This week in AWN's Forums, check out a new Flash cartoon about an evil scientist and several new excerpts on the business of independent film financing, including distribution tips, creating a business plan and funding plan and how to present to investors. The discussion of art and animation schools keeps adding choices to the list of schools to consider. A member wants to discuss music in cartoons, both the old and the new.
NOGGIN, the 24-hour, commercial-free, educational network for preschoolers, will premiere the second season of PINKY DINKY DOO, the interactive and imaginative series from Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza, with two back-to-back new episodes on Sunday, September 7, from 7-8 p.m. (ET).
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES is now out on DVD and Blu-ray, along with some JUSTICE LEAGUE, HANNAH MONTANA in 3-D and a direct-to-video extension of the Scorpion King story.
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES: The Complete First Season On DVD And Blu-ray
Toon Boom Animation has launched Toon Boom Studio 4.5 and its Toon Boom Studio Importer to Flash (TBSi).
Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Animation will have a comprehensive presentation during SIGGRAPH 2008. In addition to the more than 15 presentations in the conference program and on the show floor, the companies will highlight current and upcoming projects, their recently expanded IPAX academic program, and will host a special tribute to Stan Winston to be held at the Nokia Theater on Wednesday, August 13.
3D software developer Reallusion has announced the launch of iClone 3.0, the latest release of their popular and critically acclaimed animated filmmaking software, which promises to transform any PC into a robust 3D real-time filmmaking studio.
Animation for kids, XXX: STATE OF THE UNION on Blu-ray, some classic WB shows and more, all on DVD and Blu-ray today.
MULAN/MULAN II On DVD
From Walt Disney Home Ent. comes MULAN and the direct-to-DVD sequel MULAN II together in one package.
Video-based digital artist training provider Digital-Tutors will exhibit at the upcoming SIGGRAPH 2008 conference in Los Angeles, California, from August 11-14. Digital-Tutors and more than 200 other companies from around the world will be demonstrating the latest tools and technology in the computer graphic industry.
Israel-based Revolver animation and game technologies, has secured more than $2 million from Maayan Ventures and from private investors. Revolver will use the investment to expand its research and development activities as well as its global marketing initiatives. Arie Scope, former CEO of Microsoft Israel currently serves as Revolver's Chairman of the Board.
Animation and mixed-media studio th1ng has created a series of six second spots for Toshiba aired on Eurosport, mainland Europe, this month.
The spots, directed by th1ng's Alon Ziv, were commissioned by Grey London to help Toshiba promote its brand during the Tour de France, the world's most famous cycling race.
This fall, Teletoon will feature the season premieres of 11 shows, including five new shows, five returning series and six new programs coming to Teletoon Detour.
Daytime on Teletoon is set to sling new webs, fight new aliens and create new delicious dishes with shows including the gastronomic comedy, CHOWDER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN and the Teletoon Original Production, WORLD OF QUEST.
Social entertainment community Meez, (www.meez.com), where people can create custom 3-D animated avatars, play casual games and socialize in virtual rooms, has launched a contest for Flash developers worldwide to create games using the Meez Inside Avatar API and compete to win more than $20,000 worth of prizes.
Get ready for big-screen versions of BATMAN and THE X-FILES with today's DVD and Blu-ray releases, plus much more.
BATMAN -- GOTHAM KNIGHT On DVD And Blu-ray
DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation have collaborated to create a unique BATMAN experience in BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT. The all-new, original movie arrives July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray. The original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-per-View as well as available for download on the same day as release date, July 8, 2008.
This week in AWN's Forums, an artist is looking to subcontract two Flash projects. The love pours in for WALL*E. Members shares their thoughts on vfx legend Stan Winston. Members are still writing in about summer hit INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. A member asks -- is 2D just not wanted anymore? If you have advice for pitching to Cartoon Network, a member needs help. A newbie to SIGGRAPH wants to know what will give them the biggest bang for their buck. Others are talking about how animation companies are using the Internet.
S4 Studios, the Hollywood-based design, branding and animation studio, has completed its first independent short animated film.
MyToons.com -- now in HD -- have launched their latest contest for animators all over the world.
Get with the Times! is an HD animation contest that will send one grand prize winner to New York City to see their animation played on a Clear Channel billboard, powered by Adobe Flash technology, in Times Square. Animators are invited to submit their HD animations at MyToons.com/contests/TimesSquare.
The 35th Annual Creative Arts & Entertainment Daytime Emmy Awards were presented Friday at a black-tie gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time-Warner's Columbus Circle complex in New York City.
More than 1,000 performers, producers and craftspeople involved in daytime television, including drama, talk shows, children's programs, game shows and lifestyle programs from both the East and West Coast congregated at a single ceremony to honor the winners.
Outstanding Children's Animated Program
CURIOUS GEORGE (PBS)
Los Angeles-based ColdHardFlash.com, a source for high-quality, animated films produced with Flash, has named the winner of the Flash Animation 10: Best Animated event, which is sponsored by MyToons.com.
Channel Frederator, the largest Internet cartoon network in the world and one of the founding networks of Next New Networks, today announced the winners of the Channel Frederator Awards, recognizing extraordinary talents in animation and the Internet.
The Second Annual Channel Frederator Awards is available to watch online at www.channelfrederatorawards.com.
Kim Cattrall has signed on as the voice of Dee in the highly anticipated animated sitcom PRODUCING PARKER, slated to premiere in spring 2009 on E! in Canada. The announcement was made Thursday by Kevin Gillis, Ira Levy and Peter Williamson, the Executive Producers at Breakthrough Animation.
Australian Effects & Animation AwardsSydney, AustraliaNovember 11-13, 2008Deadline: October 1, 2008
An international competition now in its 12th year, the AEAF Awards attract entries from around the world. The awards give recognition and reward excellence and creativity in 10 categories of competition:
Commercials AnimationCommercials VFXTitles, Idents & StingsShort FilmStudentMusic VideoTV SeriesFlash AnimationFeature Films, AnimationFeature Films, VFX
J. J. Sedelmaier Productions has completed three new spots for satellite broadcasting giant XM Radio, focused on the benefits to drivers of XM NavTraffic, XM's real-time traffic information service.
The spots are the first collaboration between JJSP and Washington, D. C.-based Brand-Aid, which worked closely with XM's in-house creative team on the integrated campaign.
Digital-Tutors released Flash and Maya Integration -- the newest release in a growing library of interactive training for emerging digital artists using Flash, an advanced authoring environment for creating interactive content for digital, Web, and mobile platforms, and Maya, the award-winning 3-D modeling, animation, effects, and rendering solution.
This week in AWN's Forums, members are discussing SKUNK FU and Flash TV series in general. A thread compares the success of GRAND THEFT AUTO IV to IRON MAN. Others are discussing the controversy surround Aniboom's Radiohead "In Rainbows' contest. What are your thoughts on the idea that "It's all about the story?" Members continue to post their picks for their favorite new toon series. Tried and true debates on 2D continue to have steam in the forums. Folks are still discussing the underuse of the Internet as a platform for animators.