CelAction 2D at Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011

Long time AN member Andy Blazdell is the founder of CelAction 2D animation software. We heard from Andy today as CelAction will be involved with the Television Animation Conference at the upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival happening from September 21 to 25. CelAction is 2D animation production software that's been used on several award winning shows. It's a London based company with a 10 year record of success. To read the press release concerning CelAction's involvement with OIAF 2011 and to get more info on all the good things going on follow this link to the AN Forums.

New 'Puss In Boots' teaser from DreamWorks

Yet another entertaining video from DreamWorks Studios featuring Puss In Boots, the most interesting cat in the world, to add to the collection of videos and other paraphernalia accumulated in this topic on the Forums, namely a photo I took of the Puss In Boots display in the DreamWorks lobby last April. 

Puss In Boots opens November 4, 2011. Stay furry my friends.

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September 11, 2001 - Ten years ago on the AN Forums

Ten years ago on this date, the world drastically changed forever. On that day, the AnimationNation Forums were abuzz with editorial activity, providing the animation community a place to collectively grieve, mourn, express itself, and share information. I thought it would be fitting, in memory of the attack on the US, to reflect back on that time by highlighting some of the many discussions that were taking place then. Follow this link to the current AN Forums to see a view of 9-11 from 250 miles in space, plus a list of links to the many topics that our members were involved in ten years ago concerning the fateful events of the mindless and premeditated tragedy that has affected the lives of just about everyone around the world in one form or another. 

Free Content and Tutorials from AnimationScout.tv

A new educational content and tutorial source website for animators has launched. It's called AnimationScout.tv. It features articles, interviews, animation fundamental videos, and free rigs produced by their staff. They've interviewed Victor Navone of Pixar and more is on the way. They've also rigged an unusual funny 'egg like' character and and giving it away free! There's more info in the topic that's been posted on the AN Forums. Check out their promotional video...

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Stephen Silver at next AN Night - September 27, 2011

The last Tuesday of each month we sponsor an event here in Burbank called AnimationNation Night. It's a social - creative - educational gathering that attracts large groups of people. Most of the time we have guest speakers who are prominent in the industry, or we have screenings, or both.

This month we'll be hosting the great Stephen Silver, one of the outstanding character designers in animation. Steve is renowned not only for his work on some of the most popular cartoons on TV over the years. He's also at the forefront of artists who are independently successful in their own right. A creative individual with no equal in the business.

For more info on Stephen Silver head on over to his site. For info on this coming AN Night  please follow the link to the AN Forum. For info on AN Night in general, follow this link.     

'Get Out' - Award Winning Student Film from ESMA

The more I see of student animated content the more amazed I am at just how incredible the level of creative brilliance is in our industry worldwide, and there's no shortage of it in France.

I don't know much about this particular animated short other than it has a funny twist to the ending. It originates from the Ecole Superieure Des Metiers Artistiques. Obviously a fine educational institution for the arts judging by this film entitled "Get Out". There's a website associated with it at getout-lefilm.com. Apparently it's won some prestigious awards at film festivals throughout Europe and the USA in 2009 and 2010. Here's the corresponding topic on the forums. Enjoy the film...

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'Mazes' by István Orosz

Time to celebrate some Hungarian animation. Adrian Foster, our webmaster who goes by the moniker of Skynet on the forums, posted this video recently of an animated short by István Orosz. A Hungarian born painter, designer and animator, his work is inspired by the surreal art of M.C. Escher who created masterpieces of optical illusion throughout the 20th Century. Take a look at  István Orosz's amazing "Mazes" from 2008 and marvel at the mind of this great talent. Here's the topic on the forums.

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'Santa's Apprentice' coming November 10, 2011

There's an animated Christmas special on the way from our friends Down Under. It's called "Santa's Apprentice" and it looks to be a real treat for the Season. Its release date is slated for November 10, 2011. It came out last Christmas for the French language market and did well. This Holiday Season it'll be in English. Richard Bailey is an artist in Melbourne, Australia who worked on the film. For more info on Santa's Apprentice visit the AN Forum topic which features a write up about the movie. Meantime, enjoy the trailer... 

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Nelson Boles - "Little Boat" - and a little history

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in September 2005, I had a student enroll in the Teen Program at my school The Animation Academy in Burbank. He was young man of 16 years, in town with his mother. They were from New Orleans and were refugees from the storm. They were staying in Los Angeles and for a few months, Nelson Boles was attending class. Afterwards, when things got back to normal in New Orleans, he returned home after leaving a very positive impression with me.

He was a talented fellow and took to what he was being taught very quickly. It was all fundamentals at that time. His drawing was good, his design skills unique, and it turns out his filmmaking abilities were just as remarkable as I was to learn in 2008 when he became the second student associated with my school to win the Warner Bros Hanna Barbera National Scholarship, which included acceptance into Cal Arts.

I'm happy to say that I had a look at Nelson Boles in his earliest days of his career as a great animator, and I'm happy to share with you his latest work which is getting online attention.

Here's the topic on the AN Forums, and here's "Little Boat"...

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