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Anim Talk & Animal Logic & Imagine Entertainment & News & The Biz

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…

Action Analysis & Anim Talk & Animated Television & Behind the Scenes & Cartoony & Geek Stuff & Genndy Tartakovsky & Inspiration & Learning & Limited Anim & Traditional

The Artistry Of ‘Samurai Jack’

If you were watching Cartoon Network in the late ’90s and early 2000s, you probably have Genndy Tartakovsky to thank for some of your favorite cartoons. But one of his cartoons stands above the rest as a visual and animated masterpiece — “Samurai Jack.” With it’s unique drawing style, distinct minimalist feel, and perfectly choreographed action sequences “Samurai Jack” has gone down as a seminal work in cartoon history. Never having received the ending it deserved, “Samurai Jack” is finally…

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Anim Talk & Animated Features & CG & Freelancers & Networking & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

A 24-Minute Documentary on The Unsustainable VFX Industry

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick was produced by Sohail Al-Jamea and Ali Rizvi for McClatchy Video Lab, a division of the McClatchy media organization that owns dozens of newspapers around the United States. The reporting for the piece was’ done by Greg Hadley and Elizabeth Koh. It was one of the most controversial cinematic moments of 2016. In the final scene of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a figure shrouded in a white cloak turns, extends her hand, faces the camera…

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Anim Talk & News & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

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.…

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Anim Talk & Jobs & Pixar & The Biz

Pixar’s Recruiting Team Shares Invaluable Information During Twitter Q&A Session

Via Pixar Post Twitter has become one of the most unique social media tools allowing its user base to have a digital connection to people and companies that they admire the most. On Monday, December 19, the Pixar Recruiting team held a very informative Twitter Q&A session – answering more than 100 questions in just over an hour.  If these types of Q&A sessions sound familiar – you’ll remember that director Andrew Stanton and most recently director Lee Unkrich both…

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Anim Talk & DreamWorks & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz

DreamWorks Animation Faces 170 Additional Layoffs

From AWN: Cuts come as DWA continues to be integrated into NBCUniversal following its acquisition by Comcast, and just two months after the studio eliminated 200 positions at its Glendale campus and in its distribution and consumer products operations. DreamWorks Animation will lay off 170 more employees at its Glendale campus in January, according to a report by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The cuts come as DWA continues to be integrated into NBCUniversal following its acquisition by Comcast earlier…

Anim Talk & Animated Documentary & Behind the Scenes & Brad Bird & CG & Cinematography & Disney & Geek Stuff & Inspiration & Pixar & Storyboarding & The Biz & Traditional

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…

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Anim Talk & News & Pixar & The Biz

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……

Anim Talk & The Biz

Honest Movie Credits Reveal How Little Most Of Hollywood Makes

http://i1.wp.com/b.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/1280/poster/2016/06/3060755-poster-p-1-honest-movie-credits-reveal-how-little-most-of-hollywood-makes.gif above the line.” It comes from budget sheets. Directors, actors, and writers are above the line—they all represent negotiated talent. Everyone else is below it—and often make union minimum day rates.…read more here…

Anim Talk & Freelancers & Inspiration & Networking & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

Mike Monteiro: F*ck You, Pay Me

I apologize for the lack of posts the past month. I have been working on a previz gig for “China” (said like Trump) and it has been a lot of work. I will do some catch up over July. In the meantime, everyone should watch this video and if you need a good entertainment attorney, email me and I will send you mine. The most popular CreativeMornings talk of all time, Mike Monteiro gives us some valuable advice on how…

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Anim Talk & Disney & News & The Biz & Video Games

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…

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Anim Talk & Animated Features & Animated Shorts & Behind the Scenes & Cloud Platforms & Crowd Sourcing & Inspiration & The Biz

The Nimble Collective

This concept is the future for all animators, makers, and creators. Check out the podcast by Tracy Chabala at Smashd to understand how Nimble Collective proposes one platform mastered on the cloud will help you make your next film. ~Via Smashd BY TRACY CHABALA | MARCH 2, 2016 The startup Nimble Collective wants to hook you up with studio-grade animation applications in the cloud.…

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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…