October 2019


Animation is Film festival is offering our students a 50% student discount for any of the films next weekend (Oct 18-20.) The festival is in Hollywood at Mann's Chinese. The Jury has some great people and the films look interesting. Please share with your students and anyone you think might be interested.

The promo code is AEFSTUDENT
You can purchase tickets at


KLAUS:Behind the Scenes
Sunday, Oct 20th @11am
The 24 Hours Animation Contest for 2019
Friday, October 4th @ 3pm
Click on logo for more information. 
Form your 5 member team, register and get ready!

Sept 2019

Lightbox Expo for Animation, Live Action, Illustration and Gaming industries come together for the ultimate celebration of Art! happening Sept 6 - 8 

Pasadena Convention Center 300 Green St. Pasadena, CA

July 2019

July 13th, Grand Opening of Neal Adams Crusty Bunkers Comic book shop in Burbank, CA

MAY 2019

Burbank Arts Festival May 18/19: For more Info.

APRIL 2019


The Women in Animation (WIA) Animation Scholarship is an annual award committed to furthering up to three deserving animation students who demonstrate artistic talent, a passion for animation, a financial need, and a promising future in the field of animation. Applicants coming from schools all over the world pursuing many interests including visual development, animation and storyboarding are encouraged to apply.

The 2019 Women in Animation Scholarship application is now open until September 30, 2019. Our scholarship program is open to WIA Student Members only. Please read the other qualifications and information below to make sure you qualify.

Amount of Scholarship:
The scholarship award is $1500 and WIA will award up to 3 individuals each year.

Accepting Applications: April 1st-September 30th
Review period: October 1st-December 31st
Scholarship Announcement: January 2020

Who Can Apply:
Open to Women (or those identifying as female) who are full-time students at an institute of learning, offering courses in animation, accredited by a recognized accreditation organization.

Submissions Must Include: All materials must be submitted together online through HERE.
Submissions that do not include all four requirements will not be judged.
  • Sophomore – Seniors (Students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors during the academic year 2019-20 are eligible to apply)
  • Student must have a GPA of 2.85 or higher
  • Student must be a current member of WIA
  • Student must submit one or a combination of the following: 6-10 examples of fine art illustration, life drawing, photography, sculpture, character design, storyboards, animation class work, or an animated film as a link – animated content cannot exceed 3 mins of material to view. portfolio or reel.
  • Student must submit a photograph of themselves at a minimum of 150dpi resolution (300dpi preferred)
  • Student must submit 2 letters of recommendation (Formatted in English)
  • Student must submit 1 essay minimum number of words is 500 (Formatted in English)
  • Student must submit proof of enrollment as a full-time student (copy of class schedule) and School Picture ID

Award: Up to three winners will receive up to $1,500 award 

MARCH 2019


The Show features the work of eight women directors in many of the 16 internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. The program includes the extraordinary stop-motion musical The Burden from Swedish director Niki Lindroth von Bahr, grand-prize Cristal Award winner at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David OReilly's visually stunning Everything, based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts, and the 1964 classic Hangman by Paul Julian and Les Goldman which was recently restored by The Animation Show of Shows, Inc. as part of its film preservation program supported by grants from ASIFA Hollywood and The National Film Preservation Foundation. Finally, we are also proud to include Dear Basketball, which walked away with the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated) in 2018.

All 16 films will be shown at this 93-minute screening.

Not rated: All ages 6+, contains mature themes and images some may find disturbing that appear in the program.

At Woodbury University, March 7th at 6:30pm, Tickets Here

THE 19TH ANNUAL ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS includes the following films:

  • CAN YOU DO IT by Quentin Baillieux (France)
  • TINY BIG by Lia Bertels (Belgium)
  • NEXT DOOR by Pete Docter (U.S.)
  • THE ALAN DIMENSION by Jac Clinch (Great Britain)
  • BEAUTIFUL LIKE ELSEWHERE by Elise Simard (Canada)
  • HANGMAN by Paul Julian & Les Goldman (U.S.)
  • THE BATTLE OF SAN ROMANO by Georges Schwitzgebel (Switzerland)
  • GOKUROSAMA by Aurore Gal, Clémentine Frère, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli, & Romain Salvini (France)
  • DEAR BASKETBALL by Glen Keane (U.S.) 90th ACADEMY AWARD®WINNER, Best Animated Short Film
  • ISLAND by Robert Löbel & Max Mörtl (Germany)
  • UNSATISFYING by Parallel Studio (France)
  • THE BURDEN by Niki Lindroth von Bahr (Sweden)
  • LES ABEILLES DOMESTIQUES by Alexanne Desrosiers (Canada)
  • CASINO by Steven Woloshen (Canada)
  • EVERYTHING by David OReilly (U.S.)

Tue, 03/12/2019
What is the outlook for careers across the digital media spectrum – from artists to technical directors to producers in VR, games, motion design, film and other media "yet to be invented"? Hear and question a panel of hiring managers and veteran recruiters share the inside scoop on where the jobs are … and where they aren’t.

This annual event features speakers involved in hiring and placement in the digital content creation and storytelling fields. This year the panel will include discussion of VR, location-based experiences, and other new opportunities. The prior years panels have been very successful.
Moderator: Kathleen Milnes, Assistant Chair, Digital Media, Otis College of Art and Design.
Presenters: Stan Szymanski, Fiona Cherbak and other guests.
6:30-7:30   Social Hour
6:30-7:00   Members only
7:00-7:30   Members and guests
7:30-7:45   Introductions
7:45-9:30   Presentation
All LA ACM SIGGRAPH will be admitted free of charge. Non-members of LA ACM SIGGRAPH are admitted for $20.00. New LA ACM SIGGRAPH members who sign up on-site, and pay the $40 annual membership fee, do not have to pay the $20 admission fee. The chapter accepts checks, cash, or credit cards (Mastercard or Visa only) for all dues or fees.
Special Thanks
Thanks to Kathleen Milnes, all our volunteers and the LA ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Council: Ed Lantz, Chair; Ed Arroyo, Vice-Chair; Sherry Steele, Secretary; Dave Curlender, Treasurer; and Smita Bagla, Membership.

Elections for LA ACM SIGGRAPH officers are fast approaching. We’re looking for new faces, fresh ideas and additional skills in Leadership, Marketing, PR, Website Design and more. Join us!  Contact ed @ vortexdomes dot com for more info.


Author of Who Censored Roger Rabbit.


The Ambassador Goodtime Ear Tango Radio Hour plays every day at 1pm and 10pm pst on WU Radio. If you missed all 11 episodes so far, you can still the interviews which are being posted here! Subscribe (please)!

Our first interview of 2019: The Bob Kurtz interview

The January episode will be the best of 2018 episodes to help you catch up with the podcast. 


20th Annual Animation Show of Shows now playing at a Theater near you!

Listen to an interview with Ron Diamond about the upcoming Animation Show of Shows and click here where to see it.


CTNX is Nov 16 thru 18th, see you there...

Here's a new app for Animating called Rough Animator. Here's a link. If you've tried it. let us know.

David Hale Hand talks about his father and his book, David Dodd Hand, Animation Pioneer.



J.R.R.R. (jim) Hardison interview about his comic book "The Helm" and novels he has written including "The Fish Wielder" and "Demon Freaks". Learn how a comic book is created.



One of the greatest benefits of studying animation in California is the proximity to industry professionals.

The Animation Is Film festival is featuring some of the most distinguished animators from around the globe. This is a rare opportunity to see their latest work before the rest of the country does, and to engage with the creators directly.

In addition to Mamoru Hosoda, who will be present at THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME, SUMMER WARS, WOLF CHILDREN and THE BOY AND THE BEAST, the following films will feature in-person appearances.

Use the promo code STUDENT for a 40% ticket discount.

* Behind the Scenes: Ralph Breaks the Internet

* Behind the Scenes: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

* Bunuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

* Crow (note: This event is free to the general public!)

* Funan

* Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre

* Pachamama

* The Prince of Egypt: 20th Anniversary

* Seder-Masochism

* This Magnificent Cake!

* Tito and the Birds

Now Playing every night at 10pm on WURadio.

Click the below link to listen...

The 24 HOURS Animation Contest for Students is back and will take place on Friday October 5th @ 2:30pm beginning in Miller rm206  to Saturday October 6th at 4pm.

Here's a recent article about the contest.

WHAT is it?: Click this link to learn more...

Two big drawing events coming up in October...

This Monday...

Meet Mindy Johnson and Jane Baer

CTNX2018 Scholarships Available

CTNX is offering two scholarships, one for students 18-25 years old and one for students ages 10-17 (including support for one parent).  The deadline is coming up soon, Sept 17, so please pass this on.  Here are the links:

For young aspiring animation artists, attending CTN can be an eye-opener, introducing them to the animation community they hope to join.  I look forward to meeting the young awardees at CTNX this year.

The American Cinematheque Presents Classic Animation On the Big Screen at the Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, 90403


Friday, August 31 – 7:30 PM
50th Anniversary! YELLOW SUBMARINE

1968, Abramorama, 85 min. Dir. George Dunning.

Once upon a time, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day!

e0fb0de8-980b-49f3-906d-2e5d6998243a.jpg Saturday, September 1 – 7:30 PM

1982, Warner Bros., 99 min. Dir. Alan Parker.

"We don’t need no education!”
Director Alan Parker's vivid film interpretation of the British rock combo's classic concept album THE WALL fuses curious fantasy and animation with dark, tragic drama on an epic scale.

Toon Boom Webinar Series

The world’s leading 2D animation software will be hosting a series of free training webinars aimed at professional animators hoping to upgrade their skills in Harmony and learn tips and tricks from top industry experts like YouTube star Stylus Rumble, Tony Ross, Chris Cartledge and more.

From May 18 to June 08, Toon Boom’s webinar series will cover the fundamental skills in Harmony to help animators elevate their creative output, craft and careers. Among the topics are creating cut-out rigs, particle emitters, parameters and functions, drawing and transitioning from different software.

Keep reading to learn more about Toon Boom’s free upcoming Harmony webinars.

1. Creating a Production Cut-Out Rig in Harmony EssentialsPresented by: Tony RossWhen: May 18, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)Description: Have you ever wondered could you create a full production rig in Harmony Essentials? In this webinar Tony Ross will show you step-by-step how to rig a production ready cut out character just using Harmony Essentials. Even without a Node View, Curve Deformers, etc Essentials still has the tools right for the job! Join us for the webinar and see how!

2. Particle Emitters in Toon Boom Harmony PremiumPresented by: Tracy Strong (Stylus Rumble)When: May 24, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)Description: A general overview of the basic node types used to create particle systems. Followed by a couple of practical examples of simple weather/sparkles.

3. Parameters & Functions in Toon Boom Harmony PremiumPresented by: Colin BennettWhen: May 31, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)Description: Generated movement in Toon Boom has a load of hidden potential built upon surprisingly simple ideas. Learning as much as possible about how parameters and functions are operating inside your animation will help to avoid a lot potential problems encourage finer control over the smallest details.

4. Symbols to Pegs. The differences of animating in Toon Boom HarmonyPresented by: Adam OliverWhen: June 07, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)Description: Toon Boom Harmony can do amazing things for your animation workflow but the learning curve can be confusing when coming from other software. Adam will demonstrate the differences between other common animation software and how Harmony applies these principles to a more powerful effect. An ideal webinar for anyone who works in animation or is thinking about picking up the software, but is currently daunted by the prospect of all those extra buttons!

5. Drawing in Toon Boom Harmony PremiumPresented by: Chris CartledgeWhen: June 08, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT)Description: Are you looking to learn some tips and tricks to drawing in Toon Boom Harmony? Join us for this webinar and see how illustrator/animator Chris Cartledge, and trainer/animator Tony Ross use Harmony's drawing tools to create their projects and tutorials. Learn how Tony and Chris work in tandem from sketch to completion to create a new character, live during the webinar.

TEEN CTN begins March 28th, 29th, and 30th, from 12:00pm - 2:00pm at CTN’s Center Stage Gallery.

So if you are a parent or teacher of a teen or a teen yourself or even if you are an interested artist at any age CTN would like to invite you to this FREE beta launch that promises to be very inspirational and kick start any teens career.

Each day will be a repeat and will be structured in a Ted Talk format with 5 industry pros talking each day about their experiences in getting in to the industry and having a career. Extremely limited seating.

This program will feature Jordan Koch of Nickelodeon, Katia Grifols of Glow in the Dark Studios, Jake Wyatt of Nickelodeon, John Mahoney of Cal Arts, Benson Shum of Walt Disney Animation, Caroline Hu of Warner Bros, David DePasquale of DreamWorks TV, Tony Bancroft an Animation Director, Armand Serrano of Walt Disney Animation, Andreas Deja a Legendary Animator, Fabrizio Mancinelli an independent Composer, Alina Chau a Childrens Book Illustrator and Bill Perkins Production Designer. 


First come first served. Extremely limited seating. FREE

Sign Up Form:…/1FAIpQLSdQ3k44pEbW8C1y1j…/viewform


If you are not chosen for this soft launch please mark your calendars for the CTN Burbank RoadTrip 2018 (FREE event) Burbank where the official theme this year is Teen CTN. April 14-15.


And don’t forget to join the Teen Art Challenge where you can win an iPad and more.


For any questions call 818 827 7138

Its Official...

Lots of Animation Events coming up: Here's one that happens this week in LA area,
Oct 20-22 at the Mann's Chinese Theater!

More info

Animation & Filmmaking Showcase of Student Work
Woodbury University, Friday, May 5th!

November is here and CTNX is right around the corner.... 

"Science Behind Pixar" is a new exhibit opening Friday at the California Science Center, in downtown LA near USC. It will run for six months - through April 9th 2017.  Jerry Beck reports; "Well worth a visit, especially if you have kids and want to inspire them toward a career in animation. 

It's laid out in eight sections - like a Disneyland where instead of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, each "land" represents another step in the filmmaking process (Modeling, Lighting, Animation, etc). Beyond the scientific technical stuff, the exhibit does a great job simply explaining animation - including hand drawn and stop-motion. 

It skews towards kids with lots of interactive hands-on how-to activities, but will fascinate adults (with some great behind-the-scenes at Pixar videos, newly created for this exhibit). I noted the Pixar-themed gift shop attached to the exhibit (you knew there had to be one) is displaying and is selling Richard Williams' Animators Survival Kit (perhaps the only non-Pixar book in the shop). The whole thing is Highly recommended!"


ASIFA-Hollywood Invites Woodbury Animation students and faculty to the 2016 Annecy Award Winning Short Films from the National Film Board of Canada

Representatives from the NFB and the film directors offer ASIFA an exclusive screening, pipeline presentation, special selection of NFB shorts and Q+A on

Friday, September 30th at 7pmWoodbury's E-100 Screening Room Entertainment Media Building 
Woodbury University 7500 N Glenoaks Blvd Burbank, CA 91504
 (Enter via Woodbury’s Main Gate)
Seating is limited. To attend, please RSVP at this link

We advise early arrival as seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.An RSVP does not guarantee seating.


The 24 Hours animation contest for students begins
Friday, October 7th @ 3pm PST

Looking Forward to November...

Looking for Artists, Animators, Educators

Help inspire and teach the next generation of Animators and Artists by sharing your experience. If you have any ideas for upcoming articles about animation or are an animation artist who would like to be interviewed, please let me know. Thank you,

Jim Richardson

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