesday 11th in room 405. You can see the schedule and register

If you want to meet privately, drop us a line at

If you have no clue what Fabric is, watch this: :)

See you at the show!

(note: we will be recording the user group sessions and will put them online asap after the show)

Inner Space Artifacts - SIGGRAPH 2015 Dailies Presentation from Ben Ridgway on Vimeo.

Here's a breakdown of how I created the look of my film "Inner Space Artifacts"

When creating experimental animations I often use intuition and visualization techniques to come up with ideas. Often times these ideas come to me as a flash of insight. Other times I must plumb the depths of my psyche to find novel approaches to making moving images. The film “Inner Space Artifacts” was a journey of deep excavation into the world of abstract ideas. The moving objects in the animation I regard as “artifacts” that I uncovered and shaped into ephemeral moving digital sculptures.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: SIGGRAPH 2015 Dailies | Los Angeles Convention Center | August 9-13

And, of course, the Job Fair.

Job Fair Directory

I will be posting shortly my advice on attending the job fair and how to "work the event" to get that dream job.



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Pixar Chief Says the Studio Is Addressing ‘Major Issues'

From Bloomberg Business - Pixar Chief Says the Studio Is Addressing ‘Major Issues'

Inside Out, the first release from Walt Disney’s Pixar in about two years, is a hit with critics and at the box office—even as the animation studio has been working through “major issues,” according to Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. For example, he said, Pixar had to redo The Good Dinosaur, a film that had been slated to come out last year before it was postponed and taken over by a new director. “There are major issues we’re addressing at Pixar now,” Catmull said, without elaborating.

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Silvertooth Opens New Gym to Employees

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