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We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:46pm

Are you strong enough to wear the 10 rings? That’s the question facing Simu Liu in the upcoming ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ also starring Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hitting theaters September 3, 2021.

Peanuts Returns ANIMATIONWorld

The Legendary Charles Schulz Explored in ‘Who Are You, Charlie Brown?’

New Apple TV+ documentary paints a compelling picture of the iconic cartoonist and his beloved characters through animation, film clips, cartoon clippings, family photos, and audio commentary from the artist himself.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Anibar Animation Festival Announces 2021 Program

Festival’s 2021 theme of ‘isolation’ reflects challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting solitude and claustrophobia; hybrid event runs in-person and online July 23-30.

An Even Merrier Christmas 2021 Headline News

Illumination Drops ‘Sing 2’ Trailer and First Look Character Posters

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 9:27am

An all-star cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson joins Buster Moon in his next, and most dazzling stage extravaganza yet; the animated musical comedy sequel to 2016’s ‘Sing’ hits theaters Christmas 2021.

Virtual Events Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: A Conversation with Director Brenda Chapman

Join the director of ‘The Prince of Egypt’ and ‘Brave’ in a free July 2 online discussion with ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone.

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Universe 4.0

Now available, the latest version includes new stylize tools Electrify, Texturize Motion, and Analog, Support for Metal, and 200+ new presets for Array Gun and Typographic; other Maxon updates include Redshift with support for OpenColorO, streamlined new Maxon App, and fixes and optimization of FX Suite and Cinema 4D S24.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Update

New support for node-based material editing helps achieve photorealism without sacrificing creative choices; other new features include V-Ray Material improvements that make it easier to create translucent materials, Progressive Caustics, V-Ray Fur, and V-Ray Clipper.

The Transformative Power of Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘Luca’s Innovative Back and Forth Transformations from Sea Monster to Human

Character supervisors Laura Beth Albright and Sajan Skaria discuss how they fully embraced, rather than hid or obscured, the potentially scary metamorphosis of their lead characters moving in and out of the water, in Pixar’s new animated feature now streaming on Disney+.

Who’s the Boss? Headline News

Feeling Young Again in New ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business’ Trailer

You can’t turn back time, or can you? Find out in DreamWorks Animation’s sequel to their 2017 animated hit comedy, ‘The Boss Baby,’ premiering on Peacock and in U.S. theaters, as well as in select international markets, on July 2.

TV VFX VFXWorld

How Dottie Starling Guided ‘The Underground Railroad’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 4:04pm

The VFX supervisor on Barry Jenkins and Prime Video’s period drama, about a young woman’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, shares how she helped plan and deliver over 1,000 visual effects shots, ranging from 18 minutes of a town on fire to an actual full underground railroad hub.

People Headline News

Sony Imageworks Names Mike Ford CTO

Studio veteran and former VFX supervisor will continue to oversee software development and systems engineering teams, as well as SPI's technical infrastructure, as he moves forward on major initiatives to modernize the VFX and animated feature film pipeline.

VFX for Film VFXWorld

Molecule VFX Helps Amazon Prime Achieve a State of ‘Bliss’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:26pm

Led by VFX supervisor Luke DiTomasso, the studio delivers over 200 shots for director Mike Cahill’s sci-fi thriller about two overlapping worlds, one real, one not, one ugly, one beautiful, and the conspiracy to keep people from finding out the truth.

Events Headline News

THU Returns to Portugal for Upcoming 8th Edition

After canceling last year because of COVID-19, Trojan Horse was a Unicorn will be back as an onsite event this year, running September 20-25 in Tróia.

Skills Development Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Virtual Work Experience Program for Teens

The free 2-day event introduces young people to career opportunities within the creative industries; program runs July 13-14 and registration is now open.

Technology Headline News

Adobe Launches Premiere Pro 'Refresh' Public Beta

Company reveals first set of updates to its flagship editing system, centered on new import / export features and streamlined header bar.

Festivals Headline News

Animation Is Film Returning to Hollywood October 22-24

AIF is back this Fall as a hybrid on-site / virtual festival after 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic; produced by GKIDS in partnership with the Annecy Festival, event embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form.

Jobs Headline News

Animation Guild Hosting ‘Getting Started in Animation for Grads’ Virtual Q&A

The free online event features a panel of industry leaders including ‘Steven Universe’ creator Rebecca Sugar and ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ director Jennifer Yuh Nelson; topics range from interviewing and hiring insights to social media presence and working remotely.

50/50 by 2025 Headline News

WIA Spotlights Mentorship Successes with New Case Studies Release

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 21, 2021 at 12:49pm

Written by former AWN editor-in-chief Jennifer Wolfe, the detailed profiles share valuable and important insight into the Women in Animation initiative that continues to support and inspire the careers of numerous mentees.

Awards Headline News

‘Beast,’ ‘People in Motion’ Lead Annecy 2021 Special Award Winners

Festival announces 12 films receiving special recognition, partner awards, or additional honors bestowed outside the Official competition.

Awards Headline News

‘Flee’ and ‘Peel’ Take Top Cristal Awards at Annecy 2021

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 12:15pm

Films by Jonas Poher Rasmussen and Samuel Patthey & Silvain Monney among 20 winners at the 45th festival edition, held both on-site and virtually, finally able to celebrate its 60th anniversary postponed from 2020 when the event was forced online due to the pandemic.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

Trove of New Images Drop for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Check out 11 new snaps showing some of the action, grim reaction, and memorable moments to come, in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s next entry in the DC Universe movie series, coming to Blu-ray and Digital June 22.

Business Headline News

Framestore Consolidates Film and TV Divisions

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:48pm

BAFTA winner James Whitlam will head episodic work as the company brings both departments under one banner, one pipeline, and a new leadership structure.

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