Monkey Rag – Wins at Catalina Film Festival

Joanna Davidovich & Nate Foster on the Red Carpet after winning Avalon Animated Film Award at the Catalina Film Festival.

Joanna Davidovich & Nate Foster on the Red Carpet after winning Avalon Animation Film Award at the Catalina Film Festival.

Monkey Rag won the Avalon Animation Film Award at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival. The festival was an amazing experience and couldn’t have been held in a more beautiful setting. Jo & I had a great time and hope to get back to Catalina as soon as we can! See Joanna’s tweet below:

 

Monkey Rag win the Avalon Animated Film award at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival!

Monkey Rag win the Avalon Animated Film award at the 2013 Catalina Film Festival!

Monkey Rag

 Joanna Davidovich’s animated short Monkey Rag has been hitting the festival circuit as of late and racking up some major awards!

Check out the site and go see it at a festival near you!

Official website:  MonkeyRag.Cupojo.net

Adventure Time Promo – Behind the Scenes

ADVENTURE TIME!!

Recently Our Live Action Adventure Time spot won Best Interstitial Campaign at the 2013 Kids Screen Awards. The whole crew at Spitfire & I had a crazy time in the making of the spot and I wanted to share some of the fantastic behind the scenes moments during the build and shoot.

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Scanning to Animate Pro 2? Here’s How!

For the past few years, my wife, Joanna Davidovich has been working on a fully traditionally 2-D animated short film/music video called Monkeyrag. I scanned and painted her student film in Photoshop and then sequenced the scenes in After Effects, and it took forever. So rather than dealing with the tedious hell that is the previous method, we decided to go with Toomboom Animate Pro 2. After all, they’ve been around for a long time and are dedicated to the ever evolving animation industry. Or at least that ‘s what I thought until I started scanning.

Animate Pro is a little different than any other application that I’ve used; the key commands seem kinda arbitrary, the interface isn’t intuitive and much of the terminology used is kinda confusing. I use professional production software everyday and I have a degree in traditional animation. I know how software works and the terminology, yet learning Animate Pro has been frustrating as all hell; scanning was like being in hell and trying to escape. Below is the entire multipart playlist for your viewing pleasure, and here’s the playlist on YouTube. Keep reading for the entire process in wondrous text form!

Click here to keep reading.

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Paperman Breakdown – Animation

It’s art has posted an amazing breakdown of the technology behind the beautiful looking short from Disney. Paperman will be played in front of Wreck-it-Ralph – Opening on Nov 2, 2012.

Click the image for the article and the movie about the process. It’s mind blowing!

Paperman Breakdown - Animation

 

Paperman Breakdown – Animation. – Source www.itsartmag.com

Oldest color film footage dates back to 1899

Here’s a fantastic piece about an ingenious coloring method for shooting film.

Oldest color film footage dates back to 1899 | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News.

Flashback to 1997: Pro Market keeps Apple afloat.

Back in 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple and laid out his plan to make Apple great again. A lot happened in this historic return, but the one that has stood out for me is how reliant on the Pro market Apple was. Check out this section of the presentation:


“But we haven’t been doing a good enough job here.” – Steve Jobs

The market that basically kept Apple alive is the one that they currently see as disposable and irrelevant. What press releases say don’t matter, actions do speak louder than words. in the span Steve Jobs return to Apple, they released Final Cut Pro, DVD studio Pro, Compressor, bought Shake & Logic, purchased Final Touch and rebranded it Color, released Aperture, created huge 30″ cinema displays, expanded their Pro line to Laptops, created the Mac Mini server, eventually made the high end iMac a professional machine, and beefed up their Mac Pro line regularly to meet the ever exceeding demands of professionals.

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A PC Tower of Power: HP z820 RED Edition with CS6 Inside | Studio Daily


A PC Tower of Power: HP z820 RED Edition with CS6 Inside | Studio Daily

In light of a lack of support from Apple, RED has decided to team up with HP to develop a new tower solution for the professional market.

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