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Ghostbot, Inc. Award Winner in the 2013 Ottawa International Animation Festival

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SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent animation studio Ghostbot, Inc. received the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) 2013 Best Short Animation for Children Award for "Written By A Kid: La Munkya." The short was directed by co-founder and previous OIAF award winner, Roque Ballesteros, and features the animated reimagining of 6-year-old Emily's tale of a ravenous paper horse named La Munkya.

"Written By A Kid" is the brainchild of Will Bowles and Josh Flaum (Attack of the Show!, The Underground), and supervised by the comedic direction of Daniel Strange (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, Stiller & Meara) and web series pioneer Kim Evey (The Guild, Tabletop). With over 230,000 views on YouTube, "La Munkya" has become a fan favorite due to the inventive and bizarrely charming interpretation of the story and is one of the most watched episodes of the series. The OIAF jury congratulated the short on its "happy and creative" content.

"To win an award at OIAF a second time is a big honor," Ballesteros said. "It gives me a little extra pride because I respect the festival so much and what they represent. OIAF promotes and awards international animation so their programs span from mainstream Hollywood films to obscure independent artists from all over the world. They are also big on fostering the community aspect of the festival, so it's a great place to meet artists with different worldviews who you wouldn't normally get the opportunity to cross paths with."

ABOUT THE OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Every September, the Ottawa International Animation Festival presents the world's most cutting-edge, quirky and important animation.  The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) was founded in 1976 and is the largest event of its kind in North America, a major film event attracting attendees from around the world. To find out more about The Ottawa International Animation Festival visit www.animationfestival.ca.

by R B

Former Nickelodeon CG Creative Director to Join Ghostbot, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- San Francisco Bay Area independent animation studio Ghostbot, Inc. announces today that Josh Book joins the studio as its CG Creative Director. Known for unique style and memorable characters, the team at Ghostbot has branched out to increase their capabilities to 3D/CG. 

Under Book's tenure, the CG pipeline at Nickelodeon became one of the most efficient global CG production pipelines for animation. Book oversaw all in-house CG series and development work including the Emmy award-winning TV series DreamWorks "The Penguins of Madagascar," "Tak and the Power of Juju," "Fanboy and Chum Chum," and "Bubble Guppies."

"The San Francisco/Bay Area is a hotbed of animation talent, including huge studios like PDI/Dreamworks, LucasFilm Animation, and Disney/Pixar," states Alan Lau, co-founder of Ghostbot. "Now with the addition of Josh, we are one step closer to realizing our goal of producing our own intellectual property for all media whether in film, television, games, web or merchandise."  Lau goes on to state, "by capitalizing on the strengths of our 2D abilities coupled with Josh's knowledge of CG, we are positioning ourselves to be the next big animation studio out of the San Francisco Area."

Ghostbot, Inc. will merge their unique design sense with Book's vision and experience to create a new, experimental use of CG. "Ghostbot is a super-talented artist driven studio with a love of animation and cartoons equal to my own," Book said. "They've got a great reputation for quality and are one of the premiere animation studios in the San Francisco Bay Area. We want to tell great animated stories, and develop new and unique looks that aren't typically seen in CG."

ABOUT GHOSTBOT, INC.
Formed in 2004 with over 75 years of combined experience in the entertainment sector, the principals of Ghostbot work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality product.  Throughout the history of the company, the studio has come to be recognized as one of the premier creative forces in the animation industry. 

by R B

Ghostbot, Inc. Reboots Emily the Strange with First Animated Single "Calling All Guitars"

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rising independent animation studio Ghostbot, Inc. in partnership with the creator of Emily the Strange, Rob Reger, released its premiere of the animated music video of "Calling All Guitars" on iTunes.  The video features music produced by the award winning John King (Beastie Boys) and is the first ever Emily the Strange animated single in a planned line-up of regularly released music accompanied with animation.

Created by Reger, Emily is the iconic 13-year-old girl with the black dress, four black cats, and a strange personality that doesn't quite fit in anywhere.  Her motto, appropriate for today's youth, is "Be Yourself, Think for Yourself, Do It Yourself."  The 'Calling All Guitars' music video introduces brand new characters alongside the inventor and rock-n-roll scientist Emily the Strange.

Ghostbot, Inc. is no stranger to operating with fast turn around times. "We are used to getting maximum bang for the buck," Director Brad Rau said. "That creative maneuverability was key in executing 'Calling all Guitars.'"

Rau a fan of Emily himself goes on to state, "We enjoy working with Rob, and have been big fans of Emily for a long time. Our goal for 'Calling All Guitars' was to highlight Emily's fun personality and bring her to life with as much dark rocking intensity as possible. We really pushed her expression and posing and are very happy with how up tempo and rhythmic the whole piece turned out."

ABOUT EMILY THE STRANGE:

Emily the Strange was created in the early 1990's and quickly became a beloved counterculture icon all around the world. In her earliest years, she was a quiet but sharp-witted stranger, slinging philosophy and cultural observations in a series of hand-screened t-shirts and stickers that grew to a series of gift books, comic-books, graphic novels, a young adult novel series, and now music. Emily continues to be a voice for individualism and self-awareness

ABOUT GHOSTBOT, INC.

Formed in 2004 with over 50 years of combined experience in the entertainment sector, the principals of Ghostbot work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality product.  Throughout the history of the company, the award winning studio has come to be recognized as one of the premier creative forces in the animation industry.

by R B

Ghostbot.com 2.0 is live!

Welcome to our new website. A site refresh has been a long time coming and now we're proud to share with you some of the things we've been up to. Some features to take note:

  • Featured Work  - Where we hilite specific projects offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse into our work process. (Make sure you scroll through each project and check back often for updates.)
  • Animation - A gallery of our latest and greatest projects that range across many styles, genres, and platforms. 
  • Design - It all starts on paper... Samples of our characters, environments, style frames, and storyboards.
  • About Us - Learn about who we are and where we're headed. 
  • Our Studio - Meet the talented people we call family.
  • Clients - A snapshot of the high profile clientele that we've worked with. 
  • Press - Where we'll post major announcements or press releases.
  • Contact - How you can get in touch with us. 

Also, check out our latest Demo Reel, hot off the press!  

And don't forget to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Go Ghostbot! 

by R B

ASIFA-SF September Newsletter on "La Munkya"

SEE GHOSTBOT’S DELIGHTFUL WORK THAT IS BEING SHOWN BY THE OTTAWA ANIMATION FESTIVAL IN SEPT. Written by a Kid: La Munkya stars La Munkya, a ravenous horse made of paper whose off-the-wall journey from the county fair to the county jail is the subject of a delightfully strange tale told by a very cute "animated" 6 year-old Emily.

See it at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_UWRUacIuk

by R B