Profiles and Interviews with Leading Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Firms:

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Interviewer

Animation Career Review has had the great fortune of being able to interview some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the animation world.  Below is a list of companies, schools, and colleges that have conducted interviews to date.

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Kickstarter is full of extravagant claims and hyperbole, but when Toonocalypse promises that it’s “one of the most unique alien invasion movies ever made” it absolutely delivers when you scroll through its funding page. It’s an apocalypse tale that’s as big as Cloverfield but with the cartoon injected art style of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In all of my years in the art industry I’ve never seen a hybrid art project quite like this. Fans of big action movies will enjoy it and fans of old point-and-click adventure cartoon games like Toonstruck will be obsessed with it.

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Have you heard that Ed Schofield, Mike Dietz, and Doug TenNapel – some of the brilliant and talented artists who made Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood – have teamed up once again to work on a point-and-click adventure game with a clay animation stop-motion art style? Even if this project didn’t have the legendary Pencil Test Studios names attached to it we’d still be keeping our eyes on it, but knowing it’s in good hands means you should check out their $900,000 Kickstarter funding campaign.

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Animation

Animation is young.  How young?  Well, before Film was possible or even thought of, Peter Roget presented a paper called “The Persistence of Vision” that explained to the British Royal Society that a succession of images could induce the illusion of movement and life.  That was in 1824- less than 200 years ago.  One year later, to test his theory, the Thaumatrope optical toy is used to demonstrate and confirm Roget’s idea.

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Think Tank Training Centre

Vancouver’s Think Tank Training Centre caters to very driven animation students who seek a studio-like environment to learn the ropes of the industry. And do they ever find it! When the school was founded in 2005, it became a beta tester for the then-new Mudbox, the 3D sculpting tool used by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital.

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Fuzz Animation

As part of our Interview Series we have tried to capture advice from successful animation entrepreneurs that have carved-out a place for themselves in the industry, so it's a good thing we ran into Nathan Dillow. Nathan Dillow is the Creative Director for his collaborative animation house Fuzz Animation, and a fairly ingenious entrepreneur.

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Image Engine

The most successful production studios in the business have used their specific talents, found their niche, then worked their tails off to carve out a place for themselves in the industry. Image Engine did just that.

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BrainDistrict

Earlier this year I gave an overview for BrainDistrict’s new paint program on the market, PaintSupreme, and recently I talked with their Sales and Marketing associate, Richie Lopez, about the future of their product.

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The Top 100 Most Influential People in Animation

In honor of the formidable animation legends, special effects greats, comic company superheros and phenomenal producers we have put together an industry-voted list of the 100 most influential people in the animation industry. 

By surveying trained professionals, historians and restorationists (many of whom participated in our Interview Series)—and then a whole lotta' research—we put together this list, along with bios, of the biggest names and most influential contributions that have helped shape the animation industry that we know today. From Disney to DC and Paramount to Pixar, and back again.

Without further ado, here are your Top 100 Most Influential People in Animation in suspense-building reverse order:

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Boston University offers Animation-focused degrees within its top-ranking Computer Sciences Department for undergraduate students. It is the university’s unique Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA), however, that appeals to a broad variety of prospective animators with certificate programs in both 3D Animation and Game Art.

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