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Autodesk Explores the Future of VFX at SIGGRAPH 2021

Taking place August 10, Autodesk’s SIGGRAPH 2021 Vision Series includes six sessions with industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries to create new possibilities for film and TV digital artistry; programs include ‘Reimagining VFX Production in the Cloud,’ and ‘Marvel Studios: Adapting to Our New (Virtual) Normal.’ 

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Disney Launching New Animation Studio in Vancouver

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 3:06pm

Set to open next January, facility will focus on long-form shows and projects for Disney+, starting with the ‘Moana’ musical series; Burbank studio plans to increase staff and remain exclusive home of feature film projects and shorter form series such as recently announced ‘Zootopia+.’

Masters of the Licensing Universe! Headline News

Netflix Reportedly Developing Live-Action ‘Pokémon’ Series

‘Lucifer’ executive producer and showrunner Joe Henderson is said to have already begun staffing a writers’ room as development begins on the show.

AVGC Summit Headline News

CII SummitFX 2021 Coming August 25-29

The animation, VFX, gaming, and comics virtual event will focus on ‘The Reset - Growth & Opportunity in New Era’ with multiple tracks including interactive meetings and sessions with industry leader, keynotes, and masterclasses; full program coming soon.

Surfs Up! Headline News

‘Waterworld’ Sequel Rising from the Deep

26 years after the post-apocalyptic film’s famous flop, a sequel series from producers John Davis and John Fox, and director Dan Trachtenberg, is poised to return us to our favorite climate change love story.

Virtual Conferences Headline News

ASWF Adds Maxon and Tangent Animation, Reveals Open Source Days Event Lineup

Academy Software Foundation adds two new general members as it heads into annual conference, a free virtual event running August 4-5 featuring the latest in open source tools and standards.

Business Headline News

NEP Group Buys Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2:32pm

Newly launched NEP Virtual Studios acquires leading real-time production companies to expand its growing virtual production business; former Digital Domain CEO Cliff Plumer named group leader.

Cowabunga Dudes! Headline News

Casey and Colin Jost to Pen Live-Action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

The made-for-TV comedy brothers are breaking into the film business with their own adaptation of ‘TMNT’ for Paramount Pictures alongside franchise expert Michael Bay.

When will Venom Return? Headline News

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ First Look Trailer and Photo Released

Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as Marvel’s lethal protector in Columbia Pictures’ action thriller sequel, coming exclusively to theaters this fall.

call for entries Headline News

Entry Deadline Extended for SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

Submissions now being accepted through August 15, 2021; coming to Tokyo December 14-17, festival showcases innovative shorts, commercials, VFX reels, simulations, visualizations, cinematics and other exciting, CG animated work.

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An Epic Fantasy Franchise Concludes with ‘Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 30, 2021 at 12:46pm

After 88 action-packed episodes spread across Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Animation’s Emmy Award-winning ‘Trollhunters,’ ‘3Below,’ and ‘Wizards’ series trilogy, a collection of heroes from all three team-up in a final 3DCG feature to fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all.  

Virtual Events Headline News

Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2021 Coming August 5-7

Online event brings together the anime community to celebrate the best and brightest in Japanese animation; program features special guests, world premieres, panels, Crunchyroll Games showcase and special musical performances.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Releases ‘Shang-Chi’ Featurette and Poster

Shang-Chi confronts his past as he’s drawn into the mysterious Ten Rings organization – producer Keven Feige, director Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Simu Liu and Awkwafina dive into the backstory of the upcoming MCU origin story; ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings’ opens in U.S. theaters on September 3.

She Shall be Avenged Headline News

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney over ‘Black Widow’ Disney+ Release

The badass Avenger files lawsuit claiming the recent simultaneous theatrical and streaming release of her Marvel Studios’ film depressed the box office and intentionally prevented her from ‘realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel.’

It’s Finally Here! Headline News

Phil Tippett’s ‘Mad God’ Finally Arrives

With a new teaser trailer and August 5 Locarno Film Festival premiere, the legendary Oscar-winning VFX and stop-motion master shares his 30-year passion project with eager audiences.

Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals Stellar Speaker Lineup

Confirmed presenters include Tom McGrath, director of ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business;’ ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn; and legendary animator and VFX supervisor Phil Tippett; conference runs October 17-22 in Turin, Italy and online.

Annecy Festival Residency Headline News

Call for Entries: Annecy Festival Residence

Writers/directors get development time, support, and mentorship to work on graphic development of feature-length animated films, living and working in Annecy April 4 - June 30, 2022; the submission deadline is September 10, 2021.

So Loud! Headline News

Vacations Can be Loud in New ‘The Loud House Movie’ Trailer

Based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated comedy series, the Loud family adventures to Loch Loud, Scotland their ancestral home, only to discover they’re descendants of Scottish Royalty; the very Loud movie drops on Netflix August 20.

What's a Kinkajou? Headline News

Netflix Shares New ‘Vivo’ Trailer and Images

Sony Pictures Animation’s new musical adventure stars Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as Vivo, a musically gifted kinkajou who must find his way from Havana to Miami to deliver a song to his cherished owner’s long-lost love; film hits the streamer August 6.

You Had Me at S’Mores Headline News

Stay-Pufty My Friends: There’s a New ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Trailer

Maybe it’s the apocalypse? Maybe it’s just the age of S’Mores. Regardless, it’s got a familiar siren, hearse, and some welcome voices from the past; movie hits theatres exclusively November 11, 2021.

Can Bad Guys Go Good? Headline News

DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Bad Guys’ Lands All-Star Cast

Awkwafina, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy Award winner Alex Borstein among stars added to upcoming animated feature film adaptation of Aaron Blabey’s book series about notorious bad guys going good; movie debuts April 15, 2022.

Business Headline News

Falcon’s Beyond Taps Epic Story for Move into Animation and Games

Popular family vacation brand from Sol Katmandu Park & Resort in Mallorca, Spain reveals expansive plans to grow its IP universe across animated films, episodic series, consumer products, and gaming.

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