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Gasp…! MCU Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ TV Spot and Poster

Mystical allies help confront a new mysterious adversary in the highly anticipated sequel to studio’s 2016 hit, ‘Doctor Strange,’ which premieres in U.S. theaters May 6, 2022.

People Headline News

Pixar Promotes ‘Turning Red’ Filmmakers Domee Shi and Lindsey Collins

The Oscar-winning director joins the studio’s Braintrust, while the producer takes a leadership position in development.

Ready set go! Headline News

Sonic and Tails Crash a Wedding in New ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Clip

Latest snippet features a small sampling of the film’s large-scale action visual effects; Paramount Pictures’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ sequel hits theaters April 8.

Technology Headline News

Unreal Engine 5 Now Available

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 10:29am

Epic Games' first major announcement at this morning’s State of Unreal presentation is huge; next-gen real-time 3D content creation in both game and non-game workflows gets a shot in the arm with new UE5 features, enhancements, and support.

Motion Graphics Headline News

Studio C Taps Maxon Tools for ‘The Matrix: Resurrections’

The motion graphics studio used Cinema 4D, Redshift, and Red Giant to create a host of screen graphics including medical scans, 3D maps, and other futuristic visual elements in the iconic film franchise’s latest outing.

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

The Third Floor Adds Another “Story”: Producing Final Animation

TTF Anim, the company’s new game engine-based final animation toolset and in-house animation group, is fueling its goal to move from visualization to screen-ready animated content creation; new short, ‘Skytribe,’ demonstrates the range of styles and realism possible through new means of camera movement, facial modeling, and face/body animation.

Business Headline News

Wētā FX Opens Vancouver Studio

Company’s first dedicated VFX studio outside New Zealand kicks off with 75 artists, with more hires planned later this year; currently it has 12 unannounced projects in the pipeline, having recently completed work on ‘The Batman,’ Marvel’s ‘Moon Knight,’ and ‘Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’

Dept. of Can’t Wait! Headline News

20th Century Studios Drops New ‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ Trailer

Upcoming animated feature, based on the hilarious TV series, sees the Belcher family meet new challenges while sinking… literally; see them fight back when they hit theaters nationwide May 27.

Awards Headline News

Monstra 2022 Awards Announced

Winners at the 21st edition of the Lisbon Animation Festival include ‘The Garbage Man’ for Best Portuguese Short Film, ‘Affairs of the Art’ for the Jury Special Award in the Shorts category, and ‘Kill it and Leave this Town’ taking home the MONSTRA Grand-Prix.

People Headline News

Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Spellbound’ Finds its Princess

‘West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler snags lead role in the upcoming animated musical about a princess on a daring quest to save her family and kingdom.

Look to the Stars ANIMATIONWorld

The Sky’s Not the Limit in Richard Linklater’s ‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’

The famed director talks about his return to animation and how he captured his childhood and the country’s optimism surrounding NASA’s quest for the Moon in his new animated feature, debuting today on Netflix.

My Kingdom for a Trident! Headline News

‘Aquaman: King of Atlantis’ on Digital and DVD April 26

The HBO Original animated mini-series comes home as a feature-length movie; that tale of Aquaman’s first adventures as King of Atlantis starts off with Day 1 on the job… and he’s got a lot of catching up to do.

You're Despicable! Headline News

Watch: ‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ Official Trailer

From the minds behind the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise comes the origin story of the master of evil; starring Steve Carell as the notorious Gru, the CG animated comedy comes to theaters July 1.

Ahoy Yee Maisies! Headline News

Netflix Releases First ‘The Sea Beast’ Trailer and Cast List

Directed by Oscar winner Chris Williams, the all-new animated feature starring Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Dan Stevens, and Kathy Burke hits the streamer July 8.

Jaegers and Kaijus Oh My! Headline News

Netflix Teases Fans With ‘Pacific Rim: The Black’ Season 2 Key Art

Based on Legendary Entertainment and Guillermo del Toro’s popular ‘Pacific Rim’ film franchise, new episodes of Kaiju vs. Jaeger battles debut April 19; second and final season trailer hits in 2 days. 

Events Headline News

ITFS 2022 Announces Films in Competition and More Festival Highlights

2,028 films were submitted from 80 countries in the hopes of sharing over 65,000 euros in prizes; upcoming hybrid event runs in person and online May 3-8, featuring screenings, presentations, talks, workshops, and a free film program every day on Stuttgart's Schlossplatz.

It’s Happening in Stuttgart! Headline News

Another Great Set of FMX 2022 Program Highlights Revealed

Conference confirms more talks, presentations, and masterclasses including a look at rendering challenges behind ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines,’ creation of Mixed Reality with Microsoft’s Darren Cosker, and Machine Learning with Foundry’s Mairéad Grogan; the event runs onsite May 3-5, online May 6 and on demand through May 31.

Anime Headline News

GKIDS Drops ‘Pompo the Cinephile’ Teaser

Directed Takayuki Hirao, the animated feature is an ode to the power of movies and the joys and heartbreak of the creative process; in partnership with Fathom events, the preview screening comes to theaters nationwide April 27-28.

Awards Headline News

‘Dune,’ ‘Encanto,’ and ‘The Windshield Wiper’ Take Home Oscar Gold

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 28, 2022 at 9:32am

Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic scored a hefty 6 wins, though the evening’s most momentous achievement was an unwanted, violent reminder that live TV never goes as planned... or hoped.

Can Bad Guys Draw? Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘The Bad Guys’ Featurettes

They’re BAD – but can they draw? Studio’s new 3DCG action comedy about a crackerjack criminal crew of animal outlaws attempting to become model citizens, starring Sam Rockwell, Craig Robinson, and Awkwafina, hits theaters April 22, 2022.

Business Headline News

BASE FX Says it is the Victim of $234 Million Fraud

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:54am

In a just filed lawsuit, the longtime Beijing-based VFX and animation company alleges that two Americans have swindled and pocketed millions from investors while raising money on its behalf.

Technology Headline News

The Third Floor Launches TTF Anim Animation Suite

New toolset brings real-time capabilities to creators of cinema-quality, stylized animated content; developed on top of Unreal Engine, pipeline features custom-developed visualization tools that introduce game engine rendering to features of traditional animation.

Business Headline News

Nickelodeon Announces Franchise Strategy at 2022 Upfront Presentation

Animation remains key as network reveals plans for expanding franchises such as ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and ‘PAW Patrol;’ new series including ‘Face’s Music Party,’ ‘Bossy Bear,’ and ‘HexVet;’ and a ‘Blue’s Clues & You! Live Tour’ starting this fall in the U.S.

People Headline News

Mercury Filmworks Names Guillaume Dubois VP of Production

The veteran animation exec and co-founder of Caribara Montreal is tapped to manage studio’s production pipeline, including ‘Pangors of Puddle Peak,’ ‘Octicorn,’ and ‘Bad Jelly the Witch.’

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