On Thursday, August 22, 2002, Saks Fifth Avenue and The New York Museum of Radio and Television are sponsoring a preview screening of the new Cartoon Network CG special, THE GROOVENIANS. Starring Dennis Hopper and Paul Reubens and featuring music by Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO fame and members of the B-52s, the show is based on the designs of Pop-Surrealist Kenny Scharf. A special cocktail party and exclusive GROOVENIANS T-shirt signing with Scharf will be held at the Saks Manhattan store (611 5th Avenue) on Thursday, August 22nd from 6:00 8:00 pm.
At the 2002 London Effects and Animation Festival (LEAF), visual effects house The Mill will give a detailed presentation on the visual effects it created for Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning film BLACK HAWK DOWN. Further supporting the festival, The Mill has created animated IDs for the LEAF Awards to be held on October 10, 2002 at London's Olympia exhibition center. "We are very excited to be involved with this year's LEAF," says The Mill's 3D operations manager Stephen Venning.
Have you been waiting for a glimpse of Cartoon Network's brand-new HE-MAN series? Well, get yourself to Comic-Con this weekend and visit the Mattel booth #2942-2945 for a sneak-peek preview of the new Cartoon Network series, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE from Mike Young Productions. Representatives from Cartoon Network, Mattel and Mike Young will be discussing the latest news about the property on Friday, August 2, 2002 from 1:00-2:00 pm in Room 6BCDEF. The series premieres with a 90-minute movie on Cartoon Network on Friday, August 16, 2002.
Manga publisher Tokyopop is transforming its booth at Comic-Con into "Manga Land," featuring a variety of branded attractions showcasing Tokyopop's popular manga brands, including INITIAL D, GTO and the CLAMP titles. The attractions include a full-sized prototype INITIAL D arcade game, a GTO "classroom" starring GTO hero Onizuka in the flesh, mini-manga drawing competitions and other games for prizes.
Two premier events for the 3D, animation and effects market in the UK have combined their resources to create a single event. Digital Arts Festival, owned by Future Publishing, and Digital Media World, owned by Advanstar Communications, have combined into Digital Arts World, a single exhibition showcasing the best of both events. The new event will be held in the Grand Hall, Olympia, from October 9-11, 2002.
Animation World Network is proud to present artists Syd Mead and Bill Plympton for an exclusive signing at the AWN booth #1046 on Saturday, August 3, 2002 at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center, Aug. 1-4. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to meet two legends in art and animation.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2002 AWN BOOTH #1046
Bill Plympton: 11:00 am 1:00 pm
Syd Mead: 2:00 pm 4:00 pm: (only Comic-Con appearance)
On Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 7:00 pm, ASIFA-Hollywood presents "Walt Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Eleven Years Later." BEAUTY & THE BEAST animator Tom Sito and a panel of veteran Disney artists will be assembled to recall the stories behind the creation of the only animated feature to be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award. Among those tentatively scheduled to join Tom are director Gary Trousedale, Jim Hillin (CG supervisor, ballroom sequence), Nik Ranieri (creator of Lumiere) and Rick Familoe (animator of Lefou).
If you live or are going to be in the Los Angeles area between August 1, 2002 and October 6, 2002, be sure to stop by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gallery for the exhibit "Oscars in Animation 7 Decades of Animation Art." Culled primarily from the private collection of Mike Glad and the Glad Family Trust, this comprehensive exhibition displays rare and original animation art from every year since 1933 to the present, all of it from Oscar-nominated or winning films.
If you've heard rumors that the San Antonio Convention Center has been washed away by pesky flooding, pay no heed! While the record rainfall has caused flooding in the San Antonio area, downtown San Antonio where SIGGRAPH 2002 will be held 21-26 July has been unaffected. SIGGRAPH 2002 attendees and exhibitors will be able to enjoy their usual SIGGRAPH activities. To see a current picture of the riverwalk and the convention center go to the SIGGRAPH Website.
The second Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia concluded on Sunday, June 30, 2002 with a best of the festival screening and awards presentation. Featuring over 150 films from more than 30 countries, the festival is currently touring other major Australian cities. Among the winners of this year's awards were DOG by Suzie Templeton, which tied with Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION for Best Overall Film. The Best Australian Film prize of AUS$2,000 (donated by SBS Television) was shared by Dan Hartney's BUCKETHEAD and LOOKING FOR HORSES by Anthony Lawrence.
BATMAN executive producer Michael Uslan will discusshow to build franchises, with an emphasis on branding, at the nextinstallment of the Cornerstone Film Lecture Series program. Theseries kicked off in March 2002 with artist Bernie Wrightson and inMay 2002, Cornerstone hosted RETURN OF THE JEDI and RAIDERS OF THELOST ARK producer Howard Kazanjian. Uslan's lecture will take placeThursday, June 27, 2002 (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm), at CornerstoneAnimation's offices at 815 East Colorado Blvd. in Glendale,
This summer, the NewYork Museum of Television and Radio (MTR) will feature the ED, EDD NEDDY episode "An Ed Is Born" among the programs screened as part ofthe special program "Cartoon POWER! Celebrating Cartoon Network's 93/4 Birthday." The MTR is honoring Cartoon Network's contributions toanimation with a screening series highlighting its broad range oforiginal programming. "Cartoon POWER!" will also include originalartwork and conceptual drawings from ED, EDD N EDDY creators a.k.a.
The Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off nine days of screenings this Friday, June 21, 2002, including the Los Angeles premiere of MISSING PERSONS, an independent feature length 3D animated film that tells the story of four lost souls in the 60th Precinct of Coney Island. The lives of a burnt-out detective, a rookie sergeant, an emancipated World War II Army surplus robot and a disfigured streetfighter intersect during the investigation of a mysterious man in this debut feature film from directors/animators/twin brothers Dan & Matt O'Donnell.
Freshfrom the dedication on June 13, 2002 of the Ray Harryhausen AnimationLab at Ex'pression Center for New Media in Emeryville, California,Ray Harryhausen received another honor, this time from the Academy ofArt College in San Francisco. On Monday, June 24, 2002, as part ofthe Academy's ongoing "Legends of Film Graphics" series, RayHarryhausen was presented an honorary doctoral degree from thecollege. The following day, the Academy's main animation building was
Do you have a series in production? Are you looking for financial partners? Are you about to sign a co-production contract and need to establish your production budget? Then you should be in Cardiff, Wales, U.K. on June 21st and 22nd for the CARTOON FINANCE Cartoon Master.
The Big Apple Anime Festival (BAAF) will host anime director Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the GUNDAM saga, as a guest of honor at BAAF 2002. Tomino will be appearing at BAAF 2002 and the Anime Expo NY, both held in Times Square, August 30 - September 2, 2002. Yoshiyuki Tomino's CHAR'S COUNTER ATTACK will be one of the featured films to be screened at the festival. There will also be a panel discussion on Tomino's works and he will make a special guest appearance at the Times Square Virgin Megastore where he will greet fans and sign autographs.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will take place this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 21-24, 2002. Highlighting the best in interactive entertainment, E3 plays host to over 62,000 retailers, distributors, developers and investors in the interactive entertainment business. New releases in the gaming world are the order of the day at E3, along with some great game demonstrations, two days of conferences and panels and even an appearance by Lara Croft.
Artist Syd Mead, the concept designer of the original 1982 cult-classic TRON, will make a special guest appearance at E3 on Wednesday, May 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm to promote Disney Interactive's TRON 2.0 game, slated for release in spring 2003. Mead is working as an artistic consultant for the game. E3 attendees can meet Mead first-hand and receive a limited edition print of original TRON art designed and autographed by the artist. (E3 Booth No. 846, South Hall)
Free Comic Book Day - May 4, 2002. The comic book industry's leading publishers have united with over 2,000 comic book shops to present Free Comic Book Day, to help celebrate and raise awareness of this American-born art form. A free copy of any one of the industrys most popular titles, from publishers such as Dark Horse, DC Comics, Image and Marvel, will be available in participating comic book specialty shops on May 4, 2002.
A four-part seminar examining the art of visual effects will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences beginning April 30, 2002, at 7:00 pm. The series will continue for three additional Tuesday evenings - May 7, 14 and 21 - and will feature participants who have garnered 25 Academy Award nominations among them. Each session of "The State of the Visual Effects Arts" will focus on a specific area of the visual effects field and will be moderated by Jamie Price, who created the visual effects for THE TIME MACHINE and BICENTENNIAL MAN.
Don't Miss Bristol's Animated Encounters April 25- 28, 2002. The 3rd Animated Encounters Festival runs April 25-28, 2002 at the Watershed Media Center in Bristol, England. Showcasing dozens of British and international cartoons, this year's event also includes IMAX screenings and discussions with representatives from DreamWorks, Cinesite and Varga. Among the highlights will be an appearance by THE SIMPSONS creator Matt Groening, who will talk about his ten favorite cartoons.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, Women In Animation NY will host a special evening with award-winning filmmaker Emily Hubley at the Gene Stavis Theater at School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd Street, Room 502. Hubley will talk about her experience working on the feature film HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and will screen several of her short films, including PIGEON WITHIN, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Animation Award at the USA Film Festival. The event is free, but you must RSVP by April 10th by calling Missy Chimovitz at 718-599-5423.
Spend an afternoon with Academy Award-nominated women filmmakers and learn about the different crafts and career opportunities the film industry offers. Many of the women profiled in the recently released book GREAT WOMEN OF FILM will be on hand to give advice to women interested in a career in the film industry.
Cartoon Creativity, a Cartoon Master organized with the support of the MEDIA Plus Programme of the European Union, will be held in Halle, Germany on April 25-27, 2002. The seminar will take a hard look at the process of creation, from the very first spark of the original idea to the production of a film or a TV series. TV channel representatives Theresa Plummer-Andrews, Suzanne Müller and Sebastian Debertin, producers Stephan Schesch, Dominique Boischot, Guillaume Hellouin and Robin Lyons and legal expert Stéphane Lieser, will also consider the link between economy and creativity.
The 4th edition of Cartoon Movie takes place March 14 - 16, 2002 in Potsdam, Germany. Organized with the support of Media Plus and the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board, Cartoon Movie offers attending investors and distributors a complete overview of European animation feature films at different stages of production. Along with original concepts, projects in development and films in production, Cartoon Movie will screen recently completed animated features including Jimmy Murakamis CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MOVIE and Spains Goya Award-winning feature THE LIVING FOREST.