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Awards Headline News

PlayStation Mountain Spot Takes British Ad Craft Awards

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 at 12:00am

Held on Nov. 1, 2004, the British Television Advertising Craft Awards, in association with AFM Lighting, hand out its honors at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The awards were dominated by Sony PlayStation MOUNTAIN commercial, which was shortlisted for 10 out of 20 categories. Produced by Gorgeous Enterprises for TBWA/London, the spot landed six awards, including one awarded in recognition of The Mill's post-production.

Comedy Headline News

Shorties Watchin' Shorties Returns on Comedy Central Oct. 28

Comedy Centrals animated series, SHORTIES WATCHIN' SHORTIES, returns with all-new episodes tonight, Oct. 28, 2004, at 10:30 pm. The inventive half-hour show pairs animation and stand-up comedy, with potty-mouthed, under-supervised infants whose primary babysitter is the television set. The show premiered on April 28.

Animation Headline News

Indie Meets Animation for Journalism Deadline

Indie animator Mitch Butler did a short animation in two days for NIGHTLINE, which aired Oct. 22, 2004, at 11:30 pm on ABC and will be shown again sometime this week on ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT WITH PETER JENNINGS. It shows little cartoon voters running around being influenced by campaign workers.

Ive been lucky enough to do a number of character animations for ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT and NIGHTLINE this year, said Butler. Animation for journalism is really an interesting area, a bit of the SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK approach.

Animation Headline News

ANIMAX Animates Webisodes Helping Teens Cope with Chemo

ANIMAX has produced a series of six short-form animated Webisodes for the Starlight Starbright Foundation aimed to help teen copy with chemotherapy treatments. The series, COPING WITH CHEMO, can be found at The goal of the series is to help teens with cancer deal with the impact chemotherapy has on their lives and their bodies.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Oct. 6, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, the hot topic is the success of SHARK TALE. Is it deserved or not? A junior member wants to know if anyone knows any good books or Websites that show sequences of movements broken down into individual frames. More discussion continues about whether members should disclose what region of the world they are from. Members continue to post their favorite lines from animated films. Two animators want to know the job prospect skinny on the After Effects animation, character designs and Flash animation fields.

Show Headline News

Aardman Announces First CGI TV Series with DECODE

Aardman Animation and DECODE Ent. have signed a co-production deal to produce an animated sketch show for CiTV and Canadian specialty network TELETOON, Miles Bullough, Aardmans head of broadcast announced at MIPCOM.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Sept. 30, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a new member is looking for venture capital for several new projects. A junior member needs some help with lip-synching in Flash. More debate continues about the Nickelodeon Animation Festival. Members are still discussing Cartoon Networks FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS. In a fun thread, a member asks what is your favorite line from an animated film? Someone has inquired about the cost of a 20-minute children animation video. Another member is looking for volunteer animation help. Another post asks what members favorite animation style is.

Production Headline News

Cartoon Network Studios Promotes Pelphrey to Production VP

Cartoon Network Studios has promoted Jennifer Pelphrey from director to vp of production. In her expanded role, Pelphrey will oversee day-to-day production of all the studios original series, maintaining responsibilities for scheduling, budgeting and administrative management.

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Will Vinton Drawn to The Art Institute of Portland as Artist-in-Residence

Oregon animation guru Will Vinton has joined The Art Institute of Portland as Artist-in-Residence. Winner of Oscar, Emmy and Clio awards, Vinton is well known his pioneering work in Claymation and stop-motion animation. The Artist-in-Residence position helps further the mission of the College to support the creative community in Portland said Steve Goldman, president of the College. It is an honor to forge this new partnership with an artist of Will Vintons stature and accomplishment.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Sept. 24, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a junior member wants to know if Macs or PCs are the standard in the animation community. Another thread wants others to recommend good books on Flash. More debate continues on why the anime style of animation is becoming more and more influential on U.S. productions. Theres a new thread asking about tutorials on animating smoke, fire, explosions and water. A senior member wants to know what other members have done to promote peace and understanding in the world?

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for Sept. 16, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a junior member asks what the deal is with shows imitating anime style. Moderator Larry L wants to start up a project entitled Animators for Peace. Talk has begun about Macromedias development of a new version of Flash designed for animators and artists. Another member wants to know where they can find voice actors. One thread talks about the sad issue of clients who dont pay for work completed and what one can do about it. Several posts have new Flash animation to check out.

Games Headline News

Pileated Pictures Delivers Third Online Game for Get Ready To Read Site

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts-based Pileated Pictures announced the release of GUS AND INKYS UNDERWATER ADVENTURES- CHAPTER 3 WILD WORD ROUND UP, the latest in a series of free, online e-learning games and animations, based on a character from the award winning PBS show, BETWEEN THE LIONS. The series of educational activities developed for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Get Ready to Read! program is aimed at fostering early literacy skills among preschool children. The games can be found at

Entertainment Headline News

Media Classics To Distribute Cel Artwork Internationally

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 12:00am

Media Classics Group International, Inc. announced that it has completed international distribution agreements with ENT INC. a Beverly Hills-based entertainment company for the distribution of its animated cel art library. This group of assets includes original art works that were the actual production cels used to create such animated TV shows as FLASH GORDON, BACK TO THE FUTURE, EWOKS, GHOST BUSTERS and HE-MAN.

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Digital-Tutors Offers Particles and Fields Training Kit

Digital-Tutors announced the availability of MAYA DYNAMICS: PARTICLES AND FIELDS training kit, with more than 218 minutes of instruction. Highlights include: creating particle emitters, working with cycle emission, emitting from surfaces, colliding particles with surfaces and driving particle simulations with texture maps.

Spot Headline News

Digital Domain Helps 2005 Corvette Fly in New Spot

The 2005 model Corvette marks only the sixth redesign of the classic American sports car in 51 years. Confident its latest model wont disappoint, Chevrolet and advertising agency partner Campbell-Ewald, Detroit, planned a major launch by teaming up director Guy Ritchie (SNATCH) of Anonymous Content with Venice, California-based visual effects studio Digital Domain ( The result is an epic :60 spot designed to reflect the significance of such a major automobile launch.

Software Headline News

Eovia Introduces Carrara 4

Eovia Corp. introduced Carrara 4, the powerful, approachable, complete 3D solution, replacing Carrara Studio 3, now available in Pro and Standard versions. Carrara 4 Pro delivers an enhanced breadth of capabilities and power for professionals while Carrara 4 Standard provides the same approachable interface at an even more affordable price for non-experts.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for August 26, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a new thread wonders whether Pixar Animation is taking 3D animation down a dead end. Another post is trying to find out what the most popular media players are. Theres a member looking for software to alter voices and another who needs help with Flash compression. One thread discusses the pros and cons of joining the Union. Additionally, a thread debates the increase in fundraising for film productions on eBay. A member is also looking to find people in the P2P animation community.

Friends Headline News

McCracken’s Imaginary Friends Premieres Aug. 13

Dont be expecting a POWERPUFF GIRLS knockoff if you tune into Craig McCrackens latest 2D creation, FOSTERS HOME FOR IMAGINARY FRIENDS, which debuts Aug. 13, 2004 at 7:30 pm on Cartoon Network with a 90-minute feature. Witty observations on present-day life, relationships and trends are woven in with a wild/colorful assortment of oddball characters in this mostly adult comedy.

Series Headline News

Justice League Unlimited Debuts July 31

Cartoon Network brings back the world's greatest superheroes in a brand new half-hour series entitled JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, which premieres on July 3, 2004 at 8:30 pm. This new series, animated by Warner Bros. Animation, expands on the activities of the DC Comics characters, following the conclusion of JUSTICE LEAGUE, and brings forth many more characters to help fight crime and thwart threats to Earth.

Animation Headline News

W/M LLC Animation Gets Stroker and Hoop on Adult Swim

Wachtenheim/Marianetti LLC., current animators behind the SATURDAY NIGHT LIVES TV FUNHOUSE with Robert Smigel, is putting the finishing touches on a pilot, STROKER AND HOOP, set to premiere Aug. 1, 2004 at 11:30 pm during Cartoon Networks Adult Swim.

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FlickerLab Designs Things I Hate About You Opens

FlickerLab studio designed the animated show package for Bravos new reality TV series, THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, which premiered July 20, 2004 at 9:00 pm, with a handmade, painterly style of animation that is FlickerLabs digital signature.

Creative director Harold Moss points out, Although theres a traditional style to the characters, the method is contemporary. The animation never saw paper.

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Digital-Tutors Releases mental ray Training Kit

Digital-Tutors (DT), an award-winning service of PL Studios Inc., announced the release of its mental ray training kit for Maya. This highly requested training kit provides core data needed to learn the extremely powerful mental ray rendering system. The mental ray kit features step-by-step instructions on sub-surface scattering, hdri, global illumination, final gathering, displacement mapping, light baking and more.

Magica Headline News

Lanterna Magica To Produce Gino the Chicken

Italian animation studio Lanterna Magica, along with studios Enarmonia and Melazeta, have been given the go-ahead to produce GINO THE CHICKEN, a 52-episode TV series. The show is a co-production with Italian state television, RAI and is scheduled to be delivered in January 2006. Lanterna Magica plans to use Toon Boom Animation's Concerto to produce the series.

Animation Headline News

AWN Discussion Forums - What's New? for June 24, 2004

This week in AWN's Forums, a junior member asks for member opinions on good animation theory books. Moderator Larry L. is rounding up more thoughts on what people think is the best animation of TV. Another thread highlighting an interview with Mike Judge on The Onion, turns into a debate about the "truth" of reporting at that site. There's also a new thread regarding the new animation software, The Tab. As well, a member asks what would Michelangelo, Da Vinci or Van Gogh do today with your Flash MX or computer animation programs?

Animation Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood 2D Expo Makes Points

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.