It’s nice to see our little neck of the woods get a bit of attention from mainstream media now and then, especially with meaningful and thoughtful commentary about films that while known to many in the industry, for the most part are unknown to most everyone else on the planet.
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Strong character development is the foundation of any animation, of course, but contemporary animators might run into copyright infringement issues when they borrow heavily from existing characters in other creative properties.
We thank those AWN readers who contributed their thoughts on the passing of legendary Russian animator Fyodor Khitruk.
Passing along a special note from WIA/LA announcing a fundraising drive for Rusy Mills, who is suffering from colon cancer.
It’s a “plunderful life” aboard ship as the Hugh Grant-voiced Pirate Captain leads his crew on a rather convoluted adventure chasing fame, fortune and a stolen Dodo bird.
We've posted two-time Oscar-winner Andrew Stanton's (Monsters Inc, Toy Story, John Carter, Finding Nemo and others) commencement address from last month's Animation Mentor graduation. Humor, insight and enthusiasm from one of Pixar's brightest stars.
There’s a reason very few studios make stop-motion feature films – like trying to out-talk Lena Dunham, it’s unbelievably difficult. Credit LAIKA - ParaNorman is exquisitely animated, with a depth of visuals and fluidity of motion that is truly fantastic. You’ve never seen stop-motion like this. The acting, the range of motion, the sets, the props, the costumes, and the attention to detail is apparent in every scene.
It is with great sadness that I report Dr. Changyou Chen, father of AWN contributing writer and Ingrid Pitt animator Perry Chen, passed away from cancer last Thursday, July 19.
A new trailer has been released for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. Come October 5th, we'll see how Burton's early live action short translates into a stop-motion feature.
Pixar has released four slightly (and I mean, ever so slightly) different versions of the first Monsters University trailer, which has a June 21, 2013 U.S. release date.
Disney has just released 8 character portraits with descriptions from Tim Burton's upcoming stop-motion horror flick, Frankenweenie. Check 'em out in 1200x1800 pixels grandeur.
Ace & Son Moving Picture Company, led by Richard O’Connor’s animation direction, recently finished a poignant and thoughtful animated documentary short on the horrors of honor killings.
6 new character posters have been released for the new DreamWorks feature, Rise of the Guardians, set for release November 21, 2012, including the evil villain, Pitch.
Madagascar 3 is a great film for kids, using different arrays of color and physical humor to keep them excited while still catering to adults. The visuals can become overwhelming though, and I left the theatre feeling exhausted by the onslaught of images.
The Avengers is as good a reason as any to go to the movies, filling the big screen with enough action, humor and good acting to make it worthy of your time and attention. Plus, the Hulk kicks ass, finally.
It's just a nifty day, as shown here by a nifty storyboard sequence from the new Aardman and Sony film, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
We've got a nifty collection of model sheets from Aardman's and Sony's new feature, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, which hits the theatres in the US today.
An astonishing 64% of the TV animation execs surveyed said they planned on switching to the production of Anime Porn, while 17% said they planned on opening vegan and gluten-free veggie-wrap food trucks. 6% responded they were leaning towards the risky but highly profitable kidnap-for-ransom business, while 10% said that their large long-term leased and unused studio space would easily support the storing of hazardous waste.
This compilation is a rather ingenious six-part BBC1 TV series that puts a bit of whimsy and “cool” into the world of science, contraptions and the mankind’s need to tinker.
In the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, a feverish search occurs seemingly in slow motion. In order to make progress in the search, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has been inventing a brand-new field of work called “art forensics.” Armed with innovative new portable sensing devices, they are searching for a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci called “The Battle of Anghiari.”
A sampling of some of the best quotes from the visual effects Oscar nomination presentations, along with a few catty conversations overheard at the reception.
It’s been close to 2 decades since I last saw the original Beauty and the Beast, sitting mesmerized right alongside my then 3 year old daughter Becky. Sitting mesmerized right alongside my now 23 year old daughter as we watched this beautiful new version of the film, I can safely say the ends justify the means and the tremendous amount of work to bring this film to 3D has produced a visually stunning experience.
Imagine exploring Paris through a digital window in your living room, using a camera to capture a 3D blueprint of your house to plan your next remodel, or trying on clothing in a virtual dressing room that shows how fabrics flow with your every move. These are a few potential applications of visual computing, a fast-growing field of technology that combines photorealism, HD video and audio, interactivity and computational modeling to enable real-time, lifelike immersive experiences.