This month we take a look at one area of animation that has been showing enormous and steady growth. With game development on the rise and the emergence of new platforms, the gaming industry is rich with possibilities - not only economic but also artistic. Jacquie Kubin tells us why gaming is bigger than ever and how animators can bank on it in the future. Paul Younghusband discovers why Artworld UK is one of the leading, innovative gaming companies using digital images across several mediums for both continuity and profits.
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MIP TV (April 2-6, 2001, Cannes, France) is one of the premiere television conferences and markets in the world. The six-day event brings together production companies and distributors from all over the globe. The conference includes a vast array of panels and round-table discussions with some of the world's top professionals. MIP TV 2000 scored a hit with over 11,000 participants, representing 2,776 companies from 100 countries. The countries most represented in terms of stands were: France, US, UK, Canada and Germany.
Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. This week, we're asking more questions about "The Simpsons." What is the name of Eastern Europe's version of the Itchy and Scratchy cat and mouse duo? Which of the original Little Rascals did Moe star as when he was young? How many kids does Cletus have? Good luck...you'll need it!
The Brussels Animation and Cartoon Festival (February 21-March 3, 2001) has concocted an exceptional program for its 20th anniversary. 575 films were submitted for selection, a record number of entries. 113 of them have been selected, representing 19 countries. Belgium is well represented, with 24 entries. The complete list of selected films is now available on the festival Website.
Leading experts in their respective fields are here to answer your questions and give personal advice and insight...
The ballots are out. Women in Animation is currently holding its elections for the new International Board of Directors...
The brand new trailer for Disney's upcoming animated feature is online and you can find it through AWN's Feature Film Release Database...
The M.P.S.C. Local 839 IATSE, the labor union for screen cartoonists and CGI artists and technicians in southern California, has updated their AWN page with the January 2001 edition of their newsletter, The Peg-Board...
Valencia, Spain's BLACK MARIA STUDIOS, an animation production studio specialized in 2D, 3D and Flash animation for TV, multimedia and Internet, is looking for 3D MODELERS and ANIMATORS with strong abilities for organic characters for TV productions. . . London, United Kingdom's Double Negative is looking for a CG R&D PROGRAMMER for its feature film visual effects team. . . New York's Epoch Films is looking for a RECEPTION/OFFICE MANAGER. . . New York's FDG, a live-action/broadcast design production company in the field of visual science, is looking for freelance 3D DESIGNERS/ANIMATORS. . .
* Thursday, February 15 Sunday, March 4, 2001. Stockholm, Sweden.
Zigzag Animation is presenting an Animation Gallery of the artwork behind various animated films. The first exhibit will be Ulla-Carin Grafström with her latest film KUNGLIGA KALAMITETER. The film premiered at the Gothenberg Film Festival. For more information contact ZigZag Animation at: Bondeg. 46, 11633 Stockholm, Sweden; Tel.: ++08 615 0882; Fax: ++08 615 0883; E-mail: email@example.com; or Web: http://www.zigzag.se.
* Monday, February 19, 2001. Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
FlashBang 2 brings online Flash entertainment to the big screen. This screening will highlight the best in Flash animation. In addition, interactive work will be available for viewing on displays provided by Apple. For more information visit their Website at: http://www.flashbangonline.com.
* March 2001. World Wide Web
The Mogra Festival 2001 is an online exhibit highlighting work from motion designers from around the globe. The idea is to create a comprehensive gallery of both creative and corporate work created in After Effects and motion graphics. The online gallery will be located at www.pitchtv.com, similar to the Interactive Playground. There are plans in the works to create a physical exhibit in New York City. For more information visit Web: www.pitchtv.com.
Rainbow Studios, a leading digital studio, recently switched its hoard of Intergraph workstations to 3DBOXX systems from BOXX Technologies. Rainbow Studios is involved in the production of numerous high-profile projects from short commercials and complex game cinematics to all CGI episodic television shows and film production. "We chose BOXX Technologies because they know more than how to just build a fast machine," says Nicholas Napp, vice president of digital animation at Rainbow Studios.
DPS has released their stop-frame animation software DPS AniMate for use with the dpsReality Studio Digital Disk Recorder (SDDR) and dpsVelocity non-linear editing system. DPS AniMate is a software package developed by DPS to enable stop-frame animators to build up animations quickly and easily. DPS AniMate, dpsReality and dpsVelocity can be used as stop-frame video assist or direct-to-disk systems.
Dark Horse Entertainment and Slovenia-based Strip Art Features (SAF) have teamed up to create a new company, Venture, which will publish graphic novels and comic books with the intent to launch them onto film and television. The first graphic novel to be produced by the firm will be BLOOD TIES by Belgian artist Hermann and writer Yves H. The story is described as a Faustian tale that journeys into a rotten big city with a junior detective from the suburbs named Sam Leighton.
DreamWorks is backing out of GameWorks, a string of location-based entertainment centers, which it helped found five years ago. DreamWorks' spokeswoman Vivian Mayer said, "Our commitment was a creative input. We fulfilled our commitment." Steven Spielberg was one of the original initiators of the company and oversaw the design of many of the coin-operated arcade versions of his films, like JURASSIC PARK. GameWorks has reported that same store sales are up an average of 10% in the past six months and overall revenue is up US$10 million from last year.
Sega Corp. has announced that it will cease production of its next-generation gaming console Dreamcast and will focus on game creation for Sony's PlayStation 2, Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and GameCube. "It's becoming harder and harder to be profitable with a hardware platform. It's the games that matter," said Peter Moore, president of Sega's U.S. operations. Very low holiday sales are attributed to this decision. As a result, the company will cut prices on the remaining consoles from US$149 to $99.95 beginning Sunday, February 4, 2001.
* Monday, March 5 Friday, March 9, 2001. Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.
Glenn Vilppu will be teaching drawing classes at Ringling School of Art and Design. He will address the topics "drawing animals" and "head drawing, expession and drapery." Vilppu is a distinguished teacher of illustration who has taught classes around the world. For more information contact the school at: 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34234, U.S.A.; Tel.: (941) 955-8866; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Thursday, March 1, 2001. Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
ASIFA-Hollywood is presenting a "Best of Ottawa Festival" screening. Ottawa Festival director Chris Robinson will present some of the highlights of the festival. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 725 South Victory Blvd., Burbank, California 91502, U.S.A.; Tel.: (818) 842-8330; Fax: (818) 842-5645; E-mail: email@example.com; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.