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Headline News Crowd Shot The Challenge With Vantage Point

CIS Vancouver and CIS London (both formerly Rainmaker Visual Effects) completed 397 shots for the new Columbia Pictures' action thriller VANTAGE POINT, which opened No. 1 at the box office on Feb. 22.

The film revolves around eight strangers with eight different points of view who try to unlock the one truth behind an assassination attempt on the President of the United States.

Headline News Aardman Signs On for Creature Discomforts Campaign

U.K. charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has teamed up with Aardman Animations in a new campaign to challenge and change attitudes towards disability. Based on the much-loved CREATURE COMFORTS series, Creature Discomforts features the hallmark plasticine characters with disabilities, combined with the real voices and experiences of disabled people. New characters include a bull terrier in a wheelchair, a stick insect with a walking stick, and a tortoise on crutches.

Headline News Exopolis Revives Edward Hopper-Inspired Promo for TCM

Exopolis was recently tapped by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) to breath new life into the much-loved "Sunny Side of Life" promo that first aired on the network 13 years ago. Using modern-day animation techniques, Exopolis brought viewers into a moody Edward Hopper-esque cityscape. The :30 animated piece entitled "TCM Now Showing" introduces films on the classic movie channel.

While none of Hopper's actual paintings were used in the promo, Exopolis referenced several of his most well known works, including 1942's

Headline News Criminal Charges Dropped Against Aqua Teen Duo

The criminal charges have been dropped against the two men who carried out the AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE movie's guerilla marketing campaign, which caused a bomb scare in Boston in January, reports THE BOSTON GLOBE.

Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens had taken a plea deal to save them from a sentence that could have been up to five years in jail. Berdovsky performed 80 hours and Stevens 60 hours of community service at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, where they designed a mural and helped with repairs on the facility's Charles River sailing docks.

Headline News Chris Palmer Casts Spell for Chameleon

Chris Palmer, who directed the live-action SIMPSONS opening credits, has been tapped to direct A SPELL FOR CHAMELEON for Warner Bros. Pictures, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. Wolfgang Petersen will produce through his Radiant Prods. along side David Benioff.

Based on the first book in Piers Anthonys long-running XANTH novel series, the tale takes place in the land of Xanth where all the people have magical powers. The story follows a young man who is banished for not having powers.

Headline News R!OT Moves Heaven and Earth for Hyundai Spot

R!OT literally moved heaven and earth to deliver a new effects-driven spot for Hyundai. The studio assisted in the design, and provided visual effects, color correction and post production services for the visually-rich spot, which presents a topsy-turvy world to underscore the radical thinking behind the automakers new Sonata.

VFXWorld Softimage’s Face Robot: Outlining a Future for Facial Animation

Bill Desowitz interviews Softimages vp/gm Marc Stevens and special projects manager Michael Isner about the business ramifications of the companys release of Face Robot, the industrys first software dedicated to the creation of believable facial animation for high-end productions.

Headline News Radium Creates ‘Product People’ Party for Target

Production house Radium lent its CG and visual effects expertise to create a high-energy street-party themed spot, PRODUCT PEOPLE, for Target, a client of Peterson Milla Hooks, Minneapolis.

Directed by Spaz Williams (THE WILD), with Radiums creative director Jonathan Keeton, the spot features Target store products that merge with each other to form dancing party people. PRODUCT PEOPLE is the first in a series of Target spots Radium will produce this year with Peterson Milla Hooks. It debuted April 2.

Headline News Lack of Labor in India Spurs Studio to Set Up Animation House in China

Bangalore-based game development company Dhruva Interactive is planning to set up a studio in China due to what it reports is a severe workforce shortage in the animation industry in India, it was reported in the zDNet India News.

"We will be setting up a studio in China in the next 12-18 months as we cannot increase the size of our teams in India," said K. Rajesh Rao, ceo of Dhruva. "We are planning to employ about 150 people in China for the studio," he adds.

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