Animation is not just kids' stuff anymore, and Nexus Productions Ltd. is in the thick of the changing creative and business market for animated films of all kinds. The London-based company, founded 10 years ago to create creative, family animation for commercials, music videos and shorts, has recently doubled its size, secured new avenues of funding, and positioned itself to take advantage of a revolution in the field. In addition, two recent short films produced by Nexus, THIS WAY UP and DAMAGED GOODS, have qualified for the 2008 Academy Award for animated short.
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AWN has learned that GLAGO'S GUEST, the latest short from Walt Disney Animation Studios and helmed by BOLT co-director Chris Williams, will not play with BOLT when it opens.
The short, experimenting in smoke and hair animation and the studio's first stereoscopic 3-D CG short, had long been scheduled to play in front of BOLT, coming November 21, but Disney said Wednesday it was pulling GLAGO'S GUEST.
Andrew Farago reviews four short films: A-Z by Sally Arthur, The Gloaming by Andy Huang, KJFG No. 5 by Alexei Alexeev and Skhizein by Jérémy Clapin.
Wednesday, October 1 is the deadline to submit entries in the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film and Foreign Language Film categories to be considered for the 81st Academy Awards. Complete entries must arrive at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by 5 p.m. PT that day.
In the short film categories, filmmakers must submit an entry form, one film print or copy in an approved digital format, and all other required materials by the deadline.
Magnolia Pictures is adding a short film to the theatrical presentations of MAN ON WIRE in New York and Los Angeles: Michael Sporn's THE MAN WHO WALKED BETWEEN THE TOWERS. It is an award-winning, animated adaptation of Mordicai Gerstein's Caldecott Medal-winning children's book. The 2005 short film is narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, and is an elegant adaptation of the children's book that illustrates the planning and execution of Philippe Petit's legendary wire walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
Nexus Productions' Johnny Kelly has won another award for his film PROCRASTINATION.
At this year's Palm Springs International ShortFest, PROCRASTINATION was awarded the Best Student Animated Short. Kelly also won Best British Animated Short at the London Short Film Festival.
THE PIXAR BLOG has confirmed that BURN-E will be the extra short film included on the WALL-E DVD and Blu-ray when it is released in November. An official announcement about the home video package is expected soon.
BURN-E's title was leaked last month, and was expected to be the DVD/Blu-ray short. BURN-E is the welder robot who gets locked out of Axiom in the film. The short will likely feature him trying to get back into the spaceship.
At this year's festival, Philippe Moins sees the continuation of a trend toward more features and fewer short films.
A week packed with 300 short films ended on Monday June 9 in Hamburg. The 24th International Short Film Festival screened 214 of almost 4,000 submitted short films in the competitive categories and a further 100 films in non-competitive special programs.
Janet Hetherington chats up three short films that make noteworthy use of VFX, including animated papers, a dancing column and a water man.
Conflicts between two people can sometimes lead to dire consequences: relationships are broken, innocent bystanders sometimes get hurt and there always is a possibility that violence will erupt.
The Responsibility Project and the National Film Board of Canada presents DINNER FOR TWO, an animated film short that brings these themes to life in the rawest of places -- the jungle.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has handed out the winners of the 80th Academy Awards. The first animated related prize of the evening went to Brad Bird for Outstanding Animated Feature for RATATOUILLE. In the category of Animated Short Subject, director Suzie Templeton and producer Hugh Welchman took home Oscars for the stop-motion film, PROKOFIEV'S PETER AND THE WOLF.
Former Aardman and Rhythm + Hues talent Michael Wright has joined the roster at New York-based mixed media and animation production company Curious Pictures.
The 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival announced the winners in three categories who will share more than $200,000 in cash and prizes. The just-concluded Festival in Park City, Utah, received over 3,500 submissions from 25 countries for less than 100 programming slots. The winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short was Andrew McPhillips' BLOOD WILL TELL. McPhillips was awarded a $2,500 credit at Filmworks/FX. For a complete list of winners, log on to www.slamdance.com.
Anima 2008 is taking place in the Flagey centre (Brussels) from Feb. 1-9. As part of the event, the Futuranima forum will also take place in Flagey Feb. 7-9, and is for animation professionals, students and enthusiasts interested in discovering what goes on behind the scenes of selected productions. The festival is kicking off early this year in all the Flagey movie theaters, in Brussels, as well as the Film Museum for part of a retrospective on Max Fleischer.
Taylor Jessen reviews four short films -- Cold Calling by Nick Mackie, Elephant Girl by David Lobser, Metamorph by Rastko Ciric and How to Hook Up Your Home Theater by Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton.
Sundance Institute announced today the program of short films selected to screen at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. This year the Festival Short Film Program comprises 83 short films representing 17 countries from 5,107 submissions, from U.S. and international filmmakers. Submissions grew by more than 15% over last year. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs Jan. 17-27, 2008, with screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.
The animated shorts include:
THE ADVENTURES OF BAXTER & MCGUIRE: "The Boss" by Mike Blum
12th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video FestivalTempe, Arizona, USAApril 12, 2008Deadline: Feb. 8, 2008
Two films from the National Film Board of Canada were among the winners of the 23rd International Short Film Festival Berlin. Claude Cloutier's ISABELLE AU BOIS DORMANT/SLEEPING BETTY received the prize for Best Animation, while Chris Lavisand's MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI was awarded a Special Mention in the Best Short Fiction category.
Cortoons 2008 International Short Animated Films FestivalRome, ItalyMarch 27-30, 2007Deadline: Feb. 1, 2008
Cortoons is an international animated short film festival that will be held March 27-30, 2008, at Palladium Theatre in Rome.
The competition's categories include:* Short Italian movie from one to 20 minutes* Short international movie from one to 20 minutes* Short movie realized with Flash* VFX short movie* Animated videoclip
The high-def Blu-ray camp gets a big boost today (Nov. 6, 2007) with the release of Pixar's RATATOUILLE, CARS and THE PIXAR SHORT FILMS COLLECTION VOL. 1 (from Walt Disney Studios Home Ent., $34.99).
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Toondra.com, the first VOD site devoted to short animated films, are partnering to offer a showcase of international animation. More than 1,000 extracts of short films submitted for the festival's official selection will be available for free on www.toondra.com, and the service will be frequently updated with new extracts. The catalogue of films comes from Animaquid, the database created by the Annecy Festival over its 47 years of existence. Check out www.toondra.com and www.annecy.org.
Independent animator Philip Carrera has teamed up with accomplished music composer Matt Messina (The Seattle Symphony) and actor Jeff Witzke (FAMILY GUY, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING) to create a six-minute animated short titled DAN MOG: AN OLD DOG LEARNS A NEW TRICK.