Monday, June 13, 2005

Last Chance! 5 days left!

That's right, last chance. There are 5 days left to enter and get the $10,000 first prize.

And maybe more importantly, it's the last chance to get your animated film in front of a large, national, discerning audience. (And remember, this festival is for your completed films.)

June 17, 2005, will be the last day we're is accepting submissions for the second annual Nextoons: Nicktoons Film Festival.

Last year, Frederator Studios proudly started The Nicktoons Film Festival. We had literally hundreds of submissions from all around the world, selected almost 100 for the actual festival, and screened six hours of cartoons for an audiences of millions across America on the Nicktoons digital animation channel. We had two incredible winning films: Timmy's Lessons in Nature, by Mark Simon and Travis Blaise; and Welcome to My Life, by Elizabeth Ito.

It's amazing to me, after 25 years of looking at literally tens of thousands of films, to see the great quality of expression that continues to come in to our offices every day. Nextoons is really becoming one of the most interesting venues for recent animated pictures. My fellow festival directors, Eric Homan and Rita Street, and our colleagues at the wonderful Nicktoons channel, are waiting with baited breath for your new cartoons.

Enter and win! The Nextoons Film Festival. (Did I mention there are only 5 days left?)

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Bill Burnett & Jaime Diaz. Oh Yeah!

Bill Burnett and Jaime Diaz are great friends of Oh Yeah! Cartoons, both of them being contributors to the original three seasons; in fact, Jaime's son Bill was part of our original production team. Bill, of course, created ChalkZone with Larry Huber, and Jaime joined their directing team.

Together, they created and pitched Oh Yeah! the very funny Dr. Froyd's Funny Farm. Thanks guys.

Thanks to Jaime & Bill for permission to post Jaime's original cartoon that inspired their idea.

Oh Yeah! Mikhail Shindel, Slava Ushakov, Glenn Buswell.

Mikhail, Slava, and Glenn were nice enough to come and show us Shapito for consideration in the fourth season of Oh Yeah! Cartoons.

Mikhail Shindel founded Kinofilm in Los Angeles in 1996. The new company quickly landed a deal to produce Mike, Lu, and Og on the Cartoon Network.

Since 1998, Slava Ushakov has been based at Kinofilm in Los Angeles, where he works as a director and storyboard artist.

Glenn Buswell started working at Kinofilm in 1997. He moved to development where he, Slava, and Misha continue to create projects from animated series to features. Currently he is the Production Coordinator on Nickelodeon's Catscratch which bows July 9th at 8:00 pm.

Thanks to Mikhail, Slava, and Glenn for kind permission to show a storyboard frame from Shapito.