Nov 05, 2021

macOS Monterey & Toon Boom Harmony

macOS Monterey & Toon Boom Harmony
Toon Boom Animation recommends that Harmony users delay updating to macOS Monterey (12.0.1)

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Apr 27, 2021

Apple M1 Chipset & Toon Boom Software

Apple is in the process of transitioning their line of macOS computers to a new ARM-based hardware architecture. The first Macs powered by the Apple M1 chipset were released on November 17, 2020.

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In Conversation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival – Part 2

This is the second half of our series of interviews from this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival and its sister event, The Animation Conference. Each year the festival and conference attract more than 28,000 artists, producers, students and animation fans from around the world, and creates opportunities for creatives at every level of experience to engage in discussion about their work and the industry.

We wanted to share a sample of those conversations with our wider community of artists, animators and professionals. The following videos were recorded during the Ottawa International Animation Festival in September 2019 at The Ottawa Art Gallery and Strathcona Park. Be sure to watch the first half of this interview series.

Eric Calderon, Producer and Writer

We spoke with Eric Calderon about the value of attending animation festivals and conferences. Eric moderated this year’s Pitch This finale at The Animation Conference. He is a writer and television producer who also runs a channel on YouTube called Surviving Animation.

Barry Sanders, Animation Supervisor

Barry Sanders works as an animation supervisor and has friends that he meets every year at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Barry’s advice for finding community in animation is: “Talk about what you like about animation.”

Steph Blakey, Storyboard Artist and Director

Steph Blakey is a storyboard artist, as well as the director behind Women in Animation’s Five in Focus short film “The Butterfly Affect,” which is debuting at SPARK this month. We spoke with Steph at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and you can find more of her work here.

Pilar Newton-Katz, Animation Professor

Pilar Newton-Katz is a freelance animator, animation professor and visual narrative graduate student. Her advice for finding work in the industry is to attend events and meet other animation professionals: “If you have a nice conversation with someone and give them your card, you never know. The next day they may say, ‘I met so-and-so and they design backgrounds. I need backgrounds.’ You just never know.”

Brent Smith, Layout Artist and Animator

Brent Smith is a layout artist and freelance animator. Brent recommends attending events like the Ottawa International Animation Festival: “Nobody is expecting you to be the all-star, the next best thing in animation. Everyone here is generally wanting to meet and encourage.” You can find Brent’s work on his website.

This is the second half of our two-part interview series from the Ottawa International Animation Festival. If you have not yet seen the first half, visit Part 1.