Now Introducing the 10th Edition of Anime Studio

Smith Micro today launched Anime Studio 10 Pro / Debut.  With a variety of enhanced and new features, the 10th edition of Anime Studio is sure to impress both new and seasoned users. Check out the new features demo videos here. The below videos show a couple of the coolest new features.

Longtime friends and partners at Wacom are celebrating the 10th edition of Anime Studio with us by giving away a Wacom Cintiq and two Intuos tablets. Get more details and enter our Wacom sweepstakes here.

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The Anime studio celebration continues with this new animated clip created by award-winning animator Victor Parades. Watch and create your own stories with these fun characters that come pre-loaded on the software.

Have Anime Studio 10 questions or feedback for us? Tweet us @Anime_Studio or leave a comment below.

Manga Studio, Anime Studio and Poser for just $29.99!

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Until September 30, 2013 you can have your cake and eat it too. With savings this big there’s no reason why you can’t finally get your hands on the best creation software around. Cheaper than a tank of gas, you can buy the digital versions of Manga Studio EX 4, Anime Studio 8 or Poser 9 for just $29.99 each. STILL cheaper than a tank of gas is our super savings, unbelievable, O-M-G we must be crazy, over 90% off bundle. Get your hands on all three software for just $49.99! For more information on our awesome deal, check out this link. Didn’t get this e-mail in your inbox? Be the first to receive news and promotions by signing up for our e-mail list.

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Animator Angela Adams Talks About Geez Louise

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Geez Louise, created in Southern California, is an animated web series that focuses on the “L” in LGBT. Angela Adams has produced one episode per month since the web series’ beginning in May 2012. Geez Louise’s YouTube channel currently has close to 1,900 subscribers and over 147,650 views. If you visit the website, you will find the characters, their episodes, and a few outtakes. You can download all 22 episodes for free on iTunes. When she’s not animating, Angela enjoys video games (immensely), especially RPGs. She is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard where she served as an Electrician’s Mate. She absolutely loves chimpanzees and has been fortunate enough to work with them.

The Idea
Several years ago, Angela had written two dark, female-driven, Sci-Fi based time-travel stories. geezlouise
Although she did not know how to draw or animate, she wanted to turn the stories into either graphic novels or animations. Angela collaborated with an artist to create the first graphic novel but unfortunately the artist’s style did not work for the format she needed. She then decided to buy an animation program that would allow her to singlehandedly bring her stories to life. “I researched animation programs online and found Anime Studio was a great fit for me. I was going to start out with Debut but opted for the Pro version because of the limitless timeline capabilities and especially for the character wizard.” In August of 2011, Angela bought Anime Studio Pro 8. She opted to create a web series after realizing her existing unfamiliarity with animation and lack of time-period related artwork for what she was hoping to accomplish would be a drawback when trying to create a visual medium. By cutting her stories into shorter episodes, Angela could become an animation expert as she went along.

She wanted the series to be family-friendly, with open-ended storylines and a gay/lesbian theme. “I wanted the show to avoid the trend of overt sexual dialogue, that’s lewd or offensive, just for the sake of shock value, and instead, have it go in the opposite direction. But I also didn’t want the characters to be constantly sarcastic with each other or to preach some underlying political agenda. With a ‘lesbian show’, these are not easy tasks to do! I wanted to make something with a different feel and kinda weird…and this is a pretty weird show!” In order to deliver the episodes regularly, Angela wanted to be held accountable for generating content. After creating a Twitter account for Geez Louise, her followers gave her the motivation and accountability she needed. “I figured, if even one person likes the cartoon, it would keep me churning out episodes and hone some animating skills at the same time. The show has a wonderful fan base and positive feedback from the gay community, which is really cool.” The first episode of Geez Louise went onto YouTube in May 2012. Angela has made sure to release about one episode per month to her fans since then.

Creation Process
After gaining more experience with Anime Studio, Angela upgraded to Anime Studio Pro 9. It takes her about 3 weeks to make a 5-6 minute episode. She does the voiceovers for characters Cairn and Victoria, while J. Adams helps with story development and handles the voiceover for Louise, CB, and Chip. Angela and J. share the voiceovers for the remaining background characters. Because Angela doesn’t draw, she notates camera angles, character facial gestures, close-ups, etc. in the script while creating the Storyboard.

Angela likes to follow these steps as a guideline when creating Geez Louise:
• Write the script
• Storyboard
• Gather sound FX and color background content.
• Voiceover
• Animate
• Edit
• Export and Upload to website

Angela would like to give credit for the artwork in Geez Louise to Cartoon Solutions, AnimationCatalyst (Paolo SC), Cartoon Learning (Eric Moore), D2Toons (David), DK Toons, Echo, Kano, Parker @Rudiger, ToonProps, Tropical Toon, WRS Art Designs. Geez Louise would also like to thank Anime Studio/SmithMicro, Apple-Mac, Garageband, Logic Pro, Pixelmator, and Pro Tools.

Why I chose Anime Studio
The character wizard was the main selling point for me and I use it extensively. Wouldn’t have a show without it. Love the lip sync function (what a time-saver). I fine-tune the lip syncing during the animation process. I use iMovie for the final edit. Animating in Anime Studio really eliminates the need for extensive editing software. The bulk of the editing/color correction, etc. is done during the animation process. I do get messages on Twitter and Facebook asking me how I make the series and I always refer them to Anime Studio. Just open the program and start creating.

More on Geez Louise
You can show your love for the web series by wearing Geez Louise t-shirts, hats, or buying Geez Louise phone cases, mouse pads, key chains, coffee mugs, or water bottles. Most of the products give you the option to choose from a variety of great colors. Support the web series by checking out Geez Louise’s website, following the web series on Facebook and Twitter, and by subscribing to Geez Louise’s YouTube channel.

Want to start your own web series? Check out Anime Studio’s website to learn more about the software and to read other user stories. Follow Anime Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Anime Studio Helps Joe Sulsenti Receive 60k Scholarship

joe sulsentiWe are very proud of our award-winning software. We are even more satisfied when we see what is created with it. I am constantly amazed by the imagination and skill of beginners and professionals alike. I try and find talented artists and animators throughout all the nooks and crannies of cyberspace so that I can share their stories and inspire other users. I was delighted when Joe Sulsenti told us via Twitter that Anime Studio helped him receive a scholarship.

Joe, who just completed his senior year at Manalapan High School, began using Anime Studio Debut 7 when he was a freshman. “I was looking for a program that made it easy to create 2D animations and in a timely manner. Anime Studio looked like the perfect fit!” He taught himself the basic ins and outs of the program in just a few days and started developing simple animations in the first couple hours of using the program. “I loved the timeline, bone rigging and lip syncing features. It really amazed me how simple and intuitive the software was, and it baffled me when I had a fully working, moving, talking, breathing character in just a few days. I was impressed with the program and myself. It was unreal to think of the possibilities that could be done with this program and at such an affordable price.”

After a few years of experience in Debut 7, Joe upgraded to Anime Studio Pro 8. “I found it really affordable for what I was getting.” As an upcoming senior, Joe knew he wanted to go to college for animation. He applied to The School of Visual Arts, located in Manhattan, aspiring to major in animation. The application required a portfolio. Joe knew adding his animations would give him an advantage as he competed for scholarships. With this in mind, he spent most of his senior year creating Shmoglog, an animated short comedy series about his high school friends and teachers. “All the characters are based off of real people in my school. Shmoglog is a character I made up in 6th grade and the name just stuck. People got a real kick out of it.”

Weeks later, he received an incredible email from SVA congratulating him on obtaining the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship. Only six of these scholarships are given out and Joe received the highest amount offered, $60,000. Eligible applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. The decision is based on the applicant’s portfolios and academic records. “I know my animations made with Anime Studio are the reason I got that scholarship and I could not be more grateful. I cried,” said Joe. ““The amazing thing is, is that I did it completely on my own. And seeing Shmoglog, a character who was once just a doodle, come to life was simply breathtaking. I couldn’t be happier with my experience with Anime Studio.”

The word on Joe’s animations spread around Manalapan High School during his senior year. He had teachers requesting that he create animations for assemblies, like the one shown above titled Shmoglog MIX IT UP, for Mix It Up Day. He enjoyed these requests and was able to finish the animations quickly. “Anime Studio has really helped me and my future. I look forward to use this program in my college career that I will be starting in a couple weeks. People who are interested in animation should really take advantage of the intuitive features of Anime Studio to easily create beautiful animations. I know I will and I can’t wait to see what I, and other users, will do with this amazing software.”

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He even used Anime Studio to ask a friend to prom! “It was the best prom asking ever,” said Joe. In the full assembly video, you can see Nermeen’s reaction as Joe comes off the stage. The awes from the auditorium are priceless. Such a great idea! They looked great together at prom, too. Isn’t her dress gorgeous?

Want to keep up with Joe Sulsenti and his animations? Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribe to his YouTube channel. Don’t forget to follow Anime Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Has Joe’s story inspired you to create rewarding animations? Check out Anime Studio’s website to learn more about the software and to read other user stories.

Some Shots from SDCC

Comic-Con is one of those events you just have to go to at least once in your life. For those of you who haven’t yet, or were unable to attend this year, here are some photos taken by our team of the first few days.

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Smith Micro’s booth at SDCC

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Look at that crowd! Another shot of Smith Micro’s booth.

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Our awesome Smith Micro Staff!

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Kara, the voice of Weiss from RWBY and Kathleen, Production Director at Rooster Teeth!

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Jordan and Logan look like the real deal, don’t you guys think?

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Jordan being interviewed

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Fahim and Evie, Evie from FourtyThreePR

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Cooper with the RWBY girls

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Our Anime Studio Superstar, Victor Paredes giving demonstrations on Anime Studio

Smith Micro Superstars at San Diego Comic-Con

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Smith Micro’s booth this year is 4437. Make sure to stop by and check out all of the cool things we’ve got going on. Grab a MotionArtist mask! Take pictures in your mask and hashtag #TheRISEofMA on Twitter and Facebook. Check out demos of the newly released Manga Studio EX 5 and grab a special edition Axe Cop poster if you purchase EX 5 at our booth. The following successful individuals have used our products and we’re very proud to share a little bit about them and where you can find them during Comic-Con.

Victor Paredes

Victor Paredes, an award winning animator from Chile, will be demonstrating products and taking questions at the Smith Micro booth (4437) during San Diego Comic-Con. Having used Anime Studio for over 9 years now, we consider Victor an Anime Studio celebrity. I don’t think we’re the only ones, either. The News-Gazette featured Victor in their paper when he held a seminar on how animation works. The News-Gazette called Victor, “the premiere tutor for Anime Studio.”

A lot of Victor’s animations are featured in our Anime Studio Gallery. To view more of Victor’s animations, check out his YouTube Channel. His animation, Regálense Unas Vacaciones was featured in our blog on how Anime Studio inspires international education. We also blogged about Victor when Smith Micro won a Telly Award for Happy Earth Day, an animation created by Victor and his team. After receiving the award, Victor stated, “Smith Micro’s Anime Studio software has been a great tool for cutting down production time, as well as adding precision and detail to animation projects. My team and I are delighted to share this Telly Award with Smith Micro.”

Will you be visiting Victor at Comic-Con? Keep up with Anime Studio’s Facebook and Twitter pages for news during Comic-Con. To read more about Victor and his experience with Anime Studio, check out his User Story.

Ethan Nicolle

Ethan Nicolle, creator of Axe Cop and Bearmageddon, will be at booth 1603 during Comic-Con. Ethan has been a user of Manga Studio for over 6 years now. You can read more of his User Story on our website. Don’t forget to tune into Axe Cop on July 21 at 9:30pm/8:30pm Central and July 27 at 11pm/10pm Central on FOX. Follow Ethan Nicolle on Facebook and Twitter, as well as Axe Cop.

Lar deSouza and Ryan Sohmer

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Copyright ©2013 Blind Ferret Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Lar and Ryan will be joined by artists Ari, Will, Joel and Randy at Blind Ferret Entertainment‘s booth, 1231. Lar and Sohmer are cartoonists for Looking for Group and Least I Could Do. Sohmer is also writer of The Gutters and The Bear. Lar said Manga Studio “simplifies the grunt work of comicing so I can get to the fun stuff faster. Inking is a joy in this program!” and that “Flatting in Manga Studio is stupid easy.” Check out Least I Could Do and make sure to stop by their booth to say hey!
Follow Lar and Sohmer on Twitter.

Rooster Teeth Productions

Stop by Rooster Teeth Productions at booth 1437! Monty Oum, director of animation at Rooster Teeth Productions and senior animator for Red vs. Blue said, “When I’m working on Red vs. Blue, Poser is like an extension of my body. I have no time for inefficiency or unnecessary steps and I need a workflow that I can move around easily. Poser is user friendly enough that kids could use it to animate, but at the same time its powerful and flexible enough that nearly all of our rendering and character animation for the series happens using Poser.” Read Smith Micro’s Press Release for more on Red vs. Blue. Be sure to watch RWBY’s “Red” Trailer, featured below. RWBY was also created in Poser.


Marc Rene

Guitar Gladiator by Marcus Rene Hill

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Image taken from: http://www.marcreneonline.com/

Marcus Rene Hill is a guest at the Man of Action Studios, booth 2007. Marc has used Manga Studio to create all of his artwork, including the graphics in The Machine Stop. Preview his book while you’re at Comic-Con. He’s giving free copies of The Machine Shops to the first 100 people! Check out his website to see more of his comics.
Follow Marc on Facebook and Twitter.

Kirk Kushin

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Written by Kirk Kushin & Illustrated by Gonzalo Martinez
Image taken from: http://www.ozopolis.com/

If you head over to Forcewerks at Q-14, you’ll meet Kirk Kushin. Kirk is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. He’s the author of several graphic novels including OZopolis and Super Teen*Topia. OZopolis was written by Kirk and illustrated by Gonzalo Martinez. OZopolis was completely done in Manga Studio, from rough pencils to tones and lettering. Check out OZopolis on Facebook, as well as Kirk Kushin’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Show Gonzalo Martinez some love on Facebook and Twitter, too! All of the work done on Gonzalo’s website was created in Manga Studio.

Comic-Con starts today! Here’s a look back at Anime Expo 2013

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Hosted annually in Los Angeles, Anime Expo is North America’s largest celebration of Japanese culture, which celebrated its twenty-second year this month. Smith Micro was thrilled to be a part of Anime Expo 2013, which had a record 61,000 unique attendees, and turnstile attendance of over 161,000. We had such a great time and already cannot wait for next year.

Things to get excited over this year included:

  • the legendary Japanese rock band PORNOGRAFFITTI, featured at Club Nokia
  • An appearance by George Wada, producer of “Attack on Titan”
  • Fashion shows from multiple popular Shibuya brands
  • The first ever “Shinjuku Masquerade Ball”
  • The first introduction to the Cosplay Participation Area
  • “Garden of Words”, “Ghost in the Shell ARISE”, “Kick-Heart!!”, and “Star Blazers 2199” premiered at the convention.

Read more from the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation here.

Take a look at our ScatterShow of this year’s Anime Expo.

Did you attend this year’s Anime Expo? Share your photos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Are you interested in creating your own ScatterShows? Check out our blog post and website to learn more.

Create Photo Slideshows with ScatterShow

ScatterShow scattershowboxOffers a Beautiful Way to Display Life’s Memorable Moments in Motion

Innovative and easy to use, now anyone can create and share interactive photo slideshows like never before. Scattershow allows you to effortlessly create unique slideshows to share with friends and family. After creating a few slideshows of my own, I want to make all of my Facebook albums into their own ScatterShows.

“ScatterShow can transform a simple book of photos into a memorable sharing experience, allowing you to break free from the old, static photo album and inspire others with amazing motion and effects,” said Jordan Bentley, product manager for Smith Micro Software. We’re very happy with ScatterShow’s features and hope you will agree there are a ton of benefits to owning this product.

After trying out ScatterShow, Greg Scoblete of Your Digital life shared, “You’ll find a selection of pre-loaded animation and visual effects, which can be customized as well so you can put your personal stamp on your finished show.” ScatterShow allows you to explore, store, and share photos with a modern motion arrangement in the simplest way possible. It provides you the options of uploading your photos from your computer, from your smartphone using Quicklink Hotspot technology, or from Instagram®. Tony Curcio of Graphic Arts Magazine touched on ScatterShow’s ability to add a background image or music to slideshows in his review of the new product. We’ve provided you with photo filters such as toon effect, black & white, sepia, auto correct and shadow correction so that you may enhance and beautify your images as you see fit. Creating brilliant photo slideshows is an effortless process for users of every skill level. Once you’re masterpiece is complete, you can easily export it to Facebook, YouTube, or any HTML5-enabled webpage.

Like what you see? Scattershow is only $24.99 until June 30th!

For more on ScatterShow’s features, pricing and upgrade information, visit Scattershow’s website. The banner on ScatterShow’s website was created with MotionArtist! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be a part of the conversation on ScatterShow!

Anime Studio Pro 8 receives a Telly Award

Smith Micro is thrilled to share that we have been awarded the bronze Telly Award for Best Branded Content and Promotional Branding! “Happy Earth Day,” a short animated video created by Victor Paredes, Mario Quioñes, and Pedro Santa Cruz was developed with Anime Studio. “The clip demonstrates the high caliber character animation, coloring, and professional sound effects that can be achieved with Anime Studio,” said Steve Yatson, vice president of operations for the Productivity & Graphics business unit at Smith Micro. “We are very proud to share this Telly Award with Victor and his team.”

“Smith Micro’s Anime Studio software has been a great tool for cutting down production time, as well as adding precision and detail to animation projects. My team and I are delighted to share this Telly Award with Smith Micro,” said Victor Paredes, 2D artist and animator. Victor has been using Anime Studio for over 6 years now. To read more about his experience with the software, visit Victor’s User Stories page on our site.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards have continually sought out exceptional TV commercials, TV programs, videos, film productions and online commercials, determined to commemorate all deserving artists. Internationally recognized, the prestigious Telly Awards receive submissions from all U.S. states and numerous countries. “Happy Earth Day” was chosen out of the 11,000 entries received. “It is a great privilege to have ‘Happy Earth Day’ recognized by the visual arts community, and an honor to receive a Telly Award,” said Paredes.

Have Victor Paredes, Mario Quioñes, and Pedro Santa Cruz inspired you to create an exceptional animation? Check out our YouTube page for additional Anime Studio videos as well as webinars.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Name of the Game is “Theme Month”

Brace yourself for some good clean fun and get ready to showcase your creativity!

Start sketching, rendering and animating – This month Smith Micro is looking for you to create your best image or video inspired by the theme of RAGE.

Artist Credit: Rocky Bracero

Artist Credit: Rocky Bracero

Give us your finest visual interpretation of rage. Just think of the last time your neighbor left you a nasty note on your car, demanding you quit parking in their “private” spot, even though you share parking on a public street. Think back to your body’s reaction: blood boiling, body tingling with RAGE, your fist clamping down like a Rottweiler’s jaw on the note your neighbor wrote you. Don’t let the the rage virus from 28 Days Later come over you… Just step away from the computer and come back to it.

At the end of the month, we will select 5 submissions from Anime Studio, Manga Studio, Poser, and MotionArtist entries.

All image and video submissions must be submitted here: http://my.smithmicro.com/gallery/ Deadline to submit is April 30, 2013.

Selected artwork will be featured in an upcoming blog post in May!

Chose your program wisely and get ready… get set… GO! 

 

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