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Blogs An Interview with Marc Petit, Senior VP of Autodesk M&E

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 3, 2011 at 3:32pm

Marc Petit, Senior Vice President of Autodesk’s Media & Entertainment division, talks about how studios are meeting the challenges of economic uncertainty and workforce globalization and how his company plans to meet future need for technology tools, including adoption of Open Source standards.

Blogs On The Road To Annecy 2011

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 3, 2011 at 10:40am

My flight to Geneva leaves tomorrow morning at 7:50, an ungodly hour to begin 24+ hours of delirium shuffling through airports, getting groped by stink-eyed security drones, squeezing into airline seats designed for anorexics, all the while wondering why I’m not home asleep in bed, or watching Archer reruns while sipping a delicious Kamikazee.

Blogs Be There! Corfu Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 3, 2011 at 10:16am

The debut edition of BE THERE! CORFU ANIMATION FESTIVAL was the first animation festival to be held on this beautiful Greek Island. A large audience from throughout the island enjoyed a wide array of programs and workshops as well as the opportunity to meet Greek and international artists from the world of animation.

Headline News A Brighter Future for Children’s TV Animation in the UK

Household favourites including Rolf Harris and Richard E Grant are backing animated television programmes for children despite the lack of government support for the UK animation industry.

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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!

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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.

Blogs 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.

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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...

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.

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.

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