• Seattle Masterclass – Story and Animation

    If your in Seattle or the area, catch a really cool class Myself, Victor Navone and Rej Bourdages will be teaching.



    Its a two day event put on by my old school Vanarts. It is going to be a great two days and the only one this year.

    We try to make this event and fun and educational as possible. Victor will be giving a really special talk on the making of Inside Out. Victor was a Supervising Animator on that film and Im so happy to have him! Also, if you are going, please don’t be afraid to bring some demo reel work. We may be able to look at it and give you an honest critique.* We will be getting you on your feet as well and making you work so please come for an exciting two days.


  • Pixar in a Box Live

    I just wanted to tell you all about a great collaboration with the Khan Academy and Pixar.

    Pixar in a box is a education program where students can learn all about how we do things at Pixar and apply it to the things they learn in school. Check it out here:



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  • 129 Beautiful Shots

    Here’s a great collection of screen shots to pour over. These are all wonderful scenes from a wide variety of films, and not only do they point out great cinematography, but many are good examples of strong visual storytelling that you can achieve in one single image. I hope this inspires any out there to start their own collection of screen shots, it’s a really good way to break down a scene and see how it’s all put together. Enjoy !



    - N. Stanton

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  • Coming Soon

    Ill be planning to do a Animator Round Table for Inside Out. Please show your support in the comments section if this is something you want! If you have not already had the chance to see the film, check it out.



  • Anime Studio

    Back in the day I discovered a really cool hobbyist 2d animation program called moho. I loved it. Little did I know that program grew up along time ago and is called Anime Studio Pro. They also have beginner and students version called anime studio debut which has fewer features. Even at 299, Anime Studio Pro is a bargain. It really is a powerful tool. The new version supports many new features such as custom brushes, photoshop layered imports, frame by frame animation and much more. What I love about this program is that it has full featured inverse kinematics. You can rig your 2d creations and move them around much like you would in a 3d program. This is one of the reasons I think this program is a great tool for animators learning 2d, transitioning into 3d. They also have a robust growing library of characters and drops to animate.  I would be implementing this software into  my curriculum, if I were running an animation program with 2d and 3d. The software goes very deep in what you can do with camera controls, particle systems, layers etc etc. I highly suggest this piece of software for the professional or the beginning animator. Check it out


    Here is one of the pieces I liked that makes use of customer brushes…