Icebox president Gary Levine is shedding his coat at the struggling entertainment Website for warmer pastures at Showtime. Levine was the key player in Icebox selling its STARSHIP REGULARS series to Showtime as a live-action series. At the cable network, he will assume the role of executive VP of original programming, and therefore will oversee the production of STARSHIP from the other side. Before joining Icebox, Levine served as exec VP of creative affairs for Warner Bros. TV.
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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...
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Plympton's new series of comics is extracted from the comic book "Polls Apart - How To Tell A Democrat From A Republican," by Kathy Paton & Bill Plympton...
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!
* 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
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.
* 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: email@example.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.
R!OT has provided visual effects for a new 30-second spot introducing the Escape, Ford's sporty, new SUV. The commercial opens with a simple black on white graphic reading "consumer affairs director." Several letters pull out of the graphic and reform as part of a logo on the back of a surfboard hitched to the top of an Escape driving along an animated beach.
Quiet Man has created the visual effects for the spots "Turkey" and "China," from the new four spot Fox Sports campaign via agency Cliff Freeman & Partners (NYC). "To convincingly create the effect of diving off a 50-meter cliff onto dry ground, I needed footage of a stuntman diving into an airbag, and a shot of a dummy falling onto the ground from an elevation of about 12 feet," said Johnnie Semerad, Quiet Man founder and lead visual effects artist. "With that we could then create a composite effect, using Discreet Logic Inferno, of the free-fall.