The regional awards for excellence in film and television in British Columbia, Canada, The Leo Awards, announced their nominees on April 11, 2002. Winners in 74 categories will be announced at two separate ceremonies on May 10 and May 11, 2002. Vancouver-based studios Mainframe and Studio B dominated the animation noms, with Mainframe picking up nominations for series' ACTION MAN and REBOOT as well as four nominations for the direct-to-video BARBIE IN THE NUTCRACKER including Best Animation Program and Best Children or Youth Series.
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Last October, MIPCOM 2001 Personality of the Year, MTV's Tom Freston, stated in response to the events of September 11th and the diminished attendance of the market, "TV will bounce back." This year's MIPTV, which took place in Cannes from April 15 to 19, 2002, showed strong evidence that the television community is on the way to recovery. Organizer Reed Midem reported over 2,600 buyers from 1,052 companies attended the market and representing an increased number of buyer companies, up 20% from last year.
Canadian CGI animation house Mainframe Entertainment and ANGELA ANACONDA creator Honest Entertainment, announced at MIP-TV that they have joined forces to create the new collage animation series FAMILY VALUES. Created and written by Tom Brady (THE SIMPSONS, THE CRITIC) and Joanna Ferrone (co-creator of FIDO DIDO and ANGELA ANACONDA) the series will be produced using collage illustration made from cut paper with photographs used to portray each character's face.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:
dhima Student Presentation and Open House: Friday, April 26, 2002, Santa Monica, California USA . . . New York Premiere of 3D Animated Feature Film: Wednesday, May 01, 2002, Brooklyn, New York USA . . . Toronto Online Film Festival: Monday, September 16 - Wednesday, September 18, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Max the Mutt Animation School - Open House: Saturday, April 27 - Sunday, April 28, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Once again, a cast-off from The WB has found a home on Cartoon Network. First CN picked up BABY BLUES and now they've nabbed MISSION HILL, a series about the quirky inhabitants of the titular fictional neighborhood. The show will debut on Sunday, May 5, 2002 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) during Adult Swim, Cartoon Network's block of animation aimed at adults 18-34. MISSION HILL originally aired on The WB in the U.S. during the 1999-2000 TV season. Cartoon Network has acquired all 13 episodes, seven of which have never been aired in the United States.
The 6th Pulcinella Awards were presented in Positano, Italy, April 22, 2002 at Cartoons on the Bay, the international festival and conference on television animation. 38 programs were in competition for this year's awards. The international jury was made up of Bob Balser (president of Cartoon, Belgium), Eve Baron (head of the childrens department, France 3, France), Bill Kroyer (senior animation director at Rhythm & Hues, USA), Phillippe Jacot (director of children's programming UBE, Switzerland) and Gianfranco Noferi (director of RAI, Italy).
Moondance International Film Festival, Boulder, Colorado USA.
Friday, May 16 - Sunday, May 18, 2003.
Entry Deadline: Tuesday, October 01, 2002.
Adobe Photoshop 7.0, the latest version of Adobe's image-editing software, is now available. Major enhancements to the new version include the File Browser, an image organization tool that allows users to browse image thumbnails, quickly rotate, sort, rank and batch rename images as well as view EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) information from digital cameras. The new Healing Brush feature simplifies the photo retouching process by allowing users to remove flaws while preserving the shading, lighting and texture of the original image.
Disney/Pixar's MONSTERS, INC., has usurped SHREK to become the second highest grossing animated film of all-time (behind only Disney's THE LION KING). The film has earned $504 million to date, comprised of $253 million in domestic box office receipts and $251.2 million in international box office receipts, where it has set records in Japan ($59.1 million, the most successful U.S. animated film ever), England ($53 million), Mexico ($20.1 million) and Spain ($13.5 million). Commenting on the announcement, Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said, "MONSTERS, INC.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:
Dan McLaughlin & June Foray Headline Animation Panel: Wednesday, April 24, 2002, Hollywood, California USA . . . Lunch With Martha Sigall and Jerry Beck -- Warner Bros. Animation History: Saturday, April 27, 2002, Glendale, California USA . . . FMX/02: Thursday, May 23 - Sunday, May 26, 2002, Stuttgart, Baden-Wuerttemberg Germany . . . Richard Williams Master Class 2002: Tuesday, May 28 - Sunday, June 02, 2002, Ebeltoft, Denmark.
Adobe Systems has announced a new Plug-In Power Pack for Adobe After Effects 5.5 incorporating 16 new effects and Advanced Windows Media support. The After Effects 5.5 Plug-In Power Pack works with Adobe After Effects 5.5 software to produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia and the Web. The new Windows Media output module offers a comprehensive set of controls to create Windows Media streaming video content. Users can customize settings, embed metadata, create multi-stream movies and independently optimize audio and video.
Kids animation producer-distributor TV-Loonland will present a new slate of animation programming at MIP-TV 2002. Leading the Loonland catalogue is the launch of REBOOT - SEASON IV. Animated by Mainframe Entertainment, Inc. REBOOT was the first ever half-hour computer animated TV series produced. Originally seen on North American television in September 1994 on YTV (Canada) and on ABC Television (USA), the series remains one of YTV's top-rated programs and can be seen in the daily Toonami block on the Cartoon Network.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:
Capilano College Grad Show - 2D & 3D: Saturday, April 27, 2002, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. . . School of Visual Arts Dustys Film Festival & Awards: Monday, May 13 - Thursday, May 16, 2002, New York, New York USA. . . L!CENSING 2002: Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday, June 13, 2002, New York, New York USA . . . National Lum & Abner Society Convention: Friday, June 14 - Saturday, June 15, 2002, Mena, Arkansas USA.
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:
Not all Tom & Jerry cartoons were produced in Hollywood, U.S.A. Gene Deitch tells how a full dozen were made in Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Los Angeles, California's ANIMAX Interactive is looking for a CHARACTER DESIGNER . . . Calgary, Alberta's Applied Multimedia Training Centers is looking for a 3D ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR and a CLASSICAL ANIMATION INSTRUCTOR . . . Laguna Beach, California's Art Institute of Southern California is looking for a CHAIR OF ANIMATION . . . Chilliwack, British Columbia's Beauwest Productions is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR . . . Lombard, Illinois' Big Idea Productions is looking for an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, an OUTSOURCE PRODUCER and a TD/SOFTWARE DEVELOPER . . .
pasi (philippine animation studio, inc.) and Canadian producer Nelvana have joined forces to produce 14 new episodes of the animated series, SEVEN LITTLE MONSTERS for the PBS Saturday morning kids block. Based on the book from childrens author Maurice Sendak, the series is all about life in a large family of brothers and sisters, who just happen to be monsters. SEVEN LITTLE MONSTERS is the third co-production between pasi and Nelvana to be covered under the recently ratified government sanctioned co-production treaty between the Philippines and Canada.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, Women In Animation NY will host a special evening with award-winning filmmaker Emily Hubley at the Gene Stavis Theater at School of Visual Arts, 209 E. 23rd Street, Room 502. Hubley will talk about her experience working on the feature film HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, and will screen several of her short films, including PIGEON WITHIN, which premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and won the Best Animation Award at the USA Film Festival. The event is free, but you must RSVP by April 10th by calling Missy Chimovitz at 718-599-5423.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Women In Animation Writers' Seminar Group: Thursday, April 11, 2002, West Los Angeles, California USA . . . The Newport Beach Film Festival: Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 19, 2002, Newport Beach, California USA . . . Short Spot: Evan Mather: Tuesday, April 16, 2002, Seattle, Washington USA . . . An Evening With Emily Hubley: Wednesday, April 17, 2002, New York City, New York USA . . . Alias|Wavefront User Group Meeting: Thursday, April 18, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . .
Artifact Entertainment is looking for a MAYA ANIMATOR and a TEXTURE/MAYA MODELER . . . Chilliwack, British Columbia's Beauwest Productions is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR . . . Chelsea, Massachusetts' Big Ape Entertainment is looking for a MODELER/ANIMATOR/FX SPECIALIST . . . Spain's Black Maria Studios is looking for an ANIMATION SCRIPTWRITER . . . Victoria, British Columbia's Digital Dimension Animation School is looking for a MAYA INSTRUCTOR/DIRECTOR . . . EmailYourCV is looking for a GAME DESIGNER and a UK GAMES ARTIST . . . High Road Productions is looking for an ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR . . .
Egmont Imagination's new animated series JUNGO is currently in production at Egmont's sister company A. Film, and will debut this April at MIP-TV 2002. Egmont has recently completed of a raft of pre-sales for JUNGO, including Germany's Super RTL, TV2 in Denmark and Norway and TV4 in Sweden. The 13 x 26-minute series finds jungle creature Jungo and city fox Rita on a quest to find a place where they can live in peace. JUNGO is an Egmont co-production with Denmark's TV2 and Ocean Group in Canada. It is based on the main character in two A.
Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF), Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Thursday, October 24 Sunday, November 3, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2002.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Great Women Of Film And How To Become One: Saturday, March 30, 2002, Los Angeles, California USA . . . The Art of Caricature: Tuesday, May 21 - Saturday, May 25, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Book Illustration: Tuesday, May 28 - Tuesday, July 30, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . . Sketching on Location Workshop: Wednesday, June 12 - Wednesday, July 31, 2002, Toronto, Ontario Canada . . .
John Kricfalusi, Piotr Dumala, R.O. Blechman, Harry Smith and Taku Furukawa. These are some of the names in the spotlight at the Ottawa International Animation Festival 2002 (OIAF). The next edition will take place October 2-6, 2002, at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada. OIAF 2002 will treat both the international animation community and public audiences to a five-day event featuring the best new animated short and feature-length films and videos from around the world.
Canadian entertainment company Cinar Corp. has released its audited financial statements for the year ended November 30, 2001 and reported a loss of C$42 million (US$26.5 million). The loss is due to a number of items related to the company's ongoing financial trouble, including improper claims for government incentives, which have been subsequently disallowed by both the Canadian and Provincial authorities, as well as monies reportedly embezzled by Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg, the cofounders of the company.