Geographical Region: North America
The anime classic AKIRA, fresh from a $1 million restoration, has been released on the big screen in a few select theatres in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City. With digital projection, this is the cleanest, crispest print ever seen to date. AWN was invited to a special pre-release screening and was very impressed by the quality of the print and restoration. First released theatrically in Japan in 1988, AKIRA has garnered legions of fans around the world and is still considered a masterpiece of cel animation.
Creating what is arguably both the biggest project and greatest success in its eight years of operation, New York's The Diecks Group recently delivered a complete redesign of Discovery Kids Network, a three-hour block of programming aired on weekends on the Discovery Channel. Creative director Brian Diecks and The Diecks Group team were the exclusive creators of 122 on-air design elements, including block opens, next-ons, bumpers, interstitials and promo elements. The project required extensive live-action, 3D animation, effects compositing and 2D graphics.
This year, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 4-9, 2001) will pay tribute to Great Britain, with a profile of Aardman Animations, along with screenings of classic British shorts, THE YELLOW SUBMARINE, the Bolex Brothers' THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THUMB, and more. For its 2001 edition Annecy received 1,070 films (1,092 in 2000). 242 of them, representing 26 countries, have been selected for official competition with 193 in competition and 49 in panorama. Confirmed jury members are: AWN's Ron Diamond (producer and publisher, USA), John R.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: ConvergenceFilm/Video/Animation Festival, September 14 - September 20, 2001,Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.; Jan Svankmajer Restrospective, June15-17, 2001, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.; Mac 3D NY Seminars, May2, 2001, New York City, New York, U.S.A.; Matita Animated FilmFestival, September 27 - September 30, 2001, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy;Minnesota Fringe Short Film and Video Festival, August 3 - August 12,2001, Minnesota, U.S.A.; Nick Park Tribute At The Los Angeles Museum
- Complete Site Redesign for Animha
Animha Productions has completely redesigned their Website on AWN. The newsite has information on the organization, workshops such as"Suspended Animation" and "Eyes of Fire," cool clips from variousprojects, and the latest news and information about activities andhappenings within the organization. Animha is an association ofartists, writers, animators and filmmakers based in the NorthernRegion of England. Animha works in partnership with schools,
Lombard, Illinois' Big Idea Productions, a family media company, ishaving an OPEN CALL for 3D ANIMATION DIRECTORS, 3D CHARACTERANIMATORS, ART DIRECTORS, ANIMATORS, CONCEPT ARTISTS and MODELERS. . .Halifax, Canada's Collideascope Digital Productions, Inc., a newmedia and convergence company, is looking for an ANIMATOR and 2DANIMATOR. . . Wiesbaden, Germany's Die Kolonie GbR, a talent andrecruiting agency, is looking for a TV-DESIGNER & ANIMATOR 2D & 3D. . .Bregenz, Austria's KE Consult is looking for a FLASH SPECIALIST to
* Friday, September 14 - Thursday, September 20, 2001. Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Entry Deadline: June 1, 2001.
* Thursday, September 27 - Tuesday, October 2, 2001. Lake Tahoe, California, U.S.A.
Entry Deadline: June 29, 2001
* Wednesday, May 2, 2001. New York City, New York, U.S.A.
MAC 3D NY, a Mac 3D Artist Association, is hosting meetings every other month at the Apple Marketing Center in New York City. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 6:00 pm. The topic is: Architecture and 3D/CAD Industrial Design, with guests from Form-Z, Architosh and Artlantis. The Apple Marketing Center is located at 53rd Street at Lexington Avenue, on the 29th floor of the Citicorp building. For pre-registration and other information, visit: www.mac3dny.org
* Sunday, April 29, 2001. Toronto, Canada
Sharon Katz' new short, THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE / DER FUS TORT premieres April 29, 2001 at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. THE ANGEL'S FOOT CAKE is a raucous modern Yiddish tale accompanied by Klezmer music. For more information on Sharon Katz' work, including her previous short, HAPPY BIRTHDAY HANNAH, visit: www.sharonkatz.net
Episodes of BOB AND MARGARET and GARY & MIKE have been nominated for the prestigious Rose DOr, an annual international television festival and competition held in Montreux, Switzerland, open to more than 2000 producers and broadcasters from around the world. This years festival will be held April 26 May 1, 2001.
- The AAI Summer Catalog Has Been Updated - The American AnimationInstitute, the educational branch of M. P. S. C. Local 839 IATSE, hasupdated its catalogue and class schedule for the Summer Semester2001, which runs from May 15 through August 22. The AAI's Web page isat http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/AAICATLG.HTM, and the Summer 2001 schedule is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format at http://www.awn.com/MPSC839/AAICAT.pdf.
This week's updates to the Calendar of Events includes: Sothebys.comClassic Disney Animation Art Auction, April 13 - May 4, 2001 and May11 - June 1, 2001; Guernsey's Cartoon Art Auction, May 19, 2001, NewYork City, New York, U.S.A.; ASIFA-Central Conference and Retreat,April 27 - 29, 2001, Utica, Illinois, U.S.A.; Art InstitutesInternational at San Francisco Open House, April 28, 2001, SanFrancisco, California, U.S.A.; WIA Writers Seminar With Jack Enyart,
Venice, California's Digital Domain is looking for a VFX SUPERVISORto work in the company's commercial division. . . Winter Park, Florida'sFull Sail Real World Education is looking for an ASSOCIATE COURSEDIRECTOR OF COMPUTER SPECIAL EFFECTS in the Computer Animation DegreeProgram. . . Stony Brook, New York's Inky Dinky Animation Studios islooking for 2D, 3D and STOP-MOTION ANIMATORS for their new studio. . .London, UK's ITS is looking for a 3D ANIMATOR to design graphics for
Animationproduction house Toon Factory has finalized a deal with Luxembourg'sNeuroplanet and Canada's Vivatoon for co-production of the televisionseries KID CLONES IN SPACE. The two companies join Toon Factory andFrench broadcaster TF1 as full co-production partners. Toon Factoryrecently acquired all the rights to the property from the UK'sCosgrove Hall, which will continue to work on the series' artisticdirection. Currently in development, the series is set to begin
* Friday, April 20, 2001. Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Back by popular demand! It's the ASIFA-East Animation Awards, a two-hour reel of the best independent shorts and commercials from the East Coast! The screening starts at 7:30 pm. The entry fee will be US$2 for members and $5 for non-members. Seating is limited. For more information contact ASIFA-Hollywood at: 721 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502; Tel.: (818) 842-8330; or Web: www.asifa-hollywood.org.
* Friday, January 25 Sunday, January 27, 2002. Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
Early Deadline: June 1, 2001
Late Deadline: October 1, 2001
Activision, Inc. announced on April 12, 2001 that it will release the next installment of the best-selling skateboarding franchise of all time, TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER, on six platforms -- the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system, Game Boy Advance, PC, PlayStation game console and Game Boy Color.