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EA Drops New Reveal Trailer for ‘Battlefield 2042’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:19pm

Developed in-engine by the company’s diverse, multi-disciplinary Marcom Cinematics team, the 5-minute-long spot provides fans an intense, in-your-face look at the newest ‘Battlefield’ first-person shooter franchise entry, hitting retailers October 22.  

Business Headline News

Technicolor Merges Animation Services Under Mikros Animation Brand

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 1:15pm

Technicolor Animation Productions, Technicolor Animation, and Mikros will integrate their businesses under Andrea Miloro’s leadership, unifying their animation brand within the recently announced Technicolor Creative Studios group.

Yes My Precious! Headline News

‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’ Anime Feature Now Underway

Acclaimed filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama to direct an original film that tells the untold story of Helm’s Deep and the life and blood-soaked times of King Rohan; Sola Entertainment to animate, with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation producing.

People Headline News

Cinesite Names Antony Bluff Executive Producer

Emmy Award-winning VFX producer brings over two decades experience on projects ranging from ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ to ‘A Discovery of Witches;’ in his new role, he will work directly with clients while overseeing day-to-day operations.

People Headline News

Whoopi Goldberg Joins the Cast of Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 9:05am

The famed artist and EGOT winner will voice the role of ‘The Captain’ in Peggy Holmes’ tale of the unluckiest girl in the world, the first project under the animation studio's multi-year film and TV deal with Apple TV+.

People Headline News

Sarah Smith Steps Down at Locksmith Animation as Natalie Fischer Named CEO

Co-founder leaves to develop own projects; former Illumination COO takes the helm, with co-founder and ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’ producer Julie Lockhart named president of production.

Animation Education Headline News

TeamTO and House of Cool Expand L’ECAS Free Animation School Curriculum

Companies plan to broaden scope of French non-profit school’s curriculum with a course on storyboarding; a technical data management course is also planned for 2022.

TV VFX Headline News

Watch the Grishaverse Come Alive in ‘Shadow and Bone’ VFX Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:56pm

Netflix has shared a breakdown reel from their critically acclaimed magical fantasy series, based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novels, just renewed for a second eight-episode season.

Immersive xR Worlds Headline News

disguise xR Powers the Virtual Worlds of Bryson Tiller’s Live-Streamed Concert

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:00pm

The leading extended reality tech firm and Xite Labs create a myriad of immersive worlds in Unreal Engine for the rappers’ ‘Trapsoul World Series’ performance.

Mentorships Headline News

The Chimaera Project Launches Fall 2021 Women’s Mentorship Program

SUPPORT.HER offers women filmmakers – cis, trans, and non-binary inclusive – career guidance and assistance from industry professionals; applications now being accepted through July 31.

virtual production Headline News

Pixomondo Inks Deal to Build LED Volumes Across Canada

VFX house and Canadian TV/Film equipment company have already begun building new virtual production stages in Vancouver and Toronto, with more set for 2022; combined capital commitment exceeds $30 million.

Business Headline News

9 Story Media Bringing NBA Players into the Kids and Family Space

Development deal with THINK450, the content and partnership arm of the National Basketball Players Association, includes the CG animated live-action hybrid series, ‘King of the Court.’

Gaiman to the Rescue! Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Neil Gaiman on ‘The Sandman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 9:02am

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the upcoming Netflix series based on the prolific writer and producer’s DC comic book series, now in production.

WUBBA LUBBA DUB-DUB! Headline News

HBO GO Asia Drops ‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Trailer

Southeast Asian streamer picks up new season of the popular animated adult comedy, premiering June 21; the OFFICIAL ‘Global Rick and Morty Day’ launches across social media June 20.

Boo! Headline News

Crypt TV Launches ‘Woman in the Book’ Animated Horror Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 4:31pm

Produced with Starburns Industries for Facebook Watch, the multilingual 2D show follows the lives of three estranged siblings who reunite to wrestle for their inheritance but unleash a book-bound horror; new episodes drop every Friday.

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with VFX Supervisor Brendan Seals

‘Becoming a Top Supervisor & Creating VFX for Spider-Man, Thor & Black Panther’ episode features the Luma Pictures artist discussing topics including making better show and breakdown reels; working in commercials; pipeline technology; and advantages / disadvantages of being a 3D generalist.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix Releases Trailer and Poster for Chris Nee's ‘Ridley Jones’

In a new era of preschool entertainment, the Emmy Award-winning 'Doc McStuffins' creator's animated series leads the way in representation, diversity, and inclusivity; watch the first episode now on Netflix Jr. YouTube – all episodes start streaming July 13.

Consume Responsibly Headline News

Netflix Goes Inside the Animation of ‘Ice’ from ‘Love, Death + Robots Vol. 2’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:06pm

Oscar-nominated director Robert Valley details the creative and visual development process behind his grim, futuristic tale of the rift between two brothers over the ‘unmodded’ who don’t receive human strength and endurance enhancement on their colony world.

The Future Perfect Project Headline News

‘How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated’ Shorts Celebrate Pride Month 2021

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:49am

The Future Perfect Project’s short film series shares personal stories from LGBTQIA+ youth, aged 13-22, about the challenges they routinely face; two new episodes drop each Tuesday in June.

Happy BFF Day! Headline News

Disney Drops Trailer for Locksmith Animation’s ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:21am

Just in time for ‘Best Friends Day,’ check out the trailer for the upcoming CG animated comedy about a socially awkward middle-schooler and his faulty robot; the film, which stars Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Grazer, opens in theaters worldwide on October 22.

Technology Headline News

AMD Launches New AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Workstation Graphics Product Series

Their most powerful AMD RDNA workstation graphics to date includes three new lines designed for power demanding design work, ultra-high resolution media projects, complex simulations, and advanced image and video editing.

No News that’s Fit to Print Headline News

‘Tooning Out the News’ Kicks Off New ‘Smart Talk Tonight’ Segment

Paramount+’s critically acclaimed daily news satire series welcomes animated host Kenneth Parsons, who will get up close and personal, in studio, with real life guests; June 11 debut features famed novelist Salman Rushdie.

Education Headline News

Center for Learning Unlimited Launches Brainstorm Productions

CLU’s new full-service studio to provide paid job opportunities to alumni of the career animation training program; the 3-year curriculum provides young adults on the autism spectrum an intensive 2D-3D hands on learning experience.

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