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‘City Sample’ and ‘Lyra Starter Game’ Projects Drop with UE5 Release

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 11:13am

Free sample projects now ready for download along with the brand-new Unreal Engine 5 next-gen real-time 3D content production platform technology released today by Epic Games.

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Unreal Engine 5 Now Available

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 10:29am

Epic Games' first major announcement at this morning’s State of Unreal presentation is huge; next-gen real-time 3D content creation in both game and non-game workflows gets a shot in the arm with new UE5 features, enhancements, and support.

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BBC Children Commissions New ‘Pablo’ Series Featuring 8-Year-Old Autistic Hero

Paper Owl’s new show sports quirky mixed-media design reminiscent of young boy’s surroundings and daily experiences; show uses humor to build a deeper understanding and empathy among older viewers of the neurodivergent perspective.

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Wētā FX Opens Vancouver Studio

Company’s first dedicated VFX studio outside New Zealand kicks off with 75 artists, with more hires planned later this year; currently it has 12 unannounced projects in the pipeline, having recently completed work on ‘The Batman,’ Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight,’ and ‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’

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Mozilla Teams with ILM on ‘Extended Color Management’ Firefox Extension

The new browser add-on optimizes color calibration for consistency across monitors, improving remote collaboration among creatives.

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It’s No Accidental Resurrection - Adult Swim Picks Up ‘Teenage Euthanasia’ Season 2

The network orders more episodes of the ‘morbidly’ funny animated series about death, family, and unexpectedly coming back to life; currently in production, the new season will hit in 2023.

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Farside Features and Strange Matter Media Ink Development Deal

Companies to co-produce a slate of animated series for the adult market; first project, ‘Blood of Camelot,’ is a dark fantasy that reimagines King Arthur as a vampire despot ruling over a blighted realm.

Anime Headline News

GKIDS Drops ‘Pompo the Cinephile’ Teaser

Directed Takayuki Hirao, the animated feature is an ode to the power of movies and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process; in partnership with Fathom events, the preview screening comes to theaters nationwide April 27-28.

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Podcast EP 154: Mercury Filmworks CCO Heath Kenny on How to Leap From Maker to Manager

The animator, writer, producer and development exec discusses careers, opportunities, and choosing the best path forward; he shares his journey from New Zealand to Canada and how he ultimately made the jump to management.

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90s Nick Jr. Mascot ‘Face’ Returns in New Preschool Show

Live-action / animation hybrid ‘Face’s Music Party’ stars Cedric Williams and features kid-friendly music videos, remix sing-alongs of nursery rhymes, and a high energy dance-along finale; the new show hits Nickelodeon’s preschool platforms this summer.

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Nickelodeon Greenlights ‘Bossy Bear’

The new animated preschool series follows the misadventures of a ‘Bossy Bear’ and his bestie, Turtle; the show is slated to debut in 2023 on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Nick Jr. channels internationally.

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BASE FX Says it is the Victim of $234 Million Fraud

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:54am

In a just filed lawsuit, the longtime Beijing-based VFX and animation company alleges that two Americans have swindled and pocketed millions from investors while raising money on its behalf.

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The Third Floor Launches TTF Anim Animation Suite

New toolset brings real-time capabilities to creators of cinema-quality, stylized animated content; developed on top of Unreal Engine, pipeline features custom-developed visualization tools that introduce game engine rendering to features of traditional animation.

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Nickelodeon Announces Franchise Strategy at 2022 Upfront Presentation

Animation remains key as network reveals plans for expanding franchises such as ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and ‘PAW Patrol;’ new series including ‘Face’s Music Party,’ ‘Bossy Bear,’ and ‘HexVet;’ and a ‘Blue’s Clues & You! Live Tour’ starting this fall in the U.S.

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Mercury Filmworks Names Guillaume Dubois VP of Production

The veteran animation exec and co-founder of Caribara Montreal is tapped to manage studio’s production pipeline, including ‘Pangors of Puddle Peak,’ ‘Octicorn,’ and ‘Bad Jelly the Witch.’

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Guru Studio Announces Key Hires Across Talent Acquisition and Recruiting

Babita Jassal has been promoted to VP of People and Culture, and Hetal Shah joins as senior talent acquisition specialist; staff additions come as the company seeks new creative talent to work across a range of 2D and 3D projects.

Jobs in Animation and VFX Headline News

Foundry Launches ‘Voices Behind the Tech’ Career Path Video Series

Series spotlights career paths in VFX, CGI, and Animation Technology, kicking off with an episode featuring interviews with women on the company’s R&D team.

Slate includes 50 new and returning series; ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ Season 3 and ‘Estab Life: Great Escape’ now available Headline News

Crunchyroll Reveals Massively Huge Spring 2022 Anime Lineup

Expansive slate includes 50 new and returning series; ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ Season 3 and ‘Estab Life: Great Escape’ now available, with new titles dropping throughout April.

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Toonz Teams with Tunche on ‘Kayara’ CG Animated Feature

César Zelada helming film that follows a young Incan woman who dreams of breaking into the elite, male-only group of Chasqui messengers; release set for 2024.

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How to Dominate the Animation Industry in 2022

Animators in the $32B 3D & VFX industry are always working; with over 62,000 animation jobs in the US alone and continued growth expected for the foreseeable future, there’s never been a better time to start a career.

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