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MPC Film’s Digital Gorilla Delivers the Emotion in ‘The One and Only Ivan’

Studio handles 1,055 VFX shots, using virtual production tools to help produce photorealistic talking animals, full CG environments and digital set extensions in Thea Sharrock and Disney+’s tale of a gorilla who tries to piece his past together so he can hatch a plan to escape from captivity.

Josh Gad Returns Headline News

Olaf Stars in ‘Once Upon A Snowman’ Short Coming to Disney+

New animated video reveals the origins of the playful, summer-loving snowman from Disney’s award-winning ‘Frozen’ franchise.

Even More Good Times Headline News

Norman Lear’s Animated ‘Good Times’ Greenlit at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 14, 2020 at 1:22pm

‘Black Dynamite’s Carl Jones will serve as creator, executive producer and showrunner on new series; other executive producers include Seth MacFarlane and Stephen Curry.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

‘Pictoplasm in Isolation’ Goes Virtual September 18-19

Reimagined Berlin tradition offers free 2-day livestream broadcast featuring conversations and talks with artists, animators, designers, activists, and academics.

Mickey and Pals Return Headline News

‘The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse’ Shorts Series Coming to Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 14, 2020 at 11:22am

10 new classic-styled 2D shorts, starring Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, will debut this November.

The Universe Just Might Make Sense ANIMATIONWorld

Inside the Trippy and Complex Universe of ‘The Midnight Gospel’

Co-creator Duncan Trussell explains the process of marrying interviews from his ‘The Duncan Trussell Family Hour’ podcasts with animated visuals from the mind of ‘Adventure Time’ creator Pendleton Ward and the talented hands of Titmouse studio artists.

Commercials Headline News

Blinkink Creates Colorful Trip Through Nature in 2D Nestle Spot

Director Alex Grigg takes viewers through a fluid, vibrant and unpredictable world capturing expressions of nature and life while communicating the essence of the client’s sustainable and environmentally friendly new product line.

virtual production Headline News

ILM Expands Virtual Production Services, Global Trainee Program

StageCraft expansion plans include additional LED volume installations in LA, London and Australia, along with new Jedi Academy program aimed at underrepresented VFX talent.

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Digital Domain’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ Season 2 VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:00pm

Led by VFX supervisor Mitch Drain, the studio delivered a wide variety of visual effects shots across six episodes, including a crazy, shapeshifting creature inspired by Google DeepDream.

Afterlife Influencers! ANIMATIONWorld

Afterlife Influencers Share Upbeat Advice in ‘Death Hacks’ Snap Original

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 11:40am

From the horror comedy-loving, slightly bent minds of Augenblick Studios comes a new animated Snapchat series starring Kristen Schaal and Thomas Middleditch as two bubbly ghost hosts dispensing cheerful suggestions for the recently deceased.

We Can’t Wait Dept. Headline News

Everything We Know About ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2

Series creator Jon Favreau breaks down the show’s new format, hinting it could be the ‘Star Wars’ equivalent of ‘Game of Thrones’ when it premieres October 30th on Disney+.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Now on Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD

Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, the popular anime feature’s new release includes audio commentary as well as two new featurettes.

People Headline News

ILM VFX Legend Dennis Muren to Present and Do Live QnA at VIEW 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:11am

The 9-time Oscar-winner will discuss his career, unique artistic vision, and answer conference attendee questions at the 21st edition of the annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

cloud Computing VFXWorld

Break+Enter Charts its Future in the Cloud

VFX studio discusses its pre-pandemic move to a cloud-based pipeline, including establishment of best practices and standards, and how they will continue to invest in and expand their virtual, remote production efforts company-wide.

cloud Computing ANIMATIONWorld

What Does the Next Gen Creative Studio Look Like?

For AWS product manager Jay Maglione, the challenges of 2020 mean we must rethink creative studio norms and look to the cloud for the next workflow evolution.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP81: Aaron Long's Journey from Student to Director on ‘BoJack Horseman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 3:47pm

The talented supervising director on ‘Tuca & Bertie’ discusses his path from Max the Mutt Animation School graduate to directing on ‘BoJack Horseman.’

Let’s Celebrate! Headline News

‘American Dad!’ Milestone 300th Episode Airs September 14

TBS treats fans with tributes, trivia, and ‘The Many Faces of Roger Marathon’ to celebrate series becoming the 25th scripted primetime show, in the history of television, to reach 300 episodes.

TV Animation Headline News

Live-Action/Animated Hybrid ‘Woke’ Premieres on Hulu

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:25pm

Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, new series uses talking animated objects to illustrate the sudden awareness of racism by a newly ‘woke’ Black cartoonist.  

Dept. of I Can’t Wait Headline News

Official ‘Dune’ Trailer Breathes New Life into Sci-Fi Classic

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:58am

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve takes the helm of the latest big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi bestseller, and it looks dark, brooding and utterly inviting.

Technology Headline News

Digital Domain Introduces Masquerade 2.0 Facial Capture System

Next generation of company’s in-house technology allows complex facial motions to be added to every moment of gameplay 10x faster; powerful enough for feature films, but accessible enough for game development.

Get Out and Vote! Headline News

WIA Issues Call to Vote, Support for Voting Rights in New Open Letter

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:15am

Women in Animation president Marge Dean reflects on hard fought efforts to win voting rights for the disenfranchised, urging everyone spend the next 60 days preparing to vote as well as supporting the voting rights of others; organization posts downloadable Voting Resource Guide highlighting how you can help make everyone’s voice heard.

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