• 2013 Animation Challenge


    Thank you to the participants of the 2013 animation challenge. We did not get enough folks to participate this year to judge but we do have some of the entries. The objective of this was to take a character from the 1800′s era and have them interact with an object from the future. I think the folks that submitted work did a great job. Hopefully I can send them something for the hard work they put into this.


    Link to film here

  • CTN Animation Expo

    See you at CTN. Ill be giving a talk on Acting in Animation on Saturday Nov. 16th at 10:45

    I hope to see you there.



  • A Windy Day

    Some of my old Pixar pals produced an amazing short for the motox phone. The talent that was put together for this project is amazing… Jan Pinkava directed the short. It was Produced by Karen Dufilho who worked with Jan on Geri’s game. Doug Sweetland and Mark Oftedahl supervised animation and helped with story. Sound was done by Scott Stafford who worked with us on Presto. It was animated by Jais Bredsted, Ryan Hayford, Ricardo Jost Resende, and Daniel Paul. Great job.  I cant wait to see the next shorts!






  • Animation Challenge Update – Deadline Oct 15th

    Hi Guys,


    We are extending the deadline for submissions to the animation challenge to October 15th. Honestly, we have not received much interest so to drum up interest I am offering as a prize a La Luna Maquette Statue as the first prize. There must be at least 10 submissions to qualify. 2nd place is a Pixar hoodie and third place is some other cool schwag. Think of this as something you can put on your reel or get some visibility…

    come on people! Go for it… I look forward to seeing the great work! email your submission to



  • Some Animated iPad Apps

    If you are someone trying to learn animation there are a few apps for iPad that are pretty sweet. The ipad is an amazing tool for learning and producing animation. If I were teaching a kid how to do animation, I would probably get them an ipad and a stylus instead of a drawing table and animation disc. Its mind boggling what you can do!

    Disney Animated is a great way to get your hands wet. It gives a good understanding of animation and also lets users play a bit with animation using a 3d model and a bouncing ball. It has flippable scenes and much more. It is a great introduction for kids to the art of animation.

    Toontastic is a great way for young kids to build stories and animate simple characters.

    Animation Desk is a bit more of an actual tool for animating. Its a great way to really get in there and do some work. I love doing animation with this tool.

    Animators Survival Kit is a more in depth look at animation exercises and is a good extension of the book. I feel that the book is enough though…

    iStopMotion is a good stop motion tool. There are many but this one is one of the better ones. Get an armature or some legos and go to town…


    please send your suggestions for awesome apps for animation and filmmaking in the comments section and I will update this post.