Thursday, December 30, 2010

Interview with Don Hahn

From The Pixar Podcast:

The new film Waking Sleeping Beauty is an incredible look at the animation dept at Disney from 1984 to 1994. It easily became one of the best films I saw all year, and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in animation. My guest directed the film, and shared so much in coming on the podcast. Enjoy!


LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Interview Tim Walker

TAG continues with their series of interviews with veteran animators and next up is Tim Walker, currently a supervisor and director at Warner Bros.

From the TAG website:
In the course of a career spanning four decades, Tim Walker has worked on more animated features and television shows than anybody in the history of the medium.

TIM WALKER INTERVIEW PART 1
TIM WALKER INTERVIEW PART 2

Friday, December 24, 2010

A Muppet Family Christmas

I wish all the readers of my blog a Wonderful Christmas Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Enjoy the Muppets :)









Thursday, December 23, 2010

Interview Dan Haskett

Another TAG interview with an animation veteran - Dan Haskett.

From the TAG Blog:
... My first attempt at animation was on 8x10 sheets of paper folded into 16 squares with 16 little pictures—one was a Christmas story with mice, another was a Looney Tunes-type dog chasing rabbits. The dog was named Spotty and the rabbits were Pierre and Horace Hare ....

DAN HASKETT INTERVIEW PART 1
DAN HASKETT INTERVIEW PART 2

Friday, December 17, 2010

Interview with Robert Alvarez

Another interview from the TAG Blog - Robert Alvarez.

From the TAG blog:
When it comes to animation, Robert Alvarez has done almost everything. "I've boarded, I've directed, I've designed, I've done backgrounds and I've animated. Everything but loading film." ...

INTERVIEW PART 1
INTERVIEW PART 2

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jason Schleifer Podcast

From the Speaking of Animation website:
I hope you’re excited, because we are super excited to bring you our Jason Schleifer interview!! 

Jason was very kind to sit down with us and talk about his amazing, and sometimes unbelievable, journey into animation.

From his very beginnings at Wavefront, all the way through The Lord of the Rings, and straight on to being the Head of Animation on DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind; we covered it all. 


Jason was really great to talk to and we had so much fun. Way more fun then should be had in an interview. So thanks again Jason! Enjoy!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

Friday, December 10, 2010

Interview Ed Combert

The TAG blog has posted another animation industry interview, this time with Ed Combert, a long time animation story development artist.

From the TAG blog:
Mr. Ed Gombert (seen above) has been one of the power-houses in feature animation story development for a long time ...

With a career start at Disney in the middle 1970s, Ed has worked as an animator, animation supervisor and board artist extraordinaire. 


He served as Aladdin's story director in the early nineties, and fills the same capacity today on DreamWorks Animation's The Croods.

CLICK HERE FOR PART 1
CLICK HERE FOR PART 2

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Irvin Kershner Passed Away Saturday at Age 87

The director of "Empire Strikes Back", Irvin Kershner sadly passed away at age 87 on Saturday.

From the NY Daily News:
"The world has lost a great director and one of the most genuine people I've had the pleasure of knowing," George Lucas said in a statement. "Irvin Kershner was a true gentleman in every sense of the word.

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE

Here's a tribute to Irvin Kershner from The Nature of Existence:


From the documentary Empire of Dreams:


Here's a couple of interviews with Kershner:






Sunday, December 05, 2010

Interview Steven Spielberg

It's a few years old, but I'm such a huuuge Steven Spielberg fan, so I still think it's coool. Enjoy!











Saturday, December 04, 2010

Bruce Smith Interview

The second interview in TAG's series of animation veteran interviews - Bruce Smith.

From the TAG website:
Trained at Cal Arts, director-animator-writer Bruce Smith got his start animating for Bill Melendez Productions on a Garfield television special ...

"I was lucky," Bruce says. "I never spent time doing the in-betweener thing. I went straight to being an animator."

Mr. Smith came into the cartoon business between semesters at Cal Arts, doing what he thought would be a "summer job." He's still working steadily more than a quarter-century later.


INTERVIEW BRUCE SMITH - PART 1
INTERVIEW BRUCE SMITH - PART 2