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  • 08 Feb 2015
              A Social Network for animation artists. - Share and view animation artwork - Network with other artists- Learn from Industry Professionals     Welcome to Animatedbuzz!  This is a community that I've been developing since 2000 for animation artists who aspire to one day, or are already working in animation.  I set out to create this community because I wished that something like this existed when I was trying to find my way into the animation industry. When I started CALARTS, I began writing a journal which to my surprise, attracted many visitors to my forum.  From that point, I decided to upgrade the site to a social network so we can share our artwork with other artists all around the world.   - Mario FurmanczykCreator of Animatedbuzz.comAbout Mario Furmanczyk: IMDB: Profile: BLOGAnimatedbuzz Youtube Channel:Mario is currently working as a professional Animator at Walt Disney Feature Animation Studios in Burbank CA.  He has worked on two hand drawin feature films including Princess and the Frog, and Winnie the Pooh.  He's currently working as a computer animator on Zootopia, which will release in Spring of 2016.  His other Computer Animation credits include "Wreck It Ralph, "Frozen", "Get a Horse", and "Big Hero 6".  Mario grew up in Chicago Illinois and moved to California in September of 2003 to study Character Animation at CALARTS.  He graduated in 2007 and started the Apprenticeship at Disney Feature animation later that Fall.        
    34914 Posted by Mario Furmanczyk
  • 12 Jan 2015
          New Features: -Site Design, faster loading time and Mobile device ready -Navigation - optimized for browsing artwork throughout the site Coming soon: Sketch'n Show! - art show for anyone interested. One word picked every week. Your interpretation of it will be awesome and it'll be great to see what others come up with too.  Doodle, sketch, drawing, painting, digital painting, whatever medium you'd like! Mobile APPs for Ipad, Iphone, Android    Hello everyone, I'd like to fill you in on what's going on with the new design of Animatedbuzz.  Hopefully this will be informative and helpful in understanding what this transition I'm trying to make is all about. The main reason for the site re design is to make the website more mobile friendly and also faster in terms of loading time.  Unfortunately, there have been many periods of downtime, or broken layouts.   so I wanted to make sure you all know that I'm still in the process of fixing bugs and perhaps some inconsistency is expected here and there but ultimately, my goal is to deliver a really stable, fast, device flexible website for animation artists  all around the world to enjoy. Yesterday, just as I was recording a video about the new site features, everything sort of disappeared for a while. It happened once earlier in the week, but this time, it didn't return to normal for a long time.  All I could see is a white page with error messages on it. I called my hosting company to try fixing it along with some of my developers, but nothing could be fixed until 10am today. So that was a total  of 13 hours of downtime!  Bahhhhhh!   So I didn't get much sleep last night as I hoped for things to return to normal as soon as possible.  Anyway, these are the kinds of things that I've been dealing with frequently, which is the explanat ion for inconsistence site performance. Hope you all understand where I'm coming from here. I hope that one day very soon, the site will be stable. The main reason why I want to put this site together is for people who want to start learning something about animation but don't have a clue on where or how to begin. I think there are tons of artists out there who can benefit from an online community like this. I wish I had something like this when i was in grade school and/or high school so that is the main piece of motivation behind it all. I've also been very interested in putting together an online community for a long time. I don't really even know why but it's been an interest of mine. Since the start of this site in 2000, I've been trying to figure out a way to build a community that would bring animation artists together.  Another reason I want to create this is to give back to the animation community because I feel very lucky with how things have gone for me at Calarts and now at Disney as an animator.  I think it's great for artists to want to pursue their creative ambitions and if this website can help them at least a little bit, then I'll feel like I've contributed to the development of humanity in some small way haha. I'll try to keep you all posted on the things going on at The next big update will involve iphone/ipad/android Apps.  So stay tuned, and hope to see you around once in a while.  And please don't be alarmed if the site is down for whatever reason because it'll be back up as soon as possible. Thanks for being part of the site!   mario furmanczyk          
    2442 Posted by Mario Furmanczyk
  • 24 Mar 2014
    Growing up, I never had any sort of intention to pursue computer animation even though Pixar was knocking blockbusters out of the park one after another.  I always wanted to do hand drawn even through my years at Calarts. I never even took a CG class while at Calarts I was that certain.   I worked on Princess and the Frog, then finally went into a CG training program at Disney for the 2d animators. I found that it was pretty interesting. I had an option to either work on Winnie the Pooh, which was hand drawn, or to work on Tangled, which was obviously a CG film.  I was still entranced with hand drawn animation at the time and knew that I had to improve at it. Winnie the Pooh was the perfect opportunity to do that so I opted to do Winnie the Pooh.  It was amazing. I learned so much about animation but of course, once Winnie ended, there wasn't another hand drawn film in the works at Disney so I went back into training.  This time, I finally dug deep into CG and discovered ultimately that I liked it just as much as hand drawn because the most important things translate over to both mediums. I love crafting performances. I thought drawing was the most important thing in the world to me but I found out that performance actually was.  This was a shocker to me.   I went on to work on Wreck It Ralph, Mickey's Get a Horse, Frozen and now Big Hero 6. I'm loving it. CG is just as awesome as 2d, for me at least. I know some people love the drawing element so much that they would never even try CG.   Anyway, is anyone interested in CG animation? Sometimes life can lead you down an unexpected path! -mario    
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Story 694 views Jan 17, 2014
Flippin the Bird

This is a comic I finished a couple years ago but never posted anywhere. Hope it makes sense!



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