Electronic Arts has unveiled the games it will feature at E3 Media and Business Summit at the Los Angeles Convention Center July 15-17. The games -- scheduled to ship on multiple platforms in 2008 and early 2009 -- include riveting graphics, deep stories and online, socially connected experiences.
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The Internet audience has made its decision after two months, and the Bitfilm Festival Awards are official. Ninety-one films from 25 countries competed for Bitfilm Awards in six categories. More than 130,000 people from 146 countries visited the Bitfilm Festival online.
3D Space -- Computer Generated 3D Animations
First Place (2,000 Euros): OUR WONDERFUL NATURE by Tomer Eshed (Israel/Germany)Second Place: DO PENGUINS FLY by Alban Lelievre (France)
The Television Animation Conference kicks off its fifth year with the announcement of top level keynote speakers Brown Johnson, the President of Animation for Nickelodeon, MTVN Kids and Family Group; Seth Green and Matt Senreich co-executive producers, writers, and directors of ROBOT CHICKEN. The festival is September 17-18, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario.
A red-headed girl dressed in rain boots and a raincoat excitedly runs out of her house after a rain storm. She looks into a puddle and sees a tide pool with a school of fish. In another puddle ahead of her, a penguin pops out, or so she imagines. Her trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium had followed her home.
Gamecaster has licensed its patented virtual camera control technology to Elliott Animation, a full-range animation studio located in Toronto, Canada. Elliott Animation has integrated Gamecaster's technology into the studio's production pipeline, and is using the technology to film Amberwood Ent.'s ROLLBOTS, a 26 episode 3-D animated action-comedy TV series for kids, commissioned by Canada's YTV, a division of Corus Ent., Inc.
SIGGRAPH announces the return of the Artists in Residence program to SIGGARPH 2008, taking place August 11-15 in Los Angeles, California. This program was first introduced in 2007 and will feature six established resident artists -- with backgrounds ranging from art and computer design to architecture and engineering -- collaborating together and with conference attendees in real time.
Four-time NBA All-Star LeBron James is teaming up with Nickelodeon's The Big Green Help pro-social campaign this month in a brand-new online mini-game, LEBRON JAMES: WORLDWIDE BIG GREEN BIKE-A-THON! that features James.
Available now on www.biggreenhelp.com, players are asked to help a bike-riding LeBron avatar deliver green tips across the globe to rack up points and progress to the next level of play. In addition to the game, James will appear in a The Big Green Help public service announcement airing throughout the summer.
Actress Helena Bonham Carter is in talks to join TERMINATOR SALVATION, the fourth installment in the franchise, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
The Oscar-nominated actress would play a small but pivotal role in the McG-helmed film. Characters in the new film are being kept secret in the origins story of the battle between humans and Skynet. Principal photography began in New Mexico last month.
Warner Bros. and Halcyon are releasing the action film next May.
Harmonix and MTV Games have turned up the heat on this summer's concert season by putting ROCK BAND on the road. The best-selling video game is going mobile and bringing music to the masses -- hitting State Fairs across the country and some of this year's biggest tours and festivals, including Bonnaroo, the Vans Warped Tour and Crue Fest.
VFX and animation house Rhythm & Hues used MAXON's BodyPaint 3D, to address a myriad of complex texture painting challenges associated with the creation of central scenes and characters in the recently released Universal Pictures feature film, THE INCREDIBLE HULK -- most notably, The Hulk's distinctive muscle-popping green skin.
The Jetix programming block, which airs on Toon Disney, has licensed U.S. cable television broadcast rights for the animated property, JIMMY TWO SHOES. The news was announced today by Kevin Gillis, Ira Levy and Peter Williamson, exec producers at Breakthrough Animation.
SIGGRAPH 2008 New Tech Demos (formerly Emerging Technologies) present creative, innovative technologies and applications in many fields including displays, robotics, input devices, and interaction techniques. These New Tech Demos will be unveiled this August during SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Rustlers may be the market leaders in the hot snacking section of your local supermarket, but that doesn't mean they're content to rest on their burgers. They've teamed up with Machinima.com, the most popular machinima website in the world, to launch the art in the U.K. -- and they've brought along a friend to help them.
In a dynamic change to the format of the traditional SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, this year's art and design program will represent innovative juried and curated installations across two complementary themes -- Slow Art and Design & Computation.
In Slow Art, new media artists re-imagine speed through the paradigm of slowness.
Animation Weekend At The AcademyBeverly Hills, California, USAAugust 8-10, 2008
More information will come soon, but several Academy events the weekend of SIGGRAPH have been announced:
Friday, August 8 -- "Sound in Animation" (hosted by Mark Mangini -- Academy Award-nominated sound editor) The use of sound in classic animation -- clips, discussion and live demonstrations of sound effects.
Teletoon Canada has appointed Caroline Soucy to the position of Director Teletoon Interactive. Soucy will lead Teletoon interactive and web development projects and supervise all aspects of the award-winning website teletoon.com, the recent winner of the Promax/BDA Silver Award for Consumer Website.
The Russian Film Company has acquired all TV and DVD rights for (39x30) THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR for Russia and the CIS from Amberwood Ent.
THE SECRET WORLD OF BENJAMIN BEAR was commissioned by Canada's The Family Channel, and has since been placed on its new service, Playhouse Disney. There are 39 half-hours currently available and the series has been licensed in more than 110 territories worldwide.
To help lift the spirits of seriously ill children and their families, Nintendo of America and Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation have committed to placing hundreds of popular Fun Centers, now featuring Wii game systems, in hospitals across the United States and Canada this year.
Nintendo of America is manufacturing 1,250 new Fun Centers in their first run, and Starlight expects to have about 500 of them placed in hospitals by the end of the year.
This year, Anime Expo has teamed with Bang Zoom! Ent. to offer free voice acting workshops at Anime Expo 2008. In celebration of Bang Zoom! Ent.'s new DVD release of ADVENTURES IN VOICE ACTING Volume One, there are scheduled one hour free classes that will give participants a taste of voice acting with insiders' tips, general discussions and chances to dub with a professional audio engineer.
Anime Expo 2008 will be held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, USA. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
DECODE Ent. has followed recent major deals for hit preschool series FRANNY'S FEET with a third season commission from Family Channel, an Astral Media network.
The Canadian broadcaster has ordered a further 26x11 minutes, bringing the total to (104x11 or 52x22), and will air the new season on its Playhouse Disney and Family channels.
Recent deals for the property have seen the television series acquired by PBS Kids Sprout, following excellent ratings for the show in the U.S. on THIRTEEN/WNET where it airs daily, and in the U.K., a sale to the Disney Channel.
For one more week, the worldwide online community has the chance to cast their votes to decide upon the winners of the Bitfilm Festival. The online voting runs until July 1, 2008 at www.bitfilm.com/festival. 91 films compete in six categories for the Bitfilm Awards. On July 9 the winners will be disclosed at the Bitfilm Award Show held at Planetarium Hamburg. The prize money, donated by the Hamburg Cultural Authority, totals 10,000 Euros.
DART, Central America's leading production company and post facility, has selected SpeedGrade XR to drive their DI finishing pipeline. SpeedGrade XR offers a complete set of grading and finishing tools for all available RAW and video formats. DART, who recently purchased Silicon Imaging 2K cameras for their production work, will now be able to review, color correct, and assemble projects using the native RAW files straight from the camera.
International sales agent Megafilms.net has signed FreeTV and Home Video rights with MICO-NHK (Japan); FreeTV rights with ARD/NDR (Germany) and SVT (Sweden); TFO (Canada); DTT and Cab/Sat. rights with YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway) and Raisat (Italy) to air the first season of preschool stop motion animation "animal edutainment" (52x3) RIBBIT’S RIDDLES.
Sample episodes online screening on www.megafilms.org/popup.php?p=archives&vid=61
A week packed with 300 short films ended on Monday June 9 in Hamburg. The 24th International Short Film Festival screened 214 of almost 4,000 submitted short films in the competitive categories and a further 100 films in non-competitive special programs.