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Virtual Events Headline News

‘Spirit Untamed’ Co-Director Ennio Torresan Presenting at VFXRIO LIVE

Noted animator and storyboard artist will deliver the keynote, ‘Creativity and Storytelling in Animation, at upcoming free virtual event, set for July 24 in both English and Portugeuse.

People Headline News

Framestore London Names Stephen Goalby Head of Design UK

Industry veteran will lead the design team as the studio continues its expansion; upcoming work will run from hand-drawn 2D to futuristic UI sequences across film, TV, and immersive.

Business Headline News

Omens Studios Inks MENA Deal with MBC Media

Animation studio’s trio of kids’ series heads to SVOD and AVOD platforms Shahid VIP and Shahid; the deal kicks off later this month with the debut of ‘Counting With Paula’ Season 5 and ‘Leo the Wildlife Ranger.’

People Headline News

Tim Erickson Named Head of Peanuts Worldwide

Former Disney and DreamWorks executive will work closely with Charles M. Schulz’s family and Wildbrain’s content teams to drive licensing strategy and growth.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP121: How Stop-Motion Animator dina Amin Built Her Career from Scratch in Egypt

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:41pm

The artist reveals how quitting her job and deconstructing appliances led to a full-time career in stop-motion.

Live-Action / CGI Hybrid Filmmaking Headline News

Juice Releases ‘The Liberator’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:08pm

Polish VFX studio shares a video of their work using revolutionary Trioscope EHA live-action / CGI hybrid animation technology in Netflix and Trioscope Studios’ gripping four-episode WWII miniseries.

Kids’ TV Channel Headline News

Sandbox Kids Launches Hopster English Learning Channel

The on-demand kids entertainment channel is now available on Amazon Prime Video in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands; service helps teach children English using popular animated characters.

Open Source Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Adds MaterialX as Hosted Project

Initially developed by Lucasfilm, the open source platform is a key technology in the portability and transfer of look development assets between various applications and renderers.

People Headline News

Framestore Montreal Adds VFX Supervisor Damien Stumpf

Company continues to expand its teams across creative and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; new hire brings 20+ years of visual effects experience to his new role.

Webinars Headline News

Celsys and Wacom Set Free ‘Manga & Anime Days’ Digital Event

The all-digital 3-day global event will feature webinars covering creative themes including manga-making and illustration; webinars will be hosted by creatives from a range of industries.

Awards Headline News

‘Animaniacs,’ ‘Go! Go! Cory Carson’ Big Winners at Daytime Emmy Awards

‘Hilda,’ ‘The Adventures of Paddington,’ ‘Elena of Avalor,’ and ‘Baba Yaga’ also take home multiple awards at the 48th annual awards ceremony.

Business Headline News

Artlist Acquires Software Company FXhome

Company adds video, VFX and image editing software tools to its already extensive catalog of high-quality creative assets, increasing its service offerings to creators.

Eddie Returns! Headline News

Evil Must Atone in Iron Maiden's ‘Writing on the Wall’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 2:49pm

BlinkInk director Nicos Livesey, working from concepts by former Pixar stalwarts Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon, animates the band’s first new music in six years, a story of a dystopian world destroyed by pollution that can only be redeemed by a Maiden-esqe biblical wrath.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP120: What 26 Years at Pixar Taught Shawn Krause

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 1:00pm

The creative director of animation and story at Spire Studios talks about his experience as an animator and animation supervisor at the legendary home of ‘Toy Story.’

It’s Both Fast and Furious! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers’ Season 5 Trailer

This season, the action-packed animated adventure series follows the crew on a world saving mission in the South Pacific; all-new episodes stream on Netflix August 13.

Hey Mickey! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse’ Revives Classic Disney Designs in All New Adventures

Art director Alan Bodner pays homage to iconic sets and styles from Disneyland rides and the 1955 ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ show on Disney Junior’s new CG series, premiering today.

Technology Headline News

OptiTrack Releases Motive 3.0

The new, rebuilt version of the performance capture and motion tracking software provides real-time motion tracking, Digital Delsys EMG systems integration, and advanced customization with a redesigned UI.

People Headline News

Netflix Adds Paul Debevec as Director of Research

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:20am

The Academy Award-winning computer graphics pioneer joins streamer’s Data Science and Engineering team to oversee new technology development across VFX, virtual production, and animation production.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Returns In-Person and Online

Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual festival, set for October 23-30, will feature film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Names Bill Ballew CTO

25-year studio veteran and previous VP of R & D steps up to role previously held by Jeff Wike, who is retiring; new responsibilities include technology-related strategic and creative planning as well as operations of the studio's animation production platforms. 

Who’s the Boss? ANIMATIONWorld

Pushing Comedy and Emotion in ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’

While leaning into the humor and taking action to the extreme, director Tom McGrath’s production team also developed layers where the characters connect, and reconnect, to give the film its heart and soul.

Stop Bullying! Headline News

Cartoon Network Partners with ‘Raising Good Gamers’ Anti-Bullying Initiative

The network, along with Games for Change and UC Irvine’s Connected Learning Lab, release ‘How to Be a Positive Gamer’ PSA; animated short gives kids tips on heading off bullying before it starts.

Hot Tub Animation Headline News

Watch a Dry Erase Board-Animated Umphrey’s McGee ‘You Walked Up’ Origin Story

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:03pm

Pete Herzog’s hand-drawn short, produced with his wife in a hot tub, illustrates band member Jake Cinninger’s tale of how they named their upcoming album filled with selections from decades of their concert ‘walk-on’ music.

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