In Memoriam: Vincent Cafarelli (1930-2011)

January 17th, 2012 by Linda


(Linda Beck) On December 1st, 2011, we lost animation veteran and ASIFA-East Founding Member, Vincent “Vinny” Cafarelli, who passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 81. Founding Member Vincent Cafarelli (left) with Dick Rauh (President 1969-1989) in 2009 (Photo by Linda Beck) Our long time ASIFA-East Board Member, Michael Sporn wrote the following in his December 4th SplogPost: “Vinnie” was a principal mainstay in the New York animation industry. He worked at Famous Studios […]

What happened at the ASIFA-East Auction???

January 17th, 2012 by dayna


Tristian Goik brings us this fantastic infographic! Enjoy!  

ASIFA-East President’s Letter – January 2012

January 16th, 2012 by Linda


(Linda Beck) I hope your holidays were pleasant and peaceful and that you are successfully keeping up with the new year! 2011 was a terrific year for our organization and your Board kicked off the year making plans to continue bringing you great events and posting useful information on our blog with a number of continuing and new agenda items: Our aNYmator Blog Editor, Dayna Gonzalez, offers a new series of freelancer resources with quips, […]

Money Matters: On Invoicing

January 16th, 2012 by dayna

I didn’t have to write my first invoice until 2005, when I was asked to do additional freelance work for promotional videos for a TV series production I was on at the time.  Of course, since I’d never written one before, I had no idea how.  My producer at the time was able to give me some tips, but most has come from practice over time.  Money’s not something often spoken about at university, but […]

ASIFA-East Presents Inside Sesame Street

January 16th, 2012 by dayna


On January 12, 2012, ASIFA-East held an informative panel discussion with representatives from Sesame Workshop.  Hosted by Justin Simonich (Production Coordinator), the panel was made up of Louis Henry Mitchell (Design Director), Margot Duffy (Producer), Marcus Pauls (Production Director of Digital Media), and Nikon Kwantu (Animation Producer).  Together, they provided valuable insights to the inner workings of Sesame Workshop. Justin started off with a brief history of Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop, giving an overview […]

ASIFA-East welcomes Louis Mitchell

January 10th, 2012 by dayna


ASIFA-East welcomes Louis Henry Mitchell to our panel discussion this upcoming Thursday eve. Louis works as Associate Design Director of Special Projects for Sesame Street. This title barely scratches the surface of jobs that Louis does around the Street. Louis has his hand in helping to finalize the Muppet design for Kami, a South African Muppet as well as designing the logo for Takelani Sesame, designing a number of the balloons for Macy’s Thanksgiving day […]

ASIFA-EAST Open Screening Series Continues! January 11th!

January 7th, 2012 by dayna


Our newest regular event showcases and critiques works in progress and motivates us all to keep moving forward on our personal work. Bring recent works, works-in-progress, and animation tests (totaling no more than 5 minutes) on DVD and an open mind for constructive comments by your peers! Date:  Wednesday, January 11th Time:  7:00 pm Location:  Ace & Son 134 West 26th Street, #603 Please RSVP for this to  and type ASIFA-EAST OPEN SCREENING RSVP […]

Job Posting: Python Instructor Needed

January 7th, 2012 by dayna

Code for Digital Media: Python for Animators The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute is looking for an instructor to teach a class entitled “Code for Digital Media: Python for Animators” (beginning January 17th!!)  If interested, please contact the Assistant Chair of the department, Carla Gannis <>. *12/SP-DDA-584-02 <> * Section DDA-584-02 Credits 3 Start Date **Jan 17 2012 ** End Date May 7 2012**Meeting Information** Tuesday 09:30AM – 12:20PM MH Room 4W-6 Bulletin […]

One Minute Fluidtoons on Paper Two and Three by Brett W. Thompson

January 5th, 2012 by Emmett

Fluidtoons on Paper 3

Happy New Year to all viewers and patrons! We kick off the new year with the work of Brett W. Thompson. Brett’s independent work consists primarily of his Fluidtoons shorts. These shorts are generally stream-of-conciousness drawings in which characters morph into and out of one another, all the while dispersing into various shapes. Brett’s drawings (as well as his painting style) evoke something similar to Keith Haring combined with a love for cartoon expressions. This […]

Help The Productive Bring Coworking to the NYC Animation Community

January 4th, 2012 by dayna

I love the concept of coworking studios.  Many have sprouted up throughout New York City over the last few years, but I’m very much looking forward to the opening of The Productive.  Coworking studios are places where freelancers can go to work on their projects, outside of their home environment, and amongst fellow freelancers.  They are great places for networking and collaboration with other artists and small business owners.  NYC Animator Susan Godfrey has founded […]