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Animated Characters: Sequence 2 – My New York Times Part 1

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares her introduction to 'commercial' animation, when she snagged her first job, at Jack Zander’s Animation Parlour in NYC, while still managing to graduate Cal Arts, in the second of an ongoing series of articles - and eventual blog - she’s penning for AWN.

Holy Shatterverse! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Sonic Prime’: Same Sega Flair with Some Redemptive Introspection

Sonic returns with a brand-new ‘universe-shattering’ 3DCG series, where after a run-in with Dr. Eggman, the Blue Blur must race to save more than just the friends he’s taken for granted; now streaming on Netflix.

Who ya gonna call? Headline News

Gil Kenan to Direct ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Live-Action Sequel

Jason Reitman, ‘Afterlife’ director and son of original ‘Ghostbusters’ director Ivan Reitman, has passed the torch to co-writer Kenan while still retaining his roles as producer and co-writer alongside Jason Blumenfeld.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 6 for Houdini

Featuring full support for Houdini 19.5 and Solaris and new creativity enhancers, render boosts, better shading, and increased function in V-Ray Frame Buffer, the new release helps users create quality renders at any stage of the process.

F**k S**t up! Headline News

Prime Video Releases ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Season 2 Trailer

A 12-episode sophomore season of the highly anticipated adult animated fantasy-adventure series, based on stories and characters developed by Critical Role, hits the streamer in January.

Innovations in Virtual Production Headline News

Watch On-Demand: PNY, Vū, NVIDIA, and Puget Systems’ ‘How Vū is Revolutionizing Virtual Production’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 1:05pm

Free virtual presentation explores how Vū’s virtual production environment, coupled with NVIDIA RTX™ A6000 professional GPUs, optimizes workflows, pushing the boundaries of creative possibilities.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 189: Eliott Deshusses' Stop-Motion Journey in Germany

The stop-motion animator discusses industry job opportunities in Germany, how he got a rep and shares a behind-the-scenes look at his grad film.

Looking For New Projects! Headline News

Project Submissions Open: Animation Production Days 2023

A joint venture of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film and FMX, ADP runs April 25-28; deadline for submission of projects in film, TV series, mobile content, games, cross- and transmedia is February 9.

Animation to be Proud Of! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – Guest Cast’ Featurette

Season 2 of the popular animated series, based on the Disney Original ‘The Proud Family,’ debuts on the streamer in February.

animated short films ANIMATIONWorld

Loundraw’s ‘Summer Ghost’: An Intense Journey of Self Discovery

In his animation directorial debut, the manga illustrator and character designer on anime like ‘I Want to Eat Your Pancreas’ and ‘I Fall in Love With You Through a Robot’ explores the mystery and fragility of life and death through the story of three troubled teenagers who summon a spirit that can answer any question.

It’s PANDA-MONIUM! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ Season 2 Trailer

Jack Black and Rita Ora return as Po and Wandering Blade, who, along with their motley crew of warriors, embark on new adventures, facing danger at every turn; the all-new 12-episode season comes to Netflix next month.

Education Headline News

Exclusive: LAIKA and Bowie State University Celebrate Stop-Motion Studio Opening

The award-winning ‘Coraline’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ studio’s head of animation, Brad Schiff, was on hand for the launch of the first stop-motion studio at a historically Black college and university (HBCU), as well as first at an institution of higher learning in the state of Maryland.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Epic MegaGrants Shares Latest Recipients and 2022 Recap

New film and TV recipients include animated shorts - Bit Film’s ‘Little Bird,’ Westworld’s ‘The Silent Sea,’ and Chromosphere’s ‘Mall Stories;’ since its inception 4 years ago, 1,800 recipients across 6 continents have been awarded grants.

Mark your Calendars! Headline News

Annecy Festival Goes Big for 2023

Wait… we get to spend another day by the lake you say? This year’s event will kick off a day earlier, on Sunday, June 11, for 7 full days dedicated to the art of animation; Guillermo del Toro announced this year’s spotlight on Mexican Animation.

People Headline News

Freefolk Bolsters VFX Team with Key Hires

VFX Supervisor David Bowman and VFX Producer Hannah Dakin will help expand studio’s film and episodic division; company will soon move to a new facility boasting state-of-the-art production servers and workstations to streamline workflow and increase capacity.

Education Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Undergrad Tech Programs

Students will be taught technical skills needed for in-demand jobs to meet the industry’s growing demand in virtual reality, interactive entertainment, and virtual production environments; applications now open for Fall 2023.

Christmas Comes Early! Headline News

Disney+ Sets Streaming Debut Date, Tweets ‘Strange World’ Special Look

Set to hit the streamer in time for Christmas, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ original animated feature transports viewers to uncharted, treacherous lands alongside three generations of the Clades, a legendary family of explorers.

More SpongeBob! Headline News

Nickelodeon Drops ‘SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone’ Trailer and Art

Get ready for a multidimensional adventure – a tale of comedy and caution, satire and stupidity in the first ‘SpongeBob Universe’ crossover special coming in January.

animated short films ANIMATIONWorld

‘La Calesita’: A Touching Homage to Merry-Go-Round Operators

Augusto Schillaci’s 3DCG short, a passion project nine years in the making, tells the story of a beloved Calesitero, whose selfless work over decades at a small-town carousel in Argentina impacted the lives of people he touched in untold ways over untold years.

Animation Goes to Sundance Headline News

‘The Amazing Maurice’ Debuts December 16 in the U.K.

Inspired by the award-winning novel by the late Sir Terry Pratchett, the animated feature tells the story of a talking cat who teams up with a clan of ‘educated rodents;’ making its U.S. premiere as a 2023 Sundance Film Festival selection in January, the film roles out theatrically across North America in February.

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