The crew at guru animation studio in Toronto was recently presented a Silver Promax/BDA award for their work on 3 of 15 "very, very short films" for Canada's YTV network. Begun in July 2001, the spots were commissioned for YTV's 2001 fall branding campaign. The 3 1/2 second spots feature various characters, each of whom convey an abstract emotion, a weird concept or just a simple visceral pleasure.
Geographical Region: North America
Director Keith Ingham has joined Bardel Entertainment to helm SILVERWING, a new animated television series based on Kenneth Oppel's best selling children's novel of the same name. Ingham came to Bardel from Walt Disney Animation Canada, where he worked for 3 years as an associate director on direct-to-video projects including THE LITTLE MERMAID: RETURN TO THE SEA and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS. Ingham also produced and directed the television special WINNIE THE POOH, A VALENTINE FOR YOU.
TAKALINI SESAME, the South African version of the popular children's series SESAME STREET, will be introducing an HIV-positive role model into the Muppet cast. The ASSOCIATED PRESS has reported that, at the urging of the South African government, representatives of the Sesame Workshop have decided an HIV-positive Muppet character will join the series in September 2002. "We want to build hope and address the issues of stereotypes against HIV," said Yvonne Kgame of the South African Broadcasting Corp., which airs the program.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Comic-Con 2002: Thursday, August 01 - Sunday, August 04, 2002, San Diego, California USA . . . The Big Issue International Film Festival 2002: Wednesday, November 20 - Sunday, December 01, 2002, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, NSW, VIC, QLD,SA Australia . . . Torcon3, World Science Fiction Convention: Thursday, August 28 - Monday, September 01, 2003, Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Palos Verdes, California's Animation Design Center is looking for a BACKGROUND DESIGN INSTRUCTOR and a PROP DESIGN INSTRUCTOR . . . New York, New York's Bunko Studios, Inc. is looking for an ANIMATION/DESIGN INTERN . . . Sydney, Australia's Cape Productions is looking for DIRECTOR(S) OF ANIMATION . . . ComCore Services is looking for an VIDEO GAME ANIMATION ARTIST and a VIDEO GAME DESIGNER . . . Barcelona, Spain's Emotion Studio is looking for a CHARACTER ANIMATOR . . . Mumbai, India's Levioza Graphics is looking for a CARTOON ANIMATOR . . .
Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. has made some organizational changes and executive promotions in its North American operation. Kaz Hirai, the company's president and chief operating officer, said the new executive appointments are designed to accelerate a wide range of business objectives including the evolution of PlayStation2 as a broadband-based entertainment delivery medium. Andrew House and Jack Tretton have been promoted to executive vice presidents of Sony Computer Entertainment America.
The National Film Board of Canada has compiled on one DVD, seven short animated films, each created with a different technique. SEVEN TO SEE/SEPT À VOIR!
The Young Videomakers Program At The Hamptons International Film Festival.
East Hampton, New York, USA.
Wednesday, October 16 - Sunday, October 20, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2002.
The second Melbourne International Animation Festival in Melbourne, Australia concluded on Sunday, June 30, 2002 with a best of the festival screening and awards presentation. Featuring over 150 films from more than 30 countries, the festival is currently touring other major Australian cities. Among the winners of this year's awards were DOG by Suzie Templeton, which tied with Phil Mulloy's THE INVASION for Best Overall Film. The Best Australian Film prize of AUS$2,000 (donated by SBS Television) was shared by Dan Hartney's BUCKETHEAD and LOOKING FOR HORSES by Anthony Lawrence.
AWN Affiliates Alison Snowden and David Fine's 52-episode animated series BOB AND MARGARET will premiere on the U.S. cable network Showtime Women, beginning this Friday, July 5, 2002 at 8:00 pm. It will later air on other Showtime channels. The network will air all 52 episodes, with the most recent 26 episodes scheduled to air first. These feature Bob and Margaret living in Toronto instead of South London, and have yet to be screened in the United States. Canadian actor Brian George voices Bob, with co-creator Alison Snowden featured as Margaret.
Marco Island Film Festival.
Marco Island, Florida USA.
Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Thursday, August 01, 2002.
The 5th Annual Marco Island Film Festival (MIFF) is SouthwestFlorida's premier film showcase. Selected entries will be shownthroughout the festival, and audiences will determine the competitionwinners via confidential ballots provided at the screenings. Thereare also special jury awards. In addition to the film screenings,
Alberta, Canada'sLost Pencil Animation Studios Inc. is now offering a training DVDfocusing on character animation. THE ANIMATOR'S GYM contains nearly 4hours of training video that teaches the fundamental principles ofcharacter animation. Using Maya 4.0 Complete, THE ANIMATOR'S GYMprovides viewers with examples of completed short animations todiscuss how and why it was animated, where there are still problemsand room for improvement. The DVD also includes sections where the
Hollywood,California-based production company Super 78 recently completed anextensive graphics and animation package for the pilot ofreality-based show TAKE 2: LIVING THE MOVIES, airing on the USANetwork. The premise of the show is to assemble a cast of ordinarypeople to recreate some of the most life-threatening,adrenaline-pumping and outrageous scenes from well-known movies. Forthis unique program, Super 78 designed and created animation thatillustrates the action for the benefit of the viewing audience.
With no staff and no senior management, it seems as though Vancouver-based Sextant Entertainment Group Inc., co-producers of THE MR. HELL SHOW!, is no longer in business. A press release issued by Sextant announced that the company has been put into receivership after it was unable to come to an arrangement with creditors pursuant to the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) that Sextant had been granted in early June.
Zagreb 2002 recently concluded its 15th World Festival of Animated Films with Michael Dudok de Wit's FATHER AND DAUGHTER winning the festival Grand Prize. The official competition jury, Oksana Cherkasova (Russia), Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Linda Simensky (USA), Georges Lacroix (France) and Edo Lukman (Croatia), singled out FATHER AND DAUGHTER from the 85 films in competition. PA by Neil Goodridge was awarded Best Debut Film and Christopher Hinton's FLUX was presented with three special jury distinctions, including the Design Studies Jury Prize.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:
Cornerstone Film Lecture Series Featuring Michael Uslan: Thursday, June 27, 2002, Glendale, California USA . . . dhima's Summer Courses: Monday, July 08 - Saturday, August 10, 2002, Santa Monica, California USA . . . EuropaCinema: Saturday, September 14 - Saturday, September 21, 2002, Viareggio, Tuscany Italy . . . Marco Island Film Festvial: Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 27, 2002, Marco Island, Florida USA.
DecodeEntertainment Inc. has appointed The Sharpe Company as theinternational licensing agent for its new 3D animated preschoolseries THE SAVE-UMS! The series is scheduled to debut in February2003 as part of Discovery Kids new "Ready, Set, Learn" programmingblock on TLC and Discovery Kids Channel in the U.S. and on CBCCanada. Sharpe, current licensing agent for properties such asHUMPHREY'S CORNER and THUNDERBIRDS, will license THE SAVE-UMS! in allterritories outside North America.
Michael Dudok de Wit's multiple award-winning short FATHER AND DAUGHTER has claimed yet another honor, winning the Grand Prize at Zagreb 2002, the 15th World Festival of Animated Films. The official competition jury, Oksana Cherkasova (Russia), Joanna Quinn (Great Britain), Linda Simensky (USA), Georges Lacroix (France) and Edo Lukman (Croatia), singled out FATHER AND DAUGHTER from the 85 films in competition.
India's Chennai Studios is looking for an AGENT, a DISTRIBUTOR and a SALES DIRECTOR . . . Sunnyvale, California's Clay Pixel Studios is looking for a BUSINESS PLAN DRAFTER . . . Ukiah, California's Digitech, Inc. is looking for an ANIMATOR . . . Hollywood, California's Klasky Csupo is looking for a CGI ANIMATOR, a LIGHTER, a MODELER and a TEXTURE ARTIST . . . Dubai's Media Tech is looking for a COORDINATOR and an EDITOR . . . Chennai, India's MUV Media is looking for a COMIC BOOK ARTIST and a STORYBOARD ARTIST . . . Glendale, California's NeoPets, Inc. is looking for a CONTENT WRITER . . .
Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival.
Melbourne, Florida, USA.
Friday, September 13 - Saturday, September 14, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Friday, July 05, 2002.
Based on the Academy Award-winning short BOB'S BIRTHDAY, the 52-episode animated series BOB AND MARGARET has been acquired by Showtime Networks from Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, including 26 episodes never aired in the U.S. The series, created and written by David Fine and Alison Snowden, will premiere July 5, 2002 on Showtime Women, a channel devoted to programming in which women are instrumental, and will later air on other Showtime channels.
Deadline Extended! The Telluride Independent Film Festival.
Telluride IndieFest 2002, Telluride, Colorado, USA.
Friday, August 30 - Monday, September 2, 2002.
Early Entry Deadline: February 28, 2002.
Entry Deadline: July 1, 2002.
The coveted short film grand prize at the 26th International Festival of Animated Film at Annecy went to Adriaan Lokman's CG short BARCODE, while Barry Purves' animated comedy drama HAMILTON MATTRESS was honored with the grand prize for Best TV Animation Program. 245 films were screened in the "Annecy 2002" official selection, coming from 33 countries, with more than 200 films premiering at the festival. The awards were presented at the closing ceremony held on Saturday, June 8, 2002. Congratulations to all the winners!