Press Release from Autodesk
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 23, 2009 - At SIGGRAPH 2009 in New Orleans, Autodesk will showcase its latest Digital Entertainment Creation solutions and demonstrate how studios can make the creative process a more interactive, collaborative and efficient experience. The company will host a number of live events including Tech Talks and presentations on new and upcoming projects, such as "9" and "Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning."
Press Release from DUCK
DUCK has signed Brooklyn-based art and animation studio Golden Lucky, bringing a high-end animation studio onto its ever-expanding roster. The studio, led by Creative Directors Saiman Chow and Sean Dougherty, is known for churning out creative projects for multiple applications with their unique variety of animation, which involves blending music, storytelling, character development, and the creation of sets and artwork from various materials.
Press Release from The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Beverly Hills, CA -- The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected four individuals to participate in a summer internship program for students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics and animation technology.
Press Release from Microsoft Corp.
A renowned set of storytellers from some of the world's leading anime studios in Japan are about to take one of the most iconic franchises in science fiction and video games to a new level. Microsoft Corp., in collaboration with some of the most acclaimed anime creators, today unveiled a new project called "Halo Legends," which will bring the "Halo" franchise and its sweeping sci-fi saga to an entirely new medium, in the form of several original anime short films.
The first official day of San Diego Comic-Con 2009 was a doozy for animation and visual effects aficionados, with sneak peeks at the most anticipated 3-D films set to release in the next year. Imagi’s Astro Boy, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy, Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the mother of them all, James Cameron’s Avatar all debuted footage in 3-D to rapt audiences.
Bloody-Disgusting.com has announced that SAW creator James Wan will be co-writing and directing CASTLEVANIA. RESIDENT EVIL director Paul W.S. Anderson will be producing. Sylvain White was previously attached to direct. Wan said he was attracted to the adaptation of the Konami game because it blends the DRACULA myth with Japanese anime, while providing a "human hero… as sexy and dangerous as the vampire villain."
Anime director Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL) will helm another live-action film, according to VARIETY. Breaking an eight-year hiatus from live-action, Oshii will make ASSAULT GIRLS, starring Oscar nominee Rinko Kikuchi (BABEL), Meisa Kuroki (ONE MISSED CALL FINAL) and Hinako Saeki (THE RING 2: SPIRAL).
The three women will play post-apocalyptic hunters of gigantic morphing creatures called sand whales.
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
BURBANK, Calif. -- A unique group of pint-sized heroes is ready to save the world. G-FORCE, the video game inspired by the highly anticipated feature film "G-Force" from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films, is available now at all major retailers.
G-FORCE is available on Wii, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION 3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS and Windows-based PC.
Press Release from MAXON Computer
NEWBURY PARK, Calif.-- MAXON Computer, a leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced details of its presence at the SIGGRAPH 2009 convention -- the leading international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques taking place August 3rd through August 7th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
MAXON at SIGGRAPH 2009
Press Release from Bent Image Lab
The Portland, Oregon-based production company and creative laboratory Bent Image Lab is further expanding its roster with the recent signing of veteran animator and director Ken Lidster. Known for brilliant, award-winning commercials, such as those for Brisk iced tea that feature the voices and animated likeness of such stars as Bruce Willis and Danny DeVito, Lidster has directed noteworthy spots for Energizer, Chips Ahoy!, Kellogg's, Oscar Mayer, Quaker Oats, and Target.
Press Release from Psychic Bunny
Next Gen content produced by those who consume it: hybrid production studio Psychic Bunny is excited to unveil its original content banner Lead Balloon (www.madeoflead.com). Launched to produce feature films, web series, games, mobile and interactive projects, Lead Balloon is currently wrapping two projects, an exclusive web series "Coma, Period" with a distribution deal soon to be announced and an independent feature film "The Echo Game."
Press Release from NewTek Inc.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- July 8, 2009 -- NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced the release of the 3D Content Pack Volume 1: Sports, a collection of network-style, ready-to-use, customizable animated 3D scenes designed for use with LightWave 3D and 3D Arsenal. The NewTek 3D Content Pack, Volume 1: Sports offers nearly 100 dynamic and animated scenes designed for football, baseball, basketball, soccer and hockey productions.
Each sequence contains:
Press Release from Toei Animation
LOS ANGELES -- July 7, 2009 -- Toei Animation has secured a number of Latin America-based licensees for DRAGON BALL Z, ONE PIECE and SAINT SEIYA, it was announced today by Eduardo Lucio, sales manager, Latin America.
Press Release from GenArts Inc.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- July 7, 2009 -- GenArts Inc., the premier provider of specialized visual effects software for the film, television and video industries, announced today a monthly license rental option for its flagship GenArts Sapphire visual effects software for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro. The program is designed to offer Sapphire's entire suite of industry-leading visual effects plug-ins at an extremely affordable cost of entry, thereby providing access to a much broader range of users.
Kunio Kato's 2009 Academy Award-winning animated short film, LA MAISON EN PETITS CUBES, as well as his earlier work, THE DIARY OF TORTOV RODDLE are streaming today on Crunchyroll. More information can be found at:
Press Release from MK12 and Cut + Run
Flying -- or modern day travel via air -- evokes a variety of images but certainly rarely as beautiful or sublime as what unfolds in the new Swiss Air film directed by Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Finding Neverland," "Monster's Ball"). To help orchestrate and unite the myriad of elements involved, Forster turned to Cut + Run Editor Jay Nelson who worked hand-in-hand with the director and the effects production company MK12 on the project.
Dr. Ed Catmull, President, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has been selected by the VES Board of Directors as the recipient of the "2010 Georges Melies Award." The award will be presented at the 8th Annual VES Awards, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on February 28, 2010.
Press Release from Anime Network
HOUSTON, TX -- June 22, 2009 -- Today Anime Network, America's #1 Anime Channel, formally launched its new online player at www.theanimenetwork.com. Anime Network's new online service includes over 40 hours of free content as well as a premium package that gives users unlimited access to more than 300 hours of anime, live action films, and J-rock videos.
Press Release from NANDO@BENT
International award-winning Creative/Director Nando Costa, founder of top industry leading design and animation studio Nervo, has teamed with Portland-based Bent Image Lab to form, NANDO@BENT. Costa brings his entire Nervo shop to BENT, including creative partner Linn Olofsdotter. Costa, age 30, will become the fourth partner of BENT which includes: Co-Founder/EP Ray Di Carlo, Co-Founder/Director Chel White, and Co-Founder/Director David Daniels.