Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation

Before she began researching and writing Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, author Mindy Johnson didn’t think it would be a long book. But once the research process started, she was amazed by how much she found. “This is an odyssey that has been under way for years,” she said when we got the chance to interview her about her upcoming book.

 

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“The research on this has been pretty crazy. The bibliography on this book is about 8 pages long.”

Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation tells the history of Walt Disney Animation from an under-told perspective. In the book, Johnson explores the story of women in cinema, from the dawn of silent cinema, to the very first women in Walt Disney’s Ink & Paint Department, and beyond.

Johnson says: “It’s not just about the department of Ink and Paint. Women were everywhere.”

Families of the women profiled in the book were eager to tell their relatives’ stories. Mindy pointed out that we’ve heard all about the stories of the men who drew at Walt Disney Animation, but we haven’t heard the stories of the women until now.

The book features “some things that have never been seen before,” including previously unseen images and documents that were literally found under the beds of relatives of some of these women. This is something that all Disney fans can get excited about!

It’s not just about the Ink & Paint Department, either! The book looks at women in stenography, Imagineering, and more. There’s even a look at the Studio cats, who were cared for by the women of the Ink & Paint Department.

Here are just a few of the women you can learn more about in Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation.

LILLIAN AND EDNA DISNEY

The wives of Walt and Roy, respectively, were “always on hand” in the Los Angeles houses where the Walt Disney Company got its start.

“Walt knew women were the tastemakers and always had that in mind in telling these stories.”

KATHLEEN DOLLARD

Kathleen was the first employee of the Walt Disney Company! Says Johnson: “She was hired on to do painting—blackening as it was called in those days—because as you’ll see the cartoons were really rather crude, basic. It was really blackening in the pencil lines to convey the story.”

MARY TEBB

According to Johnson, while Ub Iwerks did “the bulk of the animation” on the Silly Symphony short “The Skeleton Dance,” Mary Tebb “did all of the inking and painting on that.”

HAZEL SEWELL

“Hazel is a very pivotal key person who is completely overlooked in any of the books. [There are] very few mentions of Hazel Sewell or what her contributions were, but let me tell you, this woman was groundbreaking.”

She joined the studio in 1927, and was also the person who introduced the Disney men to Kathleen Dollard!

VIRGINIA FLEENER

Virginia started working in the Inking Department in 1942, and then moved on to cleaning cels before they went on to photography.

“Working with ink, it has spoiled me to watch a cartoon. Because I have to see: does the eyebrow land in the same place the same time? I still can’t enjoy cartoons!,” Virginia said jokingly at the D23 Expo panel. She also mentioned that she loved her time working at the Walt Disney Company.

JANE BAER

Jane worked in the Animation department, and recalled working with a few other female animators. Fun fact about Jane: she is the person responsible for animating the candles sliding off Aurora’s cake in Sleeping Beauty!

GRETCHEN ALBRECHT

Gretchen was in the Ink & Paint department in the 1970s. Gretchen eventually took over the department and oversaw the change from hand-rendered artistry into digital artistry. That’s a pretty big deal, if you ask us!

PATTY PERAZA

Patty worked in special effects animation, and started out at Disney in a program through Cal Arts (where she was classmates with John Lasseter and Tim Burton!). She was the first woman to receive s screen credit as a special effects animator. Epic!

And so many more (check them out below!). We can’t wait to dive into our copy and learn more about all of these women once Ink and Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation is released!


The Lion King | Inside The Story Room

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The Lion King Roars To Its Rightful Place In The Walt Disney Signature Collection. Celebrate the glory of The Lion King as this magnificent coming-of-age masterpiece takes its rightful place as the reigning star of the acclaimed Walt Disney Signature Collection! With humor and heart, breathtaking animation, soul-stirring Academy Award®–winning music*, and revealing new Bonus Extras, this much-beloved story transports you to the Pride Lands and inspires generations of fans to find their places in the “Circle Of Life”. Create memories that will transcend time with Disney’s The Lion King—a treasured classic that belongs in every family’s collection!


How-To Draw Judy Hopps From 'Zootopia' | Disney Parks

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Walt Disney Studios just shared this great step-by-step tutorial on how to draw Judy Hopps from new film, “Zootopia”. Grab a pencil, paper and get ready to check it out! To read more, visit the Disney Parks Blog:http://bit.ly/1Q9pDYR


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)
Fox
  • 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)

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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2017 Academy Award Animation Nominees

Here are the animation nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, airing Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Animated Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Animated Short Film
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper


The Most Beautiful Shots in The History of Disney

A new compilation of gorgeous shots throughout the history of Disney animation has been edited together by Jorge Luengo Ruiz.


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

Allied
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

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

Sully
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

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

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

Zootopia
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

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

Zootopia
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

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

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

Shine
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.


Mathematicians bring ocean to life for Disney's 'Moana'

UCLA mathematics professor Joseph Teran, a Walt Disney consultant on animated movies since 2007, is under no illusion that artists want lengthy mathematics lessons, but many of them realize that the success of animated movies often depends on advanced mathematics.
"In general, the animators and artists at the studios want as little to do with mathematics and physics as possible, but the demands for realism in animated movies are so high," Teran said. "Things are going to look fake if you don't at least start with the correct physics and mathematics for many materials, such as water and snow. If the physics and mathematics are not simulated accurately, it will be very glaring that something is wrong with the animation of the material."
Teran and his research team have helped infuse realism into several Disney movies, including "Frozen," where they used science to animate snow scenes. Most recently, they applied their knowledge of math, physics and computer science to enliven the new 3-D computer-animated hit, "Moana," a tale about an adventurous teenage girl who is drawn to the ocean and is inspired to leave the safety of her island on a daring journey to save her people.

Read more here


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”
“Bilal”
“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”
“Moana”
“Monkey King: Hero Is Back”
“Mune”
“Mustafa & the Magician”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Phantom Boy”
“The Red Turtle”
“Sausage Party”
“The Secret Life of Pets”
“Sing”
“Snowtime!”
“Storks”
“Trolls”
“25 April”
“Your Name.”
“Zootopia”


Insight: Brad Bird on Animation

Brad Bird, writer and director of animated films 'The Iron Giant', 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille', gives an insight into his writing process, how he directs animation and why many people fundamentally misunderstand the medium. Subtitles available.

Find out which animated film that one clip was from by turning on the 'English CC' subtitle track.

This video combines excerpts from the three audio commentary tracks on home releases of 'The Iron Giant', 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille', as well as fragments from the behind-the-scenes documentaries. Watching the films prior to watching this video is recommended, but not entirely necessary.

Edited by Kees van Dijkhuizen Jr., © 2016. This non-profit project was made solely for educational purposes, not aimed at breaking copyright law. All rights to all material remain courtesy of their respective owners.


Piper

A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.

In Pixar Animation Studios' new short, "Piper," a hungry sandpiper hatchling discovers that finding food without mom’s help isn’t so easy.

Piper is directed by Alan Barillaro (supervising animator "WALL•E," "Brave") and the short will debut in front of Finding Dory, in UK cinemas on July 29, 2016,


Behind the Scenes of Zootopia: Gnomon Alumni Panel

Join Gnomon on Thursday, May 19th, at 7:30 PM for an evening with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Hear from five Gnomon alumni about how they landed roles at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and discover their experiences working on 2016’s animated animal comedy-adventure, Zootopia. Alberto Abril (Animator), Chika Saito (Modeler), Diana Zeng (Lighter), Dylan Ekren (Modeler), and Tyler Bolyard (Look Development Artist) will talk about their unique journeys into dream jobs at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and will discuss their contributions to Zootopia. Whether you're a professional or aspiring artist, student or a fan of Disney movies, the evening promises to offer an insightful look into the many roles that contribute to making a blockbuster animated film, while the personal stories from six artists will inspire those looking to break into the industry.

The event is free and open to the public. Entry is by RSVP only, and seating is first-come-first-served. Due to the nature of the work that will be presented, the event will not be streamed online, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these five artists in person at the Gnomon campus in Hollywood.

Schedule

7:30 PM — 8:30 PM: Behind the Scenes of Zootopia: Gnomon Alumni Panel
8:30 PM — 9:00 PM: Audience Questions


Guest Speakers

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Chika SaitoModeler

Chika Saito (Modeler) models sets and props, working closely with the Art Directors to realize their vision into CG environments. She also partners with the layout department to deliver the model for their needs. "I believe the world we build has a lot of love because we put many thoughts and imagination into it,” Saito says. “I really love the process of bringing the characters’ world to life." As a child growing up in Miyazaki, Japan, Saito always loved animation and dreamed to work at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Her dreams came true when she joined Disney Animation in 2013 to work onBig Hero 6.

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Dylan EkrenCharacter Modeling Supervisor

Dylan Ekren (Character Modeling Supervisor) is known for his ability to bridge design and modeling to bring life to characters at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Ekren graduated from Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation and started his career in CG as an illustrator, storyboard artist, and 3D generalist before joining Disney Animation in 2010. He has worked on films like Wreck it Ralph, Frozen, Big Hero 6, and most recently Zootopia. Dylan is a serious artist and a respected adult. One time he stayed up all night and wasn’t even tired.

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Tyler BolyardLook Development Artist

Tyler Bolyard (Look Development Artist) is responsible for painting textures for 3D characters, environments, and props. This includes creating shaders for their material qualities, creating and grooming hair and fur, as well as geometric instances for set dressing and environmental vegetation. "It's an honor to be a part of the Disney legacy bringing characters and environments to life to help tell amazing stories that connect with audiences all around the world," he says. Bolyard was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and spent summer breaks drawing caricatures at the local theme park. He attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. His career at Walt Disney Animation Studios began in 2014 when he began working on Zootopia.

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Alberto AbrilAnimator

Alberto Abril (Animator) strives to create compelling and entertaining performances with every shot he touches. Born in Ecuador and raised in New York and New Jersey, his love of animation from an early age drove him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional animator. Abril received his BFA from Syracuse University and later attended Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation to further hone his craft. After graduation, he began his career as an apprentice animator on the film Alvin & The Chipmunks. In 2011 he joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as an animator working on Wreck-It Ralph and has since worked on Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Zootopia.

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Diana ZengLighting Artist

Diana Zeng (Lighting Artist) works with the Sequence Supervisor, Director of Cinematography, Art Director and Directors to light and compose the final visual look of the shot that is seen by audiences on the big screen. This means more than just shining light on the scene, it is a careful balance of color and composition of values in the frame so that it supports the storytelling. Zeng was born in China and lived in Boston before attending CalArts and Gnomon – School of Visual Effects, Games and Animation. She began her career at Disney Animation in 2011 working on the feature film Wreck-It Ralph. She most recently served as lighting supervisor on Zootopia.


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:


Zootopia Drawings

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When you make an animated film, you end up making A TON of drawings.

A lot of those drawings are just to help describe how something is constructed or how it should move.  Those drawings can get boring.  So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.

Those drawings can get boring.  So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.

 So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.


Zootopia's Judy Hopps Free Blender Rig

Montreal, Canada based CG Artist - Scott Sewel has created a fully rigged high poly rendition of Judy from Zootopia movie in blender

 download FREE.


Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Disney's Hyperion Renderer

Nicely put together webpage explaining Disney's Render - Hyperion.

Just in time for Siggraph 2015

The swipe comparison on the page and the overview video for explaining rendering is really nice!


Inside Out Characters

Quiz: Which Inside Out Character are You?

Quiz: Which Inside Out Character are You?

 

 

I kinda knew I would be this one...

Inside Out - Disgust

You're Disgust!

You’re highly opinionated, extremely honest, and have standards that you refuse to compromise. If people want your advice, they have to be prepared to handle the truth, which means they’re especially careful about asking you to listen to their mixtapes.


Monsters Inc Screams

Trivia - Monster's Inc. Screams

All the child screams in Monsters, Inc. were supplied by the animators’ kids.

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That’s the ultimate “Bring Your Kid To Work Day” activity.


Inside Out Characters

Animated Features - Character Videos from Inside Out

Over at Yahoo Movies, new clips featuring each of the five emotions in Inside Out.


Disney's CG Jungle Book Cast

Director Jon Favreau has pulled together an incredible cast that not only includes Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, but also Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Ben Kingsley and newcomer Neel Sethi. 

In the new Jungle Book, Giancarlo Esposito will lend his voice to Akela, the leader of the wolf pack who takes in the abandoned Mowgli.

Lupita Nyong'o, who broke through with her debut role in 12 Years a Slave to Oscar accolades, will play Mowgli's adopted mother, a wolf called Rakcha.

Ben Kingsley will channel his intensity into the role of the black panther Bagheera, whose voice in the orginal book is described as "as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree."

In an unexpected but clever move, Scarlett Johansson was cast as Kaa. Voiced in the animated movie by male voice actor Sterling Holloway, the hypnotizing snake will have an added and sultry appeal coming from the actress who sold Her with her voice alone.

Idris Elba will bring his thunderstorm of a voice to the cunning and killer cat of the jungle Shere Khan, a role voiced by George Sanders in the animated movie.

And last but not least is little Neel Sethi as Mowgli, the hero of our adventure, whom was voiced by Bruce Reitherman back in 1967.

There's one notable absence in the cast so far: Baloo the Bear. Originally voiced by Phil Harris, the character was spun-off into his own series TailSpin, and became a much-beloved character for kids of the '90s, as well. So where is he? We'll give you more on The Jungle Book's casting as it develops. 


The 100 Best Animated Movies

The 100 Best Animated Movies

World-famous animators pick the best animated movies ever, including Disney and Pixar movies, cult movies, kids movies, stop-motion, anime and more...


Bet With Spielberg Cost George Lucas $40 Million

Star Wars has made creator George Lucas a lot of money over the year. But in 1977, he made a bet with fellow director Steven Spielberg that has wound up costing him over $40,00,000 so far, and all of it going directly into Spielberg's pocket.

 The bet was made when Lucas was visiting Spielberg on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1977, before Star Wars: A New Hope came out. Suddenly, the two of them were arguing which movie would do better — but they were arguing for each other's films. Lucas said Close Encounters would make more money, while Spielberg insisted on Star Wars. So the bet was made: Each of them would give the other 2.5% of their respective stakes in their own film, if it was the most successful. And even though Close Encounters made a whopping $303 million, Star Wars trounced it, making $775 worldwide in 1977 alone. Since then, Spielberg has continued to get his share from theatrical re-releases, home video sales, and more; Yahoo estimates he's made $40 million so far. Don't feel too bad for Lucas, though — seeing as he sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars rights to Disney for $4 billion, he's not exactly down to eating ramen.

via i09


CalArts Graduation Lasseter 2014


John Lasseter address CalArts class of 2014.

John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, Receives 2014 Honorary Doctor of the Arts Degree from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 
One of the most celebrated members of the first graduating class of CalArts Character Animation Program, Lasseter returned to his alma mater to address the Class of 2014 at the commencement ceremony on May 16. 
Click here for video of speech and high resolution photographs. 
May 21, Valencia, CA—CalArts President Steven Lavine is delighted to announce that animation industry icon and Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, is the 2014 recipient of California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) honorary Doctor of Arts degree. In celebrating his originality, creativity and extraordinary contributions to the art of animation and contemporary filmmaking, the Institute welcomed back one of its most prominent alumni.  

At the ceremony on Friday, May 16, Lasseter addressed CalArts’ class of 2014 in a heartfelt speech describing the impact of CalArts on his life and work. He shared two key insights inspired by his time at the Institute. The first was “your voice is worthwhile. Have faith in it. It’s so important to create in your own voice…to hold onto what makes you unique and have faith in your vision." Secondly, he advised, “you need others. Too often people think that being unique means being isolated, and being a great artist means coming up with genius ideas out of nowhere. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

CalArts is an internationally acclaimed Los Angeles-area institution founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts. At the commencement ceremony, Lasseter addressed an enthusiastic crowd of alumni, parents and graduating students that included the most recent generation of CalArts animators to follow in his footsteps. “I am the filmmaker I am today because of the people I’ve learned from,” he said. 

Lasseter fondly recalled his teachers and described the celebrated first graduating of CalArts’ Character Animation Program which, along with Lasseter, includes two-time Oscar® recipient Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), visionary filmmaker Tim Burton  (Edward Scissorhands, Frankenweenie), Oscar®-nominated director John Musker (The Princess and the Frog, The Little Mermaid), as well as Chris Buck and Michael Giaimo, director and art director, respectively, of the #1 animated film of all time, Academy Award winner Disney’s Frozen:

We had great teachers in [CalArts’] Character Animation program, great Disney artists who came out of retirement to teach us all that they had learned as they invented this art form with Walt Disney. But I learned just as much from my fellow students as I did from my teachers. Then, when we started making our own student films, we’d look over each other’s shoulders, bouncing ideas back and forth and helping each other out.  

Work with others. Lean on others. Celebrate others.

I developed a way of working at Pixar that revolves around getting honest feedback from your fellow filmmakers as you are making your film. This approach, which is now used at Disney Animation as well, is based on the way we all had made our student films at CalArts.

When times got tough—and we’ve had many tough times—we pulled together and saved each other. We never could have survived alone. We never could have achieved what we have alone. 

“John’s remarkable career exemplifies CalArts’ experimental ethos and creative spirit,” said President Steven Lavine. “Since graduating from the Character Animation Program in 1979, John has brought joy to millions of people throughout the world. As an artist and executive, John is responsible for creating many of the world’s best-loved and most successful films. John’s groundbreaking work ranges from his first feature as a director, Pixar’s revolutionary computer animated Toy Story, to serving as Executive Producer of this year’s Oscar-winning animated feature, Disney’s Frozen.”

This year, the annual March Oscar® issue of Vanity Fair paid tribute to the first generation of CalArts filmmakers, who went on to become animation industry icons. The feature article, “The Class That Roared,” offered an intimate glimpse into the CalArts experience of a now-famous group of students.

The influence of “the class that roared” continues with new generations of animators from CalArts. The latest wave ranges from wildly inventive students to animators, storyboard and character artists and up-and-coming directors at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Sony Pictures Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, as well as independent filmmakers and artists.

Today, television, too, offers creative opportunities to CalArts graduates. First-time creator/director Skyler Page’s series, Clarence, premiered on the Cartoon Network on April 14.  Cartoon Network’s current roster also includes creator/directors Pendelton Ward of Adventure Time, The Regular Show’s J. G. Quintel, and Uncle Grandpa’s Peter Browngardt. Alex Hirsch is the creator, executive producer and director of the Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls. Having originated Nickelodeon’s El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Jorge Gutierrez wrote, and is currently directing, the "Day of the Dead” themed 3D animated feature, Book of Life, which is scheduled for release in October 2014. 

Other next generation “Calartians” to watch include Disney Animation Studios’ Stephen Anderson, writer/director of Meet the Robinsons and co-director of Winnie the Pooh. Alumni with anticipated projects in production include veteran Pixar story and voice artist Peter Sohn who is co-directing the studio’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur, and Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne, currently in production on the film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

Links to media:
Video of John Lasseter’s commencement speech
High-resolution photographs
Biography of John Lasseter


INTERNSHIP: Animation and Character Art Internship, Disney Consumer Products – Summer, Fall

Job Posting Title Animation and Character Art Internship, DCP – Summer, Fall
Job Description The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technological leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences. Bring your individual talents here and discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company that extends the Disney brand to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home decor and books to interactive games, food and beverages, stationery, electronics and animation art.

The Disney Professional Internship program offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in a seasonal, paid assignment with meaningful and productive projects that allow you to build your resume. You will be working full-time hours and provided with challenging projects, performance feedback, valuable networking opportunities, and many educational and social activities. The Intern will assist with special projects in our Central Creative department focusing on Character Art projects. This position will start in June and last through December 2014.

Responsibilities - Development of Disney character illustrations for
style guides and product development.
- Development, approval and corrections of 3D
products
- Art style/new technique development to coordinate
with trends in the market place
- Contribute new product ideas and participate in
brainstorming sessions.
• Develop drawling and storytelling skills through weekly sketching classes
• Other duties including administrative tasks as requested by the team
Basic Qualifications • A portfolio showcasing ability in Character Art and concept sketching
• Ability to maintain a positive attitude while being able to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment
• Excellent skills in drawing, idea conception and painting
• Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to interact professionally with all levels of employees
• Strong computer skills including proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop and Illustrator, and working knowledge of Maya, Z-Brush
• Candidate must be able to work independently and focus on projects as well as work well with other team members
• Candidate must be highly motivated. Reliable and results oriented, willing to learn and take risks
Preferred Qualifications • 1-2 years of work experience in a demanding, fast-paced environment
• Previous art or creative Internship and / or Disney experience
Required Education • Actively pursuing a Bachelor degree or recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year University (within the past 6 months)
Job Posting Industries Products and Licensing
Additional Information This positions is with Disney Consumer Prod, Inc

Be sure to take time to explore all the exciting Disney Consumer Products lines of business at http://www.DCPCareers.com and read about the variety of people who have made DCP the success it is today.

Internship Program Type Professional Internship
Primary Location-City Glendale
Primary Location-State CA
Primary Location-Country US
Auto req ID 162121BR
  


JOBS IN CALI: Animation Lead - Glendale, CA

Job Posting Title Animation Lead
Job Description Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company that extends the Disney brand to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home decor and books to interactive games, food and beverages, stationery, electronics and animation art.

Disney Publishing Worldwide develops original, award-winning content (both Disney and non-Disney branded), including Disney books, magazines and comic books. Its products are printed in more than 85 languages across 103 countries, and it is considered the largest publisher of children’s books and magazines in the world.

The Animation Lead will report to the Director of Digital Creative and lead the animation process across all digital products and content types. This critical role will interface with product managers, marketing/PR, business development and the creative teams within DPW, DCP and TWDC. He or she will have deep skills in children’s user experience across multiple platforms.

Responsibilities • Leads the animation team from conception through execution. Supervises the entire animation pipeline, both 2D and 3D, from storyboards through final execution in apps and other digital products. Directs all animation including character, environment, motion graphics.

• Manages the day-to-day of animation team, balancing resources and skills across multiple simultaneous products. Works closely with Producers and Production Manager to balance schedule and budget with both internal and external resources.

• Builds and grows the team, proactively identifying and recruiting exemplary candidates as well as mentoring and growing the capabilities of those already on board. Supplements in-house capability by managing a stable of external resources.

• Owns and directs every stage of the 2D and 3D animation process, from thumbnails through final render (or use in game). Directs the adaptation of existing elements from still, live action, and animated content sources in order to be used for animation in game.

• Manages development of multiple animation pipelines for app creation. Continually reevaluates the animation process to find greater efficiency and improve quality.

• Serves as the primary point of contact for animation approvals with Disney partners (Pixar, Disney Animation Studios, Disneytoons, Disney Jr, etc), as well as 3rd party developers, and internal resources.

• Collaborates deeply with game designers, visual designers, and producers to use animation efficiently in the service of innovative gameplay and inventive storytelling experiences.

Basic Qualifications • Minimum 10 years experience in animation, 2D and/or 3D, on feature film, tv, or games.
• Minimum 5 years leading a team, balancing resources against tight deadlines while maintaining excellent quality standards.
• Experience in children's content creation and deployment.
• Experience in app development or a fast-paced production environment strongly preferred.
• Creative genius, able to lead ideation based on product/creative strategy.
• Experience working with a diversity of pipelines (2D and 3D), repurposing existing assets and creating from scratch.
• Great product sense, and strong collaborative leader.
• Excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing, with proven ability to pitch and present to a diversity of audiences.
• Expert level knowledge of animation production, with knowledge of the constraints mobile device design, and how to circumvent them in creative ways. Expert user of animation software, 2D (Toon Boom, Flash, After Effects, etc) and/or 3D (Maya, 3DsMax, etc). Familiarity with Unity strongly preferred.
• Ability to multi-task and be accountable for project outcomes.
• Mix fun with innovation.
Preferred Qualifications • Mobile experience strongly preferred.
Required Education BA/BS/MS/PhD in Animation, Filmmaking, or Computer Science
Job Posting Industries Publishing
Additional Information Be sure to take time to explore all the exciting Disney Consumer Products lines of business at http://www.DCPCareers.com and read about the variety of people who have made DCP the success it is today.
Primary Location-City Glendale
Primary Location-State CA
Primary Location-Country US
Auto req ID 184585BR
   


Making of Frozen at Gnomon March 20th 7:30-10:00 PM

The Making of Frozen
The Making of Frozen

Gnomon presents a behind-the-scenes look at Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award® winning film Frozen. Please join Steve Goldberg, Visual Effects Supervisor, and his team as they lead a lively discussion on how visual development and production design informed and inspired an icy palace, truthful performances, and more snow than the polar vortex. Seating for this event is first-come, first-served so please arrive early for the best chance to get a seat!

The Making of Frozen Guest Speakers


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The Class That Roared

THE KIDS FROM CALARTS  From left: Steve Hillenburg, Tim Burton, Brad Bird, Mark Andrews (in ape suit), Jerry Rees, Chris Buck (with Viking helmet), John Musker, Genndy Tartakovsky, Leslie Gorin, Mike Giaimo, Brenda Chapman, Glen Keane, Kirk Wise (in beige sweater), Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter (with Lei), Rob Minkoff, Rich Moore, John Lasseter, and Henry Selick, in the famed CalArts classroom A113.

The Class That Roared
The great renaissance of animation (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ratatouille, etc.) has come almost entirely from one now famous group of students at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s. As students, they owed it all to Walt Disney, but as pros, many hit a wall at Disney’s studios. Sam Kashner hears from a band of misfits who learned from the best and couldn’t give anything less.


Summer Internships

Its that time of year again where everyone should be applying for summer internships.  
(direct link to internship listings can also be found at the top blog menu under jobs)


Skeleton Dance


The best way to learn is to copy a master!

Jesse Baumgartner revisits the 1929 classic short titled The Skeleton Dance, which was originally directed by Walt Disney. The CG rigs are the stock set in the Source Filmmaker(SFM) toolkit, a free animation tool from Valve. Synced up the original with the new version over at this link if you want to see a comparison.