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 will be eligible for: Audience Choice Grand Prix and Best of Fest Grand Prix. Besides films, Animated Commercials, Game Cinematics, and Motion Graphics are all welcome and encouraged.
TAAFI is accepting both International and local Shorts (22 minutes or less) and Features (60 Minutes or Longer) of all genres and techniques! If it is animated we would like to see it!
To access the application and find full details visit http://www.taafi.com/submit/
A little town on the Yangtze realise the futility of greed as they overthrow their repulsive governor and replace him with… Nothing.
Hi. My name is Joe Orton. I’m a stop frame animator. I recently graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Animation; this film is my graduation project. If you can forgive this shameless act of self-publicising, then please do take a look at this dark and intriguing warning to dastardly dictators everywhere, in all their pernicious guises. Any feedback, good or bad, will be gratefully received! More of my work can be found on my website: www.twistednoodle.co.uk.
Over the past few weeks and months I’ve been working on animating (and illustrating) an ad campaign for Jostens. The work is being used to help promote their high school products (class rings, yearbooks etc).
The scripts, voice-overs and editing were all taken care of by Multimedia Inc so I literally just provided the animation.
I haven’t actually seen any of the final videos and they may not be released on-line so I’ve put together a little promo that shows some of the scenes. Comments and feedback are welcome as always.
Here’s one of the posters… more can be seen on my blog.
I’ve made a new animation aimed at young moped/motorbike riders who don’t dress correctly for the conditions. The animation was commissioned by the Bristol City Council Keep Your Wheels project. Find out more on my blog, enjoy!
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 anything from creature rigging to animation, special effects and games. Their students or ‘Escapists’ as they call them have access to top end machines to work on, a team of vastly experienced tutors, fantastic head quarters, hardware and software retail store with student discounts and even their own bar/cafe on the ground floor.
In less than an hour I met more talent than my brain can grasp
In less than an hour I met more talent than my brain can grasp, firstly there was Lee Danskin, their VFX tutor, who has worked at The Film Factory at VTR, The Moving Picture Company and co-founded Smoke and Mirrors 3D; Then I had a chat with the legendary Jeff Pratt, ex-Nasa and Pixar man in charge of the animation course. I could not find out what made him give up sunny California for our ‘picturesque’ British weather, what ever the reason the Escapists should consider themselves lucky that he did. Finally I chatted to the bubbly Nick Savy, their creatures and characters Jedi master, who used to work at Sega, Sony, Psygnosis, Glassworks, Indestructable, Double Negative and Cinesite. You can straight away sense their passion and insight in their fields. They were nice enough to have a look at my work, which threw some encouraging comments as well, thanks guys.
Jeff Pratt and I have something in common with Bigfoot: We’re both blurred. (Thanks Ryan!)
I managed to peek at some of their workshops in progress, in the games they were developing new levels for the no-yet-released version of Unreal, which I imagine they will all be testing later chasing each other with lasers. And just across the corridor the class was having an interesting open discussion with a visiting VFX expert from Russia, who travelled to give them feedback on the sequences they were working on for ‘The Hunt for Gollum’ project. I really didn’t want to leave the room, as you’d imagine I was crest fallen when we had to leave the classroom.
Vast experience aside they are all also really good natured people, unpretentious, friendly and with a sense of humour. I’ll definitely make sure to stay in touch with this great bunch.
Addendum: Lee if you’re reading this, I thought of another one: Coolworld, 1992. I loved the eclectic feast of styles to which Ralph Bakshi generously treated us.
I’ve not long finished two animations about the perils of taking and dealing drugs! The animations were required for the ACPO Drugs Conference but also for use on the Avon and Somerset Constabulary youth website.
New Laurence King title Animation In Process has finally hit the shelves of good bookshops across the world. The book features a range of animation from different genres and gives an insider’s guide to the process behind the finished work. It discusses the notion of what is animation in the 21st century and looks at the platforms that moving visuals can be developed for and screened on. I worked as the picture editor for this project and can honestly say that the end product is a great source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in animation.
The contributors range from Oscar winning animator Suzy Templeton to mobile device animators The Lycette Brothers, spanning the globe and the different facets of this fluid industry. Sketchbooks are opened to the reader, screengrabs are displayed and clips of works in progress are visible on the accompanying dvd. Some of the images in this publication have never been shown before and give a real insight into how each individual works.
This book really attempts to go behind the scenes of the gorgeous, complex products that some of the world’s best moving image artists produce and show just how the process behind the animation functions. Some example spreads are below and for more information visit the Laurence King website.
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 background generation, deleting people from footage and 2D tracking. I’m pleased with the result and I hope it helps deliver the attention their wonderful campaigns deserve.