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					Animation Dossier

Gabika Bockaj,
Povilas Laurinkus,

Domain Definition

Stop-motion animation and 3-D animation. We will cover areas such as
Production Companies, Festivals, professional Affiliations and some literature.

Stop motion is an animation technique, which makes static objects appear to be
moving. In other words the objects are filmed frame by frame and altered slightly
in between each frame. It is central to the claymation technique used on popular
children's shows such as Gumby and to the puppet-based animation of such well-
known films as The Nightmare Before Christmas (Tim Burton, 1993) and Chicken
Run (DreamWorks/Aardman Animations, 2000).
As there are almost no production companies that focus only on stop motion
animation, the industry dossier will cover 3D (computer generated) animation.


Due to high expenses that obtaining an industry report involves (prices usually in
4 digits), we haven’t found a lot of information that would reveal bench-mark
numbers and give a much better understanding of the industry in statistical terms.
Most of the information is related to Computer Animation Industry, as other forms
of animation usually fall under its umbrella or are barely ever separated. The
animation industry is assessed to 27.7 billion industry and it’s an industry that is
ever-changing and re-structuring. And it is basically a 3D industry now.
One of the biggest issues that are facing this segment is the high cost of production
minutes, which gives dominant players in the industry almost a monopoly-like
power and makes industry very competitive. However, with the emergence of the
new digital devices, the need has arise to produce animation for small screens,
which safes a lot of costs and doesn’t force the smaller computer animation
businesses to give up their profitability.

Windows NT/2000 is now the dominant industry operating system, with NT/2000
based computer animation systems being used for all film and television program
production applications, and for games and Web uses. Windows NT/2000 and
Windows 98/Me usage is increasing, as Unix-based systems barely hold their own,
Macintosh shows some strength, and Linux appears – barely.
There were just under 351,000 computer animation systems-in-use during 2000,
up 4.55% over 1999.North/South America leads the geographical distribution with
just under half the market, followed by Asia/Pacific and then Europe.
There are few Tier 1 animation and production studios and these studios are likely
to be names that you know (PDI/Dreamworks, Lucasfilm/ILM, Pixar, Disney
Animation, Weta). Tier 2 companies exist in every geography such as Hollywood,
Bollywood, and Toronto, supporting the regional film industries. The studios that
form the 3rd Tier are usually contract studios that support the other tiers.


New Technologies

The animation industry is experiencing significant changes as it is adjusting to
new technology, user demands and global realities. The growing need for creating
and producing computer animation for the small screens of cell phones, the
Internet, and personal, mobile communication devices has opened up a huge new
application area and created possibilities for new businesses and jobs.

New Markets


A recent study on the animation industry by NASSCOM shows that the global
animation production market is set for major growth. The study, which is based on
multiple statistical projections on the market, from segments such as industry
sources, Pixel Inc. and Arthur Andersen (Study on the Entertainment and Media
sector) forecasts that the global animation market will generate revenues worth
US$ 50-70 billion by 2005. Total animation production by Indian producers
meanwhile is expected to touch US$1.5 billion by 2005 (Arthur Andersen’s study
on the Entertainment and Media sector).
India is gradually positioning itself as a significant provider of animation
production services. The country’s strengths and edge in the market include the

•A vast base of English speaking manpower: animation, which requires a
familiarity with the English language, benefits when the work is outsourced to
India. Besides, a number of initiatives are underway in the country targeted at
creating skill manpower for the animation market.
•Presence of animation studios: a number of Indian cities already boast hi-tech
animation studios (equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software), which
are successfully completing projects from overseas companies. There are at least
12 animation studios in India that are global class with the relevant hardware
software and communications infrastructure, experience, skill sets and consumer
•Low cost of animation services: India’s edge in terms of pricing is stated to be
unmatched. Compared to countries like US and Canada or even Korea, and the
Philippines, the Indian animation costs are the lowest. NASSCOM’s study shows
that while the rates for production of half hour TV animation program would be
around US$ 250,000-400,000, in the US and Canada, it is in the region of US$
60,000 in India.
•India’s large entertainment sector: Owing to a prolific entertainment segment,
India has a ready supply of content developers.
•Heritage of traditional literature: Indian content developers also have exposure
and access to rich heritage of traditional literature. This would offer the potential
for content-based partnerships.
•Studios that are well equipped: The larger film production studios in India are
equipped with state-of-the-art computer hardware and software platforms.

Money Matters

The total global animation production figures, according to the NASSCOM
Animation report, range between US$ 16-31.5 billion for the year 2000. Statistics
for 2001, stand anywhere between US$ 25 billion and US$ 38 billion. Analysts
estimate that the global animation production rose to about US$ 45 billion in 2002.

$ billion                                  2000   2002E 2005F
Total global animation production 31.5     45.0   51.7
Demand from Entertainment Sector           22.7   32.4 37
Demand from Non Entertainment S.           8.8    12.6 14.7

Note: Non-entertainment comprises the industrial & commercial applications of
Source: NASSCOM Animation report.

Some of the other estimates of the NASSCOM report on animation indicate the
*The global entertainment market will generate a demand for animation
production services of the order of US$ 37 billion by 2003 (forecasts by Pixel
*In the non-entertainment segment the demand for animation production services
will touch US$ 14.7 billion by 2005 (forecasts by industry source)—The global
film/TV program production market will create a US $ 17.5 billion revenue
opportunity for animation production houses (forecasts by Pixel Inc.)
*On the gaming side, according to an ICT industry leader, the demand for
animation production services was of the order of US$ 5 billion in 2000.


Acme Filmworks

6525 Sunset Boulevard
Garden Suite 10
Hollywood, CA United States
phone +1 323.464.7805
fax +1 323.464.6614

Acme Filmworks is an animation studio based in Hollywood, California with
intermittent short and long term production units set up in cities around the world.
Commercial animation for the advertising industry is the primary work.
Productions generally consist of 2D drawn, painterly and collage animation with
sporadic 3D model, CG and live action shoots.

Animation Specialty

2D / Traditional, 2D Computer Animation, 3D Computer Animation, Animated
Objects, Clay, Cut-outs, Engraving on Film, Ink on Paper, Flash / Internet
Animation, Paint on Glass, Pastel on Paper, Pencil on Paper, Photos, Photocopies,
Pixilation, Puppets, Sand


Commercials, Interstitials / Logos / Bumpers, Short Films, Title Sequences

Atomic Chicken
P.O. Box 32166
Sarasota, FL United States
phone +1 941.955.3882

Small privately owned company on the Gulf Coast, specializing in 2D classical
animation, visual development, and non traditional (clay, stop motion) animated

Danish Public Television
Swedish Public Television
Italian Public Television
Foot Cone Belding
Simon Schuster
Harper Collins

American Express
US Cable
Ringling School of the Arts
American Education Publishing
New York Times
Films Incorporated
Four Corners Productions
Montclair State University

Animation Speciality

2D / Traditional, Clay, Cut-outs


Short Films

Bix Pix Entertainment
1917 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL United States
phone +1 773.248.5430
fax +1 773.248.5480

Chicago-Based Bix Pix Entertainment is a full service CLAY-ANIMATION
Studio where original work for television and independent clients is created from
conception to completion.
Currently Bix Pix is producing Red Planet Blues Sequels 2,3 & 4, all due to
premiere in 2006, and developing two television series and a package of Holiday
Specials for 2007.

Disney Channel
Toon Disney
Dick Clark Productions

Animation Specialty



Animated Characters, Commercials, Feature Films, Interstitials / Logos /
Bumpers, Short Films, Television Series, Television Specials, Title Sequences

OOH, Inc.
489 Old Stockbridge Rd.
37 Rosseter St.
Top floor
Great Barrington, MA United States
phone +1 413.644.0035
fax +1 413.644.0037

OOH is a character design and development animation production company
specializing in stop-motion,clay animation and digital effects.
Studio Space. Design & model building capabilities. Motion Control. 35mm film
cameras. Digital camera. Lighting Package. Digital editing and effects. Talent.


Hallmark, Leo Burnett USA
Japan Red Cross, Bianglala Pictures
Michigan Lottery, SMZ Advertising
Burger King, Bromley, Aquilar & Assoc.
Louis Kemp Seafood, DDB Needham, Chicago
Wizard, Mccann Erickson NY
State of Mississippi, Maris, West, Baker
Daddy-O-Dog, Elwood Smith
Love On The Line, Nickelodeon
Chicken Run, Aardman Features

Animation Speciality

Animated Objects, Clay



Puppet Studio
10903 Chandler Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA United States
phone+1 818.506.7374

Puppet Studio designs, builds and performs three dimensional characters for films,
tv and commercials. Specializes in all types of puppetry--marionettes, hand and
rod, bunraku-style, glove. Production assistance for any production from single
character to a complete series. Has a fully equipped design and manufacturing
studio that fabricates any kind and size of puppet from a hand puppet to complex
animatronics that are radio and cable controlled puppets. Also has an on-site insert
stage dedicated to digital puppetry and puppet production.


PRIMETIME GLICK-"La-La Land Fables"-performance
MEN IN BLACK 2-performance
BEAKMAN'S WORLD-production and performance

SCRUBS-NBC puppet rental
MEET The FOCKERS-puppet construction

New York

Loop Filmworks
45 Main Street
Suite 504
Brooklyn, NY United States
phone +1 718.522.5667

Award winning commercial and broadcast animation, web design and film
production.Dell Multi-processor Workstations, DPS Velocity Edit Suite packed
with the software needed to get the job done.


"Hero" P.S.A. - Red Cross of America
"Cirque du Soleil" Packaging - Bravo Network
"Teen P.S.A." - Project Liberty/The Sloan Group
"Inside the Actor's Studio" Stunt Promotional Material - Bravo Network

"Cinemania" - documentary feature -Wellspring Media
"Weekend in Paris" Promotional Packaging - Bravo Network
"Caveman" Commercial - Invention Submission Corporation

Animation Speciality

2D / Traditional, 2D Computer Animation, 3D Computer Animation, Animated
Objects, Clay, Cut-outs, Digital / Visual Effects, Ink on Paper, Flash / Internet
Animation, Live Action, Pastel on Paper, Pencil on Paper, Photos, Photocopies,
Pixilation, Puppets, Rotoscope


Animated Characters, Animated Web Graphics, Commercials, Feature Films,
Interstitials / Logos / Bumpers, Multimedia / New Media, Short Films, Title
21st Century 3D
505 Eighth Ave.
Suite 1006
New York, NY United States
Phone +1 888.673.6921

21st Century 3D is a full service stereoscopic 3D production company. From live
action to animation, all stereoscopic work is done under one roof.
21st Century 3D can be involved in every aspect of project from production to
presentation, even custom programming and rigging. Can also add "4D" effects.
Things like wind, smoke, water and lights can be triggered on cue t. Latest work
can even be seen without glasses on screens from Stereographics, Sharp, Kodak
and others.


LG Electronics
Fathom Communications
Glaxo Smith Kline
Jack Morton Worldwide
Computer Associates
Broan Nu-Tone
DDB Worldwide
Saatchi and Saatchi
Double Click
Pioneer Fund
Warner Bros
New Line Cinema

Animation Speciality

3D Computer Animation


International Animated Films Association

Kit: suggest you contact the Local NY ASIFA and see
what kinds of information there may be about the industry and
in particular, gigs in NY

Markets, Conferences & Festivals


VES A Festival of Visual Effects
2308 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA United States
Phone: +1 310.315.6055
Fax: +1 310.828.6893

401 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL United States
Phone: +1 312.644.6830
Fax: +1 312.673.6970
The Computer Animation Festival is the most prestigious event of its kind. It is an
internationally recognized and highly anticipated showcase.

SUN International Animation Festival, California
18111 Nordhoff St.
Mail Drop 8300
Northridge, CA United States
Phone: +1 818.382.4545
Fax: +1 818.677.3046
Festival categories include Traditional, Computer, Experimental and TV
Commercial Animation and Visual Effects.


Anima Mundi Int. Animation Festival
a/c Iman Imagens Animadas
Rua Elvira Machado, 7 casa
Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
RJ, Brasil 22.280-060
Phone: +55 (21) 541-7499
Fax: +55 (21) 543-8860
Annual, July
Int. animation competition
selection by festival, audience prize jury

Ottawa International Animation Festival(OIAF)
Student Animation Festival Ottawa(SAFO)
Chris Robinson
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6E2 2, Canada
Tel: +1 (613) 232-8769, Fax: 232-6315
Int. animation competition
Int. selection and int. prize jury


ANNECY Int. Animation Film Festival
18, Avenue du Trésum
B.P. 399
F-74013 Annecy Cedex, France
Tel: ++33 (0) 450 100 900
Fax: ++33 (0) 450 100 970
Annual, beginning of june
Int. animation competition in 5 sections
5 different int. selection and int. prize juries
Int. market

Fantoche Int. Animation Festival (BADEN)
6, Ottikerstr. 53,
CH-8006 Zürich, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (1) 3614151
Fax: +41 (1) 3640371
Bi-annual, beginning of september, odd years
Int. animation competition
Selection by festival, int. prize jury

Baf - BRADFORD Animation Festival

Lisa Kavanagh
Nat. Museum of Photography, Film & Television
Bradford, West Yorkshire BDI INQ, Great Britain
Tel: +44 (1274) 203308
Fax: +44 (1274) 394540
Annual in november
Int. animation competition

Cartoon and Animated Film Festival BRUSSELS
Doris Cleven, Philippe Moins
Folioscope, rue de Stalingrad 52,
B-1000 Brussels, Belgique
Tel: +32 (2) 534-4125
Fax: +32 (2) 534-2279
Annual, beginning of march
Int. animation competition

Dresden Int. Festival for Animation and Short Film
Filminitiative Dresden e.V.,
Alaunstr. 62, D-01099 Dresden, Germany
Tel: +49(351)829-470,
Fax: 829-4719
Int. short and animation competition
Annual , April

Cinanima International Animated Film Festival (ESPINHO)
Apartado 743, Rua 62, 251,
P-4501 Espinho Cedex, Portugal
Fax: 7346015
Annual in november
Int. animation competition
Partly int. selection and int. prize jury

I Castelli Animati GENZANO (Rome/Italy)
International Animated Film Festival
Luca Raffaelli
Corso A. Gramsci, 110
I-00045 Genzano di Roma, Italy
Tel/Fax: +39 (06939) 1577
Annual in october
Int. animation competition
Selection by festival director / int. prize jury

Kaff KECSKEMÉT Animation Film Festival
Ferenc Mikulas
Liszt Ferenc utca 21, H-6000, Kecskemét, Hungary
Tel: +36 (76) 481788
Fax: +36 (76) 481787
Tri-annual in June

National short and int. long animation competition
Partly int. selection and int. prize jury

Int. LEIPZIG Festival of Documentary and Animated Films
Int. Leipzig Festival for Doc. & Animated Film
Grosse Fleischergasse 11, D-04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel: +49 (341) 980-3921
Fax: +49 (341) 980-6141
Annual, end of october
Int. documentary and animation competition

Animac Mostra International de Cinema d'Animació( LLEIDA )
Regidoria de Cultura (Casino Principal)
Major, 31, 25007 Lleida, Spain
Tel: +34 (973) 700-395
Fax: +34 (973) 222-288
Annual in february
Non competitive

FAN - Int. Animation Festival NORWICH
Adam Pugh
Norwich School of Art & Design
St. George Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR3 1BB, UK
Tel: +44 (1603) 756 231
Fax: +44 (1603) 615 728
Annual in october
Int. animation competition
Int. prize jury

Cartoombria Int. Animation Exhibition (PERUGIA)
Fondazione Umbria Spettacolo
Mr. Moreno Barboni (coordinator). Ms. Flaminia Antonini
Tel: +39 (075) 572 67 64
Fax: +39 (075) 572 67 68
Selection: artistic committee
No competition

Excellent list of festivals. Please list your source(s), either at the
top or the bottom of the entries

Magazines & Journals

The International Journal Of Animation
Published by ASIFA

Animation Magazine
The Business,Technology & Art of Animation
Web Sites

The Animation World Network is the largest animation-related publishing group
on the Internet featuring:

AWN Headline News - daily animation news site provides top stories from around
the world.

Animation World Magazine - electronic publication dedicated to the art, craft and
industry of the international animation community. Publishes 3-5 new articles a

Kit: Did you go into the data base and archive of articles? I suspect there are a few
items that would be very helpful in your assessment of stop-motion world,
VFXWorld -dedicated to the fields of visual effects, 3D animation and computer

Career Connections -recruiting section offers free postings and access to animation
professional’s résumés as well as recruitment advertisements.

Animation Industry Database is the best resource for the professional animation,
visual effects and gaming-related companies
Companies are categorized according to the types of products and services they
provide, the style of animation they specialize in, the types of projects they work
on, the types of software and hardware products they manufacture, sell and

Some really great stuff:

Production templates- storyboards, fieldcharts.

Notes- a series of lecture notes by Eric Larson and Ham Luske, two of Disney's
Old Masters and drawing class notes from Walt Stanchfield, the drawing instructor
for Walt Disney Studios.

Storyboarding the Simpson's Way

Online magazine dedicated to Computer Graphics and the world of Visual Effects.

The 3D artists homepage. Daily news, free model libraries, galleries, interviews,
articles , tutorials and products.

Great blog with a lot of links and original news.

Gabika Bockaj

Little Airplane
86 Franklin Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212)965-8999

Nature of the work:

Airplane Productions Inc. specializes in quality Film&TV programming for young

Sample Projects & Clients

The Wonder Pets-Nick Jr.
Piper O'Possum-Nick Jr.
Go, Baby!-Disney Channel
Linny the Guinea Pig-Nick Jr.
Paz-Discovery Kids
Little Bill-CBS

Size & Ownership & Competition

Little Airplane was launched five years ago by writer/producer Josh Selig, a
longtime 'Sesame Street' writer. Today the Tribeca-based company's animated
output includes shows and interstitials for Nick Jr., Playhouse Disney and
Discovery Channel. When Nick Jr. needed an on-air host they used Little
Airplane's creation, Piper O'Possum, which is on his way to appearing in some 150
interstitials. Little Airplane also develops and sells their own properties to the
preschool market, placing Wonder Pets on Nick Jr. and Go Babies on Playhouse
Almost half of the company's staff of 50 do animation, design and storyboard

Josh Selig - President
Jennifer Oxley - Creative Director - Animation
Dr. Laura G. Brown - Director of Curriculum&Educational advisor
Tom Brown - Head of Production
Tone Thyne - Animation Producer
Jeffrey Lesser - Music Producer & Music Supervisor
Heather Tilert - Associate Producer
Melinda Richards - Script Coordinator
Robert Powers - Director - Animation
17 Animators
5 Post-Production
3 Production Assistants

Hiring Practices and Employment Opportunities

Little Airplane keeps a large in-house staff with full benefits. Their success and
expansion allowed them to bring people on fulltime basis. They value a strong and
loyal team that loves the work they do and matches their mission.
There are production and animation internships available for credit every semester
- fall, spring and summer. They usually advertize them at different art's school
boards or mailings. The internship schedule is pretty flexible, allowing students or
interested candidates to take up only one or two days per week. They usually have
2 to 3 interns per semester. Very often an internship can lead to being hired at the
company, if only there is match in companies needs and mission.
As most of their staff members are full time in-house employees they seldom
advertize positions in a traditional way or accept resumes. If the need for a
position at the higher levels in the team arises, the first method of searching for
talent or staff is through word of mouth.
The fact that this company mostly produces what they create and that there is a
sense of a strong and supportive team, makes it a very appealing place to work in.

Gabika Bockaj

Curious Pictures

440 Lafayette Street

6th Floor

New York, NY

Phone: 212-674-1400

Fax: 212-674-0081

Nature of the work:
Curious Pictures is the largest animation studio in New York and the home to
award winning creators of animated television series, commercials and celebrated
characters in picture books.

Sample Projects & Clients

2006-7 Little Einsteins : Season 2 - Disney Channel

2005-6 Codename: Kids Next Door : Seasons 5 and 6, also a 72 minute

special "Operation: Zero"- Cartoon Network

2005-6 "Barbie Diaries" - 77 minute 3D CG special for Mattel

2004-5 Little Einsteins : Season 1 - Disney Channel

2004-5 My Scene "Backlot" - DTV for Mattel

2004 Codename : Kids Next Door : Seasons 3 and 4 - Cartoon Network

2004-5 Polly Pockets - DTV for Mattel

2004 My Scene "Masquerade Madness" - DTV for Mattel

2003 The Wrong Coast : 13 x 22 min. - AMC

2003 My Scene "Jammin in Jamaica" - DTV for Mattel

2003 Codename : Kids Next Door : Season 2 - Cartoon Network

2002 Codename : Kids Next Door : Season 1 - Cartoon Network

2002 Hey Joel : 13 x 22 min. - Chum / VH1

2000-2 Sheep in the Big City : Seasons 1 and 2 - Cartoon Network

1999-2000 Avenue Amy : Seasons 1 and 2 - Oxygen Network

1997-9 A Little Curious : Seasons 1 and 2 - HBO Family

1997 Cyberchase Pilot : WNET / Channel 13

1996 Smoke Alarm :1/2 hour special - HBO
1996 The Offbeats Valentine Special - Nickelodeon

1995 The Offbeats - Nickelodeon

American Express
AT & T
Bravo Channel
British Airways
Captain Crunch (Quaker Oats Company)
Cartoon Network
EA Sports
Hershey's Foods
Kellogg Company
Kraft General Foods
Martini & Rossi (Bacardi-Martini U.S.A.)
Miller Beer (Miller Brewing Company)
Nickelodeon Movies
Oil of Olay
Oxygen Network
Partnership for a Drug Free America
Proctor & Gamble
RCA Records
Red Cross
Steve Madden Shoes
United States Postal Service
USA Networks
Wendy's International, Inc.

Size & Ownership & Competition

Richard Winkler
V.P./Executive Producer.A Curious Pictures founder, and Executive Producer.
Steve Oakes





Producer Ladder

Internships In the CG department are typically 12 weeks long, 4 full days/wk.
Resumes and reels are accepted throughout the year for quarterly intakes.

A search for established & experienced Producers is always on.
Producers must have at least 5 years experience as a Cel animation Producer
and/or CG/FX Producer/Supervisor.

Person in charge of hiring producers is Meridith Brown, Head of Production.

Povilas Laurinkus

New York City
116 W. Houston Street
4th Floor
New York, New York 10012
Ph/ 917 351 0520
F/ 917 351 0522

Nature of the work:
Hornet focuses on finding, developing, and supporting great talent. The Company
looks across a range of industries for people with exceptional creative vision. As a
result of this director-driven approach, Hornet has been able to assemble an
exceptionally talented and diverse team of directors, each contributing a unique
style and vision

Business type:
Animation Production, Visual Effects Production
Animated Characters, Animated Web Graphics, Commercials, Feature Films,
Games, Interstitials / Logos / Bumpers, Multimedia / New Media, Music Videos,
Short Films, Television Series

Sample Projects & Clients

Animal Planet
Arnold Worldwide
Cartoon Network
CBS Sports
Chicago Bears
Cliff Freeman
Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Davi & Goliath
DDB Needham
Def Jam Records
Element 79
EuroRSCG, Tatham
Fallon Worldwide
Fine Living Network
Foote Cone & Belding
Food Network
Fox Television

Goodby Silverstein & Partners
J. Walter Thompson
McCann Erickson
Paramount Pictures
Publcis & Hal Riney
Rockstar Games
Saatchi & Saatchi
Venables, Bell & Partners
Warner Bros
Young & Rubicam

Size & Ownership & Competition

It is a small production house, they are maybe 15 people at
all, so the structure in hornet does not
exist that much.
There are 2 owners,
1 or 2 in house producers and
then just few in house post production people.

Hiring Practices

Production always runs on regular "production mode" which means,
people are hired for specific job and then they go.
They are all Freelancers.

Povilas Laurinkus

Blue Sky Studios
44 South Broadway
White Plains,
New York 10601
Voice: 914.259.6500
Fax: 914.259.6499

Nature of the work

Blue Sky Studios is producer of photo-realistic, high-resolution, computer-
generated character animation for the feature film, television and entertainment

Sample Projects & Clients


ICE AGE(2002)

The studio has also completed work for Fight Club (1999, Fox 2000), several alien
creatures for Star Trek: Insurrection (1998, Paramount), the monsters of Alien
Resurrection (1997, 20th Century Fox), numerous characters and special effects
for A Simple Wish (1997, Bubble Factor/Universal Pictures), the final 'Genesis'
sequence in Titan A.E., and a host of dancing, singing cockroaches for the MTV
cult classic Joe's Apartment (1996, Geffen Films, Warner Bros.). The studio has
also animated numerous commercials and created an instant hit with the 'talking
fish' animation for the 1999 season finale of HBO's The Sopranos.

Size & Ownership & Competition

Number of employees-180




Fox Filmed Entertainment (a subsidiary of News Corporation)

Producer Ladder

PA’s – one PA per department


Department : Administration

Description : Assist the coordinators and production managers in all phases of the
production process including all administrative needs.

Responsibilities :
Creating/ updating job books and schedule.
Creating forms and templates.
Taking notes in meetings.
Photocopying, faxing and shipping.
Research references for jobs.
Scanning story boards and creating task sheets.
Ordering and picking up lunches / dinners for meetings.
Prepping for meetings.
Prepping expense reports.
Scheduling meetings and time at facilities outside of Blue Sky as needed.

Qualifications :
Strong written and verbal skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Good time management with the ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.
Ability to anticipate problems.
Ability to follow through on assignments.
 PC efficiency, MSWord, Excel, data base entry software, and other software as
Assoc Producers
Exec Producers

Blue Sky Studios
HR Department
44 South Broadway
White Plains, NY 10601

Hiring Practices

All new hires come from HR, based on the needs of production departments.
HR – Linda Zaza
Hirings come from organized searches
Department managers make the hires
AssocProducers and Producers used to work at Blue Sky or other big animation
companies as animators, modelers, production managers etc.

John C. Donkin -
Antarctica (1991) (animation director)
Bunny (1998) (technical director)
Jesus' Son (1999) (digital effects supervisor: Blue Sky Studios Inc.)
Ice Age (2002) (associate producer)
Gone Nutty (2002) (producer)
Robots (2005) (producer)

Lori Forte -
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) (producer)
Ice Age (2002) (producer)
Bartok the Magnificent (1999) (executive producer)

Jerry Davis-
Robots (2005) (producer)
Ice Age (2002) (pre-production supervisor)

Skills/Experience being sought

In general, a willingness to work hard, as well as being detail oriented and highly
organized, with good communication skills and a team player attitude.
Animator: Good drawings; good eye for movement, flow of action and expression.
Technical Director: Good eye for visual composition, technical aptitude,
familiarity with programming concepts, understanding of shading and lighting
concepts and underlying principles.

Modeler: Traditional Art background, especially sculpting, and an understanding
of light and form.
The following software is currently used at Blue Sky:
Animator: Maya*, Softimage, 3D Studio or similar.
Technical Director: Maya*, Houdini, Renderman/Mental Ray and Realflow*
Modeler: Maya* and Studio Paint
Painter/Compositor: Shake*, Inferno/Flame* and Storm, and Combustion*