This week in AWN's Forums, debate has begun on the live-action TRANSFORMERS movie. There's a thread on storyboarding in Flash. Moderator Larry L. shares an article and thoughts about classic animated holiday specials. A member has a question about ink and paint on a PC. Others debate the pros and cons of moving to California. Lots of members debate their thoughts and memories of Joe Barbera. As well as, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand new stuff to check out in show and tell!
Digital Video released TAB Kids, a software tool that introduces kids to the animation process.
Based on Toonz technology, TAB kids allows kids to create a cartoon using a user- friendly interface based on graphical elements instead of menus and commands. Any task can be performed by simply operating on icons and buttons that are self-explanatory, and by following simple steps that come from the professional production workflow. Features include:
FlickerLab, the New York-based design and animation studio, has created a pair of humorous, line-drawn, animated commercials for Frangelico, the distinctive premium hazelnut liqueur, and its distributor Osborne (Spain). Conceived by agency TBWAMadrid (Madrid, Spain), the two branding spots, the :30 "Comida empresa" and the :10 "Con Frangelico, nunca se sabe" will begin airing throughout Spain, on television and on the Internet, in mid-December.
Preparations for fmx/07, the 12th International conference on Animation, Effects, Realtime and Content, has a new advisory board, and The Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart will once again host the international digital community from May 1-4, 2007.
The website has been updated and companies are welcome to participate in fmx/forum, fmx/workshops or fmx/recruiting. You can receive a special offer until Dec. 31.
Joining the fmx/07 team are:
This week in AWN's Forums, members continue to address the myth that to succeed in animation one has to move to California. Another member is looking for good human anatomy books. There's a thread on good documentaries about animation. There's a question about storyboarding in Flash. Others are talking about character animation in Beijing. A member needs some help with a line test. And there's buzz forming about which film will win the Best Animated Film prize at the Golden Globes.
Kids 4 Truth has releases its latest "Dynamation" (dynamic animation) titled, LIFE OF CHRIST. Each "Dynamation" blends music, artwork, narration and scripture to present a Christian message. LIFE OF CHRIST tells a three-minute version of Christ's life, using Flash animation. The short can be views at www.kids4truth.com/gospel.
The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now online. Download your copy today while its still available for free. This issue we cover many topical subjects surrounding television. John Cawley looks at how, in a matter of a few years, TV animation production has moved to rely on Flash more and more as a cost alternative. Cawley also charts the changing landscape of Saturday morning animation programming in the U.S., which used to be the primetime for toons on TV.
CamTrack Animation ContestWorld Wide WebJan. 5, 2007Deadline: Dec. 31, 2006
DigitalPeers (www.digitalpeers.com), an industry-leading developer of video chat applications, has announced a Flash animation contest for CamTrack with $1,250 in prizes for winning animations. CamTrack is webcam add-on software that allows users to personalize their appearance in video chat environments with Flash animations that are overlaid on the webcam video.
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2007Stuttgart, GermanyApril 26 - May 1, 2007Deadline: Dec. 1, 2006
Aaron Erkenswick, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison computer science program, has given back to his alma mater by creating an advanced campus map using Flash animation. Erkenswick finished the project with three other students and was supervised by geography professor Mark Harrower.
"Every other school map that I've seen, aside from maybe one, is a PDF or a very primitive interactive map," says Erkenswick, originally from Evanston, Illinois. "Our map goes beyond even Google Maps."
On Jan. 24, 2007, Channel Frederator (www.channelfrederator.com) will present "The Freddies," Channel Frederator's first annual awards ceremony. Held at Cinespace in Hollywood, the awards will recognize a wide array of achievements seen on Channel Frederator's weekly podcasts throughout the year. The awards, which range from "Cartoon of the Year" to "Cartoon Most Likely to be Censored by the FCC," will be distributed in the form of an eight-inch replica of Joe Robot, the spokesrobot for Channel Frederator.
VisualMedics, founded by the Italian born medical illustrator Lara Laghetto, has become an international network of medical drawing freelancers that turns medical content into interaction and e-learning environments for specialized and lay audiences.
Last year they tried 3-D, this year the producers of NBC's hit supernatural drama, MEDIUM, returns a special two-hour episode, "Four Dreams," with a 2D-animated scene by Van Partible (JOHNNY BRAVO). The special episode, starring Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette, will air Nov. 15, 2006, 9-11:00 pm, before resuming the following week in its regular day and time, Wednesdays, 10-11:00 pm
To celebrate Channel Frederator podcasts first anniversary, Frederator Studios has created Fred-Ex, an ongoing experiment in animation collaboration exploring the existence of robots. Frederator has assembled a global group of enthusiastic animation directors and creators to answer in a toon an age-old question: "What is it like to be a robot?"
Sustainable Table, a leading resource designed to celebrate the sustainable food movement and educate consumers on food related issues, and Participant Prods., a socially conscious film company, launched an animated short, THE MEATRIX II 1/2 online (www.moremeatrix.com) to promote the live-action theatrical, FAST FOOD NATION, and its social action campaign, produced by Participant. FAST FOOD NATION will be released Nov. 17, 2006, by Fox Searchlight. Sustainable Table produced THE MEATRIX films with Free Range Studios.
MoonScoop and Classic Media announced that they will produce and distribute a brand new CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST animated series. Indias DQ Ent. has also come on board as co-production partner and the series will be developed with TF1 in France. Production on the new 52x11 series is set to commence in February 2007. Distribution of the new series will be shared between the co-production partners.
Cape Town-based Strika Ent. debuted its first Flash-animated series, SUPA STRIKAS, at this years MIPCOM Jr.
The animated series is based on Strikas most popular comic, SUPA STRIKAS. The comic follows the ups and downs of an African soccer team. The comic is a huge success with 1.5 million copies distributed every month to eight African countries and South America.
Strika Animation completed 13x1 Flash animated episodes that were broadcast in South Africa and in the rest of Africa.
For October, Animation World Magazine is tackling the topic of TV animation while VFXWorld is looking at global market trends. Specifically, AWM is looking for suggestions in regards to Flash being used for TV series and religious programming utilizing animation. For VFXWorld, wed like to learn more about VFX work being done in the Middle East and India. For AWM, send all inquires to Sarah Baisley at email@example.com and for VFXWorld, send suggestions to Bill Desowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week in AWN's Forums, a member has some newbie-ish questions regarding the best way to go about producing their first 5-minute short film in Flash. Another member is looking for a good entertainment lawyer in NYC. Theres a thread that is putting out a call to have Weird Al Yankovic inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Theres another thread that discusses the state of the animation industry in India. A junior member has a question what to do next with their cartoon series.
Pileated Pictures announced that it recently wrapped production of a dozen animated episodes to support the launch of Trivial Pursuit DVD for Kids. The team at Pileated handled all aspects of production for Parker Brothers, owned by Hasbro, including animation, design, voice-over production, video post work and DVD authoring.
Wildform, Inc. announced the release of a new, consumer priced Lite version of its popular presentation program, WildPresenter, which allows users to create Flash slide shows, flow charts, ads, online lessons and sales presentations.
Users can combine text, images, audio, artwork and shapes as well as add hundreds of animations, slide transitions and Flash features such as play controls, preloaders, links and mouse-overs. Additionally, users can import and then edit, combine and manipulate any Flash SWF and FLV file.
This week in AWN's Forums, members are debating the pros and cons of steady work versus exciting projects. Others are chiming in one who they think is the greatest Looney Tunes director. More discussion continues on why drawing is so important. Theres a member who is wondering whether they are being taken advantage of with a recent salary offer as a Flash animator. Other member has questions about making maquettes. There are also a thread on Cintiq and tablet-based animation, outsourcing and experimental animation.
KAPPA MIKEY, the breakout Nicktoons Network hit anime/comedy series about a struggling American actor-turned-Japanese anime star, migrated to Nickelodeon as of Aug. 20, 2006, at 11:00 am, leading into the net's new series, SHURIKEN SCHOOL at 11:30 am.
Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeons 24-hour animation network, and Frederator Studios announced award winners from Nicktoons Network Animation Festival during the festivals first two-day live event at the Nick Toon Studio lot in Burbank, California. Keith Dawkins, gm, Nicktoons Network, emceed the presentation of the awards plus a sneak peak at the shorts to be broadcast.
The winners and prizes are as follows:Student Award Winner LIBRARYHEAD by David Bazelon, Los Angeles
Warner Bros. Online is launching a website for the classic animation house Hanna-Barbera, relaunching its Scooby-Doo website and add a host of new content to its LooneyTunes.com site.
Beginning in mid-August, each site will roll out new, innovative, interactive content, including: broadband video channels featuring classic animated shorts; original downloadable audio content; customized applications; social networking; user-generated content; games and much more.