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Photoshop Animation Tutorial

A really helpful Photoshop Animation tutorial by Charles Huettner and Caleb Wood!

Short Film by Eran Hilleli

Graduation film from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Ten Minute Talks Return!


Ten Minute Talks start October 7th at 3:30 PM in Brown 215.
Stop by the first talk of the semester to learn about sculpting polymer clay with Drew Shields.
Lastly, check out the upcoming talks and spread the word. All majors are welcome!


New work from Nathan Love!

What do you think about this character animation?

Life Drawing in Animation

Watch Glen Keane use life drawing for his new animation Nephtali.

Ten Minute Talks

Hello! Ten Minute Talks are back for the 2015 Spring semester. Stop by BR 205 on the following Wednesdays at 2:30 for some quick information and inspiration!

Paulene P/ Storyboard Pro/ Feb 4
Bhakti Patel/ Thesis Process/ Feb 11
Anton M./ 3D Pixel Art/ Feb 18
Drew Shields/ Cinema 4D/ Feb 25
Lauren Puglisi/ Production Pipeline/ April 1
Brit B./ Storytelling/ April 8
Nicky St. Onge/ Fabricated Characters in 2D Space/ March 4
Jill M./ zBrush/ March 11
Tynesha F./ Thesis Process/ March 25

Shortcuts in Premiere

Here’s a slew of helpful shortcuts when you’re working in Premiere, there are more if you follow the link.

Clay Asbury

Premiere Pro CC features additional helpful keyboard shortcuts. This is a list of Timeline Shortcuts that will speed up your video editing and let you work smarter.

I previously looked at time saving tips in Premiere Pro CS 6 here and here. In addition, Adobe Premiere Pro CC has added a lot of shortcuts to the Default keyboard settings, which saves you the time of adding them individually.

To clarify keyboard shortcuts: Mac users have Command & Option, PC users have Control & Alt.  The following shortcuts are written with Command & Option.  Simply sub these keys out for Control & Alt on a PC.

All the Default Shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC are listed here.  Let’s dive into some of the must know timeline shortcuts for Premiere Pro CC:

  1. Toggle Audio Scrub:
    Shift + S

    Sometimes you want to hear audio when you scrub, sometimes you don’t. Turning off scrubbing increases processing power.

  2. Toggle Trim Type:
    Control + T (Shift on PC)

    Toggles between standard trim (leaves a gap), ripple and roll.

  3. Ripple Trim:
    Next Edit – W , Previous Edit – Q

    Lets you trim the head or tail of a clip, a quick way to work.

  4. Slip Clip in Sequence:
    Option+ Command + left/right keys
    Add Shift to move 5 frames

    Changes the in and out points of the clip in the Premiere Pro timeline.  Note, it doesn’t change the length of the clip.

  5. Slide Clip in Sequence:
    Option + , (left) or Option +. (right)
    Add Shift to move 5 frames

    Looks at 3 clips, slides the middle clip left or right.  Thehe clips to the left/right adjust in length (the middle clip stays the same length).

  6. Add keyframes to Opacity/Volume:
    Command Click with Selection Tool

    This is quicker than switching to the pen tool to add keyframes and then switching back to the selection tool. If you don’t see the white line for opacity/volume, go to the wrench (Timeline Display Settings) and select “Show Video Keyframes” or “Show Audio Keyframes”.

  7. Nudge (move a clip up or down):
    Up or Down Arrows

    Hold Alt/Option to select just video or audio (or click the linked selection button), then use the up or down arrow. This will add tracks if they don’t already exist (similar to the FCP behavior)

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The Collective: A podcast worth your time

The Collective is dedicated to a raw and honest discussion with entertainment industry professionals; from designers, to filmmakers, to musicians. Bringing you the most creative, driven, and passionate people from all walks of life.

CG Student Awards


Why submit?


You win a bunch of prizes just for entering. This means you have absolutely no reasons not to enter!

Sponsor Prize
Siteground  12 Months Website Hosting Package
Digital Tutors  1 Month Access to Training
3D Total  3D Creative Issue
3D Total  2D Artist Issue
Prize Value: $80.00


To learn more about the prizes, check out:

You could also win internships:



Norman McLaren Film Screening

Here’s the Facebook event page for the Norman McLaren film screening this Wednesday (April 9th) at Holy Underground at 2021 Maryland Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 there is street parking and the event is free. The screening begins at 8pm and will conclude at 10pm.


Films being screened are INCLUDING (but not limited to):

– Stars & Stripes
– Begone Dull Care
– Neighbours
– Lines Horizontal
– Lines Vertical
– La Poulette Grise
– A Chairy Tale
– Synchromy
– Pas de Deux

+ The Eye Hears, The Ear Sees (a short documentary on McLaren’s career, also on 16mm) 

10 Minute Talks: Cinema 4D (Wed. @ 2:30pm. BR205)


Wednesday at 2:30 PM

Brown 205

Treyarch Internship

Deadline: Rolling Basis

Activision Blizzard and its affiliated companies is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. 
Animation Intern - Treyarch
We are looking for Animation Interns to work on our next exciting project.  As an intern, you will work directly with some of the best artists, designers, and engineers in our industry.  Our interns are expected to demonstrate strong self-initiative and come up to speed quickly. 

Home to some of the industry's best and brightest talent, Treyarch is an industry-leading game developer whose Call of Duty: Black Ops II set world-wide launch day records, and whose previous game Call of Duty®: Black Ops set an entertainment launch opening record upon its release in 2010 and continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time.

What you’ll be doing:    
• Work directly with the department Lead and Senior Animators as well as Designers to identify and execute on the animation needs for the game.
• Create great animation using motion capture data or keyframing.
• Follow group standards and best practices.
• Participate in a multi-discipline development team.
• Collaborate effectively with other disciplines including art, design, and audio.
• Manage day-to-day development issues; identify problems and drive creative solutions to fix them.
• Prepare for and attend motion capture shoots as needed.

The skills/experience you’ll need:
• Currently enrolled in an Animation or related 3D program.
• Knowledge of MotionBuilder a plus.
• Some experience with Motion Capture.
• A positive attitude and ability to work on a multi-discipline team.
• Ability to take direction well.
• A passion for developing high quality games.
• Commitment to fulfill and complete the internship.
• Please provide access to your demo reel.

Primary Location
United States-California-Santa Monica

The Mill Internships

The Mill is a visual effects, animation, and design studio, respected for high-end visual effects, award-winning moving image, design and digital projects for the advertising, games and music industries. The Mill is usually well represented at the numerous Advertising and Visual Effects awards ceremonies world-wide each year.

They are able to offer a select few talented individuals a two-month internship programme to gain invaluable experience working in our world-class digital media and visual effects environment prior to the completion of a degree course. The program is available in London, New York and Los Angeles on presentation of a valid work permit or visa.

For a place in the program you must be entering your final year of study at college or university in one of the following fields:

  • 3D & Animation
  • Compositing, Roto-scoping, Matte Painting, etc.
  • Digital Interactive
  • Design and Illustration
  • Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry

Their internships run throughout the year, and encompass Design, Digital Interactive, Animation, 2D, 3D, Colour Grading and Production. If successful, you will be assigned a mentor who will provide support, guidance and training and you will be given the opportunity to work on fast-paced, creatively challenging projects across all media.

Please apply via email to: with a CV and covering letter outlining the area in which you are most interested and why you have chosen The Mill. If applicable, include your current show reel and shot breakdown.

Due to the volume of applications the Mill receives, only those shortlisted will be contacted.


Business Cards Competition

Animation majors,

Career Fair is on March 7th, which means it is time to update our resumes, build our portfolios, and create some nifty business cards.
To help students out, the Animation Department is hosting a Business Card Competition!
It is simple. Submit your design following the guidelines below by February 17th. Our panel of graphic design students and professors will choose the top three designs and the Animation Department will have them printed for you for FREE through, one of the best places to get business cards printed.

Not the best graphic designer? No worries! Submit anyways because you never know if you’ll win, and even if you don’t, our panel of graphic designers will provide you with the feedback you need to make sure those cards are ready for Career Fair.

Business Card Competition Rules:

1. Must be an Animation major.
2. Please submit your files in a .psd, .ai, .pdf, .jpg, or .png. If you submit a .psd or .ai, please make sure to send your font file with it.
You must use either the template for the Minicards or the business cards if you want them printed.

These are the recommended sizes from, which is where they will be printed if you win.

Product Minimum (96dpi) Recommended (300dpi)
MiniCards 280 x 121 pixels 874 x 378 pixels
Business Cards 333 x 223 pixels 1039 x 697 pixels

3. File Naming
Please have two separate files for your front and back. Name them accordingly:
If you plan to make use of Moo’s Printfinity feature, ( then please upload your files as:


SIGGRAPH Student Volunteer Position

The SIGGRAPH Conference draws thousands of attendees together from around the world, along with industry professionals who are linked by a drive to push the boundaries of advanced computer technologies.

As a Student Volunteer, students will get to peek behind the curtain and become an essential part of running this prestigious, international event. The benefits of being a Student Volunteer extend beyond the free full admission conference pass and include:

  • Networking with thousands of peers and industry professionals

  • One-on-one demo reel, resume and portfolio reviews

  • Student Volunteer Special Sessions with leading companies

  • Chances to see advance screenings of some of the best animated shorts in the world

  • Fun events that provide the chance to meet new friends



For information on how to apply, eligibility requirements, benefits and more visit

DEADLINE: February 9 2014

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Transferring Large Files

As animators, we are accustomed to having to transfer extremely large files. Here’s a few sites that will make it a little easier for you:

1. Dropbox – Dropbox is a simple to use service that gives you 2 GB for free and you can easily earn more space by making recommendations, or linking it to mailbox or doing a few really small things. Great site, but sometimes it can be a little slow.

2. Wetransfer is super fast and super easy. You can send a file as large 2GB. There is no sign up or annoying emails. Its a simple user-friendly service. This is for temporary transferring though, so files are only good for a week.

3. Ubuntu One

4. – free version gives you 5GB of space, but file size limit is 250 MB.

5. Apple iCloud – 5 GB of free space –

6. Amazon Cloud – 5GB of free space  –

7. Google Drive – 15 GB of free space – upload any type of file including videos and you can share them.

8. Mediafire – 10 GB and upto 50 GB for FREE  (the catch, there are ads, but seriously, not a big deal) –

If you can think of more sites or services, let us know.

5 Second Animations

Animations don’t need to be long., a really cool blog and community of artists, has a competition every month called the Five Second Project. The challenge: create a 5 second animation that somehow related to the theme of the month.

Here are some of the winners and honorable mentions from the last few months. Some of these are just awesome.

5 seconds is pretty quick so give it a shot:

They take 2D, stop motion, 3d, practically anything that includes some animation.

Theme: Bah Humbug

Theme: Pots ‘n Pans

Theme: Sandcastle

Theme: Monster Bash

Theme: Harder Better Faster Stronger


This is a little more related to photography, but still quite interesting. Cinemagraphs are animated GIFs where most of it is just a still image and only a part of it moves. It creates a really weird but neat effect.

Learn how to make one here.

Anyways here are a few really cool cinemagraphs that I’ve come across.



Source: Julien Douvier

Source: Julien Douvier

Source: Daniel Alves


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Student Work: Tynesha Foreman’s ANT M.D.

Tynesha Foreman just completed ANT M.D., a stop motion animation short.


She created this using Dragon Frame, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, and Adobe Audition. She used a ton of materials to create her puppets but its mainly constructed of  wood, aluminum wire, nuts/bolts, silicone, velcro, sculpey. ( and according to Tynesha, there is also some blood, sweat, tears, and elbow grease in there).

Tynesha is also an AMP Mentor. Take a look at some of her other work on her AMP profile!


Understanding Low Poly Theory

One of the biggest problems I have seen with people trying to create Low Poly animations is that they don’t understand the theory behind it and it just fails. This tutorial, although meant for Cinema 4D, explains a lot of the ideas and concepts behind creating a Low Poly animation. If you don’t know where to start, watch this even if you are making it in 3ds max. The theory is the same.

One of our mentors, Karen Chang, created a low poly landscape in 3ds Max for 3D Modeling Landscape. If you need help, she would be the one to approach.

Karen’s Low Poly:

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Animating in Photoshop CS6

For those of you who are animating in Brown where we still are using CS6 rather than CC, animating Photoshop is a little complicated.

Thank you Juliana for finding this rad tutorial that breaks it down for us in 10 minutes.

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This awesome pixelation/2D-Animation music video was made by the Animation Collective CRCR (check out their website the same collective that created the Lorn – Ghosst(s) video that I uploaded yesterday.

Interesting to note that Bhakti showed me this last year and it was only today I realized it’s from the same group! The internet is smaller than we might expect people!


/ Nicolas DEHGHANI
/ Jonathan DJOB NKONDO
/ Nicolas PEGON
/ Jérémy PIRES




/ Photos et animations 2D.

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