ASIFA-Hollywood was founded in 1957, by Bill Scott, Stephen Bosustow, Ward Kimball, William T. Hurtz, Les Goldman, June Foray, and Bill Littlejohn, and later chartered by UNESCO in 1960.
Many branches of ASIFA exist throughout the world; in the US there are chapters in San Francisco, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, the Detroit area, and others, while internationally, organizations exist in Annecy, France, in Italy, and Japan. ASIFA also sponsors several animation film festivals throughout the world, including the ASIFA-Hollywood Student Animation Festival. ASIFA-Hollywood has the largest membership internationally of all other chapters, largely because the most popular cartoons ever produced were by studios and animation professionals located in the city of Burbank, which is also the location of ASIFA-Hollywood’s headquarters.
The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Center in Burbank includes a virtual archive, museum, library and research facility, containing the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project.
Student Animations is a site is dedicated to being a helpful resource for students studying animation. At this site, students have an opportunity to have their work published at the site. Shorts are chosen based on their overall quality. For instance, if animation is mediocre but the lighting, modeling, and texturing are superb then it would be considered to have the necessary overall quality to be featured on the site. This approach is used to prevent bias against one aspect of a short film. StudentAnimations.com started as a class project in...read more
Date: Saturday, March 1 Time: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm Location: Mihaylo Hall, California State University, Fullerton Explore the many career options and opportunities for a career in the arts! All Ryman Arts students, who attend classes at our CSUF site, will attend this Career Day. We invite and encourage students from our Otis College site to attend too, as well as Ryman Arts alumni and their families. Please RSVP to Rebecca at Ryman Arts. Career Day will include various resources including a resume writing workshop and the opportunity to...read more
Online animation is one of the most exciting advances in education technology, allowing students the opportunity to be endlessly creative in designing their own comic strips, movies and more. It’s a fantastic way to liven up the classroom and is guaranteed to be a big hit with young and older students alike, due to the great range of websites available and their ability to both cater to simplicity and accommodate more complex creations. With the advent of this plethora of great new sites, art and drawing are no longer only for the art class...read more
Copyright law can seem arcane, confusing, overly restrictive, and frustrating for educators, particularly in the fields of art and design. To be sure, there are a number of “gray areas” in copyright, but the law actually allows much more than you may think. This session will focus on the many things that educators can do without infringing copyright or risking liability, both in the classroom and online. We’ll cover an entire semester’s worth of copyright law in just a couple of hours, and you’ll leave...read more
Amazing series of animated run and walk cycles by Felix Sputnik . (aka Michael Schlingmann ) You can download the original HD .mov file from his Vimeo page. Animated walks and runs from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.read more
Word has reached us that longtime animation industry veteran director Frank Terry has passed away. According to his family: “….(Frank) passed away on Tuesday, February 11th in the morning. It was sudden in the sense that his diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis only came 2 1/2 months ago and he had a precipitous decline from Friday, February 7 until he passed on Tuesday” Frank Terry was the dean of the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts for 11 years, 1996-2007. During his tenure there, numerous...read more
The kid-appealing story ideas for animation shorts created by three art students have caught the eye of Nickelodeon story executives. The students pitched their ideas in the first-ever Nickelodeon/CSUF Shorts Program competition. Of 36 animation and illustration students who participated, three finalists were chosen. For more on the story click here.read more
It’s hard to imagine legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki needing to be any more lauded than he already is. Over 95 percent of Japan’s population has watched one of his movies, people see uploading his films to the Internet as being the fast track to popularity, and he’s even got a celestial body named after him. Really, though, after seeing the quality of his work, it’s hard to argue with the respect he receives. The man is clearly a genius. However, Miyazaki is also a 73-year-old man, and like many individuals who have reached...read more
When an art student graduates from college and starts looking for a job or an internship, the process can be daunting. One question always crosses their mind: how should pull my portfolio together? A great portfolio can make a lasting impression on prospective companies, which can be good or bad depending on what you’re presenting. Current Flavor on Tumblr answers many questions that students and graduates ask when preparing themselves for the market. To view the blog click...read more
In the short animated film Beaver Fever, five winters had past since the beast had come and attacked the beaver colony. Though they had defeated the bear, but they knew he would someday be back again. Jonathan Soto, a former animation student who is currently working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, created this short film during the Fall of 2010 to Spring 2011 at Cal State Fullerton. He worked on the animation, rigging, modeling, texturing, sound, and VFX for the entire film. The short also took first place for animation at the 2011 Media...read more