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Lego “Click”

January 25th, 2010

CL!CK: A LEGO Short Film from Lego Click on Vimeo.

This super cute and inspiring short encourages invention, exploration, and imagination. To learn more aobut Lego’s “Click Moments” visit and

-Bailee DesRocher

Students & Teachers: Sherie Pollack’s Awesome Lecture! Part 2 - The Talk!

May 8th, 2009


Recently I had a sit down with one of my favorite people, multi-talented animator and director Sherie Pollack, whose body of work ranges from edgy primetime programming animating and timing on “The Simpsons” to directing “God, The Devil, & Bob” to the pre-K “Dora the Explorer” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” I took the opportunity to discuss her journey into animation success and her upcoming lecture “My Career in Cartoons”. Here, in the second half of her interview, Sherie goes in depth about her lecture.

BD: In your lecture, what kind of things do you cover for aspiring pro animators?

SP: I basically want to share everything I wish I knew when I started. You know, how to get a union job. What is a union all about. What do I do if I’m not doing well on a job - how do I get my groove back? Carpal tunnel. Everyone gets it. Eye strain. How to [Read more…]

Audio Interview: Ward Jenkins

August 8th, 2008


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You can listen to the interview HERE.

I recently interviewed Oregonian illustrator, animator, and director Ward Jenkins. Ward has worked on both coasts, from Primal Screen to LAIKA House.

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Guild’s Got Groening

July 14th, 2008


Written By is a magazine published by the Writers Guild of America West. The Summer 2008 issue just came out and the theme is “Age of Animation”. The Cartoon Cover boy is Matt Groening, and you can read an except of his interview here. (One interesting tidbit that I didn’t know is that Bart’s name came from a bad novel that Groening wrote in high school. Bartholemew Simpson was the narrator who was “haunted by the fact that he looked like a beaver.”)

The issue is well worth purchasing: it includes interviews with Seth McFarlane (by Family Guy showrunner, David A. Goodman) and Brad Bird, an opinion piece by Mark Evanier, excerpts from unproduced animation scripts., and of course coverage of the history and present state of animation union organizing (by both the WGA and local 839). [Read more…]

Demo Reel Dos and Don’ts with Carlos Baena

July 12th, 2008

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Animation Mentor has posted a recent webinar with Carlos Baena, on the topic of how to make a great demo reel.  While you first and foremost need to be talented, this guide also makes helpful suggestions for presenting your work, demo reel etiquette, and how to help you stand out from every other demo reel. Of course, if everyone watches the webinar and does the same thing, then you’re still stuck trying to stand out from everyone else, but you get the idea.

 -Floyd Bishop

How To Survive (Literally) And Thrive

October 24th, 2006

Based on the web-buzz on this topic the past few days, boxing gloves will be handed out at the door.

How To Survive And Thrive

Panel Discussion and Book Signing event tonight.

Asifa-East President David Levy (animation director on Blues Clues) will lead a panel discussion on the state of the industry and how best to navigate your career path in animation. Panelists include:

Craig Bartlett (Creator: Hey Arnold!)
Alex Kirwan (Art Director: My Life As A Teenage Robot)
Sue Perrotto (Animation director: Beavis and Butthead, Billy and Mandy)
David J. Steinberg (Disney Feature Animation Producer)
Eric Coleman (VP, Animation Development and Production, Nickelodeon)

Mr. Levy will be signing copies of his new book as well. Join us for this unique event.

Tuesday, Oct. 24th, 2006, 7:00 PM
Glendale Public Library
222 East Harvard Street
Glendale, CA

General Public $10. Admission is free for Asifa Hollywood members.


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