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Boo! Headline News

‘Hotel Transylvania’ Theme Park Attraction Opens in Moscow

Dream Island Theme Park partnered with Sony on new attraction that offers visitors an authentic ‘scary’ experience worthy of the franchise; ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania,’ the film franchise’s final entry, hits theaters Summer 2021.

Sweet Dreams Headline News

Netflix’s ‘Headspace Guide to Sleep’ Coming April 28

Want to get a good night’s sleep; tuck yourself in and watch this innovative animated series as it addresses the myths and facts around the sometimes-elusive necessity – sleep.

Motion Capture for iOS Gear Headline News

Moves by Maxon Update Now Available

Mobile facial and body motion-capture iOS app for motion designers and VFX artists capitalizes on Apple’s AR-Toolkit; motion sequences can easily be brought into Cinema 4D.

New Animated Shorts Initiative Headline News

Cartoon Network Launches ‘Cartoon Cartoons’ Animated Shorts Program

Studio’s latest effort to nurture animation talent will give voices to a new and diverse generation of artists with mentorship and support; program’s creative council will include veteran producers Pete Browngardt, Manny Hernandez, Katie Rice, and Aminder Dhaliwal.

I Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time Headline News

‘Fast & Furious’ Returns: New ‘F9’ Trailer and Images

The next saga in Vin Diesel’s action-adventure franchise takes the crew on a race across the globe; Justin Lin returns to direct and Grammy-winning Cardi B joins the cast as a woman with a connection to Dom Toretto’s past – in theaters June 25.

You Gotta Have Heart! Headline News

Noggin Launches ‘Big Heart World’ Social Initiative

Featuring Nickelodeon fan-favorite characters, the campaign is designed to help kids meet social and educational challenges; ‘Big Heart Beats’ album provides empowering and catchy songs to bolster the campaign’s messages, and will also be available Nick Jr. and the Nick Jr. YouTube channel.

FMX Goes Virtual! Headline News

FMX 2021: Dive into ‘WandaVision’ and the Spectacle of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MARZ VFX supervisor Ryan Freer will share the often-invisible VFX on Marvel’s first Disney+ series; three presentations will peek behind the curtain surrounding the year’s first blockbuster VFX-driven tentpole to see monster making up close and personal.   

Chelsea Rocks! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Make a New Day’ Music Video from ‘Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:02am

Barbie’s youngest sister Chelsea and her friends jam away in CG video of lead track from the new film, launching this Friday on Netflix.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Releases Major Flame Update

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:00am

Available now, the new version streamlines color grading through FX and editorial with machine learning features, more tightly integrated toolset, and enhanced support for remote review sessions.

animated short films Headline News

Apple and Skydance Announce ‘Blush’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:00am

Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Joe Mateo, the CG film follows a horticulturist-astronaut trying to survive after crash landing on a desolate dwarf planet; short is first under new Apple/Skydance animated film and TV partnership.

Business Headline News

Rumble VFX Officially Launches

The full-service VFX house’s recent projects include the delivery of multiple shots for VES award-winning episode of ‘The Crown;’ company also delivered 100 shots for the popular series, ‘Pennyworth.’

Training Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Unreal Engine Fundamentals Course

New five-week program covers an interactive introduction to the real-time 3D platform; features a range of artistic and technical tasks with each participant getting direct feedback from an assigned tutor. 

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Epic Games’ MetaHuman Creator Early Access Now Open

Program now open for anyone to create unique MetaHumans for direct use in Unreal Engine; new innovative cloud-based app can create digital humans - in minutes - almost indecipherable from the real thing.

A Step in the Right Direction Headline News

Hank Azaria Apologizes for Portrayal of Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

The actor is reaching out to make amends for his inherently racist and insulting voice work as the show’s Kwik-E-Mart owner, which for three decades he portrayed with an outrageously exaggerated Indian accent.

Screenwriting Headline News

Final Draft 12 Now Available

Upgrade is free for anyone who purchased V11 after February 15, 2021; company is donating free licenses to two non-profits that foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Marvel’s New DP Marvel Headline News

Oscar-Nominated Sean Bobbitt Boards ‘Captain Marvel 2’

The ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ cinematographer is excited to join the project yet nervous to work on a film that relies heavily on CGI.

People Headline News

Sesame Workshop Names Olexa Hewryk VP & Head of Animation

Other recently announced promotions include Sal Perez to supervising producer and VP for Sesame Street Productions, and ‘Sesame Street’ EP Ben Lehmann to senior VP & head of live-action.

Robots in Space Headline News

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Director to Helm ‘Gundam’ Live-Action Feature

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is teaming with Brian K. Vaughn on new Netflix movie adapted from popular anime franchise set in a future where independent human colonies fight the greater population of Earth via giant robots called Mobile Suits.

Makeup FX Headline News

MastersFX Celebrates 5 Years in Toronto

Since new studio launched in 2016, facility has done makeup FX for a number of popular TV series including ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘The Boys’ and ‘Coroner;’ next up is SYFY series ‘Day of the Dead’ slated for release in Fall 2021.

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