Moana: A Stunning Representation of CG Animation
Dec06

Moana: A Stunning Representation of CG Animation

MOANA: The film you watched with wide eyes, a smile and a heart full of nostalgia. “Moana’s” innovative artistry is sewn together in a way that is ushering in a new era of animated films. Directors John Musker and Ron Clements have created masterpieces like “The Little Mermaid,”  “Aladdin,” “Hercules” and “The Princess and the Frog.” However, “Moana” is...

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Justin Hamilton: CG and Motion Graphics Creator Extraordinaire
Nov02

Justin Hamilton: CG and Motion Graphics Creator Extraordinaire

FIDM Graduate and Instructor Justin Hamilton recently spoke with Digital Media students about his career.  Hamilton is a a 2D/3D designer and animator with five years of experience creating CG and motion graphics for film, television and video games. During his time working for Create Advertising, Greenhaus GFX and Motive Creative, he has worked on iconic campaigns for Disney, Marvel, Sony, HBO, 20th Century Fox, Playstation and many...

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Get Ready For a British Invasion with FIDM Instructor Graham Moore
Nov01

Get Ready For a British Invasion with FIDM Instructor Graham Moore

  We are hopping across the pond with FIDM Visual Communications Instructor Graham Moore, only this pond is in Lancaster, Calif. for his “British Invasion” exhibition. Moore will be featured in a showcase of British artists including David Hockney, Colin Gray, Eleanor Wood, Gordon Senior and many more. Previously, he was featured in a Los Angeles show at Haphazard titled “This is Collage,” spotlighting a...

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Color it Chic: Download Free Coloring Book Fashion Illustrations by FIDM’s Nancy Riegelman
Sep15

Color it Chic: Download Free Coloring Book Fashion Illustrations by FIDM’s Nancy Riegelman

This fall, FIDM’s seasonal color trend sticker (above) showcases a new design featuring the work of published author and FIDM Instructor Nancy Riegelman, with color by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Chloe White. Riegelman is not only a longtime instructor, but also the renowned fashion illustrator and author behind the 9 Heads: A Guide to Drawing Fashion series, as well as a collection of Color It Chic coloring books which feature...

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A Whole New World: A Look Inside Virtual Reality with Jake Black
Aug30

A Whole New World: A Look Inside Virtual Reality with Jake Black

Recently, FIDM Digital Media students were visited by Jake Black, the Head of Virtual Reality at award-winning entertainment marketing agency, Create Advertising. Virtual reality is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment through which viewers are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds rather than viewing through a screen in front of them.  The technological advance is dubbed “the future of mobile...

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Handlettering and Calligraphy Inspiration: Ida Sofia & Evil Queen
Aug22

Handlettering and Calligraphy Inspiration: Ida Sofia & Evil Queen

FIDM Grad Ida Sofia has her own calligraphy business, a published poetry book and her own candle company called Evil Queen. Needless to say, she does it all! The labels and logo for her candle company, Evil Queen, are all hand lettered and designed by her, with a personal touch of being hand poured in her Los Angeles home. (Images via Evil Queen) Ida’s Etsy-based calligraphy business includes hand-lettered and framed quotes, custom...

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7 Animation Films To Make The Perfect Movie Night
Jul29

7 Animation Films To Make The Perfect Movie Night

Animation gives individuals full creativity to let their imaginations fly on screen. With a team full of animators, a vision can be turned to life through cutting edge graphics way beyond our control. Many of these animation films have won awards for their stunning graphics and sentimental plot, making the perfect movie night to enjoy! Check out my pick of the top seven animation films that are always great to watch. (Image via...

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Creative Pro Interview: Five Key Pieces of Advice from Animation Filmmaker Uri Lotan
May06

Creative Pro Interview: Five Key Pieces of Advice from Animation Filmmaker Uri Lotan

Tel Aviv-based animation director Uri Lotan feels that the world of animation is the best way to tell stories. Over the past few years he’s has had the opportunity to work on incredible projects with iconic studios including  Disney Animation, Sony Imageworks, Pixar, Buck, Jibjab, Digital Domain. The project below is a music video collaboration done with Jane Bordeaux for their song  Ma’agalim. This video is emotional, unique,...

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