Pixar – What Makes a Story Relatable

From www.fastcocreate.com.

A Look At Pixar’s Secret Storytelling Weapons

A new video explores the many ways in which Pixar’s storytelling is designed to evoke highly recognizable, personal emotions in each viewer.

WHAT: A video essay on why Pixar films tend to be so relatable.

WHO: YouTuber KaptainKristian.

WHY WE CARE: It’s not just that Pixar films put viewers through the emotional wringer, it’s the way they do it—not with cheap manipulation but with meticulously crafted storytelling and core truths. In a new video essay, YouTuber KaptainKristian explores one of Pixar’s famous 22 Rules, the one centered around making sure each story has a case to exist. Over the course of a few minutes Kristian posits that Pixar stories exist to reflect viewers’ essential humanity right back at them—often using non-human avatars—in a way that older viewers will recognize and younger viewers might internalize. We may be watching toys, fish, or dinosaurs, but what we see is ourselves (blurrily, as the tears begin to flow.)

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Jalloo – the Atlantic Festival of Animation and Games

Call for Submissions

Send in your animated 2D, 3D, or even Stop Motion short for a chance at cash prizes!

On Friday, 10 June, we will be screening submissions from animators all over, with a special focus on animators from the Atlantic region (but not exclusively). Animations may be 2D, 3D, Stop Motion, or any other form of animation made since 1 Jan 2015 by individuals or groups.

You do not need to attend Jalloo to enter.

Cash prizes*:

  • $200 each for first place 2D short and 3D short
  • $100 each for second place 2D short and 3D short
  • $200 for audience favourite
* the judges may change the exact prizes awarded based on submissions, but the prize fund will never go below the amount listed here. All prizes are in Canadian funds.

Submission deadline: Midnight Friday 3 June, 2016. All submissions will be juried for quality, content, and to fit the time allotted. Submissions passing the jury will be listed as well as the actual winners.

If you are interested in submitting an animation, please click here for more information!

Fall 2016 Demo Reel Deadline: May 20

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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:
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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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