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2015 Anima Brussels Animation Festival Blogs

ANIMA BRUSSELS USHERS IN THE YEAR OF THE SHEEP IN GRAND STYLE ANIMA BRUSSELS - 13 to 22 February 2015 at The Flagey, Brussels, Belgium

ANIMA Brussels ushered in the year of the sheep in grand style with the Belgian premier of Shaun the Sheep Movie on their opening nightAardman Studio is back doing what it does best, pure entertainment in flawless claymation.  The 85 minute film brings Shaun and his fellow sheep to the big screen with all of the usual suspects from the television series.

Steve Parish Blogs

Practical Magic: The State of the VFX Industry in 2015, Part 2 - Hug a VFX Artist

Despite many great VFX-driven films ahead, Steve bemoans the state of the VFX “business” responsible for their visual magic.

Reel FX Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Chuck Peil

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 27, 2015 at 4:34pm

Chuck Peil, co-founder of Reel FX, talks about his studio’s evolution from animation and visual effects service house to mainstream animated feature film studio, the recently released ‘The Book of Life’ and more as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

Shotgun Software Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Don Parker

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:05pm

Don Parker, senior director on Autodesk’s Shotgun team, talks about the software’s use on 300: Rise of an Empire as well as how integrating production technologies impacts a studio’s ability to manage movie production as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

virtual production Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – David Morin

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:26pm

David Morin, a driving force at Autodesk in virtual production standards and technology, talks about the growing significance and future role of virtual production technologies in moviemaking as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

Previs Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Daniel Gregoire

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 4:11pm

Daniel Gregoire, CEO of leading previs firm Halon Entertainment, talks about the previs of World War Z, its vital role in story development, visual development and more as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

Chris Landreth Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Chris Landreth

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:43pm

Oscar-winning animation director Chris Landreth talks about his hyper-real narrative style, his new comedic short ‘Subconscious Password,’ his ‘Making Faces’ facial animation masterclass, and more as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

Gravity Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Max Solomon

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 9:13am

As part of AWN’s Professional Spotlight series -- a series of exclusive video interviews shot during FMX 2014 – Max Solomon, an animation supervisor at Framestore, talks about the animation, previs and onset virtual technology used on the Oscar-winning film ‘Gravity.’

Google ATAP Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Jan Pinkava

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 10:24am

Jan Pinkava, an Oscar-winning director at Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), discusses new digital storytelling platforms and technologies, today’s animated film business and more as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

Animation Festivals Blogs

A BIG YEAR FOR PORTUGESE ANIMATION AT CINANIMA

The 38th International Animated Film Festival Cinanima, 10 through 16 November, 2014 in Espinho, Portugal is one of the oldest and most respected animation festivals in the world. It has the reputation for screening not only the best of current animation, but is also a major showcase for Portuguese animation. The Grand Prix winning film at the festival qualifies for submission to the Academy Awards and the Cartoon D’ Or. Portugal has a rich literary history and a centuries old connection to the sea, and that is often reflected in their animation. When coupled with the country’s long years of isolation from the rest of Europe, I feel it often makes Portuguese animation difficult for other cultures to appreciate. With the exception of a few well-known Portuguese animators such as Regina Pessoa, Abe Feijo, Jose Miguel Ribeiro, and Joanna Toste, comparatively little animation from this country has been seen at other festivals in the past. There are numerous excellent animators such as Zepe (Jose Pedro Cavalheiro) whose films are well-known in his own country but seldom seen in the rest of the world.

http://cinanima.pt/

PDI Blogs

AWN Professional Spotlight: FMX 2014 – Richard Chuang

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:06am

Richard Chuang, Co-Founder of PDI and Founder, CEO of Cloudpic Global talks about recent developments in real-time, collaborative animation production technology, the early days of PDI and their film 'Antz,' and more as part of AWN’s series of exclusive video interviews from FMX 2014.

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