This week in AWN's Forums, members are discussing how the upcoming presidential election will affect the economy as it relates to the animation industry. A member wants input on whether to include comic pages in an animation portfolio, and the discussion continues over whether one can be too old for cartoons. A user would like some help on animating in Flash CS4. Members are still updating each other on their current projects. A thread has been started for tips and advice on buying and selling outside animated feature scripts.
The Fremantle Corporation has acquired the new and quirky CG animated series LIMO GUY from Comet Ent. and Kaleidoscope Productions. LIMO GUY is akin to the antics of SOUTH PARK with a twist of a modern day TAXI.
Super U Animation ContestDeadline: October 30, 2008
Stop-motion, 3D, claymation, Flash or flip book. If it's animated, you could win $2,500.
Beginning in September 2008, Super U and TAC.tv (a.k.a Tetes a claques) will be presenting quarterly animation contests. A jury, including TAC.tv creator Michel Beaudet will be awarding a prize for the best of the best at the end of August 2009.
Expanding upon their existing relationship, NCircle Ent. signed a new multi-year DVD brick-and-mortar and online retail distribution agreement with The MoonScoop Group's Taffy Ent. NCircle will assume responsibility for the DVD roll-out of the new children's series CHLOE'S CLOSET in North America. NCircle, a division of Source Interlink Companies, has already begun elevating the North American presence of Taffy's preschool DIVE OLLY DIVE! series since June.
BIOSHOCK for the PlayStation 3 needed a promotional site that did justice to its intense graphics and compelling storyline. The team of designers, motion/3D artists, and developers at ROKKAN, a bicoastal, full-service interactive agency, created an online experience as gripping and immersive as the critically acclaimed game itself.
This week in AWN's Forums, discussion of freelance contracts continues, but the consensus is to consult a lawyer. IGOR's less than stellar opening weekend is dissected. A heated discussion is underway regarding fan creations of copyright-protected characters. What 2D animation software would you use for Web animation if Flash were unavailable? Some new animations were posted for member critique. A character designer is hoping to get into animation and is looking for advice.
Nicktoons Network will air RANDOM! CARTOONS episodes on Saturdays and Sundays this December, starting December 6, according to CARTOONBREW.com.
RANDOM! CARTOONS is 39 shorts for kids, all with different characters and stories and all seven minutes long. A mix of traditional, CG and Flash animation and created by Fred Seibert, the series has been delayed by Nickelodeon several times.
Shorts include ADVENTURE TIME (Pendleton Ward), GARLIC BOY (John R. Dilworth), GARY GUITAR (Bill Plympton), HORNSWIGGLE (Jerry Beck) and SOLOMON FIX (Doug TenNapel).
Digital animation and visual effects studio Keyframe Digital Productions is co-producing and creating 3D animation for 26 new half-hour episodes of PINKY DINKY DOO for the second season of the animated preschool series produced by Sesame Workshop and Cartoon Pizza.
Keyframe co-founder Clint Green is also producer and production manager for Keyframe. Keyframe co-founder, Darren Cranford, is directing all 26 episodes, which include 52 segments and 104 games. JoEllyn Marlow is overseeing production for Sesame Workshop.
GoAnimate Animators ContestWorld Wide WebDeadline: October 1, 2008
GoAnimate.com is offering the opportunity to win cash prizes in the GoAnimate Animators Contest by designing and posting your most inventive animation.
The creators of GoAnimate designed GoAnimate to allow the casual online socialite the opportunity to share their sentiments, sagas and satires in animation, without drawing talent or a technical understanding of advanced software such as Flash.
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.