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NASA Hires ILM to Cut Costs by Animating Future Space Missions

NASA Hires ILM to Cut Costs by Animating Future Space Missions

Bob Lincoln April 29, 2012 2

Faced with a mandate to find less expensive ways to explore space following a series of massive budget cuts, NASA has hired pioneering visual effects studio ILM to animate upcoming Mars exploration efforts rather... 

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InfoGraphic: How Canadian Animators Spend Their Time

InfoGraphic: How Canadian Animators Spend Their Time

Bob Lincoln April 28, 2012 2

Just how are Canadian animators spending their time? Canada has a rich animation tradition dating back to Charlie Thorson and Norman McLaren.  Canadian animators are known for their wry sense of humor and passion... 

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Big Studios Promise to Start Making Films with Cage-Free Animators

Big Studios Promise to Start Making Films with Cage-Free Animators

Bob Lincoln April 27, 2012 2

In a hastily assembled Friday press conference, five of the world’s top animation studios announced that by 2018, all their animated feature film and TV work will be produced by cage-free animators.  The group... 

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Increasing Obesity at Studios Driving Up Commissary Costs, Afternoon Nap Rates

Increasing Obesity at Studios Driving Up Commissary Costs, Afternoon Nap Rates

Bob Lincoln April 26, 2012 1

Studios must do more to curb obesity, as commissary operation costs and productivity losses from afternoon naps are rising at an alarming rate, a group of international health officials are warning.  While some studios... 

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Truck Crashes into Mumbai School, 2700 Animation Students Escape Unharmed

Truck Crashes into Mumbai School, 2700 Animation Students Escape Unharmed

Bob Lincoln April 25, 2012 0

A truck careened out of control and crashed into the side of a new animation school on the outskirts of Mumbai this past Tuesday.  Miraculously, all 2700 students enrolled in a 6-week character animation... 

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Forced to Work on Feminine Hygiene Product Spots – Isn’t That Workplace Harassment?

Forced to Work on Feminine Hygiene Product Spots – Isn’t That Workplace Harassment?

Bob Lincoln April 22, 2012 0

This week, I try to explain the nuanced realities of workplace harassment to a compositor whose naiveté could portend big problems at the studio. Dear Bob, I was recruited by a boutique studio because... 

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InfoGraphic: Factors Leading to Rich Ross’ Sudden Resignation from Disney

InfoGraphic: Factors Leading to Rich Ross’ Sudden Resignation from Disney

Bob Lincoln April 20, 2012 0

Rich Ross’ sudden resignation earlier today as Disney Studio chairman sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment industry and ends speculation as to the possible fallout from recent film disasters Mars Needs Moms and John Carter. ... 

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InfoGraphic: Future Profit Strategies and Business Models for TV Animation Producers

InfoGraphic: Future Profit Strategies and Business Models for TV Animation Producers

Bob Lincoln April 20, 2012 0

Experts agree that the halcyon days of big money TV animation deals are a thing of the past. However, production executives differ greatly on profit strategies and business models ensuring long term survival.  A... 

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Digital Domain Creates Holograms of Nine Old Men to Helm New Animated Feature

Digital Domain Creates Holograms of Nine Old Men to Helm New Animated Feature

Bob Lincoln April 19, 2012 0

On the heels of their wildly popular digital resurrection last weekend of rapper Tupac Shakur, Digital Domain announced today they have successfully “resurrected” Disney’s Nine Old Men as holograms with plans to have them... 

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Adobe CS6 Preview Draws Rave Reviews Among Bootleggers

Adobe CS6 Preview Draws Rave Reviews Among Bootleggers

Bob Lincoln April 18, 2012 0

The recent Adobe CS6 program suite preview, which includes new versions of Photoshop, Premier Pro and After Effects, has generated huge buzz within the software pirate community, with the anticipated late May 2012 release... 

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Jason Statham Says No to ‘Tiny Transporter Adventures’ Animated Series

Jason Statham Says No to ‘Tiny Transporter Adventures’ Animated Series

Bob Lincoln April 15, 2012 0

It looks as if the brainchild of director Luc Besson and the Sesame Workshop will have to proceed without the talents of action star Jason Statham, who this past Friday officially bowed out of... 

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New Girlfriend Wants to Trade Sex for Confidential Studio Info

New Girlfriend Wants to Trade Sex for Confidential Studio Info

Bob Lincoln April 15, 2012 0

This week, I try to help a confused young story artist at a major animation studio grapple with ethical decisions that have serious, possibly illegal and certainly immoral implications. Dear Bob: I have a... 

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A&E Greenlights ‘Animation Festival Jury Wars’ Reality Series

A&E Greenlights ‘Animation Festival Jury Wars’ Reality Series

Bob Lincoln April 15, 2012 0

A&E announced it has greenlit production on a new original unscripted real-life series, Animation Festival Jury Wars, which follows an independent group of six animators assigned to the same pre-selection jury, who must live... 

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Summer Aspirin Prices to Rise 6% with Coming Wave of 3D Films

Summer Aspirin Prices to Rise 6% with Coming Wave of 3D Films

Bob Lincoln April 14, 2012 1

The coming wave of summer 3D blockbuster movies is expected to push the price of analgesics used to combat headaches up an average of 6% nationwide, according to an FDA spokesman.  The big movie... 

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Screening of Films by Future Unemployed Animators Announced

Screening of Films by Future Unemployed Animators Announced

Bob Lincoln April 13, 2012 1

Eastern Whittier State University will be screening a program of senior thesis films by graduating animation students, almost all of whom will never find jobs in animation.  The screening is set for 7:30 pm,... 

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