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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.

Luca ANIMATIONWorld

‘Luca’ Delights with the Sounds of an Italian Summer of Fun

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 12:27pm

Director Enrico Casarosa and composer Dan Romer expertly blend 50s-60s pop music with opera and a Felliniesque vibe for a lively, energetic, and emotionally satisfying score; Disney and Pixar’s latest gem premieres today on Disney+.

Who let the Dogs Out? Headline News

Paramount+ Lets the Dogs Out in a ‘Paw Patrol’ Summer!

The incredibly popular franchise kicks off its summer of fun with ‘Paw Patrol Live! At Home,’ now streaming, followed by ‘Paw Patrol: The Movie’ in theaters and streaming August 20; Seasons 1-5 of the animated preschool also now available.

Careful What You Wish For ANIMATIONWorld

Producers Chris Bremble and Aron Warner Unpack Their ‘Wish Dragon’ Journey

For the BASE Media CEO and Oscar-winning ‘Shrek’ franchise producer, nothing was accidental about their critically acclaimed new animated feature, now streaming on Netflix, other than the fact they actually got it made.

People Headline News

FuseFX Adds Julian Sarmiento as Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

Industry veteran will lead VFX house’s integration of innovative and emerging technologies as key pre-production to final shot service offerings.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and Autodesk Team on WetaM Creative Cloud Service

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:37am

New subscription service productizes Weta’s Oscar-winning Maya-based proprietary VFX tools, providing artists access to one complete stage to screen Maya-based pipeline.

Business Headline News

UK Animation Trends and Opportunities Highlighted at Annecy

During an online panel, industry agencies, including Film London, Animation UK, BFI, and Screen Scotland, renewed their sector commitment while sharing business development, investment, and government support insights and strategies in the wake of COVID-19.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

4 New Anime Series Coming to Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 10:42am

Day 2 of Annecy 2021 brought more great reveals from the streamer, including four upcoming anime titles, with initial concept art, presented during their Tuesday Studio Focus Panel.

Where Exactly is Arcadia? Headline News

Guillermo del Toro Shares ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8:37am

In his Annecy 2021 reveal, the Oscar-winning director and his filmmaking team talk about their upcoming animated feature, the DreamWorks’ ‘Trollhunters’ franchise finale, premiering July 21 on Netflix.

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