Want to meet the living image of Gollum, the amazing CGI star of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS? Angelenos have the chance when actor Andy Serkis, who was the model and voice for Gollum, will sign copies of LORD OF THE RINGS: THE ART OF THE TWO TOWERS at Book Soup on Sunday, March 16, 2003 at 1:00 pm. Serkis wrote the afterword to the book published by Houghton Mifflin, publishers of J.R.R. Tolkien since 1938. Book Soup is located at 8818 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, California, call (310) 659-3110.
The Los Angeles Chapter of SIGGRAPH will download the secrets of successful interviewing, training, negotiation and job survival on March 11, from 7:30-9:00 pm at Bradley International Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, California. Moderator Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, recruiter/hiring strategist/career coach, will lead a discussion on how to make more money, work on better projects, transition to a new specialty and get your career on track.
Tom Kenny, the voice actor who portrays SpongeBob and Patchy on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, is one of the featured presenters at the 24th Annual College Television Awards gala presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) Foundation, Sunday, March 16, 2003 at the St. Regis Hotel in Century City, California. The College Television Awards Competition recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. At the black-tie awards gala, student filmmakers are mentored with industry leaders that attend the invitation-only ceremony.
British grandmasters of animation Ray Harryhausen, Oliver Postgate and Bob Godfrey are set to share the stage at the fourth annual Animated Encounters at the Watershed Media Center in Bristol, England May 9-10, 2003. Last year more than 5,000 attended the festival offering a mix of international and U.K. premieres, industry seminars and events. The audience will vote for their favorite film that will then become a nominee for the European Cartoon D'Or film award at Annecy.
Seven films have been selected to screen at the 5th edition of Cartoon Movie to be held March 13-15, 2003, in Potsdam, Germany. Organized by the European Association Cartoon in collaboration with NFP Teleart in Germany with the support of the Media Programme of the European Union and Berlin-Brandenburg Filmboard, Cartoon Movie offers attending investors, producers and distributors a complete overview of European animation feature films at different stages of production.
The hot buzz at the Training Conference and Expo February 22-27, 2003 in Atlantas Georgia World Congress Center (www.trainingconference.com) was about graphics and animation, especially Flash (Macromedia had a monster presence at the show, as did Adobe). The huge show, which serves the nations $100-billion-plus training industry, featured seminars on using animation, gaming and simulation to train corporate executives, managers and sales forces more effectively than by traditional boring text-based training generated with tools such as Microsoft Word PowerPoint.
Kids in Southern California are invited to pony up their artistic interpretations during a special screening of SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON Sunday, March 2, 2003, which includes drawing lessons from animator James Baxter. Children can bring their own Spirit drawings to get in for free at the Mann Bruin Theatre at 948 Broxton in Westwood, California at 2:00 pm. Before the screening, Baxter will lead the audience in a 20-minute presentation on "How to Be an Animator." Baxter and his animation team will then judge DreamWorks Animation's "Draw Your Own Spirit" contest.
ANIMA 2003 has lined up an impressive array of animation guests, including Rintaro, director of METROPOLIS, at the bi-annual festival in Brussels, Belgium. Formerly the Brussels Cartoon and Animated Film Festival, ANIMA 2003 features 150 to 200 films, plus premieres, original retrospectives, exhibitions and workshops (February 26 - March 9, 2003).
A consortium of animation organizations presents its third forum on the state of the animation industry with a focus this time on television Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 6:30 pm at the Glendale Public Library Auditorium in Glendale, California. Independent studio representatives will discuss trends, cartoons in development and the potential animation job market. Scheduled panelists include: Lenora Hume, Sr.
How do legal minds view the predicted demise of 35mm? The Film and TV Screen Entertainment Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Section of L.A. County Bar Association will explore this during its panel "Digital Delivery: Now Available at your Nearest Screen" Wednesday evening, February 26, 2003 at the Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Blvd., Suite 204, Century Ballroom in Los Angeles. Registration begins at 6:30 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 pm. The panel of exhibition experts from distribution and new technologies will feature Bruce Eisen, EVP, CinemaNow, Inc.; Peter Sheil, GC, Movielink; Jay Swerdlow, EVP, Pacific Theaters; Steve Gilula, president of distribution Fox Searchlight and moderater David Bloom, reporter for "Variety." Registration is limited, call 213-896-6560.
South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive brings together the media industry as part of the legendary SXSW music and film festival. This year, the winners of the SXSW Website Competition will be revealed at its Sixth Annual Web Awards on March 9, 2003 at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin, Texas. The competition seeks to discover individuals who are leading the way in the development of cutting-edge creative and technologically sophisticated Websites. Finalists in the competition are currently available online and voting for the People's Choice Awards will be open until March 1, 2003.
The 5th edition of Cartoon Movie will be held March 13-15, 2003, in Potsdam, Germany. Organized by the European Association Cartoon in collaboration with NFP Teleart in Germany and with the support of the Media Programme of the European Union and Berlin-Brandenburg Filmboard, Cartoon Movie offers attending investors, producers and distributors a complete overview of European animation feature films at different stages of production.
Jon LeBrie, chief technology officer of Weta Digital, has been announced as keynote speaker of CMP Media's 17th annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 4 - 8, 2003, in San Jose, California. LeBrie is the principal architect of the digital infrastructure used to create the Academy Award-winning digital visual effects in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.
CMP Media's Gama Network will spotlight game development industry leaders as keynote speakers at its 17th annual Game Developers Conference (GDC), March 4 - 8, 2003, in San Jose, California. The GDC is the world's largest event exclusively devoted to game development, featuring more than 300 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions across seven content tracks.
On February 4, 2003 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Imagina is organizing a presentation of the effects from HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, with two of the key special effects facilities that worked on the film.
ASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, is presenting the 30th Annual Annie Awards, this Saturday, February 1, 2003. The awards honor the years outstanding achievement in animation across film, television, commercials, videos and special projects in more than 20 categories. This year's host is Annie and Emmy nominated writer-comedian Steve Marmel. Presenters for this year's ceremony include: Roy E.
After a down-sized NATPE 2003 at the New Orleans Convention Center and local hotels, The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) and Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo Center have entered into an agreement to host the annual conference and exhibition permanently in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning in 2004.
To allow ASIFA members a chance to catch Cartoon Network's Annie nominated short films, THE GROOVENIANS and THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DOO, the network is having a screening on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 7:00 pm at their Burbank studios: 300 N. 3rd Street Burbank, CA 91502.
This week, Park City, Utah hosts the Sundance Film Festival, widely acknowledged as the premier independent film festival in the U.S. But less well-known are the host of competing festivals running alongside Sundance, that rarely get as much attention, but often feature just as compelling filmmaking efforts. Walking down Park City's Main Street, the average festival-goer is likely to find advertised screenings for NoDance, Slamdance and TromaDance, just to name a few of the alternative fests.
2003 marks the premiere of the Game Developers Conference Mobile (GDC Mobile), a two-day event taking place March 4-5, 2003, at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Jose, California. Exploring the future of mobile entertainment, sessions will give attendees the opportunity to meet mobile game development leaders, learn the latest technologies for developing mobile games and address game design issues specific to the mobile medium.
Showcasing innovative films created for the Internet, the Third Annual Sundance Online Film Festival features 31 projects in four categories: Animation, Short Subject, Gallery and New Forms. The films are now online for viewing at www.sundance.org. During the Sundance Film Festival (January 16-26, 2003), festival participants will have access to the Online Festival via PCs located at various festival venues.
CMP Media's Gama Network announced the finalists in the fifth annual Independent Games Festival (IGF) Competition. Selected by a panel of game industry professionals, 10 finalist teams will compete for the $15,000 Seamus McNally Grand Prize as well as other awards honoring technical excellence, game design, visual art and audio awards.
On Thursday, December 5, 2002 at 7:00 pm at Hollywood's historic Egyptian Theater, the American Cinematheque will present a tribute to Ray Harryhausen. The evening will feature Ray Harryhausen in person for a Q&A, and mark the premiere of THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE, a new short film Harryhausen began in 1952 and recently completed with the help of Los Angeles-based stop-motion studio Screen Novelties, Intl. And if that weren't enough, there will be a rare screening of the short film KING MIDAS and restored prints of GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND.