Talent Spotlight: Mary Lou Miller

We want to welcome Mary Lou to our team! Mary Lou Miller (No relation to Eric!) will be the new Social Media Marketing Coordinator for Eric Miller Animation Studio. She has also been helping us with event planning for The Creators Society Monthly Mixers!


Mary Lou is a first generation Syrian who was born and raised in Los Angeles. During a visit to San Francisco, she fell in love with the city’s history, eclectic culture and arts.  She graduated from the Academy of Art University with a Masters in Art Education, continuing to teach art to K-12th grade for a number of schools in the Bay Area.

While developing her Art Advocacy project she became inspired by the city’s growing indie game culture! She got into Social Media Coordination for a few small game studios because she believed that game art and development was a bridge to youth and their possible future careers in the art industry.  The idea of sharing the art that was being created in games became just as important to her as sharing the importance of art being taught in schools.

After moving back to LA, she continues to promote and support artists and projects through social media.  She is excited to find inspiring news in animation as she helps Eric Miller Animation Studio share more about the world of animation on the many platforms we have.



June Animation News Round Up!

Time to catch you up on the top animation news thats been going on this month! 

1. Studio Ghibli’s American Distributor launches ANIMATION IS FILM Festival

A new festival, ANIMATION IS FILM has been created by GKIDS! GKIDS Founder commented that he wanted to “Create a stateside film festival that recognizes the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form has long been a dream of GKIDS. We are thrilled…[to] bring exceptional animated filmmaking from around the world to audiences.”

Read More HERE.

2. Captain Underpants paves the way for low budget animation.

Captain Underpants was outsourced to Canada with a low budget of $38M. The Hollywood Reporter investigates on whether or not more animation films will be outsourced.

Read More HERE.


3. $92-Million Animation Company created by China and UK

China and the U.K. came together to create a new animation company called Lanzu that will unlock $92 million of production! 

Read More HERE.

4. Blackpills Launches New Animation Studio for Adults

Blackpills has created a new animation studio specific to adult animations, a growing genre. 

Read More HERE.

5. Bink had a BIRTHDAY!

Our final news? Bink turned 1 years old! Thank you to everyone who has been following our Bink story and we hope to share more Bink news in the near future. 


Variety’s 2017 10 Animators to Watch: Arthur de Pins

A few weeks ago Variety came out with their Top 10 Animators to Watch in 2017. We were impressed with their selection and wanted to begin profiling the animators along with their work on the blog! First up we have Arthur de Pins, a french animator and cartoonist. 

Arthur de Pins has made several successful shorts, TV pilots, animated commercials, and character designs. His career took off when he began creating comics and became known for his expressive characters and colorful scenes. 

His first comic series was called Péchés Mignons, which followed the love adventures of Arthur and Clara. The graphic novels gained popularity among young adults in France. 

After several years of cartooning, he decided to turn to animation and created his first 5 minute short called The Crab Revolution. A story about a tragedy that affects a species of crabs, and they can't turn back to their colony and need to find a new leader. The short is in black and white, yet still has style. 


Pins most recent piece of work is Zombillenium, his first feature, which released last month at Cannes. The film was applauded for its impressive animation and design. The Hollywood Reporter noted that the film had "dazzling visuals, a hyper-seamless melding of 3D rendering and 2D design that extracts lines and shadows from the figures but still has an extraordinary fluidity". 

With all his international success, we're not shocked Arthur de Pins was considered one of the top 10 animators to watch in 2017.


June's Popular Animation Channels!

Happy June! It's time for another installment of Popular YouTube Channels we'd like to showcase! Channels are selected based on their high viewership and subscribers. Lets get to it!

Super Planet Dolan

Daniel James Johnson, aka Planet Dolan is an Australian YouTuber who began his channel in 2014 to animate trivia games which were narrated by animated characters. Once his channel grew in enough popularity he started his own production company called Danger Dolan Pty Ltd -- and even hired actors to narrate his videos!

Subscribers: 1,641,786
Views: 226,648,596

Check out a video of 10 Dolan Life Mysteries About Earth HERE.

Shut Up! Cartoons

Subscribers: 2,012,795
Views: 387,748,826

Shut Up! Cartoons was created by Anthony Padilla, Ian Hecox and Barry Blumberg in 2012. They first launched with a popular do's and don't video, which lead to full on animation series. So far, they've had 18 series on their channel, each lasting 10 episodes.

Check out a video about b(read)heads HERE.



Subscribers: 2,644,677
Views: 423,687,060

Egoraptor aka Arin Joseph Hanson is a animator, cartoonist, comedian, voice actor, songwriter, and rapper. When not creating videos for his person animation channel he can be found animating projects for larger companies, including MTV. Hanson's rap career isn't doing to bad either, in 2016 he preformed at SXSW.

Check out a video of from his "awesome series" HERE.


2017's Most Noteworthy Visual Effects in Film

We tend to focus on animation on our blog, but this week we wanted to pay homage to some of the best visual effects thats been seen in films so far this year.

1. "Blade Runner 2049" (Warner Bros.)

Bladerunner which comes out in October of 2017 is projected to have great visual effects, yet producers tried to use real sets and compositions as much as possible. Director Denis Villeneuve told Screen Daily "I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set. Most of the movie was done on camera, me and [cinematographer] Roger Deakins worked very hard to do it that way."

2. "War for the Planet of the Apes" (20th Century Fox)

Planet of the Apes, which opens in theaters on July 14th used a ton of visual effects to complete the film. VFX producer Ryan Stafford explained to online magazine Collider that snow was the largest hurdle for his team, “Our characters are digital and they’re played by humans so that introduces the very nature of their footfalls are different. They have a different gait. They have crutches instead of hands. So every time the apes are walking in snow, that entire path has to be digitally recreated. We basically erase all the human footfalls and we replace it with ape footfalls. That presents a huge challenge. Just the sheer logistics. Additionally what snow looks like when it’s balled up and icy on the tips of fur is going to be a whole new challenge that has to be applied. Last movie we had a real big breakthrough with wetness on fur and this movie, we’re going to take that ball and run with it. We have tons of wet fur in this movie and then the additive complexity of snow and ice on fur. “ 

3. "Transformers: The Last Knight" (Paramount Pictures)

Transformers is known to go heavy on the special effects, in fact director Michael Bay revealed to online magazine SlashFilm that "the visual effects of the Transformers franchise are so complex that they have broken the computers of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)." Transformers: The Last Knight is set to release on June 21st.


4. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Walt Disney Pictures)

Visual effects will be used in Star Wars: The Last Jedi but director Rian Johnson made it clear that the late Carrie Fisher who had already filmed scenes for the film before her death would not be altered. Johnson told SlashFilm “In Rogue One, we created digitally a few characters, one an actor that had actually passed away but had been in an earlier Star Wars film. We’re not doing that with Carrie, although technology gives the ability to do so many different things today.” Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out in December of this year. 

5. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" (Marvel Studios)

Guardians of the Galaxy's visual effects was largely used to create avatars.  VFX supervisor Guy Williams explained at a VFX conference the thoughts that went behind blowing up an avatar telling the panel “At one point, we had to blow away a large portion of his face, and we were worried about ratings,” he continued. “We needed a solution that was visually compelling but not too gory. We relied heavily on fractals [and used math to create the look] to make the destruction areas not look very biological, because we could get away with it as long as it doesn’t look like a human. We removed parts of him and then had them grow back.”

Source: User generated Awardscircuit.com


Summer 2017's Animation Blockbusters

Summer has unofficially kicked off! You know what that means...it's the time for summer blockbusters! We wanted to take a dive into which anticipated animated films will be releasing this summer.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Fox, DreamWorks)
June 2

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is based on the children's novel series of the same name by Dav Pilkey. The film follows two elementary school kids who hypnotize their teacher into thinking he's captain underpants! Stars that will be voicing characters in the film are Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Nick Kroll, with Jordan Peele.

Cars 3 (Disney, Pixar)
June 16

The 3rd installment in the Cars franchise follows the life of race cars who have to endure life after a car crash. The voice over cast includes Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Cristela Alonzo, and Armie Hammer. 

Despicable Me 3 (Universal, Illumination)
June 30

Steve Carrell is back in Despicable Me as Felonious Gru, the former villain-turned Anti-Villain League agent. During this film we find Gru feuding against a former child star and his long lost upbeat brother. Joining Carrell in the cast is Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Miranda Cosgrove, and Julie Andrews. 


The Emoji Movie (Columbia, Sony)
Aug 4th

The much anticipated Emoji film will follow the life of an emoji that is capable of expressing more than one emotion. He is determined to become normal, so with the help of his emoji friends, he sets out to become one-emotional in his town of Textopolis! The films voiceover cast includes James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Christina Aguilera, Anna Faris, and Patrick Stewart. 

The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Open Road, Gulfstream, Red Rover, ToonBox)
August 11

The Nut Job 2 follows park animals that must come together to prevent their mayor from bulldozing their park. The star studed cast includes of the voices of Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Jeff Dunham, Gabriel Iglesias, Jackie Chan, and Katherine Heigl. 

Leap! (Weinstein, L’Atelier)
September 1

Leap follows an 11 year old Parisian orphan, Félicie and her imaginary friend Victor. Félicie dreams of becoming a dancer while Victor has goals to become an inventor. During the film, you see the children take leap of faith in order to follow their passions. The animated film features voices of Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks and Carly Rae Jepson.

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Which are you most excited to see?


May Animation News Round Up!

Time to catch you up on the top animation news thats been going on this month! 

Deadpool to be turned in to TV series

The mega popular film Deadpool is officially going to be turned into a tv series with FXX. The series is meant for adults and will feature Donald Glover. 10 episodes have been ordered and are set to air in 2018.

Read more HERE.

Daytime Emmy Animation Winners

Netflix's Trollhunters and Amazon's Lost in Oz shows won big at this years Daytime Emmys. Both shows feature kids on journeys in fantasy worlds, both series have also been applauded for its humor.

Read more HERE.

Lin Manuel Miranda joins Ducktales Cast

Does Lin Manuel Miranda ever sleep? The Actor/Playwright/Composer/Rapper has just signed on to join the voice cast of Disney XD's upcoming "DuckTales" series. Miranda will be lending his voice for Ducktale character Gizmoduck.

Read more HERE.


Variety's Top 10 animators To Watch Announced


Variety has officially unveiled their top 10 animators to watch this month. Honorees included "Zombillenium director Arthur de Pins, Pinky Malinky supervising director Megan Nicole Dong, Loving Vincent director Dorota Kobiela, stop-motion animator and Hi Stranger director Kirsten Lepore, Disney animator Kira Lehtomaki, who is currently serving as co-head of animation on Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Dave Mullins, the director of Pixar short Lou, British animator Julia Pott, who is the creator of Cartoon Network Studios’ forthcoming Summer Camp Island,  Carlos Puertolas, the animation director of DreamWorks Animation’s The Boss Baby, DuckTales animator and director Dana Terrace, and Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey, who is currently directing The Breadwinner." Congratulations to all the winners!

Read more HERE.

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May Showcase of Popular Animation YouTube Channels

It's time for another installment of Popular YouTube Channels we'd like to showcase! Channels are selected based on their high viewership and subscribers. Lets get to it!

Planet Dolan

This Australian based YouTubeAnimation channel was started in 2012 by Daniel James Johnson. His channel focuses on "Top ____" list style videos, countdown videos, Q&A videos, and gaming videos. His channel is loved by many which is why he has accumulated over 800 pieces of fan art from fans in the past several years.

Subscribers: 5,367,838
Views: 1,301,350,498

Check out a video about cheating on tests HERE.


Jordan, the Detroit based animator behind BlackSen, began his channel in 2006. His videos are typically commentaries and parodies on his every day observances. His most popular video "My First Fangirling Fangirl" went viral and garnered over 1 million views in record time. 

Subscribers: 234,874
Views: 11,629,120

Check out his viral fan-girl video HERE.


Element Animation


Element Animation, run by Dan Lloyd and a few other animators in the UK, consists of 2-5 minute comedy animations mostly based on Minecraft. After the channel gained success and earned over million's of views, they created a series called "The Crack" and a second channel known as “Element Shorts”, where they create even shorter shorts - some only 14 seconds!

Views: 524,471,348

Check out an episode from The Crack HERE.


5 Animation Series that have been Greenlit

During this late spring season we begin to see shows either be canceled, renewed, or approved for further production. We wanted to highlight several shows that have been greenlit by the studios. Which of these shows are you most excited to tune into? 

Netflix's Carmen Sandiego

Carmen Sandiego has officially been greenlit by Netflix. The series, which is set to release in 2019, which will feature Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez as Carmen and Stranger Thing's Finn Wolfhard as Carmen's Friend. The show will not only follow Carmen's international escapades, but will also take a deeper look into her past. 

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Adult Swim's Apollo Gauntlet

Apollo Gauntlet, follows a superhero who fights evil in a futuristic feudal society. The pilot was first showed on Adult Swim's website in August 2016 along with several other pilots which viewers were able to rate and review. Apparently the reviews went well because the show has now been greenlit and is set to relase in the fall.  

Cartoon Network's Apple & Onion

Apple & Onion follows an apple and an onion's adventures in a city filled with other living food. The show was first shown as a mini series on Cartoon Network's YouTube channel last May. The show has been applauded for its humor and unique art style. 


Cartoon Network's OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes

OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes follows K.O an "endlessly optimistic kid attempting to level up to be the best he can be in a dynamic universe of friends and challenging foes". Not only was the series ordered by Cartoon Network, but video game studio Capybara Games has also begin developing a game based on the series! 

Cartoon Network's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Based on the popular children's book and film series Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the series is a prequel, showing the high school years of Flint Lockwood, a budding scientist that is set to change the world one invention at a time. The pilot, which aired on Mar. 6th received positive feedback leading the network to greenlight the series. Cartoon Network first released the pilot to audiences using their app. 

Which of these shows will you be tuning into?


Daytime Emmy Animation Winners!

The Daytime Emmy's were this past Sunday in Pasadena. There were over 20 Animation winners but we wanted to highlight the 2 big animation winners of the night, Netflix's Trollhunters and Amazon's Lost in Oz


Netflix's Trollhunters (co produced by Dreamworks Animation & Double Dare You) won 4 Emmy's including, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special, Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program, and Outstanding Directing in An Animated Program. Created by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, the show is set in the fictional town of Arcadia, where Trolls live and follows a teenage boy who find a magical amour suit which has him defending the Troll city from predators. The show has been recognized for its humor, developed characters, and realistic adaptation of teenagers.

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Amazon's Lost in Oz, another fan favorite, won an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Outstanding Sound Editing. The Lost in Oz series, inspired by Tim Burton's 2002 Lost in Oz and L. Frank Baum's Lost in Oz. The show folllows 12 year old Dorothy and her friends in a modern day Emerald City. Lost in Oz has been applauded for having a strong female lead and a great combination of magic, adventure and mystery.


Listed below are all the Daytime Emmy Animation Category Winners:

WINNER: Sesame Street | HBO


WINNER: The Snowy Day | Amazon

WINNER: Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure | Amazon

WINNER: Taking Flight | www.takingflightfilm.com

Ask the StoryBots – Companion App and StoryBots Classroom | Netflix

WINNER: Invasion!

WINNER: Kelsey Grammer, as Blinky
Trollhunters | Netflix/Dreamworks Animation

WINNER: Trollhunters | Netflix/Dreamworks Animation

WINNER: Beat Bugs | Netflix

WINNER: Trollhunters | Netflix/Dreamworks Animation

WINNER: Trollhunters | Netflix/Dreamworks Animation

WINNER: Tumble Leaf | Amazon

WINNER: The Mind of a Chef | PBS

WINNER: Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure | Amazon

WINNER: Sofia the First | Disney Junior

WINNER: Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure | Amazon

WINNER: Dinotrux | Netflix/Dreamworks Animation

WINNER: The Snowy Day | Amazon

WINNER: “She’s Not Very Nice” Disney 7D | Disney XD