Award-winning editorial, visual effects and design company Version2 has promoted editor Tina Mintus to partner. Mintus, who has been with owner/editor Vito DeSario for eight years, will head the company with DeSario and be responsible for new recruitment.
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Toon Boom Animation has released Toon Boom Studio v2.5 for Windows and Mac in French. The company, based in Montreal, a bilingual territory in Canada, said it was only natural to add the French capability to Toon Boom Studio's advanced feature set.
Toon Boom Studio integrates many outstanding features including:* 3D Sceneplanning to Layout your Animation* Dynamic Multiplane Camera Moves and Effects* Drawing Mode to Draw and Organize Your Assets* Optimized Library for Reuse of Templates* Automated Lip Sync Mapping
Planit, the Baltimore-based integrated brand communications agency, has been tapped by two high-profile organizations to design and produce 3D animation for a range of projects. The work is being produced by Planit's in-house broadcast design and animation studio.
Nickelodeons new Asian-inspired Nicktoons series, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, premieres with a one-hour special on Feb. 21, 2005 at 7:00 pm, featuring Aang (Zachery Tyler), a fun-loving 12-year-old who must forgo a normal life as the Avatar in order to master his latent powers over the four elements to restore world order. Following the special broadcast, the Avatar series will air in its regular time period, Fridays at 8:00 pm.
Nickelodeon is hosting the free, traveling exhibit "La Casa de Dora," a 10-city mall tour allowing kids to experience first-hand the interactive, bilingual home of DORA THE EXPLORER. "La Casa de Dora" kicks off Feb. 19, 2005, in Denver and will travel to 10 markets around the country, including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Albuquerque and San Francisco.
4Kids Ent. Inc. and Subway Restaurants have joined forces to launch a national promotion featuring the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. The seven-week promotion began Feb. 7, 2005 and continues through March 27, 2005, at participating Subway locations in the U.S. and Canada, while supplies last.
BOXX Technologies has introduced the BOXX 7300 series of workstations featuring dual AMD Opteron processors and NVIDIA nForce Professional Media and Communications Processors (MCPs). BOXX 7300 workstations support the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows XP x64, which will provide the ability to run 32- and 64-bit applications simultaneously, taking digital creativity to new levels.
Microsoft Corp. announced today (Feb.17, 2005) that it will voluntarily replace the power cords on 14.1 million Xbox consoles worldwide as a precautionary measure and out of concern for consumer safety.
Sony Pictures will release XXX, HELLBOY, RESIDENT EVIL 2 and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO for the PSP on April 19, 2005, reports VARIETY. SPIDER-MAN 2 will be bundled with the first million PSP units. Pricing on the PSP flicks will be announced later next week. Sony Pictures Home Ent. plans to release four to five catalog films each week for the PSP. Since the launched of PSP in Japan in December, more than one million universal media disc (UMD) movies have been sold.
Daniel Taylor has been appointed president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., following completion of the sale of MGM to the consortium now acquiring the film/TV studio and its library. The investor group consists of Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, DLJ Merchant Banking, Sony Corp. of America and Comcast Corp.
Love is on the air with TELETOON, Canadas 24/7 animation broadcaster, airing especially romantic episodes for viewers to watch on Feb. 14, 2005 their favorite characters get struck by Cupid.
The network aired a special Valentines Day episode of JOHNNY BRAVO on Feb. 12 at 7:30 pm with rebroadcasts on Feb. 14 at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm. In it, Mama sets Johnny up on a blind date where Johnny finally meets the girl of his dreams and it turns out to be a night shed soon forget.
Pixar animator John Kahrs, who worked on THE INCREDIBLES from model testing through completion, will discuss his work at Gnomon School of Visual Effects Feb. 24 at 7:00 pm.
Kahrs refined facial articulation for Mirage and Violet, and animated Bob and Syndrome, while working on Helen, Dash and Violet as well. He reveals the thought process he undertakes when trying to give each character life from the inside out...and the ways he brings detail and subtlety (or not) to each action.
Ottawa Intl Animation FestivalOttawa, CanadaDeadline: June 1, 2005
The Ottawa Intl Animation Festival (OIAF) has issued a worldwide call for entries for its 2005 festival, to be held Sept. 21-25 in Canadas capital. Since there no longer is an Ottawa Intl Student Animation Festival (SAFO), student animators are welcome to submit this year, along with Independent and commercial filmmakers working in a variety of media by June 1, 2005.
Kalamazoo Animation Festival InternationalKalamazoo, Michigan, USADeadline: March 1, 2005
Animation as entertainment, education, employment and art will be in the spotlight when the third Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) is staged the weekend of May 13 15, 2005, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Call for Entries for 2005 is still open in Studio, Independent, Educational and Student Categories. Therell be more than $15,000 in cash and awards! In the spirit of ASIFA, entry is free. Have your entries postmarked by March 1, 2005.
Cartoons On The Bay 2005Positano, ItalyDeadline: February 15, 2005
The deadline is a week away to enter Cartoons On The Bay 2005 for the Pulcinella Awards 2005. The 9th International Festival on Television Animation welcomes new animated series, pilots, TV specials, short films, social and educational programs.
Take part in the Pulcinella Awards 2005 and send your programs by Feb. 15, 2005. Regulations and the entry form are available on the festival Website www.cartoonsbay.com and may be sent online.
Nancy Fowler (formerly Bassett) moves up from svp to the newly created position of president, Worldwide Consumer Products at DIC. She will expand her role to include actively participating in the acquisition of new childrens properties for the purpose of developing licensing and merchandising programs for DIC.
Discreet announced combustion 4 software, the highly anticipated upgrade to its visual effects desktop software solution. combustion software for Windows and Macintosh will feature a complete set of sophisticated tools for visual effects creation, including vector paint, particles, effects, animation and 3D compositing tools.
20th Century Fox, which had been planning a Fourth of July-themed launch for FANTASTIC FOUR, has rescheduled the Marvel superhero actioner from July 1 to July 8, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. That cedes the holiday weekend to Steven Spielbergs WAR OF THE WORLDS juggernaut, starring Tom Cruise, with vfx by Industrial Light & Magic, which opens June 29 for Paramount Pictures.
FANTASTIC FOUR, with vfx by Canadas Soho VFX and Spectral Motion, will now go up against Sony Pictures BEWITCHED, with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, and vfx by Imageworks.
Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference and Resume WorkshopShoreline, Washington, USAFebruary 12, 2005
Seattle Video Game Industry Job Conference and Resume Workshop is taking place in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline at the Shoreline Center. Ten game companies are participating, including speakers from Mobliss, DigiPen (USA) Corp., Monolith Prods., Konami Digital Ent. -America, Sprout Games, Sony Online Ent., TKO Software, Gas Powered Games, Oberon-Media, Microsoft Xbox and Valve Software.
The Process of Making Great VideogamesWestwood, California, USAFebruary 8, 2005
LA ACM SIGGRAPH is hosting The Process of Making Great Videogames. Attendees will see the latest in videogames and the innovative ways in which they are being made. Presenters from Pandemic Studios, Shiny Entertainment & Electronic Arts will be presenting the latest in the art and science of game development.
Disney/Pixars THE INCREDIBLES took home the Grand Prix and Best Feature Film prizes at the Imagina Awards 2005, held Feb. 4, 2005, in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The jury panel included RYAN director Chris Landreth, PINOCCHIO 3000 producer Paco Rodriguez, WALLACE & GROMIT producer Michael Rose and SHARK TALE director Vicky Jenson.
The winners were:
Grand Prix Imagina:THE INCREDIBLES (USA)Director: Brad BirdProducer: John Walker (Pixar Animation Studios & Walt Disney Pictures)Feature (9)