Toon Boom Technologies recently released a new version of its 2D cel animation software, USAnimation, which is used by top animation studios all over the world (Walt Disney TV Animation, Film Roman, Warner Bros., Klasky Csupo, Paramount Pictures, Mercury FilmWorks, Sunwoo, Cuckoo's Nest, Cinar). Version 5.0 brings a wealth of new tools to animators, including the new 3D camera, or USAnimation's Real-Time Scene Planning module (which can be used at any time after scanning).
FPS (Frames Per Second), the Canadian animation magazine, now has a
questionnaire on-line that they invite all readers, new and old, to fill
out. The FPS survey is located at
The current issue of FPS (#18) is available for sale in AWN's
where you can subscribe to your favorite animation publications and
New York-based HEAVY.COM is looking for ANIMATORS to join their growing
staff. Applicants are expected to have solid skills in drawing,
storytelling, design, Flash and interpersonal dynamics. Prior filmmaking
experience and/or background in traditional 2D animation techniques is a
For more information about these and other jobs, check out AWN's
Career Connections, the online Animation Job Fair.
Funkmation Studios, an animation house providing services for film,
television, CD-Rom and the Web, has floated into a new home in Brooklyn's
Navy Yard. The animation house will share the new space with New York
Studios' film and television sound stage. Funkmation's credits include:
SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH CD-Rom; storyboard and background design on
COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG; Flash animation on Partner Re's screen savers;
and a 2D animation pilot with C&C Films entitled MAXIMUM BLACK. The new
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New Visual Entertainment, Inc., a 3D production company specializing in 3D
product development and distribution for special venue theaters, home
video, broadcast, and theatrical markets, has announced its completed
acquisition of Impact Pictures, Inc., a small San Diego-based multi-media
production house specializing in Web animation, streaming media and
high-end CD-ROM corporate presentations, in a stock for stock transaction.
New Visual plans to utilize the creative hardware and staffing assets of
Visual Magic Magazine, AWN's 3D animation and digital effects online
magazine, has posted a new article:
"The Buzz About Flash 4." Flash 4
claims to be the ultimate tool for web animation...and quite frankly, it
Three new Scandinavian markets surrendered their airwaves to Pokemania.
Worldwide sensation Pokemon was recently sold to TV4 in Sweden, TV2 in
Denmark and TV2 in Norway. The show will hit the new territories in January
and February 2000. The international distributor, Lacey Entertainment, also
announced the sale of the Pikachu-vehicle to ATV in Turkey and Noga
Communications' Children's Channel in Israel.
The Pokemon phenomenon began in America in 1998 with the release of the
Animation World Network will be publishing a special NATPE
edition of our weekly E-mail newsletter, Animation Flash,
on January 18, 2000. To insure all your NATPE-related news
is printed in the Flash please submit press releases to
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 14, 2000. Please put "NATPE News"
in the subject area of your e-mail.
Sign up now for AWN's ANIMATION FLASH Newsletter and your name will
be entered in a drawing to win a copy of this comprehensive history
and critique of world animation, acclaimed as a classic work of
scholarship, and an indispensable addition to any animation library.
AWN is giving away ten copies of this prestigious book to its
subscribers by drawing lots. This exceptional Millennium drawing is
open to all new subscribers and re-subscribers who buy a yearly
shockwave.com, One Infinity and Madlab Creative have produced Why2k@large which uses Flash 4 animation and MP3 streaming audio technologies to present an animated, multimedia series focusing on the approach of the year 2000. Live interviews were collected on the streets of New York City, New Orleans and San Francisco featuring what the American public thinks about the approaching Millennium.
During the past few weeks, it seems like everyday there is an announcementregarding a company beginning to broadcast animation over the 'net. WithLevel 13 and Wild Brain recently throwing their hats into the ring withtheir new Internet entertainment web sites, web surfers are starting to seethe beginning of a boom in Internet animation. Level13.net andWildBrain.com join Harvey Entertainment, which launched realcartoons.netjust over a week ago, and Time-Warner, which launched Entertaindom.com last
This weekend, Film Roman, Inc., producers of THE SIMPSONS and KING OF THEHILL, launched Level 13.net, an innovative multi-channel animation networkto be delivered via the Internet. Level 13 is the industry's firstregularly scheduled, animated television-like network made directly for theWeb. William Shpall, Chief Operating Officer of Film Roman, and architectof the company's Internet strategy, said, "While many of today'sentertainment and Internet leaders are still testing enhanced television
Like Woody and Buzz, Visual Magic Magazine is back. After a period ofinactivity, your favorite visual effects & 3D animation magazine is back onthe web sporting a brand new look, a new way of publishing, and a renewedcommitment to providing superior articles and news to visual effects andanimation professionals and enthusiasts. The only thing we don't have isTom Hanks and Tim Allen. But that can be arranged (maybe). "Toy Story 2" ishitting our screens very soon, and of course, you can expect full coverage
Mondo Media, one of the Bay Area's largest independent animation studios,is looking for TRADITIONAL 2D CHARACTER ANIMATORS and DIRECTORS who areinterested in participating in the creation of original on-lineentertainment. The Mondo Mini Shows are currently featured on Netscape'sNetcenter, Shockwave.com, and Altavista, as well as other affiliate sites.Contract and staff positions available. Job Requirements: Traditionalcharacter animation experience; Timing; Poses; Knowledge of basic
Shockwave.com, owned and operated byMacromedia Inc., and Stan Lee, Inc. have teamed up to bring Stan Lee'sfirst episodic Web animation series to life. Stan Lee, the genius behindclassic comic characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the IncredibleHulk, will create his new 5-minute "Web-isodes" using Macromedia Flashtechnology. According to Lee this new venture will allow the whole world tobe part of his new creations without limitations. This exclusive dealincludes Macromedia, Inc.'s $5 million purchase of Stan Lee Media Inc.
Several weeks ago (Animation Flash 9/28/99) Oxygen Media, Geraldine Laybourne's company founded toprovide content for women, announced its online production team. Now OxygenMedia has named seven executive producers for its original cable televisionline-up. CARSEY WERNER MANDABACH will oversee seven hours of originalprogramming each day on the 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week cable network. Thenew appointments are: LINDA CORRADINA (former Senior Vice President,Programming and Production, VH1) will join Giselle Benetar as Executive
New York City-based Oxygen Media,Geraldine Laybourne's company founded to provide content for women, hasreached an agreement with Insight Communications to distribute the Oxygencable network. Insight is the 8th largest cable operator in the UnitedStates, serving more than one million customers in six states. Under theterms of the agreement, Insight Communications will launch Oxygen acrossthe majority of its systems. The new Oxygen cable network, which launcheson O2/O2/2000, will be integrated with Oxygen's existing online properties
Macromedia, the industry leader in web design and web graphics tooldevelopment, announced several moves and agreements which gear thecompany toward taking e-commerce to a new level, and making Macromedia acentral part of this growing sector's evolution. The company unveiled itseBusiness Infrastructure strategy, i.e. plans to provide 'solutions' forcontent creation, management, personalisation and management of Extranetand Internet sites.
The company also made several other significant announcements, most notably
Burnaby, British Columbia-based CDIS is offering a one-day industryintroduction to Macromedia's Flash 4.0 on October 23 from 9 am-4:30 pm.Cost is $225, which includes lunch. By the end of the seminar, you'll knowhow to prepare graphics for Flash, use the interface, sketch and draftideas for animation and interactivity, create symbols and manipulateinstances for actions, combine the final pieces into your own 30-secondanimated banner with sound, and post the final product to the web with FTP.
Set your own hours. Work on your own projects. Be your own boss. Becreative. This company is taking greeting cards to a new level of artistryand interactivity. Ecards.com utilizes Macromedia Flash technology toproduce the most dynamic and exciting electronic greeting cards on the Net!If you are proficient in Flash and can artistically conceptualize, here isa variety of creative jobs for you. Ecards.com offers freelance FlashDesigners the creative freedom to design compelling and entertaining
San Francisco, California-based Mondo Media, Inc. has announced a one-year deal with Netscape Communications, a subsidiary of America Online, Inc., to provide Netscape's Netcenter Web site with two weekly animated shows which will be presented under the banner of MONDO MINI SHOWS. LIKE, NEWS is written and directed by Don Asmussen, a regular cartoonist for TIME and GEORGE magazines, and features a sarcastic teenager with a nose ring who "interviews" newsmakers such as Saddam Hussein and Al Gore.
Now you can purchase more back issues of Animato!, the magazine foranimation fans. Added to the Animato! archives are issues #25, 26, 27, 28,31, 33 and 36. Subscribe to your favorite animation publications directlyfrom the Internet 24 hours a day! Already available in AWN's Newsstand are:"The Animation Flash," ""Animato!," "FPS," and "Toon Magazine."
The Center for Digital Imaging and Sound (CDIS) is a leader in technicalarts education based in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. CDIS is growing rapidly andcurrently seeking applications for instructors in 2D and 3D Graphics, 3DSpecial FX, Film/Video FX, Computer and Classical Animation, Film/VideoProduction, Art and Design (Practical and Theory), Interactive Media (Weband CD), Web Design/Development, Internet Applications, Programming for Weband Game Applications, Game Design, and Audio Production and Theory. Job