A Talk with Mike Owens on December 20

Exclusive: Masters of Disney Animation with Don Hahn

Wednesday, December 12

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Apple Union Square

Join celebrated producer Don Hahn for a look inside the Walt Disney archives. He’ll share rare sketchbooks and art from The Walt Disney Family Museum’s new exhibition, Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men: Masters of Animation. You’ll see work by the remarkable team of animators behind classics like Bambi, Pinocchio, and Sleeping Beauty. ©Disney

300 Post Street

San Francisco, CA 94108

Get tickets here.

WIA Group Mentoring for Students!

Click here for more information about student WIA memberships for $25/year.

The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

You’re Invited! Tues. November 6th Blizzard visits Academy of Art University

You’re Invited!
Join us Tuesday, November 6th at 79NM Theater for a presentation and Q&A with Blizzard!

Must be a current student at Academy of Art University.
Don’t forget to bring your student ID!

Animator Andrew Feliciano on November 15th!

Fall 2018 ANM Online Director Town Hall Chat

Fall 2018 ANM Online Director Town Hall Chat

Wednesday, October 10th @ 3:30pm Pacific Time

To participate, register here: https://live4.academyart.edu/anmdirthfa18/event/registration.html
Can’t attend? You can request a recording here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3S89MHF
If you have any issues accessing the online meeting room, please contact the Online Help Desk:
Email: online@academyart.edu Phone: 415.618.3545 or 1.888.431.ARTS

Special Freshmen Event: Spinning Wheel! Animation Festival 2018

Mark your calendars for this Thursday! The Animation Department is hosting a Freshman event (although all are welcome!) in the 79 NM Theater WITH FOOD 🍿🍕 We’ll be randomly selecting favorite animated shorts submitted by animation faculty and students (hence the spinning wheel). Come by and enjoy some pizza and snacks while watching great animated art! We hope to see you there ~!


A repost from Will Finn’s blog.

As of this month I have been working in the animation industry for 36 years. Currently I work from home, for various employers as a freelance independent contractor, mostly as a digital storyboard artist. It has its ups and downs but (HUMBLEBRAG ALERT) most of the time I’m busy enough for two people; when I’m not, I’ve learned to be patient and enjoy the breaks. Because busy or not, here’s how I think of it: I don’t have a job – I have a career.

This may sound like semantics, (maybe it is) but to me a job is something you depend on from an employer.  It’s theirs to give and theirs to take away… A career is something i have to be responsible for based on my reputation, my ability, and my preferences. I don’t expect much beyond what I invoiced for last week, and i keep tabs on whatever’s coming up – staying in touch with long-term contacts and making new ones almost constantly. I try to keep at least one “Plan B” in mind at all times.  And that’s fine. A career is like a life : mine to tend, mine to succeed or fail at, mine to take credit and blame for, mine to earn. I would not have it any other way.

When I was a kid my all-consuming ambition was to get a job as an animator at the Walt Disney Studios and live out at least five decades there, hunched over a drawing board sketching away on the next Buena Vista release like my heroes. Other kids worshiped sports figures like Wilt Chamberlain or Joe Namath, I was obsessed with the statistics of “The 9 Old Men”, the group of legendary Disney animators who had  defined the craft as performed at Disney. I poured over their screen credits and thrived on the few grainy black and white photos of them that I could find in books in my high school library…

By a combination of determination and dumb luck, by the age of 20, I had made it into the ranks of fledgling artists being hand picked to fill the emptying offices of the retiring (and in some cases, expiring) Disney animators who had made the studio what it was. After many failed portfolio submissions and calls, letters and conversations with Eric Larson the legendary animator in charge of training, I was tentatively accepted to the training program. During the 8 weeks of Eric’s mentorship I was vying for a slot in the production ranks against peers who were legendary in their own right even back then: most of them talented CALARTS superstars, including Hendel Butoy, later a director for the studio, and some weirdo named Tim Burton.

Somehow I made it thru the 8 weeks by the skin of my teeth and on to production of THE FOX AND THE HOUND. But success was short-lived. It would take a book (GAME OF THRONES maybe?) to outline the various backstage politics during that turbulent year – suffice it to say I got caught in the crossfire. Plus my work was substandard even for a newbie and i knew it. I ultimately ran afoul of studio management and was fired after a short, chaotic term. I had barely lasted 9 months.

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HEY YOU! Would you like to compete in a 24 hour animation competition?

It’s like a hackathon, but for ANIMATION!

We need YOU to join/create a team and make some amazing friends, animation and memories!

To join a team/ sign up and find a team, please click through to this spreadsheet!
If you don’t know anybody, don’t worry! This is how you meet new friends ☺

The details!
WHEN: October 5th-6th from 3pm-3pm
WHERE: 180 New Montgomery B75/B79
GOAL: Create a 30 second short in 24 hours from start to finish! The theme is announced at the start of the competition
TEAMS: 5 people (no more, no less)
PRIZES: Fame! Glory! And usually a lot of other awesome stuff like software licenses, scholarship $$, and mentorships. TBD!

You can work in 2D, stopmo, CG, etc! As long as it’s animated! So if you’re a stopmo or CG student, you should still sign up and find a team of your like-minded animators

For more information on the contest, please see the contest’s official FB page here