Sharon Schatz interviews Brian Nilles on the newVicon 8 motion capture system and the future of the industry.
Ruth and Roger Whiter were lucky enough to meet Ray Harryhausen for tea and a chat about his career, the craft of stop-motion and the value of careful planning.
On January 24, 2000, Robert A. Iger was named president and chief operating
officer of The Walt Disney Co. as well as a member of its board of
directors. Previously, Iger served as chairman of the Disney-owned ABC
Group and president of Walt Disney International, Disney's overseas
business division. Michael Eisner, Walt Disney's chairman and CEO, also
announced the promotion of Chief Strategic Officer Peter E. Murphy and
Chief Financial Officer Thomas O. Staggs, to the positions of senior
Fantome, one of Europe's premier producers of 3D animation, was founded in
1985 by Georges Lacroix. Fantome has gained an international reputation,
and garnered more than 40 international prizes, including an Emmy. Its most
notable credits are: THE GEOMETRIC FABLES (50 x 3 minutes), the first
computer-generated animation series ever made, and INSEKTORS (26 x 13 min)
which has sold in more than 160 countries. In 1998 after being faced with
Assistant editor JESSE REISNER has moved up to editor at New York-based
EDITING CONCEPTS. Reisner holds a BFA degree in visual arts from Brown
University. Despite his impressive academic career, he credits the staff at
Editing Concepts with the bulk of his education and technical experience.
Reisner's first national spot "Puppy Love," for Casio via Della
Femina/Jeary and Partners, debuted recently. His earlier work includes
regional spots for Bob Stores (KGA Advertising, CT, Spencer Antle
CYBERWORLD INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION, a new-media company, has announced
that PAUL LYPACZEWSKI has joined the company as senior vice president of
strategic business & product development. Lypaczewski will oversee the
strategic business and product development group within CYBERWORLD to
further develop the company's software technology. Lypaczewski will also
help build strategic industry relationships to help make CYBERWORLD the
dominant provider of interactive Internet-based multimedia. Lypaczewski
3D animator ANDREW SINAGRA has joined the computer graphics team at San
Francisco-based RADIUM. With specialties including modeling, particle
effects and volumetric effects, Sinagra will be involved in creating 3D
animation and visual effects for commercials and music videos. Sinagra
joins Radium from Midland Productions, a Berkeley, CA-based computer
animation house specializing in special venue films, feature films and
commercials. While at Midland, Sinagra created 3D animation for ROBOTS OF
CARTOON NETWORK has named TIMOTHY HALL their new executive vice president.
Hall will be responsible for integrating marketing to popularize the
network's brand in the U.S. and globally, and creating new business around
the world. Prior to Cartoon Network, Hall was senior vice president of
boys' toys marketing and product development at Hasbro, Inc. Hall was
responsible for the overall strategic direction, marketing and product
development of Star Wars toys and games, among other brands. He began his
CLAIRE ROBINSON has been named senior vice president, intellectual property
law, for THE WALT DISNEY CO. Robinson will oversee Disney's intellectual
property group, which is responsible for intellectual property matters for
the company and its subsidiaries worldwide. Previously, Robinson held the
position of vice president in the same department. Before joining Disney in
1989, she was with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington,
QUICKBAND NETWORKS, a leading distributor of short-form entertainment, has
signed KIM ADELMAN as editor of SHORT, a compilation of award-winning
live-action, animated, experimental and documentary short films distributed
exclusively on DVD. The company also promoted CRAIG WELLS to director of
acquisitions. Kim Adelman joins QuickBand Networks from fXM: Movies From
Fox. At the Fox-owned movie network, Adelman launched the short film
division, fXM Shorts. During her tenure at fXM, Adelman produced 19 films,
METV.COM, a new Internet video-on-demand company, opens its feature film
licensing drive with the arrival of veteran film-buyer JOHN REWEDA as vice
president of content acquisition. "John's (Reweda) expertise will play a
key role in establishing contact with the leading movie studios and
independents as we move toward our June 2000 consumer launch date," said
Martin French, MeTV.com senior vice president. Reweda will help the
fledgling business develop and obtain content for its MeTV.com Web site,
On Wednesday, January 12, 2000, The Walt Disney Co. announced that Joe
Roth, their movie studio chairman, was resigning to form an independent
film company. He will be replaced by studio president Peter Schneider. Roth
assumed the chairman position in August 1994 after the departure of veteran
Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. During his tenure, Roth helped Disney
lead rivals at the U.S. box office in terms of market share, with help from
BRUCE GIONET has become BLACK LOGIC's new CGI Supervisor. Gionet will lead
the New York-based company's artists in the production of computer
generated imagery for film, television and advertising. For the last eight
years, Gionet was the Director of CGI at Cyclotron/Post Perfect in New York
City. His credits range from his work on the opening of THE LATE SHOW WITH
DAVID LETTERMAN to Emmy-winning design on WWOR New York's News opening.
Trivandrum, India-based TOONZ ANIMATION INDIA PVT. LTD. named TOM TILBURY
to their exec staff. Base of operations for Tilbury will be Los Angeles,
where he will helm all sales and marketing for the studio's operations in
India and the U.S. Tilbury joins Toonz Animation from Cambridge Animation
Systems were he served as VP of International Distribution.
RADIUM, a computer graphics house, adds 3D animator Andrew Sinagra to its
ranks. Sinagra will focus his specialized talents in modeling, particle
effects and volumetric effects to commercials and music videos. Previously
employed at Midland Productions, Sinagra worked on creating 3D animation
for ROBOTS OF MARS, a computer animated feature. . . .
Toronto-based DECODE ENTERTAINMENT has announced DOMINIQUE BAZAY and
CAROLINE DORRIS to its recently formed international distribution
division. As Director of International Sales, Bazay, who will be based
in Toronto, will head distribution activities and sales to Scandinavia,
Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe and South Africa, among other
territories. Bazay previously served in sales for BBC Worldwide
Americas, Paragon Entertainment, and the CBC. Dorris will also serve as
British-based ATTIK, a commercial and broadcasting production house, has
appointed PAUL DRIVER as Design Director at Attik's New York branch.
Formerly the Creative Director at Attik/Huddersfield, Driver will head
day-to-day creative decisions at the New York studio.
CRAIG M. JOHNS was named to INTERFACE MEDIA GROUP's Client Services
Department. Interface Media provides Washington D.C. with film and video
production services. Formerly Locations Coordinator for the Iowa Film
Office, Johns will work with clients on a day-to-day basis scheduling
resources and coordinating client's needs.
New York-based BLACK LOGIC, a production and post-production house, has
hired 3D animator MARK VOELPEL. As R/GA Digital Studios' Director of
CGI, Voelpel directed commercials for Dodge, Bell South, S.C. Johnson,
LG and Orkin. Mark won a Clio for his work on the Orkin campaign. His
feature film credits include 3D effects supervision on flicks like
DEMOLITION MAN, THE LAST ACTION HERO, and THE SHADOW.
Atlanta-based CRAWFORD COMMUNICATIONS, a service provider for all
aspects of television, film, Internet, audio and satellite
communications, has announced that BILL THOMPSON has been promoted from
Production Services Division's Director of Operations to VP of
Post-Production. The 10-year veteran of the company will oversee
editing, audio, graphics, telecine and the film labs. While no longer
servicing the day-to-day operations, Thompson will still head Crawford's
Cartoon historian Leslie Cabarga interviews famous animators from beyond the grave. What do Winsor McCay, Georges Mi, Max Fleischer, Walt Disney, Pat Sullivan, Otto Messmer, Tex Avery and Lotte Reininger have to say about their lives and the current animation scene? Read on!
We surveyed a wide range of leaders from all walks of animation's varied path and asked them their opinions on the biggest issues facing us and how this will change our industry.
BLUE SKY STUDIOS, a leading animation house, has promoted LINDA ZAZZA to Operations Manager. She will oversee day-to-day operations of the facility and office, including recommending and hiring administrative staff, working with vendors, planning events and budgeting. Zazza began her tour of duty at Blue Sky as an executive administrative assistant.
Walt Disney's former Executive VP of Corporate Affairs JOHN COOKE was named the J. PAUL GETTY TRUST's exec VP of External Affairs. He will be responsible for establishing and maintaining all business relationships, including partnerships between the Getty and other cultural and corporate institutions around the world. . . .