No Oscar Tour would be complete without the famous Nominee Cake! As the 2011 Tour winds down, so do the nominees and assorted guests, at least for one evening. Held again this year at Ron's house, the party was fun, intimate and warm, despite the rainy weather outside. And of course, we all got sugared-up feasting on the nominated films - literally!
The final day of the 2011 Oscar tour was the busiest of all – morning at the Disney ARL, lunch, 2 screenings and several tours throughout the afternoon, followed by the AWN-Acme Oscar party Friday evening. You could sense the animators were getting a bit antsy, greeting the same questions with the same answers for the umpteenth time, their smiling faces showing traces of exhaustion and anxiety as they silently counted down to the Oscars on Sunday. No rest for the weary however as things really were just getting started.
One of the highlights of the week was a morning spent at Disney's Animation Research Library (ARL). Housed in the non-descript former feature animation studio, the library houses more than 65 million pieces of animation art representing over 80 years of work from Walt Disney Animation. If you love animation, or have any sense of animation history, then the Disney ARL is a little slice of heaven. Actually, it's the whole pie.
Every year for more than a decade we’ve toured DreamWorks’ expansive Glendale campus with either the Animation Show of Shows, our Oscar Showcase tour, or both. We’re always greeted with open arms and we’re always shown tasty morsels of upcoming films – last year, for example, Simon Otto showed us 20 minutes of How To Train Your Dragon well before it was released. This year did not disappoint.
If it’s Friday, it must be Pixar. And as most would attest, a visit to Pixar is pretty special. In no particular order, we met John Lasseter, crawled around the infamous Love Lounge, drank Scotch with Andrew Gordon in the Lucky 7 Lounge, met up with Oscar-winner Ralph Eggleston and his mending broken finger, had lunch with Roger Gould, screened the nominated films for 235+ staff, saw concept art, original models and other visual goodies from several films and talked to Bob Peterson. And, we bought Girl Scout cookies in the Pixar lobby. Quite the day indeed.
Tippett Studio is a well-known cg studio that specializes in feature film visual effects and creature animation. Legendary founder Phil Tippett is the creative force behind some of the most iconic animated creatures and characters in cinematic history. Our second day ended with a screening and highly anticipated tour of their main production facilities. We were not disappointed.
Like intrepid but warmly dressed explorers venturing into mysterious but GPS-identified territory, our group set forth into the crisp morning air in search of our first tour stop, the new Walt Disney Family Museum. We caught a break – the rain had stopped, at least for a few hours, leaving behind a beautiful sunny sky. We weren't so lucky later in the day - we were pounded by rain and hail.
Now following a second New York ruling tossing out their claims, the owners of Stan Lee Media have won the right to pursue a new suit against Stan Lee in California, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
In a couple hours we’re off to the Disney Museum and then over to Skywalker Ranch for the rest of the day and evening. It’s funny – in all the years we’ve been doing this annual tour and get-together with the animated short nominees, this is the first year I’ve gone on the northern California leg. One thing or another has always kept me in LA. I’m excited, though my room is freezing. I should drag this room heater back home – it would make a great air conditioner for my office.
Special Guest: Ottawa International Animation Festival - Part 2
The Big Bang, Opposable Thumbs, Fire, the Wheel, Chop-Sticks, Animal Husbandry, The Mona Lisa, Gigli, Head-On, the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum. Now, the most exciting conclusion to the most anticipated part 2 part of the most recorded audio podcast by the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2010...
UTV Ignition Entertainment Ltd., A leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment, announced today that it has consolidated its West and East Coast operations to a central office in Austin, Texas with on line micro transaction gaming studio, UTV True Games.
MAXON Computer GmbH, Germany, the software developer and manufacturer of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, intends to expand its presence in Singapore and ASEAN countries by establishing a new MAXON ASEAN Competence Centre in Singapore in partnership with its existing distributor, IM Innovations Pte Ltd.
Amberwood Entertainment is pleased to announce that SVT has licensed the broadcast rights for its newest pre-school series, Rob the Robot, for Sweden.
It is our pleasure to inform you that you can now submit your films for the 4th edition of the International Animated Film Competition at ANIMATOR\2011 Festival!
D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, today announced a host of new and continuing money-saving discounts and special offers, all designed to bring fantastic opportunities to D23 Members throughout the coming year.
After the very successful 2010 Edition, I'VE SEEN FILMS International Film Festival announced, along with its founder, international artist Rutger Hauer, that the Festival’s 4th Edition will be held from October 5 to 14, 2011 in Milan, Italy.
Cartoonist and animator Michael Jantze is teaching a Master Class on January 8th at the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
International, content creation and brand communications company Gravity has launched a West Coast office to be helmed by Karin Levinson, Vice President of Features and Television.
Special Guest: Ottawa International Animation Festival - Part 1. Full laurels, keys to capitals, and banks of international accolades might weigh down other comedy podcast journaltarians of animation, but never for the lion-hearted, docu-brave, master news-making martyrs (and hyperbolically humble) Joel Frenzer and Alan Foreman. Join them as they interview animation's brightest and best about books, inappropriate cartoons, competing podcasts, pirates, and pumpkins - live from North America's largest festival of international animation in Ottawa, ON in 2010 at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2010.
The National Film Board of Canada is offering fun, creative and wallet-friendly daily activities for families at its downtown Toronto Mediatheque this holiday season.
Corus Entertainment’s Nickelodeon (Canada) is giving kids two new reasons to tune into Nick as the network welcomes T.U.F.F. Puppy, a new 2D animated comedy from hit-maker Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents) and the new CGI animated comedy series Planet Sheen this January.
Dublin based animation company, Igloo Animations, launched their latest product GimmeTheShortVersion.com. The award winning animators have created a website to explain seemingly complex issues relating to the Government, Finance and the Environment.
2 and half days of information, training, reflection and discussions between professionals for a complete overview of all animation and cross-media issues.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment and Nick Grace of Water Lane Productions Ltd (WLP) announced today that BATMAN LIVE – a unique action-packed live show - will tour arenas for the first time ever across the UK and Europe, beginning in summer 2011 and arriving in North America by summer 2012.