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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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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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10 Top Animation Job Newsletters and Feeds

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

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VFX in Los Angeles – 100 hour weeks & homeless

VFX in Los Angeles – 100 hour weeks & homeless Quote from Article:  ‘After a brief time out of Los Angeles chasing a lead on a job, Victor returned for an interview, “I was hired on the spot for a laughable 13 bucks an hour, but with little to no options I took it.”  This was a short-lived gig, followed by others and at times as much as a month passed between gigs.’…

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More Art Shows this weekend!

If you don’t already have plans…I am in a couple art shows this weekend.Send me email with your nameand I can get you on the list for tonight’s show. I will be live painting Friday night… andthis paintingwill also be in the show! BacchanalMusicafeGalleryBazaarFriday 8pm-2am@Daydream Republic The DayDream Republic is located at4500 W. Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles Ca. 90016(just off the La Brea exit on the 10 freeway)suggested donation $5 b4 10/ $10 after /21+ cash bar **************************************************** I also…

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Art Show Next Friday!

I have been busy painting during my off time… and I invite you to my next show!To see all of the artists participatingclick here. Warren Calvo and New Puppy will be hosting an event called “From Within The Shadows” to raise money for projects in Costa Rica that protect and research Endangered Wildlife. 20% of the proceeds will be donated to help further and research the protection of endangered wild life in Costa Rica. Artists for the event have donated…

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Geisha Vampire Workshop 12.16.2008 – UPDATE NEW PRICING!!!!

Drop-ins Welcome! 25$Get The Lead Out Tuesday night 12.16 features a Geisha Vampires inspired theme thanks our model KJ and to the Gallery Girls. Fun dramatic poses. 5 to 15 minute poses and a long pose if the majority of the class desires.Drop-ins are welcome for 25$ or you can pre-buy classes 4 at a time (80$). You may use the 4 sessions anytime over the next two months. You do not have to have a PayPal account, Credit Cards…

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Artists Staying Connected with Digsby!

So, you got facebook, myspace, linkedin, vfxconnection, plaxo, pulse, twitter and then friends on yahoo, jabber, gmail, msn, AIM, skype, ICQ…I mean, what’s a girl to do? Download Digsby. I dare you. You can have everything in one place. If a friend is on on IM for AIM, Facebook and Yahoo – you can merge all 3 into one contact on your list to make for a much cleaner contact list. You can set up your myspace, facebook and even…

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Los Angeles Animation Festival

This is one of the few animation festivals held in Los Angeles. Their animated greeting is a bit weird but this could be great for animation! They have extended the Ghost Animation submission deadline to October 1st, so there is still time to submit. Think Electronic theater without all the scientific and technical animations included. Also, it’s being held at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax with is a really fun venue. Here is more about LAAFEST The Los Angeles…

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Siggraph 2007 – Sunday

View from East Side of Hotel Yes, it’s time to report on Siggraph 2007 in San Diego. I drove my mini convertible down from Los Angeles and broke in the engine at 110 mph on the 73. That was too much fun but I need to be more careful. Bad Angie! I arrived in San Diego Sunday afternoon and checked into our hotel – the Marina Mariott. What a beautiful hotel! We were on the 20th floor and the pic…

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Siggraph 2007 – Monday

Monday is a day for the exhibitors to unpack the trucks and vans, and get their booths put up. However, there are various panels and papers going on, as well. This installment won’t have any floor pix really…just a lot of drinking, socializing and debauchery. BTW, if you work for a software company…they have 8 am meetings every day. Yeah, you go out and have fun with your buds into the wee hours of the night and then have to…

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Siggraph 2007 – Tuesday

Ah yes, the exhibit floor is open and “the geek-dom begins.” I had to work the SESI booth first thing, after the staff meeting. I have a new found respect for people who do this not only at Siggraph, but as a career. This is really tough work. Luckily, I had many a friend stop by and joke with me as I was pixel monkey this year. Including my buddy Scott Holmes, who likes to poke fun…often. It wasn’t easy…

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Siggraph 2007 – Wednesday

Your friendly Houdini Character Team: Yours Truly, Ed Lam – Programmer Extraordinaire and Calin Casian – My Rigger and Resident Punching Bag ready to demo with a pounding headache from last night. Jeff Wagner was demo-ing with me today. He showed me the FX tool shelf they built. I hadn’t even had a chance to see it! OMG! Amazing! I made smoke and contrails and bubbles, with a click of a button! ME! I recommend every ready go to the…

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Siggraph 2007 – Are You ready?

Siggraph is two weeks away! Are your ready?Do you have your pass? Jamie and Angie have provided youwith our ever popularHOW TO SIGGRAPH!(updated for this year’s 2007 Siggraph event in San Diego)This document provides all of the information you need regardinglooking for a job,networkingor just plain what to expect to experienceat the Siggraph convention. We encourage newbies and old-school-attendees alike,to check out this informative documentand print it out as aquick reference as you “work the floor.” Below are importantsave the…

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Tuesday Meet-Greet-And-Drink Pix!

Tuesday Night at Siggraph- Boston: Before we went to our Meet and Greet at McCormick and Schmick’s Tuesday night, Jamie and I had not eaten all day and so we headed for the first restaurant that looked like they made stiff drinks and good food! We walked over to Maggiano’s Italian restaurant and man it was so good! The waitress – Rachel was really nice and put up with our criticism of the bartender’s skills. She also could not believe…

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Party Last Night

Angie here- So, the party went off incredibly and we would like to thank everyone who came out on a school night to attend. We know how difficult it is to go out after a 10 hour day slaving over a light table or computer screen and we really appreciate the support. The dancers and clowns were a big hit and over 400 people attended. We will have video and pictures up real soon for those of you who couldn’t…