This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: ConvergenceFilm/Video/Animation Festival, September 14 - September 20, 2001,Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.; Jan Svankmajer Restrospective, June15-17, 2001, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.; Mac 3D NY Seminars, May2, 2001, New York City, New York, U.S.A.; Matita Animated FilmFestival, September 27 - September 30, 2001, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy;Minnesota Fringe Short Film and Video Festival, August 3 - August 12,2001, Minnesota, U.S.A.; Nick Park Tribute At The Los Angeles Museum
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* Friday, September 14 - Thursday, September 20, 2001. Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Entry Deadline: June 1, 2001.
* Thursday, September 27 - Sunday, September 30, 2001. Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy.
Entry Deadline: July 7, 2001.
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.
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.
- 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
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
Discreet announced on April 9, 2001 thatit has begun shipping reactor, an integrated extension for 3ds max 4.Reactor, powered by Havok, incorporates technology that realisticallysimulates cloth, rope, liquid and hard-/soft-body objects thatcollide, bounce, break and stretch. Reactor officially launched lastmonth at the Game Developers Conference. Reactor features includerope dynamics that simulate any deformable chain from realistic hairto knots of climbing ropes; cloth dynamics that give objects
On April 10, 2001, at theMacromedia User Conference (UCON) in New York, Discreet announced a3ds max Shockwave exporter that includes support for rich characteranimation from character studio, dynamic physics from reactor andMultiRes mesh technology. With this integrated exporter, artists cantransfer 3D content directly from 3ds max into the Director 8.5authoring environment for deployment in the Shockwave format. "Withthe Shockwave Player already in use by more than 200 million Web
FUNimation Productions Ltd. has announced a slate of upcoming DRAGON BALL Z home video releases. OnApril 17, 2001, edited and uncut versions of DRAGON BALL Z PERFECTCELL - TEMPTATION and DRAGON BALL Z PERFECT CELL - PERFECTION arescheduled for release. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2001, areDRAGON BALL Z GREAT SAIYAMAN - CRASH COURSE and DRAGON BALL Z WORLDTOURNAMENT - JUNIOR DIVISION, also in both edited and uncut versions.The videos will retail for $14.95 edited and $19.95 uncut. DRAGON
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