Monthly Archives: October 2012

Per-Minute Production Rates Are Climbing on Kickstarter [UPDATED]

Transparency in the crowdfunding community is highly valued, and animators tend to be most successful when they are upfront about the length of the animation they plan to produce with the monies raised. The unintended result of this openness is that the opaque world of animation budgets has begun to fade away. When Cartoon Brew […]

Animated Fragments #20

It’s been a while since the last installment of Animated Fragments so here’s another random assortment of short animation tests, exercises and other brief pieces that I’ve run across recently: AD by Adam Dedman (UK) Bassawards “Call for Entries” spot by Lobo (Brazil) Animated walks and runs by Michael Schlingmann (UK) “Cuckoo” by Alexander Pettersson […]

This Weekend in New York City: Pictoplasma Conference

Pictoplasma will stage the fourth US edition of their character design conference this weekend in New York City. The two-day conference (Nov. 2-3) will include artist talks, animation screenings and a roundtable discussion focused around the use of character design in contemporary culture. The full conference schedule can be found on the Pictoplasma website. Speakers […]

Per-Minute Production Rates Are Climbing on Kickstarter

Transparency in the crowdfunding community is highly valued, and animators tend to be most successful when they are upfront about the length of the animation they plan to produce with the monies raised. The unintended result of this openness is that the opaque world of animation budgets has begun to fade away. When Cartoon Brew […]

Turkeys still happening?

Remember Turkeys, the animated movie announced years ago that involved turkeys going back in time to remove turkey from the Thanksgiving day menu? If you don’t, yes, that is actually a real idea for a film. If you do, it’s still apparently happening, according to ComingSoon.net. Now with Relativity Media (Immortals) attached as a distributor, with Owen […]

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of and Making of Peanuts Animation

I’ll be posting a Holiday Gift Guide next month, but one book leapt out of the pack and I want to give you the heads-up right now. I just received a copy of Charles Solomon’s The Art and Making of Peanuts Animation (Chronicle Books) and found it a wonderful surprise. Not only a visual delight […]

“The Snow Queen” Official Trailer

No, not Disney’s Frozen – This is the Russian version of The Snow Queen, of which we posted a teaser from back in February. Here’s the latest “official trailer” for the film, this one playing up the “comedy” elements. The Snow Queen will be released in Stereoscopic 3D and was produced on a budget of […]

Big Halloween trick from Hotel Transylvania director

Beginning October 26, all digital showings of Hotel Transylvania in Regal Entertainment Group Cinemas around the U.S. will be preceded with a new traditionally animated short directed by the film’s director, who also animated every key frame of the new short. Entitled Goodnight, Mr. Foot, the short stars legendary monster Bigfoot and follows his adventure […]

Frankenweenie: Cinematographer Peter Sorg’s shades of grey

When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for Frankenweenie, he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984. Now, the creative genius comes back to the subject, with a different technique, but with the same visual approach, as this brand-new, […]

“Sub!” By Jesse Schmal

In the year 2000, Jesse Schmal created the most excellent student film Sub! while attending Rhode Island School of Design. Since then, he’s kept a relatively low profile, working on shows like Codename: Kids Next Door and Superjail!, while also pursuing other non-animation projects. The good news is that Jesse has recently been expanding his […]