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!

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Nick Jr. Animated Shorts Program

The submission period for Nick Jr. Animated Shorts Program is open now through April 28, 2014!

Please visit shorts.nickjr.com for guidelines and details on how to apply.  

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MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair

A new exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum!

The Walt Disney Family Museum is pleased to present MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair. On view from March 13 to September 7, 2014, this comprehensive exhibition explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original, beloved, and influential designer and art directors, Mary Blair (1911–1978). Blair’s joyful creativity―her eye-appealing designs and exuberant color palette―endure in numerous media, including classic Disney animated films, such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan, and theme park attractions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, most notably “it’s a small world.”
Guest curator John Canemaker—an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Peabody Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, teacher and author—organized the exhibition to reflect the arc of Blair’s career before, during, and after her years at the Walt Disney Studios through artwork, artifacts, photographs, and videos.

MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair features some 200 works and explores all phases of Blair’s work by examining her artistic development in three major areas: “Learning the Rules”—her student days at Los Angeles’ legendary Chouinard School of Art, and her fine art regionalist watercolors exhibited in the 1930s. “Breaking the Rules”—her artistic breakthrough with boldly colored, stylized concept paintings for classic Disney animated features during the 1940s and 1950s, including Saludos Amigos (1942) and Peter Pan (1953); and “Creating New Worlds”—freelancing in the 1950s in New York where she became a popular illustrator for national advertisements, magazine articles, clothing designs, window displays, theatrical sets, and children’s books.

The exhibition includes Blair’s rarely exhibited student art, which was influenced by the illustrations of her mentor Pruett Carter, and her mid-to-late artworks from the 1930s as a member of the innovative California Water-Color Society which reveal an essential humanism and empathy for her subjects. The exhibition also showcases The Walt Disney Family Museum’s extensive collection of Blair’s conceptual artworks in gouache and watercolor—some of which have never displayed outside The Walt Disney Studios—that reveal the artist’s inexhaustible creativity in design, staging of imagery, visual appeal, and unique color sensibility. Also featured are original illustrations from several of Blair’s beloved Golden Books including I Can Fly (1951).

For more information, click here!

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Visual Development Guest Speaker: Craig Elliot @ March 28th, Friday!

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Seeking Flash Animator

Flash Animator

Job Type:
Part Time Contractor

About Koolbit:
Koolbit is compose of veterans from Zynga, EA, Kixeye, Kabam, Multimedia Games, WMS Gaming, IGT, Pokerstars, and Betfair.

Driven by a vision to put a Casino on Every Device, Koolbit is building the world’s first and largest Mobile Casino Network. The Koolbit network consists of more than 25 apps and websites. Under Koolbit’s flagship brand, 1Up Casino, 5M players are enjoying slots, bingo, and table games on Android, Amazon, Apple and desktop devices.

Job Descriptions:
The role of the Contract Flash Animator is to assist in the creation of slots symbol animations, visual effects, and character puppetry animations under the supervision of the Art Director. This member of the art staff will also be required to work on vector graphics and simple paint-overs.
Under direct supervision of the Art Director, you will actively learn as you create character design, text treatment, animation and apply color theory.  You will use your proficiency in Flash and Photoshop while learning other art methodologies.  You will broaden your artistic abilities as well as software expertise through company training, independent learning, and learning from the Art Director.

This is a contract position and one can work remotely from home. During special circumstances the Art Director may advice this position holder to work in Koolbit’s San Francisco office located on 1151 Mission Street. The hours are flexible so one may continue their academic studies while producing exciting animation assets during their spare time.

Proficiency and experiences in creating character animation, visual effects, and graphics in Flash and Photoshop
Strong aesthetics, with good drawing skills and color sensibilities
Ability to keep files clean and well organized
Able to follow detailed instructions and open to constructive critiques
Be able to work at an ultra-fast paced production environment

Required Skills:

Job Location:
San Francisco, California. 1151 Mission Street. 94103

Applicants should provide resume and a link to an online portfolio with demo reel.
Please send your application to daniel@koolbit.com

For further inquiries about this role, please contact:
Daniel Chou
Art Director

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SAVE THE DATE: The Vagabonds (Costume Carnival) @ April 5th!

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FREE Disaster Preparedness Training!!! (Wednesday, April 16th and 30th)

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Sony Imageworks at AAU Wednesday, March 26th!

Spend an afternoon with Sony Imageworks! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the visual effects from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and other blockbusters.

All students and alumni welcome.

Bring your questions!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
491 Post St. / Morgan Auditorium

Unfortunately, Sony Pictures will not allow us to stream or video this event.

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SAVE THE DATE: MUS Collaboration Event on April 10!

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Life After Pi

Life After Pi” is a short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on “Life of Pi”– just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy. The film explores rapidly changing forces impacting the global VFX community, and the Film Industry as a whole.

This is only the first chapter of an upcoming feature-length documentary “Hollywood Ending,” that delves into the larger, complex challenges facing the US Film Industry and the many professionals working within it, whose fates and livelihood are intertwined.

For more information, go to http://www.hollywoodendingmovie.com/.

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