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TAAFI Call for submissions

The Toronto Ani­ma­tion Arts Fes­ti­val Inter­na­tional (TAAFI) has opened up its sub­mis­sion process for ani­mated films for their inau­gural event to take place June 22 – 24th, 2012. It’s free to sub­mit works before Feb­ru­ary 29th 2012 and sub­mis­sions close April 15th 2012. The entries will be curated by a com­mit­tee of experts, and selected films […]

IdN Video v18n6: Best of 2011

IdN have selected 32 clips from the last five issues of their Motion Gallery, which revolve around the world of Net­work Brand­ing, Pro­jec­tion Map­ping, Mixed Media, Info­graph­ics and 8Bit Video-Games Tech­nol­ogy. This DD isa com­pi­la­tion and review of the best work of 2011. Spec­i­fi­ca­tions: 106 min, Dolby Dig­i­tal, All Region DVD and 8 page Frenchfold […]

CGWhiz Competition 2011

It’s that time of the year again! Escape Stu­dios is team­ing up with Oscar-winning visual effects com­pany The Mill, Autodesk, HP, CG Soci­ety, 3D Artist and Dig­i­tal Artist to launch a Social Media com­pe­ti­tion aimed at aspir­ing CG artists look­ing to break into the world of film, TV, games or com­mer­cials and young pro­fes­sion­als only […]

17th Encounters Bristol International Film Festival

It’s that time of the year again to announce the now tra­di­tional Encoun­ters Bris­tol Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. It will be hap­pen­ing this Novem­ber, show­cas­ing ani­ma­tion and live action tal­ent from around the world. This year it will host a series of sym­po­siums on future ideas and future trends with indus­try spe­cial­ists, such as Stu­dio AKA. There […]

Stopmotion Freud

I can’t get over how good this is. This is the work of Luciano do Ama­ral, a Brazil­ian 2D and stop-motion ani­ma­tor. He paints stages, designs mod­els, builds arma­tures, does illus­tra­tion, designs and paints. The move­ments are all so pre­cise and sub­tle that it takes the brain a while to real­ize it’s stop-motion. I take […]

Million Disney Memories

Dis­ney Junior is bid­ding to col­lect a mil­lion Dis­ney mem­o­ries in aid of Great Ormond Street Hos­pi­tal Children’s Char­ity. The cam­paign is being sup­ported by a host of stars includ­ing Sir Michael Cane, Thandie New­ton, Jason Isaacs, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Julie Wal­ters CBE, Lewis Hamil­ton , Mel C, Ben Price, Fay Rip­ley and Der­mot O’Leary. Head […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tammy Semen and Kyle Mar­shall are host­ing an art show show­cas­ing the many tal­ents of the Toronto ani­ma­tion scene. The show will be at the Glad­stone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario). Show runs June 29– July 5, with recep­tion on June 30, at 7pm. They have a great crew of artists that includes: Chuck […]


While his wife is under­go­ing slim­ming treat­ment, André goes on a dis­cov­ery tour of this very unusual cen­ter… Directed at Supin­fo­com Arles in 2010 by Bertrand Avril, Pierre Chomarat, David Dan­gin and Thea Mat­land. slim­time offi­cial website


Some more great work from the Dan­ish ani­ma­tion school, the Ani­ma­tion Work­shop. Bertram is a lit­tle boy, who, while strug­gling with his home­work, dreams him­self into the future where he expe­ri­ences how it is to be a pilot, a zoo keeper and other amaz­ing things. I love the story and the per­for­mance. The tran­si­tion between […]

À Côz

Á Côz, by Emmanuelle Walker, is an ani­mated series of small dra­matic come­dies starred by a six year old lit­tle girl, who under­stands (bet­ter than most) that the future of our planet is hang­ing by a hair. She pro­poses her naive solu­tions to stop the destruc­tion. All the episodes reach the same con­clu­sion: “When you’re […]

I’m a monster

More than a teaser, this is a mouth water­ing appe­tizer cre­ated by Head­less Pro­duc­tions, a small inde­pen­dent ani­ma­tion stu­dio based in Barcelona. It was founded by Adrian Gar­cia, Alfredo Tor­res and Vic­tor Mal­don­ado. The piece was devel­oped in order to con­vey mood and style of the film and the char­ac­ters, it was screened at the […]

At the Opera

I know this is meant to be the sea­son to be jolly, but I just had to post this short Argen­tin­ian ani­ma­tion. It truly is a tear jerker in more than one sense. You’ll know what I mean once the big twist is revealed. Bot ani­ma­tion and humour are sim­ple and unpre­ten­tious, and I think […]

Théodore & Rosemary’s Orchard

This is a charm­ing short ani­ma­tion by French graphic designer Kadavre Exquis. It has a really nice dark duo­tone that adds to the omi­nous look of the char­ac­ter, although given his motifs (fruit) he’s any­thing but. The boil­ing line, although you can’t see the line much, gives is an agree­able tac­tile feel to it all. Theodore […]

Marcel: The shell with shoes on

Quirky is always a pos­i­tive in our books and Mar­cel is noth­ing but that. Plus he’s got one huge eye! We hope that the next instal­ment of this lit­tle guy’s adven­tures fea­ture him ski­ing on someone’s toe­nail clip­pings. You’ll under­stand when you watch it! This stop frame ani­ma­tion was directed by Dean Fleischer-Camp. Mar­cel is voiced […]

MTV Gonzo Idents

Atten­tion all veg­eta­bles, fruit and spuds of a weak dis­po­si­tion: Look away now! The scenes you’re about to see might have been pre­pared with the best sea­sonal ani­ma­tion ingre­di­ents but the recipes may con­tain traces of dark culi­nary humour and a dash of Dex­ter­ian green­ery hor­rors. Designed/Directed/Animated by Tom Bunker for MTV Gonzo on MTV […]

Fish Hooks in the UK

A while back we passed on the news that Dis­ney had been given the green light on an ani­mated series called ‘Fish Hooks’. Well the series is now rolling out in the U.S. and it will be arriv­ing in the U.K. this month, here’s a lit­tle clip, enjoy! Fish Hooks is a brand new ani­mated series […]

Le Royaume

Aka ‘The king and the Beaver’ is a grad­u­a­tion stu­dent film made in 2010 at the mighty Gob­elins ani­ma­tion school. The ani­ma­tion in this lovely short is bril­liant, superbly timed, great pos­ing and a cute and orig­i­nal story line, which is prob­a­bly one of the hard­est things to get right in a short film. To […]

OIAF 2010

If you are a big fan of Cana­dian ani­ma­tion, and you should be, you will be happy to know that the event that every year thrives with the tal­ent of hun­dreds of Cana­dian cre­ators. The Ottawa Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val (OIAF) is the largest event of its kind in North Amer­ica, a major film event attracting […]

Mother Goose: Animated

A selec­tion of the top direc­tors, cre­ators and design­ers in Cana­dian ani­ma­tion will be get­ting together in Ottawa at the Mother Goose Gets Ani­mated event, where the artists where asked to asked to recre­ate each of their favorite nurs­ery rhymes. The exhi­bi­tion takes place along­side [but not part of] the OIAF and it will be […]

Mon ami le robot

This lovely short was directed at Cube Cre­ative dur­ing the sum­mer of 2010 by Gob­elins’ stu­dents Louis Thomas, Theo Guig­nard and Ben­jamin Moreau. This Parisian agency hires tal­ent grad­u­ated from ani­ma­tion schools based on the strength of their stu­dent film, which has obvi­ously worked out for both par­ties. The qual­ity of all their work is […]

CG Whiz 2010

It’s hap­pen­ing again! The annual search for hot new tal­ent in the area of Com­puter Graph­ics, which is con­ducted by Escape Stu­dios, The Mill, 3D Artist and The CG Soci­ety, is tak­ing place once more. This is not for the faint hearted but for those with a pas­sion for com­puter graph­ics who are will­ing to work […]

David Sproxton

CBE David Sprox­ton is the co-founder and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Aard­man Ani­ma­tions. Along­side his part­ner Peter Lord, he is a pio­neer in stop frame ani­ma­tion. Dur­ing his life­time, David has been a pro­ducer, direc­tor and a cin­e­matog­ra­pher. David and Peter met in gram­mar school where they made their first ani­mated film using David’s Bolex camera. […]


One of the things I like most about Arjen’s work is the unpre­ten­tious­ness of his work, sim­ple basic rigs, rely­ing on a charis­matic illus­tra­tive style his focus is on the char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion and the story itself. Min­i­mal and orig­i­nal! Man­fred is an ani­mated short by Arjen Klaver­stijn, a free­lance ani­ma­tor who recently grad­u­ated from the Utrecht […]

Salesman Pete

When I saw this yes­ter­day, my eyes were sweat­ing with excite­ment, then my jaw fell right on my lit­tle toe and made me cry even more. This is all fig­u­ra­tively speak­ing of course… hon­est! I’m not sure what I liked more, the mad, shotgun-style cre­ative pat­tern (or lack of it) that becomes obvi­ous just by […]

Nokia ‘Dot’

This short ani­ma­tion was cre­ated and directed by Sumo Sci­ence at Aard­man for Nokia, via Wieden & Kennedy. It is a beau­ti­ful and imag­i­na­tive sequence star­ring a 9mm girl called Dot who’s being chased by a dis­pro­por­tion­ate unrav­el­ing dan­ger. It was inspired by Pro­fes­sor Fletcher’s inven­tion of the CellScope, a Nokia device with a microscope […]

Call for submissions for HAFFTube 2010

The Hol­land Ani­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val is pleased to con­tinue its web com­pe­ti­tion. HAFFTube, that’s where it all hap­pens. HAFFTube is our offi­cial chan­nel within YouTube. Next to the com­pe­ti­tion, the chan­nel will be a place to find footage of past fes­ti­val edi­tions, trail­ers and con­tacts of the fes­ti­val. Visit HAFFTube and post your reac­tion! The […]

Camilo Duarte

Camilo Duarte is a Colom­bian born ani­ma­tor, cur­rently based in Barcelona. For 5 years Camilo has used 3D Stu­dio Max and Maya to rig and ani­mate his char­ac­ters. As you can see by the high qual­ity of his reel, he keeps get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter, his char­ac­ters have great pos­ing, sil­hou­et­ting and sense of balance. […]

The human projectile

A lonely cir­cus per­former ambles the woods rem­i­nisc­ing of his long lost friend. This som­bre and charis­matic project is the cre­ation of Michael Amstad, Philipp Half­mann, Volker Lang­holz, Ben­jamin Lüt­zow and Dominik Mader who are known as Hylas Films, an ani­ma­tion col­lec­tive based in Berlin. Cir­cus is the first of a sus­pense stop-motion series, a […]


Here’s a sweet piece by Bobbi-Dee Schultz, a recent grad­u­ate of the Van­cou­ver Film School’s Clas­si­cal Ani­ma­tion Pro­gram. A day dream become ani­ma­tion about a kid who’s day dream ani­ma­tion becomes real. Hope you like it!

The Locket and the Sea

This won­der­ful piece was ani­mated by Mar­i­ana Vil­le­gas Flo­res a Mex­i­can born ani­ma­tor dur­ing her stud­ies at the Van­cou­ver Film School. The character’s per­for­mance is con­vinc­ing and man­ages to say a lot with­out the need of dia­logue, fur­ther more, Mar­i­ana man­ages to give the sea a per­son­al­ity of its own. She says about the short: “A […]

Richard Williams

Richard Williams with some of the 30,881 draw­ings used in the 412 scenes shot for The Animator’s Sur­vival Kit — Ani­mated Richard Williams is a Cana­dian ani­ma­tor, win­ner of two Oscars and count­less other awards for his work on Who Framed Roger Rab­bit? and A Christ­mas Carol. He is per­haps best known for his unfinished […]

Mentored courses at Escape Studios

Renown Lon­don CG acad­emy Escape Stu­dios are launch­ing today a new kind of online course: online men­tored learn­ing courses. The men­tored learn­ing courses are per­fect for inter­na­tional grad­u­ates who can’t travel to their facil­i­ties in Lon­don or those who need to bal­ance work and study com­mit­ments. Stu­dents get access to a vir­tual class­room, where they […]

Encounter on Planet X

Now this is a very spe­cial work, cre­ated by the won­der­fully twisted brain of Tom Bland and Lon­don based free­lance ani­ma­tor and illus­tra­tor. He cre­ated this for a short film com­pe­ti­tion as well as for fun and prac­tise. The com­pe­ti­tions theme was ‘B Movie’ and all entries should be about 3 min­utes long. He won […]

The Bet

The Van­cou­ver Film School keeps har­vest­ing unique ani­ma­tors with some beau­ti­ful skills, this one was cre­ated by Miguel Otálora a graphic designer from the Colombia’s Uni­ver­si­dad Nacional and tra­di­tional ani­ma­tor from the Van­cou­ver Film School. An out of con­trol bul­let is the result of a bet in a small dive bar. The Bet is an […]

Kaeloo: Prince Charming

This ani­ma­tion is just deli­cious. A per­fect exam­ple of what hap­pens when good ani­ma­tion skills meets tech­nol­ogy. Moignon look­ing for a girl­friend on Face-de-Bouc, dressed in a beau­ti­ful princess, while Coin-Coin, a valiant knight, sets out in search of events and adven­tures. Fight epic sub-atomic explo­sions “should not touch the yogurt Coin-Coin…” This episode was […]

We Are Detectives!

Here’s a won­der­ful ani­ma­tion, clev­erly writ­ten and ani­mated by 21 year old Irish ani­ma­tor Bryan Joseph O’Sullivan. He stud­ied ani­ma­tion at IADT Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. The short is about two young detec­tives named Rian and Pogo who set out to inves­ti­gate and explore the depths of their home­town Oakridge. Along the way they encounter odd […]

Happy Kingdom

Pas­sion Pic­tures, have done it again! Well, more specif­i­cally Pete Can­de­land has done it with the direc­to­r­ial skills that brought us Rock Band cin­e­matic for The Bea­t­les, he’s recently directed this com­mer­cial for Coke Zero called ‘Happy King­dom’. The clip was pro­duced by Deb­bie Cross­cup from Pas­sion Pic­tures and the des­ig­nated cre­ative agency was Ogilvy […]

Piece of Cake

Bril­liantly acted, the tim­ings are per­fect and the move­ments are aus­tere but sur­gi­cally cho­sen and, if that wasn’t enough, the story is quite endear­ing. Eliza Ivanova ani­mated this short for her 3rd year at CalArts. She is orig­i­nally from Sofia, Bul­garia. Cur­rently. She grad­u­ated from <a href=“CalArts’ char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion pro­gram, com­plet­ing her BFA4. She received the […]

Alex: The Movie

Based on the pop­u­lar Daily Tele­graph comic strip of the same name by Charles Peat­tie and Rus­sell Tay­lor. Break­Thru has worked with Charles and Rus­sell to bring Alex off the page and on to your screens. Alex has been shot, kid­napped, run over, abducted by aliens and marooned in the Ama­zon rain­for­est. He’s endured two […]

Escape Studios’ Graduate Survey

How do you fancy win­ning an iPod or an online 3D course from Escape Stu­dios? That’s what they’re offer­ing as a thank you for those who have grad­u­ated from a UK uni­ver­sity and don’t mind spend­ing 5 min­utes fill­ing in their Grad­u­ate Sur­vey. Basi­cally, they’re inter­ested in learn­ing about how you got on find­ing a […]

Two Inches to the Right

It feels unset­tling because is real and is close to all of us. This ani­ma­tion is a fol­low up to the award win­ning short ‘Blokes’ and was ani­mated by Matt Frod­sham depict­ing the word of Mat Lloyd’s poem. They are both tap­ping into major social issues here, so I am sure it will get all […]

Dry Fish

Eyes with legs, zombie-like pan­das, ghosts with long tongues, crabs, aliens, robots, a singing smar­tie. Any­thing you want, you name it! This video has it. Dry Fish is a very spe­cial cre­ation by Andy Mar­tin a free­lance designer/director based in Lon­don. His recent work has included projects for clients like Chan­nel 4, E4, Trou­ble, Sky […]

Encounters 2010

After an over­whelm­ing response for the 2009 fes­ti­val Encoun­ters Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, Bris­tol, has once again teamed up with YouSendIt, to accept fes­ti­val sub­mis­sions dig­i­tally. In a bid to decrease waste and make life a lot eas­ier for Film­mak­ers, with YouSendIt, film­mak­ers can upload an entry directly through the Encoun­ters web site. Sub­mis­sions open 19 April […]


Sur­real short ani­ma­tion about a man who’s life echoes inside a box in his chest… ad infini­tum. Yes, now I read that again it sounds like a dream Sal­vador Dalí may have had. This blind­ingly cre­ative and thought­ful short was cre­ated by Rebecca Sugar for her ani­ma­tion the­sis at the School of Visual Arts, she is […]


Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sto­ryCorps has released Q&A online. Q&A fea­tures Joshua Littman, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger’s syn­drome, inter­view­ing his mother, Sarah. Joshua’s unique ques­tions and Sarah’s lov­ing, unguarded answers reveal a beau­ti­ful rela­tion­ship that reminds us of the best—and the most challenging—parts of being a mother. The image above is one […]

Factoids and Slapstick

Learn the truth (approx­i­mately) about Vlad the Impaler. Was he really a Blood­thirsty psy­chopath or sim­ply a mis­un­der­stood artist? Armed with unpre­ten­tious slap­stick humour and Wikipedia, Aus­tralian ani­ma­tor Doug Bayne has suc­cess­fully har­vested 251 of amus­ing mus­ings on the life of this myth­i­cal Wal­lachian man.

How Your Money Works

How do you think your money works for you? Green City Energy and Mus­cle­beaver give you the answer in ani­mated form. This quirky and amus­ing 4 minute clip uses loads of movie ref­er­ences as well as real world of course to show you what your money appar­ently does behind your back. This is a cam­paign run […]

Meet Meline

A lit­tle girl’s curios­ity is sparked by a mys­te­ri­ous crea­ture as she plays in her grand­par­ents’ barn. Meet Meline is a hyper-realistic and beau­ti­fully short film is an inde­pen­dent pro­duc­tion by Vir­ginie Goyons and Sebastien Laban. It took 2 years to fin­ish. On their own they com­pleted all the pre-production includ­ing script, con­cepts, pre­viz, char­ac­ters, set […]

Look around

This is a fab­u­lous, back to basics, unpre­ten­tious ani­mated short, where all that mat­ters is a story well told. I admire enor­mously the ani­ma­tions that can con­vey amaz­ing amounts of infor­ma­tion with­out any dia­logue. This is a truly won­der­ful piece. Writ­ten, directed and ani­mated by Lee kyu-tae, sound by Gwon young-hwan and the music was […]

Maf the Dog

I have always been a big fan of the look of 60s Amer­i­can illus­tra­tion, with very sim­plis­tic fea­tures that tell o much about the char­ac­ter, a dom­i­nant colour on each scene, basic com­po­si­tions and very accen­tu­ated poses. This charm­ing short has it all and it’s all hand­somely deliv­ered. This short ani­ma­tion was com­mis­sioned by Faber […]


Elec­tro Rock meets Pinoc­chio. That’s how Coper­ni­cus Stu­dios, a Cana­dian artist-driven ani­ma­tion stu­dio, describes the lat­est ani­mated video cre­ated for the Jimmy Swift Band. The story is epic, the char­ac­ters are won­der­ful and charis­matic, the ani­ma­tion is metic­u­lous and full of life, the back­grounds are won­der­ful. Prob­a­bly the only thing I didn’t like about the […]

La Fete

This is a short sketchbook-style ani­mated film that takes a close look at peo­ple at a “La Fete Nationale” cel­e­bra­tion in Mon­treal, Que­bec. You can clearly see through the por­trait of each ‘char­ac­ter’ in this ani­mated sketch, you can almost rec­og­nize them from the times you’ve been to a pub­lic event and you even get […]

Tim Burton’s Addams Family

Accord­ing to the Daily Express Tim Bur­ton is tak­ing on the cre­ation of a new ani­mated 3D ver­sion of The Addams Fam­ily. He is hop­ing CG will res­ur­rect the spooky Addams Fam­ily, who last appeared on the big screen in 1993’s Addams Fam­ily Val­ues. has reported that Illu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment acquired the rights to the […]


This truly inspired stop motion work by Haley Mor­ris is a visual metaphor for the pro­gres­sion of Alzheimer’s. This six minute story por­trays an old man who’s strug­gling to keep hold of the objects he man­ages to fish out of the omi­nous ocean beneath him. The tech­nique seems out­stand­ingly suited for the sub­ject and is […]

An Evening with the amazing Mr Bruce Bickford

The Lon­don Inter­na­tional Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val is organ­is­ing a fab­u­lous event with Amer­i­can cult ani­ma­tor Bruce Bick­ford. This is a rare, one-night-only pre­sen­ta­tion of his films, fea­tur­ing the exclu­sive Eng­lish pre­miere of his new film that he has been work­ing on for many years – Cas’l (excerpt bel­low). Bick­ford is best known for his col­lab­o­ra­tions with […]

Pixar + Escape: Animation master class in London

This is a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­nity, brought to us by Escape Stu­dios and Pixar, for any­one inter­ested in char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion and story telling. This one-off, two day pro­fes­sional Mas­ter Class deliv­ered by Pixar Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios’ Andrew Gor­don (senior ani­ma­tor) and Matthew Luhn (story artist). With con­tri­bu­tions to nearly every fea­ture film cre­ated by Pixar in the […]

Penguins in Heaven

Pen­guins are no longer flight­less birds, how? Thanks to grav­ity zero and the help of a hand­ful of tal­ented ani­ma­tors, direc­tor Frank Vroe­gop and art direc­tor Fed­erico Costa. Another bril­liant pro­duc­tion cre­ated by Dela­post in Paris. It’s quite vis­i­ble how much fun this must have been, is like repro­duc­ing the dreams of some­one who has too […]

Sticks: High Noon

The Broth­ers McLeod always seem to have excit­ing new projects up their sleeves. They are cur­rently work­ing on a short series of police com­edy ani­ma­tions for BBC Com­edy Extra. Based on their Sticks ani­ma­tions. You can meet the char­ac­ters for the pulp fic­tion on their web­site. I think this is truly inspired, and it goes […]


Dutch ani­ma­tor Job Kind has launched a mes­meris­ing music video called “Run­away” from Dutch singer/songwriter Bart van der Lee. The pencil-test look of it has a sort of nos­tal­gic touch, not only from an animator’s point of view but also for the song itself, I think it works quite well. Parts of the video have a […]

The Secret of Kells

This is an Irish ani­mated film by Car­toon Saloon, the mak­ers of Skunk Fu, Old Fangs and CúIlín Dúalach. It screened at the Berlin Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Feb­ru­ary this year. Soon after it was nom­i­nated for an Acad­emy Award for Best Ani­mated Film. The story takes place in the XIX cen­tury. Abbot Cel­lach is raising […]


This beau­ti­fully ani­mated short is a cyn­i­cal and lively view of the world were every­thing we do affects some­thing else which in turns affects us. I see the world this way and per­haps this is why it appealed to me. I think is won­der­ful and even if not at least you’ll be tap­ping your foot […]

Suginami Anime Museum

I just stum­bled on a nice lit­tle arti­cle in Quirky Guide, about the Sug­i­nami Ani­ma­tion Museum in Japan, which col­lects the best of their ani­ma­tion cul­ture. Suginami-ku in Tokyo is also known as anime town and is where a lot of ani­ma­tion com­pa­nies are now located. The Sug­i­nami Ani­ma­tion Museum looks like a fan­tas­tic place […]

Get Out

Gary’s doc­tor is deter­mined to cure him of his fear of doors but Gary does not want to leave the com­fort­able and beau­ti­ful world he’s imag­ined for him­self, he is happy where he is. Unfor­tu­nately his psy­chi­a­trist wont give up so eas­ily. This clever story was put together by a group of stu­dents from the […]

On The Air

Some­times real­ity is harder to believe than fic­tion, and when that hap­pens, what bet­ter medium to cap­ture its mad­ness than ani­ma­tion? When the BBC Ire­land realised that, they cre­ated On the Air bring­ing to life some of the most idio­syn­cratic phone-ins from BBC Radio Ulster’s Gerry Ander­son show to the screen by ani­mat­ing the real-life […]

Das Rad

You would think that life as a stone would be bor­ing, right? Wrong! After I saw Das Wheel (The Rocks) I realised, you could have a blast of a time! Imag­ine using a pine nut as a hand grenade, which you can throw near by your vic­tim. only instead of an explo­sion a tree would […]

Adventure Time with Finn and Jake

What time is it? Adven­ture Time with Finn and Jake! You may remem­ber hav­ing seen this absolutely crazy, ran­dom, bizarre, lovely ani­ma­tion about 3 years ago. Well, it looks like they’ll be back on the small screen thanks to Car­toon Net­work. Join Jake the dog and Finn the human, for alge­braic adven­tures in The Land […]

The Can

I just bumped into this great ani­ma­tion I saw a cou­ple of years ago and I thought I should share it here in case some of you haven’t seen it. It was writ­ten and ani­mated by Car­los Las­cano as part of the Red Bull pro­gram organ­ised together with the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Arts in Vienna, […]

Does TV make you fat?

Learn­ing new things is always great, and if you can learn them with a smile in your face is even bet­ter. The way this short edu­ca­tional film was writ­ten dis­guises the fact that you’re learn­ing, it bursts with charisma. I haven’t seen much made from the team behind this pro­duc­tion but I can see there […]

PPF Neighborhood for Haiti

As you all know, things are really rough in Haiti right now, so ani­ma­tor Howie Shia and his broth­ers decided to use their com­pany to do some­thing to help aid those suf­fer­ing from the earth­quake. They have set up PPF Neigh­bor­hood: over 2 dozen like-minded friends in the inde­pen­dent arts com­mu­nity (both in Toronto and […]

Eric Walls

With 20 years of expe­ri­ence in the ani­ma­tion indus­try, Eric is an excep­tion­ally skilled ani­ma­tor in both CG and tra­di­tional ani­ma­tion. His impres­sive port­fo­lio con­tains names such as Dream­works, Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, Warner Broth­ers, and Rhythm & Hues among oth­ers. Some of his most recent projects are The Princess and the Frog, Alvin and […]

The Deadline

At first I thought this was going to be a funny ironic ani­ma­tion about the nature of dead­lines, but instead it turned out to be a won­der­fully depicted para­dox between two cre­ators and their cre­ations. Do you remem­ber that engrav­ing by Mau­rice Escher where a cou­ple of hands are draw­ing each other? Well, this is […]

La Chaussettologie

This short video was cre­ated by Yann Benedi and Celine Desru­maux, in Mon­treal (Novem­ber 2009), for the event Chal­lenge your world 20/20, a part­ner­ship between Chal­lenge Your World and Motiono­g­ra­pher. 20 video artists cre­ate 20 wild, whim­si­cal, and uncon­ven­tional machines that solve envi­ron­men­tal issues. If we’re going to trans­form the world we have to push […]

The Moon Bird

Com­pleted in Jan­u­ary 2010 by The Broth­ers McLeod, The Moon Bird is a dark fairy­tale about an orphan girl who must out­wit a ter­ri­ble sor­cer­ess with the help of a mag­i­cal lunar bird. The film is a short ani­ma­tion fif­teen min­utes long funded through the UK Film Coun­cil, Screen WM and CHANNEL 4. Watch out for […]

Character Modelling for Next-Gen Games

This is an incred­i­bly awe wor­thy DVD course with award win­ning char­ac­ter artist Richard Smith, who has worked on titles such as Star Wars Bat­tle­front 3, Time Split­ters 4, With­out Warn­ing and Haze. In this DVD, he takes you through mod­el­ling a Next-Gen game char­ac­ter, start­ing with a rough con­cept design and evolv­ing it into […]

Les Dangereux

Very lit­tle is known about the life of ninja’s when they go on hol­i­days, but one thing is for sure: the dan­ger never ends. This is a sim­ple story very well put together cre­ated by Daniel Klug dur­ing his course at Ani­ma­tion Men­tor in 2008. When only the eyes are vis­i­ble you have to rely […]

Marge Simpson Poses Naked

© PRNewsFoto/Jamster © Tra­di­tion­ally, at 20 years you cel­e­brate your China anniver­sary, or if you’re of the mod­ern trend, Plat­inum. But some­body must have given Marge Simp­son the wrong infor­ma­tion. To cel­e­brate The Simpson’s 20th anniver­sary, she decided to pose nude for US Play­boy mag­a­zine Accord­ing to The Guardian news­pa­per, the famous car­toon character […]

Jeff Pratt

Jeff Pratt has had a fas­ci­nat­ing (slightly mean­der­ing) career. After many years work­ing as a space shut­tle engi­neer for NASA, Jeff swapped the ‘infi­nite and beyond’ for a graphic design and com­puter ani­ma­tion path, which he kicked off with none other than Pixar, join­ing the teams behind ‘Toy Story’ 1 and 2, ‘A Bug’s Life’, […]


Meet Fot, the might­i­est soc­cer player even existed. A real hero of our time. Fot is a short ani­mated movie made by an incred­i­bly tal­ented ani­ma­tor illus­tra­tor neu­ro­sci­en­tist from Palmer­ston North (New Zealand) called Alex Dron. The design of his char­ac­ters is quirky and unique indeed, I do hope he’s going to give us the […]

Pigeon: Impossible

This is the tale of Wal­ter, a rookie secret agent faced with a prob­lem sel­dom cov­ered in basic train­ing: what to do when a curi­ous pigeon gets trapped inside your multi-million dol­lar, government-issued nuclear brief­case (as you do). What started out as a sim­ple test ani­ma­tion, quickly grew into a bold attempt at studio-level CGI filmmaking […]

Around The World In 50 Years

I must con­fess I haven’t heard of this movie until today. Unfor­tu­nately, the offi­cial web­site doesn’t give much away at the moment, but after a lit­tle research I found that the film was pre­sented at Cannes in May 2009. It got picked up by Stu­dio­Canal, part­nered with Uni­ver­sal Music Group. The film will be directed by […]

Two By Two

I have a weak­ness for this kind of retro look­ing ani­ma­tions, this nicely exe­cuted short was cre­ated by Matthew Kalin­auskas for his ani­ma­tion pro­gramme stud­ies at the Sheri­dan Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in 2008, with music by Mon­ica Corey. the use of colour blocks in the back­grounds, the colour palette and even the boil­ing line, all […]

Boogie, El Aceitoso

It may not mean much to you if you’re not from south Amer­ica, but Boo­gie, el aceitoso (the oily) is a comic book leg­end cre­ated by the tal­ented Argen­tin­ian car­toon­ist Roberto Fonta­nar­rosa. Boo­gie is mak­ing it to the big screen by the hands of pro­duc­tion com­pany Illu­sion Stu­dios. In my hum­ble opin­ion the ani­ma­tion is […]

C Block

I find it extra­or­di­nar­ily sat­is­fy­ing when I bump into tra­di­tional ani­ma­tion sequences with great act­ing and emo­tion. This short by Vladimir Koop­er­man is truly fetch­ing in that sense. Per­haps it’s all down to the fact that I reckon our dog would behave in a sit­u­a­tion like the one depicted in the film. I really felt […]

Chaplin gets animated

French media groups Method Ani­ma­tion and MK2; and Indian ani­ma­tion stu­dio DQ Enter­tain­ment are putting €8 mil­lion (U$11.5 mil­lion) into a joint kitty to fund a project that will bring Char­lie Chap­lin to life as a car­toon char­ac­ter in an ani­mated tele­vi­sion series. DQ Enter­tain­ment will be charge of the CG pro­duc­tion. The series will […]


Many of you would have seen this, but is always such a nice feel­ing to watch again some­thing as deli­cious as this lit­tle short from Korean inde­pen­dent ani­ma­tion com­pany Mesai. Alarm was cre­ated by Moohyun Jang and Jung­woo Choo. Even though you know it’s a car­i­ca­ture of real life, it’s annoy­ing how closely it resembles […]

Madame Tutli-Putli

One of the most fas­ci­nat­ing facts about this film is that the main char­ac­ter was based on the actress Lau­rie Maher, whose eyes were filmed and com­pos­ited into the actual pup­pet. Have a close look, it is as eerie as pow­er­ful. Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly pos­ses­sions and […]

Win a private CG masterclass with Lee Danskin

Escape Stu­dios are con­duct­ing a sur­vey to find out what their stu­dents and read­ers think of their courses. Whether you are just start­ing out, stud­ied with them a long time ago, or just use their free tuto­ri­als they could use your input! By Jan­u­ary 22nd one of lucky win­ner will be drawn at ran­dom from the […]

Christine Phelan

Lat­est demo reel from Chris­tine Phe­lan, a char­ac­ter ani­ma­tor based in the San Fran­cisco Bay area, fea­tur­ing some of her work at Dou­ble Fine Pro­duc­tions on “Brü­tal Leg­end” (2009), as well as some sequences pro­duced for LucasArts on “Star Wars: The Force Unleashed” (2008). Her char­ac­ters are full of life, and I’m happy to see […]

Nick Cross

Nick Cross is an award-winning ani­ma­tor and inde­pen­dent film-maker liv­ing in Ottawa, Canada. He’s played a key role in the pro­duc­tion of sev­eral ani­mated fea­tures such as Ren & Stimpy ‘Adult Party Car­toon’ and Rupert, not for­get­ting his per­sonal projects: The Waif of Perse­phone and Yel­low Cake. Nick’s port­fo­lio con­tains clients such as Nel­vana, Spumco, […]

The Animals Save the Planet

In a sim­i­lar line to (but not quite) Crea­ture Com­forts but with a greener objec­tive, this series of hilar­i­ous stop-motion ani­ma­tions are send­ing out mes­sages on what we can do to help the envi­ron­ment. Each story addresses an issue in a clever and funny way; and the char­ac­ters deliver a beast of a per­for­mance, you […]

Modern Game Character Creation

There’s a new CGWork­shop: Mod­ern Game Char­ac­ter Cre­ation with Lara Croft (Tombraider Under­world) mod­eler Jonathan Rush in this intense nine week course. Jon will be step­ping up to take you under the hood of the ‘char­ac­ter art hot rod,’ where you will learn the ‘ins & outs’ of suc­cess­fully cre­at­ing video game char­ac­ters within a […]


About a year ago I started work on a project called Too­tles. After all this time I am only half way and I am hop­ing to have it fin­ished this year, although that’s hard to ensure, mainly because I do this around my com­mer­cial work and, like for most peo­ple, bills keep get­ting in the […]

John Griffith wins Marvel competition

John Grif­fith has been announced as the win­ner of the Ani­boom Mar­vel Motion Comics Com­pe­ti­tion. This is his entry, named “The Stronger”, and it shows a great deal of ded­i­ca­tion, under­stand­ing of the char­ac­ters, cam­era move­ments, angles and the character’s per­son­al­i­ties. The ani­ma­tor has taken advan­tage on the fact that these heroes are so well […]

How to Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon is an adven­ture com­edy set in the myth­i­cal world of burly Vikings and wild drag­ons, based on the book by Cres­sida Cow­ell. The story cen­ters around a Viking teenager, who lives on the island of Berk, where fight­ing drag­ons is a way of life, after all the Vikings have been […]

Planet Hulk

After being exiled, launched into space by Earth’s heroes, the space­ship that was sup­posed to trans­port the Hulk to an inhab­ited planet, it gets sucked by a worm­hole, which sends him to planet Sakaar. A planet full of unimag­in­able tech­nol­ogy and innu­mer­able alien species. Unfor­tu­nately for the Hulk, the planet is being run by a […]

Gil’s All Fright Diner: animated

Dream­works Ani­ma­tion is work­ing on an adap­ta­tion of A. Lee Mar­tinez’s book Gil’s All Fright Diner for an ani­mated film. The cre­ative story team behind Kung Fu Panda (Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris) is already work­ing on it, and Barry Son­nen­feld will be direct­ing it. Duke and Earl are just pass­ing through Rock­wood county in their […]


I just stum­bled on this piece I saw about 3 or 4 years ago and it had the same effect it had back then: I got shiv­ers down my spine. This is a deli­ciously deliv­ered short cre­ated by Swiss artist/director Ben Hibon for MTV Asia. It was broad­cast as both a stand­alone short film and […]

Left-brained Larry & Right-brained Rachel

A beau­ti­ful story told with a Bur­tonesque dark rhyme nar­ra­tion. It is very imag­i­na­tive and with a clear direc­to­r­ial voice. There’s no need for elab­o­rate action by the char­ac­ters or intri­cate cam­era move­ments, the charisma of the char­ac­ters and their sto­ries makes up for all of that and it man­ages to keep you on edge, […]

CúIlín Dúalach

What would your life like be if your head was fac­ing the other way? Sure it’d be handy in some instances, like see­ing if some­one is fol­low­ing you or talk­ing behind your back (also, see below), but it would cer­tainly make your life pretty event­ful. Cúilín Dualach is a 12 minute ani­mated short film, produced […]

Stoke Your Fires 2010

Stoke Your Fires is a 3 day long fes­ti­val of ani­ma­tion for pro­fes­sion­als and stu­dents. The event takes place in Pot­ter­ies Museum & Art Gallery where screen­ings, exhi­bi­tions, mas­ter classes and awards cer­e­monies will take place. This is the third instal­ment of the fes­ti­val, which will kick off in Feb­ru­ary 2010. Ani­ma­tors (pro­fes­sional or oth­er­wise) can […]

The Passenger

Storm clouds gather as a timid book­worm braves his daily walk to the bus stop. When he dis­cov­ers what awaits him on board, he realises he’d have been bet­ter off out­side in the storm. The Pas­sen­ger is the result of 6 years spent in a bed­room with a com­puter. It began in 1998 as a proposed […]



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I must say I found this stun­ning ani­ma­tion quite scary in a beau­ti­ful way. The con­cept is very clever and the ani­ma­tion exquis­itely deliv­ered. A curi­ous young girl prances down a snowy street when some­thing catches her eye that per­haps shouldn’t have. Your brain bounces back between awe and ten­sion. It’s really quite clever. The […]


A traf­fic pedes­trian sign is under­stand­ably fed up with his job until he dis­cov­ers that there’s more to life than pos­ing and dis­cov­ers danc­ing. This smile pro­vok­ing ani­ma­tion is the prod­uct of 7 months of work from 13 stu­dents in the 3rd year of the BAA Ani­ma­tion pro­gram at Sheri­dan Col­lege in Oakville (Ontario, Canada). […]

Kérity, la Maison des Contes

Nathaniel is almost 7 years old but he still can’t read… When his aunt Eleanor left him her library con­tain­ing hun­dreds of books, Nathaniel was very dis­ap­pointed! Yet each of these sto­ries will deliver a won­der­ful secret: at night with the lit­tle hero, the lovely Alice, the wicked fairy Cara­bosse, the ter­ri­ble Cap­tain Hook, they […]

Dante’s Inferno

Some of the brains behind Ghost in the Shell, Blood the Last Vam­pire, Tales of the Black Freighter, Ergo Proxy and Samu­rai Cham­ploo have come together to give life in ani­mated form to Dante Alighieri’s medieval unfor­get­table epic. In Feb­ru­ary 8th 2010 Film Roman and Manga/Anchor Bay will release DANTE’S INFERNO The ani­mated movie on Blu-ray […]


A cou­ple of kids live in a small piece of float­ing land, the boy likes invent­ing machines to help him fly even if he gets hurt in the process, luck­ily his friend is always around to give him a help­ing hand. It has a fetch­ing style of illus­tra­tion and char­ac­ter design. This is an end […]

CGWorkshops: Maya and Nuke

There are cur­rently 2 new courses at CGWork­shops open for reg­is­tra­tion: Com­posit­ing in Nuke with Steve Wright and Rig­ging in Maya 1 with Todd Widup. Plus from now until the end of Feb­ru­ary 2010, all CGS mem­bers get 10% dis­count* off all CGWork­shops. Steve Wright course offers an eight-week intro­duc­tion to Nuke, a pow­er­ful visual […]

My Dog Tulip Trailer

My Dog Tulip, the cel­e­brated novel by J.R Ack­er­ley, was made into a full length ani­mated fea­ture by pro­duc­ers Nor­man Twain, Howard Kamin­sky and Frank Pel­le­grino. Christo­pher Plum­mer and Isabella Rossellini voice this vividly ani­mated, touch­ing story of an elderly man who res­cues a Ger­man shep­herd and how the two become fast friends. It was […]

The Bunjies

“The Bun­jies are the biggest, great­est, loud­est Rock’n Roll group in the World. They are also not yet out of junior school. Roy­alty, Pres­i­dents, Prime Min­is­ters, Total­i­tar­ian Dic­ta­tors, they all want to be pho­tographed along­side The Bun­jies. The Bun­jies, how­ever, aren’t inter­ested in any of that. They just want to rock. Well, actu­ally, they just […]


Meind­ben­der ani­ma­tion stu­dio has been an active Swedish ani­ma­tion com­pany since 2006. Meind­ben­der is the result of com­bin­ing the tal­ent of Michael Bengts­son, Olov Bur­man, Calle Haldin and Tony Öster­lund. Although they have a vari­ety of styles, the one that caught my eye was a very tac­tile stop-motion-like ani­ma­tion with a real clay feel­ing to […]

Inside Escape Studios

Isabelle Duarté, Lee Dan­skin, Char­lotte Wills, Alex Ame­lines and Jeff Pratt Last Fri­day evening I had the oppor­tu­nity to take a close look at the work­ing machin­ery of the ani­ma­tion train­ing titan that’s Escape Stu­dios. I can safely say that Escape are one of the best CG acad­e­mies in the world, you can train there on […]

Greedy Boy

A boy eats every­thing in his path but he doesn’t know when to stop. This is a major project by Aus­tralia based ani­ma­tor Kim Young Ha (aka Flew) for his RMIT Ani­ma­tion course. Kim says “I am really inter­ested in human nature and how peo­ple react to prob­lems. Some­times, unex­pected things hap­pen and one may […]


This slick duo­tone ani­ma­tion is based on a Taoist fable, which tells the story of a bat­tle between two coun­tries over ter­ri­to­ries on a tiny snail’s horn. Big and Small are not mere lim­ited to the visual, but also refer to the psy­cho­log­i­cal. Ter­ri­tory is Wei Hou’s first ani­ma­tion pro­duc­tion, it’s also his grad­u­a­tion project […]

My worst nightmare… to cry laughing

A lit­tle boy wants to have a wee in the mid­dle of the night, but in order to do it he must cross a very dark cor­ri­dor… luck­ily he turns into a super­hero and will fight all the evil mon­sters on his way to the toilet’s door but… This lovely ani­ma­tion along with its fan­tas­tic sound […]

Dave Sproxton: new Encounters’ Chair

David Sprox­ton, co-founder and Exec­u­tive Chair­man of BAFTA and Oscar-winning Aard­man Ani­ma­tions, has taken over at the helm of Britain’s biggest and longest run­ning short film fes­ti­val, ENCOUNTERS, replac­ing out­go­ing Simon Cooper as the festival’s third Chair­man. The news comes as the dust set­tles on Encoun­ters’ 15th suc­cess­ful year (17–21 Novem­ber in Bris­tol), in which […]


Tyger is a won­der­fully mag­i­cal short Directed by Guil­herme Mar­con­des for Brazil­ian ani­ma­tion house Birdo Stu­dio in 2006. It was based on the poem Tyger by William Blake from the ‘Songs of Expe­ri­ence’ book. Guil­herme says: “The tiger is as much dan­ger­ous as it is mar­velous and this ambi­gu­ity makes us avoid the pure romantic […]

Marvin Digs

Here’s a blast from the past for you to enjoy. Mar­vin Digs is a short ani­ma­tion that pro­duced by Ralph Bak­shi (The ani­ma­tion pio­neer who brought us ‘Cool World’) for Para­mount Pic­tures in 1967. Mar­vin is a teenager from the decade of the six­ties who looks like a walk­ing hair­ball. Charged with the hefty task of […]

Eric Walls

Here’s a truly inspi­ra­tional ani­ma­tion reel for you to enjoy. Eric Walls is a CG, a tra­di­tional 2D ani­ma­tor, and illus­tra­tor and a writer. He’s worked for big boys like Dis­ney, Rhythm & Hues, Warner Bros, Dream­works and many oth­ers. If you’re any­thing like me after watch­ing this reel you’ll want to run back home and […]

Animation Course with Jeff Pratt

This is another mighty course organ­ised by Escape Stu­dios. The course itself has been devel­oped and taught by Pixar Vet­eran Jeff Pratt. Jeff honed his char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion skills on some of Pixar’s best loved movies includ­ing Toy Story, Mon­sters Inc., Geri’s Game and A Bug’s Life. It begins with a pro­fes­sional intro­duc­tion to all aspects […]

ZBrush 3.5

Pixo­logic has released ver­sion 3.5 of their sculpt­ing soft­ware ZBrush with new fea­tures like ZSpheres II, ZSketch, Quick Sketch, Sur­face Noise and Pla­nar brushes. They’ve made it eas­ier to cre­ate organic char­ac­ters, mechan­i­cal objects, envi­ron­ments or prod­uct designs. Not only has Adap­tive Skin mesh cre­ation been improved for ZSpheres II but so has Uni­fied Skin, […]

Keeping It Quiet

Upon leav­ing a music acad­emy after an unsuc­cess­ful audi­tion for a place, a dis­traught young vio­lin­ist is injured in a car crash involv­ing the prin­ci­pal of the acad­emy, who then tries to make amends by grant­ing him admis­sion. This beau­ti­fully sequence was ani­mated by Chan Ghee Leow, unsur­pris­ingly it won July’s instal­ment of the 11 […]

The Beauty Of Life

The Beauty Of Life is a 2D short made by Moritz Bunk, Patrick Kreuser, Felix Graf, Marc Mueller, Sylvia Kratzsch, Chris­t­ian Milet­zki and Goro Fujita at the end of their first term at The Ger­man Film School. This tra­di­tion­ally hand-drawn ani­ma­tion was a huge time con­sum­ing project. This labour of love took a year to […]

Un tour de Manège

This is another beau­ti­ful end-of-course short ani­ma­tion cre­ated by 5 tal­ented Gob­elins stu­dents, the clip was not only made for fun and pas­sion but also, like all shorts, to be seen by peo­ple… and you could also say that this one was made to be touched. It has such a tac­tile deliv­ery of tex­tures and […]

Justice League: ‘Crisis On Two Earths’

The trailer for Warner Home Video lat­est ani­mated ven­ture has been released. The story is based on the 1999 Grant Mor­ri­son JLA: Earth 2 story, where a heroic Lex Luthor from an alter­nate uni­verse com­ing to the Jus­tice League for help against the Crime Syn­di­cate. This is the sev­enth video in the line of the […]

Germans in the Woods

Ger­mans in the Woods is a mov­ing ani­ma­tion that illus­trates the scar­ring expe­ri­ence of Joseph Robert­son, a 86-year-old World War II vet­eran who fought for the Allies at the Bat­tle of the Bulge, Hitler’s last major offen­sive. Amidst fierce com­bat and harsh win­ter weather, both the Ger­mans and the Allies suf­fered heavy casu­al­ties. But Mr. […]

Bave Circus

Sweet ani­mated short about a lit­tle boy who’s play­ing with snail up on his tree house on a rainy after­noon and fol­lows them towards a dream cir­cus. Cre­ated by a groupd of Supin­fo­com stu­dents: Philippe Des­fretier, Nico­las Dufresne, Syl­vain Kauff­mann and Mar­tin Laugero. The music was cre­ated by Thomas Miquel.

Halo Legends — Anthology

Halo Leg­ends is Warner Home Video’s new CG anime series fol­low­ing up on the game’s mythol­ogy. It will be pro­duced by 343 Indus­tries, a part of Microsoft Game Stu­dios, the excit­ing tales-beyond-the-games will be released on Feb­ru­ary 9, 2010 as a Spe­cial Edi­tion 2-disc ver­sion on DVD, Blu-Ray™ and down­loads. A sim­i­lar to the Animatrix […]

Fuggy Fuggy

After a few years of quiet retire­ment and med­i­ta­tion, the lethal weapon of the broth­ers McLeod also known as Fuggy Fuggy is back, this time he’s wishes were more than he could chew. Enjoy!

Encounters Short Film Festival 2009

Encoun­ters Short film Fes­ti­val returns this Novem­ber to cel­e­brate 15 years of sup­port­ing new national and inter­na­tional short film and ani­ma­tion tal­ent with a jam-packed pro­gramme. Intro­duc­ing new for this year an Online Audi­ence Award part­nered with Babel­gum, extended com­pe­ti­tion pro­grammes and more del­e­gate only events than ever before. You can now see (or download) […]

Disney gets started with ‘Fish Hooks’

Dis­ney Chan­nel has had the go-ahead for their first ani­mated series in 3 years: “Fish Hooks” (work­ing title). The story revolves around the party guy Milo (Kyle Massey), his neu­rotic brother Oscar (Justin Roi­land) and an overly dra­matic gold­fish, Bea (Chelsea Staub). They go to Fresh­wa­ter High, a school at the bot­tom in a giant fish […]

Suspended Animation Gallery

Present and past artists and/or ani­ma­tors behind all Dis­ney ani­mated pro­duc­tions have joined efforts to cre­ate an online gallery, named the Sus­pended Ani­ma­tion Gallery, which will offer art­work cre­ated exclu­sively by the Dis­ney pro­duc­tion artists. Any­one can now pur­chase orig­i­nal art­work (paint­ings, sculp­tures, draw­ings) from the peo­ple who have been involved in adding life to […]

The Lighthouse Keeper

This is the end of course film of 5 Gob­elins stu­dents: a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Jérémie Moreau, David Fran­cis, Rony Hotin, Bap­tist Rogron, Gaelle Thierry and Maïlys Val­lade. The story of a light­house keeper who sud­denly wakes up from his sleep by a par­tic­u­larly large insect. The atten­tion to detail is remark­able and the com­bi­na­tion of […]

Yellow Cake

The newest film by award-winning ani­ma­tor, Nick Cross. ‘Yel­low Cake’ is a lam­en­ta­ble tragedy mixed full of pleas­ant mirth. Both the style and the story are unique and a delight to watch, you can tell it’s been a labour of love. Nick started work­ing on Yel­low Cake in Novem­ber of 2006 after he fin­ished production […]


A young African boy finds him­self lost in the mid­dle of the wild Savan­nah. While car­ry­ing a machine gun may make him feel safe, will that be enough to recog­nise where the real dan­gers are? This is a stun­ning ani­ma­tion by Adam Tem­ple, an ani­ma­tion grad­u­ate from Sheri­dan Col­lege, which he did for his fourth year […]

What size

I’ve been using After Effects for a while and it has always both­ered me that there’s no easy way to know the size in pix­els of a spe­cific layer. Maybe it’s just me but I keep need­ing that infor­ma­tion for one rea­son or another and you always have to come up with sneaky ways around […]


Mariza is a short 3d ani­mated film I cre­ated back in 2008 by Greek ani­ma­tor Con­stan­tine Krys­tallis. This was his final project for her ani­ma­tion MA at Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy in Syd­ney. After a year of doing the rounds in ani­ma­tion fes­ti­vals she’s finally made it pub­lic. The char­ac­ters are very believ­able, both styl­is­ti­cally and […]

White Noise

When I saw this short, I was try­ing to fig­ure out the animator’s anal­ogy, or if it was a metaphor (I’m cer­tain it is) what was it for, and maybe it’s just me but it seems to apply to many things. Soci­ety, mid-life crises, belong­ing, para­noia, trends, etc. It’s either so clever it fits more […]

Tom Bland

This is the fan­tas­tic work of Thomas Alan Bland, a Lon­don based char­ac­ter ani­ma­tor. His per­sonal cre­ations tend to make a last­ing impres­sion on any viewer, and they are full of life, at least to begin with. Tom warns: “it is a bit grue­some in places, if you would like a toned down ver­sion please ask, […]

Storek studio joins FX factory

Noise Indus­tries, devel­oper of visual effects tools for the post­pro­duc­tion and broad­cast mar­kets, announced that new devel­op­ment part­ner, Storek Stu­dio, has released an update to its widely pop­u­lar nVeil video plug-in exclu­sively for the FxFac­tory plat­form. nVeil cre­ates unique kalei­do­scopic visual effects by fil­ter­ing source imagery through vec­tor graphic veils. nVeil’s expand­ing library comes preloaded […]

Scene»Heard — Student Filmmaking Competition

Scene»Heard, the brand new stu­dent film­mak­ing com­pe­ti­tion, is now call­ing for entries. The free-to-enter com­pe­ti­tion, pre­sented by PRS for Music, is chal­leng­ing stu­dent and grad­u­ate film­mak­ers to cre­ate their own imag­i­na­tive 90-second cin­e­matic inter­pre­ta­tion of a famous musi­cal quote, song lyric or song title. There is a £1,000 cash prize. Short films will be accepted across […]

Exquisite Corpse by Cirkus

The Exquis­ite Corpse project was set up early this year by Ani­ma­tion House Cirkus and invites peo­ple to cre­ate a monthly follow-up sto­ry­line to be ani­mated by the Cirkus team. As it’s grown up now, The Corpse is extend­ing its scope. Stu­dents from var­i­ous ani­ma­tion courses and Uni­ver­si­ties have been work­ing on it using 3D […]

The Many Career Paths of Character Animation

This is a very insight­ful arti­cle recently pub­lished by Jake Fried­man from Ani­ma­tion Men­tor guys on how a char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion diploma can be applied in vir­tu­ally any direc­tion you may be inter­ested in, from games to fea­ture length films. They talked to five ani­ma­tors across the US to find out how an edu­ca­tion in character […]

2 voor 12

Lovely ani­ma­tion by Lois van Baarle, a dig­i­tal illus­tra­tor who is cur­rently on her fourth year of ani­ma­tion study in Hol­land. I have seen some of her work and I think you may agree with me that it’s of very high qual­ity. I love the char­ac­ters and the act­ing is very charis­matic, very enjoy­able. Even […]

Jackson vs Bean

If you’ve seen Bruce Lee fight­ing Iron­man, then you’ll like this. Cre­ated by one of Woolf + Lapin’s col­lec­tion of tal­ented direc­tors Patrick Boivin. A French Cana­dian self taught direc­tor, who began by draw­ing comic books 15 years ago and quickly dis­cov­ered that it was faster to tell sto­ries with movement.

The Seed by Johnny Kelly

Johnny Kelly has cre­ated this two-minute ani­mated voy­age through one of nature’s cycles, fol­low­ing the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of a hum­ble apple seed. The film was kindly funded by Adobe, made using their CS4 range of soft­ware. It was pro­duced at Nexus Pro­duc­tions and fea­tures a sound­track by Jape. It was made using a mixture […]

Le Lac Gelé

Guided by a strange dog, an old man goes to an icy far­away land. After a gru­el­ing jour­ney in the cold snow, he reaches the edge of a frozen lake to which he ven­tures alone, in there a strange bal­let of lights takes place. This short was directed as a short open­ing for the Fes­ti­val International […]

Wang Xun

This is a mon­ster of a reel, it’s got some (quite lit­er­ally) kick ass 2D hand drawn sequences, mixed art work, 3d ani­ma­tion, stop­mo­tion, char­ac­ter sketches, dig­i­tal paint­ings and con­cept draw­ing. And it’s all beau­ti­fully cre­ated by Wang Xun from the School of Art & Media Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal University.


You can’t go wrong with a cute look­ing robot and a rab­bit that can do a funky beat box! Beat­Bot is a short made by Bartek Kali­nowski for Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Project in PJWSTK. The film was cre­ated using Autodesk Maya 2008 and After Effects. Music and Sound Effects made by Michal Jurek.

Ellensburg Film Festival

The Ellens­burg Film Fes­ti­val offers a wide spec­trum of local and global cul­tural, artis­tic, and inno­v­a­tive diver­sity through edu­ca­tional pro­grams, forums, and enter­tain­ing visual expe­ri­ences. By offer­ing view­ers qual­ity films, we can expand their knowl­edge of cin­ema and enhance their appre­ci­a­tion of the film­mak­ing process. OCTOBER 2–4, 2009 in down­town Ellens­burg, WA For a com­plete list […]

ParticipACTION: Walk in the Park

One of my favourite ani­ma­tion direc­tors, Mal­colm Suther­land, directed and ani­mated this fun short advert for the non-profit group Par­tic­i­pAction ear­lier this year. Stu­dio Pas­cal Blais was in charge of the pro­duc­tion and sound design. I love the mor­ph­ing effect between the scenes. Some­times I find the boil­ing line a bit too much but here […]

Game Character Creation Workshop

Jonathan Rush, the mod­eler behind Lara Croft (Tombraider Under­world) will be at the helm of CG Society’s last work­shop of the year. In this nine week course, Jon will be step­ping up to take you under the hood of the ‘char­ac­ter art hot rod,’ where you will learn the ‘ins & outs’ of suc­cess­fully creating […]

Branchage: Jersey Film Festival 2009

Cre­ated by film­maker Xan­the Hamil­ton, Bran­chage is today an internationally-recognised film fes­ti­val for the island of Jer­sey. The fes­ti­val takes its name from the Jer­sey tra­di­tion Vis­ite du Bran­chage, a bian­nual check that all island res­i­dents have ful­filled their oblig­a­tion to ensure that hedges, branches and trees grow­ing on their prop­erty are trimmed so they […]

Can I Count On You?

This short ani­ma­tion was cre­ated for the Catholic Char­ity CAFOD, it is the first time they use ani­ma­tion as sup­port mate­r­ial for one of their cam­paigns and I was hon­oured to help them with the project, it will hope­fully help raise aware­ness about their Har­vest Fast Day fund rais­ing event. The project involved a lot of […]

Argentinan Animation studio: Gazz

This is the ani­ma­tion reel of Argenti­nan stu­dio Gazz it con­tains a wide vari­ety of styles and a bril­liant char­ac­ter ani­ma­tion on the first half of the reel. I don’t meen the rest is not nice it’s just more motion graph­ics than char­ac­ter, but it is also bril­liant. Have a look. There’s some great work […]


The Rain­dance peeps have orga­nized this course for those of you with an idea for a film, the course has been designed to help you fine tune your film pitch­ing skills. There’s a panel of top British film exec­u­tives (ie the deci­sion mak­ers of the film indus­try). This is like the dragon’s den for filmmakers […]

The Cat Piano

“My soul cap­sized like a fish par­a­lyzed on a chop­ping board”… A city of singing cats are preyed upon by a mys­te­ri­ous fig­ure intent on per­form­ing his own feline sym­phony. The Cat Piano is a fan­tas­tic short film cre­ated by Aus­tralian ani­ma­tion stu­dio The People’s Repub­lic of Ani­ma­tion. Nar­rated by Nick Cave. Directed by Eddie […]

Roger Aasheim

Roger Aasheim is a 3d free­lance ani­ma­tor born and raised in Chat­tanooga Ten­nessee. He often free­lances for Curi­ous Pic­tures in New York. Apart from the great 3d work you see, Roger has expe­ri­ence with tra­di­tional draw­ing, cartoon/realistic ani­ma­tion. He is a Maya/3Ds Max user

Who’s Hungry?

This is the hard work of a first year stu­dent at CalArts nick­named ‘storkeater’ on YouTube. “Who’s Hun­gry” is a boiling-line black and white story of two kids who get in trou­ble when a strange man in a van full of ice creams lures them into his trap. Yes, I felt a lit­tle tense t […]

Wallace & Gromit in New TV Show

Wal­lace and Gromit are to become pre­sen­ters for the first time in a new BBC1 peak-time sci­ence and inven­tion series next year. ‘Wal­lace and Gromit Present: A World of Inven­tions’ will see the ani­mated duo take a light­hearted and humor­ous look at mind-boggling inven­tions in an attempt to inspire a whole new gen­er­a­tion of innovative minds.

Brenda’s Poisonous Pastime

Bris­tol based ani­ma­tor Albi­nal was com­mis­sioned by the NHS as part of a com­pe­ti­tion to pro­duce this short ani­ma­tion aimed at “middle-aged female habit­ual drinkers”. Albi­nal says: “You can see poor old Brenda suf­fer­ing the ill effects of drink­ing too much. So let that be a les­son to you!”. I love the char­ac­ters, their uni­verse and […]

Scoop Volante

Last week­end I stum­bled upon this won­der­ful one and a half minute ani­ma­tion, cre­ated as an answer for a com­pe­ti­tion organ­ised by Canal J with the com­bined effort of Max Louba­resse, Marc Bouyer, Axelle Chériet and Anthony Vivien. They are all tal­ent out of French ani­ma­tion school Supin­fo­com Arles, which might explain its high standards, […]

Cinema 4D 11.5 released

MAXON just unveiled the release 11.5 of CINEMA 4D. They have added lots of new fea­tures such as improved work­flow, accel­er­ated ren­der engine and an enhanced pic­ture viewer, which lets you com­pare test ren­ders so you can see the result of your pic­ture adjust­ments. C4D now takes full advan­tage ot Snow Leop­ard in Mac and […]

Aniboom+Marvel Motion Competition

Ani­boom has teamed up with Mar­vel to bring you this fun com­pe­ti­tion. You can down­load selected pages of select Mar­vel Comics, along with music and voice over files; and then bring the sto­ries to life. Total Prizes include 50 free Mar­vel Dig­i­tal Comics Unlim­ited sub­scrip­tions, works fea­tured on, and cash prizes total­ing $20,000

Cartoon Works is getting a revamp

CBBC is look­ing to expand their Car­toon Works por­tal to turn it into a ‘cre­ative car­toon play­ground for the UK ani­ma­tion indus­try.’ accord­ing to CBBC’s head of drama, ani­ma­tion and acqui­si­tion Steven Andrew. He says: “We are very excited by car­toon works which we hope will act as a cre­ative car­toon play­ground for the U.K. […]

Lighting & Rendering course with Jeremy Birn

Pixar Tech­ni­cal Direc­tor and author of Dig­i­tal Light­ing & Ren­der­ing, 2nd Edi­tion, Jeremy Birn is back to men­tor stu­dents in Light­ing & Ren­der­ing in Maya. Through­out this work­shop, stu­dents will be mov­ing from intro­duc­tory sub­jects into more ambi­tious top­ics, such as adapt­ing your light­ing designs for Global Illu­mi­na­tion, cre­at­ing new looks in Hyper­shade, opti­miz­ing Mental […]

The Making of ‘9’ at Gnomon

After Shane Ack­ner joined Gno­mon as their new res­i­dent artist, it was just a mat­ter of time for an event like this to hap­pen. On Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 5th at 6pm The Mak­ing of “9″ event will start, fol­lowed by The Art of “9″ gallery open­ing at Gno­mon Gallery at 8:00. RSVP.

Where is the Amazing screw-on head?

If you haven’t seen this, The Amaz­ing Screw-On Head is a comic book writ­ten by Mike Mignola, cre­ator of Hell Boy, and pub­lished by Dark Horse Comics. In 2006 an ani­mated pilot was pro­duced and pitched to the Sci-Fi Chan­nel, despite the bril­liance of its plot and the great act­ing tal­ent of Paul Gia­matti (Screw-On […]

HAFFTube 2009

For the sec­ond time the Hol­land Ani­ma­tion Film Fes­ti­val presents an inter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for web ani­ma­tions. HAFFTube is their offi­cial YouTube chan­nel. That’s where it all hap­pens: Flash, Machin­ima, Brick­films, this com­pe­ti­tion is open for all ani­ma­tion films avail­able online! An inter­na­tional jury of film­mak­ers selects the win­ner out of the final 50 titles. The […]

The Date by Emanuel Amler

Have you ever been on a date with a picky girl who sneers at your every effort to impress? if the answer is yes, then this clip is likely to bring back some sour mem­o­ries. This is the grad­u­a­tion project Ani­ma­tion Men­tor stu­dent Emanuel Amler, which was fea­tured in their AM August newsletter.

Knorr’s ‘Salty’

A fan­tas­tic (poten­tially heart break­ing) ani­mated advert for Knorr, directed by David Hicks from Sons and Daugh­ters and DDB Canada. Axyz stu­dio did the visual effects so well that you hardly think about them when you’re watch­ing. The main character’s per­for­mance is bril­liant and he’ll even leave you with a smile in your face by […]

DreamWorks reveals voice-cast for Oobermind

Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced today that Will Fer­rell, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill will star along­side Tina Fey in its upcom­ing the­atri­cal release, Oober­mind (writ­ten by Alan J. School­craft and Brent Simons), which is sched­uled to be released on Novem­ber 5, next year. Will Fer­rell assumes the lead­ing role of Oober­mind, replac­ing Robert Downey, Jr., who […]

How to Become an Animator

Ani­ma­tion Men­tor, the online ani­ma­tion school, launched today another of their use­ful eBooks: ‘How to Become an Ani­ma­tor’. Shawn Kelly says: “Ideal for peo­ple who love ani­ma­tion and are pas­sion­ate about learn­ing about the art of ani­ma­tion […] pro­vides advice and infor­ma­tion on dif­fer­ent types of ani­ma­tion jobs, tips on clar­i­fy­ing your per­sonal goals and […]

Voice-O-Matic v3 is now available

Di-O-Matic has released Voice-O-Matic v3 for use as a lip syn­chro­niza­tion plug-in for Autodesk 3DS Max. Voice-O-Matic is a pow­er­ful, easy-to-use plug-in which auto­mates the lip syn­chro­niza­tion process for your ani­mated CG char­ac­ters directly in 3ds max. Sim­ply feed a recorded audio file to the plu­gin and it will auto­mat­i­cally gen­er­ate tim­ing and lip position […]

Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea

I can’t wait for this Dis­ney film to be released here in the UK. From what I’ve read after the US and Japan release the film is quite weird, but that’s what you’d expect from the mighty Hayao Miyazaki, right? Weird and won­der­ful at the same time. Ponyo (Noah Cyrus) is a baby gold­fish who wants […]

Quimby The Mouse

It’s prob­a­bly not pos­si­ble to resist the charm of Chris Ware’s asep­tic illus­tra­tion style, and even more so if they are mov­ing, like in this fan­tas­tic animation/story put together by him for This Amer­i­can Life — Live!. The song is “Eugene” by Andrew Bird. Ani­ma­tion by John Kuramoto. Although the video has been around for […]


The National Media Museum is presents the 16th edi­tion of the UK’s longest-running ani­ma­tion fes­ti­val. Host to screentalks, work­shops and spe­cial events led by some of the industry’s top names, the festival’s high point is the annual BAF Awards, which cel­e­brate the very best in new ani­ma­tion from around the world. Unfor­tu­nately sub­mis­sions for BAF09 are […]

RSPCA Simon’s Sister’s Dog ‘Fed Up’

From the maker of Simon’s Cat comes this won­der­ful RSPCA short. I love it when a char­ac­ter can keep you inter­ested for so long with­out fancy story telling, cam­era move­ments or dia­logue. Besides dogs are great by default any­way. The dog’s act­ing is full of great sub­tleties, which give him loads of per­son­al­ity, that’s why […]

FOX Holiday Animation Challenge

FOX (via Ani­boom) is look­ing for the next great hol­i­day TV spe­cial. Cre­ate a 2 to 4 minute ani­mated short about a well-known hol­i­day — Christ­mas, Thanks­giv­ing, Valentine’s Day, Hal­loween, any­thing cel­e­brated in the U.S. Sub­mis­sions will be accepted from May 27, 2009 through to August 31, 2009 at midnight.

7 tonnes 2

A lit­tle known fact is that ele­phants are the only mam­mal that can’t jump. Or is it? This beau­ti­fully ani­mated short by Dan­ish artist Nico­las Deveaux proves oth­er­wise. I am not sure what’s more beau­ti­ful: the ani­ma­tion or the idea of an ele­phant jump­ing on a trampoline.

Congratulations on not being devoured

Zom­bo­ca­lypse is the kind of thing you would love to have handy when a deadly zom­bie plague is tak­ing over the world. As I was watch­ing these I was really swish­ing I could get my hands on one of those kits, the lovely ani­ma­tion of Rob Mof­fett from VDA Stu­dios reminds me a lit­tle of […]

The Making of UP at Gnomon

If you’re lucky enough to live in Cal­i­for­nia, you shouldn’t miss this event at Gno­mon School of Visual Effects. Spe­cial guest Gary Bru­ins (Effects Super­vi­sor) will be talk­ing about his expe­ri­ence of work­ing on Pixar’s UP. Event Details: When: Thrus­day, August 13th, 2009 Meet & Greet: 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm Pre­sen­ta­tion: 7:00 pm — […]

Imageworks out in the open

Rob Bre­dow, CTO of Sony Pic­tures Image­works’ has announced 5 appli­ca­tions to be released as open source: ” This soft­ware can be freely used by large and small stu­dios around the world. We’ve inten­tion­ally cho­sen pop­u­lar non-restrictive licens­ing mod­els to help ensure you have lots of options. Each of these projects have pas­sion­ate peo­ple behind […]

Original onehugeeye font is back

Back in 2001, when one­huge­eye was just still a minus­cule eye I cre­ated a font based on my hand­writ­ing to be used mainly on car­toons. While I was work­ing on this new re-incarnation of the good old eye, I stum­bled upon it and thought it a nice nos­tal­gia touch to have dis­trib­ute it once again. […]

Storyboard PDF template

Because there’s never one when you need it, here’s a tem­plate that I’ve found very handy in the past. This A4 tem­plate is in editable PDF for­mat so you can cus­tomise it to your project’s needs. I hope you find it useful!

Puppetry workshop at Loogaroo

Loog­a­roo is hold­ing a one day Pup­petry work­shop on August the 14th, from 10am to 5pm. 139 Duke Street, Miramichi, N.B. (506.622.3333) The main focus of the work­shop is on Pup­petry for cam­era. An approach to per­form­ing pup­pets for the cam­era will be pre­sented in a series of “lay­ers”, with each new layer com­pound­ing the difficulty […]

The Insatiable Mr.Banks

Is inter­est­ing that it hap­pened to be a Sat­ur­day morn­ing when I bumped into this bril­liant ani­ma­tion by Gene Fowler. It has a lovely tac­tile style that sends you (or peo­ple my age) by to your child­hood years, and every week­end you hoped that this time the Coy­ote will finally catch that pesky Road­run­ner. I […]


The People Speak on HISTORY

HISTORY is team­ing up with Ani­boom to give you the chance to put your take on a great his­tor­i­cal speech on tele­vi­sion. Down­load and ani­mate record­ings of Matt Damon, Mor­gan Free­man, Josh Brolin, Alli­son Moorer, San­dra Oh and oth­ers. They’re look­ing for inspi­ra­tional, imag­i­na­tive, and inven­tive takes on the words that would define the tenets […]


Triumphant campaigns of captain Cudney by Kyle Marshall

This is a delight­ful love and adven­ture story, cre­ated by Cana­dian ani­ma­tor Kyle Mar­shall. The short looks won­der­fully retro, with­out being old. The colours, the char­ac­ter design and even Amanda Downing’s music take you back to an early age of ani­ma­tion, sprin­kled with some con­tem­po­rary ingre­di­ents, you are left want­ing to see more of captain […]

Flutter by Howie Shia

The ani­mated short Flut­ter was writ­ten, directed, ani­mated and scored by Cana­dian artist and film­maker Howie Shia. It is a black-and-white urban fairy tale about two school kids: an ath­lete and a graf­fiti artist, who reluc­tantly part ways to pur­sue incom­pat­i­ble paths. The emerg­ing adven­ture is told using a mix of ink, graphite and digital […]

The Switch by Zack Mathew

Is always great to see the quirky short sto­ries stu­dents can come up with, and even bet­ter when they’re as well ani­mated as this one. This short film was cre­ated by Zack Mathew at the Van­cou­ver Film School.

Oxygen by Christopher Hendryx

This fan­tas­tic piece not only has bril­liant char­ac­ter act­ing, the con­cept is just mouth water­ing. Chem­i­cal ele­ments are chil­dren in a play­ground and unex­pected things hap­pen when they decide to play together. I can see this rolled out in a series: some are bul­lies, some are shy and incom­pat­i­ble with all the rest, some have […]


Cre­ated by an ani­ma­tor with a pas­sion for believ­able char­ac­ters, orig­i­nal sto­ries and resource­ful visual tech­niques, one­huge­eye is the place for inspi­ra­tion. one­huge­eye was cre­ated in the year 2000 by Alex Ame­lines, and it has been in con­stant evo­lu­tion, shift­ing for­mats but always focus­ing on char­ac­ters and their world. Follow me.