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Animation Magazine - - Editor’s Letter - Tom McLean Ed­i­tor tom@an­i­ma­tion­

his is­sue of An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine is go­ing to press just be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, and flip­ping through its pages, it’s easy to see a lot to be thank­ful for.

First, we had a cou­ple of great events in early Novem­ber: the re­vived World An­i­ma­tion Cel­e­bra­tion and the third an­nual World An­i­ma­tion and VFX Sum­mit. Both events out­per­formed even our high­est ex­pec­ta­tions with pro­gram­ming, guests and at­ten­dees that demon­strated why this art form we all love is so fan­tas­tic. It also was great to see so many of you, our read­ers, at both events and I had a great time talk­ing with many of you about an­i­ma­tion and about the mag­a­zine.

Which brings me to this par­tic­u­lar is­sue. Noth­ing has im­pressed me quite so much in the short time I’ve been ed­i­tor of the mag­a­zine as the sub­ject of this month’s cover story: Glen Keane’s Duet. Many of you are no doubt fa­mil­iar with Keane and his many years an­i­mat­ing at Dis­ney, and I’m also sure many of you have seen the lin­ear short-film ver­sion of this fab­u­lous project ei­ther on­line or at a fes­ti­val. But to see, use and play with the in­ter­ac­tive ver­sion is a dif­fer­ent and very ex­cit­ing new ex­pe­ri­ence and I can’t wait for it to come to iPhone so I can play with it some more.

Last is­sue, we looked into the awards sit­u­a­tion for an­i­mated fea­tures and shorts. This is­sue, we up­date those races with the list of qual­i­fy­ing fea­tures and short-listed shorts be­fore delv­ing into a pre­view of the visual-ef­fects race.

And, since it’s the hol­i­days, we have our an­nual gift guide and look ahead to all the mile­stones an­i­ma­tion is poised to achieve in 2015.

I am off with our pres­i­dent, Jean Thoren, to bring some of that An­i­ma­tion Mag­a­zine SIGGRAPH Asia, so un­til next time, en­joy the mag­a­zine and the hol­i­days!

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