Binary Solo is looking for a 2D Animator!

Hello. We are small indie studio who is creating a new style of video game that we are really excited about. If you would like to join us you should share our passion for creating new things. We are looking to bring on another 2D Animator for our game. We are about 6 months into production so the art direction and style has been set and you would have to match it. The style is pretty simple with bold lines and watercolor-eqsue textures to fill. You should be comfortable in Unity and the animation is utilizing a paperdoll system with minimal sprite swapping.

Example of animation you would undertake is picking up an owl and throwing it like a football, an elephant that looks a bit like dumbo doing a victory dance, or an armadillo mimicking a buzz-saw.

Creativity and humor strongly suggested for this project. Please have previous work available to show.

A portfolio would be great too. :)

Cheers and thanks.

For position details, click here.

For more information about Binary Solo, click here.

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Self Aware Games in Oakland is Looking for 2D Animators!

Oakland, CA

Self Aware Games, a Big Fish studio, makes games that connect people, including the massively successful Big Fish Casino.  Our games communicate our passion for delightful and truly social games, beautiful art, and cutting edge tech.

The ideal candidate must have strong animation fundamentals and be proficient in current Flash animation methods. The candidate will also be able to handle juggling multiple tasks and show an eagerness to accommodate feedback and revisions.

Job Expectations:  

  • The ideal candidate would have the ability to create high quality animations with a range of subject matter: environments, characters, props, visual effects and user interface
  • Follow established guidelines set by Lead Artists/Art Director
  • Assisting in the creation and implementation of 2D animation and adapt/repurpose existing animation under the guidance of senior animators, including asset clean up and reorganization best practices.
  • Contribute to team brainstorms and ideation, including research on existing products
  • Learn new technologies and applications as needed.

Skills, attributes and experience you should bring to the table:

  • Associates or Bachelors degree in Art preferred
  • Relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of animation fundamentals
  • Experience with a range of animation tasks: character, objects, effects
  • Strong drawing and painting skills are a plus
  • Extremely fluent in and efficient with Flash and Photoshop; After Effects a plus
  • Experience with, or the will to learn basic Flash Action Script
  • Demonstrated experience with the full creative cycle on a software product is ideal
  • Pro-active contributor that brings more to the tasks at hand than requested
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills and the ability to adapt to new creative challenges

All applicants must submit a link to a demo reel or other online portfolio. Any attachments must be under 10MB, and Zip files cannot be accepted.

More about us…

Our beautiful studio is located in downtown Oakland, two blocks from BART and right next to gorgeous Lake Merritt, which provides the perfect setting for a lunchtime picnic, stroll, or run around its 3.5-mile loop. We have an open, collaborative office, full of fun coworkers, breakout spaces, and games.

We don’t just make games, we love playing them too! Around the office, we have board games, consoles, and ping pong and pool tables. Need to take a break to loosen up and boost your creativity? Get a free massage in our dedicated massage room! If you enjoy a 2-wheeled commute to work, we’ve got you covered with in-office bike racks and showers. We don’t offer daily food service because guess what?  We want you to have a life outside of work, too; we love our jobs, but we don’t want to live here. Instead, we hold a twice-a-month communal lunch and hang out together.  After work, you can usually find us trying new local bars and restaurants, attending art, music, and sporting events, and just exploring all that our neighborhood has to offer.

For more information, click here!

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HORNET: Fall 2015 Internship (APPLICATIONS DUE AUG 31)

HORNET is looking for 2D animators, compositors and fabricators! Full Time … Paid!

For the full details, click here!

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Aaron Blaise’s Hippo Pose/Model Sheet

From Aaron Blaise’s Facebook Page:

Here is a new pose sheet of my Hippo character I put together using some of the drawings from the animation I’m currently working on. This is something we would do at Disney. As more and more shots would get animated we would build our library of reference poses for other animators and clean up artists.

Aaron Blaise- Hippo Pose_Model Sheet

(drawn in TVPaint Animation .  See Aaron’s free animation tutorials using TVPaint Animation on his YouTube Channel: )

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Honoree for Short Form Video: Annie Wong

Congratulations Annie for being honored by #BlogHer15 in the Short-Form Video category!

Check out what she did with the award on her Instagram here.

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Annie Wong’s “Coppelia” selected to run in Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival!

Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 10.06.59 AMCheer up, Dr. Coppelius! “Coppelia” has been selected to run in the seventh edition of the Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival!

Congratulations Annie!

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TBT: Hello Dalí!

With the new Disney & Dali exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum, I thought it would be fun to bring back an old post for TBT (“Throwback Thursday”). Enjoy!

Many have heard of Walt Disney, but does the name, Salvador Dalí, ring a bell? He was a famous Spanish surrealist artist. Still not ringing a bell? Perhaps you have seen one of his famous paintings, The Persistence of Memory.

Dalí’s works range from paintings, sculptures, and films. In 1929, Dalí collaborated with Spanish director, Luis Buñuel, on a short film called Un Chien Andalou. The film’s opening features the legendary scene of a young woman’s eye (actually a dead calf’s eyeball) being slit with a razor.

In 2003, a short film by Disney and Dali was released to the public called Destino. Production on the short began in 1945 with Disney artist, John Hench and Dalí. It finally premiered in 2003 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France. Production came to a halt in the late 1940s due to financial misfortunes during World War II. The end product combines the original work with some computer animation. The film tells the story of a Greek Titan and his love for a woman. The audience watches the female jump through surrealist surroundings inspired by Dalí’s work. Can you recognize which influences were Disney’s and which were Dalí’s?

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Accolade Competition Call for Submissions (Deadline: August 21, 2015)


Accolade Global Film Competition

A Prestigious and Unique International Film Competition!

Film – Television – New Media

***Call for Entries***
Deadline: August 21, 2015

Entry Form  Website  Email:

What is Accolade and Why Enter?

MovieMaker Magazine named The Accolade Global Film Competition among the top 25 festivals worth the entry fee!  The Accolade has been a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices for over ten years.  Attracting both powerhouse film companies and talented new filmmakers, the Accolade Global Film Competition is unique in the industry.  It is an exceptional, truly international awards competition, not a traditional film festival – which allows filmmakers from around the world to enter their films in this prestigious competition to gain the recognition they truly deserve!

Our talented filmmakers have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys & Tellys.

The Accolade has recognized productions from all over the world including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bali, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Kosovo, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.

Honors and Laurels

Quality and creativity are celebrated in four levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence, Award of Merit and Award of Recognition.
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season and Best of Show winning films also receive a beautiful 24k gold plated statuette created by the same company that crafts the Oscar (a $375 value).  Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award Of Merit award level. Awards of Recognition recognizes achievement in a specific category of entry.

Easy to Use

We know you have spent a lot of time and effort on your film and the last thing you want is to encounter a difficult submission process.  Our all-in-one online entry form makes entering a simple and easy process online!  Unlike some commercial portals, you can enter your film in as many categories as you like for even more exposure.   Enter today!

Do you know other talented artist story tellers looking for exposure?  Forward this email to your friends and colleagues.  Get them involved and help them gain the recognition they deserve!

To stay up to date with the latest announcements, “Like” The Accolade Facebook page here:

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A Lego Brickumentary (Prescreening) on July 28

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An Evening with Aardman Animations: Shaun the Sheep Movie (August 4, 2015)

ShaunTheSheep_FilmPage_476x268August 4, 2015 6:30 p.m.

Landmark’s Clay Theatre

An Evening with Aardman Animations will celebrate the stop-motion powerhouse with an onstage conversation following a special advance screening of their new film Shaun the Sheep Movie. Co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak will be in attendance and will discuss their creative process and answer audience questions following a screening of their latest feature film, based on the hit television series.

About the film: When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

Aardman Animations’ adeptness at engaging audiences with compelling stories told through animation has earned the company a well-deserved worldwide reputation. Their award-winning independent feature films, television series and advertising spots feature a unique aesthetic, and their immediately recognizable characters have countless fans worldwide. The studio has produced a number of the most popular animated films of all time and has earned ten Academy Award nominations, with four wins among them. Their credits include The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995), Chicken Run (2000), The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) and Flushed Away (2007). Shaun the Sheep, the studio’s wildly popular animated television series on which the new film is based, was launched in 2007 and has broadcast more than 130 episodes worldwide.

Tickets to An Evening with Aardman Animations are $12 for SFFS members; $14 general; $13 seniors, students and persons with disabilities; $8 for children aged 12 and under.

For more information, click here.

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