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.
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In this month's "Mind Your Business," Mark Simon goes face to face with the value of the face-to-face meeting in this virtual world.
In this month's "Career Coach," Pamela Kleibrink Thompson paints the art of conversation, which should center on dialogue not monologues.
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
Joe Strike chats with the stop-motion master at Aardman Animation about bringing their distinct British humor to an Americanized version of Creature Comforts.
Peter Plantec returns to Stuttgart, Germany, for another round of re-connecting with the global VFX community at fmx/07.
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.
Sarah Baisley attended the 2007 KidScreen Summit and reports back about an event that has quickly become a must-attend in the animation industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For February, the Career Coach Pamela Kleibrink Thompson writes a Valentine about her move to Los Angeles and introduction to the film industry.
Joe Strike looks into the anatomy of a development exec who are they and how did they get there?
First celebrities invaded the world of animation voice over. Now theyre stepping in behind the scenes. Joe Strike looks into this growing trend and what it means to the overall animation community.
Christopher Panzner wades into the soupy waters of negotiating and find that animation can be a funny business.
Tim Miller talks about parlaying commercial success at Blur Studios into a flourishing shorts program.
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.
Bill Desowitz speaks with ILMs Paul Hill and Henry Preston about the new vfx for the George Lucas directors cut of his seminal THX 1138.
Rick DeMott interviews veteran voice actor/director Lia Sargent about how someone goes about making a living in the world of voice acting.