HypeFest, the 2nd annual unique festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity, concluded its weekend-long screenings and festivities with an awards show and partying to the sounds of DJ Starskee Suavé. The festival took place July 24-25, 2004 at the CineSpace in Hollywood and showcased approximately 75 original short-subject works from filmmakers around the world, with attendance double that of the inaugural festival organizers said.
New Zealand companies will be featured at a panel session as part of the SIGGRAPH conference Tech Talk series, held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, August 10-13. Hosted by NZTE, the session, "Middle Earth: Imagination Made More Real" provides a presentation forum for New Zealand companies and will be moderated by Dr. Steve Upstill, a founding member of Pixar Animation Studios and a recent New Zealand immigrant.
At SIGGRAPH 2004, the Gnomon Workshop and the Gnomon School of Visual Effects (booth #1113) will be showcasing its educational products with various presentations and its library of 82 DVDs. In addition, Gnomon will have books available to get them signed such as EXPOSE I, EXPOSE II, D'ARTISTE, ELEMENTAL and more from booth partners CG Networks and Ballistic Media.
Alias announced the full line up of games and film industry presenters for its 2004 Maya MasterClasses taking place Aug. 9-12, during SIGGRAPH at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2004 Maya MasterClasses series offers 16 unique one and a half hour sessions that focus on real world applications for various features of the Maya software. Presenters are all industry experts who bring practical Maya experience to their sessions. Now in its sixth year, Maya MasterClasses at SIGGRAPH have become one of the most sought after events at the show.
John Kricfalusi will appear in person September 7 8, 2004 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood to introduce two days of cartoon screenings. On Sept. 7, Kricfalusi will present a retrospective of classic Spumco -- including "director's cuts" of REN & STIMPY and MIGHTY MOUSE. He will explain the process of working with network executives, explain in-jokes and answer audience questions.
Writer-director Brad Bird wowed the Comic-Con audience Friday afternoon with two scenes from Disney/Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES (opening Nov. 5) and some lively and revealing comments on his transition from 2D to 3D animation.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen Technicolor cartoon POPEYE THE SAILOR MEETS SINDBAD THE SAILOR as part of its "Great To Be Nominated" series at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 26, 2004. The Max Fleischer production received a Cartoon Short Subject nomination in 1936 and will be shown prior to the feature presentation of ANTHONY ADVERSE, the 1936 Best Picture nominee starring Frederic March and Olivia de Havilland.
Paramount Pictures will be previewing its forthcoming action/adventure, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, and puppet-starring action spoof TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE at the 35th Annual Comic-Con International Convention. Working with convention organizers, the studio will unveil a first look at SKY CAPTAIN presented by the film's star, two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law, along with co-stars Bai Ling and Giovanni Ribisi, writer/director Kerry Conran and producers Jon Avnet and Marsha Oglesby.
Atari (Booth #4215) will showcase its latest and greatest in interactive entertainment at Comic-Con 2004. Games will include titles from hit properties including DUEL MASTERS, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, GODZILLA and TERMINATOR. Comic-Con 2004 will take place July 22 25 at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California.
Titles include: DEMON STONE (PS2, Xbox)
Pixar Animation Studios will be offering a sneak peek at its much-anticipated new computer-animated feature, THE INCREDIBLES, featuring a Q&A session with director Brad Bird at this year's Comic-Con, July 22 25, 2004 in San Diego, California. Along with Bird, producer John Walker will discuss the film with moderator Mark Vaz (author of ART OF THE INCREDIBLES, THE ART OF FINDING NEMO). The panel will present the World Premiere of a scene from the film, along with other surprises.
Cartoon Network and Adult Swim will be hosting a number of panels and special events, including signings, during Comic-Con International, to be held in San Diego, California, July 22 25, 2004.
Panels include: ADULT SWIM Show Pitching Session: They Touched Me and I Died: How to Pitch Shows to Adult SwimJuly 22, 5:00 6:00 pmLocation: 6 AB
Bandai America Inc. and Bandai Ent. Inc. (booth #3629) announced a full slate of activities for this years Comic-Con International, being held July 22-25 at the San Diego Convention Center.
As the largest pop-culture gathering of its kind, Comic-Con is the perfect venue for us to bring our extensive toy lines directly to the fans and enthusiasts, said Matthew Golding, director of marketing for Bandai America Inc. Panels and events currently scheduled for Comic-Con are:July 23
DreamWorks plans to preview artwork from its upcoming feature films, including SHARK TALE, MADAGASCAR and THE WALLACE & GROMIT MOVIE, at Comic Con International, being held from July 22-25, 2004 in San Diego, California. As well, the studio will screen a sneak peek at anime feature INNOCENCE: GHOST IN THE SHELL 2 and NBC's primetime 3D series FATHER OF THE PRIDE.
The Panels program has returned for SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st international conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, to be held Aug. 8-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The Panels program is a blend of debate, argument and discussion on important topics in computer graphics and related fields. Experts and skeptics deliver opinions, insights, speculation and summaries of recent work. The audience follows up with questions, comments and criticism.
* 3D Animation: Difficult or Impossible to Teach and Learn?
ACM SIGGRAPH announced the program for the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2004, the 31st international conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, to be held Aug. 8-12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The Computer Animation Festival jury chose 83 selections out of a record 643 entry for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and compelling storytelling. There are 40 international selections and 27 student pieces in the Festival.
ASIFA-Hollywood organizers were pleased with the turnout and reception to its first 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels, a one-day symposium and conference for traditional animators, held June 26, 2004, from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. The event featured meetings, screenings, panels, filmmakers, networking, grants, sketchbooks, inspiration, software, books, discussion, drawings and paintings.
COMDEX Las Vegas 2004 has been postponed in order to reshape the event with the cooperation of information technology (IT) industry leaders, it was announced by organizer MediaLive International Inc. COMDEX 2004 had been scheduled to open November 14, 2004, in Las Vegas. The company has established a COMDEX Advisory Board representing the IT industry's foremost companies to determine how COMDEX can reboot itself to best meet the future needs of the industry.
ASIFA-Hollywood's 2D Expo Pencils Not PixelsBurbank, California, USAJune 26, 2004
ASIFA-Hollywood presents 2D Expo Pencils Not Pixels, a one-day symposium and conference for traditional animators. The events will feature meetings, screenings, panels, filmmakers, networking, grants, sketchbooks, inspiration, discussion, drawing and painting. Guests and Panelists include:
* Eric Goldberg (director, LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION, FANTASIA 2000)* Shane Glines (designer, BATMAN BEYOND, CartoonRetro.com)
Softimage Co. announced that it will premiere its SOFTIMAGE|XSI version 4.0 software at industry events in New York and Los Angeles on June 28 and July 13, respectively. The events - sponsored by HP and Intel Corp., and part of Softimage's "i am 4 power" campaign - will feature product demonstrations of SOFTIMAGE|XSI v.4.0 software running on the latest technology from HP, Intel and NVIDIA Corp.
The buzz at VES 2004 may have been mostly about jobs, outsourcing and the need to unionize the industry, but the seminars were still about creativity at the sixth annual VES Festival of visual effects, held in the bucolic community of San Rafael, California, June 18-20. VES 2004 also introduced new executive director Eric Roth, who recently succeeded founder Tom Atkin.
Nickelodeon, celebrating its 25th birthday this year, will kick off the 49th annual PROMAX&BDA conference at the Summer Garden at Rockefeller Center in New York City with a cocktail reception on the opening night, 8-11:00 pm on June 23, 2004 for conference attendees and other invited guests.
"We've celebrated every milestone in our 25 years by showcasing our work at PROMAX&BDA and it's part of our legacy to be judged by the best critics in the business our peers," said Russell Hicks, svp, Nickelodeon Creative Resources.
German avant-garde animator Albrecht Ade, attending the German Animation Festival, that opened June 6, 2004 at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, said that the festival organizers are determined to devote a special section to Iranian animations at the 2006 German Festival.
The MIFA conference in Annecy, France, kicked off seemingly well on June 14, 2004. However, the Electricians Union shut down the electric to the market for an hour as a protest of the French government's plans to privatize the electric industry. The protest was timed to hit the festival because of the attendance of French Minister of culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. Much like the protests that often accompany the Cannes Film Festival, the animation industry is no longer an outsider in this French tradition.