HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 – First 5 Minutes

From the DreamWorks Animation YouTube page.

Watch the first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2!


The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

US Release: June 13, 2014

Posted in Animation, DreamWorks, News | Leave a comment

The Making of “Ernest & Celestine”

Interested in knowing how Ernest & Celestine was made?

Director Benjamin Renner started a blog to explain the step by step process of how Ernest & Celestine came alive on the big screen. He used playful illustrations to describe his first meeting with the producer, Mister Didier, to questioning how to adapt Gabrielle Vincent’s books, and to Renner’s emotional state when Ernest & Celestine was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. To check out this blog, click here.

Visit the official Ernest & Celestine website to look at the production work. You can find a few examples below.

If you want to hear from the man himself, below is a video with Benjamin Renner explaining how he made the film by using hand-drawn and computer animation techniques with a splash of watercolor effects and Flash.

Posted in Animation, News | Leave a comment

Steve Weblun: Storyboards/Illustration/Courtroom Art (April 22, Tuesday)!

Posted in Events, News, The Industry | Leave a comment

Night at the Opera on April 26th!

Posted in Drawing, Events, News | Leave a comment

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli (May 1–Jun 1)

An event from the the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)!

Astonishing Animation: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli
May 1–Jun 1

We are proud to present this retrospective of some of the greatest and most influential films of all time from the legendary Japanese animation team at Studio Ghibli. Praised for their originality, stunning animation, and ambitious storytelling, the films are a beloved part of Japanese culture and have received worldwide acclaim from both audiences and critics. Don’t miss this chance to see these beautiful films on the big screen, almost all presented in 35mm film prints.

Please note: Most films will be presented in their original form with English subtitles, but the first film shown on each Sunday will be shown in an English-language version to make the work more accessible to younger viewers.

For the event schedule, please click here.

Posted in Animation, Events, News | Leave a comment

Spring Show Submissions are Due Saturday! (April 12)

If you have not done so, please submit your Spring Show Submissions no later than this Saturday/April 12th by 11:00pm!!!

Here is the rubric for submissions for the upcoming Spring Show 2014!

Spring Show submissions are accepted from January 31st, at 12am until Saturday April 12th, at 11pm. Absolutely no late revisions or late entries: THEY WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED! …This means YOU.

Your submissions must be the final version, by the given due date.  Incomplete submissions will be automatically disqualified.  This is non-negotiable.

Categories/Codes to Choose From:

  • Feature Lighting
  • Dynamics and Particles
  • VFX Matte Painting
  • VFX 3D Texture
  • VFX Compositing
  • VFX Short Subject
  • Background Painting & Layout Design
  • Maquette Sculpture
  • Stop Motion Puppet
  • Storyboards
  • 2D Animation Test
  • 2D Animation Dialogue Test
  • 2D Animation Short Film Pencil Test 
  • 2D Animation Short Film Full Color 
  • Stop Motion Short
  • Animatics
  • 3D Mod. Hard Surface and 3D Mod. Environments
  • 3D Mod. Organic
  • 3D Character Animation Realistic
  • 3D Character Animation Test
  • 3D Character Animation Dialogue Test
  • 3D Short Film  (including Motion Graphic Shorts)
  • MEL Scripting and Rigging

For full instructions, click here.

Good luck!

Posted in Animation, News, Spring Show | Leave a comment

Fall 2014 Demo Reel Deadline: May 2, 2014

Posted in News | Leave a comment

DON’T FORGET: MUS Collaboration Event this Week!

Posted in Animation, Events, News | Leave a comment

Learning from the Masters: An Afternoon with Brittney Lee

By Sarah Barrie Fenton

The Walt Disney Family Museum (WDFM) plays host to all sorts of wonderful animation industry events, lectures, and special exhibits. Just recently they held an intimate workshop of about 15 people to spend an afternoon with the amazing visual development artist, Brittney Lee. Tina Hsu, Bianca Wong and myself were there from the Academy of Art, and we were all very excited for the opportunity to spend time with one of our shared inspirational artists.

Brittney started off the workshop introducing herself and describing some of the projects she’s worked on at Disney such as Tangled, Wreck It Ralph and Frozen. She works mostly digitally but confesses that her true passion is working with paper, which is also a favorite medium of the great Mary Blair whose exhibit is currently at the WDFM. Britney had prepared packets for each of us, including templates, matte frames and all the supplies we would need to create our own unique piece of paper sculpture. She walked us through her process starting us off on the right foot, and then let us get as creative as we wanted. Brittney and her husband David (who is a TD at Disney and well trained in her paper-craft method) walked around helping where needed, and graciously answered all sorts of questions, artistic, personal and professional.

“Paper Craft with Brittney Lee” photo credit: Sarah Barrie Fenton

At the end, we each took home a special piece of paper art in the long standing tradition of Mary Blair and so many talented others, the knowledge of how to continue to create our own paper-craft, and the memories of spending some quality time with Brittney. Tina sums up our afternoon perfectly “Working with Brittney was such an inspiring experience and I wish we had more than two hours to go deeper. The event was so much fun and I definitely plan to do more with what I learned from her!”  Best day ever!

“Paper Craft with Brittney Lee” pictured: Tina Hsu and Brittney Lee, photo credit: Sarah Barrie Fenton

“Paper Craft with Brittney Lee” pictured: Sarah Barrie Fenton and Brittney Lee, photo credit: Sarah Barrie Fenton

To see more of Brittney Lee’s artwork, please visit her website at

Sarah Barrie Fenton is an instructor at the Academy of Art University, more of her artwork can be found at

Posted in Animation, Events, Events in Animation, News, The Industry | Leave a comment

10 Second Reels Are Due Saturday/April 5th!!!

If you have not done so, please submit your 10 Second Reels no later than this Saturday/April 5th by 11:00pm!!!

Here is the rubric for 10 Second Reel submissions for the upcoming Spring Show 2014!

Spring Show includes an industry-participated job fair known as Career Day, currently attended by graduating students on an invitation-only basis. An invitation to Career Day is based on the quality of work submitted to the Industry Outreach reel, otherwise known as the 10-Second Reel: a compilation of graduating students’ work, each sample lasting only 10 seconds.



Entry Dates

10 Second Reel submission acceptances commence on January 24st.

All 10 Second Reel submissions are due by 11:00 pm Saturday, April 5th.

Your reel will be disqualified if any of the following occur with your submission:

 - You may only submit ONE TEN SECOND REEL to ONE CATEGORY, If you submit more than once, you will be disqualified.

 -  Submissions must be FINAL AND COMPLETE by the due date, if it is not: incomplete or late submissions will be automatically disqualified.

- If the reel is longer than 10 seconds, will be automatically disqualified.


For full instructions, please click here.

Good luck!

Posted in Competitions, News, Spring Show, The Industry | Leave a comment