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Headline News AWN Begins Publishing Special MIPCOM Flash Newsletters!

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 12:00am

In response to reader demand, AWN is going to make it easier for you to get all your important MIPCOM news in one concise place. AWN will be publishing four special MIPCOM newsletters, in Acrobat format, that will be emailed to all subscribers of the Animation Flash and AWN Spotlight. The first edition will arrived Wednesday, September 24, 2003 and it will continue every Wednesday until October 8. We still want your news related to MIPCOM, so that you won't be left out. Send all information to editor@awn.com.

Headline News Acme Filmworks Wins Big Wisconsin Lottery Spot

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 12:00am

Acme Filmworks recently wrapped production on a new 2D Flash-animated Vegas-themed ad for the Wisconsin Lottery. Designed by Emmy Award-winning animator Dave Wasson, the spot features retro graphics and a jazzy score recalling the 1950s Vegas style. Beginning with a quick impression of the Strip, the ad moves through roulette, 7-11, blackjack and slots, positioning Wisconsin's new "scratcher" card in the middle of the screen.

Headline News IFCT 2002-2003 Announces Animation Award Winners

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 12:00am

The International Festival of Cinema and Technology announces its animation award winners from its IFCT 2002-2003 World Tour. Tim Finns LIMBOSCAPE took the best animation prize with AN APPLE A DAY, directed by Juan Duque, took the best computer animation award. The tour began December 2002 in Paris, France and concluded August 24 in New York City.

Headline News Discreet to Launch Latest combustion 3

Discreet will begin shipping combustion 3, the latest version of its award-winning visual effects and 3D compositing desktop software, in fall 2003 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 and early 2004 for Macintosh OS X. Suggested price for combustion 3 software is $995. Upgrade price from combustion 2 or combustion 2.1 will be $199.

Headline News AWN To Publish 4 Special MIPCOM Flash Newsletters Starting September 23!

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 4, 2003 at 12:00am

In response to reader demand, AWN is going to make it easier for you to get all your important MIPCOM news in one concise place. AWN will be publishing four special MIPCOM newsletters, in Acrobat format, that will be emailed to all subscribers of the Animation Flash and AWN Spotlight. We're putting out a call for all your news related to MIPCOM, so that you won't be left out. The first edition will arrive Tuesday, September 23, 2003. Send all information to editor@awn.com.

Headline News Silver Lining Prod & Mainframe Bond on Small And Friends Series

Silver Lining Prods. and Mainframe Entertainment are co-producing a new animated adventure series (26x22) for preschoolers, SMALL AND FRIENDS, based on the best-selling childrens book series featuring MR. BEAR by Scottish author/illustrator Debi Gliori.

Headline News Hornet Animates MTV Promos

Commercial film and design company Hornet Inc. recently completed INSTRUCTOART for MTV, a series of eight promos that will premier during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2003.

To create the spots, Hornet creative director Eng San Kho worked in close collaboration with the INSTRUCTOART creator Matt Vescovo. "The biggest challenge was figuring out how to best animate the spots and still stay true to its humor," said Kho.

Headline News Send Us Your MIPCOM News For Our Special MIPCOM Flash Newsletter

To make it easier for you to get all your MIPCOM news in one concise place, AWN will be offering a special MIPCOM newsletter to subscribers of the Animation Flash and Animation Spotlight. Were putting out a call for all your news related to MIPCOM, so that we can include it. Send all information to editor@awn.com. If youre interested in advertising in this special picture enhanced newsletter e-mail sales@awn.com.

Headline News New Animation Hopes to Catch Wave on the Web

A new production company based in South Beach, Florida is launching three new animation series on the Internet, in hopes of catching a wave of interest to develop them into long-form programming for pick-up by cable companies. Shallow Beach Entertainment has worked for 18 months to assemble the creative and technical team to develop three very distinct animated series appealing to vastly different target audiences.

Headline News Warner Staffs Up its Specialty Division

Warner Independent Pictures, the recently formed specialty film division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, has hired Michael Andreen as exec vp production and Laura Kim as exec vp marketing and publicity, the studio announced. They join Paul Federbush and Tracey Bing, who joined WIP last week as svp production and acquisitions and vp production and acquisitions, respectively.

Headline News No Box Office Nightmare for Freddy and Jason

Considering how hard it was to get FREDDY VS. JASON on the big screen, New Line must be smiling now, as the dual franchise frightener (with vfx principally by Cinesite (Hollywood), Pixel Magic and Asylum) scared up $36.4M for the weekend box office ending Aug. 17, 2003. In fact, not even the power blackout that struck the Northeast and parts of the Midwest hindered the horror film, even when power was still out in large areas on Friday night.

Headline News VanBorssum Responds to Cornerstone Allegations

The following is a statement from Jason VanBorssum in response to a story about the demise of Cornerstone Animation that appeared in the AWN Flash and on the AWN.com Website on August 12, 2003. AWN is happy to present all sides as the parties make themselves available for comment.

Statement by Jason VanBorssumAugust 15, 2003

Headline News ABC Dials Digital Bucket to Promote Fall Season on DVD

ABC Television recently turned to emerging media and post studio Digital Bucket to create an innovative DVD promoting the network's new fall season. An entertaining and effective promo give-away, the DVD will inform viewers about the new programs, movies, returning ABC favorites and the TGIF franchise.

Headline News Taylor Flashes Pink Panther for MGM

Adam Taylor, partner and creative director for Topanga, California-based Taylor Entertainment Group LLC recently completed three new PINK PANTHER animated promotional shorts for MGM Studios. Animated in Flash, these 90-second shorts promote PINK PANTHERs worldwide consumer products and licensing business. Adam animated, storyboarded and directed these special edition promos.

Headline News Paradise Financial Group Launches New Toon Firm

Paradise Financial Group has launched a new animated production firm called Paradise Family Pictures LLC. The El Segundo, California-based company will produce animated 3D TV and feature film projects for the worldwide market. The new company will have three divisions: development, production and marketing. An international sales division will launch in May 2004. The toon house is in production on two 22-minute shows, COOL CAT ROCKY and IT'S A VERY MERRY JOLLY CHRISTMAS. Both projects will be completed early 2004.

Headline News Innoventive Software Releases FrameForge 3D First 3D Storyboarding Software

Innoventive Software, LLC has released FrameForge 3D, the first 3D storyboarding software. The program gives users an easy-to-manipulate 3D virtual film set with fully posable actors, hills, trees, snap-together walls, furniture and other elements. FrameForge 3D allows users to print the boards, including technical information required to create that shot on location. Storyboard shots can be associated with parts of an imported script, played as a slideshow, exported to standard graphics files, HTML pages or turned into a Macromedia Flash animation. Other features include:

Headline News Pileated Pictures Creates Flash Games Based on Between the Lions Character

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts-based Pileated Pictures announced the release of GUS AND INKYS UNDERWATER ADVENTURES, a set of Flash games based on a character in PBS hit show, BETWEEN THE LIONS. The series of online educational tools was developed for the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Get Ready to Read! program, promoting literacy and assessing skills among preschool children.

Headline News TroubleMaker & Janimation Use AMD Processor-Based Systems on Spy Kids 3D

TroubleMaker Studios and Janimation animators used AMD processors with hardware support from BOXX and NVIDIA, as well as software from Microsoft and Softimage on SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER. The third installment of Robert Rodriguez' highly successful family franchise features stereoscopic elements enhanced with 3D glasses.

Headline News Mad Cow Enlisted for Clifford Feature

Sydney, Australia-based animation studio Mad Cow Pictures announced it is providing pre-production and production design, effects and support for the upcoming feature version of CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG. The film is being produced by Scholastic Entertainment, Big Red Dog Productions and Starburst Studios. Mad Cows co-owner Steve Trenbirth will serve as the unit director.

Headline News Spike and Mike Acquires Flash Pilot

Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation have bought the rights to the series pilot of SICKCOM from comic book artist Robert Steven Rhine (MY BRAIN ESCAPES ME, CHICKEN SOUP FOR SATAN) and his partner, animator Frank Forte (LI'L PIMP movie, THE VAMPIRE VERSES, THE CLETUS AND FLOYD SHOW).

Headline News Uli Meyer Does Nick Jr. Promo in Flash

Matt Jones, in-house director for Uli Meyer Animation in London, recently completed a new promo, CLAPPING SONG, for Nickelodeon UK. Animated in Flash, it promotes the Nick Junior shows DORA THE EXPLORER, THE HOOBS, LITTLE BILL, BLUE'S CLUES and YOU DO TOO.

Jones designed all the new characters and storyboarded the promo, working with Nick Jr. producer Maria Timotheou, in just under six weeks. The colorful & simple style is intended to appeal to kids under five years old. Flash animation was produced by Jon Jones and Jason Kotey.

Headline News ANIMAX Does Holiday Film in 2D Mix for Jellyman

Flash specialty studio ANIMAX is producing a 35mm-animated short film for Jellyman Prods., CATCHING KRINGLE, in a mix of 2D techniques. ANIMAX is using Flash, USAnimation and traditional hand animation for the holiday themed short, featuring the voices of Danny De Vito and John Rhy-Davies, with a cameo by Larry King. The film will be ready to exhibit at film and animation festivals in time for the holiday season.

Headline News Macromedia Authorware 7 Now Available

Macromedia has launched Macromedia Authorware 7, the dedicated solution for creating highly interactive rich media e-learning content. Macromedia Authorware 7 enables e-learning developers to import Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, play back content on Mac OS X, use industry standard JavaScript scripting and easily integrate content with learning management systems. Macromedia Authorware 7 is available for immediate download from the Macromedia Online Store at www.macromedia.com/go/buyaw7/.

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