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First look at Hotel Transylvania
tells the story of Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here's a little known fact about Dracula: he is not only the Prince of Darkness; he is also a dad. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis...
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Paramount Pictures Creates Animation Division
After the success of Rango Paramount Pictures has announced today the launch of a new, in-house animation division, Paramount Animation. With budgets of up to $100 million dollars a film, the studio will target its first release for 2014...
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Frist trailer for Pixar's Brave
Disney has uploaded the teaser trailer for the animated film Brave, Pixar's first fairy tale staring a female protagonist. Judging by the lack of cuddly, anthropomorphic creatures, Brave looks to be one for creative storytelling, rather than for the merchandising. Brave is due for release June 22, 2012...
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NEW Animation Arena Twitter Giveaways
We've got a ton of stuff just sitting around the Animation Arena office that needs to be put to good use. So why not give it away to you, our dear readers, over Twitter? Read on to find out how our new monthly Twitter giveaways work.
We just started our twitter account and are still getting used to the format once we've reached 250 followers we will start a monthly giveaway. We will hop on Twitter and announce the months giveaway prize (or prizes if we happen to have enough stuff on hand for runner-up prizes) and the conditions to win. We may want you to re-tweet the contest announcement to win and sometimes we'll just randomly pick followers.
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Interview with Dreamworks Animator Rebecca Perezby Dell Milton
When you made the decision to become an Animator what was the first step you took to make that decision a reality?
I spoke to current animators. Whether by email or face to face I spoke to animators that I admired. There is so much knowledge you can learn from someone who's already accomplished what you are seeking.
How did you get your first paying job in the Animation Industry? Who was your employer and what was your job title?
My very first job was as a "3D Technical Artist" at Lucasarts. I had just graduated from Ringling and to be quite honest, I just wanted to get my foot in the door. To just get the smallest opportunity at a studio where I could grow. Luckily I had a friend who was already working there and she gave my name to another production who was looking for an Entry Level Artist...
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Do You Own These Top 10 Animation Books?by Annie Gray
Have you ever found a book that you began to read which held your attention so much it was difficult to put down? Animators have! When an animator discovers a really good book about his craft they simply can't lay it down. The book speaks a language only they understand. The best animation books are the ones that you cannot put down. They are an elite group of books written by the founders of animation and only a handful of their students.
Reading alone does not make anyone an animator. But, having the history and knowledge of animation from individuals like Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas at your finger tips is priceless. Those studying animation will quickly find they have committed themselves to a life long adventure of learning the art. Masters of any art form are life long learners. There are ten got to have books we will share with you today. One of these is referred to as the "Animation Bible."
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List of the best Video Game Design Schools
The following is a list of colleges and universities with programs that would help someone in their pursuit of a career in Character Animation and Video Game Design. The list is dedicated to schools that many game studios feel caters to both the technical and artistic field of Character Animation and Video Game Design...
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How to Become a Video Game Designerby Annie Gray
One of the most exciting jobs out in the market today is video game designing. Many have the impression that it would take too much time and skills to accomplish this. Well reality check people...it does not! If you are into video games and love spending your leisure time (even your work time!), playing games then you have already passed the qualifying stages to becoming a video game designer.
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Artist of The Month
Featured Artist: Sam Yang 3D Artist working for Blizzardby Dell Milton
Can you describe a typical day for you at Blizzard?
Again, waking up knowing you're doing something that you love at work is the greatest feeling. At Blizzard we have Taco Tuesdays and Bagel Thursdays, which is awesome! Sometimes I forget we get to walk by epic life-sized statues of iconic characters in our games every day. We also have team events organized for us to meet each other around the campus. We have Personal Art Galleries shown on display by Artists as well! The work environment at Blizzard is great! I've met some of the most nicest and talented people hired around the world. Working at Blizzard is fun and enjoyable experience, people here are friendly, we laugh and crack jokes all the time yet maintaining professionalism and getting stuff done. It's definitely the place to work.
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Most Anticipated Movie
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
From director Zack Snyder (聯Man of Steel聰) comes 聯Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,聰 starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck (聯Argo聰) as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill (聯Man of Steel,聰 聯The Man from U.N.C.L.E.聰) as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters聮 first big-screen pairing.
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City聮s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis聮s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it聮s ever known before.
Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Oscar nominees Amy Adams (聯American Hustle,聰 聯Man of Steel聰) as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg (聯The Social Network聰) as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane (聯Unfaithful,聰 聯Man of Steel聰) as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne (聯What聮s Love Got to Do with It,聰 聯Man of Steel聰) as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons (聯Reversal of Fortune聰) as Alfred, and Holly Hunter (聯The Piano聰) as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot (the 聯Fast and Furious聰 films) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
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Ultimate Spider-Man #160 review Donna Jackson
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Marvel has been touting that Death of Ultimate Spider-Man for months now, closing a chapter on one of the most consistently entertaining superhero comic book runs of the last few decades. At some points, no matter what the general consensus was with Bendis' work in Marvel, one could always say "At least Ultimate Spider-Man is top notch." Much more often than not, it was. The final issue of Ultimate Spider-Man continues that tradition of quality writing, gorgeous art by longtime Bendis collaborator Mark Bagley (so happy to see him drawing USM where he belongs), and a fitting end to teenager Peter Parker's life and career as a superhero. Yes, he really does die in this issue.
Even before his final battle, Peter Parker is already seriously injured, having taken a bullet from Frank Castle meant for Captain America. Norman Osborn, in full monster goblin mode, has discovered where Peter Parker lives, and in one frantic issue, Spider-Man, completely unmasked, goes blow-to-blow against a hyper-powered, almost delusional Green Goblin. Throughout the fight, he will say his final goodbyes to his friends, his true love, and even his Aunt May, as if he has already accepted his fate and is almost embracing it.
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Academy of Art University (Animation and Game Design)
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