Promote Yourself: Chris Patton to attend AniMinneapolis

Chris Patton to attend AniMinneapolis

Minneapolis, MN – September 25, 2013 – Prolific voice actor Chris Patton will be appearing at the fourth annual Anime Minneapolis convention in May in downtown Minneapolis. Convention attendees can come to the convention to see him in various panels, get free autographs, and participate in various Q&A sessions.

Chris Patton has been acting professionally for well over fifteen years, with over twelve of those years dedicated to voice acting and anime, including work for ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and Okratron 5000. Some of his more well-known roles are Sousuke Sagara in all the Full Metal Panic series, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood, Asura in Soul Eater, Akuto Sai in Demon King Daimao, Keima in The World God Only Knows, Ikki in Air gear, Sho in Guyver, Fakir in Princess Tutu, Nishi in Gantz, and Turles in Dagonball Z: The Tree of Might. Other Anime credits include: Inu X Boku SS, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, Hajime in Ghost Stories, Ayato in RahXephon, Daley Wong in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Ranmaru in The Wallflower, Eiji in Gravion and Gravion Zwei, Haruka in Tactics, Graham Spector in Baccano, Komyo Sanzo in Saiyuki, Gintoki in the Gintama movie, Hiroki in The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and tons and tons more! Chris is also a stage performer, a music freak, a horror film nerd, a roller coaster guru, and a huge fan of Sharon Needles, Freddie Mercury, and Aleister Crowley.

AniMinneapolis is a fan-run anime convention held in Minneapolis, spanning three days from May 23-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Minneapolis. The convention combines a fan-friendly attitude with a big exhibit hall, a ton of events, and an exceptional guest list. Over 3,000 cosplayers and anime fans are expected to come to the fourth year of this event.

Admission for the entire weekend costs $40 through December 31, and can be found online at

Vendor registration is also now open for the convention, online at

Promote Yourself: Giant Wheel Animation debuts at MIPCOM with ‘Lily & Friends’


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Giant Wheel Animation debuts at MIPCOM with ‘Lily & Friends’

(25th September 2013 – London) Giant Wheel Animation the Anglo-Indian CGI animation studio today announced it is debuting a new pre-school animation show at MIPCOM.

‘Lily & Friends’ will be an original 52 x 11’ animation series created by Giant Wheel’s London studio and features a curious little girl called Lily whose imagination leads her on a series of adventures in her garden.

The series will also a host of adorable creature characters with each episode featuring a positive lesson in sharing, helping, love, tolerance or respect.

Giant Wheel is unveiling the show in Cannes to co production partners, broadcasters and distributors for the first time. Clark Irving (‘Marvo the Wonder Chicken’ – Disney XD) will direct the series.

Soumyashree Mohapatra, Creative Director of Giant Wheel Animation said: We excited to be debuting our IP ‘Lily & Friends’ at MIPCOM. We have had an extremely positive reaction to the property so far and we’re confident partners from around the world will be impressed when they see the show in Cannes.”

Giant Wheel Animation is an artist led company comprising of designers and animators who have years of experience in developing popular animated shows and feature films. 2013 marks company’s first visit to MIPCOM.

The studio also recently announced the appointment of Atlantyca Entertainment as distributor for ‘Taka & Maka’, a 40 x 1’ co production with French animation house Tiktak Production, and series director Ulrich Boyer’s Techtonik Productions.

The business’s London HQ develops original IP and also specialises on character design and storyboarding whilst the Indian studio focuses on servicing projects, both for Giant Wheel’s own properties and other clients including ‘Dear Dracula’, recently aired on Cartoon Network. 

For more information about Giant Wheel Animation please contact Justin Crosby on 0203 176 6688/ 07966 228361


Promote Yourself: “Tools to improve free video reference site”

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We’re launching a Kickstarter project to implement a new variety of tools for animators, we will create and install on our website a new video player for our 1.800+ online video references, presented on, that allows scrubbing videos frame-by-frame. Also, we’re going to update our website to run properly on feature/smart phones and tablets. We have some great awards, including ad plans and sponsorship in our site exclusively for schools and companies in the animation and game fields.  And ALL OVER 1800 videos on our wesite are completely free and available to the whole community of animators in the world.

:: See our project page on Kickstarter! ::
Share it with your friends, classmates and students! If we don’t fund the project in Kickstater, the site will continue as it is … without videos frame-by-frame, without working well on tablets, and without being able to download the videos. In addition, several new videos that we have to up-load will stay on the desk. If you support us by sponsoring our project from $1, you will help us helping the whole animation community in the world!


Thank you!

Promote Yourself: Luis Cadavid, RIDE WITH ME

RIDE WITH ME narrates that race that we all have been through many times in life.  Roads that are steep, narrow, and full of OBSTACLES.  The goal begins with our dreams, the biggest CHALLENGE lays in our HEARTS.  In a way, Henri represents our goal in attempting to create this short film. We have been working on this short film for 5 years.  It started as an idea for a reel and gradually developed into this beautiful story and art.  It has become our passion, working on it on our free time and weekends, at odd hours of the night.
Ride With Me is the story of Henri, a small ten year old boy who lives with his grandmother, crazy grandfather, and twin siblings. His grandfather is in a wheelchair and rolls around the house thinking he is at war and shoots at the enemy with toy guns.  In an attempt to help his family, Henri partakes in the most challenging race, Le Tour De France!  As always, there is a daring antagonist who will be bigger and faster than our underdog, in this story, it is Jacques.  He is the rich boy in town who doesn’t need to win the race, but he will be the boy to beat.


Promote Yourself: Frank Detrano premieres an original animation series called PALOOKAS.

Courtney Madison, an LA reporter, visits a witness protection mob informant known only as Deep Fish, 
and learns that the new Godfather for the Candella mob is Henry Candle, a long lost relative and bungling,
naive hillbilly now living in Iowa.
The Candellas succeed in bringing Henry back east to groom him as the Don all on the pretense that he’s
been promoted as the next CEO of a waste management company.
However, his wife’s family (which includes a bunch of moonshine rejects from Deliverance) also follow him
back and this culture clash of two stereotypical families provides the comedy during Henry’s transformation.
Every time the Candellas pull Henry to their side of the fence, his in-laws pull him right back in.
But, hey, they’re cartoons….you got a problem with that?

Promote Yourself: NFB 3D Animations at TIFF






image003Short Cuts Canada to feature Claire Blanchet’s The End of Pinky, Bruce Alcock’s Impromptu, Theodore Ushev’sGloria Victoria and Chris Landreth’s Subconscious Password


Toronto, August 7, 2013 – A world-renowned creative laboratory making breakthroughs in animation and stereoscopic 3D (S3D) cinema, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will showcase its auteur animators at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with four new films. Taking place September 5 to 15, the festival will feature premieres of NFB S3D animated shorts in its Short Cuts Canada program, with The End of Pinky by Claire Blanchet, Impromptu by Bruce Alcock (Global Mechanic Media/NFB), Gloria Victoria by Theodore Ushev andSubconscious Password by Chris Landreth.

World premieres

Two NFB films will be making their world premiere at TIFF 2013:

The End of Pinky

Claire Blanchet’s S3D film The End of Pinky revolves around three fallen angels―Johnny, Mia and Pinky―seeking companionship and humanity in the shadows of the red-light district, in a mythic, magically realized Montreal. But when one of Pinky’s endearing quirks sets off a tragicomic chain of events, Johnny plots revenge. Created with hand-drawn pencil and pastel animation, and rendered in stereoscopic 3D, The End of Pinky is based on a story by Heather O’Neill, who also narrates. It is directed, written and animated by Claire Blanchet and produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB.


When Chuck’s wife spontaneously invites her co-workers home for dinner in Bruce Alcock’s Impromptu, this last-minute gathering seems to have all the makings of a disaster—but leads instead to a quiet epiphany about embracing the chaos of life’s rich pageant. Impromptu reminds us of the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love, as seen through the eyes of a modern man. The film was written by Ed Riche and Bruce Alcock, with Tina Ouellette as producer for Global Mechanic and Annette Clarke and Michael Fukushima as producers for the NFB.

North American premiere

 Gloria Victoria

The final film in Theodore Ushev’s NFB trilogy on the relationship between art and power, Gloria Victoria unfolds on the still-smouldering rubble of a furious 20th century. From the Russian front to the Chinese Revolution, from Dresden to Guernica, Gloria Victoria combines elements of surrealism and cubism to orchestrate an explosive nightmare in the name of peace. Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Gloria Victoria is set to music from Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony, and joins Ushev’s previous works Drux Flux and Tower Bawher as an animated dialogue between music and images. The film is produced by Marc Bertrand for the NFB.

Canadian premiere

 Subconscious Password 

In the computer-animated S3D work Subconscious Password, Oscar-winning director Chris Landreth (Ryan) uses a common social gaffe—forgetting somebody’s name—as the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious. Inspired by the classic TV game show Password, the film features a wealth of animated celebrity guests who try (and try, and try) to prompt Charles, Landreth’s alter ego, to remember the name. Winner of the award for best short film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Subconscious Password is produced by the NFB, with the participation of the Animation Arts Centre of Seneca College and Copperheart Entertainment. Marcy Page (NFB) and Mark Smith are the producers.


About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) produces groundbreaking animation at its studios in Montreal and at NFB centres across Canada, as well as via international co-productions with many of the world’s leading auteur animators. The NFB is a leader in developing new approaches to stereoscopic 3D animation and animated content for new platforms. The NFB has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 4 Canadian Screen Awards, 7 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.



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