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Daisy Edwards’ “Without Thunder”

February 10th, 2010

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Daisy Edwards
, a New York animator by way of Australia, brought us this weeks film, “Without Thunder”. Below she discusses heartbreak, romance, and why NYC sucks in the rain.

Channel Frederator: Where did you study animation?

Daisy Edwards: I went to the Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.

CF: Who are your favorite artists?

DE: I am one of those people who easily falls in love with art and artists all the time…so I have a lot of favourites! But a few to name would be Pascal Campion (I met him at Comic Con, very much a fangirl moment), Mary Blair, Lauren Child, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas…and as for animation artists I cant go past Tim Burton (his MOMA retrospective is awe inspiring), Henry Selick (another ridiculous fangirl moment) and pretty much all the designers for Nick cartoons in the 90s (Aah! Real Monsters, Rocko’s Modern Life, etc)

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37th Annie Awards

February 8th, 2010

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Saturday, February 6th, animation’s highest honors were handed out at the 37th Annie Awards. This years contenders all had a fair shot at top honors, with Sony, Dreamworks, Pixar, and Disney all repped pretty evenly across the board in major categories. With so many excellent films this year, it’s safe to say that animation is the winner.

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Sweetest Episode Ever!

November 18th, 2009

Being a kid is radical. You already know this - as an animation nerd/connoisseur you are more than likely a giant, fun-loving child. Nobody captures the essence of what it means to enjoy being a kid better than this week’s featured animator, Tom DesLongchamp, in his goofy and sweet short “Kid Show”. Look out for his awesome interview with Channel Frederator later this week!

“Kid Show”, by Tom DesLongchamp - An animated homage to the wonders of being a kid.

Keep your eyes peeled for our new show, Cartoon Hangover, featuring the silliest, smuttiest animation on the web. For your beer-goggled, grown-up eyes only! Yes, you’re a kid a heart, but for serious, this will melt your face off.

Animators whose work is shown on regular episodes of Channel Frederator will receive cash! Learn more about the changes we’ve made here.

Leave lots of comments and follow us on Twitter!

WARNING: Channel Frederator is rated EXPLICIT. Man, [Read more…]

Ksenyia Simonova on Ukraine’s Got Talent…

November 2nd, 2009

This clip is of 24 year old Kseniya Simonova, a Ukrainian artist who won Ukraine’s Got Talent 2009. She uses a giant light box and sand to illustrate (and sometimes, real-time animate) the invasion of the Ukraine during WWII, set to haunting, dramatic music. I love a good Britney Spears impersonator, but this is incredible.

-Bailee DesRocher

“The Flower Lion” - Sehwang Heo

October 16th, 2009

This weeks episode features “The Flower Lion” from animator Sehwang Heo. Here he tells us about the unique origin of the film’s premise, and why he won’t fight for his food.

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Where did you study animation/film?

Sehwang Heo: I took a one year animation course in South Korea.

What inspired the story for “The Flower Lion”?

I traveled in India two years ago. I was joining a Vipassana meditation course. During the course, suddenly an image popped out from my head. That image was a lion with flowers. The story started from the image.

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200th Episode of Channel Frederator!

October 6th, 2009

Our 200th episode is here!  It’s hard to believe we’re closing in on 4 years of Channel Frederator.  And to celebrate we’re shaking things up.  Episode 200 marks the debut of our one cartoon format, new host, and ongoing contest.  Anyone who is featured on our weekly Tuesday show from here on out receives $50.  At the end of the month, the animator with the most views in their debut week, wins $200.

But, why switch format?

With a one cartoon format, we can dote on each animator individually.  Which means shining a bigger spotlight on them.  And our viewers can do. For the first time, an audience can help reward an animator.  Like a cartoon?  Twitter it.  Facebook it.  At the end of the month, we’ll tally it up and reward the animator with the most views in their debut week.

Nothing would please us more than to see an animators’ work [Read more…]

Celebrate 4 Years of Channel Frederator!

October 2nd, 2009

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Hey there, Channel Frederator Fans!

We want you to help us throw down for our 4 year anniversary with a slew of fantastic films for one big, bad episode! We’re looking for 4 second animations of what you think the Fredbot would do to celebrate his Happy 4th!

Upload your film to the submissions page. Please type “4 SECOND FREDBOT BY (your name)” in the title box. Best file size and type is 640×360 .mov Done and done!

Deadline is October 12th!

If you have other films you’d like featured on Channel Frederator, check out this article! We can’t wait to show your work, and in addition to interviews and hype for you - with our new format there’s cash available to anyone that gets their work shown!

Woo!

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! Channel Frederator!

September 29th, 2009

Waste not, Channel Frederator Fans! This week, we’re all about recycling, be it bunnies or refrigerators! I’ll let you decide which of those two is a beloved pet…

We’d love to show off your best Halloween themed films - haunting, hilarious, monsters, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, - whatever oogly-booglies you’ve got lyin’ around! Submit today!

Don’t forget – we’re changing our format soon to one ‘toon per episode with cash to animators who participate! Learn more about the awesome changes we’re making here.

Leave lots of comments and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

“The Dragon’s Claw”, by Robert Bruce – Animation Block Party ’09 winner for Best Music Video! Watch as our hero stops animals from becoming appliances!

“Tom’s Fridge”, by Clive McFarland – Man’s best friend isn’t quite what you’d imagine in this quirky paper cutout stop mo animation.

WARNING: Channel Frederator is rated EXPLICIT. Recycling is so *bleepin’* helpful! Oops. Sorry. Some content on CF is pretty [Read more…]

Too Art For TV!

September 23rd, 2009

This week, Fredbot explores Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Erebuni Gallery for the 4th Annual Too Art for TV exhibit! Visit http://bunnycutlet.com/2A4TV for more info. The exhibit closes October 17th! Go, go, go!

Don’t forget – we’re switching our format to one ‘toon per episode with cash to animators who participate! Learn more about the awesome changes we’re making here.

Leave lots of comments and check us out on Twitter!

“Follow”, by Edmond Hawkins – Ambidextrous animator Edmond Hawkins’ latest film! Angels! Planes! Giants!

“Forest”, by Eric Leiser – Stop motion animal skeletons and eyeball trees! Creepy and ethereal.

WARNING: Channel Frederator is rated EXPLICIT. All this art is so *bleepin’* beautiful! Oops. Sorry. Some content on CF is pretty grown up. If you’re under 18, get your parent’s permission prior to viewing.

-Bailee DesRocher

Joel Trussell in the House! Again!

March 5th, 2009

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Animator/director Joel Trussell graces us with more of his music video magic in Kid 606’s “The Illness”. Here he talks about the video’s concept, music, and what advice he’d give to his younger self.

Channel Frederator: How did you develop the concept for this music video?

Joel Trussell: Style-wise, I had recently worked on a project for Napster under the direction of design genius Geoff McFetridge. He was using a minimal style that concentrated on bold design and limited color palette that allowed the animation to stay economical but the visuals to stay fresh and engaging. Considering my limitations for this video (budget and time-wise) I thought I’d give a stab to a similar approach.

Concept-wise I borrowed pretty heavily from Indiana Jones, didn’t I? Using that as a foundation I tried to form a little loose narrative around audio cues I was drawn to in the track and keep the conflict escalating.

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