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What's Happening at SIGGRAPH 2003?

This year's SIGGRAPH is expected to draw more than 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals and 200 exhibitors at the San Diego Convention Center, July 27-31, 2003. The conference (Sunday through Thursday) includes a July 28 keynote address, "Modeling the Cosmos: The Shape of the Universe," by Cambridge University astrophysicist Anthony Lasenby (8:00-9:45 am, Room 20A-C).

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HypeFest Unveils Its 2003 Program

HypeFest, the new film and video festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity, has announced its 2003 selection of short films, music videos, commercials and promos. Held at Cinespace in Hollywood, 6356 Hollywood Blvd., on July 26 and 27, HypeFest will present original short-subject work selected from hundreds of entries from around the world.

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First 20 Readers Get Free Passes to French Animation Screening

The American Cinematheque is offering AWN readers free passes to the French Animation Shorts screening at the Egyptain Theater on July 16, 2003. The first 20 people to e-mail GWEN@americancinematheque.com will receive free admission.

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Animation Community Helps Save Ottawa Fest

As reported by AWN on July 3, 2002, the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has regained its primary funding from Telefilm Canada through the end of the fiscal year 2004. OIAF received more than 300 letters of support from all over the globe, which were forwarded to Telefilm. Supporters included Canadian animation companies such as Funbag, Head Gear, Bardel Animation and Atomic Cartoons; U.S.

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Ottawa Saved… For Now

Chris Robinson, artistic director for the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), has informed AWN that Telefilm Canada, the federal film funding branch of the Ministry of Heritage, has renewed the festivals funding for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. More details will be posted when they arrive.

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AFM Moves to Fall with AFI Film Fest

AFMA announced June 16, 2003 that it will shift its annual Santa Monica, California-based American Film Market from February to November beginning in 2004. The last winter AFM will be held on February 25 to March 3, 2004. The first fall AFM will be held November 3-10, 2004, meaning indie players and business will need to make plans to attend the AFM twice in 2004. This removes the AFM from the busy awards season as well as the nearby Sundance and Berlin fests.

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Garfield Turns 25

Garfield celebrates his 25th birthday with a book signing and exhibit with his creator, Jim Davis, at Animazing Gallery from 6-9:00 pm on June 18, 2003, in New York City. Comic creator and animation producer Davis will sign copies of IN DOG YEARS I'D BE DEAD, his just released book celebrating Garfields 25th anniversary ($35.00). Original paintings, classic GARFIELD cartoon strips and original animation cels and drawings will be on exhibit and for sale.

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WIA Los Angeles Presents Storyboard Panel

Established storyboard artists will discuss how their art makes animation possible at the Women In Animation Los Angeles Chapter general meeting on June 26, 2003 from 6:30-9:30 pm at Klasky Csupo, 6353 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, California. Characters, staging, pace, mood storyboard artists create the movie before it even gets made. The vision and blueprint for every aspect of production are set down in the storyboard, to be followed by everyone up through the final frame. "Storyboard: The Essential Art" panelists include Paul DeMeyer, director at Klasky Csupo; John Fountain, director at Nickelodeon; Llyn Hunter, storyboard artist at Walt Disney TV Animation and Linda Miller, director/writer/story artist for various studios. Christa Percival, story artist, will serve as moderator.

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Digital Summit to Tackle Hollywood

THE DIGITAL STUDIO, an iHollywood Forum Inc. summit exploring the impact of digital technologies on film and TV, will be held June 19-20, 2003, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Wyndham Belage Hotel in West Hollywood. Keynote speakers will include Chuck Comiskey, visual effects supervisor for James Cameron's Earthship Prods.; Steve Wright, technical director Cinesite; and Volker Engel, Oscar award-winner for Best Special Effects for INDEPENDENCE DAY.

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Rhythm & Hues Adds Second Los Angeles Event

Due to the popular response for Rhythm & Hues' June 12 presentation of THE MAKING OF X-MEN 2 AND OTHER EFFECTS at its Los Angeles studios, the award-winning VFX house has added a second presentation on June 26, 2003.

Jude Adamson, a senior lighting technical director, and Anjelica Casillas, character development/producer, r&d, will explore the pipeline and procedures used by the artists at Rhythm & Hues Studios to produce a wide range of recent Hollywood films, including SCOOBY-DOO, DAREDEVIL and X-MEN 2.

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NATPE Moves 2004 Conference Back One Week

The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) decided to push back its 2004 annual Conference and Exhibition one week to January 18-20, 2004, at the adjoined Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, according to Rick Feldman, NATPE president/ceo. The decision to change the event's dates and shorten its length by one day was made after the association determined that the requirements it held for hotel facilities and exhibition floor space for the original dates of January 13-16 could not be fulfilled.

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Stop-Motion Master Harryhausen Joins Hollywood Walk of Fame

Although it took many years of intense lobbying by the VFX community, stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen (IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND and JASON & THE ARGONAUTS) finally got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, June 10, 2003, right next to the legendary El Capitan Theater.

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Annecy Exclusive: The Frogs Chant

Folimage presented a preview (the first 23 minutes) of RAINING CATS AND FROGS, one of the most awaited film events for the end of the year, on June 7, 2003 at Annecy. In this report from Annecy, Andre Joassin interviewed soundtrack composer Serge Besset, about working with the director, Jacques-Rémy Girerd on the film.

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Learn How to Dig Those Rhythm & Hues FX

Experienced and aspiring professionals are invited to learn more about the ins and outs of blending CG character animation and live action at two presentations hosted by Oscar-winning FX house Rhythm & Hues Studios: June 12, 2003, 7:00-9:00 pm at the Los Angeles facility (5404 Janey Place) and June 21, 10:00 am-noon, at Ex'Pression Center for New Media in Emeryville, California. (6601 Shellmound St.).

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L.A. SIGGRAPH Plugs into The Matrix

L.A.SIGGRAPH will delve into THE MATRIX RELOADED and the ENTER THE MATRIX video game on June 17, 2003, 7:30 pm at Covel Commons on the UCLA Campus in Westwood. VFX supervisors John "DJ" Des Jardin and Dan Glass from EON Entertainment willdiscuss their work on the latest MATRIX sequel, and producer Rosanna Sun of EON and Shiny Entertainment president, David Perry, will discuss the video game.

The meeting is free for L.A. SIGGRAPH members, $10 for non-members. Formore info, visit www.la.siggraph.org or e-mail los-angeles-chapter@siggraph.org.

Animation Headline News

Annecy Exclusive, David Kessler on Financial State of French Producers

General director of the CNC, David Kessler, came to Annecy to meet animation creators and professionals. Following is an interview Julien Dubois did with him for LE QUOTIDIEN regarding the financial state of French animation producers.

Animation is going through a crisis that is affecting its sources of finance. What do you think of this situation, and how can the CNC support the sector at this difficult time?

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Annecy Exclusive, Internet: There’s Plenty Of Content But No Money

Internet creation still continues, in spite of the deep-rooted difficulties that are threatening producers. Even though Internet films can be found in the Annecy 2003 official competition for the second year running, the online production sector is suffering from a lack of financing since the famous "explosion of the Internet bubble." After the prosperous years, helped along by the certainty of creating something new for a new media, the little world of Web creation began to fade, with many companies giving up or trying more lucrative activities.

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Exclusive From Annecy: Bill Plympton

Some 50 original drawings, caricatures and political strips from his time in the press to cels and drawings from MUTANT ALIENS to his next feature, HAIR HIGH, are on display June 2-7, 2003 at Annecy 2003.

There is a Bill Plympton phenomenon. Not one of the freak show variety, neither one that sociologists and journalists are fond of when there is nothing better to talk or write about. No, this is a real phenomenon, one of those which makes young animators want to do this demanding job.

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State of Gaming Animation Panel

A consortium of animation organizations presents its fourth forum on the state of the animation industry with a focus this time on gaming, Thursday, June 19, 2003 at 6:30 pm at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium in Glendale, California. Major and independent studio representatives will discuss opportunities for animators in the gaming industry, trends, concepts and stories in development. Scheduled panelists include: James Zachary, chief character animator, SPIDER-MAN II THE GAME, Tryarch; Cory Barlong, animation director at Paradox Games; and Sunil Thankamuishy, animation director, Spark Unlimited. Rita Street, publisher of ANIMATION MAGAZINE, will moderate the panel followed by an audience Q & A. Check-in and networking at 6:30 pm, panel discussion begins at 7:00 pm. Organizers request that you leave your résumés and portfolios at home. The Glendale Public Library Auditorium is located at 222 E. Harvard Ave.; between Colorado and Broadway, two blocks east of Brand. Parking is available in the city parking structure on the corner of Maryland and Harvard (entrance from each street). Free validated parking is available for 3 hours. The event is open to the public. Admission is $5 for ASIFA-Hollywood and WIA members, free for Animation Guild members and $10 for non-members. Bring membership card to expedite check-in. Reservations are not required. Tickets sold at the door. Seating is limited. For more information, go to ASIFA-Hollywood.org, womeninanimation.org or mpsc839.org.

Digital Headline News

AEAF Sydney 2003 Sets the Date

The Australian Effects and Animation Festival (AEAF), Sydney, will be held December 7-10, 2003 at the Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Australia. AEAF Sydney 2003 will feature new events including the AEAF Short Film Festival and Digital Video Fest.

Digital Video Fest will showcase the latest technologies and techniques in digital video creation and post-production with three days packed with seminars from celebs in the global VFX community.

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Stop-Motion Master Harryhausen to get Hollywood Star on June 10

Special Effects giant Ray Harryhausen (JASON & THE ARGONAUTS and THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD) joins the Hollywood Walk of Fame with his own star on June 10, 2003. The ceremony, hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 11:30 am in front of the El Capitan Theater (6840 Hollywood Blvd.) Guest speakers include sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury and filmmaker Frank Darabont (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION). In conjunction with the ceremony, the Oscar-winning Harryhausen, who turns 83 next month, will be feted with an American Cinematheque film tribute June 13-15 at the Egyptian Theater.

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