Creative boutique EyeballNYC has completed work on a 15-second spot for allergy medication Zyrtek, sponsor of SESAME STREET, which broadcasts on PBS. Combining 3D green text animation and live-action, the company used everyday sounds to spell out Zyrtek (pronounced zur-tek) phonetically. A tent zipper, an electric mixer and a lawn mower together create the first syllable of the product name, while a skipping record, a game of checkers and a stick against a picket fence creates the second. An accompanying monochrome image and green 3D text animation reinforces each sound.
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Computer graphics house Island Fever Productions has completed two new commercials for Orkin's "fake-out" campaign. In this year's campaign, which like last years shows a pesky cockroach interrupting the viewing of two fake commercials, Island Fever Productions created the animation of the cockroach, all the additional animation and the final compositing for both commercials. The first faux commercial is for "Timmy Townsend P.I." in which Gary Coleman stars as a bumbling private eye. Island Fever created the CG logo treatment of flying streaking letters.
New York animation studio Black Logic has completed two 30 second commercials for Coldwell Banker. The first spot, titled "Concierge," shows a disembodied head of a beleaguered home buyer orbited by a series of objects representing the many headaches of the house hunting process. Directed by Black Logic's Michel Suissa, the spot uses colorful, high-energy graphics, propelled by a peppy musical score, to highlight an exclusive Coldwell Banker online service that assists people in managing the details involved in buying and selling residential real-estate.
Colorado animation studio Celluloid has just completed work on two public service announcements for Earth Share, a federation of America's leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations. Working with advertising agency Foote, Cone and Belding, director James Wahlberg and live-action production company Visitor, Celluloid, led by executive producer Jan Johnson and director Paniagiotis Rappas, provided the animation on both sixty-second spots. The first, titled "This Is," is based on a series of 30 paintings by designer Alan Brewer.
The Gnomon Workshop has released six new Alias|Wavefront Maya training videos on polygon modeling, cameras and dynamics. This series of six marks the third round of releases and brings the total number of titles available from The Gnomon Workshop up to 18. The new videos are currently shipping and can be ordered in NTSC or PAL from the company's Website. The videos were produced by Alex Alvarez, director of The Gnomon Workshop and Gnomon School of Visual Effects, and Darrin Krumweide, associate director of Gnomon School of Visual Effects.
* Thursday, September 27 - Tuesday, October 2, 2001. Lake Tahoe, California, U.S.A.
Entry Deadline: June 29, 2001
* Wednesday, May 2, 2001. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
MAC 3D NY, a Mac 3D Artist Association, is hosting meetings every other month at the Apple Marketing Center in New York City. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 6:00 pm. The topic is: Architecture and 3D/CAD Industrial Design, with guests from Form-Z, Architosh and Artlantis. The Apple Marketing Center is located at 53rd Street at Lexington Avenue, on the 29th floor of the Citicorp building. For pre-registration and other information, visit: www.mac3dny.org
* Sunday, April 29, 2001. Toronto, Canada
Sharon Katz' new short, THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE / DER FUS TORT premieres April 29, 2001 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE is a raucous modern Yiddish tale accompanied by Klezmer music. For more information on Sharon Katz' work, including her previous short, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH, visit: www.sharonkatz.net
* Saturday, April 28 - Sunday, April 29, 2001. Paris, France
* Wednesday, June 6 Friday, June 8, 2001. Annecy, France
Lombard, Illinois' Big Idea Productions, a family media company, ishaving an OPEN CALL for 3D ANIMATION DIRECTORS, 3D CHARACTERANIMATORS, ART DIRECTORS, ANIMATORS, CONCEPT ARTISTS and MODELERS. . .Halifax, Canada's Collideascope Digital Productions, Inc., a newmedia and convergence company, is looking for an ANIMATOR and 2DANIMATOR. . . Wiesbaden, Germany's Die Kolonie GbR, a talent andrecruiting agency, is looking for a TV-DESIGNER & ANIMATOR 2D & 3D. . .Bregenz, Austria's KE Consult is looking for a FLASH SPECIALIST to
An episode of AWN Affiliates Alison Snowden and David Fine's BOB ANDMARGARET has been nominated for the prestigious Rose D'Or, an annualinternational television festival and competition held in Montreux,Switzerland, open to more than 2000 producers and broadcasters fromaround the world. This year's festival will be held April 26 - May1, 2001. Of this year's 16 nominees in the Sitcom category, twoanimated series were selected, including UPN's GARY & MIKE, producedat Will Vinton Studios, and a BOB AND MARGARET episode titled "Going
- Complete Site Redesign for Animha
Animha Productions has completely redesigned their Website on AWN. The newsite has information on the organization, workshops such as"Suspended Animation" and "Eyes of Fire," cool clips from variousprojects, and the latest news and information about activities andhappenings within the organization. Animha is an association ofartists, writers, animators and filmmakers based in the NorthernRegion of England. Animha works in partnership with schools,
We've started compiling information about new short films for our AWNreaders, appropriately titled "Where's My Shorts?" Lest we get toojovial, each week, we'll provide a brief compilation of new shortfilms premiering during that week, either at a festival, exhibition,screening or online. They could be gems, they could be industrialeffluent, we hazard no guess. However, we can tell you that theworks are supposedly "new," which gives us hope that someone,somewhere is doing something besides lying around their den, eating
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
* 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.