SIGGRAPH announces the selection of award nominees for the SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival to be held in New Orleans this August. Nominees were chosen from 770 submissions from around the globe, presented by both professional studios and students alike. In all, more than 140 films will be shown during the Computer Animation Festival. The award winners will be announced during the conference.
Geographical Region: South America
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science is holding a series of screenings starting May 18th celebrating the films of 1939 titled "Hollywood's Greatest Year." Below is a list of the features and the animated shorts that will be playing with them.
STAGECOACH - June 1 - THE FILM FAN (Porky Pig) WUTHERING HEIGHTS - June 8 - THE POINTER (nominee) (Mickey & Pluto) GUNGA DIN - June 12 - THUGS WITH DIRTY MUGS (Tex Avery) DARK VICTORY - June 15 - DANGEROUS DAN MCFOO (Tex Avery) LOVE AFFAIR - June 22 - DETOURING AMERICA (nominee) (Tex Avery)
Weta Digital is planning a branch dedicated to advanced computer graphics research called Transfx, reports VARIETY. VFXWorld reported in April that Sebastian Sylwan had joined Weta as head of research and development, and now he will oversee the new arm, which hopes to bridge the gap between R&D and production. Previously, Sylwan worked for Autodesk as senior industry manager for film and TV.
Press Release from MTV
NEW YORK, May 4 -- The hit films "Twilight" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get ready to battle it out as MTV: Music Television announces this year's final nominees for the "2009 MTV MOVIE AWARDS." Pitting Hollywood vampires against the Mumbai slums, the movies' rabid fans proved their loyalty as they sent both flicks to the head of the cinematic pack with each film receiving nominations in six award categories including "BEST MOVIE," "BEST KISS" and "BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE MALE."
Press Release from Entity FX
Santa Monica, CA (April 30, 2009) -- Film, television and commercial visual effects company Entity FX has landed a 2009 Sports Emmy Award for its work on the television series SPORT SCIENCE. The award marks Entity FX's second Emmy accolade for the show, which is produced by BASE Productions and airs on Fox Sports Network (FSN).
Press Release from Cookie Jar Entertainment
Burbank, CA (April 29, 2009) -- Longtime TV executive Tom Mazza has joined Cookie Jar Entertainment as EVP and Head of Worldwide TV. Mazza will run Cookie Jar's new primetime label, THE JAR. He will also manage the company's development and production departments as well as sales and distribution, program acquisition and international co-productions.
At the third annual ELAN Awards, LEFT 4 DEAD won four out of the nine videogame categories. IRON MAN won for best vfx film and WALL-E was chosen for best animated feature.
A full list of winners is as follows:
Video Game Nominees
Video Game Of The Year
LEFT 4 DEADValve
Best Console Game
FALLOUT 3Bethesda Softworks -- Todd Howard, Game Director; Emil Pagliarulo, Lead Designer & Writer; Gavin Carter, Lead Producer
LEFT 4 DEADValve
Denzel Washington is in negotiations to star in Tony Scott's UNSTOPPABLE drama, per VARIETY, about a runaway train carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals.
The 20th Century Fox production was written by Mark Bomback, and is loosely based on a real event. Washington would play an experienced engineer who must board the train with a young conductor to chase the train down.
Press Release from Oneida Indian Nation
Oneida Nation Homelands -- The Las Vegas Film Festival, held April 9-12 in the city known as the entertainment capital of the world, selected RACCOON & CRAWFISH as the winner of the Best Animation prize, making it the 18th festival win since it entered the festival circuit well over a year ago.
New York, NY -- April 24, 2009 -- After kicking off with a Memorial Day LAND OF THE LOST marathon, SCI FI blasts into Summer '09 with a wealth of original programming from the series premiere of WAREHOUSE 13 and new episodes of EUREKA (on its new night Fridays at 9PM beginning July 10th) and GHOST HUNTERS to Saturday night movies showcasing stars such as Jason Gedrick, James Marsters and Peta Wilson.
Summer on SCI FI also includes the popular July 4th weekend TWILIGHT ZONE marathon and, on July 7, SCI FI becomes Syfy.
SUMMER SCRIPTED SERIES
Press Release from Disney Interactive Studios
BURBANK, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney Interactive Studios today announced the appointment of Dan Tudge as vice president and general manager of Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios' development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge is tasked with overseeing the operations of the 130-person studio as it continues the development of two unannounced games.
Press Release from VIZ Media
San Francisco, CA April 20, 2009 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues to expand the global audience base for its successful NARUTO animated series with a continuing terrestrial broadcast partnership with SBT (Sistema Brasileiro de Televisao), one of the largest television networks in Brazil.
Columbia Pictures, about a month away from the release of ANGELS & DEMONS, will move quickly on a third installment of the Dan Brown franchise, per VARIETY.
The author announced the next book, THE LOST SYMBOL, will hit bookshelves on September 15, 2009 in the U.S. in Canada. The book is reportedly complete, and will roll out with an estimated five million copies in its first printing.
-- By News Editor Annemarie Moody
Caustic Graphics has released CausticRT, touted as the only massively accelerated raytracing system for achieving interactive, movie-quality 3D computer graphics. The Caustic development platform, which includes a raytracing accelerator card and SDK, is now available to qualified developers so they can port their 3D applications to Caustic and deliver fast, efficient raytracing to their customers.
Press Release from Bardel Distribution
VANCOUVER -- Bardel Distribution has secured a broadcast deal for its newest CG series, ZEKE'S PAD with Radio-Canada. "We're happy to be working with Radio-Canada again", says CEO, Delna Bhesania. "ZEKE'S PAD is a wonderful fit for SRC's audience, and we're happy to have the show air in both of Canada's official languages."
Press Release from Entity FX
Santa Monica, CA, and Vancouver, BC (April 15, 2009) -- Award-winning visual effects company Entity FX has completed visual effects for HARPER'S ISLAND, a new murder-mystery-style television drama airing Thursday evenings at 10:00 PM Eastern/Pacific on CBS. Entity FX created visual effects for the show's 13 episodes, which began airing April 9, 2009.
Nerd Corps Entertainment has filed suit against Danish licensing agent Kidz Entertainment surrounding payment of show delivery of STORM HAWKS, according to KIDSCREEN.
Filed in January in British Columbia, the suit alleges that Kidz agreed to pay $267,300 (approximately) for the delivery of 26 episodes of action series STORM HAWKS and marketing and licensing the property in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland.
Press Release from VIZ Pictures
San Francisco, CA, APRIL 10, 2009 -- VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has partnered with Trans World Entertainment (TWE) to sponsor a special retail ticket giveaway campaign at participating F.Y.E. and SUNCOAST stores nationwide in support of the U.S. theatrical premiere of DEATH NOTE: L, change the WorLd. VIZ Pictures and NCM Fathom will present this live-action film, in a two-night, multi-city event taking place on April 29th and 30th.
10th Anima Mundi Web 2009 and 5th Anima Mundi Cell 2009
Entry rules and submission form are already available at our website. To submit films, it's necessary to register at the website first to fill the online entry form and upload the animation.
Anima Mundi Web 2009 is the tenth edition of the traditional international internet animation contest of Anima Mundi, International Animation Festival of Brazil. The contest is open to animated works produced by professional or amateur animators, specially created for the Internet.
Production company Nexus have signed Brazilian director, CISMA.
Otherwise known as Denis Kamioka, CISMA, which is Portuguese for a "strong and irrational conviction", has lived up to his adopted name and has a reputation for pushing creative boundaries to their limits. Effortlessly combining what would seem to be polar opposite visual styles, CISMA's creative work speaks a universal language.