Click to enlarge this newly released limited edition Paramount Pictures 100th Anniversary Poster, created by L.A.’s Gallery 1988. Comprised of graphic icons representing the studios biggest films – and I’m happy to report animation is well represented (I mean, all things considered – there’s no Popeye, Betty Boop or Casper but those were shorts and these buttons represent features). Look close and you’ll spot Max Fleischer’s 1939 Gulliver’s Travels, George Pal’s 1953 War of The Worlds; Beavis and Butt-head Do America (1996), South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) and The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) also make the cut. Our condolences to Charlie Brown,
Tintin, Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron – maybe next time.
This would be funny… if it weren’t so true:
Edited by Derek Lieu
PRESCRIPTION FILLED FOR SECOND SEASON OF DISNEY JUNIOR’S HIT DOC MCSTUFFINS, 2012 TO-DATE’S #1 CABLE TV SERIES AMONG KIDS 2-5
– Demand to be Met (Stat) for Books, Licensed Toys, Apparel and Sleepwear –
The doctor is in — Doc McStuffins, TV’s newest hit for kids age 2-7, has been ordered for a second season on both Disney Junior, the daily programming block that posted Disney Channel’s best fiscal second quarter ratings ever in the daypart, and the burgeoning 24 hour Disney Junior channel. The channel is available to Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and Verizon subscribers and soon, via additional affiliates nationwide. The announcement was made today by Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.
The animated series about Doc, a little girl who can talk to and heal stuffed animals and toys out of her playhouse clinic, is 2012 to-date’s #1 cable series among Kids 2-5 and the #1 preschool cable TV series among Total Viewers and Women 18-49. Its March premiere is the #1 preschool series launch in cable TV history among Adults 18-49. Doc McStuffins joins Disney Junior’s other hit series Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse which accounted for the Top 3 preschool cable telecasts of the quarter among Women 18-49.
Based on parents feedback and retail demand, Disney will introduce Doc McStuffins books, apparel, party goods and role play toys, dolls and accessories, beginning this summer through early 2013, its quickest to market launch ever for a preschool property. A Doc McStuffins DVD will release on August 21.
Kanter said, “The series is resonating with boys and girls across our demo kids ages 2-7. And we’ve heard that the show, particularly as parents watch with their kids, has opened up a family dialogue about the importance of good health and compassion. Importantly, we are also hearing that the show is helping to take the worry out of going to the doctor that so many young children experience. We are delighted that kids will now be able to extend their love of Doc and her toy friends beyond the screen and encourage their inherent, nurturing play patterns.”
Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award-winning Chris Nee (writer on Little Bill and producer of Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska) and directed by Emmy-winning Norton Virgien (Rugrats), Doc McStuffins is a production of Academy Award nominated Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Channel. The Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center serves as the series’ health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families. The series carries a TV-Y parental guideline.
Doc McStuffins airs daily during the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel and on the 24-hour Disney Junior channel. The series stars Kiara Muhammad as Doc; Loretta Devine as Hallie; Lara Jill Miller as Lambie; Robbie Rist as Stuffy; Jess Harnell as Chilly; Jaden Betts as Donny McStuffins; Kim Brooks as Mom McStuffins; and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. The series’ theme song is performed by the star of Disney Channel’s hit series A.N.T. Farm and Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain.
Los Angeles, CA — Cartoon Network has announced the DVD release of the entire first season of its Emmy-nominated animated comedy series Adventure Time. That’s all 26 episodes from the show’s first season, plus heaps of bonus features created by Pendleton Ward and the show team, including featurettes, episode commentaries, animatics and more packed into a sweet DVD package. The Adventure Time: The Complete First Season two-disc set will be available on July 10, 2012 for the suggested retail price of $26.95, making it a must-have for the series’ ravenous fans, who can relive all of the original adventures of best buddies Finn and Jake in the magical land of Ooo.
“Since our first DVD release last September, fans have been telling us nonstop that they want to own full season sets of Adventure Time on DVD. Because the show is for everyone, both kids and adults, we’re really happy we can put this out,” said Erik Resnick, vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises, the home entertainment division of Cartoon Network. “In addition to the great episodes, Pendleton and the show team have created some great bonus features on this set that we’re sure fans will love.”
The highly-anticipated bonus materials in the Adventure Time: The Complete First Season DVD release include: behind the scene featurettes of the crew, the composers and more filmed by creator Pendleton Ward with his very own camera phone; animatics featuring commentary by Ward, Adam Muto, Pat McHale and Derek Drymon for the “Rainy Day Daydream,” “Slumber Party Panic,” “Dungeon” and “The Enchiridion!” episodes; and episode commentary from cast members and special guests including: “Prisoners of Love” with John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Tom Kenny and Ward; “Ricardio the Heart Guy” with George Takei, Hynden Walch, Kenny, Shada and Ward; “Tree Trunks” with Bettie Ward and Polly Lou Livingston; and “Trouble in Lumpy Space” with DiMaggio, Shada, Kenny and Ward.
Joining the Adventure Time: The Complete First Season DVD release at retail are the compilation releases, Adventure Time My Two Favorite People and Adventure Time It Came from the Nightosphere, which are both currently available at retail and offer fans a lower-price point option to add to their DVD libraries.
The popularity of Adventure Time continues to surge as both the show’s ratings and the brand’s consumer products program continue to grow. Throughout its first three seasons, the Adventure Time series has garnered great ratings success with more than 44.3 million kids 6-11 and 35.8 million boys 6-14 tuning in to the series, and making it the #1 show in its timeslot for boys 6-14, according to Nielsen Media Research.Â In addition, Adventure Time’s presence at top retailers across the country is continually expanding though the property’s comprehensive line of hard and soft consumer products which includes toys, apparel, accessories, youth electronics, comic books, posters and much more.
Many of Adventure Time’s fans are top tier entertainment and television critics who have bestowed high praise and accolades to the smash hit series. IGN.com hailed the show as “trippy and hilarious” and LA Weekly lauded it as “subversively funny and overwhelmingly cute.” Meanwhile USA Today.com proclaimed “I will never forget the words Adventure Time” and Entertainment Weekly.com named Adventure Time to its list of The 25 Greatest Animated Series Ever. In doing so they raved, “Adventure Time makes me wish I were a kid again, just so I could grow up to be as awesome as the kids who are currently watching Adventure Time will be.”
Cartoon Network will support the release of Adventure Time: The Complete First Season with targeted on-air advertising spots on Cartoon Network, as well as a kid-focused online marketing campaign on Cartoonnetwork.com and other kid and parent targeted websites.
Boasting more than 1 billion YouTube views to date, Annoying Orange is the Web sensation transformed into a new television series that follows Orange and his buddies as they go on a wide range of adventures — setting out from the fruit stand to parts unknown and everything in between. With jaunts to the Prehistoric Era and even Colonial Times, Orange and the rest of the fruit stand gang are dropped into outrageous adventures and challenged to squeeze their way out of them.
Joining Orange on his escapades are popular produce pals from the Web series including the level-headed Pear, potential paramour Passion Fruit, resident goody goody Apple, the always upbeat Marshmallow and Orange’s nemesis the hulking Grapefruit. The only human to interact with this veritable fruit salad is a brand new character, Nerville (played by YouTube sensation Toby Turner), the proprietor of a fruit cart where Orange and his crew reside. Annoying Orange will feature guest voices by Michael Clarke Duncan, Jeffrey Tambor, Tim Curry, Tony Hawk, Malcolm McDowell, Billy Dee Williams, Leah Remini, Tom Kenny, John DiMaggio, Nick Swordson, Danny Trejo and Felicia Day.
A pioneer in its evolution, Annoying Orange has expanded from viral video to Web series to Cartoon Network prime time. Developed and produced by leading entertainment management and production company The Collective, Dane Boedigheimer (the creator of the Annoying Orange Web series) co-created the television series with Tom Sheppard (Emmy Award-winning writer for Pinky and the Brain). Conrad Vernon (director of Madagascar 3 and Monsters vs. Aliens) serves as executive producer along with Gary Binkow and Dan Weinstein of The Collective.
Annoying Orange premieres on Cartoon Network Monday, June 11 at 8:30 pm ET/PT.
August 11 and 12, 2012 — Grand Ballroom, Disneyland Hotel
COST $225 per person (Diamond Level, $1,000 per person, is sold out)
Destination D: 75 Years of Disney Animated Features is an unprecedented celebration of the art, storytelling, music, voices, imagination, and innovation of Disney’s benchmark films.
From Walt Disney’s groundbreaking Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the upcoming Wreck-It Ralph, guests will experience a two-day journey through the art of Disney feature animation — filled with fun, laughter and rarely or never-before-seen artwork, photos and film clips of beloved Disney characters and stories — all the while surrounded by some of the world’s leading animation legends, artists and authorities.
While more announcements are forthcoming, the detail about Destination D below is current as of June 4, 2012.
This promises to be an extraordinary celebration â€¦ with additional participants and presentations to be announced in the weeks ahead:
DAY ONE — SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Walt Disney and the First Golden Age of Disney Animation
Walt and his original team of animators and artists invented an entirely new genre of filmmaking storytelling. Together they created unparalleled bodies of work that continue to delight audiences around the world. Join our panelists who participated first-hand (or witnessed) the remarkable creation of Walt Disney’s feature animated films:
Joe Hale–43-year Disney veteran who contributed his artistic talents to such films as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and Mary Poppins.
Burny Mattinson–Disney Legend and 50-year veteran of Disney animation who contributed his artistic talents to such “Golden Age” favorites as Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, and The Jungle Book.
Ted Thomas–Son of legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas and director/writer of the acclaimed documentaries Frank and Ollie and Walt & El Grupo.
Roy E. Disney and the Second Golden Age of Disney Animation
Roundtable discussion of Roy E. Disney’s influence on the “Second Golden Age of Disney Animation”–from The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective through the modern-day classics of the 1990s. Join our panelists who participated first-hand (or witnessed) Roy E. Disney’s remarkable stewardship of Disney’s contemporary animation renaissance:
Dave Bossert–Author of an upcoming book on Roy E. Disney, and creative director and head of special projects at Walt Disney Animation Studios; artistic coordinator and visual effects supervisor on Fantasia/2000 and associate producer of the short “Destino” among many other accomplishments.
Roy P. Disney–Son of Disney Legend Roy E. Disney, former Disney Imagineer, and first-hand witness to Disney animation’s second “Golden Age.”
Don Hahn–Noted author, Disney animation historian, and producer of some of Disney’s most successful animated films of the second golden age, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Emperor’s New Groove.
The Greatest Disney Animation You Never Saw
Enjoy a “Behind-The-Magic” peek at the art of Disney feature animation. Academy AwardÂ®-nominated film producer and author Don Hahn and Creative Director for Walt Disney Animation Studios David Bossert present rarely seen (or never before seen at all) Disney artwork and animation from more than 75 years of Disney animated features.
Animating The Disney Parks
Disney Parks owe a great deal of their creative development and design to the roots of Disney animation. Join current and former Disney Imagineers as they discuss how legendary Disney Imagineers, including Marc Davis, Mary Blair, Claude Coates, Herb Ryman, John Hench, and many others, successfully transferred their skills and talents from the world of Disney feature animation to “animating the Disney Parks.” Join our panelists who personally worked with many of these Disney animation and Imagineering greats:
Tony Baxter–Senior vice president, Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, whose project credits include Disneyland Paris, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jonesâ„¢ Adventure, and Splash Mountain.
Eddie Sotto–Noted experiential designer, mixed-media producer, conceptualist, and former Disney Imagineer, whose projects included the design of Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Paris, early work on Indiana Jonesâ„¢ Adventure at Disneyland, plus Mission: SPACE at Epcot and Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland.
An Evening Concert: Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
The fun continues into the night with an unforgettable evening of harmony provided by Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix. The popular vocal quartet is comprised of legendary television, Broadway and film star Dick Van Dyke and three renowned west coast musicians–Mike Mendyke, Bryan Chadima, and Eric Bradley. Songs from Van Dyke’s varied entertainment career, in addition to many well-known Disney hits and timeless pop standards, will be performed by Van Dyke and The Vantastix in a show rich in humor, pure entertainment, and sing-along favorites. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss!
Exclusive Screening: Walt & El Grupo–The Director’s Cut
Presented exclusively for D23 Members and their guests is the definitive director’s cut (not available on DVD) of the acclaimed 2009 film documentary Walt and El Grupo. Hosted by Director Ted Thomas and Producer Kuniko Okubo, the film chronicles the amazing 10-week trip that Walt Disney and his hand-picked group of artists and filmmaking talent (later known as “El Grupo”) took to South America in 1941 at the behest of the U.S. Government.
DAY TWO — SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
Wacky and Wild Disney Animation
Go on a wacky and irreverent ride through some of the most psychedelic and visually stunning animation ever put on film in this fun and humorous retrospective of Disney feature animation. Along the way you’ll learn of the contributions of such “characters” as Disney Legend Ward Kimball, renowned artist Salvador Dali, and many others. Your hosts through this animation “Wonderland”:
Jerry Beck–Well-known animation historian, with 10 books and numerous articles to his credit. Jerry is an animation producer, and industry consultant to Warner Bros., and has been an executive with Nickelodeon and Disney and is also a popular blogger on the subject of animation.
Eric Goldberg–A veteran director, designer and animator, his Disney credits includes being the supervising animator of Genie in Aladdin, co-director of Pocahontas, animator of Phil in Hercules, followed by Fantasia/2000, which he directed, wrote, and animated two critically acclaimed sequences: “Carnival of the Animals” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” His animation work can also be seen in the Tokyo Disney Seas attraction Magic Lamp Theatre and the recently unveiled Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot.
Tinker Bell: The Evolution of a Disney Character
Have you ever wondered how a character becomes a “Disney” character? As we take you on a fascinating trip through the decades in a presentation filled with never-before-seen art, photos, and film clips, you’ll see how Tinker Bell developed into one of Disney’s most iconic characters. Your tour guides include:
Mindy Johnson–Author of the upcoming book Tinker Bell: An Evolution–(new for Fall 2013 from Disney Editions).
Margaret Kerry–Live-action reference model for Tinker Bell in Walt Disney’s 1953 animated film classic Peter Pan.
Disney Feature Animation Stars–Drawing With Personality
The Walt Disney Studios is often credited with perfecting “personality animation,” creating from paper and pencil characters that seemingly live and breathe. In this entertaining and educational presentation you’ll discover the secrets behind the creation of some of Disney’s most beloved animated stars, plus you’ll get the chance to design your own Disney animated character under the guidance of a master Disney animator.
Andreas Deja–30-year Disney animation veteran, whose impressive body of work includes serving as supervising animator on characters in several classic Disney animated features, including Gurgi in The Black Cauldron, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin, Scar in The Lion King, Mickey Mouse in Fantasia/2000, Lilo in Lilo & Stitch, Mama Odie in The Princess and the Frog, and Tigger in Winnie the Pooh. He’s also a noted Disney animation historian and authority on the work of legendary Disney animator Milt Kahl.
Hearing Voices: A Salute to Disney Character Voice Artists
Meet the artists behind the voices. We put a spotlight on the many men and women who have supplied some of the most familiar voices ever to grace movies screens. This unique reunion of Disney character voice talent highlights some of the great voices of the past as well. Our roster of Disney character voice talent stars include (to date–more to be confirmed over the next few weeks!):
Dick Jones–Voice of Pinocchio (Pinocchio, 1940)
Kathryn Beaumont–Voice of Alice (Alice in Wonderland, 1951) and Wendy DarlingÂ (Peter Pan, 1953)
Lisa Davis–Voice of Anita (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
David Frankham–Voice of Sergeant Tibbs (One Hundred and One Dalmatians, 1961)
Bruce Reitherman–Voice of Mowgli (The Jungle Book, 1967) and Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, 1966)
Chris Sanders–Stitch (Lilo & Stitch, 2002)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Still “The Fairest of Them All”
Walt Disney’s animation masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs introduced an entirely new filmmaking genre–the Disney animated feature–and put in motion the creation of an unparalleled library of films that remain unrivaled in their artistic and storytelling achievements. Join us as we salute this groundbreaking film with a rare west coast appearance by 93-years-young Marge Champion, the live-action reference model for the character of Snow White. Also joining the presentation will be Gabriella Calicchio, CEO of The Walt Disney Family Museum, to provide insights on the museum’s upcoming Snow White exhibition and an exciting new D23 opportunity.
An Evening With Disney Legend and OscarÂ®-Winner Alan Menken
Please “Be Our Guest” as we conclude our celebration with a rare musical concert by Disney Legend Alan Menken. With eight Academy AwardsÂ®, Alan Menken has received more Oscars than any living person. He has written songs and scores for some of the world’s most beloved films:Â Tangled (Oscar nominee),Â Enchanted (three Oscar nominations)Â The Little Mermaid (two OscarÂ wins), Beauty and the Beast (two Oscar wins), Aladdin (two OscarÂ wins), Pocahontas (two OscarÂ wins), HerculesÂ (Oscar nominee), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (OscarÂ® nominee), Little Shop of Horrors (Oscar nominee), Home on the Range, andÂ Newsies.
Menken is currently the first songwriter in 13 years to have three new shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sister Act, Newsies, andÂ Leap ofÂ Faith). His Broadway successes includeÂ The Little Mermaid (Tony AwardÂ® nominee),Â Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors, andÂ Sister Act (Tony Award nominee).Â His other stage productions includeÂ King David, Newsies, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, andÂ Aladdin.
Exclusive Screening: Waking Sleeping Beauty — The Director’s Cut
Presented exclusively for D23 Members and their guests is the definitive director’s cut (not available on DVD) of the acclaimed 2010 film documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty. With screening hosted by director Don Hahn, the film chronicles how by the mid-1980s the fabled animation studios of Walt Disney had fallen on hard times. Waking Sleeping Beauty is the true story of how Disney regained its magic with a staggering output of hits–The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and more–over a 10-year period.
D23â€²s Destination D series has become one of the fan club’s most popular member events. Past “destinations” have celebrated 55 years of Disneyland and 40 years of Walt Disney World Resort. Now it’s time to celebrate the diamond anniversary of one of the most universally beloved and unique film genres–the world of Disney animated features.
This week we are getting our first look at Disney’s next animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. USA Today got the exclusive first pics from Rich Moore’s film – and the teaser trailer should be online tomorrow. I’m actually excited about this film, because from all indications it will be a big change from the traditional fairy tales and animal adventures Disney has been producing of late. The film re-teams director Moore (from The Simpsons and Futurama) with writer Jim Reardon (Simpsons, Tiny Toons, Bakshi’s Mighty Mouse… not to mention, Wall-E), bringing a new comic sensibility to the studio. Bring it on!
Aqua Something You Know Whatever Premieres Sunday, June 24 at midnight (ET, PT) on Adult Swim
It’s The Same Exact Show, As It’s Never Been Before, Only Just Like It Used To Be, But Now Different.
In the mid-1990s, Bill Damaschke was a struggling LA actor who found a job working as a PA on Pocahontas. Today, he is the Chief Creative Officer of DreamWorks Animation. He also owns a classic Modernist home in the Hollywood Hills. The Wall Street Journal recently published a piece about how Damaschke and his partner, John McIlwee, have restored the home. The article comes complete with a quote from Jeffrey Katzenberg.
The architect of the house, John Lautner, also designed the UPA studio in 1949, that sadly was demolished a long time ago. Damaschke and McIlwee purchased the Lautner classic in 2002 from actor Vincent Gallo. They paid $1.3 million for the home, and have spent another $1 million on renovating it. The article doesn’t mention that a few months ago, Damaschke and McIlwee also bought President Gerald Ford’s Rancho Mirage retreat for $1.675 million.
Silver Spring, MD — The new short film by Rudolf Smid, The Chronicle of Oldrich S., has been selected for the prestigious American documentary film festival SilverDocs in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is a great honor for the Czech animated documentary, which only started screening at international festivals in February 2012.
SilverDocs Documentary Film Festival is organized by the American Film Institute and the Discovery Channel. It is the largest documentary event of the year in the United States with over 27,000 visitors and industry professionals each year, showcasing more than two hundred new documentaries from around the world, (including films from Central and Eastern Europe). This makes Silverdocs the best festival for the North American premiere of The Chronicle of Oldrich S.
Because of its connection to the Discovery Channel the festival has had guests such as Jonathan Demme, Al Gore, Alex Gibney, and Martin Scorsese. The special guests for this year’s festival will be the American filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.
And don’t forget, The Chronicle of Oldrich S. is a hit on the international festival scene. It was nominated for Silver Eye, Jihlava 2011; selected for the SXSW Film Festival 2012 in Austin, Texas; received the special jury award at the Docudays festival in Kiev; received the IFAF AniFest main prize for short film; selected for the Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart; selected for the DOXA festival Vancouver; and was selected for the DocAviv festival in Tel Aviv, 2012.
In the upcoming months, the film will be screened at the 52nd Krakow Film Festival in Poland, the Huesca Film Festival in Spain and as mentioned above, the SilverDocs festival in June.
The winners for theÂ 2012 CG Student Awards have been announced.
The CG Student Awards (formerly Computer Graphics Student Awards) is an annual event which showcases and rewards excellence in computer graphics from students and recent graduates. The Computer Graphics Student Awards started in 2009, lead by Andrew McDonald and Alwyn Hunt, owners of CGCoach.com, and was the first student awards of its kind dedicated to computer graphics students worldwide.
From over 360 entries worldwide, the judging panel has hand-picked the winners for the Student of the Year and Studio Internship categories. The voting process involved judges scoring each entry based on criteria including — creative skills, technical skills, presentation, variety of skills, raw talent and future potential. Â In addition to these categories, the 2012 CG Student Awards is pleased to announce the winners of the People’s Choice and School of the Year.
Winner, Student of the Year: Gerard Dunleavy — Belfast, United Kingdom
Runner Up, Student of the Year: Raphael Gaudin — Montpellier, France
Student of the Year Finalists: Danica Parry, Stephan Skorepa, Kevin George, Wendy Pham, Jason Phua, Donald Bradford, Bastien Mortelecque, Rami Ali Al-ashqar
Studio Internships were up for grabs from some of the world’s leading production companies, including BlueBolt, Double Negative, Framestore, Moving Picture Company, Prime Focus and The Mill.
Canada Internship WINNERS: Woong Park, Leonardo Bonisolli
Europe Internship WINNERS: Gerard Dunleavy, Raphael Gaudin, Edwin Schaap, Bastien Mortelecque, Rami Ali Al-ashqar
The People’s Choice Award is voted by the public. The people have spoken, and the winner is Victor Gaza. Check here for the complete list of finalists: http://www.cgstudentawards.com/winners/peoples-choice
School of the Year Winner — Vancouver Film School (CAN)
The School of the Year winner is selected using a weighted points scoring system. Each school receives points based on the number of students that are winners, finalists, and highly commended.
To find out about all the winners, visit http://www.cgstudentawards.com/blog/entry/winners-announced-2012-cg-student-awards
MIAMI, FL — MAY 2, 2012 - The Miami International University of Art & Design will be the site of the 2012 MIA Animation Conference on October 20 and 21, in Miami (FL). The industry conference, now in its third year (formerly called Animiami), focuses on computer animation, gaming, visual effects and motion graphics, film, web design and the visual arts. Programs include world-renowned industry speakers and master classes. In addition, there will be software demonstrations and panel discussions, including several on new technologies. In conjunction with the conference, the MIA Animation Festival will be held on October 20 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic Hall. The featured films will be the result of a juried selection by industry judges.
Featured speakers include:
Conrad Montgomery, creative executive for the Cartoon network, who is currently working on animated comedies such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Mad while developing new projects for the studio.
Drew Tolman has worked with four major studios (Fox, Disney, Universal and Warner Bros.) in development and production in 2D and 3D animation, and VFX/Live Action. Currently she is post-production supervisor for the Walt Disney Company.
Chris Bailey most recently worked as a consultant to Blue Sky Studios and FOX, where he has had a longstanding relationship as animation supervisor on such FOX hits as Alvin & the Chipmunks (1 & 2), X-Men 2, Eragon, Garfield (1 & 2) and Fat Albert” His animation work includes The Little Mermaid and The Lion King.
Mark Anthony Austin has been the lead in some of the major animation power houses including Industrial Light and Magic, Walt Disney, and Sony Imageworks. Currently head of animation for The Third Floor, Inc., one of the world’s leading previsualization companies, he work alongside many of the industry’s top directors including Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Leah Hoyer went from being an attorney to animation. After earning an MFA at UCLA’s animation workshop, she began working at Disney Television Animation where, for 15 years, she was director of development for Disney Channel’s Animated Series.
Bill Buckley, animator and artist in the video game industry, has provided story art and animation on popular titles for companies such as THQ, Disney Interactive, Limbic, SCEA, and most recently Activision.
Jay Hathaway, senior 3D character animator for Blizzard Entertainment, has also worked with Film Roman and MSH Entertainment. His experience at Blizzard spans development teams from Diablo II, WarCraft III, WoW and StarCraft II to DotA.
“The MIA Animation Conference has been designed to be a forum for active networking and practical information exchange with a strong commitment and emphasis on education and developing and nourishing new talent,” said Gema Naredo, department chair, Computer Animation, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, and Web Design & Interactive Media, at Miami International University of Art & Design. “The conference focuses on the industry’s real expectations and needs, as well as the competencies required of new professionals. Our goal is to increase the dialogue among students, educational institutions and the animation industry.”
For more information on MIA Animation Conference and Festival including the event schedule, speaker bios, registration and event sponsorship, please go to http://miaanimation.com/.
Miami International University of Art & Design is located at 1501 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33132. For more information, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/miami or call 800.225.9023.
The purpose of this exhibit is to showcase work created by stop motion artists and animators working in New York City. We’d like to present a range of works involved in all steps of the process of making stop motion films—from initial planning phases, i/e/ storyboards, mock-ups, armatures, to the the puppets, sets and films involved in the final product. Our goal is to offer a behind the scenes look at the various, and often invisible phases of making stop motion, and for the exhibit visitors to come away with a renewed appreciation of the range of skills that go into creating stop motion films.
June 9th: Gallery opening event.
June 9th-14th: Gallery exhibition period.
-Gallery Events (Tentative)-
June 9th – Opening Night
7:00 – 10:00 PM
June 10th – Figure Drawing ($10)
6:00 – 9:00 PM
June 12th – Artists Film Screening
7:00 – 9:00 PM
June 13th – Figure Drawing ($10)
7:00 – 10:00 PM
June 14th – Last Day of Exhibit
SMNY would like to thank Film Biz Recycling and Brooklyn Fireproof for providing discounted materials and space.
Opening night and the film screening event is free, donations are welcome at the gallery entrance.
If You Ever Need Someone, a new stop motion animated music video by Aaron Kaminar, was produced using over 25,000 post-it notes. No pun intended, but stick with it – It really starts doing it’s thing at around 1:20. Says Kaminar:
“We spent nearly four months creating this stop motion animation for the debut single off of The Family Bones upcoming record. We used a green screen for the live action elements and utilized a few loops and split screens to make it possible to pull this off without a label or a budget. All of the post its you see are real and were put up by hand.“
Check out the behind the scenes video for more info on how it was made. Full credits after the jump.