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    • November 3, 2016 1:20 PM PDT
    • Hi there folks! I'm wondering if it's a good idea to take the One-Year Illustration program at the New York Film Academy in LA to get used to the work, get the experience, and use it to fill up a portfolio to apply to CalArts the following year. I'm quite worried about this because I don't know of any Illustration alumni from that school, and if the experience from that One-Year program will even help. 

      Hoping to get a response soon, thank you, and take care!

    • September 9, 2016 5:07 PM PDT
    • Hello! Welcome to Animatedbuzz. Sorry for the confusion they are both the same. Animatedbuzz should be the default!

    • September 9, 2016 2:01 PM PDT
    • When I was signing up, I noticed there were two different options for profile type: Animatedbuzz and General. What is the difference between the two?

    • May 27, 2016 8:22 PM PDT
    • wasn't sure where to put this 

      anybody in the la area want to meet up to draw at the la zoo?

    • May 26, 2016 7:52 PM PDT
    • Yeah! I see animation artists I follow posting art for Gallery Nucleus all the time. I'd love to go see that!

    • May 26, 2016 4:25 PM PDT
    • Gallery Nucleus is a really cool gallery that's in California. They have a lot of really cool shows on. I haven't been there myself because it's too far away (Canadian yo!)
      Also Claire Keane is having an exhibition there starting on the 28th.

    • May 25, 2016 10:00 PM PDT
    • Hey guys! Hope this is an ok place for this. I want to plan an animation road trip for myself this summer! I live in Northern California where there isn't much going on and I'm not too Socal savvy. I'd love to hear any suggestions of places to go for animation studio tours, art galleries, museums, points of interest, etc. I'm likely to keep my travelling to Cali for now(likely Socal/Bay Area), but would be happy to hear of spots anywhere.

      Have a good summer all! 

    • May 15, 2016 1:44 PM PDT
    • Hey,


      I googled best school for rigging and animation and I got to CalArts. Anyways I am looking for someone to join in our indie team and give us a hand with rigging and animation. Don't want to flood the forum so please reply if you are interested and I can pm or email exactly what we are looking for and what we are doing.

    • January 4, 2016 12:31 PM PST
    • Hello, is it resolved now?

    • December 17, 2015 9:04 PM PST
    • I think, some are not able to post..

    • December 17, 2015 9:03 PM PST
    • What problem you guys are facing in forum ?

    • December 9, 2015 10:52 PM PST
    • why don't you look into great classic books like Illusion of Life?  Or Richard williams book, Animation Survival Kit?

    • September 25, 2015 9:11 AM PDT
    • Hello,

      Can I ask you something? I want to buy this book "Animate that"! I want to compare with anothers books about animation. Can you help me? I'm looking for a good price but i want to understand something after i read the book, i don't want to spend some money for a technical book. You know what I mean? With simple words, just like that, for everyone like me.


    • August 12, 2015 9:40 AM PDT
    • Things may seem tough looking at the old business model in the animation industry but I wonder how the landscape will change and grow as a result of the technological advances and new media platforms that are available. Soon there will be virtual reality.  Who knows what kinds of opportunities will be available in the future. I think if you're passionate about becoming an animator just make sure you stay on top of technology and get as good as possible!  Get ready!

    • January 4, 2015 5:23 PM PST
    • The site is still a bit buggy so i might try a different theme out this week. So dont be surprised if things look different again. Just trying to find the best and most reliable fit here

    • December 23, 2014 7:15 AM PST
    • Great! I agree its definitely an upgrade. Glad you like it too!

    • December 22, 2014 9:11 PM PST
    • Hey Mario,

      The site looks awesome—very easy to navigate, well laid out. I love the new design, fonts are clean and the logo is perfect for the site considering a light table is such a recognizable thing in the animation world. I also like how you kept things pretty minimalistic; it keeps the site from feeling cluttered and the top tool bar was a nice addition. Looking forward to seeing how the site continues to evolve. Excellent work all counts. If I run across any bugs, I'll definitely let you know.


    • December 22, 2014 7:34 PM PST
    • Working on the apps. Coming soon. Hooefully before the year ends

    • December 16, 2014 12:50 PM PST
    • Hey guys, so I'm in the middle of updating the site again haha. New logo. What do you think?


      The forum is broken on mobile versions but hope to have that working soon, If you notice any other bugs, let me know on this topic page.




    • May 26, 2014 3:19 PM PDT
    • I graduated high school this month and so far my plan is to go to community college for two years and then transfer to LCAD (or CALARTS but honestly I could never afford it,) I'm needing some time to build portiolios for these schools. College stuff is all new to me and Im wondering if I should get an associates degree in animtion at community (since the school im going to offers it) or just transfer without it, or what else I should know about transfering to art school, Any information or tips is helpful!

    • May 11, 2014 9:49 AM PDT
    • Did you end up going on it/booking it? :) I know this is really very late - but I hardly ever have anything info to offer to anyone, except now as I have actually been to CSM's life drawing short course (it was five days and the one for 16-18 year olds) as well as the animation one. 


      I'd definitely recommend it! Where I live and the area surrounding there were basically no life drawing classes and I jumped at the opportunity to go on the course as well as the animation one (especially since it was aimed at young people and I suppose I felt a bit intimidated by drawing with older and perhaps more experienced artists). If you're talking about a different/longer course, then yeah it might not exactly be how it was for me, but they should be run pretty similar. I'll share my experience anywho!


      Over the course of my 5 days I had three different models, two males and one female. One male was an experienced life model, the other was not, and the female was a professional dancer I believe - so they do give you a good variation of different models to draw. There were a wide range of poses and their length, so it was good at challenging you especially under quicker poses where a few people didn't finish drawing and continued to try and finish it even when the pose changed.


      We all had an easel each and varying pieces of charcoal, but if people wanted to draw in pencil then she let them. There's a good balance of freedom and the tutor leading the course - she'd tell us what to focus on, what to think about etc then let us do it. She would walk around and stand behind us as we worked on our easels (a little scary, but of course helpful!) and mention anything she thought we could improve on or that wasn't quite right. A common thing she said going around the room which amused me was 'draw what you see, not what you think you see' which led to a girl finishing the tutor's sentence before she could even say it. 


      All in all, even though this course was for younger people, it had a very mature sort of sophisticated atmosphere (very different from the CSM animation course!) but I still really enjoyed it and made a few friends who had come from all over the world which is an experience itself. It will provide you with some good practice and possibly even work to put in your portfolio. I probably didn't go through everything because it was a while ago and I'm not sure what else I should mention - but I'm open to any questions anyway.

    • March 28, 2014 3:54 AM PDT
    • Has anyone attended it? Any references from friends? :o
      I'd love to spend a couple of weeks there in preparation for Calarts admissions, even though it's a bit late :)
      Looks pretty intensive, and, therefore, interesting :D

    • March 27, 2014 1:36 PM PDT
    • I'm honestly at this point where I've determined that I won't hold my breath over it. I keep reading about previous students who were waitlisted and how they received little to no financial aid. The admissions person also told me that there's around 50 to 100 people per tier, which is a rather big gap. They weren't specific enough as to the percentage of people who actually get accepted in total from the waitlist. :/

    • March 27, 2014 8:40 AM PDT
    • I always heard that RISD is one of the best if not the best art schools to go to but I'm not sure about the animation program though. My high school art teacher was reeeeeallly encouraging me to go there.

    • March 27, 2014 12:01 AM PDT
    • Hi guys! :) So I wanted to get your opinions between the two. I was waitlisted for RISD and Cal Arts hasn't gotten back to me yet. I'm really curious as to how that happened, since I felt for sure that I would get in after looking at the average portfolios submitted. Do you think that RISD cares more about grades over your work in general? I somehow get that vibe from it. I would've loved to go but they told me that they won't be telling waitlisted applicants that they got in until after May 1. What's your take on it?

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