My impressions, after working and living in China, contradict those initial assumptions and reflections from a year ago, when I visited China the first time.
Ending weeks of speculation, China announced today it will formally relax polygon count restrictions on all CG models.
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises is slated to open the 33rd edition of Belgium’s Anima Festival, taking place this year February 28 through March 9.
If you’re a writer you are familiar with the word. You just wrote an Academy Award-quality screenplay or an Emmy-quality series development, put together a solid pitch, gave it to the producer or exec with passion, and he or she responded with the most painful one-word epithet in the English language—Pass.
PETA files lawsuit claiming DreamWorks Animation has enslaved dragons to perform against their will in upcoming How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Following a brief hiatus in 2013, the 17th edition of Italian international animation festival Cartoons by the Bay takes place in Venice April 10-12, 2014.
Following a massive manhunt, Bangalore authorities apprehend CG compositor mistakenly allowed to leave VFX production studio to take ailing grandmother to doctor.
Turbo’s supersonic racing snail gets his own Netflix spin-off series with Chris Prynoski as Exec VP.
The 2014 edition of Italy’s VIEW Conference will be held October 14-17; submissions for the 2014 VIEW Award and VIEW Social contest for short films employing animation or visual effects are now being accepted.
COMPETITION FOR ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
Animatricks Festival is launching its 2014 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit their animated short films. International competition is arranged now for the first time alongside with the traditional competition for the best Finnish animated shorts. The prize for the international winner is 3000 euros. The festival takes place 25–27 April 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Submission is open until 31 January 2014.
Qualifications and prizes
Animatricks wants to share the wonders of animation and show stories that cannot be told in any other art form. We are looking for films with unique storytelling, style and technique.
It's been years since we've heard from JJ Villard, the creator of the ballbreaking films, Son of Satan and Chestnuts Icelolly.... but now he's back in the most unexpected place: TV.
In the six Cartoon Modern programs I had the opportunity to see many old favorites. I also learned about the Cartoon Modern movement in the Netherlands in the 1950’s and ‘60’s and the Contemporary Cartoon Modern program showed us that the legacy of the 1950’s is still very much alive.
Far too often when I see a film that I saw and loved years ago it turns out to be a big disappointment, but the UPA feature Gay Pur-ee” was as wonderful as the first time I saw it on the big screen when it was released in 1962. Judy Garland in her only animated film role was the perfect voice for the lovely, pampered house cat Mewsette, and Robert Goulet in his first film role brought the champion mouser Jaune Tom, who is in love with Mewsette, to life. The sequence of paintings of Mewsette in the styles of various famous artists such as Lautrec, Henri Rousseau, and Picasso is a delight for anyone who knows art history. Gay Pur-ee was 85 minutes of purr-fect pleasure for me.
Almost every Disney movie about princesses is about white European princesses with perfect faces and “ideal” hour-glass figures.
A little red headed girl showed me this. Dumb Ways to Die is a not so dumb PSA thing by a New Zealand animator whose name is not directly in front of me. There's a website too. Good for kids and dummies.
I was delighted when the Festival International du Court Metrage in Lille, France invited me to be on their jury this year. Nik and I had been to the festival last year to present a program on the history of animation and I had enjoyed the opportunity to see the live action short films in competition as well as the animation competitions which were in separate programs.
This year the festival made the jury’s job interesting and challenging by dividing the competition screenings into 3 International and 2 National (French) programs with live action and animation screened together in both categories. I thought that it was going to be difficult to judge both types of films in one program, like comparing apples and oranges, but good film is good film no matter what format it immediately stands out.
I quite enjoy the animation films of Joseph "Joe" Pierce. His work serves up a piercing perspective of family, community, social roles and groups.
KROK International Animated Film Festival celebrated its 20th birthday this year and oh what a nine-day birthday party it was! Breaking with the usual festival tradition of showing the first competition program at a theatre followed by a welcome dinner on the ship on opening night, we were taken to a beach club overlooking the Black Sea in Odessa. From the moment we arrived at the opening ceremony at the beautiful Otrada Beach Club, I knew that it was going to be a special year.
There were welcome speeches and a special salute by Yuri Norshtein to Edward Nazarov, Russian president of the festival who was sadly unable to sail with us this year. Then came a live demonstration of the unique art of Hungarian sand animator Ferenc Cako, a member of the jury this year. This was followed by a screening of the French feature film The Day of the Crows directed by Jean-Christopher Dessaint, and a sumptuous feast served under the stars on the club’s lawn.
KROK was not the only one celebrating a birthday this year. The renowned Pilot Studio, the first independent Soviet Film Studio, is 25 years old this year. The retrospective screening “Pilot Studio is 25 Years Old --- A story of success, struggle, and creation . . .” paid tribute to the legion of films that the studio has produced and the man whose vision and stubborn determination created this great studio again all odds, Alexander Tatarsky.