for the latest in studio job postings

If you're looking for a position in animation worthy of your great skills and you're not aware of, make it a point of registering on their site. They have many job openings listed at top studios and companies throughout the industry. For example, here's a position at Aardman in the UK for a Senior Compositor. There's several positions available at video game developer Potential Dynamics in Naples, Florida. Go to and you'll get an idea of just how many high end studios are looking for first rate talent.

CreativeHeads, Inc. is located in Hermosa Beach, California. We've been publishing notices from them for years on the AN Forums. If you're looking to see what else is happening in animation that would involve employment, seminars, showcasing your work, support services, or learning something new concerning the industry, keep an eye on AN's Business Forum. That's where we post whatever comes our way that would be beneficial and of interest to the community along those lines. 

Wacom introduces their latest Cintiq - the 24HD

It's a good day to celebrate when Wacom comes out with a new Cintiq. Their latest model, the 24HD, offers new features such as a 24″ display (1920 x 1200 resolution), a 92% Adobe RGB color gamut, a wide viewing angle, and an adjustable stand for hours of comfortable and productive use, plus more according to the company. At $2499 US, it's a bit pricey, but well worth it I'm sure if it's right for you. Check out the video below. You can also get more information through Wacom at this link. The topic on the AN Forums can be found here.  


Wildstar - Game Design catching up to Feature Films

At least that's how I see it. In some cases it even surpasses what's happening in mainstream animation. Take for example this trailer for the upcoming video game 'Wildstar' from Carbine Studios. It's an incredible and very impressive project judging from the clip. From concept design to production design to animation to cinematography, It's very obvious just how far things have progressed in the gaming sector of the art. I'm building the topic on the Forums with more examples of excellence in video game visuals. Meanwhile check out Wildstar... 


CelAction 2D at Ottawa International Animation Festival 2011

Long time AN member Andy Blazdell is the founder of CelAction 2D animation software. We heard from Andy today as CelAction will be involved with the Television Animation Conference at the upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival happening from September 21 to 25. CelAction is 2D animation production software that's been used on several award winning shows. It's a London based company with a 10 year record of success. To read the press release concerning CelAction's involvement with OIAF 2011 and to get more info on all the good things going on follow this link to the AN Forums.

New 'Puss In Boots' teaser from DreamWorks

Yet another entertaining video from DreamWorks Studios featuring Puss In Boots, the most interesting cat in the world, to add to the collection of videos and other paraphernalia accumulated in this topic on the Forums, namely a photo I took of the Puss In Boots display in the DreamWorks lobby last April. 

Puss In Boots opens November 4, 2011. Stay furry my friends.


September 11, 2001 - Ten years ago on the AN Forums

Ten years ago on this date, the world drastically changed forever. On that day, the AnimationNation Forums were abuzz with editorial activity, providing the animation community a place to collectively grieve, mourn, express itself, and share information. I thought it would be fitting, in memory of the attack on the US, to reflect back on that time by highlighting some of the many discussions that were taking place then. Follow this link to the current AN Forums to see a view of 9-11 from 250 miles in space, plus a list of links to the many topics that our members were involved in ten years ago concerning the fateful events of the mindless and premeditated tragedy that has affected the lives of just about everyone around the world in one form or another. 

Free Content and Tutorials from

A new educational content and tutorial source website for animators has launched. It's called It features articles, interviews, animation fundamental videos, and free rigs produced by their staff. They've interviewed Victor Navone of Pixar and more is on the way. They've also rigged an unusual funny 'egg like' character and and giving it away free! There's more info in the topic that's been posted on the AN Forums. Check out their promotional video...


Stephen Silver at next AN Night - September 27, 2011

The last Tuesday of each month we sponsor an event here in Burbank called AnimationNation Night. It's a social - creative - educational gathering that attracts large groups of people. Most of the time we have guest speakers who are prominent in the industry, or we have screenings, or both.

This month we'll be hosting the great Stephen Silver, one of the outstanding character designers in animation. Steve is renowned not only for his work on some of the most popular cartoons on TV over the years. He's also at the forefront of artists who are independently successful in their own right. A creative individual with no equal in the business.

For more info on Stephen Silver head on over to his site. For info on this coming AN Night  please follow the link to the AN Forum. For info on AN Night in general, follow this link.     

'Get Out' - Award Winning Student Film from ESMA

The more I see of student animated content the more amazed I am at just how incredible the level of creative brilliance is in our industry worldwide, and there's no shortage of it in France.

I don't know much about this particular animated short other than it has a funny twist to the ending. It originates from the Ecole Superieure Des Metiers Artistiques. Obviously a fine educational institution for the arts judging by this film entitled "Get Out". There's a website associated with it at Apparently it's won some prestigious awards at film festivals throughout Europe and the USA in 2009 and 2010. Here's the corresponding topic on the forums. Enjoy the film...