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Halloween in Summer Headline News

WATCH: First Trailer for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Experience Jensen Ackles in his debut foray as the Caped Crusader; the thrilling adventure uses ‘noir-ish’ styled animation with heavy outlining and cell shading.

PSAs Headline News

Animism Studios Creates Mental Health PSA During COVID-19 Shut-Down

In a move to keep their artists busy… and employed, the Vancouver-based studio produced ‘Be There for Them,’ a PSA for the Boys and Girls Club – Canada that addresses mental health and loneliness.

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Breaking Down DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Nominations

The studio’s exceptional talent is recognized in 14 different categories, 20 noms in all, for nine different shows, including their latest franchise efforts with the ‘The Croods,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘She-Ra,’ Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Tales of Arcadia,’ and the dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic World.’

We Like to Move It! Headline News

Xsens Launches MotionCloud Platform – Watch Cardi B in MVN Action

Cloud-based platform makes motion capture projects achievable with multiple users working simultaneously at different locations; see it in action in Cardi B’s new mini reality series Cardi Tries where she creates a video game with the Xsens MVN Animate suit.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP100: Terry Ibele's Journey from Business to Stop-Motion and Starting This Podcast

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:18am

Celebrating his 100th Animation Industry Podcast episode, our host shares his path from a career in business to starting over in the world of stop-motion.

Game Development Education ANIMATIONWorld

A Healthy Cycle: SuAnne Fu on SCAD GamingFest and the Creation of ‘Zoelie’

The interactive design and game development chair discusses the school’s remote collaboration on innovative game project, including interactive design, animation, visual effects, and sound design; virtual event’s ‘Making of Zoelie’ panel set for April 10.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Pushing the FX Pedal to the Metal in ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers’

Smoking wheels and burning rubber barely scratch the visual effects surface of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s high-horsepower street racing thriller, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award for the third season ‘Sirocco Fire Explosion’ finale.

Events Headline News

Maxon Reveals Speakers for ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

The free virtual 3-day event running April 13-15 will feature presentations from notable creative directors, motion designers, and animation directors; live-streamed event will be available on demand following the show.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

FX Artists Put the Dinosaur Spittle into ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’

Whether its dramatic water splashes, dino drool, or bioluminescent beasts, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s adventure series, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award, strives for realistic visual effects that push the story forward through color and lighting.

Autodesk Headline News

VES Student Award Win Goes to ‘Migrants’

Pôle 3D team honored with the annual award sponsored and presented by Autodesk; winning animated short follows the plight of a polar bear and its cub, while exploring current environmental and socio-political issues.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Creating the ‘Smokin’ FX Magic of ‘DreamWorks Wizards’

By using distinctive visual effects as a core series element, almost as a ‘character’ itself, Guillermo del Toro and Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning animated series has garnered an Annie Award nomination for Best FX for TV/Media.   

Let's Party! Headline News

Toei and Funimation’s ‘One Piece’ Wano Watch Party’ Set for April 24

Companies have teamed up for a worldwide watch party event that will coincide with the simulcast of episodes 969 and 970, as well as premiere of episode 971, including a pre-recorded Q&A featuring the voice actors and director.                     

Cute but Violent Headline News

‘Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly’ Anime Series Premieres April 12

The cute, lovable, but violent characters, Gloomy and Pity, jump from the toy shelf to the screen in new animated series; set to air on Tokyo MX station in Japan, global fans can check out the episodes on Gloomy’s YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Business Headline News

WarnerMedia Rebrands EMEA Studio as Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe

Company resurrects legendary studio name; Sam Register and Vanessa Brookman to co-lead flagship TV animation studio formerly known as Cartoon Network Studios Europe.

Awards Headline News

‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Take Top VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:47pm

Star-studded virtual ceremony, hosted by barb-slinging Patton Oswalt, included 25 category awards and special honors for VFX supervisor Rob Legato and director Sir Peter Jackson.

Events Headline News

Upcoming Stuttgart Animation Festival Moves Completely Online

The planned live/online hybrid event makes decision to go all virtual due to continuing coronavirus restrictions; the program runs May 4-9 and will offer a new ITFS VR Hub accessible by VR headset or browser, with media library viewing extended until May 16.

Awards VFXWorld

Key TV and Game Contenders for the 2021 VES Awards

This year’s set of animated and VFX-driven TV series and video games represents top visual design and production work that rivals feature film visual effects in both quality and quantity.

casting Headline News

Paramount+ Reveals Janeway First Look on Upcoming ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:12am

Kate Mulgrew reprises her role as the captain, now an emergency training hologram, in the all-new CG kids’ series about a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship; show will air on Nickelodeon following run on streamer.

An Epic Canine Adventure! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure’ Clip and Images

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:00am

Epic Pictures’ third and final installment of their ‘Space Dogs’ trilogy releases today on VOD; also playing in select theatres, the CG animated film brings astronauts Belka and Strelka back to earth in a new canine adventure.

We’re Still Boldly Going! Headline News

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Drops Teaser and Season 2 Release Date

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:17am

Mike McMahan’s hit half-hour comedy about the crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships also gets third season renewal by Paramount+.

virtual production ANIMATIONWorld

Jerome Chen Talks Real-Time Animation with Unreal Engine

The Sony Pictures Imageworks senior VFX supervisor discusses his studio’s integration of Epic’s game engine technology and real-time workflows into its animation production on a new episode of Netflix’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ anthology series.

virtual production Headline News

Epic Games Releases Volume 2 of its Virtual Production Field Guide

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00am

Free resource provides in-depth look into virtual production workflows, new methodologies, remote collaboration, in-camera VFX, animation, and what’s coming next in Unreal Engine 5.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

‘Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles to Voice Bruce Wayne in ‘The Long Halloween’

Actor is joined by the late Naya Rivera as Catwoman, Josh Duhamel as Harvey Dent, Troy Baker as Joker, and others as the Caped Crusader hunts down the Holiday killer.

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