Michael Hitchcox

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Michael Hitchcox / 2D Background Instructor Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario and freelance 2D background artist.(Photoshop either colour keys or production backgrounds)

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Worked as a highways ticket guy for construction crews. Worked as a landscaper for a dutch owner (nice guy, just a very hard worker)

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Magic School Bus, Beetlejuice (the animated series),Gargoyles, Gift Eater promo, various productions for Atomic Cartoons.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Oakville, Ontario, Canada. I went through for fine arts, never thought of animation or anything commercial…but Continue…

Massimiliano Lucania

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Massimiliano Lucania and I’m a storyboard artist, at the moment I’m working for the Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films on season two of the Disney show “Doc McStuffins” .

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Actually, to be honest, I never had “crazy” jobs before getting into animation; I’ve always been lucky enough to work in fields where I get to draw: my very first job was as a comic book artist for Disney Co. Italy, then I’ve been working as a concept designer for video games, I did some illustration, and finally, six years ago, I started doing storyboards for animation, for several animation studios, both in my country, Italy, and abroad. So, every job I did, it was about drawing. Beside storyboarding, sometimes I also do a bit of character design.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I can say that storyboarding last year on season two of “Octonauts” was fun and challenging at the same time; it’s a preschool type of show, but it still has really a lot of action sequences. It was fun but sometimes it required a lot of thoughts in keeping everything under control in terms of composition and action. I think it’s a very nice show and I’m proud of it.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I’m from the Milan area in Italy. Like almost everyone working in animation, I always loved watching cartoons since I was very little; it was the late 70s and early 80s and like a lot of people of my generation here in Italy, I grew up with a lot of Japanese anime and American cartoons ( stuff like Tom and Jerry and Hanna and Barbera).  Actually, Continue…

70 Free Animated Films: From Classic to Modern

Open Culture has a list of 70 free animated films such Tijuana Brass; a precursor to modern music videos, this Oscar-winning animated film by John & Faith Hubley and many others. Some of the links don’t work due to copyright laws and bla bla  bla… go check them out!

From the site:

Watch over 70 free animations online. The collection features some classics, plus some modern gems. You’ll find a number of animations of literary classics in the mix too. For more great films, please visit our complete collection

You can see the full list here: http://www.openculture.com/free-animated-films

 

Muriel Celinger

What is your name and your current occupation?
Hi, my name is Muriel Celinger . I work as a freelancer . I am a 3d characters & designer Also working as a sound  & video designer for gaming.

 

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Music producer a lot of work on stages. A lot of noise and phone calls.

 

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Always the last is my favorite. Now it is a 3d game “The hidden treasure of Nahala”.  in this game, i worked as a sound designer and have done the movie trailer animation for the promotion.

 

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I was born in Paris and live in Tel-aviv.  I come from the music world, and in the last  ten years I have learned visual arts communication. I worked as a  flash animator when I discovered that Continue…

News: 3dCutout 1.5 released

Wow! A very cool plugin that just came on to my radar is 3dCutout 1.5, which allows you to make Flash-like cut out animation in Autodesk 3D Studio Max. It’s  a pretty interesting tool and while I have yet to try it myself, from the video above it seems fairly straight forward. Basically you create art in Photoshop or your art program of choice (that has layers), set parameters, build a rig and it gives you IK bones that let you pose a character similar to Flash but with a lot more tools at your disposal, including of course a 3D camera as well as an auto key feature. It even has asset management. Harmony does a fair amount of these features as well but I would argue that it’s a bit more limiting since Max also has particle effects as well as compositing tools, plus it includes a MUCH more robust user base than Harmony.

At only$250 it’s not a bad price to pay, plus with Autodesk having subscription options, it might just be the sorely needed Flash killer people have sought after for decades since Adobe routinely ignores all requests from animators to add features catered to us.

You can find out more about 3dCutout 1.5 at their website.