In this month's "Press Start," Peter Rizkalla reviews Gears Of War, Warioware: Smooth Moves, Okami and Elite Beat Agents and find out which titles have a shot at winning big at the upcoming GDC Awards.
VFXWorld polled professionals to see how they are coping with some of the latest technical challenges. Bill Desowitz reports back with a few highlights.
Rick DeMott travels to the online animated communities to find out more about the growing corner of the animation business from leaders like Neopets and Habbo, as well as newer sites, such as Urbaniacs.
Marco Consoli reports back from the Future Film Festival, where he experienced some tasty digital delights, both large and small, from around the world.
In anime reviews for this month, Chris Feldman takes a look at Tokko, Volume 1, Best Student Council V.1 "A New Home" and Air Gear V.1 "East Side Showdown."
Tara DiLullo returns to Rome to discover how the Emmy Award-winning vfx team had to cope with less time and money in delivering work with greater scale.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- Lifted by Gary Rydstrom, Dreams and Desires -- Family Ties by Joanna Quinn, Guide Dog by Bill Plympton, No Time for Nuts by Chris Renaud and Mike Thurmeier and The Danish Poet by Torill Kove. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
For this month, Chris Feldman reviews recent anime titles, Parasite Dolls, MegaMan NT Warrior: MegaMan vs. ElecMan and Ranma 1/2: Digital Dojo.
For the first installment of AWN's new gaming review series, "Press Start," Peter "The Rizk" Rizkalla takes a look at Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Red Steel and Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long -- Rise of the Huntsclan.
Alain Bielik visits with the vfx wizards who have brought life to the very interactive natural history museum in Night at the Museum. Includes QuickTime clips!
Karen Raugust looks at how portable devices have enhanced producers and distributors ability to pitch their properties at trade shows.
VFXWorld picks its favorite moments of digital acting and 3D environments in this Year in Review overview from 2006. View the various clips in our VFXWorld Media Player.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- Tower Bawher by Theodore Ushev, Beatgirl -- A Piece of Action! by Martin Leeper , Life in Transition by John R. Dilworth, Backyard Shadow by Karl Staven and My Life at 40 by Laurie Hill and. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
For anime reviews this month, Chris Feldman takes a look at recent releases, Ninja Nonsense volumes 1-4 and Bleach volume 1.
Christopher Harz provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Tactical Iraqi, one of the most successful serious games designed to teach Arabic to soldiers deployed in Iraq.
AWN chats with filmmaker Don McWilliams about a giant box set for a giant of animation -- Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition.
Tom Sito's new book chronicles the history of the Animation Union. Libby Reed has read it and tells us whether it's worth putting on your wish list.
Tara DiLullo experiences Deja Vu all over again in her vfx coverage of Asylum's cutting edge work on the new Tony Scott thriller.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films -- A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process by Chel White, Kernseif (Curd Soap) by Alexander Kiesl and Sebastian Stolle, I Turn My Face to the Forest Floor by Thomas Hicks, Eels (Aal im Schel) by Martin Rahmlow and Nocturne by Guillaume Delaunay. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Dale Hendrickson, who worked on the original She-Ra and He-Man series, chats with veteran producer Lou Scheimer about his work on the two series, as well as his overall career in animation.
Michael Hurwicz looks at Toon Boom Storyboard -- software for creating storyboards and animatics for 2D animation, 3D animation or live-action -- to see if it will draw you in or leave you staring blankly at the screen.
Known mostly for its CG entertainment work, Indias emerging animation industry is increasingly adding vfx projects to its portfolio. Karen Raugust reports. Includes QuickTime clips of vfx showreels from Prasad EFX, Paprikaas Animation Studios and Rayudu Vision Media Ltd.!
With visual effects work needed on a global scale, J. Paul Peszko investigates the rise in VFX throughout the Middle East.