Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm A Monster

I'm a monster from Headless Productions on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

More Hipbone...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

"Thought Of You" by Ryan Woodward

Thought of You from Ryan Woodward on Vimeo.

Also, behind the scenes:

Thought of You - Behind the Scenes Preview - ROUGH CUT from Cambell Christensen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Good times.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

At Hipbone...

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Thai Beauty and The Beast...

No Comment.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Samurai Jack Painting Demos by Scott Wills...

Monday, October 11, 2010


Saturday, October 09, 2010

Gorillaz - Rhinestone Eyes

Sunday, October 03, 2010


Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Anyone else find that there aren't enough hours in the day?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Salesman Pete and the Amazing Stone...

Salesman Pete from Salesman Pete on Vimeo.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Car Blueprints...

Not sure if this will be useful for anyone else, but it seems like a helpful resource.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Song of the Sea

Song Of The Sea - Conceptual Trailer from Cartoon Saloon on Vimeo.

From Cartoon Saloon...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Had Bicycles on the mind lately...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


TELEPHONEME | MK12 from MK12 on Vimeo.

Monday, June 28, 2010


I did a 30 minute presentation on how Flash is used at Jibjab recently.

Check it out here.

Chibi Maruko-chan


Thursday, June 03, 2010

Salesman Pete and the Amazing Stone

Direct Link.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


Not feeling it but you can't win them all.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Introducting Pixar Canada

Sunday, May 30, 2010

More clips from "Illusionist"

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Crater Face

By Calarts Student Skyler Page

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Calarts Producer's Show Opening 2010

Direct Link.

The Hardest Jigsaw

By Calarts Student Eric Anderson.

Direct Link.


By Calarts Student Michelle Xin.

Direct Link.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

When The Time is Ripe

By Calarts Student Shion Takeuchi.

Direct Link.


By Calarts Student Mike Rianda.

Direct Link.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Warmups on an iPad.

Real drawings on paper.

How it should be!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Submitting your Student Film Online vs. Festivals

I want to start off this post by saying that I love animation festivals. They are great places to discover new films and to meet other animated filmmakers.

Year after year, however, I found that a great many films simply fell off the radar after the festival run... That is.. I never got a chance to see them again.

Fast forward to today, where there is a very clear and very real assumption that by submitting your film to festivals is the most important and/or only viable means of distribution for films available to a filmmaker. This perception is especially true among students.

While I think this is extremely untrue, the other side of the coin is that many filmmakers, especially students, feel that they cannot submit their films online before submitting to festivals - that festivals will not allow films if they are not debuting at the festivals themselves. I have also found this to be patently untrue. Looking at the major festivals terms of service, I have yet to find a festival that explicitly states that you cannot have a film screened at their festival if the film is submitted online.

Ottawa's rules and regulations are here.

Annecy's is here.

There wasn't a full regulation page for Zagreb, just this.

Spike and Mike's relevant page is here.

Animation Block Party's is here.

Anima Mundi's is here.

Siggraph's is here.

This is by no means exhaustive, but the common thread is there is a limit to when the film was created, that it must be able to pass for animation, etc. This seems to be the only major requirement that is not file format based. From Ottawa's regulations (seemingly in its entirety):

Any frame by frame or computer-assisted animated film or video made for cinema, television or internet may be entered. Only works completed after June 15, 2009 will be accepted.

I've never seen this mystery clause about that your film cannot get into festivals if they go up online. These are the larger animation festivals who I would assume have harder restrictions on submission. There may be smaller ones that do explicitly state the "no online" restriction but I haven't found one yet. The only thing that comes even close is Anima Mundi, that states it will:

Give preference to works that have not yet been on general
release or exhibited in other festivals in Brazil.

However, this would mean that you would have to hold off showing at any festival until anima mundi if it was your sole intent to insure your film screened there.

Which brings me to another important point. If your goal as a student filmmaker is to get your work out there, the Internet is a vastly more accessible medium. Your film can easily be seen by millions of people online rather than thousands at a festival. Granted, your audiences will be very different, but the exposure will be much larger. Animation festivals are a great way to get accolades from within the industry... but the internet is by far more powerful for getting your film in front of audiences.

Case in point with Alex Hirsch's student film "Off the Wall", which has more than 800,000 views on youtube, and probably much more adding up all the video sharing sites and duplicate versions of the video that pop up.

The only reputable distinction that I can think of that you might miss out on by submitting your film online is the academy awards. But their restrictions force you to show your film for three consecutive days in a theater accessible by academy members. I don't know of any student who has done that. I also assume that most students aren't holding out their films because they expect academy awards.

As a student, your film is a great calling card to help you get a job. If you make it difficult for people to see your film you are essentially eliminating a huge potential for job opportunities, especially ones that you yourself don't anticipate.

My last note: for those who do want to exclusively have a festival run of your film, please post it online eventually. This way you can have exposure from both. A huge number of fantastic student films never see the light of day online.

If I'm seeing this completely wrong please sound off in the comments. Again, I have no issue with festivals - in fact, I love them. But I like seeing filmmakers and their films reach their intended audience that much more.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Star Wars Starring You!

Put yourself in Star Wars.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Headless Productions...

Headless Productions, started by the Victor Maldonado, Adrian Garcia and Alfredo Torres (the guys behind Nocturna).

Night Parade...

By Sabrina Cotugno of Calarts.

Prinja Nincess....

A great Calarts 48-hour film.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Key Lime Pie...

By the incredible Trev Jimenez.

Swarovski's "City Park"

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mate For Life...

Here's a little something that's been keeping me busy.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Inside Pixar's Leadership - Ed Catmull

A great article on creative management.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Nicolas Marlet Sketchbook...

Order online here as long as they last.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Been a while....

Is it just me or is a busy time of year?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Illusionist Trailer

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Gorillaz - Stylo

New Gorillaz Video!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Gerry Zeldin...

I've made a post about the wonderful Gerry Zeldin before, but this one's definitely in a more serious light. I've just recently found out that Gerry is suffering from terminal cancer.

My friend and former teacher Angelo Libutti has set up a Facebook Profile on Gerry's behalf for those of you who'd like a message be passed on to him. If you're not a facebook user, Angelo can be reached at angelolibutti at with the subject "Gerry Zeldin student". Angelo is trying to gather video journals as well.. if you post yours up please make sure they make their way to this facebook profile and/or Angelo.

My best wishes to Gerry and his family. Suffice to say that Gerry has touched the lives of many at his time at Sheridan, and it's great to see everyone giving back and remembering all that he's given us.

Here are a few:

Also check back at the blog Angelo has set up for more videos as they go up.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A featurette on Chomet's "L'Illusioniste" (The Illusionist)

Monday, February 15, 2010

I hope he's a major character...

Also, apparently Andy's parents couldn't afford the new iMac.

Trailer here.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Unusable Wolf...

Try animating THAT, wise guy...

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Tuesday, February 02, 2010


Monday, February 01, 2010

JibJab's Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


My pen was dying.

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