Animation Toolworks News


  • March 3, 2004, Los Angeles Times article, "Program Seeks to Animate Future Show Biz Whizzes", "April Tiscareno, 11, carefully considered the fanciful, two-dimensional puppet she had made from magazine cutouts and small metal fasteners. It was her turn at the "lunchbox," a high-tech camera device hooked to a monitor and a VCR that would allow her to make an animated movie, using her creation. With help from college student Tyson Laurent, she was posing her puppet and deciding how many times to push the button on the rectangular box - each click representing a single frame. 'The more times you push the button, the slower it moves,' April said of the speed of the animated short feature she was making."

  • April 15, 2004, Washington Jewish Week Online article, "School Project Morphs into Award-Winning Film", "Each student then was asked to do at least 30 to 40 more drawings -- Cabib said some did double that -- to "morph" their picture into the next. And using a camera and a tool called the Video LunchBox Sync, Cabib made the art into a animated video."

  • Fall, 2003, AWN article, "Real Life, or Something Like it, at SAFO '03", Listen Bud, He's got Radioactive Blood "I'll end with a detail from the beginning of the closing night ceremony. During the festival, the College for Creative Studies had a table set up in a sort of lobby in front of the screening room with a Lunchbox, an animation tool that gives instant video feedback for stop-motion animation (and pencil tests as well). A local kid, living across the street from the National Archives, kept coming back to the Lunchbox, day after day, with an armload of toys: Spider-Man, dinosaurs, some monster with a popsicle-stick body. By festivals' end, he'd clocked four or five minutes of footage - monsters battling, then taking out time for some Travolta-style dance moves, and so on. Robinson had gotten wind of this, and screened an excerpt of the mini-epic on closing night. The auteur, Marco Farren-Dai, was invited on stage, and gave a small speech, making sure to thank his parents for "letting me skip school" to work on his opus. He got a standing O, of course. While the rest of us had been watching animation, arguing over its future, weighing our portions of inspiration and annoyance, he'd been in the middle of it all, doing the work."

  • March 2003 the LunchBox Sync receives Animation Magazine's Seal of Excellence (pdf)

  • June 2002 Press Release:Animation Toolworks Introduces MultiReel - 18 LunchBox Syncs in One

  • June 2001 Press Release: Animation Toolworks Introduces PAL LunchBox Sync for Animation

  • Animation Toolworks selected as a featured site in Lightspan's StudyWeb® as one of the best educational resources on the Web. Feb. 2001

    This site is listed in the Arts:Visual Arts:Art Techniques section. StudyWeb® is one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers.

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