Aardman Animations' co-founder and executive chairman David Sproxton CBE officially opened University College Falmouth's new Digital Animation Studio at its Tremough Campus on Friday. Sproxton met staff and the first group of students in the College's new BA(Hons) in Digital Animation, as well as key figures from the regional animation industry, before delivering a keynote address that touched on how the world-famous studio is now using digital animation techniques alongside their more traditional model animation processes.
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Kicking off the New Year with a healthy dose of anime, Anime Network has announced the VOD television premieres of four exciting new series:
Premiering Jan. 3, 2008MAGIKANO -- Produced by Studio Gonzo (WELCOME TO THE NHK, AFRO SAMURAI) and directed by Seiji Kishi (RAGNAROK THE ANIMATION), MAGIKANO is a magical comedy about a middle school student who is seemingly ordinary, with the exception of his three witch sisters and his own soon-to-be-awakened mystical powers.
Premiering Jan. 17, 2008
New Line's much anticipated THE GOLDEN COMPASS opened in less than spectacular fashion with an estimated $26.1M for the weekend ended Dec. 9, 2007. However, that does not mitigate the stellar vfx by Rhythm & Hues Studios, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Digital Domain, Rainmaker, Peerless Camera, Tippett Studio, Digital Backlot and Matte World Digital.
CBS Films has optioned the supernatural high school novel BEASTLY, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.
Set in the modern day, the book tells the tale of a teacher who is cursed by a student, which turns him into a hairy beast. Alex Flinn wrote the book, which HarperTeen published this past fall.
With the writers strike still in full swing, the project has no screenwriter, but the studio hopes to have the film ready for winter 2009.
DHX Media Ltd, parent company of distributor DECODE Enterprises and production houses DECODE Ent. and Halifax Film, has acquired Vancouver-based Studio B Prods. Inc.
The deal sees DECODE Enterprises handling international sales of Studio B's productions. To date, Studio B has amassed a library of 400 half-hours of children's programming. DECODE Enterprises currently handles distribution for DHX subsidiaries DECODE Ent. and Halifax Film, as well as third-party producers.
Eidos Interactive announced the official opening of Eidos-Montreal, its brand new development studio in the heart of downtown Montreal. Executives from the new studio announced during a news conference the first project that will be driven by the new studio: the development of DEUS EX 3.
Smith Micro Software Inc will add the popular e frontier 3D graphic and animation solutions Poser, Anime Studio and Manga Studio to its growing lineup of products. Smith Micro will acquire ownership and distribution rights to these and other e frontier assets for $6 million in cash and anticipates the deal to be close in the fourth quarter of 2007. e frontier had total revenues in excess of $7 million for their fiscal year ending March 2007.
Sanjay Das, formerly director of R&D at DreamWorks Animation, has joined Tippett Studio as CTO. Prior to Dreamworks, he was the director of Research and Engineering at Loudcloud/Opsware and before that spent nine years at HP in various management and worldwide leadership positions.
Full Circle Studio, a state-of-the-art design studio based in Trinidad, has equipped its facility with Toon Boom Digital Pro, reports the software maker. Full Circle aims at becoming a major animation studio in the Caribbean and catering its professional animation services to North American and European studios.
Studio B Productions has signed a production order for 26 episodes of KID VS. KAT, a 26x22 comedy series for kids 6-11 about the exaggerated conflict between a demonically malevolent cat and the beleaguered ten-year-old boy who has become its unwitting nemesis. The property was developed internally at Studio B and originated from a short titled LOOK WHAT MY SISTER DRAGGED IN that screened at MIPCOM Jr. in 2006. The series is currently in production with YTV for a Fall 2008 launch.
U.S. media company Starz, LLC has announced the opening of one of Canada's largest studios and the appointment of veteran animation executive David Steinberg to run it. Initially the studio will have 150 employees, but it is expected to grow substantially as new projects begin production. The studio will produce computer-generated animated feature films and more.
Studio Arts has announced it will be offering a full suite of training classes using Toon Boom Animation's Digital Pro and Storyboard Pro software. The intent of the beginning-to-advanced training courses is to provide 2D animators and other artists a thorough grounding in Toon Boom's "paperless" animation system. Toon Boom courses are due to start Oct. 6, 2007 and, along with CSATTF and ETP funding, there will be "scholarship seats" for each class that are fully-funded by Studio Arts.
Toon Boom Animation announced today the release of Toon Boom Studio 4, the latest version of its all-in-one animation software solution. Incorporating a more user-friendly interface for greater flexibility and ease of operation, the new release includes a number of improved features:
* Photo Animation Made Easy to animate bitmap images like any other vector drawing.* Extended Line Styles to create a multitude of line styles including calligraphy.* Feather Edges to create vector blur or glow effects.
DAZ 3D Inc. has released of the latest version of DAZ Studio, a popular and free 3D software. Now available at download.com, DAZ Studio is a feature-rich 3D figure posing and animation tool that enables users of most any skill level to easily create digital imagery.
Toon Boom Animation Inc. just announced the upcoming release of Toon Boom Studio 4, an all-in-one animation software, offering a smooth experience creating rich, eye-catching animations for video, websites, television, film, games, mobile devices, and more. Based on a powerful Emmy award-winning technology, Studio 4 has greater capabilities to create a wider range of animation styles within a more user-friendly interface.
New features in new in Studio 4 are:
* Redesigned user interface for a seamless workflow and a smoother experience
NewTek Inc. has shipped TriCaster STUDIO, a turnkey portable, live production and virtual set system that provides a whole new level of capability to video and live event producers. The combination of portability and ease of set-up with the extensive live production capabilities of TriCaster STUDIO NewTek claims video producers to broadcast and web stream events and content at levels previously considered prohibitive.
Aleksandr Tatarskiy, co-founder of Moscow-based Pilot Studio, passed away in his sleep of an apparent stroke over the weekend of July 21, 2007. He was 57 years old.
Oscar-nominated producer of short film GIVE UP YER AUL SINS, Brown Bag Films, has opened a new animation studio at Smithfield Market in Dublin, Ireland.
The studio was founded in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell. Now with the new Smithfield office, the company will employ 53 people.
The new office is Ireland's first hi-def animation and post house.
The company is working on production of its first animated TV series, I'M AN ANIMAL, which has already sold to 140 countries.
With only a week to go before the big event, 20th Century Fox has pulled out of Comic-Con, reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. The studio had previously announced a star-filled preview of some of its upcoming films for Friday, June 27, 2007, in the main hall of the San Diego Convention Center.
New Line Cinema has killed the screen adaptation of Steve Alten's MEG novels at the studio, the author reports in his newsletter. New Line's option for the books is set to expire in October and the studio has decided not to go forth into production. Originally, Jan De Bont was set to direct. New Line had obtained the rights to the project in turnaround from Disney in 2005.
Studio Arts will start its latest round of classes for summer 2007 quarter commencing Monday, July 9. 2007.
Of special interest are several specially-designed 2D "tradigital" animation classes in Flash for TV, Bauhaus Mirage and Adobe AfterEffects. Beginning in fall, Studio Arts will round its 2D computer animation curriculum with its new series of Toon Boom 2D courses.
Pixar Animation Studios announced two major releases of its Academy Award-winning RenderMan software, RenderMan Studio 1.0 and RenderMan for Maya 2.0, together with a new licensing policy delivering major performance increases on multi-core computers.
Karen Raugust looks at how animation executives rely on their big-studio experience to launch new indie production houses.
Creation abounds during the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio, an interactive creation studio that provides attendees with the opportunity to create art in every subdiscipline imaginable. The Guerilla Studio will take place as part of the 34th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques held Aug. 5-9 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.