The innovative studio that brought the synthespians of FINAL FANTASY to life, is planning to close up shop. Pressure from parent company Square Co., Ltd. of Tokyo is forcing Honolulu-based Square USA into closure, if they cannot find investors between now and March 31, 2002. Square Co. ceased funding of the studio in September, and although Square USA attempted to find partners in major U.S. studios, they have not been able to procure outside funding. Although the studio hopes an investor will appear in the 11th hour, a March 31st shut down seems inevitable.
Geographical Region: North America
Animation producer Millimages is expanding into German territory with the acquisition of 51% of the Hamburg-based animation company, Toons n Tales. This latest acquisition follows the companys announcements in 2001 of the launch of Millimages USA, headed by Dorian Langdon, and the international distribution center, Millimages London. Toons n Tales managing director and co-founder Sunita Struck, will continue to oversee the company in partnership with Millimages.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include: Third Annual Scandinavian Film Festival: Friday, February 01 - Sunday, February 03, 2002, Beverly Hills, California USA . . . Tom Yakutis Services and Wake: Wednesday, February 06, 2002, Los Angeles, CA USA . . . Portland SIGGRAPH Organizational Meeting: Wednesday, February 06, 2002, Portland, Oregon USA . . . Toy Manufacturers of America International Toy Fair: Sunday, February 10 - Thursday, February 14, 2002, New York, New York USA . . .
Toy producer Rocket USA has teamed with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising and Matt Groening to make a line of tin toys, games and collectibles based on THE SIMPSONS. The toy producer will introduce the line with an 8-1/2" tin walking wind-up version of Homer Simpson. The figure comes in collectible packaging and will carry a suggested retail price of $24.95.
Ottawa, Canada's Dynomight Cartoons is looking for a LAYOUT & POSING COORDINATOR . . . EmailYourCV is looking for an ARTIST/ANIMATOR . . . Munich, Germany's Neue Bioskop Film is looking for a STUDIO MANAGER . . . Birmingham, Alabama's Otterworks is looking for a CARTOON ANIMATION AGENT . . . Montreal, Canada's Pascal Blais Productions is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR . . . West Lafayette, Indiana's Purdue University is looking for an INSTRUCTOR . . . Austin, Texas' Saab & Miller Productions is looking for an AGENT . . .
The Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ontario, Canada.
Wednesday, October 2, 2002 Sunday, October 6, 2002.
Entry Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2002
The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) is sending out a call for entries for new independent and commercial animated work. The festival, which runs every two years, is taking place October 2 - 6, 2002 at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. The 2000 edition received 1300 entries from 45 countries. This year two new categories have been added: Animated Feature Film and Non-narrative Film. Entry forms for Ottawa 02 are available online, or contact the office at 613-232-8769. There is no entry fee. The entry deadline is July 1, 2002.
A judgement was recently rendered by a Stockholm Chamber of Commerce arbitrator that Swedish animation house Happy Life violated copyright and was in breach of contract when it produced a second series of the animated show LISA. The dispute between LISA creator Magnus Carlsson and his former employers ended in his favor on December 21, 2001 after a six-month long arbitration process.
Vancouver animation studio Atomic Cartoons is in Las Vegas for NATPE 2002 with a collection of proprietary properties. Their catalogue includes the original program ATOMIC BETTY and the Internet show DOG IN A BOX WITH 2 WHEELS, an offbeat animated comedy series about a randy little dog with wheels for hind legs. Dog has devoted his life to vigilante justice after a senile geriatric ruined his life in a freak oxygen tank/cigarette-smoking accident. The series is geared towards an older audience, teens and young adults, in an 11 x 26 format.
Benita Raphan has joined creative agency Blah! Blah! Blah! as a sales representative. Until recently, Benita Raphan was an Inferno artist at New York-based visual effects company Quiet Man. Also a filmmaker, her most recent short film 2+2, co-directed with Clayton Hemmert of New York-based editing house Crew Cuts, will screen at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Her award-winning animation work is also being featured in an episode of the Independent Film Channel Canada's INDIE NATION. Previously, Raphan was an agency creative specializing in animation, special FX and design. Blah! Blah!
deadCENTER Film Festival, Edmond, Oklahoma, USA.
Friday, June 7, 2002 Saturday, June 8, 2002.
Early Deadline: February 1, 2002. * Entry Deadline: April 1, 2002.
This two-day event at the University of Central Oklahoma campus celebrates independent filmmaking. Now accepting submissions in both short & feature format from all genres. The festival offers awards for Best Animation, Short, Feature, Sci-Fi/Star Wars, Grand Jury, Regional and Audience. The festival features a filmmaker dinner and awards, plus after-parties during the event.
Nelvana has acquired exclusive worldwide rights to produce a television series, made-for-video programs, theatrical motion pictures, and individual programs including made-for-television specials and movies, based on THE BERENSTAIN BEARS. Nelvana has already secured a relationship with Columbia Tristar to distribute THE BERENSTAIN BEARS videos in the United States; the first release is slated for 2003. In addition, Berenstain Enterprises, Inc. granted Nelvana worldwide merchandising and licensing rights.
The Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada now offers financial aid to U.S. students and instruction in Maya 4.0. The school offers one-year (48-week) diploma programs in both classical and computer animation. Limited seats for February programs are available. Full funding for approved American students will be available through SLM Financial, a division of Sallie Mae. Funds can be applied to tuition and living expenses. Maya will become part of the computer animation curriculum in February 2002.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:Sheila Graber Animated: Wednesday, January 30, 2002, Middlesbrough, Teesside UK . . . Women In Animation Present - Talkin' Voice Over With The Pros: Wednesday, January 30, 2002, Hollywood, California USA . . . Animated Encounters: Thursday, April 25 - Sunday, April 28, 2002, Bristol, UK . . . MOCCA Art Festival: Sunday, June 23, 2002, New York, New York USA . . . Kecskemét Animation Film Festival (KAFF): Friday, July 12 - Tuesday, July 16, 2002, Kecskemét, Hungary.
Adobe Systems has shipped the newest version of its award-winning motion graphics and visual effects software Adobe After Effects 5.5, which allows professionals to streamline their workflow and work with more media types than ever before. Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Classic is included with the After Effects 5.5 production bundle and is standard to the production bundle upgrade, allowing users to turn 2D artwork into 3D elements without leaving the After Effects environment.
Kansas City Jubilee 2002 - US/International Short Film Division, Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Sunday, April 7, 2002 Sunday, April 14, 2002.
Entry Deadline: January 15, 2002.
For submissions in the below categories, all entries must be 30 minutes or under. Work may originate in any film, video or digital medium unless otherwise noted. Cash or inkind prizes are awarded for first place in each division & genre. A single work may be entered in multiple divisions with separate entry forms and screener tapes (VHS NTSC).
Nintendo will showcase its GameCube video console at Milia 2002, weeks before its initial European launch. The video game set-top was released in the United States and Japan in 2001 and has sold nearly 1.5 million units in North America alone. Nintendo will preview GameCube along with 20 new games including LUIGIS MANSION, PIKMIN, STAR WARS ROGUE SQUADRON 2: ROGUE LEADER and SONIC ADVENTURE 2. Milia visitors will receive the exclusive European preview of GameCube at the Milia 2002 conference held February 48, 2002 at the Palais de Festivals in Cannes, France.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events include:- The State of the Industry: Friday, January 18, 2002, Burbank, California USA.- Moondance International Film Festival: Thursday, January 24 -Sunday, January 27, 2002, Boulder, Colorado USA.- Hollywood Cartoons Author Michael Barrier in Person: Thursday,February 07, 2002, Burbank, California USA.- The Second Annual Puppet Short Film and Video Festival: May 2002,Los Angeles, California USA.
R!OT provided visual effects and post-production services for a new 30-second spot for Honda that delivers a message about the new Accord in two languages. Conceived by Los Angeles ad agency Muse Cordero Chen, the spot shows a red Accord gliding back and forth across a white background. As it rolls along, the car leaves a black trail. It's only when the camera pulls back at the end of the spot that it becomes apparent that the car's path had a purpose, as the black lines form an elegant calligraphy character.
California SUN International Animation Festival: Thursday, April 04 - Saturday, April 06, 2002, Northridge, California USAEntry Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2002
WinFemme Film, Video & Screenplay Festival: Monday, January 01, 2001 - Wednesday, January 01, 2003, Los Angeles, California USA