Exent has launched TumbleBooks, a collection of animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in an easy-to-use format, through its Games-on-Demand services. The books are created by taking existing picture books licensed from leading children's book publishers, and then adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book.
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What do a disfigured musical genius, aviation pioneer Howard Hughes and a resurrected vampire have in common? This holiday season, their stories are being told using digital content creation tools from Discreet.
Chris Landreths RYAN was the only animated film named in Canada's Top Ten 2004 and will receive this honor at The Toronto International Film Festival Group to be held Jan. 28 Feb. 5, 2005 at the Cinematheque Ontario.
Established in 2001, Canada's Top Ten celebrates the finest in Canadian cinema and is selected by an independent panel of filmmakers, programmers, academics, journalists and industry professionals from across the country.
Key West IndieFest 2005Key West, Florida, USAApril 7 - 10, 2005Deadline: December 31, 2004
Key West IndieFest 2005 is an international event that showcases the best independent films and screenplays in the world by the sea. ALL selected artists will have the opportunity to have their entry presented to some of the most-respected Hollywood talent agencies, production companies and film distributors. The event also holds a screenwriting competition. For addition information, visit keywestindiefest.com.
DAVEY AND GOLIATH is making its return to television after a 30-year absence, in a new one-hour special, DAVEY AND GOLIATHS SNOWBOARD CHRISTMAS. The world premiere will air Dec. 19 at 12:00 noon (ET/PT) on Hallmark Channel, presented by Faith & Values Media. An encore broadcast of the program will air on Dec. 26 on Hallmark Channel at 12:00 noon (ET/PT).
LA ACM SIGGRAPH Hosts Polar Express ScreeningNorth Hollywood, California, USADecember 15, 2004
The Los Angeles Professional Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH presents an evening with Sony Pictures Imageworks -- The Making of THE POLAR EXPRESS. The event is hosted by Sony Pictures Imageworks with participation by nVidia and Maxon USA. Sony Pictures Imageworks will present their work from the movie followed by a raffle and special screening of the film.
Toon Boom Animation has launched the customer release of Toon Boom Studio v2.5 for PC. In addition, Toon Boom has announced the calendar of launch events for the release of Toon Boom Symphony.
Similar to the Mac 2.5 version, Toon Boom Studio for PC now includes a number of features, including:* Support for scanning* Ability to draw in the 3D Sceneplanning space* Improved sound scrubbing* Visualization and manipulation of drawings and keyframes in the Timeline.
Canadian broadcaster TELETOON won the Boomerang Grand Prix "Version Internet d'un média télé" (Television Broadcaster Category) for its Website, www.teletoon.com, on Dec. 1, 2004, in Montreal. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious Boomerang is the only award that recognizes Internet productions and multimedia created by or intended for the Quebec market.
HypeFest 2005 Hollywood, California, USAJuly 29-31, 2005Deadline: April 1, 2005
HypeFest sets out to link independent ideas with commercial creativity. Now in its third year, HypeFest will once again showcase original short-subject works from filmmakers around the world. The weekend-long event offers film screenings and nightly parties, complete with mixing and mingling opportunities. HypeFest also presents a screenplay competition, mentor sessions with industry experts and concludes its festivities with an awards show and closing night bash.
Karlskrona, Sweden-based GlobalFun AB has signed an agreement with SilverBirch Studios Inc., to publish and distribute SilverBirch's THE BLADE OF ZORRO branded game, based on the legendary Spanish Californian hero, el Zorro, "the Fox." GlobalFun will publish the title exclusively in specific markets worldwide, with a special emphasis on the North American, South American and European markets.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and 3D Ent. announced the upcoming release of SHARKS 3D, a film that brings the viewer face to face with a multitude of the world's great shark species, including the Great White, Whale Shark and Hammerhead. Audiences will experience them as they truly are in their natural habitat: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and highly endangered animals.
Leading game developer Ubisoft has purchased several licenses of Alias MotionBuilder 6 Pro. With more than 45 animators already trained on the software, Alias MotionBuilder 6 will be an integral component of Ubisofts production pipeline for animating characters in several of its upcoming games.
On Dec, 6, 2004, the Sundance Institute announced its lineup of short films for 2005. Out of 3,887 submissions, 82 flicks were chosen 10 of which are animated.
The animated shorts include:
9 (Director: Shane Acker)A BUCK'S WORTH (Director: Tatia Rosenthal)THE MEANING OF LIFE (Director: Don Hertzfeldt)MOTEL (Director: Thor Freudenthal)THE BIRTHDAY / Finland (Director: Kari Juusonen)FALLEN ART / Poland (Director: Tomek Baginski)IT'S LIKE THAT / Australia (Director: Southern Ladies Animation Group)
13th Flashforward and the Flash Film FestivalSan Francisco, California, USAApril 6-8, 2005Deadline: January 10, 2005
Flashforward and the Flash Film Festival are the world's first and largest gathering of Flash users. The event has more than 70 confirmed speakers, which include digital and design visionaries Matthew Carter, legendary type designer; Stefan Sagmeister, renown graphic designer; Laurence Lessig, digital rights attorney; and Ze Frank, Website humorist and developer.
digifest is Canadas largest annual festival of digital art and design. In 2005, digifest goes wild! in exploring the increasingly potent intersections of digital technologies with wild (i.e. irrational or uncontrolled) forces, from the biological to the psychological to the socio-political and beyond.
ASIFA-Hollywood announced the nominees for the 2004 Annie Awards, which will be held Jan. 30, 2005, at the Alex theatre in Glendale, California. Just leading the features is THE INCREDIBLES, from Pixar Animation Studios (Walt Disney Pictures with 16 nods while there are 14 for DreamWorks SHREK 2 and SHARK TALE, with seven each.
The Korean-produced clay animated film DOGGY POO, won a Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA). The film, released by Central Park Media, won in the category of 2004 Videos and DVDs for Preschoolers.
WIA/LA Chapter Holiday PartyUniversal City, California, USADecember 10, 2004
It's that evil time of year again, when ghouls and demons roam the streets in the early darkness... oh, wrong holiday. Come join with Women In Animation, the Los Angeles Chapter for our jolly and heartwarming annual Yuletide party: "Christmas With The Devil."
The National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) unveiled the agenda for its 2005 Conference & Exhibition, scheduled to take place Jan, 25-27, 2004, in its new location at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
French producer/distributor Moonscoop has signed a major deal with FUNimation Productions Ltd., the brand management company behind the wildly successful DRAGON BALL Z franchise, making the company the exclusive licensing agent for CODE LYOKO in the U.S. The far-reaching deal also makes FUNimation the exclusive home video distributor to CODE LYOKO for the U.S. and English-speaking Canada.
Avid Technology Inc. announced version 4.2 of SOFTIMAGE|XSI software, offering a series of enhancements designed to streamline the creative process for professionals working on complex CG productions including games, films, broadcast and post-production projects. Now, advanced features, such as crowd simulation and compositing and paint capabilities, are included with different versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 4.2 software.
Aspyr Media Inc. has shipped the expansion pack -- CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE, which introduces 13 all-new single-player missions distributed among historical U.S., British and Russian campaigns, an expanded multiplayer experience featuring 11 new maps and three new modes of play, plus new weapons, player abilities and special effects. Developed by Gray Matter Interactive Studios, CALL OF DUTY: UNITED OFFENSIVE is licensed by Activision Inc.