When you see a never ending line of Otaku marching toward an exhibition gate, a press pass is priceless. But even after bypassing this dragon's tail, I was immediately submerged in a wave of anime fans as I waded into the exhibition hall.
Now with the crazy award season over, AWN offers readers a chance to catch up with all the adventures of the animation nominees. Watch interviews with the nominees and a who's who of the animation community as part of AWN's Oscar Showcase videoblog! New episodes will be posting weekly. Check them out on AWNtv.
"We're almost there." I don't remember which nominee said it, but it was very fitting, given that Walt Disney Animation Studios was the last stop yesterday on the L.A. leg. Of course, "Almost There," from The Princess and the Frog, summarizes the hopes and dreams of all the nominees. So, it was also very fitting that Princess and the Frog directors Ron Clements and John Musker were on hand to view the shorts and meet with the nominees.
NOLA.com is reporting that test shooting has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' GREEN LANTERN. The Martin Campbell-directed project began shooting in Madisonville, La.
VARIETY is reporting that Toonz Animation India has opened a distribution arm, Toonz Ent. USA, in Los Angeles.
The annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City will kick off its ninth year on April 21 with the premier of SHREK FOREVER AFTER, COMINGSOON.NET reports.
Who says there are no celebrities in Animation? We arrive at Pixar an hour early, the van is buzzing with excitement. We are about to meet some of the ROCK STARS of animation. To be granted a tour at Pixar is a privilege not extended to everyone!
Pixar is living through a new golden age. The string of hit films, the triumph of Up, the promise of the studio’s ambitious new projects, all fill the space with a glow. I’ve visited Pixar before, and each time I’m aware that someday I’ll be telling people not yet born that, yes, I visited Pixar.
SF’s Dolby Laboratories in Potrero Hill hosts tonights screening of the Oscar-nominated shorts for SF’s ASIFA chapter. As if I’d had any doubts that I was among serious animation fans, chapter president Karl Cohen’s next announcement, that the Balboa Theater will be screening some Gumby shorts in honor of the recently-deceased Art Clokey earns an audible gasp from the audience. This group loves animation, and lives animation.
Film history is a subject near and dear to the heart of George Lucas, which was evident in every aspect of ILM’s headquarters. The lobby itself can keep a film buff entertained for hours, with an extensive library of Star Wars books and magazines, life-size replicas of Darth Vader and Boba Fett, and an incredibly cool life-size statue of legendary special effects artist Willis O’Brien posing a model King Kong atop the Empire State Building.
Day Two of the 2010 AWN Oscar Tour begins at Skywalker Ranch and continues on to ILM in San Francisco and then to an evening screening with ASIFA-San Francisco.
Day One of the 2010 AWN Oscar Tour begins at PDI/Dreamworks and continues on to ILM's Big Rock Ranch.
Eric Balfour and Donald Faison have signed up to star in SKYLINE, a sci-fi thriller being directed and produced by visual effects artists Greg and Colin Strause, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Chinese animator Te Wei died of respiratory failure at the age of 95 in Shanghai, according to WIKINEWS.
In the end, James Cameron could only be outdone by himself. AVATAR surpassed TITANIC over the weekend, Jan. 29-31, all the all-time worldwide grosser with $2.04 billion so far. The film raked in $31.2 million and held on to its #1 spot for the seventh straight week.
Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures are once again planning to bring the Oscar-nominated short film program (Live-Action and Animation) to theaters starting Feb. 19, COMINGSOON.NET reports.
ASIFA-Hollywood is proud to announce the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, director, producer and one of pop culture’s most recognizable figures, William Shatner, will host the 37th Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA.
Change always accompanies the new year. And The Anime Beat is no different. That's right folks, I'm continuously expanding this little dog and pony show!
For AVATAR, PLF (Pixel Liberation Front) was charged with designing and animating the monitors and HUDs for the fleet of military aircraft, a handful of shots in the shack set and some set-extension composites. In all, they delivered more than 220 shots.
I Castelli Animati takes place about an hours drive from Rome, in the large and bustling ancient Roman town of Genzano on Lake Nemi. Narrow cobbled streets, ancient stucco buildings with red tile roofs, black iron gates, shuttered windows...this area has been a busy center since before the birth of Jesus.