Los Angeles, California-based Iwerks Entertainment, which specializes inhigh-tech entertainment systems, support services and film-based softwarefor Giant Screen, ride simulation and specialty venue attractions, recentlyopened a sales and support office in London, England. The office, which islocated at 59 South Audley Street, will be led by John Schreiner, VicePresident, Managing Director for Europe. The company is in the midst of aEuropean growth period that has included the addition of Iwerks Extreme
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Charles Schulz, the 77-year-old creator of the PEANUTS comic strip, hassecured final go-ahead to build a museum as a permanent home for CharlieBrown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang. Plans for the17,000-square-foot Peanuts museum in Santa Rosa, California, a town 50miles north of San Francisco, where Schulz continues to work in a studio hebuilt twenty-five years ago, were unanimously approved at a city councilmeeting October 26, 1999. Schulz and his wife first suggested the idea of a
Nearly 900 members of the animation industry and the general publicattended the 27th Annual Annie Awards, Saturday, November 6 at the AlexTheatre in Glendale, California, USA. The awards ceremony, presented byASIFA-Hollywood, The International Animated Film Society, honors animationachievement within film, television, commercials, home videos andinteractive productions. Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche, the voices ofPinky and the Brain from the Warner Bros. hit show, were co-hosts of a
Four hundred guests crowded the second floor theatre at the ChicagoCultural Center, Sunday, October 24, for the 1999 Gala Awards Ceremony andClosing Night Party of the 16th annual Chicago International Children'sFilm Festival. The following awards for animated films were given out:
Children's Jury Prizes - Feature Films and Videos - Animation
1st Prize, KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS by Michel Ocelot (France)
2nd Prize, ANNE FRANK'S DIARY by Julian Wolff (France, Ireland, UK,Netherlands)
The Tampere 30th International Short Film Festival takes place in Tampere,Finland from March 8 - 12, 2000. Entry deadline is December 7, 1999. As thebiggest short film event in Northern Europe, the Tampere Festival features80 screenings, a film market, and seminars. For more information contact:Tampere International Short Film Festival, Box 305, FIN-33101, Tampere,Finland; Tel. + 358-3-213 003; Fax: + 358-3-223 0121; or E-mail:email@example.com. Also visit www.tampere.fi/festival/film.
The 10th International Trickfilm Festival takes place in Stuttgart, Germanyfrom March 16 - 21, 2000. The entry deadline is December 1, 1999. TheInternational Competition will present the best animated productions fromthe past two years. More than 500 films will be screened at the festival.The Best of Animation includes a selection of the most interesting films inthe history of artistic, animated film. Young Animation is a competitionfeaturing animated films from schools and colleges. The festival will also
November is another packed, globe trotting issue as Animation World takes alook at the exciting arena of animated feature films. Heikki Jokinenreveals the health of the European feature market and its high hopes forthe future. Ilene Gannaway takes us inside the production of SonyImageworks' next wower, "Stuart Little." From story to technicalinnovations, Ilene gives us the inside scoop on how Imageworks is turning aCGI mouse, into one of the family. Andrew Osmond debates whether or not
mental images recently announced that its high-end Mental Ray renderingsoftware was the first workstation application to run on Intel's firstengineering samples of the IA-64 Itanium-based platform. mental images andIntel have been working hand-in-hand to create a version of Mental Ray thatwas ported and optimized for the Itanium processor. The new platform wasdemonstrated to attendees of the Intel Developer Forum in Palm Springs byIntel CEO Craig Barrett on an early version of Microsoft's 64-bit version
The Savannah College of Art and Design will host animators Bill Plymptonand Larry Lauria during the week of November 8, 1999 at the Savannah FilmFestival in Savannah, Georgia...
Previously, we reported that Warner Bros. Home Video had announced that THEIRON GIANT DVD would be letterboxed at 1.85:1, which would have beenunfortunate because the film has a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and Brad Birddesigned THE IRON GIANT partly in homage to the very wide CinemaScope filmsof the 1950s. But Warners has changed their mind and the DVD will beletterboxed at 2.35:1. THE IRON GIANT DVD will include letterboxed (2.35:1)and pan & scan versions of the movie, be 16X9, have AC3 and 5.1 surround
Image Entertainment is releasing Art Clokey's DAVEY AND GOLIATH on DVD andVHS. DAVEY AND GOLIATH was a stop-motion television series that was made byGUMBY creator Art Clokey for the Lutheran Church in America from 1962 to1977. It was usually shown on Sunday morning. In the series, Davey, a boy,and his dog, Goliath, would usually get into some sort of trouble, butlearn a moral lesson by the end of the story. The DAVEY AND GOLIATH DVDwill include eight 14 minute episodes. It is not region coded. Image is
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DreamWorks SKG, the company behind "The Prince Of Egypt," and distributorof PDI's "Antz," has expressed their pleasure with England-based AardmanAnimations' forthcoming feature "Chicken Run," by signing the PeterLord/David Sproxton/Nick Park company to a four feature deal. Set to bereleased June 23, 2000 in the US, "Chicken Run" is a stop-motion animatedcomedy feature about two chickens, Rocky and Ginger, and their attempt at a"prisoner of war"-type escape from a farm in the 1950s. The film is
Warner Bros.' THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, with visual effects by Hollywood,California-based K.N.B. EFX Group, Inc., finished third at the US weekendboxoffice with an estimated $7.8 million, for a total of $28.1 million. Thefilm is a remake of the 1958 William Castle horror film that starredVincent Price. Buena Vista's THE SIXTH SENSE, with visual effects byDreamQuest, finished eighth, grossing $3.2 million for a total of $264.1million. The American version of Hayao Miyazaki's PRINCESS MONONOKE, which
Burbank, California-based The Walt Disney Co. has reported a drop infourth-quarter profits. The entertainment company, which owns a filmstudio, a TV network (ABC) and runs theme parks around the world, said netincome fell to $85 million, or 4 cents a share, from $296 million, or 14cents a share, in 1998. Disney's earnings for its fourth quarter whichended September 30 included charges for acquiring Internet search serviceInfoseek Corp. Excluding the charges, profits fell 37 percent to $212
FRANK SAPERSTEIN has been appointed Creative Director of Philippines-basedpasi (PHILIPPINE ANIMATION STUDIO, INC.). His responsibilities will includequality control, co-productions and marketing, and technical development ofthe studio. He is based out of Los Angeles, California. Saperstein comesdirectly from Matinee Entertainment where he served asProducer/Director/Writer of KAMPUNG BOY, a co-production with pasi, whichwon a Special Prize for Best TV Program at Annecy '99. In addition, MIMBI
Puffin Designs, the award winning company behind Commotion LE and theCommotion Player, recently announced that a new image editing and effectsprogram for MAC and PC users - Commotion DV - is now shipping. The newsoftware is designed to make the nitty-gritty work of making visual effectsbelievable a piece of cake. For example, Commotion DV features a SuperClonebrush which makes wire and rig removal, crowd scene generation/editing,shot clean-up and much more easier. This new release also features Puffin's
A new upgrade to Ulead's popular video editing software MediaStudio wasrecently announced, with an interesting list of new features. The newversion will feature an integrated editing, painting, audio, and titlingtool in the one package. Ulead are also expanding MediaStudio'scompatibility and output features by announcing support for DV, MPEG-2, VFWand WDM capture drivers, and IEEE-1394 support. More drag and drop effects,filters and transitions will be present in the new version, along with new
British born Cambridge Animation Systems has announced a new plug-in forAlias|Wavefront's Maya which allows users to turn their 3D work intotraditional looking 2D animations. Animo Inkworks lets Maya animatorsexport their 3D data into Animo where it can be composited into a 2D sceneusing Animo's Scene III plug-in. This new release brings high-qualitytoon-shading to Maya users, and allows them to integrate their 3D and 2Dwork more tightly with a high degree of customisation.
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Squires' company Puffin Designs has begunshipping a Windows version of the already available MAC software 'CompositeWizard.' The Adobe After Effects plug-in is a smart little program whichgives artists the power to clean up After Effects composites quickly andeasily, fixing common compositing problems such as ragged edges, poor matteextractions, and improper focal depth cues. The package features over 20filters which can be used to clean up mattes, along with 'EZ' versions of
Spumco (THE REN AND STIMPY SHOW, RANGER SMITH) has begun a serialized WebComic called GEORGE LIQUOR'S FISHING SHOW, based on comics first seen inSpumco's COMIC BOOK, which was published initially by Marvel, then by DarkHorse. The Web version is like a comic book that talks, so when you clickon the dialogue balloons, George hollers at you, and there are also manyhidden sound effects waiting to be found. A new page or two will be addedevery weekday at www.spumco.com/entertainment/gfs/index.html.