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A Cut Above the Rest! VFXWorld

DNEG Revisits Some Old Friends in ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

Leading VFX studio delivers 430 shots on HBO Max’s long-awaited DC feature redo, picking up where they left off in 2017 on Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and the Flash sequences.

Learn From the Best! Headline News

VFX Legend Doug Trumbull Presents May 4 at FMX 2021

‘Then & Now Track’ welcomes the visual effects pioneer, who will talk on ‘The Cinema of the Future;’ conference runs online May 4-6.

Is There Hope for Humanity? SVOD Headline News

A Special Hybrid Deer-Boy Arrives June 4 in Netflix’s ‘Sweet Tooth’

Trailer drops for new series, set in a post-apocalyptic world, about a boy that’s half deer and half human; based on Jeff Lemire’s DC comic books and executive produced by Susan Downey & Robert Downey Jr., the story reminds viewers that family and humanity matter.

From Russia With Love Headline News

Exclusive: Phil Gerus’ ‘Shake Off the Jinx with Your Kiss’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 9:51am

Animated by JJ the Icon and debuting today along with the DJ/jazz pianist’s new ‘Too Close to Love’ EP, 2D short envisions a tender dialogue between a woman and nature as they eventually become one.

Cloud-based Production Systems Headline News

AWS Launches Amazon Nimble Studio

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:50am

New cloud-based pay as you go production service provides almost limitless, easily scalable access to high-power accelerated virtual workstations, high-speed storage, and on-demand rendering resources across Amazon’s global infrastructure.

Taking out Tyranny Headline News

Lebanese Animated Thriller ‘Alephia 2053’ Imagines A World Without Tyranny

Pulling from events surrounding the Arab Spring uprisings, powerful new 60-minute film envisions what the Middle East could look like in 30 years.

End Malaria in a Generation Headline News

LOBO Animates ‘Draw the Line Against Malaria’ PSA

Using ‘Muundo,’ a new universal visual language created by artist Láolú Senbanjo, animation studio creates promotional spot with eye-catching lines, symbols, and patterns to inspire African youth to call on their leaders to end malaria within a generation.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Shares New Program Highlights

Running May 4-6, the online even has announced additional talks and highlights, including ‘From 2D to 3D: The Craft of Tom & Jerry,’ more ‘Concept Art Track’ speakers, and a panel by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart.

Coming in Hot Headline News

HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ Officially Begins Production

See snap from show's first socially distanced table read; long-awaited prequel series, based on George R. R. Martin’s 2018 book, ‘Fire & Blood,’ follows the fiery exploits of the oft-mad House Targaryen.

Fun in the Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Creating the Stylized, 2D-Inspired Fun of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 1:36pm

Director Enrico Casarosa used his cartoony sketches and storyboards to lead a ‘less is more’ move away from 3DCG realism in the studios’ upcoming tale about a life-changing summer for two teenage sea monsters living on the Italian Riviera.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Ottawa Animation Festival Going Online for 2021

With the pandemic still to be reckoned with, event will go virtual again this year, with an extended run set for September 22 – October 3; the best of the usual ‘in person’ activities will be featured and available from the safety and comfort of home; submissions still being accepted through May 31.

It’s National Superhero Day! Headline News

Scarlett Johansson Talks ‘Black Widow’ Role in New Marvel Featurette

To celebrate National Superhero Day, the actor looks back at the career of alter ego Natasha Romanoff; highly anticipated action-packed spy thriller hits theaters and Disney+ with premier access on July 9.

The Future is Real-Time Headline News

Spire Animation Receives ‘Unreal Shorts’ Program Grant

Epic Games’ new grant and fellowship program aims to fund filmmakers who utilize Unreal Engine for real-time projects.

Business Headline News

bulbKIDZ Launches with Development of ‘Gopher It!’ Preschool Series

New kids’ entertainment company teams up with Canadian creators Andrew Sabiston and Ron Rubin to develop original kids’ show where adventure, learning, laughter, and music are at the heart of every episode.

Rebels in the House! ANIMATIONWorld

Pixar’s ’22 vs. Earth’: Rebellions Have Never Been So Cute

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:52pm

Fresh off Soul’s double Oscar-winning performance, the studio, along with Tina Fey and a gang of five heck-raisers, returns to the enchanting and mystical world of the Great Before, in a brand new short directed by Kevin Nolting.

Business Headline News

Jetpack Inks Distribution Deal for ‘Clangers’

ZDF to bring the BAFTA Award-winning stop-motion animated series to Europe and Asia; other distribution deals take the series to Singapore, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Croatia.

Coming Soon to a Family Room Near You! Headline News

A Summer - and Spring - of Animated Films Set to Hit Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11:32am

The streaming giants shares release dates, teaser trailers, and new images from their upcoming slate – including Lin-Manual Miranda’s ‘Vivo’ - that starts this Friday with Mike Rianda’s ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines.’

Business Headline News

Pebbles Flintstone Animated Comedy ‘Bedrock’ in Development at Fox

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:01am

Elizabeth Banks to produce and star as Fred and Wilma’s now 20-something daughter in the continuing stories of everyone’s favorite modern Stone Age Family.

Honor Has A New Name! Headline News

Netflix Unveils ‘Yasuke’ Official Trailer and Key Art

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4:53pm

The reimagined story of the first African samurai - bound by honor, compelled to defend – debuts globally April 29; directed by LaSean Thomas, the anime series stars LaKeith Stanfield, with animation by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA and music by Flying Lotus.  

Awards Headline News

Winners Announced for KingstOOn 2021

Martinique’s ‘TOL’ named Best Caribbean Short Film, South African ‘The Sugarcane Man’ named Best International Student Film, and Malaysian ‘Biji’ named Best International Short Film, as Jamaica’s premier animation conference and festival came to a close Sunday night.

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