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Animated Features & CG & Character Designers & Concept Artists & Disney & Inspiration & Traditional

Disney Character Designer Chen Yi Change Interview

Disney Character Designer Chen Yi Change Interview A few years ago, California State Polytechnic University Pomona held an INTERVIEW with Disney character design supervisor, Chen Yi Chang. The interview, which can be streamed over the net HERE, covers a number of different topics from Chang’s background, a rough breakdown of the production pipeline of a feature film, as well as character design and technique. This lecture is geared towards beginners. So if you know the basics and don’t feel like…

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Jamie and Angie & Networking & News & Parties & The Book

Creative Talent Network Party

There is a great celebration going on Wednesday June 21stat Van Eaton Galleries! TIME: 7pm-10pm LOCATION: 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 MORE: (818) 788-2357 Tina Price of CTN invites you to this very special event and first show featuring the original artwork by veteran animation character designer Rik Maki. Rik’s new book “Scribblin’ on Scrap” will be available at this is free event where you can see the artist scribblin’ away at his desk via a live camera…

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Blogs & Character Designers & The Biz

Pitching Ideas in LA-LA Town with Darin McGowan

Gorilla Girl Contributor to the book – Darin McGowan (see previous posting) knows a thing or two about pitching stories around Los Angeles. At one point, he had sold 5 shows that were various forms of being “optioned”, “purchased” or “greenlit.” In other words, he was HOT! But alas, the first death of those shows has come to pass called Gorilla Girl and Darin decided to create a blog about it. The blog focuses on the death of that project.…

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Animated Shorts & Animators & CG & Flash & Inspiration & Puppets & Traditional & VFX


TygerGuilherme Marcondes Angie here… This little film blew me away. I have always been fascinated by puppets…Especially the Japanese Art of Bunraku. I was able to see a few Bunraku plays when I was working in Osaka and they are sooooo moving and beautiful. A poem by a favorite poet/artist of mine William Blake is used loosely for the story. The combination of 2D, puppetry, live action and other elements is really fun to watch and the landscape reminds me…

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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 & Gobelins & Inspiration & Student Work & 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…