'Danger Planet' - Student film by Justin Burks

It's really amazing just how good student films have become over the years. There's never been a time in the history of the animated art form where so much outstanding content was being created by animation artists who are still in school.

Case in point, this fun little film entitled "Danger Planet" by Justin Burks and other students at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. In addition to the film, you can see video of the Making of Danger Planet at the topic on the AN Forums

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Credits include Justin Burks, Danny Cooper, Andrew Lopez, Chris Wombold, Brandon Bailie, Stephanie Miranda, Aaron Adams, Yannick Amegan, Cassidy Stone, Gareath Murray, Christine Turner, Beau Sherman, Matt Kidd.

Thanks to KennyRoy.com for the lead on this.

A Star Wars Boycott? NOOOOOOOOO !!!!

Star Wars fans have been buzzing loud and clear as to their dissatisfaction with the changes George Lucas has made on the original trilogy of films for the Blu-ray release. You can read all about it on the AN Forum topic. Meanwhile, take a look at an altered scene from Return of the Jedi to see one reason why fans are up in arms. The video's gotten 1,253,467 views on YouTube in three days as of this writing. 

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'Touched' by Colin Giles

What kind of a story can be told with animated bubbles? We found out when Colin Giles shared his film with us on the AN Gallery. "Touched" is a charming tale of two bubbles who have found each other in a world that is not so distinct. Inspired by the quote, "The Measure of life is not it's duration but it's donation", Touched is traditionally animated in Flash and features the music of Colin's fiancee Crystal Sing. The topic on the Forums can be found here.  

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'(Baby) It's You!' - stop motion music video

Feels like there's a ressurgence in stop motion animation going on. Quality content is being produced. Case in point, this short film via Mike Boas of MadDogMovies.com and the Rochester Audio Visual Association in New York. Mike also works with Animatus Studio in Rochester.

Check out this ode to B horror movies. '(Baby) It's You!', directed by David Cowles, Jeremy Galante, and Brad Pattullo. Excellent musical performance by The Boys, with puppet costumes by Victoria Rose Zalewski. Additional animation by Michael Genz and Rob Sassi. It was filmed at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Here's the forum topic.

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September '11 Film of the Month judge - Matt Groening

A great way to get September off to a fine start. Matt Groening, the renowned creator of The Simpsons and Futurama will be judging Shooting People's Film of the Month competition.

September is Animation Takeover month at ShootingPeople.org. They're looking for the best, most imaginative and downright mind-blowing animators around the world to showcase themselves and have a crack at this unique chance to get feedback from one of the industry's greats. Upload your film starting today, September 1st. The top three films at the end of the month will be sent to the desk of Mr. Groening for his winning decisions.

You must be a Shooting People member to enter, so head to their website to sign up. For more info and links you can also visit the topic on the AN Forums.

'Good Girl Bad Girl' music video by Ghostbot

There's so much great content coming to us from the forums that's worth featuring on AN's homepage we're experiencing a backup. Switching to this new format has really made a positive difference. 

Here's something that was posted by longtime ANer Jeff Nevins. You may recall Jeff's project was featured here on August 5 regarding TangerinePop, a company that produces online video games. Jeff posted a music video produced by Ghostbot, an outstanding commercial animation studio located in San Francisco. It's just been released. The video's entitled "Good Girl Bad Girl". It's a lot of fun to watch and I bet it was a blast to work on.

Here's the topic on the AN Forums which also features credits from the film. Check out the video...

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'Zero' by Christopher and Christine Kezelos

Yesterday evening at our monthly AN Night we had the pleasure of having with us among our guests Christopher and Christine Kezelos, Australian filmmakers who currently reside in Los Angeles. The husband and wife team are live action filmmakers who recently made the jump into animation via the stop motion technique. They created a beautiful and moving film entitled 'Zero' which has been making the film festival circuit since last year and is now available for all to see online.

Chris and Christine with be our special guests for AN Night in Burbank on November 29, 2011 where we'll be having an exclusive screening of their next film "The Maker". Visit the topic on the AN Forums to see a trailer for the film and to watch video of the making of Zero. You can also visit their website at ZealousCreative.com  to see more of their work.

Zero has won no less than fifteen major awards in its journey through some of the world's top film festivals in 2010. Take a look at the film and you'll see why.

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Inkling - Amazing new drawing technology from Wacom

Wacom's latest product has just been made public as their YouTube video went up only yesterday. Longtime ANer Glen Moyes just posted this topic on the Forums and I'm eager to share it with all our visitors to the homepage.

Imagine drawing with a pen on paper, then being able to digitally transfer what you drew to your computer as a vector file by plugging in a devise that has captured the memory of your drawing. It may have been a futuristic vision at one time, but it's a reality today. Take a look at this video and see for yourself. The Inkling in action...

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Worker abuse at Disney and Mattel toy factories - China

The image above on the left is from an article dated November 26, 2004. The one on the right from another article dated August 19, 2005.

This is nothing new. Reports of abuse of workers, skirting labor laws, child labor, slave labor conditions, incredibley long work weeks, this is behind the sweatshop practices in factories in China which produce most of the toys that are marketed on the planet, including virtually all the toys sold by the Disney and Mattel corporations. 

For years, these companies have stated that they will investigate the situations at the factories they employ to produce their toy products, and yet the allegations continue to come to the public through the press.  Will anything ever be done to ensure some basic standards in the toy factories these companies utilize or is humanity something that doesn't suit the bottom line.

Initiated by long time ANer Greg Boone, the topic is being developed on the AN Forums. Please follow the link to read articles and commentary associated with this important issue.

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