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Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP87: Everything You Wanted to Know About Animation Wild Card and The People Behind It

By Dan Sarto | Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:30am

Co-creators Casey Follen, Alexis Deprey, and Cami Kwan discuss their community of animation professionals who’ve come together to highlight and share original work from artists in the industry.

Awards Headline News

‘Honoring Our Stories’ Themed 'Black in Animation Awards Show' Coming December 6

Black Women Animate and Cartoon Network Studios launch new initiative to recognize and honor Black people in animation who are blazing a trail to the future.

Community Outreach Headline News

On the EDGE Conservation Launches YouTube Channel for Kids

Virtual Vloggers, Lexi the Aye Aye and Eric the Pangolin host weekly short-form diaries to engage and entertain young viewers while highlighting the realities of endangered species; Doppelganger technical collaborative provides cutting-edge real-time mocap technology to animate the characters.

animated short films Headline News

Chromebook’s ‘The Adulthood’ Teaches Gen Z to Grow Up

New animated series aims to ease the process of growing up by offering advice on finance, identity, dating, entrepreneurship, mental health, and environmentalism.

We’re all in this together! Headline News

Epic MegaGrants Passes $60 Million in Support, New Recipients Announced

By supporting nearly 1,000 teams and individuals so far, Epic Games cements commitment to furthering the progress of a range of creators to do outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

We’re all in this together! Headline News

Battery and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Cook Up ‘Meet Seoul Sausage’

Spot is part of ‘An Idea for L.A’ initiative that provides marketing makeovers for local LA businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic; Seoul Sausage and Rhythms of the Village are chosen to receive pro-bono services.

Music Videos Headline News

Confronting Racism and Injustice in Yoke Lore’s ‘Fade Away’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:02pm

2D Animated short, directed by Aishwarya Sadasivan, explores two characters forced to determine whether their differences outweigh their similarities.

His Voice Will Be Heard! Headline News

John Boyega Calls Out Disney for Pushing Aside Characters of Color

The actor experienced extreme online racial abuse and bullying because of his lead role of Finn in the recent ‘Star Wars’ films and claims Disney should have done something about it.

Virtual Events Headline News

Animated Women UK Presents November Online Workshops – Register NOW

‘Confidence and Getting your Voice Heard’ and ‘Impact and Building the Brand You’ are aimed at helping women in UK’s VFX and animation industry achieve their goals.

Awards Headline News

Women in Animation Announces WIA Diversity Award Honorees

In a Spark Animation 2020 virtual ceremony, Kyoto Animation, Laurence Ralph’s ‘The Torture Letters,’ and Maria Trénor’s ‘Where Were You?’ are recognized for making a significant impact in expanding diversity of voices in animation.

#FlyLikeThem Headline News

Lucasfilm Celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen with Educational Initiative #FlyLikeThem

‘Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War’ now available online in run up to Veterans Day, November 11; the film is accompanied by all new educational curriculum guide for grades 6-12.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Focus on My ‘Vote:’ Six Point Harness Delivers Election-Themed Animated Music Video for ABC’s ‘Black-ish’

Channeling Golden Age UPA cartoons, Childish Gambino’s ‘Feels Like Summer’ and ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ director Musa Brooker and Six Point Harness — the studio behind Oscar winner ‘Hair Love’ — create an animated music video for the two-part ‘Black-ish’ election special.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Scholarship Program Welcomes Autodesk, Unity, Animation Mentor, and Toon Boom Partnerships

Women in Animation continues to expand its annual grants program with new and returning partners for 2021 that will help provide deserving college student with educational workshops, animation software, and cash awards.

People ANIMATIONWorld

Matthew A. Cherry: 'Animation Can Do Anything Live-Action Can Do'

The Oscar-winning director of ‘Hair Love’ details how the animated election special for ‘Black-ish’ was brought from script to screen in just six weeks.

Community Outreach Headline News

Disney and Lucasfilm Teaming with Nonprofit FIRST Robotics on New Challenges Season

Studios’ 2020-2021 youth robotics collaboration, FIRST Game Changers, powered by ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ helps expand STEM learning for students around the world.

People ANIMATIONWorld

VIEW 2020: Excellence in Animation, VFX and Visual Storytelling Now Free to Attend

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:07pm

Though we’ll miss out annual trip to Turin, Italy, we’ll pretend our stale pop tart is a pistachio biscotti as we sit back and gush over the stellar roster of talent set to teach, talk, and share over the next seven days; starting tomorrow, VIEW 2020 runs through October 23.

Careers Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures and UniSA Create Hands-On VFX Training Program

South Australia’s booming movie industry has created a demand for skilled VFX artists; RSP and University partner to train and provide home-grown talent to bolster burgeoning industry.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix and Chris Nee Reveal First Slate of Animated Preschool Series

The Peabody, Emmy, and Humanitas Prize-winning children’s television screenwriter and producer (‘Doc McStuffins,’ ‘Vampirina’) shares the ambitious project lineup in development as part of her overall deal with the streaming giant.

workshops Headline News

Black N’ Animated and WIA Announce Free Storyboarding Class Nov 7

In collaboration with independent animation studios Oddbot, Powerhouse, Renegade, Six Point Harness and Titmouse, the two organizations are hosting an all-day virtual class headlined by award-winning director Matt Danner’s ‘Storyboarding 101;’ other lectures include ‘Storyboarding for Action’ and ‘Storyboarding for Adult Comedy.’

Diversity in Storytelling Headline News

Three New Diverse Animated Shorts Coming Soon to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 3:29pm

‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Canvas,’ and ‘Cops and Robbers’ each tell a unique, socially relevant story through varied animation techniques.

Diversity in Casting ANIMATIONWorld

Arif Zahir Breaks Out as the New Cleveland Brown on ‘Family Guy’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:12pm

The actor known as Azerzz to his 6.2 million YouTube followers lands his dream role voicing the hit animated series character behind the impression he’s been perfecting for years.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Greenlights Ludacris’ ‘Karma’s World’ Animated Musical Kids’ Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:00am

9 Story Media, Brown Bag Films, and Karma's World Entertainment are teaming on show about a young Black girl finding her voice and using it to change the world.

National Mental Health Week Headline News

Chris Dainty and The NFB’s ‘Shannon Amen’ Now Streaming

Marking World Mental Health Day, the Canadian filmmaker’s short uses ‘icemation’ combined with stop-motion and puppeteering to explore the life and death of his friend, artist Shannon Jamieson, by capturing her struggles, guilt and anxiety in reconciling her faith with her sexual identity.

Yay Another Pete Docter Film! ANIMATIONWorld

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Deftly Tackles the Risky Constructs of Life, Death, and How We Enter the World

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:23am

Pete Docter and Kemp Powers’ new film skillfully embraces complex issues of religion, culture, and race, with the studio’s first Black leading character struggling to answer the question, ‘What makes you…YOU?’

Girl Power! Headline News

HBO Max Adapting BOOM! Studios’ ‘Lumberjanes’ into Animated Series

Series to launch with hour-long special written and directed ‘She-Ra and The Princesses of Power’ creator, Noelle Stevenson; her graphic novel ‘Nimona’ is also currently being adapted by Blue Sky Animation, set for release in 2022.

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