The Last Train

‘The Last Train’ is an animated short movie that was made as part of The Animation Hub, a collaboration between staff and students of the Irish School of Animation (ISA) at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), staff and students of Trinity College’s Graphics, Vision and Visualisation Group (GV2) and the recently established animation studio Giant Creative, set up by BCFE graduates.

The Animation Hub, which received support from the Irish Film Board and Science Foundation Ireland, ran for 3 months over the summer in 2011 and involved Giant Creative working with animation and computer science students to create a one minute animated short fusing motion capture techniques with naturalistic 3D character animation.

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Check out PURE Wicked Film School videos

 


http://vimeo.com/album/1726460

The workshop was funded by the PURE Project, an ecological intitiative based in Wicklow, and each film is environmentally themed and were made using all recycled materials; fabric remnants, cardboard, drinking straws, cotton wool and bin bags and so on. Over the duration of the course we had about 30 students between the ages of 10 and 17, taking them throught the stages of story pitching, boarding, character design and then building and animating. At the end we had produced nearly 15 minutes of footage, which, I think you’ll agree, is quite a lot.
Here is a blog post I made documenting the process in more detail: link

The very talented Eimhin McNamara facilitates the workshop along with Carol Freeman and Louise Bagnall and the project was initiated by Ian Davis of the PURE Project, and made possible with the support of the Tinahely Courthouse, Wicklow County Council Arts Office, the Wicklow Film Commission and the Arts Council, as well as the loan of some equipment and cameras from Adrien Merigeau Lisa Powell and Matt Horan.

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Max Howard To Deliver Master Classes at Ballyfermo​t College

Max Howard To Deliver Master Classes at Ballyfermo​t College

Max Howard (former President of Warner Bros. Feature Animation, an executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation, Executive Producer at DreamWorks Feature Animation, Producer at Exodus Film Group and consultant through his company Max Howard Consulting Group) will visit Ballyfermot College from the 7th to the 10th November next to deliver a series of master classes.

The master classes, which are supported by the Irish Film Board, will be delivered in the Anna Brett Hall, Ballyfermot College Media Building on the following dates and times:

Monday 7th November 9-1pm: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 1)

Tuesday 8th November 9-1pm: Producing Independent Animated Films

Wednesday 9th November 9-1pm: Acting For Animation and Character Design

Thursday 10th November 9-1pm: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 2 – Interactive Pitching Session)

In addition there will be an industry-focused evening event (invite-only) with Max Howard (supported by the Irish Film Board and Animation Ireland) on Tuesday November 8th, 7-10pm in The Sugar Club on Leeson Street.

See below for more information on the master classes and Max Howard.

SESSION 1: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 1) – This talk/workshop will cover how to succinctly create and effectively pitch a story for any type of film and TV production, live action or animation.

SESSION 2: Producing Independent Animated Films – This talk/workshop will look at the opportunities and challenges of producing ‘independent’ animated feature films. Every facet of the feature animation industry is tackled, from story development and physical production to marketing and distribution. Starting with an overview of the marketplace right through to the opportunity to enter a film for Academy Award consideration for Best Animated Feature Film. Max’s experience in working on over 12 feature films, plus 7 short films, provides an unparalleled insight into the challenges and opportunities of bringing an animated film to fruition.

SESSION 3: Acting For Animation and Character Design – The Acting For Animation talk/workshop looks at great acting, utilizing performance examples from both animation and live action. At the heart of any animated film is the requirement that the animators understand and utilize the tools an actor will bring to a role. It is not the technical aspects of animation that create a great performance but a fundamental understanding of the characters motivation. Unlock these skills and an animated character will be richer and more believable. Max’s career began as a child actor in the British theatre, subsequently working as a director and producer. He has worked with some of the world’s greatest actors, directors and writers. It is this backdrop that allows him to offer this unique program on Acting for Animation. Designing a lovable and memorable character takes more than just artistic ability. What makes a character special?  That is the question that the Character Design talk/workshop will pose and then answer.  What is the process from the writer’s words on the page, to the design required to bring a character to life that will engage the audience and inspire the animators to create great animation and the actors to provide superb voice acting.  How do all the pieces come together to create that special character audiences will love for generations to come. This talk/workshop is designed to broaden the appeal and originality of character design, to establish a unique set of criteria that, used correctly, will enhance a designer’s outlook and originality.  You will be taken through the entire development process, giving you the tools necessary to bring your new characters to life and charm your audiences.

SESSION 4: Creating An Effective Story and How To Pitch It (Part 2 – Interactive Pitching Session). This session will include working ‘live’ on specific stories, providing a practical application for the applied techniques that will have been outlined earlier in Part 1. This session will require three attendees to pitch their story ideas for a short, TV or feature with each pitch lasting no more than 15 minutes. Max will then have 30 minutes to discuss each project.

Max Howard

Max Howard created and ran studios for Disney in London, Paris, Orlando and Los Angeles, working on some of Disney’s most memorable films including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.   As President of Warner Bros Feature Animation he oversaw such hit movies as The Iron Giant and Space Jam.  At DreamWorks, he was co-executive producer for Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron.

Throughout his illustrious animation career, Max Howard has worked with UNICEF to bring health and social messages to developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and South America through the use of animation, underscoring the important role this medium can bring to overcome ethnic and social prejudices.

Max Howard is currently producing a series of animated feature films for Exodus Film Group. The company’s first production, Igor was released in 2008.

Max is a sought after consultant and lecturer for the animation industry, working with companies and organizations from all around the world. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

For more information see http://www.maxhoward.net/

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Calling for Entries

Calling for Entries for the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF)
– Film Festival Shorts

DCNYF IS CALLING ON ENTRIES FOR THE
DCNYF YEAR OF THE DRAGON FILM AWARDS SCHEME
To celebrate The Year of the Dragon in 2012, the Dublin Chinese Film Festival
is introducing a series of Awards.

One of these awards will be for an original innovative short film

We are looking for aspiring short-film makers and those already established in the industry to
submit a live-action or animated short film that contains an intercultural theme, focusing on Sino-
Irish relations. Also, in recognition of the year, submissions should ensure that the theme of
the ‘Dragon’ is represented in any context or personal interpretation in the entry.

Six shorts will be chosen for screening during the festival alongside shorts from China.

The winning film will be presented with an award and a monetary prize presented during DCNYF.

The Dublin Chinese Film Festival takes place during DCNYF 20th January – 3rd February 2012.

All entries should be in DVD format with a short submission document to be sent to the address
below by 5pm, December 2nd 2011.

Further details will be available soon at www.cny.ie

Film Shorts Entry – DCNYF

Office for Integration

Community & Enterprise Section

Block 4 East, Floor 1,

Dublin City Council

Wood Quay

Ph:  +353 1 2225091

Fax: +353 1 2222162

Dublin 8.

 

都柏林中国新年庆典

值此中国农历龙年之际,都柏林中国新年庆典现诚征影片参选电影节奖项

为庆祝2012中国农历龙年,都柏林中国电影节将设置一系列奖项。

诸多奖项之中,特设原创短片奖

奖项向有志的短片电影制作人及业内专业人士开放。有意参奖者,请提交一部以文化交流为主题的
真人或动画电影短片,重在体现中爱关系的尤佳。

同时,为与农历龙年相契合,参奖影片的题材或参奖者的个人诠释应体现“龙”的主题。

在电影节期间,将评选出六部短片,与来自中国大陆及香港的影片共同放映。

胜出影片将于都柏林新年庆典宴会获颁奖杯及奖金。

都柏林中国电影节将于2012年1月20日至2月3日举办。

有意参奖者,请以DVD格式提交短片,附参奖简介,一并邮寄到以下地址。截至2011年12月2日下午
5点。

欲了解详情,请稍候访问 www.cny.ie

Film Shorts Entry – DCNYF

Office for Integration

Community & Enterprise Section

Block 4 East, Floor 1,

Dublin City Council

Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Ph(电话):  +353 1 2225091

Fax(传真): +353 1 2222162

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JAM Media are now recruiting

JAM Media are now recruiting the following positions 2D Flash Animators, After Effects Animators and Compositors to join their team.

Job Description:
The successful applicant will work closely with the animation director and animation supervisor to create a very high standard of animation for international television channels.

Requirements:

  • 3 years experience in the animation industry
  • Thorough knowledge of Adobe Flash & After Effects CS5
  • Ability to problem solve and predict potential problems with assigned tasks
  • Have the ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Must have good communication skills and work well in a team based environment
  • Must be passionate and self-motivating

About the company:
Jam Media creates entertainment brands across all genres and platforms. JAM has created a number of award-winning TV series and short animations and continually strives for immersive stories, engaging characters and quality animations in all its productions.

Applications by e-mail only.
Forward CV and sample links to:
Noelle Quinn jobs@jammedia.ie
Please state which position you are applying for on the subject line

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CABOOM are looking for Freelance After Effects artists for immediate start.

LOCATION: DUBLIN

 

COMPANY: Caboom is a production company with offices in Dublin & LA. We use a variety of techniques in animation, live action and puppets to create engaging content for television, advertising, online and branded content.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

CABOOM are looking to build up a base of Freelance After Effects artists (various levels) for immediate start.

Candidates must have excellent team work and communication skills; ability to work to a high standard and to strict production deadlines

Please send your demo reel along with a copy of your CV and availability to jobs@caboom.ie

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Telegael are hiring!

Telegael are seeking artists for a number of positions for up-coming animated series.

They are looking for lead and junior(clean-up) -

  • Storyboard artists.
  • Character Designers.
  • Props and VFX designers
  • Animators Key colour background artists
  • Key layout/locations artists For concept 
  • All pre-production design work for 2D and 3D animated series.

for more information – http://www.telegael.com/aboutus/employment-opportunities/

or contact Yvonne Hennessy at -  yvonneh (at) telegael (dot) com

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Leitrim CoCo looking for Animators

Leitrim County Council is looking to contact animators who may be interested in developing a six minute piece of animation in collaboration with the Arts Office and playwright Christian O’Reilly based on the heritage of the travelling community in the region.

The project forms part of an ongoing public art project in County Leitrim. Those interested should contact the Arts Office on 071 96 21694 or arts@leitrimcoco.ie before 5pm Friday 24th October.

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