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Animated Features & CG & Disney & News & Pixar & The Biz & Traditional

Ed Catmull: Pixar ‘s Superhero, Shakes Up Disney

Angie here…I saw Ed Catmull speak at NATE (National Animation Technology Expo) in 1995 and he was all excited about this new thing called Nurbs. Crazy huh? I knew back then what he was talking about was going to be huge, but had no idea what a profound influence this man had and was going to have on animation. Read this article in the LA Times about Ed Catmull! Ed believes that you should always hire people who are smarter…

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Disney & Inspiration & Jamie and Angie & The Biz & The Book

Great Books!

Howdy, Jamie here. Just finished a couple of great books. The first one is by Henry Caroselli called The Cult of the Mouse. This guy really hits the nail squarely on the head with his writings on corporate greed and the effect that it is having on innovation and creativity. He is a former Disney employee and his observations about the Eisner years are spot on ( for those of us who worked there during the time frame involved, it…

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Animated Features & Book Contributors & Character Designers & Directors & Oscars & The Biz & Traditional

Eric Goldberg

There is a great interview with Eric Goldberg on Animated-News.comby Christian Ziebarth 12/19/2005: “A Conversation with Eric Goldberg” Interview Eric is one of the contributors to the book and has been a major influence in my – Angie’s – growth as an animator. I am ruined now after working for him, but in a good way. I toil over every single blink, finger gesture and frame of my animations. Jamie and I are very grateful for his contributions to the…

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Animated Shorts & Inspiration & The Biz & Traditional

Gobelins School – Pyrats Short

Below is a short film made by some students from the Gobelins School. The Gobelins School in France is known for their great animation department. Even though it’s a public institution, it is very difficult to be accepted into this school. Gobelins students make short films as a group (usually 4 to 6 artists). They also keep the length of their films to 1 or 2 minutes. This is smart because they are able to focus on what they do…

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Animated Features & Animators & CG & Character Designers & Disney & Inspiration & Storyboarding & Traditional

Glen Keane Podcast

Angie here, I sat here this afternoon folding laundry, while listening to the Glen Keane Podcast Part Two on Animation Podcast and I caught myself nodding over and over again. Part One is interesting, but Part Two really gets to the heart of things. Glen talks about his experience mentoring under the greats at Disney and how welcoming those people were. He talks about how sometimes he would just leave the studio when he would get stuck and go to…

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Inspiration & Sketches

Stuey sketches

Bringing this blog back to something animation specific…(this is Angie BTW…still trying to teach Jamie how to blog) Tonight I was going through a bunch of old sketch books…and I found one I had while I worked on Stuart Little 2. The page scanned above is from this shot on SL2 where Stuart was stuck on the soccer ball after George kicks it and the ball flies straight into camera. The end frame ends up inside Stuart’s mouth and fades…

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Artists & Inspiration

Paul Moschell

I am really into character design lately. Paul Moschell is an artist whose simplicity in design reminds me of when I worked in video games. There is a distinct style to his work and I love his color choices. There is sweet and yet melancholy feel to his art too. I love anything that changes my mood simply by looking at it. Animation should also make you feel something to be good!– Angie…

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Animated Features & Animators & CG & Sketches & Traditional

Stuart Little

Rob Minkoff drew this for me.I had to totally redo a shot because they had re-edited the sequence …and it was his way of saying thank you.Hell, I didn’t care, I was just so happy to be animating!!! Stuart Little was one of my most favorite shows, because it was a sequel. When you work on a sequels everyone KNOWS who (the character) IS! In this case – the mouse – had already been through one movie and so the…

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Artists & Inspiration

The Art of Chase

This is Angie! I have to teach Jamie how to blog!!!!Anyways…there is a muralist in my neighborhood who is an amazing artist… …But he is also full of inspirational messages like “remember who you are”“you are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth”“know yourself” Chase’s Website Chase’s Blog this mural is right on my street, I see it everyday and it makes me smile I find inspiration everywhere, but this guy uses his art to make people think. That makes…

Funny & Inspiration & Muppets

Kermit’s Mystery Box

Angie again…I have to say the cookie monster makes me giggle like a little girl. Did someone say muppets? I know this has little to do with animation directly…but if I had understood when I was little that being a muppeteer was a job?!! Well, I dunno, I probably would be out of work right now, but that is not the point. Okay seriously. We talk about animating dialog in the book and one thing these muppeteers understood is to…