I`ve been often asked “how do you make a piece of animation?”
  In truth, it is kind of like being asked… “how do you make a car?” — The answer isn`t a simple 1 or 2 step process.  While projects, styles, and techniques can vary, there generally is a whole assembly line of things that need to take place in order to go from initial concept to final polished gem.

But fear NOT!!!… now there is a fun little short film called The Story of Animation to help answer this question. Written and directed by animation veteran David Tart, this tongue-in-cheek “cartoon modern” styled educational short was created as a way to introduce potential advertising clients to the animation process.

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For more details on this short film, click here to check the website:

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ILM tour with Shawn Kelly!

  Congratulations to Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for winning Best Animated Feature Film at last night’s Academy Awards / Oscars, on their very first fully-animated feature film, Rango.

  Now, come along with EPIX as we get an exclusive tour of George Lucas’ visual effects mecca, Industrial Light & Magic. Senior Animator, (and co-founder of Animation Mentor), Shawn Kelly, shows us what life is like for those behind the creation of famous creatures and new worlds at ILM.  (FYI among other things Shawn has worked on Rango, Transformers, and Star Wars)

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  Super awesome, and all-around-great-guy, I myself had the honor to meet Shawn Kelly and, along with a group of Animation Mentor buddies, had a tour of ILM last summer 🙂

Shawn Kelly and Andrew Blodgett

Click here to see related post: ‘Rango – CG Breakdowns and a look Behind the Magic
Click here to see related post: ‘Rango’ Behind-the-Scenes
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Aardman: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

New from Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation, check out this behind-the-scenes featurette of the upcoming film The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

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More of an in-depth look behind-the-scenes, HeyUGuys visits Aardman Animation Studios.  Very informative with a ton of great little details.

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