Additional Template

For those of you wishing to contribute animation notes, we have added an IndesignCS template created to help get you started. Thanks to Damon Yoches for his help. Just visit the Templates section and download it. We also have templates for Freehand and Create. We will hopefully have Quark and Pages versions soon.

-steve and hoops


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Site of the Day!

This morning, Animation Meat was "site of the day" on Fresno's own Front Row Morning Show with Jennifer Lipp and Jerry Lentz! Listen to the clip here. They even gave us five stars!
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Big thanks guys!

-steve

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A bunch more notes...

After our big site redesign we have finally had time to look over some of the material that has been piling up in our to-do box. About 6 months ago we received a giant 400 page PDF of even more Walt Stanchfield drawing notes from the mysterious cmars. We have just started sorting all the pages and prepping them to OCR the text and clean-up the graphics. It'll take awhile but we will eventually be getting all these great notes to you in searchable e-text form. We have been playing around with Spotlight (the new search feature) on Mac OS X Tiger and it is cool that we can search on terms in all of our PDF notes. With this in mind we have been looking at ways of embedding searchable data in the model sheets so keep tuned...

In the meantime we've uploaded a few more of the first batch of Walt Stanchfield notes, enjoy!

-hoops
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Clean Design

We've received many comments about the new design of the site. We were going to keep it secret, but we've invested in some very, very expensive software along with a 4 week training course both Hoops and I have been taking to get certified on. We had to buy a new server with 8 GB of RAM to run everything and.....













Just kiddingsmiley_wink ....

We found a great little tool that'll have you up and running with a great looking site in no time!

Rapidweaver $35 (Mac OS X only)

Oh, and the site is best viewed in Firefox or Safari.

-steve

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Great Reception

It's been a little over a week now since we re-launched the site. We've had a great response from all of you! Especially in the Guest Book! Thanks for all of the kind words. Over the years we have received countless emails of appreciation worldwide about the site and how it has helped young animators along in their careers. We felt it would be a great thing for everyone to see.

Hoops and I had lunch with our pals Ken, Chris and Mike last week in Pasadena and saw their set up at the new studio. They showed us some of their tools for reviewing their work and doing research and their cool new projector. Hey Ken, ever get Firefox on that machine? We wish them good luck in their future projects.

If you haven't already done so, head over to Animation Podcast and download the first and second parts of the interview with Andreas Deja. You don't need an iPod to download or listen to it. Just an MP3 playing program like iTunes. We are looking forward to many more great animation interviews in the future. Keep up the great work Clay!

Hoops was able to get a couple more of the Walt Stanchfield's ready so go get 'em!

-steve

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Practice makes perfect

Practice is a new area for us but something we have wanted to do for a long time. Since many people do not have access to sound breakdowns for doing dialog, we wanted to offer sheets with trackread dialog. We hope this will help. We'll put up more soon. In addition, we are teaming up with Eric Head at Animation Corner. If you have a nice piece of animation to one of the tracks and you want people to see it, head on over and post your scene. It's completely free.

-steve and hoops


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New Notes!

One of the main reasons we started the site was to preserve all of the knowledge held in the animation notes we had collected over the years. There's tons of good stuff in there that applies to all forms of animation. It would be a shame if all this knowledge was lost. Rather than have it all sit around collecting dust in a box, we thought what better way to preserve it, than on the net! The majority of this work was done as unpublished documents to help beginning animators understand what it was they were trying to accomplish.

We now have the next 20 handouts from Walt Stanchfield ready to download. Sorry it took so long.

Look for the last twenty or so sometime soon.

-steve and hoops


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It's new!

Welcome to the newly redesigned Animation Meat!

We hope that along with the new design and new areas, we can continue to help young and experienced animator's further their excellence in the field of animation.

Our new homepage features news and articles from our site along with aggregated news from around the web. We hope that this will help those looking for news about animation find it. We still intend to post new articles with reviews of new movies as well as observations about the animation community. As always the Butcher will be swinging his cleaver around when it's required.

One feature you now have is the ability to comment on any of the articles or reviews. So grab yerself a Gravatar and start ranting! It's free!

We'll continue to talk more about the new site and areas over the next few days. So have a look around. It's got that new car smell!

-steve and hoops


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