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Artificial Ingredients Take a Beating in New Burger King Spot

Production house LANDIA and agency We Believers show the true power of a gang of natural ingredients against the likes of Sodium Benzoate, Monosodium Glutamate, and Polysorbate 80, in their VFX-driven commercial for the fast-food giant.

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.

#StopAsianHate Headline News

WEBTOON Launches ‘Illuminated’ to Spotlight Asian Women in Entertainment

New webcomic series from 88Rising and Asian Americans Advancing Justice showcases the experiences of Asian women in high-profile fields to dispel false narratives surrounding their identities.

Who Doesn’t Love a Slacker Teen? Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Duncanville – That Jing You Do’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:56am

In the new episode airing June 28 on Fox, Jing and Jack start a child birthday band together and Annie takes on managing them, while Duncan and his friends try to raise money to buy a massage couch they tried out at the mall, by charging scooters; author Stephen King guest stars.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP118: Steve Angel on Running Head Gear Animation For 24 Years

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10:20am

The Toronto studio’s co-founder and director shares how he quickly went from animator to director to starting his own award-winning company in 1997, and how he’s faced many ups and downs over the last two decades.

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.

Developing New African Storytellers Headline News

Call For Entries: Triggerfish and Netflix Launch Pan-African Story Artist Lab

One of several recent initiatives to help develop the African animation industry, the program is open to African citizens; shortlisted applicants will have three months of paid skills development – submission deadline is July 23.

Are We Dreaming or Awake? ANIMATIONWorld

Visualizing a New Mother’s Eerie Sleeplessness in ‘Six to Six’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2:26pm

For Israeli artist Neta Cohen, childhood memories that her home had a life of its own fueled her 2D/3D animated short about the long, sometimes sinister hours between wakefulness and sleep, reality and imagination.

Good v Evil! VFXWorld

Creating the Post-Apocalyptic World of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:08pm

Overall VFX supervisor Jake Braver, with the help of ILM VFX supervisor Laurent Hugueniot, delivers 2,800 VFX shots depicting a world decimated by plague and a city ruled by supernatural evil, in the 9-part series from CBS Television Studios now streaming on Paramount+.

Education Headline News

CG Spectrum College Becomes Official Unreal Academic Partner

The online school offers courses in game design, game programming, game art, and animation; with new Epic Games academic partnership, school plans increased game development training offerings to better prepare students for a competitive and changing job market.

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.

Fighting Against Evil in West Hollywood Headline News

All-Star Cast Boards Netflix’s ‘Q-Force’ Adult Animated Comedy

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 8:44am

Sean Hayes, Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes, and Gabe Liedman join the upcoming series about a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses who solve cases on their own terms for the American Intelligence Agency.

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 Future Perfect Project Headline News

New ‘How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated’ Shorts Released

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 3:34pm

As they continue their Pride Month 2021 celebration, The Future Perfect Project shares the next two films in their series of 10 personal stories from LGBTQIA+ youth, aged 13-22, about the challenges they routinely face.

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+.

Business Headline News

Apple TV+ Orders Animated ‘Strange Planet’ from Dan Harmon and Nathan Pyle

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 1:11pm

Apple Studios’ series, based on Pyle’s popular webcomic and #1 New York Times Bestselling graphic novel, will feature profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own.

Business Headline News

Jordan Young Boards Dan Harmon’s ‘Krapopolis’

The ‘Drawn Together’ creator has been named executive producer and showrunner of Fox’s new animated comedy about a flawed family of humans, gods, and monsters trying not to kill each other while running a mythical ancient Greek city.

Get a Glimpse of Cool FutureTech! Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Emerging Technologies Line-Up

The program includes 14 projects, each providing a glimpse into the future; the premier conference and exhibition in computer graphics & interactive techniques runs live online August 9-13, with on-demand content available August 2 – October 29.

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