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Disney and Lucasfilm Teaming with Nonprofit FIRST Robotics on New Challenges Season

Studios’ 2020-2021 youth robotics collaboration, FIRST Game Changers, powered by ‘Star Wars: Force for Change,’ helps expand STEM learning for students around the world.

Festivals Headline News

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival Coming Online October 24-25

Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the event will include four short film programs featuring award-winning and emerging talent in Japanese animation; highlights include Koji Yamamura’s ‘Water Dreams/Dreams into Drawing.’

Business Headline News

Sky Signs Long Term DreamWorks Animation TV Series Deal

New partnership with NBCUniversal includes hundreds of hours of animated programming, including a number of first looks and exclusives for the network’s customers in Ireland and the UK.

visualization Headline News

The Third Floor Opens New Soho Studio

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2020 at 2:18pm

Completing their separation from Framestore, the leading visualization company launches a new facility in the heart of Fitzrovia; company’s Pinewood Studios-based virtual production space also has re-opened.

Awards Headline News

2020 CEE Animation Forum Announces Winners

28 animated projects in 4 categories were considered in the 2020 pitching event; ‘The Garden of Heart’ wins in animated shorts with a special mention to ‘The Pet Named Stress;’ ‘Igi’ wins in feature films, ‘No Happy Ever After’ takes the TV award.

SVOD Headline News

Creepy 2D Titles Set Deliciously Eerie Tone for Hulu’s ‘Helstrom’

Based on a dark Marvel Universe storyline, the psychological thriller about a powerful serial killer’s son and daughter opens with a 2D animation title design by Digital Kitchen that uses recreated childhood drawings that mirror the weird and scary mood of the show.

Awards Headline News

ILM’s Dennis Muren to Receive VIEW 2020 Visionary Award

By Dan Sarto | Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:34pm

Legendary nine-time Oscar-winning senior VFX supervisor to be honored at this week’s conference; ‘Tenet’ VFX supervisor Andrew Jackson to deliver closing keynote Friday, October 23.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Bring ‘Lupin III: The First’ Home in Time for Christmas - Available on Digital Dec 15

The iconic anime superstar is back in a highly anticipated reimagined 3D/CG animated feature coming to Blu-ray + DVD combo pack January 12, 2021.

3X the Fun! Headline News

‘Spider-Man 3’ Reportedly Needs 3 Spider Men

While Tom Holland will return as Peter Parker in the upcoming web-slinger adventure, rumor has it that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will also be reprising their friendly neighborhood roles.

SVOD Headline News

Casting and Teaser Artwork Revealed for ‘LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special’

Animated adventure premieres on Life Day, November 17, exclusively on Disney +; returning cast includes fan favorites: Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico; Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian; and Anthony Daniels as C-3PO.

People ANIMATIONWorld

VIEW 2020: Excellence in Animation, VFX and Visual Storytelling Now Free to Attend

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:07pm

Though we’ll miss out annual trip to Turin, Italy, we’ll pretend our stale pop tart is a pistachio biscotti as we sit back and gush over the stellar roster of talent set to teach, talk, and share over the next seven days; starting tomorrow, VIEW 2020 runs through October 23.

animated title sequences ANIMATIONWorld

How Studio AKA Captured Chaos and Destruction for the Main Titles on Ridley Scott’s ‘Raised by Wolves’

Working with a team of six artists, director Steve Small employs a combination of 3D, rotoscope and hand-drawn artwork for the haunting, elegant main titles serving as the backstory for the HBO Max sci-fi series.

SVOD Headline News

WATCH: Meet the Fam in New Clip from Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’

A new clip features Chin and Croak, Fei Fei’s potential stepbrother-to-be and his pet frog; he can be annoying, but just like our heroine, he believes in the impossible.

Careers Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures and UniSA Create Hands-On VFX Training Program

South Australia’s booming movie industry has created a demand for skilled VFX artists; RSP and University partner to train and provide home-grown talent to bolster burgeoning industry.

Holy Squidward! Headline News

‘SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off’ Hit Mobile Game Gets Major Update

Game’s biggest update ever creates all new ways to be the best fry cook ever; players have more opportunity to show off their cooking skills at Pasta La Vista, New Kelp City’s finest Italian restaurant, with more content coming soon - including Halloween themed costumes!

Events Headline News

Children’s Media Conference Announces Virtual One-day Event November 12

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 3:19pm

Day-long webinar explores navigating the business of animation in the pandemic world of global virtual events and programs, offering insights for producers, distributors, and freelancers.

Boo! Headline News

The Paley Front Row Presents ‘The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror’ October 17

Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson) moderates a conversation with the series’ creative team, including Mike B. Anderson, Al Jean, Steve Moore, and Matt Selman, who will discuss the celebrated Halloween special.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix and Chris Nee Reveal First Slate of Animated Preschool Series

The Peabody, Emmy, and Humanitas Prize-winning children’s television screenwriter and producer (‘Doc McStuffins,’ ‘Vampirina’) shares the ambitious project lineup in development as part of her overall deal with the streaming giant.

VFX for Film Headline News

George Miller Won’t Use De-Aged Charlize Theron in ‘Mad Max’ Prequel

The Oscar-winning ‘Mad Max’ franchise writer, director, and producer speaks about his choice to cast a younger actress, Anya Taylor-Joy, and not his ‘Fury Road’ star, in the iconic role of Furiosa.

SVOD Headline News

Netflix’s 4-Part Animated WWII Drama ‘The Liberator’ Coming November 11

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 8:00am

Riveting, true story of U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his racially integrated infantry battalion’s 500-day fight from Italy to Dachau is the first produced using Trioscope enhanced hybrid animation technology; watch the teaser trailer.

workshops Headline News

Black N’ Animated and WIA Announce Free Storyboarding Class Nov 7

In collaboration with independent animation studios Oddbot, Powerhouse, Renegade, Six Point Harness and Titmouse, the two organizations are hosting an all-day virtual class headlined by award-winning director Matt Danner’s ‘Storyboarding 101;’ other lectures include ‘Storyboarding for Action’ and ‘Storyboarding for Adult Comedy.’

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