Production Designer Alex McDowell took time out yesterday during his 5D: The Future of Immersive Design conference in Long Beach to discuss WATCHMEN with VFXWORLD. Last week McDowell got a glimpse of 25 minutes during a private screening. McDowell subsequently offered the first public viewing of an extended trailer during his Design in Flux panel that concluded 5D.
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This funny mess feels like a bunch of actor-centric comedy sketches strung together. Some of those sketches work much better than others. The weaker sketches often feel like stale leftovers from a 2001 episode of SNL. And like it happens on SNL from time to time, the guest hosts steal all the scenes from the regulars.
TIME HOLLOW, a new franchise from Konami Digital Ent., is currently in development for the Nintendo DS system. In this new story-driven adventure game, players journey through a time-bending adventure to solve the mysteries of the present by changing events of the past.
FlickerLab has partnered with Gonzoft, the developer of GO, to launch the real-time animation system in the United States. GO, available exclusively in the U.S. through FlickerLab, will be introduced at the world's brand and property marketplace, the 2008 Licensing International Expo in New York, which ends today.
HIT Ent., an independent children's entertainment producer and rights-owner, and Aardman Animations, the Oscar-winning studio behind WALLACE & GROMIT, CHICKEN RUN and SHAUN THE SHEEP, will expand their relationship through two new exclusive deals.
Voted among TIME magazine's 100 Best Novels from 1923 to the present, a perennial bestseller over the past 20 years and widely considered the greatest graphic novel of all time, WATCHMEN is a gripping, labyrinthine piece of comic art.
Written by comics living-legend Alan Moore and featuring the iconic artwork of Dave Gibbons, it has earned an acclaimed place in modern literary history.
Alain Bielik talks with the creators of the new 3D adventure-comedy in which Prince Charming is a dragon hunter's worst nightmare.
With this week's release of Tin Man on DVD, Tara Bennett caught up with Anthem Visual Effects about efficiency, mobats and going to town on Central City.
I'VE SEEN FILMS International Short Film Festival 2008 will feature Ridley Scott (ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, THELMA & LOUISE, GLADIATOR, AMERICAN GANGSTER), Robert Rodriguez (EL MARIACHI, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE PLANET TERROR) and Maestro Ludovico Einaudi (DIARIO MALI, UNA MATTINA, LE ONDE, LA SCALA CONCERT, EDEN ROC, TIME OUT) as members of its International Jury.
The deadline to submit short films is March 17, 2008.
Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, in this month's "Career Coach" column, offers some suggestions for how to spend your extra day in 2008.
TUROK: SON OF STONE charges onto DVD for the first time February 5 from Genius Products and Classic Media. Presented by The Weinstein Co., this Gold Key production draws on the original 1950s comic book series, as well as influences ranging from Frank Miller to Akira Kurosawa, to create a dark, intense, epic reimagining of Turok's origin story.
Chicago Superstation WGN's 50-year-old tradition of airing classic cartoons every Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve took on new life this year when Screen Time Images restored the shorts to their former glory. Using the da Vinci Revival image restoration system and other da Vinci color enhancement tools, the Schaumberg, Illinois-based company was able to complete the task in just two weeks.
VFX Supervisor Jim Lima tells Tara DiLullo Bennett about the rigors of doing right by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on the small screen with feature quality effects.
BEN 10: RACE AGAINST TIME, an original live-action movie special broadcast on Nov. 21, set new records as the most-watched telecast in Cartoon Network history, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The 90-minute live-action film delivered 3,987,000 viewers age 2+, out-performing the network's 2002 presentation of DRAGON BALL Z, which previously held the #1 ranking. The outstanding performance propelled BEN 10: RACE AGAINST TIME to the #1 telecast of the day on all television -- both cable and broadcast -- with boys 6-11 and boys 2-11.
In this month's "The Animated Scene," Joseph Gilland wonders if all this connectivity causes animators to lose connection with their work.
VFX Designer Kevin Tod Haug chats with Tara DiLullo Bennett about the escalating challenges of creating imaginative effects on Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium while juggling the work of 10 vendors.
Time Warner Inc. has announced the election of Jeffrey L. Bewkes as CEO of Time Warner Inc., effective January 1, 2008. Bewkes, who currently serves as president and COO, will retain the title of president. He will succeed Richard D. Parsons, who will remain as chairman of the board.
Tara DiLullo Bennett surveys the diverse array of vfx in such new shows as Journeyman, Chuck, Pushing Daisies and The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
U.K.-based RDF Kids and Family will enlarge its offerings to include animation for the first time, reports C21 MEDIA.
The new strategy for the group's children's and family division is a significant departure from the original plan to concentrate on sitcoms, entertainment, preschool and drama. However, according to division head Nigel Pickard, the children's producer "can't really afford not to be in that market, so for the first time we're going to look at animation."
Monster Distributes is bringing three new acquisitions to MIPCOM and will be screening a number of other programs at MIPCOM Jr.
BANJO THE WOODPILE CAT (1x30), originally released in 1982, was the first independent production from legendary animator Don Bluth (THE SECRET OF NIMH, AN AMERICAN TALE, THE LAND BEFORE TIME, ANASTASIA). This is the first time that the fully restored film has been available to TV and DVD in both HD and standard-def.
Universal Studios Home Ent. announced the 13th entry in the popular THE LAND BEFORE TIME animated franchise, THE WISDOM OF FRIENDS, an all-new made for DVD feature, which will be released Nov. 27 for $19.98. Joining the adventure are Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sandra Oh.
In this month's "The Animated Scene," Joseph Gilland talking about how to pace yourself and still make the deadline.
PBS Kids Sprout, the 24-hour preschool channel, has expanded its reach to 34 million homes in the U.S. with a new deal with Time Warner Cable, reports KIDSCREEN. Time Warner will now carry the channel as part of its digital cable offerings. It has carried it as a VOD service since 2005.
Time Warner, as the second largest cable provider in the U.S., reaches 13.4 million basic cable subscribers. PBS Kids Sprout is already offered on basic cable via Comcast, DirecTV, Cox, RCN, Insight, AT&T and Verizon.