Animation Insider’s goal is to focus on the blue collared worker of animation; the back bone of the industry. We want to focus on the people in the trenches who make the award winning stuff we love. Basically if your job is or ever was associated in some way with animated movement, we want to interview you! Even if you’re a big famous hotshot you weren’t always and I’m sure you’ve got great stories to tell! We think everybody has stories to tell from the trenches of animation!
If you’ve ever been in the Animation, Feature film or video game industry, please feel free to send us an email and we will send you the questionnaire!
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Here’s an interesting Kickstarter with a technology twist. I’d actually like to see this made! Check it out!
The Finkelsteins, a family of out-dated gadgets, cast out of Techtopia by Gooog Inc, find purpose again by starting a temp agency in the suburbs of Passé, “Where no one goes obsolete!”
Techtopia: an animated comedy short pilot, is brought to you by this excellent team:
3-time Emmy winning Simpsons director, Mark Kirkland…
Life of Pi animation lead, Will Kistler…
Voice of Cartoon Network’s Tom and Jerry, Rick Zeiff…
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! writer, Libby Ward….
Voice of Leonard on Nick’s Get Blake, Kevin Glikmann…
Audio recording completed (Igloo Studios). Working with a great animation company (Lady Bug Studios) to produce a high-quality product. Please help us see this animated project to to the finish line! www.TechtopiaShow.com
What is your name and your current occupation?
Hello. My name is Larry MacDougall and I am currently illustrating several children’s books although I have also recently been doing some visual development work and character design with Disney designer Harald Siepermann for Zipfelmutzen Film in Germany. They are working on a 3D animated feature.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Well, I’ve certainly had a few odd jobs in my time. I’ve cleaned buses and I’ve worked in a steel mill. The steel mill gig was pretty horrible at the time but the memories of working in that extreme environment and some of the nutty people that worked there have been fueling my imagination ever since. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
A couple of recent book projects I’m rather proud of are The Secret History of Giants and The Secret History of Hobgoblins, both of which were written by Ari Berk. The Secret History of Hobgoblins is finally due out this fall after a rather long delay.
How did you become interested in animation?
Like most people in the animation business I grew up watching cartoons and always enjoyed drawing. I was a big fan of comic books and Mad Magazine as well – you know, Mort Drucker, Jack Davis etc.. Anyway, one day during my stint at the steel mill, just after I’d finished high school, I was introduced to Continue…
A really cute concept that I’d love to see more of!
A young “veggiemancer” is reckless with her first creation, creating a turnip monster of epic proportions!
The film is a proof-of-concept for a larger story to be told in the future.
Produced during my final year in the Animation program at Sheridan College.
Created by Justin Chan
Music by Jukio Kallio
Sound Design by Joonas Turner
Daniel M. Lara does it again with his fantastic implementations of Blender’s Grease pencil. I’ve personally tried this method and I have to say I have no idea how he’s doing it because I can’t get even close to the details he does out of Blender’s Grease Pencil. Granted I don’t know squat about Blender so I can’t really complain. Nevertheless, it seems like it’s a fantastic tool and if the developers can continue working on it, it truly may become a powerhouse with regards to 2d animation. One of the most amazing parts of the tool is the way you can lasso art and bend it much like the complicated deformers available in Toon Boom harmony, yet you can do it without deforming anything. It’s quite incredible.
Below is Daniel talking about the future of Grease Pencil. Notice when he demos the tools, he lassos then grabs arms and legs as well as faces to distort them perfectly. What a tool!
José Manuel García Alvarez and Antonio Méndez Lora have teamed up to produce a really nice looking Maya rig for Maya 2013-2015. You can download it here.