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.
Alain Bielik takes on the mission of uncovering the secrets behind the visual effects of Stormbreaker. Includes QuickTime clip of Baseblacks vfx work in the films climactic rooftop sequence!
In this months Career Coach, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson makes an impression on the reader about business cards.
Taylor Jessen reviews five short films cNote by Chris Hinton, First Flight by Kyle Jefferson and Cameron Hood, Tragic Story with Happy Ending (Histica Trica com Final Feliz) by Regina Pessoa, Puppet by Patrick Smith and Shipwrecked by Frodo Kuipers. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
Carolyn Giardina reports on the growing popularity and importance of the eDIT 9. Filmmaker’s Festival in Frankfurt, Germany.
Karen Raugust investigates how the vfx work featured in new and returning series this fall focuses on realism and subtlety.
Karen Raugust investigates a Purdue University research project using 3D animation and virtual reality to teach math concepts to hearing impaired school children.
In this months Career Coach, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson lists the top seven ways to make a great impression on an interviewer.
Chris Landreth finds inspiration in all images computer-generated at SIGGRAPHs 2006 edition of the Electronic Theater.