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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Why Movie Special Effects Peaked In The ’90s

Here’s an interesting take on why movies don’t do as well as they did in the 90’s. I’m not entirely sure I agree with this statement but I like the theory. Personally I LIKE new films and the way they make you believe there really is a 20 foot green man or a giant dragon. No I’ve never seen one so I can’t compare it to my real life experiences but do I need to?




Jeffrey Scott has some great tips up on AWN about writing good screenplay outlines. As you know an outline is essential to getting a good script. It’s the backbone of the film. And yet, many young writers don’t bother to write one before they begin their screenplay which is a rookie mistake. Check out the tip below and click the link for the rest. If you’re at all interested in being a good writer, read this article. Oh and while you’re at it go buy Jeffrey’s book too.

One way to know if your outline isn’t up to snuff is if you find yourself having a hard time writing the script. In my experience, when the outline wasn’t tight I’ve struggled with the scripts. And when the outlines were well structured, the scripts were a breeze. They practically wrote themselves.

You can read the entire article here.

Rick Farmiloe

What is your name and your current occupation?
Rick Farmiloe, I am a traditional (2D) animator and storyboard artist.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Hmmm…..crazy….? Didn’t really have any ‘crazy’ jobs……I worked in my dad’s warehouse, unloading trucks, stacking boxes, and trying not to go crazy from boredom When I moved to LA from the Bay Area, I got a job in a record store, Music Plus in Pasadena. ….home of Van Halen!! It was a lot of fun….but just minimum wage!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I think the films I animated on at Disney in the 80’s, early 90’s are the projects I’m most proud of. The Little Mermaid, Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin were all great films, and I enjoyed doing the sidekicks in each one! They have seemed to stand the test of time…..which is very gratifying.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, Santa Rosa to be exact. Charles Schulz also lived in Santa Rosa, and was a lifelong inspiration to me!! We actually Continue…

Promote Yourself: Pirate Express coming to GO! from Saturday July 4 at 7.30am


The hilarious ‘contemporary meets classic’ original cartoon series with lashings of adventure “Pirate Express” from Sydney-based production hot-house Sticky Pictures and Canada’s Atomic Cartoons will have its Australian premiere on Saturday July 4 at 7.30am on Australia’s GO! channel.  (High-res image attached)

The 26 x 30 minute series for 7-11 year olds recently won Best Musical Score and was nominated for Best Animated Series at this year’s Leo Awards which celebrates excellence in British Columbia Film and Television.

“We are incredibly thrilled to announce “Pirate Express” will be launching on GO! in Australia this Saturday.  It’s a big, bold comedy series full of adventure, laughs and a regurgitating penguin named “Spewey”.  We can’t wait to share the non-stop antics of our motley Pirate crew with the GO! audience,” said Executive Producer and CEO of Sticky Pictures, Donna Andrews.

Follow the adventures of Captain Newt, a 12 year old boy from Atlantis, and his dim witted crew on the seven seas, onboard the ship Pirate Express!  Newt’s mission?  To watch over a motley menagerie of misfit mariner miscreants and keep the former captain LaPoutine, and his salty shipmates, away from mischief and out of trouble.

It’s a high stakes game for Newt and his buccaneers, because should they fail, the Pirates will be sent back to their ship in a bottle for all eternity. No pressure.

Join Newt, LaPoutine, Armando, Burt, Booli, and Spewey the penguin, as they travel the seven seas and beyond, spreading cartoon comedy…and CHAOS of god-like proportions!

Catch Pirate Express each week from Saturday July 4 at 7.30am on GO!


For further media information: Adele Feletto Publicity M: 61 413 489 292

E: adele@adelefelettopublicity.com.au

Sticky Pictures logoAbout Sticky Pictures

Sticky Pictures is an independent, creative-driven Australian production company dedicated to innovative, high quality animation and live action properties for the world market.  Sticky Pictures has achieved local and international success with hit television series including Me & My Monsters (commissioned by BBC and Ten Network), Bindi’s Bootcamp (ABC), Pearlie (YTV and Ten Network), Dennis the Menace and Gnasher (BBC and Nine Network), The Dukes of Bröxstônia (ABC and Cartoon Network), Sticky is currently in production on Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong (ABC and Teletoon).

Sticky has enjoyed creative collaborations with major production companies including Tiger Aspect Productions, the Jim Henson Company, FremantleMedia, Nelvana and Atomic Cartoons. Sticky Pictures television productions have sold to more than 100 countries.  Sticky Pictures is a multi award winning, BAFTA nominated studio and was named Children’s TV Producer of the Year by the Screen Producers Association of Australia (2011). In 2013, The Dukes of Bröxstônia was named Childrens TV Production of the Year by SPA. Sticky Pictures’ shows have featured in the Annecy international animation festival and in film festivals across the world.

Atomic_Cartoons_logoAbout Atomic Cartoons

Award-winning Atomic Cartoons is an independent full-service animation studio located in Vancouver’s busy animation district and beautiful downtown Kelowna, BC Canada. Atomic creates, produces and finances animation for television series and specials. Atomic Cartoons’ partners Mauro Casalese, Rob Davies, Trevor Bentley and Rob Simmons head-up a landmark studio that includes some of Canada’s most creative animators, directors, producers and writers. Adept at multiple genres and animation styles, Atomic Cartoons is recognized internationally as one of the leading animation studios in North America.

Since its inception over 15 years ago, Atomic Cartoons has become well known for its dazzling creative talent and battle-proven production pipeline. Notable is Atomic’s unparalleled success with its homegrown shows, including Rocket Monkeys,  and hit Atomic Betty, seen in over 180 territories and garnering Atomic worldwide kudos among them the Annie, Leo, Gemini and BAFTA awards.

Luca Mari

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What is your name and your current occupation?
I’m Luca Mari, cut-out animator, motion graphics and 3D generalist. I’m also a co-founder of StudioASC, a creative team specialized in pre-visualization and illustration for advertising, film and TV commercial, located in Milan, Italy.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I did a lot of jobs before landing in this Studio, like working for an assurance office or as a Graphic and video editor in a small TV company. I’ve been even a barman and radio station director… I can’t tell you which was the craziest job… but what’s sure is that I always had a lot of fun and met plenty of strange people!

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Well… I don’t know… every week it’s a new adventure, and I try to do every work with my maximum effort. In the past, founding and starting a new radio station was really a wonderful experience in my life.

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I ‘ve changed many works, and the most of them didn’t have much to do with the animation business. But the course of my professional life has a thread: Continue…