Tuesday, September 29, 2009

TAIS at Nuit Blanche

Quick post to let y'all know about our whacky Nuit Blanche shenanigans at the Rhino this weekend:

Nuit Blanche at the Rhino with TAIS

The Toronto Animated Image Society and The Rhino Bar are pleased to present
an all night event as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009. Short animated
films, mostly by local Toronto artists, will be projected all night long
from sundown to sun up on the patio of the Rhino.

Works by: Janice Shulman, Jonathan Amitay, Malcolm Sutherland, Patrick
Jenkins, Marc Beurteaux, Flemish Beauty, √Člise Simard, Lena Chun, Adam
Temple, Rick Raxlen and more!

@ The Rhino Bar
1249 QUEEN ST. WEST, 416-535-8089

Come on down, grab the beer, and watch them aminations. Later!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Mukpuddy gets on their high horse...

So here's a great new pilot from our New Zealand homies Mukpuddy Animation. It's a buddy comedy featuring a neurotic horse who's a lil', um, embarrasingly deficient (hence the pants) and his adorable, anti-social dickhead of a bunny room-mate. Definitley could see this as a recurring web series, could make a good fit on Comedy Network...'course, they'd have to change it to a Moose and a Beaver. My only issue; Stallion makes it sound like a western somehow. I'd suggest 'Horse in the City', but Mo Willems might send his rabid ninjabats after me. Either way, check it out, give 'em a lil' positive feedback or constructive criticism on their YouTube page. Thanks to Aaron over at CHF for bringin' this to my attention! Cuz, I'm all important n' shit. I am, you know. Sniff. More later.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Nothing I hate worse than haters ('cept mebbe teen vampire novel fans) and for some unknown reason that's what Todd Kaufmann seems to be getting for this awesome series pitch vid on them there YouTubes. Sound off...this looks, sounds and feels like it could be a riot. But, no busty anime chicks or panty shots. Geez, Todd, don'tcha know how to pander to them masses yet? More to come...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

TAIS Nooze!

Hokay, our squishy summer seems to be at an end. Time for bright leaves, hot tea, woodsmoke...and TAIS Fall events! Here's what's comin' up real soon, straight from the site, featuring TAIS homies Richard Reeves, Patrick Jenkins, Mike Weiss and others!
Cut and Paste Photo Collage Animation Project Premiering at Gallery 44

The Toronto Animated Image Society and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary
Photography are pleased to present eight commissioned works made as part of
the Cut and Paste Photo Collage Animation Project. The films, premiering in
the Vitrines at Gallery 44, bring together photography and animation to
explore the subject of ³feeling photography².

New works by:

soJin Chun
Paola Denegri
Koko Kurunathan & Ambereen Siddiqui
Christine Lucy Latimer
Sue Lloyd
Kathleen Mullen
Elena Potter
Evan Tapper

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite #120

Works will be on exhibit in the Vitrines at Gallery 44 from September 12 ­
October 17.
Gallery 44 is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am ­ 5 pm


New Workshops at TAIS!

New workshops announced for the Fall/Winter season!
Workshop registration now open! Advanced payment in cash or cheque required
to reserve your space. For more info, contact tais@bellnet.ca or
Send cheques to: Toronto Animated Image Society, 60 Atlantic Ave. Suite 102,
Toronto ON, M6K 1X9
(please make cheques payable to Toronto Animated Image Society and note
which workshop you are interested in registering for)

Stop-motion Animation Workshop with Mike Weiss
Puppet building, puppet animation fundamentals, and a "How To" intro to
independent Stop Motion.
Date: October 3
Time: 10 am ­ 5 pm
Location: TAIS Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave
$35 members, $50 non-members

Digital Rotoscoping with Madi Piller
Learn how to apply rotoscoping techniques in the digital age.
Date: December 3, 2009
Time: 7 pm ­ 10 pm
Location: TAIS Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave
$35 members, $50 non-members

Paint on Glass workshop with Patrick Jenkins
A five hour hands-on workshop exploring paint-on-glass animation techniques
with Patrick Jenkins, in conjunction with the ³Eleven in Motion: Abstract
Expressions in Animation² program.
Date: November 14, 2009
Time: 12 pm ­ 5 pm
Location: TAIS Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave
$35 members, $50 non-members

Cameraless Animation and Animated Sound with Richard Reeves
Learn the basics of scratching image AND sound from master scratcher Richard
Reeves, in conjunction with the ³Eleven in Motion: Abstract Expressions in
Animation² program in November.
Date and time: to be announced ­ stay tuned for more info

Classic Animation on Paper 101 with Bryce Hallett
Learn the basics of classical animation on paper in a two day workshop with
Bryce Hallett. Bryce will school you on pencil tests, animation principles,
cycles, and some quick and dirty animation shortcuts.
Dates: November 29 & December 6
Time: 11 am ­ 5 pm
Location: TAIS Studio, 60 Atlantic Ave
$65 members, $90 non-members
Animation paper & pegbar included

Don¹t delay. Reserve today!

That's all for now. More details as they become available. And fer you board members: meeting on Wednesday, September 30th! Laters!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Hey, Bats!

O.k., one commentary on the whole Disney-Marvel thang...ain't this cool? Nicked from the Deviant Art page of one Andrew Dickman...go comment on his stuff so's he don't get angry at me! Good on ya, Andrew. More to come.


I could comment on the recent "Pete Elmslie: Art Critic" thang, or Disney buyin' Marvel, or stuffs, but hey, it's the cusp of the Labor Day weekend, so, here's some inspired insanity from Japan, of course. Courtesy of our ever-luvin' homies at Cartoon Brew. Have a good one, and expect more and better posts in the fall. Cheers!