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Oscar Showcase 11 DreamWorks Brunch Gallery

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 11:10am

Every year for many years now, on the Saturday before the Oscars, DreamWorks Animation hosts a fantastic brunch at the famous Campanile. A lively mix of executives and creative riff-raff, the crowd feasted on delectable comfort food, boozing it up while speculating who the winners and losers would be the following evening. Many noteables were in attendance. Check out some of the festivities.


The Annual AWN - Acme Filmworks Oscar Party

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 3:38pm

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!


Oscar Tour LA Day 4: We’re Going to Disney

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 1:22pm

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.


Oscar Tour LA Photo Gallery: Disney Animation Research Library (ARL)

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 4, 2011 at 5:58pm

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.


Oscar Tour LA Day 2: A Dreamy Day at DreamWorks

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 4, 2011 at 5:19am

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.


Oscar Tour Day 3: A Pixar Tour de Force!

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 9:58pm

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.


More Oscar Tour Day 2: The Fantastic Digs of Tippett Studio

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 8:10am

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.


Oscar Tour Day 1: The Walt Disney Family Museum and Skywalker Ranch

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:24am

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.

Headline News

Stan Lee Media Lawsuit Resurfaces in California

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:58pm

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.


Day 1 of the 2011 Oscar Tour Brings Clear Blue San Francisco Skies

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 9:39am

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.

Animation Blogs

Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 21

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...

Entertainment Headline News

UTV Ignition Entertainment Consolidates US Offices with UTV True Games

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.

Headline News

MAXON Computer, IM Innovations to Establish MAXON ASEAN Competence Centre in Singapore

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.

Disney Headline News

Disney’s D23 Expands Member Discounts and Benefits for 2011

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.

Films Headline News

I'VE SEEN FILMS Announces the 2011 Call for Entries!

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.

Animation Blogs

Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum (podcast) x 20

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.

Animation Headline News

NFB Mediatheque Winter Wonderland! Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

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.