San Diego, California-based Innoventive Software LLC announced immediate availability of their dual-OS CD Windows/Macintosh version of FrameForge 3D Studio, the first 3D previsualization storyboard software with real-world multi-camera control. This cutting edge software provides a new way for directors, filmmakers and other creatives to explore, plan and display visual design ideas for presentation or shooting live on set.
This week in AWN's Forums our members have already begun discussing Pixar severing ties with Disney. The Oscar have also sprung up discussion with bloggers posting thoughts about the irony if BROTHER BEAR won as well as their picks for what they feel will win. One of our member is asking for help with a Photoshop problem. Other are posting their life drawings. Lots of talk still comes in about the Net first Flash feature. Also, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand new stuff to check out in show and tell!
The deadline to submit entries for The Greatest Story Never Told Competition has been extended from Jan. 15 to Feb. 7, 2004. The extension is in response to the popularity of TGSNT competition and the participation of several new sponsors, including Alias, IHT Publishing and Wacom.
Cybergraphix Animation recently announced its co-production agreement with Mumbai-based Animation Bridge and Padmalaya Telefilms for 26 half-hours of its action-adventure series GUARDIANS OF LUNA, which it will be bringing to NATPE.
This week in AWN's Forums a new thread presents the pontification what's will you be doing in six months? One of our members has asked what's the deal with using red and blue pencils? A senior member leads others to some cool Flash animation on the Net. We received more posts in the popular thread containing member's animation. Another blogger wants to know what others are using to create their Web pages. As well, more advice flows in about animating in Flash. Other post their laments about the closing of Disney's Orlando studio.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held Jan. 8-11, 2004, in Las Vegas was huge, glitzy and overwhelming, as it should be. Whereas many of the products were more-of-the-same-slightly-better, some gadgets and trends stood out.
A new member from Russia would like to find animators to team up with on a project. Other bloggers are taking about the upcoming TEACHER'S PET feature. A new thread is collecting members' New Year's resolutions. Another thread links to a sneak peek of the animated CLERKS feature done in Flash. A junior asks what she can expect from a job interview. Also, tools for teaching animation, the business of animation and, as always, brand new stuff to check out in show and tell!
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Dancing Diablo is collaborating with 4Kids for a third season of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES television series since its premiere on FOX. It has styled and painted backgrounds for 26 episodes that premiered February 2003, is finishing the last of 26 episodes for the second season and is embarking on 13 more episodes.
NOGGIN, the commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers, is taking on charter sponsorships from two of Starcom's key clients, Kellogg's Mud & Bugs and Lego Explore.
"We are thrilled that Starcom sees sponsorship on NOGGIN as a smart complement to advertising opportunities on Nick Jr.," said Jim Perry, svp, advertising sales, Nickelodeon.
combustion 3 for Apple Macintosh, the latest version of Discreet's award-winning visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software, was announced on Jan. 5, 2004 in conjunction with MacWorld in San Francisco. combustion 3 for the Mac will deliver industry-leading features benefiting customers who produce Web content and professional video motion graphics, repurpose video content for the Web and create effects for independent feature films and HDTV content.
Toon Boom Technologies designed and installed a new pipeline at Mercury Filmworks, one of Canada's large scale studios producing Flash style series, to increase productivity, raise the level of quality and do away with the issues common to a traditional Flash pipeline.
Vancouver-based animation house Studio B will give 20 Canadian kids a chance to see their best jokes delivered by TELETOONs animated star Yakkity Yak. YAKKITY YAK follows the day-to-day trails and tribulations of Yakkity Yak, a teenage yak who dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian.
"Yakkity Yak has a can-do attitude, and a quirky view of the world," said Blair Peters, co-founder and partner, Studio B Productions. "We're looking for kids who have the same attitude and sense of humor."
Canal+ has picked up Bardels award-winning holiday special, THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE special for its Christmas 2003 season to air in France, Monaco, Mauritius, Switzerland and Africa.
"THE CHRISTMAS ORANGE is exactly the kind of moral tale we like to have on Canal+", says Sandra Ouaiss, acquisition director of fiction & animation at Canal+ international acquisition.
The Greatest Story Never ToldWorld Wide WebNovember 13, 2003 - February 25, 2004Deadline: January 15, 2004
As a result of the wonderful response to our new MIPCOM-specific Flash Newsletters, we will be publishing special editions for both NATPE and MIP-TV. The NATPE market is fast approaching and our editorial and advertising staff are gearing up for the NATPE-specific Flash Newsletter series. Here are the dates for the publications.
NATPE Flash NewslettersJanuary 7thJanuary 14thJanuary 28th (Follow-Up issue)
MIP-TV Flash Newsletter March 10th March 17th March 24th April 14th (Follow-Up issue)
Pileated Pictures, the digital studio located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, has released Cash Money's ROCK THA HOUSE, an online adventure game created for Universal Records and the hip-hop label, Cash Money Records. The Flash-animated ROCK THA HOUSE represents the latest and most ambitious collaboration between the three companies, having already produced a number of 2D and 3D game projects.
Cartoon Network U.K. has teamed up with animation students from the London Animation Studio at Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, who have produced four high-quality IDs now airing across Europe on the channel.
AWN recently launched of our newest resource site, the AWN Book Corner. Looking for books related to animation, then the Book Corner is the best place for you to visit. Readers can search through tomes dealing with 2D & 3D graphics, animation, applications, cinematography, digital video, entertainment, gaming, history & theory, post-production, programming & scripting and Web & multimedia. You can also browse books by title, author or publisher.
The Kids' WB! 2003-2004 fall schedule launch continues with new programming for the season including the comedy-adventure series XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN, the next installments of YU-GI-OH!: ENTER THE SHADOW REALM and POKÉMON: ADVANCED and TEEN TITANS on Saturday mornings, beginning November 1, 2003.
Whats your favorite animated short? Forum members are asking for your opinion. Know of any good Flash video tutorials then lend your advice to our bloggers. One of our senior members just had to get it off his chest he never seems to have enough time to work on artistic endeavors. If you know how that feels post your thought and experiences. A senior member has started a magical character contest in the Animation Café and wants others to share their work. Who would have thought an anti-depressant drug would spark so much discussion?
AWN is recently launched the Educator's Forum. The goal of the forum is to offer a place where anyone involved in the development, support and delivery of animation-related education and educational products can ask questions and rub elbows with other professionals in the business. The discussions have begun, and below is a quick sketch of what is being said.
Toronto-based Comet Ent. has opened Vitamin Cartoons Inc., an animation services division to provide high quality pre- and post-production services. Vitamin draws upon the skills and experience of some of Canada's most talented artists, Flash animators and directors to offers character, background and prop design, special effects design, stock breakdown planning, storyboards, slugging; X-sheets, color styling, s-reel and pre-layout.