Nelson Boles - "Little Boat" - and a little history

After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in September 2005, I had a student enroll in the Teen Program at my school The Animation Academy in Burbank. He was young man of 16 years, in town with his mother. They were from New Orleans and were refugees from the storm. They were staying in Los Angeles and for a few months, Nelson Boles was attending class. Afterwards, when things got back to normal in New Orleans, he returned home after leaving a very positive impression with me.

He was a talented fellow and took to what he was being taught very quickly. It was all fundamentals at that time. His drawing was good, his design skills unique, and it turns out his filmmaking abilities were just as remarkable as I was to learn in 2008 when he became the second student associated with my school to win the Warner Bros Hanna Barbera National Scholarship, which included acceptance into Cal Arts.

I'm happy to say that I had a look at Nelson Boles in his earliest days of his career as a great animator, and I'm happy to share with you his latest work which is getting online attention.

Here's the topic on the AN Forums, and here's "Little Boat"...

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'Jonny Quest' opening in Stop Motion

There was a prime time animated series that aired on American TV in 1964. It was ground breaking in its day and is still considered one of the greatest made for television cartoons ever produced.

I mentioned a few posts ago that it seemed like there was a resurgence of stop motion animation happening. Thanks to ANer Greg Boone we can enjoy a remake of the opening of the Jonny Quest Show that features stop motion plus a little CG effects animation mixed in.

This video was created by Roger D. Evans, a life long Jonny Quest fan.

If you'd like to see how the original opening compares to this latest version, follow the link to the AN Forum topic where it's available to view.

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'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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