Monthly Archives: July 2012

Academy of Art Students work on “Beasts”

A message from Dr. Elisa Stephens: Dear Academy of Art University Community, Please join me in congratulating Executive Director of Animation & Visual Effects, Chris Armstrong and the faculty at the School of Animation and Visual Effects on a job well done.  We would also like to thank our students for their hard work. Please […]

August 2012 Exhibitions

Inspiration: Master animator Sylvain Chomet

In this excerpt from the BBC series “The Secret of Drawing” (2006) director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville  and  L’Illusionniste ) demonstrates his approach to drawing for animation.  The work shown is an early test scene from “The Illusionist”  (released 2010) . The entire episode is available here:    Drawings from “The Illusionist” Pencil […]

Inspiration: Master Animator Joanna Quinn

Master Animators at work. It’s always interesting and educational to see how an animator approaches animating their scenes. First up, the amazing Joanna Quinn . More Joanna Quinn on YouTube :

Shop talk: Traditional animation and Cintiq tablets

  An article in animator Steve Moore’s online animation magazine FLIP! has a survey of animator’s who are using Cintiq tablets for their professional and personal animation work. With so many “traditional” animators now animating paperlessly using Cintiqs and/or Intous tablets  I thought that this round up of professional opinions of how the workflow is […]

Bane Brings the Pain

As many of you might know, the newest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises directed by Christopher Nolan was released this month. If you are a Batman fan and have read the comics, you are probably aware that Bane is known as the villain who “broke the Bat”. In Batman: Knightfall, one of the most […]

Monthly Film Screenings at the Walt Disney Museum

The Walt Disney Museum selects a classic Disney film each month to show in their theater. Check out the calendar of events here. July Sword in the Stone (1963) 11am, 1pm & 4pm | Daily except Tues, 7/14 & 20 Free with Museum admission; or $7 general, $5 under 17, without Museum admission August Fantasia […]

new animated feature: “Ernest et Célestine”

  Looks like we can eagerly anticipate yet another wonderful hand-drawn animated film from France.   Thank goodness the French animators apparently did not get the memo that “2D is dead” . Hopefully this one will get picked up for U.S. distribution by GKids who also distributed “The Secret of Kells” and “A Cat of Paris” […]

Heinrich Kley exhibit – at the Walt Disney Museum through September 17th, 2012

If you are in the San Francisco area make it a point to get out the to the  Walt Disney Family Museum  (always an inspiring trip in itself)  to see a special exhibit of Walt Disney’s private collection of Heinrich Kley  drawings and sketchbooks.   The exhibit is currently open and runs through September 17th, 2012. […]

The Lady Behind the Mouse

After being sick for a few days and wearing gloves (don’t ask), my days of looking like Minnie Mouse with the white gloves are over. Minnie Mouse will always be known as Mickey Mouse’s love interest. She is popular for her large yellow high heels, polka dot dress, and matching bow between her ears; but […]