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Realtime Demystifies Arthur’s Legend with ‘The Winter King’ VFX

VFX supervisor Sue Land discusses how the studio reimagined the legendary story, based on Bernard Cornwell’s ‘The Warlord Chronicles,’ aligning fantastical elements with plausible 6th century realism to visualize Sub-Roman Britain on the 10-episode MGM+ and ITVX fictionalized historical series.

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Stop-Motion Studio Factory Transmedia Declares Bankruptcy

The studio behind ‘The Clangers’ and the first season of ‘The Tiny Chef Show’ has already laid off eight staff members, with puppets and studio equipment headed to auction after ‘challenging market conditions’ shuttered the company. 

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Podcast EP 249: Ben Osroosh & Making Motion Control Rigs and Winders for Stop-Motion

LA-based Iranian stop-motion artist discusses his move from Iran to the U.S., his unexpected entry into stop-motion animation and his recently launched Motion Control Kit’s capabilities.

Skadoosh! Headline News

‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Now on Digital

Jack Black is back as everyone’s favorite, skadooshiest panda in the latest chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s popular franchise; all-new never-before-released animated short ‘Dueling Dumplings’ included on select digital platforms.

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‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ to End with Season 5, ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Renewed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1:52pm

Paramount+ has just announced the upcoming season of Mike McMahan’s 2D animated comedy will be its last, while a fourth season of the Anson Mount and Rebecca Romijn live-action starrer has been ordered ahead of its 2025 third season premiere.

GoT To Be Kidding Headline News

Jon Snow ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel No Longer in Development

The series never gained traction after being shelved during the WGA strike, with actor Kit Harrington revealing, ‘it’s off the table,’ because the team, ‘couldn’t find the right story to tell.’

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Exceptional Minds Announces Summer 2024 Workshops

The academy prepares young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects and 3D gaming; summer registration deadline is April 19.

The Joy of Public Libraries Headline News

Watch: PBS KIDS’ Drops ‘Arthur Meets Mychal the Librarian’ Short

In celebration of National Library Day and ahead of National Library Week, the new film features the TikTok personality and librarian who helps out ‘Arthur’ when he loses his library card.

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R-Rated Live-Action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Feature in Development

Paramount and Walter Hamada are producing the project, titled ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin,’ which will adapt a popular storyline from the recent IDW comics; Tyler Burton Smith is set to pen the script.

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Paramount Pictures Drops ‘IF’ Final Trailer and Slew of Posters

Ryan Reynolds is at his cheekiest in writer/director John Krasinski’s live-action/3DCG feature that follows a young girl who suddenly realizes she can see everyone’s imaginary friends; in theaters May 17. 

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Supercell Celebrates ‘Boom Beach’ 10th Anniversary with ‘#Boomiversary’ Campaign

The Finnish gaming giant, with Waste Creative and in-house production studio This Thing of Ours, create a 60-sec animation that showcases a miniature diorama and a scene from the game brought to life on a 1-meter high cake with help from Emma Jayne Cake Design.

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Renderman V26 Now Available

Newest version includes enhanced technology features such as XPU Advancements and Interactive Denoising; core improvements include faster instancing and texture read parallelism and improvements in RenderMan's Stylized Looks toolset for enhanced creative control.

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Pitch Black Names Mikaël Damant-Sirois VP of Operations

The parent company of VFX studios FuseFX, FOLKS, Rising Sun Pictures, and El Ranchito brings onboard the former Rodeo FX VP of Creative Operations to promote cross-brand integration, streamline processes, enhance collaboration between teams, and optimize global operations.

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Fest Anča Reveals 2024 Competition Selections

Out of 1,340 film submissions from 71 countries, 206 films were selected to participate in this year’s event; The Slovak Republic’s only multimedia festival focused on animation runs June 25-30.

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Showrunner Albert Kim Steps Down from ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’

Christine Boylan and Jabbar Raisani will now executive producer the Netflix series through its second and third seasons, while Kim will remain as an executive producer.

Madness of Two Headline News

Warner Bros. Drops First Teaser Trailer for ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’

The gritty ’80s jukebox musical, which centers on the romantic relationship between Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker and Lady Gaga’s Harley Quinn, dances into theaters October 4.

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HaZimation Sets ‘Max Beyond’ Digital Release

The animated action-thriller, created entirely in Unreal Engine, follows Max, a boy held captive who tries to use his ability to create rifts in space and time to escape; available in the U.K. April 22 and the U.S. April 23 with spin-off video game coming mid-2025.

Flame On… Again Headline News

‘The Fantastic Four’ Finds its Silver Surfer

Julia Garner joins Marvel’s remake that stars Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby as Susan Storm (The Invisible Woman), Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm (The Thing), and Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm (The Human Torch); the film flies into theaters July 25, 2025. 

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Superights Brings ‘Silly Sundays’ to MIPTV

Award-winning animation studio’s new 2D animated series follows 3 kids, their folks and Granny, who embrace every little moment together on their family Sundays; series premiered in Ireland and is rolling out in LatAM and the U.S.

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Toonz Media Announces ‘Little Sparks’ TV Adaptation

Entertainment company teams up with That Spark Corp to co-produce 3D animated kids’ show based on Chris Parsons’ popular kids’ book series, slated for 2025 release; companion mobile app and Roblox game also announced. 

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Cartoon Network Studios Launches ‘Artist Stairwell’ Digital Experience

New interactive website invites fans to experience CNS’s Burbank building stairwell, a literal canvas of imagination and innovation, boasting a living history of original drawings, doodles, and sketches by the artists and talent that worked there from 2000-2023.

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Drew Goddard to Direct ‘Matrix 5,’ Lana Wachowski to Executive Produce

Although plot details remain firmly under wraps, the film promises to honor ‘what Lana and Lilly began over 25 years ago,’ while ‘offering a unique perspective.’

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