Spooky Stop-Motion Animations

We decided to dedicate this blog to some stop-motion animations that go hand in hand, with Fall, October and Halloween! No particular order, just some suggestions for family movie nights for this month!

1. Nightmare Before Christmas

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If you, like Jack Skellington, "have grown tired of the same old thing"  Nightmare before Christmas may be right up your alley for animations to watch in October. Written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, this dark fantasy, stop-motion, musical was released in 1993. If you are a fan then you're in luck... the comic book sequel will be released soon!

Read more about the sequel here!

 

2. Coraline

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Written and directed by Henry Selick and released in 2009! Coraline, a young and curious single child, is bored and feeling a bit lonely, so she explores the new home. Her discovery of the parallel universe that seems to be a dream come true at first, becomes a nightmare she needs to get out of. 

Follow some of Coraline's adventure here!

 

3. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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Wallace and Gromit was written and directed by Steve Box and Nick Park, and released in 2005! The animated series started in 1990, with The Curse of the Were-Rabbit being Nick Park's, of Aardman Animation, first feature film. It won at the 78th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The second was Shaun the Sheep, released in 2015 with the sequel TBA!

Watch The Curse of the Were-Rabbit trailer here!

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4. James and the Giant Peach

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Written by Roald Dahl, and another one directed by Henry Selick, James and the Giant Peach was released in 1996! Though it may not be necessarily be Halloween-ish, it is pretty fit for the theme! James parents get killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his evil aunts. But, the most fitting part is all the friends he makes...in a giant peach...with a bunch of insects. 

If you already saw it, it may have been a while, refresh your memory here!

 

5. Corpse Bride

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Written and directed by Tim Burton and released in 2006, Corpse Bride is 3rd to be produced by him but the first he directed. It's set in the 1800's in a Victorian Village, and teaches us to be very careful where we practice our vows! You may end up in the "Land of the Dead" if you were as careless as Victor was. 

Enter the "Land of the Dead" through the trailer here!

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Talent Spotlight: Hayden Patterson

We're excited to introduce Hayden Patterson! He recently finished working with us as a freelance 2D Animator on one of our client projects. We had such a great time working with him we wanted to learn more about his journey as an animator. 

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Hayden grew up in the small town of West Bend in Wisconsin. Spending time outside with his siblings and reading Sunday comics were the results of his imagination and his inspiration to be a cartoonist at a very young age. Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and Sheldon are just a few of the comics he was inspired by, along with Looney Toons, especially "Tom and Jerry" being his visual influence. With the support of his parents and the guidance of his teacher in high school, he was able to go to school for Animation at Maryland College Institute of the Arts!

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Working at several small studios, while he was in college and over the past couple years, gave Hayden the confidence and skills he needed to move forward with his career. Some of these studios include; Moving Colour, Eskimo, and Locus New Media.  Now that he is in California it has opened even more opportunities. After working as a freelance animator at Eric Miller Animation Studios, he went on to working full time at the NFL Network doing animation and other facets of video work.

"I met Eric at The Creators Society Mixer, which helped me acclimate to LA and the professional network here. After the first one, I had to check out Eric’s studio online, and really enjoyed the content he has produced, particularly “Bink”, which is absolutely stunning, and adorable."
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He loves spending his time animating, but tries to spend time outdoors as often as possible. Being in California gave him the opportunity to spend time outdoors a little differently than he did in his childhood days in Wisconsin. He surfs any moment he gets the chance as well as playing basketball and disc golf.

To check out some more of Hayden's work be sure to visit his portfolio.
http://www.haydenpatterson.com/#/reel/

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September 2017 Animation News Round Up!

It is nearing the end of the month already, and you know what that means! A round up of a few happenings in animation that September brought our way!

1. Bojack Horseman

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September 8, 2017 was the premiere of Bojack Horsemen Season 4 on Netflix! Said to be a tearfully joyful story about a Horseman who has major depression. How can it be comedic when it's about depression? Well, it is about anthropomorphic animals with clothes and jobs. There's said to be a lot of easter eggs in the show as well, which seems to add to the list of adjectives used to describe this animation. 

Watch the trailer for season 4 here!

 

2. Emmy Awards

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There were so many great nominations for animation at the 2017 Emmy Awards! Bob’s Burgers, “Bob, Actually”, won for "Outstanding Animated Program"! For "Outstanding Short Format Animated Program", Adventure Time, “Islands: Part 4 – Imaginary Resources" takes the win. Seth MacFarlane from Family Guy – ‘The Boys in the Band”, took home the award for "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance". And last but not least, for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation": Samurai Jack (Craig Kellman, Character Design, “XCII”), Samurai Jack (Scott Wills, Production Design, “XCIII”), Samurai Jack (Bryan Andrews, Storyboard, “XCIII”), Samurai Jack (Lou Romano, Background Design, “XCV”), and Wander Over Yonder (Justin Nichols, Character Animation, “The End of the Galaxy”)!

Read here to see other results from the Emmy Awards, 

 

3. The Lego Ninjago Movie

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The Lego Ninjago Movie was created after the toy series, and was released into theaters last Friday, September 22, 2017. It's running at the 3rd in the box office with 51% on the tomatometer. It has an average rating of 3.6/5 out of 15,887 so far. The Lego Movie had a 96% on the tomatometer and a 4.3/5 out of 221,079, but it's always good to see it to review on your own!

Watch the trailer here!

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4. Walt Disney and Chinese Animation Filmmakers

Disney Animation and various Chinese Animation studio's met for 5 days to exchange ideas! John Lasseter first got the idea when he was asked if he would open a Disney studio in China when he was there on a publicity tour for Big Hero 6. It was Disney's idea and way of sharing their "approaches to filmmaking, production, marketing, distribution and our underlying concept of how to create a healthy and vibrant studio."

Disney Animation and various Chinese Animation studio's met for 5 days to exchange ideas! John Lasseter first got the idea when he was asked if he would open a Disney studio in China when he was there on a publicity tour for Big Hero 6. It was Disney's idea and way of sharing their "approaches to filmmaking, production, marketing, distribution and our underlying concept of how to create a healthy and vibrant studio."

 

5. GLAS Animation Festival/Autonomous LA Program

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The Global Animation Syndicate, otherwise known as GLAS, is a nonprofit organization that dedicates themselves to independent animations. Their first festival was in Berkeley, CA just two years ago, and they had one in LA just yesterday, Thursday, September 28, 2017. Their goal is to advocate independent animation in the United States. This years Autonomus in LA screens films made by the younger generation. 

Check out the line-up here!

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Animated Features for Fall of 2017!

This was a big year for animation, but the year isn't over yet! There's still quite a bit that will be released before the end of the year. Here's a list of just a few of the one's coming out this fall!

Happy First Day of Fall! 

The Lego Ninjago Movie 

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Released by Warner Animation Group and animation produced by Animal Logic, The Lego Ninjago Movie will be in theaters today, September 22, 2017!

It's based off the toy line, and a spin-off on 2014’s “The Lego Movie”. Lego Ninjago is an animation about the “Green Ninja”, who is being trained by Master Wu to defeat “The Worst Guy Ever”. All the other secret ninja warriors help “The Green Ninja” plot against his father.

Watch the trailer here!

 

My Little Pony: The Movie 

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Lionsgate will release the "My Little Pony" movie on October 6, 2017! It was Directed by Jayson Thiessen from a screenplay written by Megan McCarthy, and produced by Allspark Pictures and DHX Media!

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity, or the Mane 6, use the magic of friendship to help them on their quest to defeat The Dark Force’s threat on Ponyville!

Watch the trailer here!

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Coco

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Director Lee Unkrich and so many other talented co-directors, producers, voice actors, and more from Disney and Pixar have been working on "Coco" for years! The Día de los Muertos themed animation that will be released a little bit after the holiday on November 22, 2017!

His drive to prove his talent as a musician gets Miguel in a bit of a mix up. But, it does not stop him from undertaking a journey with his two friends to find out about his ancestor’s ban on music.

Watch the trailer here!

 

Ferdinand 

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Based off “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios bring "Ferdinand" to big screen on December 15, 2017!  

"Ferdinand" is directed Rio helmer Carlos Saldanha, with John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand. We get to follow a giant bull through his adventure in Spain! Don't let his size fool you though, he is actually just trying to get away from his captors and home to his family. A gentle giant that proves that appearances are often misleading!

Watch the trailer here!

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Talent Spotlight: Rich Draper

We're excited to introduce Rich Draper! He is currently working with us on one of our client's projects with our team of animators. We had the chance to learn more about Rich's journey through the creative industry, and wanted to share what makes him a great animator!

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Rich grew up just outside of Toronto in Burlington, Ontario Canada, and was I nspired by the Warner Bros. Cartoons, old Disney features, and Mad Magazine. He knew being in the creative industry would be perfect for him; from childhood he loved watching movies and was constantly drawing cartoons.

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After studying Classical Animation at Sheridan College in Canada, Rich moved to New York for a couple years. It was not long until he was back to Canada to work on features and commercials, which eventually landed him a job in Los Angeles. After spending 7 years in LA working at Creative Capers, Kurtz & Friends Animation, and Sony, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia. There for 16 years now, he's done everything from directing, animating and character design for studios like Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Adult Swim, and clients such as IBM and UPS.

 
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Though Rich started with "just good old pencil and paper and film cameras", he is glad to be doing digital animation with Eric Miller Animation Studio because he is "always happy to get a chance to work with new studios, to see what they do, get inspired and continue to grow". He's been animating for 30 years now, but he knows how to keep his life balanced! His free time is spent playing hockey, cycling, and traveling.

 

We're really excited to be working with such a talented animator, and if you interested in seeing more of Rich's work then head over to his online portfolio at www.richdraper.com

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The 69th Annual Emmy Awards!

The Emmy Awards are on Sunday, September 17th, and will be hosted by Stephen Colbert! Read-on to find out more about each nomination for "Outstanding Animated Program"!

 

1. Archer - "Archer Dreamland: No Good Deed"

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The animated spy sitcom, Archer, is about the world's greatest secret agent and is on FX Networks. Archer started in 2009 and won "Outstanding Animated Program" for the first time last year, in 2016! Being part of "ISIS', the "International Secret Intelligence, Service, is not an easy task, especially when your emotionally distant mother is your boss, but that won't stop Archer from being nominated for "Outstanding Animated Program" for the 5th time!

 

2. Bob's Burgers - "Bob, Actually"

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Bob's Burgers, on Fox, was also nominated for both "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance"! Their First win was in 2014, and they are nominated for the 8th time this year! The show is about an eclectic family that doesn't let anything get in the way of the love for their burger restaurant!

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3. Elena and the Secret of Avalor - (Sophia the First)

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A Disney Television Animation about the imprisonment of Elena in her magical amulet who receives the help of a princess to break free from evil sorcery.  This is the first nomination with the hopes of many future ones!

 

4. South Park - "Member Berries"

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With 17 nominations and 4 wins, South Park is nominated again for the 8th time in a row for "Outstanding Animated Program". This adult animated sitcom has been running for 20 seasons! In a way it is an improv comedy for animated programs; each episode is written the week proceeding it's broadcast. "Member!" to stay tuned to see what trouble Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny cause for their quiet town in Colorado. 

 

5. The Simpsons - "The Town"

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Last but not least, The Simpsons was also nominated for both "Outstanding Animated Program" and "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance". A show about your typical America family and their neighborhood...okay maybe not so typical, but loving nonetheless. The Simpsons is the longest running animated comedy, it's no surprise that it has been nominated 87 times altogether, and won 32 times. The most recent win was in 2015 for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in "The Princess Guide".

 

The Emmy Awards are less than 2 weeks away and we are excited to see which of all these great shows takes home the trophy. Check nominations for other categories here!

 

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August Animation News Round Up!

Ready for a new month?! We'll catch you up on the latest news in animation for the month of August first!

1. Ducktale's first new episode free on YouTube!

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It's always great to be able to share the excitement of what is nostalgic to you with the new generation! The first episode is already available to watch on YouTube for free, and the rest will resume September 23, 2017!

Watch it here!

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2. An Invisible History...

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But not anymore! Women get recognition at The Academy's event "An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation". Mindy Johnson, an author known for many books about Disney, hosted it and introduced a lot of women that were leads in quite a bit of Disney animated features. 

Check out the list of the Animators here!

 

3. Weinstein Company's Animation Division!

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Welcoming The Weinstein Company to the world of animation! The name of the division is "Mizcheif" with a lot of future plans and the first release being just released. "Leap!" is in theaters now, as of August 25, 2017!

Watch the trailer here!

 

4. Transformers as an Animated Feature!

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Hasbro and their studio, Boulder Media Studio, announced that the Transformers animated feature has been in production since July 31, 2017! They also hope to have a new feature released once a year after the first one. Keep an eye out for the debut in 2018!

Watch and read more about it here!

 

5. In Development at Eric Miller Animation Studios

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While we are continuing to offer one-stop-shop animation production services, we are also continuing to develop our own intellectual properties.  We are hard at work on our Bink short, and very excited on the progress we are making on the story.  We're spending more time on the story before putting it into production, because we want it to be amazing.

We are also in very early stages on exploring other ideas.  One of those ideas, currently titled Firefly Woods, will be a 3D animated virtual reality project.  We have been wanting to get into the VR world, and this is one of our first steps into this exciting space.  Stay tuned for future updates on this and other projects we are working on.


Get connected with Eric Miller Animation Studios social media platforms for upcoming news in animation!

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Talent Spotlight: Joe Castillon

We're excited to introduce Joe Castillon! He is currently working with us on a client's project with a team of animators. We had the chance to sit down with Joe to learn more about what makes him so awesome.

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Joe grew up in the "Windy City of Chicago, Illinois". He started drawing at a very young age and has always been inspired by the art and technicality of games, tv commercials, and movies, especially "Toy Story". He had laid out his life plan to become an animator very early on and didn't stop until he followed that dream through!

He attended Illinois Institute of Art to pursue a degree in Media Arts & Animation, and shortly thereafter Joe moved to Pasadena, California! Though this may not be his final destination, it gave him the opportunity to work on his first feature length animation at Asylum Entertainment and opened the do to many freelance positions, including Eric Miller Animation Studios!

Sketching at cafe's, attending animation and gaming conventions, such as E3, and the many people he meets at the local food kitchens he volunteers his time in are all inspirations for Joe. He's excited to be able to make it as a creative, doing the voice overs and animations for others to watch, and hopes he can spread the word that you can have a job doing what you love with strong work ethics and a positive mindset! 

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Be sure to take a look at more of his work and watch his animation reel!

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August Showcase of Popular Animation Channels on YouTube

This week we are showcasing YouTube Animation channels that are selected based on their high viewership and subscribers!

 

Slamacow

Views: 437,709,191
Subscribers: 2,806,746

A self-taught animator who recently started taking animation classes so he can continue to make people laugh. His animations are mostly based on "Minecraft", and as he develops his skills, his style is expanding! 

Watch his animation about a walk through the forest here

 

Harry Partridge

Views: 156,324,759
Subscribers: 827,852

Describes his animations as "Good clean cartoon hijinks"; Harry Partridge is an independent short-format web animator. He is best known for being a voice actor from Swindon. His most notable animations include "Saturday Morning Watchmen" and "Skyrim"

 

Watch one of his most popular animations "Song of Skyrim" here

 

OneyNG

Views: 419,671,831
Subscribers: 2,075,614

OneyNG has a range of YouTube Animations: tutorials, let's plays, and some that are just simply for entertainment about popular movies and shows. He has a separate YouTube for music and another for game plays as well!

Watch his "Easy Cartoon Background Tutorial" here

 

There are so many YouTube Animators out there it was too hard to fit them in one blog, so be sure to check in once in a while for another showcase!

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Animated Series coming to Netflix

Need something new to watch on Netflix? Keep an eye out for these new animated series that will be launching within the next year!

Disenchantment

If you enjoy watching "The Simpsons" and "Futurama", Matt Groening is stirring a little something that may just be the perfect new animated series for you to get into. "Disenchantment" is being prepared to launch on Netflix in 2018. Set in a “crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland,” a “hard-drinking young princess Bean" and her fantasy creature campions!

Read more about who the voices for the characters will be here

Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters

A toy that was originally introduced in 1976 is being produced by Netflix and Hasbro as a new animated series that will be launched at the end of 2017. Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is about three friends, who turn an accident into an adventure. An experimental chemical changes their lives, but for the better...for everyone!

Read more about it here.

Godzilla: Monster Planet

In the 60 years the monster has been around, this will be the first animated series for Godzilla. Set in the year 2048, humans will try to win back the planet that was taken away from them by monsters. It may not look like the Godzilla we're used to, but they are hoping it can be enjoyed by old fans as well as a new generation of fans. Look for it in November 2017!

Check out the trailer here

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Of course, there are so many more exciting animated shows launching on Netflix soon. Click here for a full list of premieres. 

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