THE FIRM DESIGN GROUP, a creative concept studio specializing in broadcast design and image campaigns, has hired creative director/director PETER BUREGA. Burega will head up the West Coast studio in Venice, California, USA and direct commercials for The Film Design Group's parent company, Fourth of July Productions. Burgega's recent credits include indentity spots for the USA Network and commercials for House of Blues International and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Playmates Toys has acquired the licenseto create action figures based on the animated series THE SIMPSONS. Therewill be eight initial figures, including Homer, Bart, Lisa, Grandpa,Krusty, Mr. Burns, Moe, and Barney, which will all be part of the World OfSpringfield Intelli-Tronic line. Each figure will feature the voice of thecast member who plays the character on the show. There are also plans forthree dioramas, including The Simpsons' living room, Homer's work station
Ontario, Canada-based Sheridan College, one of the leading animation programs in North America, is expanding its facilities with the latest animation equipment including new computers, software, cameras and pencil test systems. For pencil tests, Sheridan has purchased six Video LunchBoxes. Created two years ago by Oregon-based Animation Toolworks, the Video LunchBox captures still images from a video camera and plays back this sequence of images at the same rate as film images or television video.
Imagina 2000 with FIFI (Festival International du Film de l'Internet) have opened their competition for animation created specifically for the Internet. The FIFI is the first festival dedicated to films made for the Web. As the major European meeting point for digital image professionals, Imagina 2000 will provide a solid forum for launching this joint competition. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 1999 and all entries must be accessible through a URL only. The award will be presented during the Imagina 2000 ceremony in Monaco (January 31 to February 2, 2000).
Ontario, Canada-based Sheridan College, one of the leading animationprograms in North America, is expanding its facilities with the latestanimation equipment including new computers, software, cameras and penciltest systems. For pencil tests, Sheridan has purchased six VideoLunchBoxes. Created two years ago by Oregon-based Animation Toolworks, theVideo LunchBox captures still images from a video camera and plays backthis sequence of images at the same rate as film images or television
The 42nd International LeipzigFestival for Documentary & Animated Films took place in Leipzig, Germanyfrom October 26 - October 31, 1999. 49 films from 13 counties were shown incompetition this year. The jury was comprised of Jayne Pilling (GreatBritain), Silke Parzich (Germany), and Andrei Zolotouchin (Russia). Thefollowing awards were presented:
Goldene Taube, WHEN THE DAYS BREAKS by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Frobis,Canada, 1999.
Silberne Taube, PINOCCHIO by Gianluci Toccafondo, Italy, 1999 and NIGHT OF
On Thursday, November 18, 1999 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts andSciences will recognize the exceptional accomplishments of the NFB'sanimation studios on its 60th anniversary...
A program of the best in new animation, curated and presented by RonDiamond of Animation World Network and Acme Filmworks, Inc., will betouring Los Angeles and the Bay area next week. In addition topresentations at the major studios, various FREE PUBLIC SCREENINGS arescheduled: San-Francisco on Sunday, November 21 at 11 am at the Red VicMovie House, 1727 Haight St., hosted by ASIFA-San Francisco; and inCupertino at De Anza College, and Los Angeles on Saturday, November 20,
Issue 4 of the printed Animation Blast is now shipping. This 32-pagespectacular features an original cover by Ren & Stimpy creator JohnKricfalusi, along with an in-depth story about John K.'s Yogi Bear shortsthat aired on Cartoon Network. Additionally, there's an informativeinterview with the legendary Gene Hazelton, who designed Bob Clampett's"Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs;" unpublished Bill Scott gag drawings; andan article by historian Jerry Beck about the recently restored "lost"
This week's update to the Calendar of Events includes a call for entriesfor the first International Internet Festival, organized in conjunctionwith Imagina (France), and the Santa Clarita Film Festival (California,USA). The Calendar of Upcoming Events is a constantly changing referencesource for what's happening around the World of Animation. Use it to stayabreast of animation related activities across the globe. If you know ofanimation related events that we don't have listed, send an email with the
Check out this weeks comics for ADULTS ONLY, extracted from thecomic book, "Sleazy Cartoons of Bill Plympton"...
Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis' short film, "When The Day Breaks" won theGrand Prize (Goldene Taube) at the 42nd International Leipzig Festival forDocumentary & Animated Films (Germany). This recent award is just anotheraccolade in "When The Day Breaks'" dazzling international career, whichstarted with the Palme d'Or for best short film at the 52nd CannesInternational Film Festival in Cannes, France, last June. "When The DayBreaks" also won the coveted Grand Prix for best animated short film at
* Wednesday, November 24- Saturday, November 27, 1999. Valenciennes, France.
European Gathering of Young Digital Creation highlights the technologies of the future and purposes a realistic look at the jobs of tomorrow. The four day gathering will feature conferences, round table discussions, and screenings of the best digital work and three-dimensional films. The event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Valenciennes in association with Supinfocom.
Newtek has once again reinforced itscommitment to the Macintosh platform by announcing that Lightwave 3D 5.6,and the recently announced Lightwave 6 is compatible with Apple's new MACOS 9. The new OS 9 platform brings features such as QUICKTIME 4.0 support,floating windows, and faster real-time manipulation to MAC-based Lightwaveusers for the first time. Apple will be releasing OS 9 this month, andLightwave 6 will be available before the end of the year. For moreinformation visit www.apple.com or www.newtek.com.
Alias|Wavefront, producers ofaccredited character animation and visual effects tool Maya, have announceda significant upgrade to the product; an upgrade which brings important newtools to 3D animators and effects artists. Version 2.5 comes complete withMaya Paint Effects: a revolutionary new tool which allows artists to createand animate stunning organic and painterly effects almost instantly. PaintEffects features an extensive library of 2D and 3D preset brushes, which
THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS has promoted ROB MOORE to the position ofexecutive vice president of operations and finance. In his new position, Moore will be responsible for all of the business and operating activities of The Walt Disney Studios, including feature animation, live action film, TV animation and Wonderful World of Disney television production, theatrical and video marketing and distribution, the Studio's music operations, stage play business and Miramax Films. Moore, 37, joined The Walt Disney Studios in 1987 as a senior financial analyst. In 1990, he was promoted to vice
WALT DISNEY FEATURE ANIMATION has promoted DUNCAN ORRELL-JONES to theposition of vice president of finance. In his new role, Orrell-Joneswill oversee operational finance and accounting for Feature Animation'sworldwide operations, including Disney's Burbank, Orlando and Parisanimation studios. Since May 1997, Orrell-Jones has served as thedirector of finance and planning, during which time he has been responsible for developing and managing Feature Animation's labor, expense and capital
Walt Disney Records' DISNEY SWINGING CHRISTMAS is a collection ofholiday favorites performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. It includes "TheTwelve Days of Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Nutcracker Medley" and "TheChristmas Song," among others. The compact disc is available now exclusively at The Disney Store and Disney Theme Parks for US$8.99. . . The TOY STORY 2soundtrack features songs and score by Randy Newman (TOY STORY, A BUG'SLIFE), and performances by Grammy Award-winning Sarah McLachlan,
Digital Leisure has released SPACE ACE DVD-ROM, the sequel to DRAGON'SLAIR. As one of the first animated video games in history, Space Acefeatures non-stop video entertainment. The evil Commander Borf haskidnapped Ace's girlfriend, the beautiful Kimberly, and is plotting toenslave the Earth using his dreaded "Infanto Ray," a weapon that changeseveryone it blasts into a helpless baby. Game enthusiasts can choose toguide Ace, or his weak alter-ego Dexter, through Borf's strongholds to