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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.

Animation Headline News

Store Specials: New Chinese Animation Videos

Chinese Animation Volumes 1 & 2 are now available to add to your

library of international animation. These two 80-minute volumes

include traditional cell animation and puppets, shown in their highly

original techniques of cut-paper, folded paper and brush painting by

some of Shanghai's famous animators. Witness some of the animated

shorts created in the last 50 years that have delighted both children

and adults in China and throughout the world. Te Wei, Qian Jiajun, Yu

Animation Headline News

Britain's Channel 4 Launches Animation Week

From September 23 - 29, 2000, the British terrestrial station Channel 4 is screening a veritable deluge of animation, ranging from the far-flung universe of FUTURAMA to the sharply-observed mundane world of POND LIFE. The only catch is most of it's being shown in the small hours, so set your video recorders. Saturday is the main night, kicking off at 9 pm with Channel 4 regular SOUTH PARK, followed FUTURAMA with a special introduction from creator Matt Groening. This is the series first time airing on British terrestrial TV.

Spot Headline News

Miss Jones Wins A Gold For AT&T Olympic Spots

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

Design and cross media studio Miss Jones produced three 30-second spots for AT&T's new media services, which started airing during the Sydney Olympics. Against a white background in the first spot, "Pop," AT&T's familiar blue globe morphs into a pan of popcorn, at first popping slowly and then building to a crescendo while the globe swells to bursting. The second spot "Newton" opens on six AT&T globes lined up in a white field.

Spot Headline News

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.

Headline News

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.

Headline News

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)...

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.

Headline News

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.

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.

Headline News

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.

Software Headline News

More Fluid Motion?

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

Fluid dynamics has been an emerging technique in CG, with several productions utilizing dynamics in features such as PERFECT STORM and U-571 and several software companies, like Alias and Realflow, are developing fluid software. Is applying dynamics to forestry and foliage, for natural wind and lifelike shadowing effects, the next application to use natural physical dynamics? We'll see. . .

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