Nickelodeon 2014 Student Animated Shorts Program (Deadline: Monday, Sept 15, 2014)

Nickelodeon 2014 Student Animated Shorts Program

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SoCal VFX Internship for Credit opportunity with Dirty Robber

Dirty Robber VFX FA14 Internship

Studio location is Silver Lake / Los Angeles.

To apply, please email with subject titled: Name_Department_School and include your cover letter, resume, letter of recommendation and links to any current work.

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Glen Keane’s “Duet”

Glen Keane’s hand-drawn animation, Duet, displayed at Google I/O 2014


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Laika Wants To Bring 2D Hand-Drawn Animation Back


Laika has made a name for themselves with their hand-crafted stop-motion animated feature films like Coraline, ParaNorman and the upcoming movie Boxtrolls. But the Portland-based animation studio wants to help hand-drawn animation make a comeback. During the Boxtrolls Hall H presentation at 2014 San Diego Comic Con International, Laika head Travis Knight would like to do a 2D hand-drawn animated feature film. Find out more about a possible Laika hand-drawn animation feature film, after the jump.

Travis Knight

He says that every one of the Laika stop-motion movies feature small bits of hand-drawn animation composits, but he would like to one day do a whole movie in the medium. It seems like they don’t have any definite plans but you could tell from his tone that it’s something he’s been considering for a while now.

Since Walt Disney Animation Studios has abandoned hand-drawn animation feature films since the unsuccessful release of The Princess and the Frog, I’d be glad to see another animation studio get their hands back in the game. And Laika’s brand of hand crafted storytelling would be the perfect place to make it happen.

Laika is owned by Nike co-founder and Chairman Phil Knight, and run by Knight’s son Travis (who acts as its President and CEO). Laika Entertainment’s feature films are distributed by Focus Features, a division of NBC Universal.

For the full article, click here.

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DreamWorks Animation has announced their Fall 2014 internships

DreamWorks Animation has announced their Fall 2014 internships. These are part-time for credit opportunities for Junior and Senior BFA students.

Internship will begin around Sept. 8th, 2014:

These positions are based in Redwood City, CA.
1.       Videography
2.       Digital Training
3.       Production
4.       Artistic Development

These positions are based in Glendale, CA.

1.       Production
2.       Post Production
3.       Creative
4.       Artistic Development
5.       TV Development
6.       TV Production
7.       Videography

Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to with the appropriate subject line (see posting for full details)

Full details here:

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Big Hero 6 Trailers

If you haven’t seen them yet, below are the recent trailers for Disney’s Big Hero 6. Enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes with ‘Boxtrolls’

From Animation Magazine.

The Boxtrolls

Back in Spring, the Animag editorial team was invited on a delightful, mind-boggling tour of LAIKA studio in Portland, Oregon, where teams of craftsmen, artists and animators were hard at work on the upcoming Focus Features release The Boxtrolls (September 26). According to producer David Ichioka, “Stop motion is not the stupidest, but it is the wackiest possible way to make a film.” Here are some of the wacky things we learned about this neo-Victorian family adventure.

By the Numbers

  • 1 week; the average amount of time for an animator to complete 3.7 seconds of footage
  • 3.5 inches, the cuff-to-cuff measurement of baby Eggs’ sweater (created on an embroidery machine to produce irregular lines, like a hand-knitted garment). His little socks are only ⅝” long
  • 4 scenes per week was the goal for each animator
  • 14 different fabrics were used in Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat
  • 24 kinds of weeds were created for backgrounds by the greens department
  • 55 different sculpts of prop cheeses were made; different scale sizes were needed for wide, medium and close shots
  • 56 ½”; the size of the terrifying Mecha Drill vehicle; every joint is articulated for jostling and the prop required its own stage rig
  • 30 to 300; the range of crew at work between the beginning of shooting and the height of production
  • 1,300 shots required vfx touches, which were accomplished by 50 artists
  • 20,000+ props were handmade for the film; the smallest prop is a tiny sewing needle with thread
  • 55,000 facial expression pieces were 3-D printed, with the potential for approximately 1 million combinations
  • 125,280 individual character poses are needed to create the 87-minute film

The Puppet Department

With different artists creating delicate armature (both for characters and their costumes), hemp hair wigs and intricate costumes, there was a lot to take in.

  • This is the first LAIKA film that started with a silhouette lineup of characters (by artist Mike Smith).
  • Key influence words were: Fantasy Dickensian world, nervous lines, Ballet Russe, Impressionism.
  • Costumes were really pushed for this third film thanks to Deborah Cook’s period-inspired designs including lace created on an embroidery machine and cut-outs, panels and patterns made with a laser cutter.
  • European expressionism even factored into the “skin” painting — faces and hands were stylized with blocky colored lines and contrasting areas.
  • Mechanical challenges included the villain Snatcher’s belly, which has its own gear for jiggling, the Boxtrolls’ bendy midjoint and the big ballroom scene which required jointed rigs in the ladies’ skirts to create a Gone with the Wind effect.

Quote of the Day

During an informative lunch with directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, Anthony gave the best summary of the film’s dichotomy of the above-ground, cheese-filled world of oppulence and color and the dreary night world of the trolls and their antagonist: The Boxtrolls is like if Terry Gilliam did Oliver Twist.”

For the full article, click here.

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Alliance Francaise is showing 5 animated features in July!

The Alliance Française of San Francisco offers a weekly Movie Night to any and all who love French cinema.

Join us every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the lower AFSF Theater for a presentation before the film, which begins at 6:30pm.

A $5.00 donation is suggested for the refreshments that are offered.

July 2014: Get Animated! (Animated Film Series)
July 1 – Prince & Princess
July 8 – The Painting
July 15 – A Monster in Paris
July 22  – Tales of the Night
July 29  – Ernest & Celestine

Alliance Francaise

For more information, click here.

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Call for Entries!!!


Submit your film to SUNDANCE: HERE


Early Submission Deadline:
Monday, July 28, 2014 – $40 entry fee

Official Submission Deadline:
Monday, August 25, 2014 – $60 ENTRY FEE

Late Submission Deadline:
Monday, September 15, 2014 – $80 ENTRY FEE


Submit your film to SLAMDANCE: HERE

1. Early Deadline by Friday, July 25, 2014.
$40 entry fee for a short entry up to 40 minutes and $50 for a feature entry.

2. Regular Deadline by Friday, September 5, 2014.
$50 entry fee for short and $80 for feature length.

3. Late Deadline by Thursday, October 9, 2014.
$60 entry fee for short and $100 for feature length.

4. Final Deadline by Thursday, October 16, 2014.
(Accepting submissions through Withoutabox ONLY)
$70 entry fee for short and $110 for feature length.

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Pixar in Concert at the San Francisco Symphony

From the San Francisco Symphony:

SF Symphony:Pixar Night

From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles and Up, Pixar Animation Studios has forever impacted filmmaking and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. This summer, the San Francisco Symphony presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies, including their latest release, Monsters University, performed live by the San Francisco Symphony.

Lee Unkrich, director of Toy Story 3 and co-director of Finding Nemo will host July 17.
John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studioswill host Pixar in Concert on July 18.

Tea Time is planning a group to go July 18th (Lee Unkrich will be hosting).

Fees are waived if you use these links.

July 18

July 19


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