BRUCE ALMIGHTY, the God-induced comedy starring Jim Carrey, scored highest over the Memorial Day weekend, upending the mighty MATRIX RELOADED. The Universal feature, boasting VFX by Illusion Arts (Collin Fowler was the VFX coordinator), took in $86.4M over the four-day period, while Warner Bros.' MATRIX RELOADED dropped 50% in its second week, with $45.7M, despite the biggest ever four-day gross. At $209.5M, the visual effects feast included work from Amalgamated Pixels, Animal Logic, BUF, Bullet Time, CIS, CFX, ESC Entertainment, Giant Killer Robots, PLF Sony Pictures Imageworks and Tippett Studio. However, it broke international box office records around the world taking in $113.2M from 62 countries, which is the first time in history a film has surpassed the $100 million level in one weekend. Sony/Revolution's DADDY DAY CARE dropped to third place, but lost less than 5%, with $18M for a $73M cume. Fox's X2: X-MEN UNITED came in fourth place with $13M for a total of $192M. Contributing VFX to the blockbuster were Cinesite, EYETECH Optics, Frantic Films, Kleiser-Walczak Construction Co. and Rhythm & Hues. Warner Bros,' THE IN-LAWS, meanwhile, debuted in the fifth spot with $9.1M. Cinesite handled VFX chores, with Randall Bahnsen serving as 3D motion tracking supervisor. Fox's DOWN WITH LOVE, featuring VFX by Asylum, hung in there in sixth place with another $5M for a total of $14.6M Disney's THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE, dropped to seventh place, with $4M and a $37.3 cume. Rainmaker Digital Pictures did VFX for the film based on the hit TV series about a teen with an animated alter ego. Disney's HOLES held onto the eighth spot with $3M for an impressive total of $60M. Digital FilmWorks and Avtoma of L.A. contributed effects for VFX supervisor William Mesa, founder of Flash Film Works, whose studio did the majority of the work. Sony's IDENTITY plummeted to ninth place with $2.6M for a total of $49.2M. K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. did VFX work for the suspense flick. Sony/Revolutions' ANGER MANAGEMENT suffered a 32.5% drop as it rounded out the tenth spot with $2.4M for a cume of nearly $132M. Sony Pictures Imageworks and the Orphanage did VFX for ANGER.
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Mark Simon continues his series of twelve excerpts from his new book Producing Independent 2D Character Animation: Making and Selling a Short Film. Every independent needs helpthis month Mark runs down ways to obtain a crew that wont just help, but excel.
Jean Detheux reviews the new book Non-Photorealistic Computer Graphics, and finds a book that is very insightful on what is under the hood of the software we use everyday and more
Sony topped itself at the weekend box office in the U.S. with its IDENTITY debuting in first place, taking in $17M. K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. did VFX work for the suspense flick. Sony/Revolutions' ANGER MANAGEMENT dropped to second place in its third week, taking in another $16M to rack up a total of $104.5M. Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Orphanage did VFX for ANGER. Buena Vista's comedy family/adventure HOLES dipped to third place with $12.9M and a $36.8M cume. Digital FilmWorks and Avtoma of L.A. contributed visual effects for VFX supervisor William Mesa, founder of Flash Film Works, whose studio did the majority of the work for the film from Walt Disney Pictures. MALIBU'S MOST WANTED came in fourth with $7.7M and $24.2M for its second week of release. C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures did some of the VFX work for the Warner Bros. release. CONFIDENCE from Lions Gate debuted in fifth place with $4.7M. Pixel Magic and Pacific Title contributed VFX in the con-men drama. BULLETPROOF MONK dropped to sixth place with $4.6M and a $19.2M cume. Eyetronics did 3D scanning, while Burt Ward and his Boy Wonder VFX did visual effects along with Ian Locke at Millwright. The main title sequence was done by New Wave Entertainment for the MGM release. Warner Bros.' WHAT A GIRL WANTS, VFX work done by Cinesite, slipped to seventh place at $3.3M and a $33M take so far. Twentieth Century Fox's PHONE BOOTH, with VFX by Asylum, dropped to eighth place taking in $3.1M and a $40.3M cume. MGM'S IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY, starring Kirk and Michael Douglas, made the top 10 box office, debuting in ninth place with $3M. New Line's docu-movie THE REAL CANCUN was the last of four debuting films, coming in at tenth place with $2.3M. Box office information obtained from boxofficemojo.com.
Lars Fuchs, joins Click 3x in New York City as its full-time, staff editor in a newly installed Avid edit suite. Fuchs was most recently on staff at BBC America and is currently a nominee for a Daytime Emmy Award for his work there on the popular reality series WHILE YOU WERE OUT, which airs on The Learning Channel. He is already at work on his first assignment for Click 3x, a Canon campaign out of DCA Advertising, New York. Fuchs has broad experience in cutting broadcast promos and commercials, including work for Columbia Tri-Star, VH1, Comedy Central and Hearst Entertainment. His credits also include the main title sequence for the second season of SURVIVOR. On that project, he collaborated with Click 3x creative director, Iain Greenway, then creative director at the design house TZ. Fuchs was on staff at HBO from 1999 to 2000, where, among other things, he edited image campaigns for the series OZ and THE SOPRANOS. He began his career with Teatown Video and Post Expressions in New York City, then landed a job with Minerva Film/Video in Copenhagen. He later moved to Hong Kong where he worked for TNT and Cartoon Network to support the networks Asian launch. He also worked for two years at Post Production Shop, Hong Kong, and Guede Films in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the latter posting, he edited commercials targeted at Latin American markets for such advertisers as McDonalds, Budweiser and Procter & Gamble. Click 3X (www.click3x.com), provides visual effects, computer animation and broadcast design services to the advertising and television industries.
What's in a name? Everything according to the Career Coach, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson. From making sure yours is known to learning others, the name game is an important one to play.
Darlene Chan interviews nine leading voice actors and finds out what surprised them most after making it in the business.
Darlene Chan talks with four gaming recruiters and learns which artists and skill sets have the easiest time crossing over from more traditional forms of animation production to gaming.
How do you cope with getting laid off? How do you come to accept the fact that a paycheck isn't coming in every week? Sari Gennis has experienced it and is here to tell you the stages and how to get through them.
Demo reels and portfolios are still a good way to promote your career, but a Website is becoming even more crucial. Zahra Dowlatabadi explains why Websites are so important and how you can get started on yours today!
John Halfpenny has just posted MONOPOLIS, his new flash animation depicting a world with questionable values. Also, check out Gogues recently completed work in the conceptual art gallery on the official Terminator 3 website. New in the Showcase, the flash animation work of Barry Munden bringing a little old-fashioned Sci-Fi to the web.
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Maureen Furniss reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Hessi James by Johannes Weiland, Tomek Baginski's The Cathedral, The Lark by Gil Kenan, Passing Moments by Don Phillips, and Slava Ushakov's Orange. Includes QuickTime movie clips!
HOW magazine invites you to enter the 4th annual HOW Interactive Design competition. The categories include DVDs, kiosks, CD-ROMs, Web sites and -- new this year -- motion design. All winning work will be featured in the August 2003 Interactive Design issue of HOW. Plus, one Best of Show winner will receive a $1,000 gift voucher from outpost.com, and 10 Outstanding Achievement winners will each receive $100 gift vouchers.
Gennady Blanket is a traditional animator/artist working in New York as a freelance graphic designer...
What do you want to do with your life? Are you doing it? This month, the Career Coach, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson, links our life goals with the bigger picture.
Maureen Furniss reviews five short films fresh from the festival circuit: Premammals by Michal Zabka, Lisa Yu's Vessel Wrestling, Bee Movie by Gil Kenan, Interstices by Marina Estela Gra, and Nina Paley's Fetch! Includes QuickTime movie clips!
The Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE (formerly Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists) has signed a contract with Spaff Animation for work on Disney's upcoming theatrical release JUNGLE BOOK 2, as well as the direct-to-video release LION KING 1 1/2. Long-time animation vet Dave Spafford, who was a lead animator on WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, THE SECRET OF NIMH, OLIVER AND COMPANY, THE FOX AND THE HOUND and many others, runs Spaff Animation, which has provided animation for a wide variety of projects for the past 15 years.
Clare Kitson describes, and explains, a continuing exhibition of Jan and Eva Svankmajer's surrealist work at the Annecy Castle Gallery.
While many of us believe drawing is knowledge based, Jean Detheux explores how venturing beyond this "given" opens up an entire new realm of paradoxes, dilemmas and ultimately success.
The crew at guru animation studio in Toronto was recently presented a Silver Promax/BDA award for their work on 3 of 15 "very, very short films" for Canada's YTV network. Begun in July 2001, the spots were commissioned for YTV's 2001 fall branding campaign. The 3 1/2 second spots feature various characters, each of whom convey an abstract emotion, a weird concept or just a simple visceral pleasure.
You don't need to be American to celebrate Independence Day. In the new job market, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson explains why we should all declare our independence.
As the school year comes to an end, Pamela Kleibrink Thompson reminds us that being a good employee is elementary in its simplicity! Just follow these easy guidelines.
R!OT artists have teamed with creatives from the design boutique Brand New School to create two spots for a new line of Heinz EZ Squirt flavored ketchup. Conceived by Leo Burnett, Chicago, each of the spots is chock full of sight gags, nonsequiturs and silliness. "Squirrel" opens with a man in a Viking outfit carrying a princess across a cheesy set as a leprechaun tosses gold dust in the air. What follows are quick cuts of a pork chop, a squirrel, a flock of geese and a man covered in mustard.