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ANIMARKT

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 website:www.animarkt.pl/pitching. 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 (www.momakin.pl) – 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, i.buchcic@momakin.pl(link sends e-mail), +48 502 598 925


Artella: Funding your Independent Film and VR Projects

https://vimeo.com/219867839

 

Artella video replay below and talking points from Bobby Beck’s fantastic Webinar on the topic of, funding your independent film and VR projects. These concepts apply to both your animation production and live action productions.

 

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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.

read more here...


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 returning to Adult Swim this weekend to finish the epic animated tale started way back in 2001.


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 and utters one word: “Hope.” Audiences everywhere gasped, screamed and cheered.

Nearly 40 years after the first “Star Wars” movie debuted, the character of Princess Leia had returned to the screen without aging a day, even as the actress who portrayed her, Carrie Fisher, went from 19 years old to 60.

The masterpiece of movie magic, combining old footage and recordings with digital effects to turn back time, raised ethical questions about profiting in perpetuity off the likeness of an actor. When Fisher died just a few weeks after the “Rogue One” premiere, Disney executives reportedly considered recreating her digitally in order to include her in future installments of the franchise, before ultimately issuing a statement saying they would not.

Top 50 highest grossing films of 2016

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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...


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 held impromptu Q&A's while experiencing travel delays.

The Pixar Recruiting team did a wonderful job tackling a broad range of topics and sharing invaluable information with those who submitted their questions. This also reminded us of the Steve Job's video, "Don't be afraid to ask for help", where he states, "Most people never pick up the phone, most people never ask, and that's what separates sometimes, the people that do things between the people that just dream about them". 

 

 

@PixarRecruiting what are some intangibles you look for in candidates & some suggestions to highlight them?

@medsan14 Be your authentic self! Other than appreciating our movies, know why you want to work here. That'll help us understand you better!

 

@PixarRecruiting What helps a reel or portfolio stand out from the rest?

@thalliez succinct (no more than 1:30) put only ur best work, keep focused to the discipline you're interested in

 

 

@JoyOfodu yes absolutely! all interns are paired with a mentor and receive consistent feedback

 

Is it possible for some1 who has no formal film-related xperience but is extremely interested in Pixar to get a job there? @PixarRecruiting

@_nikkipoison Yes, there are many jobs that don't require film experience. Check out our careers page! http://www.pixar.com/careers 

 

 

@PixarRecruiting Story Intern: Does enrollment in a workshop CEU qualify to be an Intern candidate?

 

@PixarRecruiting are you hiring for freelancers?

@deborahatorres We don't typically hire freelancers. For shows, project-based positions are called ROS (run of show). Good luck!

 

@PixarRecruiting Hi, and thanks for hosting this! Do you ever do internships for experienced (Gen IT) people who want to work @ Pixar?

@LRacer2 We're glad you're here! Interns must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or graduated w/i the year

 

@PixarRecruiting Do technical interns contribute to PIxar's feature films or short?

@vfxchrono Yes! The TD interns work on films in production. We also have a classroom based internship that is only offered in the summer.

 

@PixarRecruiting What advice would you have for a college sophomore applying for a marketing internship?

@dreespinosa Use your cover letter to tell us about you and why you are interested in marketing. We read all of them!

 

@PixarRecruiting Set Shading: Is coding a must have quality? I focus more on the artistic side.

 

@PixarRecruiting When looking at student reels (for internships), do you prefer the reel that is flawless or the one that has potential?

@CyrusMickaela We like to see projects, finished pieces and work in progress. We're looking for potential for certain!

 

@PixarRecruiting For PUP many different types of application materials are suggested, which do you most like to see?

@jtishler22 Pick a medium that aligns with where you'd like to go: for tech roles: Github/code samples, for art/anim: portfolios, etc.

 

@PixarRecruiting What is the most creative, striking thing you've seen in a story/anime reel that lead to hiring the artist?

@brushmechanic_ clear story telling without any dialogue. knew what characters were feeling by their expressions and body language

 

@PixarRecruiting Can you tell me a little bit about the interview process? Assuming there is one.

@Jdunk55 every discipline has a different interview process but the basics are phone interview, video interview(s), and onsite interview(s)

 

@PixarRecruiting for TD effects internship, what kind of work do you look for in a reel?Does having Live Action film experience help?

@alex_nny LA good; anim better! Houdini exp = great! We need to see that you have a good visual eye.

 

@PixarRecruiting How much does being an intern affect your chances of being hired later down the road?

@OliviaLovesSnow Depending on which internship, it can be a feeder into a more permanent role, depending on studio needs

 

@PixarRecruiting Is it OK to have a degree in animation but apply to work in art or story?

@wendi_locklar absolutely! There are many people working at Pixar in areas that have degrees from other areas. We look for passion!

 

@PixarRecruiting what is your least favorite thing people do when trying to get a job at Pixar? (Besides tweeting at you) ?

@theHsEdition Apply for every open position. We are a studio of specialization and look for individuals with an interest in a specific role

 

@PixarRecruiting Do you hire remote software developers?

@dustineichler Due to the collaborative nature of our Studio, all our employees are here onsite.

 

@PixarRecruiting Do you like to see 2D animation as well as 3D?

 

@PixarRecruiting I am applying to the story internship. What should I definitely have in my portfolio? What are things to avoid?

@chelsealerond17 Story boards she be included. Also include your sketch book. Make it easy to navigate

 

@PixarRecruiting since a lot of editing software is very similar, is being proficient in the one Pixar uses required for an intern?

@_BAMFOn Basic knowledge of the Avid makes us smile in Editorial. Final Cut great, too. Don't have to be pro but we need to build on it.

 

@PixarRecruiting Is there a career path from architecture school to Pixar, designing settings? Many people there with that background?

@imagineerland Yes, there are folks with architecture bg's. They usually do well in modeling depts doing digital assets and sets.

 

@PixarRecruiting @DisneyPixar I would love to work for Pixar. I am a graphic designer currently working at a local newspaper. Need any good graphic designers? ?

@thismeltingsnow @DisneyPixar We don't hire graphic designers often but check our website from time to time


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 this year, and just two months after the studio eliminated 200 positions at its Glendale campus and in its distribution and consumer products operations.


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.


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...


Honest Movie Credits Reveal How Little Most Of Hollywood Makes

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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


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 to get paid for the work that you do.

Mike Monteiro at CreativeMornings San Francisco, March 2011. Free events like this one are hosted every month in dozens of cities. Discover hundreds of talks from the world’s creative community athttps://creativemornings.com/talks


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:


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 | MARCH 2, 2016

The startup Nimble Collective wants to hook you up with studio-grade animation applications in the cloud.


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!

Curriculum:

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!

Instructor
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.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

"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

ABOUT OUR SPONSORS:

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.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION POLICY
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.

FEES & TAXES
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.

EVENT CHANGES
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.

AGE RESTRICTIONS
Attendees must be over the age of 18.

RECORDING
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.

QUESTIONS?
Please contact The Animation Collaborative at:  info@animationcollaborative.com

WHEN
WHERE
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.