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Blogs Nominees Hang Ten with Surf’s Up Directors & Sony Artists

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 2:53pm

While the films were screening for the studio artists, we were treated to a backstage look at the making of Sony’s Oscar-nominated animated feature Surf’s Up. VFX supervisor Rob Bredow gave us a nice overview of creating the beautiful waves and mockumentary style of the film.

Headline News George of the Jungle and Casper Themed Attractions Coming Soon

Entertainment Rights announced today it has appointed 3DBA as its key sales partner to turn its brands into themed attractions.

George of the Jungle and Casper are currently being showcased at major trade shows throughout the world and a number of deals are expected to be announced soon.

ER is the U.K.'s leading global media group, specializing in the ownership and management of children's and family programming, characters and brands.

Blogs No One Wants to Ever Leave Skywalker Ranch, Because…

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 2:00pm

Once arriving at Skywalker Ranch’s breakfast area, after much more sleep than I had on my last visit, many of the tour members were already having a bite to eat before starting the hectic three-screening day. During the screening, the tour group split into two to tour the main house. Despite having seen the sights last year, it doesn’t diminish the wonder at all, especially when accompanied by a group who have never experienced it before. Adjectives like “awesome” and “insane” wafted through the air.

Blogs ILM’s Valentine’s Gift — A Night at Skywalker Ranch

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 15, 2008 at 4:27pm

As we drove up to Skywalker Ranch, the excitement was clearly growing in the packed van. After watching the Skywalker Sound reel and some animation clips in the impressive Stag Theatre, we met with Randy Thom, who is nominated for his sound work on Ratatouille.

Blogs Nominees Have A Date with Brad Bird, Ed Catmull & The Rest of Pixar’s Staff

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 15, 2008 at 3:50pm

A first for the tour, but most likely not a first for the Madame Tutli-Putli team was about their enigmatic ending. Maciek explained that the intention of the film was less about plot and more like a poem where one scene doesn’t dictate the next, but informs the preceding scene.

Blogs Love for Pixar on Valentine’s Day

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 15, 2008 at 3:34pm

The Animation Pit, where the artists work, is filled with intricately decorated offices, a haven for toy lovers. When more office space was needed, traditional cubicles were brought in, but the artists hated them. So after a little research, for the same amount of money, they were able to bring in little huts called tough shed, which have been transformed into mini-offices in the middle of the wide halls.

Headline News Shrek Goes To Broadway

SHREK THE MUSICAL will make its Broadway debut this December, following preview performances in Seattle in late summer.

Tony Award winner Sutton Foster will portray Princess Fiona, Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber will play Lord Farquaad and Kecia Lewis-Evans will portray The Dragon.

Casting for the title character and Donkey will be announced soon.

Headline News Three Arrested in Denmark in Plot to Kill Cartoonist

An assassination attempt has been thwarted with the arrest of two Tunisians and a Dane in Denmark on Tuesday.

One of 12 cartoonists who created caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, Kurt Westergaard, 73, was the target, according to THE NEW YORK TIMES.

He depicted Muhammad wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb with a burning fuse.

The arrests were made in raids in the city of Aarhus, where Westergaard's paper, JYLLANDS-POSTEN, is located.

Blogs Even Pigeons Go To Heaven Director Sam Tourneux Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 4:20pm

Someone called me when I had friends over for dinner. It was someone who speaks English. I needed time to switch my brain in the English mode, but I understood: “…academy… motion picture…. Congratulations!!!” So I answered, “Yes ?! Thank you!” But I didn’t really understand what it was all about.

Blogs Peter and the Wolf Producer Hugh Welchman Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 3:30pm

I was approached by a conductor, Mark Stephenson (who went on to be our Music Director on the film, and conducted the world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall) who had heard about the awards that I had picked up at film school, and he asked me if I had ever thought about doing films with live music.

Headline News DreamWorks Comes to Dubailand

Development company Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, announced it has formed a strategic alliance with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. to develop a diverse portfolio of tourism and leisure projects in Dubailand, the world's most ambitious tourism, leisure and entertainment destination. A highlight of the alliance will be the creation of a 5 million-square-foot DreamWorks Animation branded theme park in Dubai.

Blogs Madame Tutli-Putli Producer Marcy Page Answers The Six Questions

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 4:55pm

The studio was crammed with interesting bits of artistry that clearly pulled in influences from a broad base of culture — art, theatre and film. Amidst the puppets, props, collage assemblages, posters and paraphernalia, I remember one sign that they had up on the wall, that said something like, “an impossible task, a tight budget and a crazy deadline are the mothers of invention”. No doubt, a little spirit catcher for stray producers.

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