Animation and Visual Effects Spring Awards on May 12


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Integrating 2D and 3D assets for Traditional Animation

Here are some shots from a recently completed (Fall 2015) AAU thesis film, “Old Man Aero”  by online student London Parker (MFA , Traditional Animation) .  London did his hand-drawn character animation in TVPaint Animation, with several shots combining vehicles animated in Maya and rendered with a “cel-shaded” look ,  then loaded into TVPaint so the hand-drawn characters and hand-drawn effects animation could be matched to the CG animation .   This is a good example of successfully integrating traditional hand-drawn animation with CG assets.  The first video is a breakdown showing his shot progression.   His inspiration was the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki, such as “Porco Rosso” and “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” .

The following are excerpts from several of the finished shots in ‘Old Man Aero’ by London Parker.

Shot 7 Final by London Parker

Old Man Aero’s flying machine and the Locomotive were animated in Maya and imported in TVPaint.

Shot 14 Final by London Parker

The locomotive smoke and the explosion are traditional hand-drawn effects . The animated BG elements are referenced from a 3D layout in Maya, but meticulously retraced and painted by hand.

Shot 21 Final by London Parker

Copyright by London Parker.  Used by permission .


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The Animated Journey Podcast with Angela Entzminger

A message from one of our alums, Angela Entzminger!


I am pleased to announce that I have completed one of my New Year’s Resolutions — start a podcast!

“What is a podcast?” you ask?

It’s like a radio show that you download FOR FREE from the iTunes store and listen on your phone, computer or tablet.

The show is called The Animated Journey with Angela Entzminger and each week I interview professionals working in the animation industry in television, film and games.

You can download the two episodes below TODAY on iTunes:
The Animated Journey by The Animated Journey on iTunes

Episode 1 with Zabrina McIntyre – Production Coordinator for Disney Television Animation

Episode 2 with Chiara Ferrari – Layout Artist for DHX Media

Coming Soon! Episode 3 with Domee Shi – Story Artist for Pixar Animation Studios

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March 2016 Castro Theatre Calendar

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A Life Drawing Event: MUSE on March 5th

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STUDENT MIXER – Tuesday, February 23


Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 5.09.07 PMThe Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present Mel Shaw: An Animator on Horseback. Open from January 13 to September 12, 2016, this exhibition is the first-ever retrospective of the life and work of Disney Legend Mel Shaw (1914–2012)—an artist and storyteller whose skills were in demand by the icons of Hollywood, from Orson Welles to Walt Disney. Shaw’s own life story as an artist, creative entrepreneur, and master horseman is as romantic and adventuresome as the animated stories he helped bring to life. The exhibition is guest-curated by Academy Award®-nominated producer Don Hahn (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent).

Date: Jan 13, 2016 – Sep 12, 2016

Location: Walt Disney Family Museum

For more information, click here.