Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Sony Are Sued in Wage Theft Scandal

From Cartoon Brew:

Pixar, Dreamworks, Lucas, Disney

For the past few years, the Silicon Valley wage-theft scandal has focused mostly on tech companies like Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, but as the story has played out, it’s been revealed through deposition testimony that competing feature animation studios worked together to collectively suppress their employees’ earnings potential and that Pixar’s co-founder Ed Catmull played a major role in orchestrating an industry-wide conspiracy against animation employees.

This evidence has led to a new class action lawsuit filed yesterday in San Jose that alleges “visual effects and animation companies have conspired to systematically suppress the wages and salaries of those who they claim to prize as their greatest assets—their own workers.” The defendants named are DreamWorks Animation, the Walt Disney Company, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Digital Domain 3.0, Sony Pictures Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and ImageMovers. According to the suit, these companies made secret agreements to deprive thousands of their workers of better wages and opportunities to advance their careers at other companies.

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Nickelodeon 2014 Student Animated Shorts Program: DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 30th, 2014

Nickelodeon’s 2014 Student Animated Shorts Program
We’re looking for shorts that make preschoolers laugh out loud!
For more details and to submit your concept, please visit: studentshorts.nickjr.com
Deadline for submissions extended to Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nickelodeon 2014 Student Animated Shorts Program- DEADLINE EXTENDED to September 30th, 2014

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RIOT is coming to AAU on September 25th!

RIOT Fall 2014

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Why every serious film student and independent filmmaker who dreams of creating successful works for the global market should attend David Wachtenheim and Robert Marianetti program


Wednesday, September 10, 7 Pm
At SF State
Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Bldg. room 101, free

Learn how as heads of story on the multi-million dollar feature Hotel Transylvania 2, what they must do (and avoid) to create scripts, gags, etc. that will be successful in Asia as well as Europe, Australia and the Americas.  Is creating a feature that is expected to make most of its money overseas different than creating domestic products?

Much of their career has dealt with controversial subject matter.  They recently directed the hit musical comedy My Depression: The Up And Down And Up Of It for HBO.  Learn how they dealt with a once taboo subject.

Also learn why the Disney Corporation and the Disney family didn’t sue Saturday Night Live and Wachtenheim and Marianetti for billions of dollars for creating and airing the outrageous Journey To The Disney Vault.  This comedy is at times shocking and embarrassing, at least to Disney.  In it Mickey Mouse reveals what may or may not be some of Walt’s darkest secrets!  See a racist clip from Walt’s personal copy of Song of the South, see what happened to Walt’s head after he died and see cartoon proof about other Disney myths.

If you want to learn how to work successfully in the international marketplace and/or with controversial subject matter, don’t miss this free program.

Ron Diamond is the curator of this program, produced the HBO half-hour show  and will also be present to answer your questions.
RSVP http://tinyurl.com/pgtnsnq


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Fall 2014 Town Hall Meeting on October 2


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New AAU Job Board for Students & Alumni!

AAU logo

AAU is pleased to announce a New & Improved Job Board* to better serve students and alumni!

Please direct Students to their LMS dashboard for a direct link to the site. Students and Alumni can also access the board directly at: https://academyart-csm.symplicity.com/students.

They can create a password by entering their student ID number as their Username and hitting “Forgot Password.”

For companies looking to hire your talent, please direct them to https://academyart-csm.symplicity.com/employers/

Questions can be directed to careerdevelopment@academyart.edu

*The old AAU job board is now inactive

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Disney Imagineering – Competition – Design City Transportation

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Project Submission

For the 2015 competition, teams are asked to address the following project challenge:

Disney has world class theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other entertainment venues that are highly popular with families from all around the world. We challenge you to take what Disney does best today and apply it to transportation within a major city. Your uniquely Disney transportation experience should include station/stops and vehicle designs that reflect the diversity of the city, and are accessible, energy-friendly, and fun!

Upon qualification, your team will be provided a Microsoft PowerPoint® template to submit its project:

  • Submission must include:
    • Overview of your project
    • Story behind your design
    • Description of the Guest experience
    • Project images, photos and/or video
    • Team members’ roles and project contributions
  • Submission may not exceed eight slides.
  • Submission may include only one video, not to exceed one minute in length.
  • All images and photos should include a description.
  • Do not include the name of your college/university or any team member on any page, image or video.
  • You may create your own characters or use existing Disney characters for the purpose of the Imaginations Competition only.
  • Your project submission must be sent by mail on a CD-ROM or flash drive and received by the project submission deadline. Project submission must not exceed 10MB in size.
  • If selected as a finalist team, you may bring artwork, illustrations, storyboards, story treatments, models, building designs and any other materials you have developed to the final competition.
  • Projects, entries and/or ideas may not be posted or displayed online until the culmination of the competition. Doing so will automatically disqualify the team.
  • All materials submitted to Walt Disney Imagineering will become the property of Walt Disney Imagineering and will not be returned.

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For more information and details, click here.

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Opening September 2, Call for Entries to 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

SFIFF 2015


The San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF), recognized throughout the world for its eclectic, intelligent and adventurous programs and live events, is accepting submissions to SFIFF58 (April 23–May 7, 2015).  Works in all genres, forms and lengths are considered.

Early deadline – Monday, October 6
Regular deadline – Monday, November 3
Final deadline (shorts) – Monday, December 1
Final deadline (features) – Monday, December 8

Submit your film now to avoid paying higher entry fees!
Enter online – sffs.org or withoutabox.com.

“Premiering my film at SFIFF truly was a dream come true. Each screening was met with such warmth from the community. I couldn’t have asked for a more engaged and thoughtful audiences nor a more welcoming experience for me and my crew.”­
Sara Dosa, director of The Last Season

2014 Golden Gate Award Winners Jesse Moss (The Overnighters) and Sara Dosa (The Last Season). Photo: Pat Mazzera

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Check out the official US release teaser trailer of Studio Ghibi’s recent film, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Below is the official extended trailer that was released in 2013.

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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 maya@dirtyrobber.com 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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