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!
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!
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.