Uli Meyer Animation created a 30-second computer animated title sequence for the German television station WDR show entitled MADE IN EUROPE. To illustrate the wacky nature of the show, which features guests from six European countries who talk about and perform country-specific oddities and customs, Uli Meyer Animation chose to use stereotypical images of European countries presented in a comical way. Some of the title sequence elements include dancing Can-Can girls on top of a London bus driven by Picasso that crosses in front of the Eiffel Tower while a Scotsman does a sword dance.
Geographical Region: Europe
December 5, 2001 marked the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney's birth. Here is a selection of articles from Animation World Magazine celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of this visionary man and the corporation that bears his name:
- Disneyland: From Dream to RealityKatie Mason relates Disneyland's history from Walt's dream to an attraction that has drawn over 400 million visitors since its opening day, July 17, 1955.
Each week, Animation World Magazine offers new articles, special features and theme-based coverage of the art, craft and industry of animation. New this week:
- The Animation Pimp'Tis the season for xmas cheer and thank goodness the Pimp is here. The Animation Pimp reviews the true meaning behind a few of our favorite Christmas animated specials.
The 8th Annual Bradford Animation Festival (BAF), held at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford, Yorkshire, November 16-18, 2001 attracted over 200 animation professionals and students from all over the U.K., and received more than 300 entries for the BAF Awards. In addition to traditional and computer animation demonstrations, there were seminars and screenings, capped off by the awards presentation, which saw Michael Dudok de Wit take home yet another award for his Oscar winning short father and daughter.
The Cinanima International Animation Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1977, Cinanima has been promoting the international art of animation in Espinho, a city located on the Northern coast of Portugal. It capped off a week of screenings and seminars with the awards presentation on November 11, 2001. Russian Dmitri Geller's film HELLO FROM KISLOVODSK took home the Grand Prize and France's Xavier de L'Hermuziere and Philippe Grammaticopoulos won the RTP Prize and tied for the Journalists Award for their film LE PROCESSUS.
This Week: Black Nights Film Festival: Wednesday, November 28 - Sunday, December 09, 2001, Tallin, Nafta Estonia . . . Reg Hartt's Sex & Violence Cartoon Festival: Saturday, December 01, 2001 - Saturday, December 28, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . ASIFA-Hollywood Christmas Party: Thursday, December 06, 2001, Burbank, California USA . . . 9th Annual New York Digital Salon: Monday, December 17, 2001 - Wednesday, January 16, 2002, New York, New York USA.
The Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists, Local 839 IATSE, the labor union for screen cartoonists and CGI artists and technicians in southern California, has updated their Website with the November 2001 edition of their monthly newsletter, The Peg-Board. In the November issue: Kevin Koch elected Local 839 president and Steve Hulett re-elected as business representative . . . From the President: President who? . . . From the Business Representative: Where do we go from here? . . . BKN vote on meeting agenda . . . Our gift to ourselves: training for the future . . . Which side are you on? . . .
Sweden's Studio FilmTecknarna has just completed two 20-second spots for Triss Instant Ticket Lottery in Sweden. Over the holiday period, Triss will be running their Gold Rush/Guldrushen competition with a top prize of 10 million kronor (approximately US$944,000), an unusually high amount for a Swedish scratch card. FilmTecknarna director Nick Hewitt developed the commercials using Bengt Lindberg's illustrations that are currently featured on the lottery tickets.
Den Haag, Holland's Bodylab is looking for an ANIMATOR . . . Van Nuys, California's Brain Zoo Studios is looking for an ANIMATOR . . . North Vancouver, BC's Capilano College is looking for an ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . London, England's Doublevision is looking for an ANIMATION PRODUCTION SECRETARY . . . Los Angeles, California's Fluxus21 is looking for an AGENT . . . London, England's franklinpictures is looking for a 3D DESIGNER to work on TV, film and games animation . . .
Incontri Arte Animazione, an art and animation conference and screenings, will be held in Torino, Italy on December 8-9, 2001. Promoted and organized by ASIFA Italia, this meeting aims to bring attention to animation as an art form with a particular stress on independent short films of research, experimentation and artistic expression.
The Art Institutes International at San Francisco is looking for an ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR, a BACKGROUND DESIGN AND LAYOUT INSTRUCTOR and a SURVEY OF MEDIA DESIGN & GAME LAYOUT INSTRUCTOR . . . Vancouver, BC's Arts Umbrella is looking for a DIGITAL ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . Islington, London's Blue Sunflower Animation is looking for an AGENT . . . Swindon, Wiltshire's Celmation is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR . . . HoChiMinh City, Vietnam's Demen Animation Studio is looking for an ANIMATION AGENT . . . Redwood City, California's Electronic Arts is looking for a MAYA CHARACTER ANIMATOR . . .
To raise young peoples awareness to the dangers of smoking, students at Antonio Arroio High School in Lisbon, Portugal participated in an animation workshop conducted by AnimAction Inc., where they produced their own media campaign warning their community about secondhand smoke. AnimActions Tobacco Use Prevention Education Program has run successfully in the greater Los Angeles area for 12 years and for the first time the program was presented to high school students in Portugal.
InBetweening America, Candy Kugel's short film based on a Saul Steinberg New Yorker magazine cover illustration of 20 American faces was screened at the New York Film Festival on October 5 and 6, 2001. Although the film was completed and accepted into the festival before the events on September 11th, the American flag motif and the variety of American faces seemed particularly relevant in light of recent events.
Canadian independent entertainment company CinéGroupe is beginning production on two new animated TV series, THE THREE PIGS and EDWARD, bringing its current production slate to nine new and five returning animated and live-action entertainment productions set for airing on U.S., Canadian and international television networks during the 2001-2002 television season.
Ubi Soft Entertainment's online division has launched ubi.com, a new gaming portal that allows gamers to play games and participate in online communities. ubi.com is now available in North America and France and will eventually spread to other countries. The company also has plans to extend ubi.com to console gamers later in the year. Since online communities are an important part of the gaming culture, ubi.com has licensed state-of-the-art forum technology to make it easy for players to post their comments and ideas online and hopes to give fans the ultimate community experience.
Cartoombria 2001 will take place on December 12 and 13, 2001 at the Teatro del Pavone in Perugia, Italy. Cartoombria showcases animation from around the world, with a focus on digital and multimedia animation. The festival also holds special events highlighting international schools and training programs on computer animation, new media and Web animation. For more information, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The October Acrobat issue of Animation World Magazine is now on-line! In this issue, we investigate Innovative Animation Techniques. Karl Cohen goes behind the scenes at Pixar to look at the making of their latest blockbuster Monsters, Inc. Pierre Hérbert proves that independent animation isn't being left in technology's wake. Sweden's Studio FilmTecknarna offers innovative design coupled with a love of music and a smart subversive wit. Joan Kim interviews Nina Paley, Michèle Cournoyer, Stephen X. Arthur and others about their innovative filmmaking techniques.
Hollywood, California's Acme Filmworks is looking for a freelance ANIMO COMPOSITOR . . . AniByte is looking for 3D ARTISTS located in the U.K. and EU . . . Toronto, Ontario's Evil Clown Animation is looking for a CO-PRODUCER and part-timeTRADITIONAL INBETWEENER/CLEAN UP artists for work on an original short film . . . Barcelona, Spain's Filmax is looking for a 2D ANIMATOR . . . Los Angeles, California's Networking People is looking for a ARTIST/ANIMATOR for work in a game development studio . . . New Studio is looking for a MAYA ANIMATOR/SHAKE COMPOSITOR . . .
Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, February 24, 2002. York, UK.
Entry Deadline: Saturday, January 12, 2002
The 18th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) handed out its awards for this years festival at a gala celebration held at the Chicago Cultural Center on Sunday, November 4, 2001. The 10-day festival is the largest competitive festival of films for children in North America. Awards were handed out by two juries, the Adult Jury, whose members include media professionals from the film and video, animation, television, radio and print industries, and the 70 member Childrens Jury, comprised of children ages 7-13.
The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the winners of its fourth annual interactive entertainment awards. Peppers Ghost Productions TINY PLANETS ONLINE (Publisher: Sesame Workshop) took home the award for Best Entertainment Website. The Website features the characters Bing and Bong and provides a range of animation, activities and interaction for young children. Disney Interactives TIGGERS HONEY HUNT CD-ROM (Developer: Doki Denki) won in the Childrens category.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Team Soho has been hard at work creating THE GETAWAY, a highly anticipated game for Sony's Playstation 2 console. In THE GETAWAY the player takes on the role of Mark Hammond, a retired bank robber who is forced back into the world he left to save his son from an evil mobster. To animate the games characters, Team Soho used five motion-capture performers at once, in real-time. Each motion-capture performer wore an Ascension CyberSuit outfitted with 11 sensors and had a separate backpack and receiving base station.