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Master Class with our very own Stephen Melagrano

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Our Very own Stephen Melagrano will be at Cartoon Connection Canada in Quebec City on October 29th and will be giving a master class with Mini Pixel and iAnimate.net.  You can check out the press release below for more info:

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DreamWorks Animation and Blizzard Entertainment will take part in Quebec City’s Mini Pixel new master classes in animation. The side event will be held at the Loews Hôtel Le Concorde on Tuesday, October 29 during Cartoon Connection Canada, an international convention of animation and video game professionals.

Three master classes are scheduled for October 29: David Lesperance (Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, Valve Corporation) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Lismer-Leduc-Fortin Room, Ken Fountain (DreamWorks Animation, SplatFrog.com, iAnimate Workshops) from 2 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. in the Suzor-Côté-Krieghoff Room, a master class on using attitudes and body language to interpret, simplify and caricaturize complex expressions in an animated character, and Stephen Melagrano (Blue Sky Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures, Speakingofanimation.com) from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. in the Suzor- Côté-Krieghoff Room, a discussion on the process of creating an animated character, from its body mechanics to its emotional credibility.

“We’re really pleased to bring these speakers to Quebec City. This is a great opportunity for animation professionals to gain in-depth knowledge and added experience,” says Louis Leclerc, general manger of Pixel Québec and co- organizer of Cartoon Connection Canada.

To register for these master classes or for more details, click here.

Stephen also recently did an interview with Rhino House about what he thinks reference is and finding inspiration for your work:

Rhino House interview with Stephen Melagrano from Rhino House on Vimeo.

Podcast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Double Feature

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You’re getting double portions in this meaty podcast, that’s right, we’re talking BOTH Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs films!!  Stephen, and some of the Cloudy 2 animation team, sat down with Animation Leads Alan Hawkins and Joshua Beveridge, and Senior Supervising Animator Pete Nash to get all the juicy tidbits on what went into the making of these two films.  This interview is packed full of great insight, like how the films animation style was developed and getting the best out of every shot.  Just in case you are hungry for more, this interview is loaded with Easter eggs!  So go see the film, listen to the podcast, then go back to find all the fun hidden characters throughout Cloudy 2.  Speaking of Animation was short staffed on this interview so we want to give a very special thank you to animators Kevin Jackson, Shaofu Zhang, Claudio De Oliveira, and David Lisbe for stepping in as interviewers and turning the second half of this interview into a really fun round table.  Bon Appetit!!

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Our own Jacob and Ben Interviewed about Guardians

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Two of our SOA members – Jacob and Ben – were interviewed on the iAnimate.net podcast!

Have a listen here.

In this first podcast for 2013 we get to talk with, not one, but two character animators from DreamWorks; Ben Willis and Jacob Gardner. These guys share their growing pains of animation, their work on the Jack team for Rise of the Guardians, how they seek to grow as artist, and a lot more.

 

http://www.ianimate.net/podcasts/item/interview-with-dreamworks-animators-jacob-gardner-and-ben-willis.html

Guardians Give-Away Winner!

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A huge congratulations to our contest winner,

Elaine Pascua

Elaine will receive an autographed copy of The Art of Rise of the Guardians, a Rise of the Guardians Poster, a Rise of the Guardians 14 month calendar, and Rise of the Guardians temporary tattoos for their unbelievable animated-holiday-things knowledge.

And we of course want to mention our second place winner:

Zach Bova

Even though Zach is a runner up, he will not go home empty handed. We will be sure to get him a poster for his excellent work. He only missed by ONE POINT!

-One person animated on Ice Age 3, Rio, and Tangled.
Henry G. Sanchez

-One person animated on Charlotte’s Web, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, and Avatar.
Jalil Sadool

-One person animated on Lion King, Mulan, John Henry, and Lilo and Stitch.
Ted Ty

-One person animated on Battlefield 2, Megamind, Puss in Boots. And shares his first name with a popular 1920′s gangster machine gun.
Tommie Löfqvist

-One person animated on Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Tangled, and Puss in Boots.
Joe Sandstrom (Both contestants missed this one – Joe Bowers was a modeler on Meet the Robinsons, not an animator.  We are tricky)

-One person animated on Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, and the Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special. And runs this website.
Ben Willis

-One person animated on Monsters Vs. Aliens, Megamind, and Puss in Boots. And runs this website.
Jacob Gardner

-One person animated on Corpse Bride, Tale of Despereaux, and Arthur Christmas. And was a character designer on Space Jam.
Tim Watts

Bonus questions:

-All of these people worked on the same character team, lead by whom?
(clue: He animated on The Wild and The Very First Noel)
David Pate

-Which character did all of these people work on?
Jack Frost

 

We had a lot of fun attempting to stump you guys, and were always impressed with how well everyone did.  Thank you so much to everyone who played!  and to everyone who sent us little comments along with your answers.  It’s great to hear you guys are having fun and appreciating the hoops we make you jump through to find the answers.
You guys are clearly masters of trivia.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holidays!

|SOA crew

Guardians Give-Away Tie Breaker!

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It’s time for our Rise of the Guardians Give-Away Tie Breaker!

It’s between Zach and Elaine.  One of these two masters of trivia will receive all our Guardians SWAG.

The tie-breaker is an IMDB scavenger hunt.
Good luck to you both!

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In addition to animating on Rise of the Guardians, the following animators also animated on what other projects?

NAME THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE:

-One person animated on Ice Age 3, Rio, and Tangled.

-One person  animated on Charlotte’s Web, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, and Avatar.

-One person animated on Lion King, Mulan, John Henry, and Lilo and Stitch.

-One person animated on Battlefield 2, Megamind, Puss in Boots. And shares his first name with a popular 1920’s gangster machine gun.

-One person animated on Meet the Robinsons, Bolt, Tangled, and Puss in Boots.

-One person animated on Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2, and the Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special.  And runs this website.

-One person animated on Monsters Vs. Aliens, Megamind, and Puss in Boots.  And runs this website.

-One person animated on Corpse Bride, Tale of Despereaux, and Arthur Christmas.  And was a character designer on Space Jam.

Bonus questions:

-All of these people worked on the same character team, lead by whom?
(clue:  He animated on The Wild and The Very First Noel)

-Which character did all of these people work on?

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The first person to post in the comments with the most correct answers is our winner!!!
(10 points possible)

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