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Mixin Pixls Connects For Verizon Wireless

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, September 20, 2000 at 12:00am

Digital animation company Mixin Pixls has birthed a new spot for Verizon Wireless entitled "Cellular Division." Directed by See Spot Run's Lawrence V. O'Flahvan, the spot begins with a view through a microscope studying a phone-looking cell. The "cell" divides into two phones, then splits into five, explaining that with Verizon's Family Share Plan one pool of minutes can be divided between up to five phones. "Creating the animated sequence was an exciting creative challenge," said Mixin Pixls CG animation director Harri Paakkonen.

Animation Headline News

The Acrobat Issue Of Animation World Magazine Is Now On-Line!

For feature films Martin Goodman is taking a look at this summer's

hits and misses. Gerard Raiti is figuring out why some cartoons don't

work as live-action adaptations and others do. Amid Amidi is

profiling feature films that have been released outside of the big

studios' theatrical machine. Plus, for a look into the Japanese

feature film market, resident expert Fred Patten is going to outline

the lay of the land of the rising sun. Plus, Larry Lauria speaks with

Animation Headline News

New Jobs: Animators, Digital Artists, Directors, Visual Artists And More...

Norrköping, Sweden-based UDS, an interactive entertainment developer,

is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR to create content and animations for

online/wireless and PC games. . . Cambridge, UK-based Kelseus

Limited, a 3D computer graphics software company, is looking for 3D

PROGRAMMERS to join their R&D team. . . San Francisco,

California-based Mondo Media, a successful new media company that

creates, develops, and syndicates animated entertainment, is looking

Headline News

Transfer Your 3d Skills To The Groundbreaking Xsi Software

Take a 5-day Softimage XSI Essentials course so that you can hit the

ground running with XSI. This course is offered by The Renaissance

Center, Dickson (just west of Nashville), Tennessee, September 25-29,

2000. The Avid Certified Instructor is Olwen Nash, who has worked for

London-based MetroNewMedia (soft3D ATC) and The Finishing School

(European XSI ATC). For more information and registration please

contact: Vona Redden, tel.: (615) 740-5517; email:

vona.redden@rcenter.org; or visit

Digital Headline News

Rhythm & Hues' Hughes Appointed To Advisory Board Of Digital Hollywood And Dhima

Digital Hollywood, Japan, and DH Institute of Media Arts (DHIMA),

Santa Monica, California, one of the world's largest digital media

institutes, have recently appointed John Hughes, President and CEO of

Academy Award-winning studio Rhythm & Hues, to their advisory board.

John Hughes will provide curriculum advice and deliver periodic

lectures, introducing state-of- the-art technologies to the school

curriculum. For more information, check out the school

web site.

Toon Headline News

Toon Boom Expands Its Presence In India With Sriven Multi-Tech And Dataquest

Hyderabad-based Webtoons India, Sriven Multi-Tech's creative

animation and digital ink & paint facility has partnered with Toon

Boom Technologies to set up USAnimation, the leading vector-based

digital ink & paint and compositing software, at their studio. With

facilities and offices in India, Australia, Canada and the U.S.,

Sriven Multi-Tech Limited (www.srivenmultitech.com) offers expertise

in software development, multimedia content production, digital

Events Headline News

New Additions To Awn's Calendar Of Events

This week's updates to the Calendar

of Events includes the upcoming

Bit by Bit Exhibition in Manitou Springs, Colorado, USA; the Wanadoo

Talent Show in Cannes, France; INDAC 2000 in Cologne, Germany; and

many more! With multiple search capabilities, AWN's new calendar of

events gives you a customized way to look through the upcoming events

- by Name, Location, Entry Deadline, Category, Event Type and more.

Million Headline News

Scary Movie Holds Strong In IBO, Top Prems By Hollow & 60 Seconds

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 12:00am

This past weekend the international box office saw the Miramax record breaker, SCARY MOVIE, hold strong in the U.K. and Australia, while HOLLOW MAN and GONE IN 60 SECONDS premieres topped charts around the globe. In the U.K., SCARY scored another US$2.04 million, lifting its British cume to $7.6 million. Holding on in second, SNATCH by Guy Ritchie summoned $1.54 million, raising its homeland cume to $11.96 million. Another shoot 'em up flick took third - SHAFT's debut drew $1.22 million in the U.K. THE CELL made a less than flashy premiere in fifth, with a gross of $776,039.

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iCast Buys Shortbuzz & Lays Off 30

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Netcaster iCast, a subsidiary of Internet conglomerate CMGI, has purchased independent short film site Shortbuzz.com. As part of the acquisition, iCast has raised its library to 400 films. On Friday, September 15, 2000, the company, however, laid off 30 employees in its technical and editorial divisions. The Website will replace those positions with new employees with more entertainment experience. iCast VP of public relations told VARIETY, "We know the business we want to be in, and were streamlining. Were not shutting down. In fact, well be stronger as a result.

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Pseudo: Another Dotcom Downfall

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 12:00am

On Monday, September 18, 2000, Pseudo Online Network closed down its operations, making the newest dotcom downfall. The Website had laid off 58 employees earlier this summer, which was roughly 25% of their workforce. The site originally ran as separate channels with original interactive content, however the Netcaster recently changed to one central channel broadcasting shows from 2 pm to midnight. Pseudo's big claim to fame was their extensive coverage of the U.S. Republican National Convention with 360º camera views of the convention floor.

Animation Headline News

Stan Lee Media Slashes 19 Positions

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 12:00am

Stan Lee Media Inc. has eliminated 19 positions, deciding to outsource animation production to overseas companies. The move is part of SLM's deal with Toon Boom Technologies to use its U.S. Animation software on SLM productions. The Web content creator said in a press release that the decision would allow the company to maintain quality animation while reducing internal overhead costs.

Million Headline News

The Cell Slips Behind Live-Action Leaders

By Rick DeMott | Tuesday, September 19, 2000 at 12:00am

With newcomers like thriller THE WATCHER and black comedy NURSE BETTY finishing #1 and #2 respectively, THE CELL slipped to fourth at the U.S. box office. Finishing right after the former two-week champion BRING IT ON, THE CELL, with primary visual effects by Toybox, grossed another US$3.65 million, raising the films cume to $51.34 million. Finally fading at #5, SPACE COWBOYS made 51% less than last weekend with a gross of $3.34 million. The senior citizen space saga, with primary visual effects by ILM, has floated $78.83 million thus far.

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Wildbrain.com Webcasting Live On Location From Ottawa 00!

After a whirlwind tour of the World Animation Celebration in

Hollywood and the International Festival of Animated Film in Annecy,

wildbrain.com will be coming to you live from their houseboat on the

scenic Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Wednesday, September 20 through

Sunday, September 24 (4:30-6:30 pm EST)...

Headline News

A More Solid Foundation

By Mike Amron | Monday, September 18, 2000 at 12:00am

Foundation Imaging is starting a training facility, Foundation Institute. Though pricey, about US$20,000 a year, the Institute could prove to be a worthwhile endeavor, due to Foundation's numerous production roots. Foundation Imaging created animation for Star Trek, Babylon 5, and the Starship Troopers TV shows. For more information on the school visit their Website at www.foundation-i.com.

Spot Headline News

Quiet Man’s Johnnie Semerad Stains GE Weathermate Ad

Quiet Man founder Johnnie Semerad handled the visual effects on the new GE Weathermate spot. Beneath the glow of fireworks, a group of workers applies GE Weathermate and a competing product to respective halves of the Atlantic City boardwalk. The next morning, the portion treated with Weathermate is ready for the crowds and the competitors half is still wet and fuses a boys sandals to the wood. "The first thing we had to do with the Weathermate spot was add fireworks and enhance the background," says Semerad.

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MIFED Market 2000 Will Focus On New Marketing Straregies

* Sunday, October 29, 2000. Milan, Italy.

MIFED, the Cinema and Television International Multimedia Market, is a leading market for independent audiovisual productions. MIFED 2000 will focus on new marketing strategies to develop alliances and co-productions. For more information contact Elena Lloyd at: MIFED/E.A. FIERAMILANO, Largo Domodossola, 1, 20145 Milan, Italy; Tel.: ++39 2 48012912 48012920; or Fax:. ++39 2 49977020.

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