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SDCC 09: Thursday in 3-D!

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 24, 2009 at 10:29am

The first official day of San Diego Comic-Con 2009 was a doozy for animation and visual effects aficionados, with sneak peeks at the most anticipated 3-D films set to release in the next year. Imagi’s Astro Boy, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Tron Legacy, Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and the mother of them all, James Cameron’s Avatar all debuted footage in 3-D to rapt audiences.

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Pixar, Pixar and even More Pixar!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 3:38pm

Sorry for writing so late. But yesterday evening I suffered from severe animation illness, information overload and heavy small talk. After seeing the commissioned film program filled with commercials and music videos up to the brink – sitting next to an equally tired Ron Diamond – I hardly reached my apartment and went into dreamland seconds later.

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fmx 09: One Awesome Conference

Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.

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fmx 09: One Awesome Conference

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 8, 2009 at 12:26pm

Renata and Thomas Haegele topped the event from last year and again the numbers of attendees increased. Again more and internationally renowned speakers came to Stuttgart, again for four days the sunny town became animator’s land And that in those dark and gloomy times of worldwide economic crisis. And I did not discover one unhappy face during all those days.

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fmx 09: Rainy with Excellent Animation!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 9:30am

Cloudy, sometimes rainy. Stuttgart, the capital of the German federal state of Baden Wüerrttemberg is once again for the next four days the global center of animation. The fmx conference opened its gates to the huge crowds of professionals, students, journalists and all enthusiasts.

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fmx 09: Rainy with Excellent Animation!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 9:30am

Cloudy, sometimes rainy. Stuttgart, the capital of the German federal state of Baden Wüerrttemberg is once again for the next four days the global center of animation. The fmx conference opened its gates to the huge crowds of professionals, students, journalists and all enthusiasts.

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Red Stick 09: It's Closing Time

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 27, 2009 at 12:33pm

The festival is in wind-down mode as producer Max Howard intros a screening of the independently-financed Igor. Afterwards Howard does a q&a, describing its labor-of-love creation headed up by former staffers of Disney’s shut-down Paris studio and the challenges – and freedom – of producing animation without major studio backing.

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SIGGRAPH Asia Feels Right, What Singapore Has To Do With

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 12, 2008 at 7:06pm

From what I see and hear, everybody seems happy at SIGGRAPH Asia in Singapore. The exhibition floor is busy; the quality of talks is high, the Electronic Theater has been praised for its quality selection, and everyone notes the intimate feeling and family flair in the air.

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3-D or not 3-D? That is the Question.

By Dan Sarto | Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 5:12pm

One of the hot topics at AnimfxNZ was 3-D stereo and digital cinema. Dave Scammell, the President of SohoNet, ran a panel on the issue with Steve Schklair from 3ality Digital, Patrick von Sychowski from Adlabs/Reliance India, and Habib Zargarpour from Electronic Arts Los Angeles.

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Animfx Day 1: Maori Welcome and Park Road Post

By Dan Sarto | Friday, November 14, 2008 at 5:26pm

AnimfxNZ 2008 began with a song. A contingent of Maori gathered to perform a 'powhiri', or New Zealand traditional welcome. The foreign visitors and speakers lined up so the kaumatua could determine if they were friends or foes. Thankfully, there were no enemies among them, and the conference was able to proceed.

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TRANSFORMATIONS: The Spore Evolves

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 8:38pm

Well, I’m torn. Shall I go to the presentation on “Hair shells and bi-quad transition rig on Shrek the Halls and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” or to the “Humanizing virtual agents: the role of speech technology in effective human-machine interaction?” Maybe if they made a rule that titles had to be short, like “Beards and boundaries” and “Talk to me, Mac,” I would feel less anxiety about making these choices.

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Pictoplasma NYC Delivers

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 12, 2008 at 9:48pm

My first Pictoplasma was an eye-opening affair set in the avant-garde city of Berlin.Combining a day-long “character walk” of installations set in fascinating locations, with screenings and lectures featuring the artist/creators themselves, it was a revelation of what a festival could be.

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