Nickelodeon Artist Program – Deadline to Apply is April 1st



In general, we recommend that you present your best work and limit your work accordingly. Focus on quality rather than quantity. Your portfolio should show diversity in skill. Organize your portfolio by highlighting your main passion first. Include an appropriate number of images to showcase your skills (a minimum of 5 images and a maximum of up to 25 images).
Please submit work such as:
·         Character designs
·         Environments
·         Props
·         Color and paintings
·         Sketches and works in progress, as well as completed compositions
·         Life drawings
·         Animal sketches
Submission Materials:
·         Portfolio (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp, or .zip)
·         Reel  (AVI, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg,. wmv, .flv or .f4v) – OPTIONAL
·         A URL to your blog or online portfolio/reel
·         One-page resume (.pdf, .jpg or jpeg, .doc or docx)
·         Half-page biography (.pdf, .jpg or jpeg, .doc or docx)
·         Completed and digitally signed application form
·         Completed and digitally signed Submission Release Form and Schedule A


In general, we recommend that you present your strongest work and limit your work accordingly. Submit original material only (your own personal work) – no storyboards of commercial material will be accepted. Your submitted storyboard should highlight your strengths. Your storyboard can be action-oriented and/or comedic. Make sure that your storytelling in each shot is clear and understandable. While there is no limit to the number of panels to include, you should only include enough panels to showcase yours skills. Submit what conveys your ideas best. Focus on quality rather than quantity.
You can submit work such as:
·         Character designs
·         Backgrounds (including sequences)
·         Sketches and works in progress
·         Comic books
·         Animatic
·         Animation reel
Your storyboard should communicate your skills in the following areas:
·         Storytelling & Story Structure
·         Staging
·         Composition
·         Perspective
·         Proportion
·         Clarity (others can understand what you’re trying to convey)
·         Clear action in an action sequence (if applicable)
·         Set-ups and pay-offs of jokes (if applicable)
·         Character acting ability (e.g. capturing conversation)
·         Appropriate use of Cinematography
·         Any supplemental materials should further highlight your storyboarding skills.
Submission Materials:
·         Storyboard of personal work: a short film or sequences that highlight your storytelling, focusing on either comedy, action or action comedy (.pdf)
·         Supplemental work (all are OPTIONAL): a portfolio and/or sketchbook images that highlight your skills (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp, or .zip) and/or a reel/animatic (AVI, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg,. wmv, .flv or .f4v),
·         A URL to your blog or online portfolio/reel
·         One-page resume (.pdf, .jpg or jpeg, .doc or docx)
·         Half-page biography (.pdf, .jpg or jpeg, .doc or docx)
·         Completed and digitally signed application form
·         Completed and digitally signed Submission Release Form and Schedule A

Deadline to apply is April 1st.
Winners get a 6 month paid position, so this is ideal for recent graduates and May 2015 grads.
Full info here:

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‘Toy Story 4′ Adds Josh Cooley as Co-Director with John Lasseter

From by Ethan Anderton:


We’ve still got a couple years before Toy Story 4 hits theaters on June 16th, 2017, but since animated movies require a lot of hard work over a long period of time, Pixar Animation is moving right along on crafting the feature film. When the project was announced last fall, the original film’s director and Pixar COO John Lasseter was revealed to direct, but now the animation powerhouse has announced that Inside Out head of story Josh Cooley will join Lasseter as co-director on the sequel. Cooley started from the bottom as an intern in the story department on Cars, and look where he’s at now. That’s pretty amazing.

Here’s the announcement from Pixar Animation about the news on Twitter:

You might remember Cooley because we highlighted children’s book illustrations of scenes in R-rated films like Pulp Fiction and Alien that were turned into an awesome Golden Book style collection called Movies R Fun (you can buy it right here). It’s great to see someone as talented as Cooley getting a chance to rise up the ranks and now get this dream job. Cooley tells Variety:

“To be co-director on ‘Toy Story 4’ with John, who brought the ‘Toy Story’ characters to the screen 20 years ago, is a dream come true. When I first saw ‘Toy Story’ I was amazed by the groundbreaking computer-generated animation. But it was the strong storytelling that kept me coming back. ‘Toy Story 4’ will continue that tradition and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it!”

In addition, Disney CEO Bob Iger recently revealed some interesting tidbits on the project (via Variety). The remarks were translated from Disney Latino by The Daily Telegraph, so do with that information what you will, but Iger said, ““It will be a romantic comedy.” He adds that unlike Toy Story 3, which closed a trilogy story arc so well, this film will not put much emphasis on the relationship between our favorite toys and their owners. He said it won’t really be a continuation of the same story from the first three films, “In temperament it is, but it will be a love story.”

In a way that sounds a little worrisome, but ever since John Lassester stepped up to take a more prominent position at Disney in addition to his role at Pixar, we know they won’t make sequels that they don’t believe in, so we’re hoping for the best. The script comes from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (both of Celeste and Jesse Forever) with the story cracked by Lassester, Andrew Stanton, Peter Doctor and Lee Unkrich. That’s a hell of a lot of talent on this one, so there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Joan Cusack have all be confirmed to return, but we’re waiting for more details still. Stay tuned.

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The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are currently open for submissions.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards are currently open for submissions.

Deadline: Contest ends on June 19, 2015.

All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 5pm (Pacific Time) on June 19, 2015.

Eligibility: Work must have been completed between May 1, 2014 and June 19, 2015, WHILE a student at AAU and 18+ years of age.

There is no entry fee. Both individuals and groups may enter up to three unique projects in each of the following categories during the entire duration of the contest.

Application entry forms:

For ALL contest information

Grand Prize winners will be announced during MAX in Los Angeles. Winners receive 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud memberships, travel and accommodations to MAX as well as access to the event, and mentorships. In addition, 3 Grand Prize winners receive $1,000USD.

Categories for the competition include:

Interactive Experience Media Segment

• Web and Application Design

• Game Design

• Exhibition Design

• Digital Publishing

• Social Impact Design

Motion and Video Media Segment

• Animation

• Post-production and Editing

• Motion Graphics

Traditional Media Segment

• Illustration

• Packaging

• Photography

• Advertising Photography

• Print Communications

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Laika to Expand Studio by 70 Percent

From Animation Magazine:


Stop-motion house Laika, the Hillsboro, Oregon-based studio behind The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, has announced plans to increase the size of its facility by 70 percent. The studio, which is headed by Travis Knight (son of Nike co-founder Phil Knight), had been toying with purchasing a new facility but has decided to build on its current 150,000 square foot renovated warehouse location after finding nothing suitable in the area.

Fueling the decision to expand are Laika’s storage needs due to the amount of puppets, props and replacement faces generated for each film, as well as the company’s plans to speed up its release schedule. Travis Knight, who took charge of Laika in 2009 several years after his father acquired the studio from Will Vinton, is currently directing the company’s fourth feature: Kubo and the Two Strings (August 19, 2016).

According to the building plans submitted to the city of Hillsboro, the expansion will consist of a two-story facility on the west side of the current studio. The area currently holds much of the studio’s parking, so Laika will be adding hundreds of new parking spaces elsewhere along with 90,000 square feet of new landscaping. With production on Kubo geared up, the current employee headcount at Laika is 394.

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World Premiere! Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Trailer

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Want to Learn How to Submit to Spring Show 2015?

Watch the video, “Adventures in Organland” to learn how!

Submissions are due April 12.

Go to for the official rules and guidelines!

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$10 Digital Subscription to Animation Magazine

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Want to only pay $10 for a year’s subscription to Animation Magazine?

Here is the link for the $10 digital offer.

The promotion code is digigre.

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Tomm Moore of “Secret of Kells” and “Song of the Sea” on February 25

The Cartoon Art Museum will be hosting a talk with Tomm Moore, director of Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea on Wednesday evening (2/25).  There will be a free reception from 5-8pm.

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For more information about the exhibit, click here.

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LAIKA is Coming on March 3 (Tuesday)


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Save the Date: Spring Show Deadline: April 12th


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