Welcome! My name is Alan Shisko, and I'm a freelance motion graphics artist working out of Toronto, Canada. I've been very lucky in my career to have had many inspiring teachers, and decided to start this blog to give back to the community that has enriched me both technically and aesthetically. Perhaps my words and images will inspire you to do the same! If you wish, take a minute to view my demo reel at Shisko.com, or view a comprehensive gallery of my past work Here.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


The fine folks at Flash-In-The-Can have finally seen the light and are exploring how pixels move around. Vectors... phsaw! So very narrow-band.

Pause: Ideas in Motion is an "exploration of concept and design within Broadcast and Film". Sez Shawn Puckness, founder of FITC, “Attendees can expect a very dynamic event with opportunities to engage, learn and connect with the best creative minds in the industry.” BTRY, Digital Kitchen, GMunk, MK12, UFO and many others... oh be still my beating heart! And of course don't discount the legendary FITC parties. All work and no play makes Alan a dull boy, after all.

This looks like it'll be a very exciting little confab- a bit of a tonic in the midst of a great deal of economic uncertainty- and if the stars align I hope to attend. "Ah", I hear you say, "I'd love to go as well, Alan, so that I can meet you because you're such a cool and talented guy. Oh, and to see what the best in the industry have to say as well, of course. But times are tough, and cash is tight." Well, perhaps this might help... thanks to the fine folks at FITC, I've got free full event passes that I'll give to the first two people that reply to me directly...

alan (followed by the 'at' symbol) effektor (then a dot) ca

See you in New York!

Friday, October 24, 2008

3d: Industry Consolidation

Just read this press release from Autodesk. How might this affect the motion graphics world? As I've written before (here and here), the consolidation of so many 3d apps under one roof (with one more now added to the stable) worries me quite a lot. Will all three apps actually remain viable? And specifically, will my chosen solution (3ds Max) be the first against the wall when the time comes (and I suspect that the time WILL come)?

If nothing else, I suspect that this latest move may turn up the heat on Adobe to consider adding a 3d app to it's roster, the most likely (in my opinion) being Maxon C4d. If that were to happen, I would seriously consider making the jump, as the current uncertainty gives me pause to continue developing my skills on an app that (as unlikely as it sounds) may be reaching end-of-life.