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* Wednesday, May 2, 2001. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
MAC 3D NY, a Mac 3D Artist Association, is hosting meetings every other month at the Apple Marketing Center in New York City. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 6:00 pm. The topic is: Architecture and 3D/CAD Industrial Design, with guests from Form-Z, Architosh and Artlantis. The Apple Marketing Center is located at 53rd Street at Lexington Avenue, on the 29th floor of the Citicorp building. For pre-registration and other information, visit: www.mac3dny.org
* Sunday, April 29, 2001. Toronto, Canada
Sharon Katz' new short, THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE / DER FUS TORT premieres April 29, 2001 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE is a raucous modern Yiddish tale accompanied by Klezmer music. For more information on Sharon Katz' work, including her previous short, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH, visit: www.sharonkatz.net
* Saturday, April 28 - Sunday, April 29, 2001. Paris, France
* Wednesday, June 6 Friday, June 8, 2001. Annecy, France
For the first time in 48 years, an animated film has been selected to compete at the Cannes Film Festival. DreamWorks SKGs SHREK, directed by Andrew Adamson and Victoria Jenson, was one of 22 films selected for official competition. The film, slated for a May 18, 2001 U.S. release, stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow, and was produced at PDI/DreamWorks, the companys Palo Alto CGI and effects unit.
Richard Linklater's latest film, the animated feature WAKING LIFE, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight and will hit theaters later this year. Fox Searchlight acquired the worldwide distribution rights in a deal negotiated by the companys executive VP Joseph de Marco and John Sloss of the indie financing company Cinetic. The movie debuted to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Macromedia, Inc. announced on April 24, 2001, the immediate availability of Macromedia Director 8.5 Shockwave Studio, which will enable developers to bring 3D-enhanced Shockwave content to the Internet. The program features a new version of the Shockwave Multiuser Server, Havok physics engine for 3D game behaviors, support for Flash 5 and the ability to stream RealMedia content. 3D support in Director and Shockwave Player was jointly developed with Intel Corporation and is built on the Intel Internet 3D Graphics software.
Episodes of BOB AND MARGARET and GARY & MIKE have been nominated for the prestigious Rose DOr, an annual international television festival and competition held in Montreux, Switzerland, open to more than 2000 producers and broadcasters from around the world. This years festival will be held April 26 May 1, 2001.
Uli Meyer Animation has just delivered the second in a series of computer animated commercials featuring Okto the Octopus for Kellogg's Variety Packs. In the new 30-second spot, titled "Find The Variety," Okto and Okto's friends, Sandra the Swordfish, The Crab and The Starfish make return appearances, while an electric eel debuts as an improvised aerial for the radio that provides the soundtrack for the commercial. In the spot, Okto plays the "shell game" in the galley of an underwater shipwreck, trying to find his favorite cereal among the eight varieties in the Kellogg's Variety Pack.
Creative firm ViewPoint Studios announced the completion of The Ultimate Gamer promotional spots for the upcoming Discovery Science Channel videogame information television series THE ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND. Using a combination of CGI, live-action and visual effects compositing, ViewPoint created the Ultimate Gamer with a jet pack, VR helmet, rocket skates, gamer attitude, humor and dynamic visuals in order to convey THE ELECTRIC PLAYGROUND as the place for video game enthusiasts to get needed secret skills and codes to conquer the electronic world.
According to industry sources and other published reports, Walt Disney Co. is planning cuts in both jobs and salaries at both their Burbank, California and Orlando, Florida Animation Feature studios. Coming on the heels of Disneys recent announcement of company-wide layoffs and staff reductions totaling 4,000 employees, these cuts further illustrate the fiscal realities of both the increasing cost and decreasing profitability of the studios current animated feature production unit.
Walt Disney Co. beat Wall Street earnings expectations with improved results in some business units, but restructuring charges from its Go.com operations resulted in an overall second-quarter net loss of $548 million. Excluding the $1 billion charge resulting from the closing of the money-losing Web portal and an accounting change, for the quarter ending March 31, the company reported second-quarter earnings of $391 million, or 19 cents a share, compared to a year-ago figure of $291 million, or 14 cents a share.
Venice, California's Digital Domain is looking for a VFX SUPERVISORto work in the company's commercial division. . . Winter Park, Florida'sFull Sail Real World Education is looking for an ASSOCIATE COURSEDIRECTOR OF COMPUTER SPECIAL EFFECTS in the Computer Animation DegreeProgram. . . Stony Brook, New York's Inky Dinky Animation Studios islooking for 2D, 3D and STOP-MOTION ANIMATORS for their new studio. . .London, UK's ITS is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR to design graphics for
SHIRLEY TEMPLE, the first installment of Augenblick Studios' Flashanimated DIGNIFIED DEVIL adventure series premiered Tuesday, April 17on Hypnotic. A new episode will debut each week. Many have mistaken Franklin Raine for the devil, dignified or not. Appearances aredeceiving though. He's not the devil. He's actually a pretty niceguy. A drunk and a drifter, Frank is always somewhere he shouldn't
- The AAI Summer Catalog Has Been Updated - The American AnimationInstitute, the educational branch of M. P. S. C. Local 839 IATSE, hasupdated its catalogue and class schedule for the Summer Semester2001, which runs from May 15 through August 22. The AAI's Web page isat http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/AAICATLG.HTM, and the Summer 2001 schedule is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format at http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/AAICAT.pdf.
Plympton's new series of comics is extracted from the comic bookPOLLS APART - HOW TO TELL A DEMOCRAT FROM A REPUBLICAN, by KathyPaton & Bill Plympton...
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: Sothebys.comClassic Disney Animation Art Auction, April 13 - May 4, 2001 and May11 - June 1, 2001; Guernsey's Cartoon Art Auction, May 19, 2001, NewYork City, New York, U.S.A.; ASIFA-Central Conference and Retreat,April 27 - 29, 2001, Utica, Illinois, U.S.A.; Art InstitutesInternational at San Francisco Open House, April 28, 2001, SanFrancisco, California, U.S.A.; WIA Writers Seminar With Jack Enyart,
Bill Plympton has updated his appearances page. In the upcomingmonths, EAT will be appearing at: Critic's Week at CannesInternational Film Festival, Cannes, France, May 10-19, 2001 and theAnnecy Animation Festival, Annecy, France, June 4-9, 2001. MUTANTALIENS will be screening at: Arizona International Film Festival,Tuscon, Arizona, April 19-29; and Philadelphia Festival of WorldCinema, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 26-May 7. Bill will be
Bandai Entertainment has announced a series of June, 2001 VHSand DVD releases for their ANGEL LINKS, SABER MARIONETTE J andESCAFLOWNE series. On June 5, the company will release an ANGELLINKS - FALLEN ANGEL DVD, which will include both English andJapanese language tracks, English subtitles, trailers and bonusclips, retailing for $29.98. Also scheduled for a June 5 release isESCAFLOWNE - LIGHT AND SHADOW and FOREVER AND EVER on VHS and DVD,which marks the final installment of the ESCAFLOWNE television
Walt DisneyHome Video will be releasing THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE on VHS and DVDon May 1, 2001. The VHS release, retailing for $26.99, will includeSting's "Making the Music" music video featuring "My Funny Friend andMe" from the film's soundtrack. Two different DVD versions will bereleased. The DISNEY DVD version, to retail for $29.99, includes anadditional music video "Walk the Llama Llama," as well as bonuscommentary, an interactive game and a deleted scene from the movie.
Warner Home Videohas released three new POWERPUFF GIRL collections on VHS and DVD,which include never-before-seen episodes. The new BOOGIE FRIGHTS VHScollection contains five episodes, including the never-before-seen"Helter Shelter," the Powerpuff Girls' music video featuring ShonenKnife, a bonus episode of COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG, and a sneak peekat the upcoming Cartoon Network SAMURAI JACK series, which is set toair in Summer 2001. The new TWISTED SISTER VHS collection contains
Animationproduction house Toon Factory has finalized a deal with Luxembourg'sNeuroplanet and Canada's Vivatoon for co-production of the televisionseries KID CLONES IN SPACE. The two companies join Toon Factory andFrench broadcaster TF1 as full co-production partners. Toon Factoryrecently acquired all the rights to the property from the UK'sCosgrove Hall, which will continue to work on the series' artisticdirection. Currently in development, the series is set to begin