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The Animation Academy 3rd in Burbank for MSB vote
Written by Charles   
Sunday, 01 July 2012 20:24

This past June 21, I posted an AN homepage appeal on behalf of The Animation Academy in Burbank and its efforts to reach 250 Facebook votes in order to qualify for submission to the Mission Small Business Program sponsored by Chase Bank and LivingSocial.

The voting ended last night and the results were very exciting, impressive and encouraging for the Academy as the school swept from 5th place to 3rd place in the last day of voting for the Burbank community businesses registered in the program! With 85 registered businesses in Burbank, the Academy wound up in 3rd place with 420 Facebook votes! Good enough for the bronze medal! In a city which is a worldwide media center and the international capital of the animation industry, this is a great result. Very few businesses nationwide received more than 400 votes and the Academy is one of only two businesses in America with the word "animation" in their name that qualified.

Mission Small Business will be awarding twelve $250,000 grants to businesses that have qualified through voting and also through their application materials. The grant recipients will be announced by September 15, 2012. Whatever the review board decides, The Animation Academy has proven itself a standout community in Burbank thanks to everyone who voted! Thank you for your tremendous support!

Follow the timeline of how the Academy progressed with the voting through this link to the AN Forum topic.

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'Meet the Pyro' - Team Fortress 2
Written by Charles   
Friday, 29 June 2012 17:17

This went up on YouTube only two days ago and already has 3,271,095 views as of this writing. Great production quality and a conceptual marvel. Team Fortress 2 is free to play. For more information about the game, visit their website. Get the free download of Team Fortress 2 for Mac or PC on Steam. More videos from the game will be featured on the Forum topic. Team Fortress 2 is produced using Source Filmmaker.

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'Cog & Turbine' - IndieGoGo project by Daniel Cox
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 22:38

Here's something that illustrator production designer visual development artist and filmmaker Daniel Cox is up to. He's doing his thing Down Under. Check out his website if you're looking to be blown away by some first rate masterwork illustration. This is his IndieGoGo crowdfunding project "Cog & Turbine". With IndieGoGo you get to retain the greater portion of funds raised even if you don't meet your initial financial goal unlike other crowdfunding sites. Take a look at Daniel's video to learn more about what he's attempting to do. The Forum topic is here.

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Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' - October 5 2012
Written by Charles   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 07:59

I've been maintaining a Forum topic on "Frankenweenie" since October of last year, two days before Halloween actually. It's great when an upcoming film gets to the point where I can feature trailers on AN's homepage. Here's the latest along with a second video that is well worth showcasing. It's the "Art of Frankenweenie Exhibition that is making its way across the USA. Follow this link to the Forum topic and see additional content pertaining to the movie. Follow the movie on Facebook. The official website is here. You can also follow Frankenweenie through Twitter. Disney will be releasing the film this coming October 5. Enjoy the videos...

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Blue Sky's 'Epic' - May 24 2013
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 23:06

Expect an animated epic from Blue Sky next spring. Literally. The acclaimed studio will be releasing "Epic" on May 24, 2013. First featured in the Forums in August of last year as "Leafmen" it has now emerged as an impressive trailer which I'm happy to showcase. The official website for Epic is here and you can find the Forum topic at this link

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