CORNY COLE LOOSES HOME AND CTN HELPS BUILD COMMUNITY
(Image care of CartoonBrew)
On Oct 14th Fox News LA ran an article entitled Renowned Animator Loses Life’s Work to Marek Fire , Oct 15th CartoonBrew posted about the legendary animator Corny Cole loosing his home and everything in it during the recent fires in Southern California. The next day on Oct 16th The Creative Talent Network launched an on-line fundraiser that went viral and reached out to it’s membership and the animation community worldwide. The CTN fundraiser closed on Oct 24th at midnight after raising $12,168.00.
On behalf of all who helped spread the word and to those who donated I want to personally say “thank you”. CTN will be handing a cashiers check to Corny Cole along with the list of donors. For a complete list of donors click on read more
(These donations were not tax deductible but rather came from the heart.) Read more
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ASIFA-HOLLYWOOD STUDENT ANIMATION FESTIVAL
On behalf of the entire team from the Creative Talent Network I would like to personally say thank you to Woodbury University and ASIFA Hollywood for giving us the opportunity to co-sponsor and bring CTN’s creative energy to the first annual ASIFA Student Animation Film Festival.
On Saturday Oct 18th, 2008 over 200 students, pros and fans from various schools and studios converged on campus at Woodbury University to participate in this one day event that included portfolio reviews by local teachers, recruiters and professionals as well as industry specific panels speaking on the State of the Industry and ending with cocktail reception hosted by CTN and awards ceremony where CTN honored each of the winners by presenting them with a free membership into the premiere online networking site for students and recent graduates called Animation Alumni. Read more
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CTN Legend Tony Benedict arrived on the Walt Disney Studio lot in summer of 1956 and took an inbetweening potition on Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmations before joining Bob McCrea’s television unit where he got to do a bit of animation. Find out how he got started at UPA as an assistant to animator Ed Freidman and was given an opportunity to write some Mister Magoo episodes and his journey to Hanna Barbera as a full time staff writer working with Mike Maltese and Warren Foster. Sit back and enjoy the tales of this talented contributor to the Golden Age of Animation.
Lots of vintage movies, photos and art at Tony’s website at http://www.homepage.mac.com/tonytoons
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Caricature of Dan by Dan
Dan Hofstedt, affectionately known as T-Dan, has animated on some of the most successful animated movies of all time. His gift for caricaturing both a likeness and an action of a character has served him well so far in a 24 year career. After putting himself through the Character Animation program at California Institute of the Arts as an amusement park caricaturist T. Dan has garnered a widespread “in-house” reputation at Sullivan-Bluth, Disney, Warners and now Sony Imageworks as one of the top caricature artists around. He has taught Character Animation for Maya at Studio Arts in Glendale, CA, taught caricature workshops at Sony Imageworks, and guest lectured at the Cal Arts Character Animation program, where he studied in the early ’80′s. T-Dan has been on animation panels at the Visual Effects Society, demonstrated Maya animation techniques used in “Monster House” for Autodesk at Siggraph in Boston and at 3December in London, and been a featured presenter at the Sony Wonder Lab in New York. He has made a successful transition from the 2D animation world to the 3D computer generated realm. Sit back and enjoy an interview with this extremely versatile and talented man and key contributor to the 2nd Golden Age of Animation.
Dan Hofstedt can be reach through his CTN Webpage.
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In London for “Roger Rabbit” 1988
Words by Dorse Lanpher
Richard Williams got an Oscar for the animation and had a party at The Carriage House Restaurant in Burbank to celebrate.
Vera and I arrived in London during a very chilly and sometimes very wet early January, 1988. We were there to help on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The movie was directed by Robert Zemeckis and the animation was directed by Richard Williams. Max Howard was the exceptionally friendly efficient and courteous British studio manager who welcomed us to The Forum. The Forum was a nice three story building in a pretty area of London with lots of restaurants and good Greek food. Our townhouse at the corner of Saint George’s Terrace and Regents Park Road wasn’t ready for us so we were housed in a very quaint, very British hotel. We had a car with a driver to cart us to work each day for our first week of work on the film. Read more
Marty Korth, Ed Ghertner, George Scribner 1983 G-Wing Walt Disney Feature Animation
George Scribner started at Walt Disney Feature Animation in 1983 during the 2nd Golden Age of Animation. His animation career spans from Hanna Barbara in the late 1970′s to Director atWalt Disney Feature Animation. George is currently the Director of Animation for Walt Disney Imagineering and has recently been commissioned by the government of Panama to paint large scale oil paintings of the upcoming Panama Canal Expansion which is a project that will last nine years
George Scribner back in Panama 2008
“The new canal line will be to my right where the jungle is now and adjacent to the existing canal.”
For more on this and many other artists from The World of Animation please visit
Toon In to the World of Animation .
A VIS DEV YANKEE IN KING MICKEY’S COURT
RHETT WICKHAM talks to SUE NICHOLS
About Re-Discovering Her Roots and Her Audience
Nobody who ever knew her thought they could pry her pen, pencil and ink from her hands. Nor would they want to, as the delightful, whimsical, carefully rendered illustrations and designs that pour out of her are the sort of stuff dreams are made of. Still, she has traded markers and watercolors for a tablet and stylus, she has traded a view of the dry brown San Fernando hills, ablaze in summer smoke, for the fiery reds and golds of a New England autumn, and she surrendered a daily commute on the 110 for emails, faxes and phone calls at hours most farmers don’t see. Best of all, she has traded the quiet of an office with a door to shut out the chaos of colleagues riding bikes down the hall, for a home office that keeps little to none of the sounds and interruptions of a nine year old and an eleven year old from penetrating the plaster and unhinging the door. Of all the adjustments, it is the latter that makes Sue Nichols happier than she ever thought possible.
This poloroid is a snap from Sue’s CalArts graduation.
Back Row: Haraldo, Steve Markowski, Jim Reardon, Tami Becker, Rich Moore, Broose Johnson
Front Row: Russ Edmonds, Brenda Chapman, Andrew Stanton, Anita Ziobro, Sue Nichols
CTN at Comic Con 2008
Who get’s the Title of “Con King!!”
Words by Tina Price:
This years Comic Con seemed a huge success for all our members. With over 23 participants spread out from Aisle 900 to Aisle 5300 CTN members once again survive Comic Con San Diego and are ready for next year. But before we go…..here are some memories in booth order.
Exhibitors Table H05
Words by David Colman:
Another successful year for me too….only left my booth for pee breaks…My new Tshirt line debuted very well!
Note: David’s T-Shirts will soon be available on his CTN Artist’s Storefront. Read more
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Eric Goldberg Book Bash
Aug 6, 2008
Samuel French Bookshop
Eric Goldberg and Darrel Van Citters
Click on image to see pictures from the event
Thank you to everyone who came out for the celebration and signing of Eric Goldbergs first book the “Character Animation Crash Course!”. A special thank you to Tee Bosustow, Brian Clift, Tad Gielow, Steve and Janette Huelett, Mark Kausler, Dorse Lanpher, Dori Littel-Herrick, Aubry Mintz, Maddy O’Neil, Tom Sito, Darrel Van Citters, and Lureline Weatherly for taking time our of your busy schedules to drop by. And to Ellen Woodbury and Hendel Butoy your signed books are in the mail.
An extra special thankyou to Eric’s publisher Gwen Feldman for co-hosting this great event and for providing the fabulous refreshments and the venue and to Eric for signing all those books. The place was entirely “yellow” with excitement as over 100 guests complete with “Character Animation Crash Course” books and t-shirts enjoyed food and drink and waited in line to get their personal signature from the creator of the Genie, Director of Pocahantas, CTN member and friend Eric Goldberg.
We had a blast thanks to you. As always we couldn’t do this without you so thanks so much for your continued support.
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Steve Hickner started his animation career at Filmation Studios in the late 1970′s. Both Filmation Studios and Hanna Barbara were literally talent incubators that gave birth to the artists that went on to create some of the highest grossing feature animated films in what we now refer to as the 2nd Golden Age of Animation. Steve Hickner lived this journey from Assistant Animator at Filmation Studios to Director at Dreamworks Animation. Recently joining The Creative Talent Network we thought it appropriate to repost this interview done late last year by Tee Bosustow of ToonIn where Steve speaks to the journey of dedication, determination, timing and luck that drove him forward from the late 1970′s through to the 2nd Golden Age of Animation and on up to today as Director at Dreamworks.
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