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Call for Submissions: SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:28pm

Entries now being accepted in multiple categories, including shorts, visualizations, VFX sequences, game cinematics, and real-time pieces; deadline to enter is August 1, 2021.

Diversity in Animation Headline News

Open Call: FLAMIN Animations UK Project Commissions

Program sponsored by Film London and Arts Council England aims to support four black-identifying animators living in the UK by providing project development help, mentorship, and financing; applications deadline is June 22.

The Dark Knight Rises Headline News

New Images Released for ‘Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One’

Next entry in the DC Universe movie series comes to Blu-ray and Digital June 22; special bonus features include ‘The Losers’ DC Showcase animated short.  

Apple Hardware in the Cloud Headline News

Mac Users Head to the Cloud with Teradici and MacStadium

Companies collaborate to enable high performance remote access to Apple hardware as if it were on a local machine; CAS technology brings PCoIP support to Mac users around the world.

A New Hero Emerges! Headline News

CG Animated ‘Ultraman’ Feature Now in Development at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 3:09pm

Shannon Tindle and John Aoshima to helm new film based on Eiji Tsuburaya’s iconic Japanese superhero that first found audiences 55 years ago.

Listen Up Fans! Headline News

‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Podcasts on the Way

Nickelodeon and iHeartRadio team-up on an expanding podcast slate featuring fan favorite animated series; explore the Avatarverse with voice actors Janet Varney and Dante Basco starting June 22 – ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ premieres later this year.

Title Sequences Headline News

Framestore Designs Logo and Titles for ‘Intergalactic’

To create a vibrant retro mood for the futuristic sci-fi series, creative director Sharon Lock used After Effects and Cinema 4D, with live-action and hand-painted elements, to complement the production team's vision and visual language.

Creating Animation for Video Games Headline News

‘Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained’ 2nd Edition Now Available

The practical guide teaches the fundamentals of video game animation; new edition covers 2D and pixel art animation as well the latest in mocap and motion matching.

Events Headline News

Quirino Awards for Ibero-American Animation Gets Underway

The event kicked off May 10 with a full slate of online and onsite events including meetings, conferences, workshops, and presentations; the Best Shorts finalists will be available for home viewing through May 23 via the Retiana Latina and Filmin platforms.

Business Headline News

FuseFX Gets a Room with a New York City View

The visual effects studio has opened a new office in NYC’s Financial District; the new digs are part of the company’s global expansion strategy and will accommodate its growing staff.

Down the culinary rabbit hole! Alice in Wonderland Headline News

Disney Junior Greenlights ‘Alice’s Wonderland Bakery’ Series

Coming in 2022, new animated preschool project follows Alice, the great-granddaughter of the original heroine, as she cooks up recipe adventures in the enchanted Wonderland Bakery.

Yeeessssss! Headline News

‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force,’ ‘Metalocalypse’ and ‘The Venture Bros.’ Movies Greenlit

Adult Swim to produce three new original films based on their hit series, coming first on Blu-ray and TVOD, followed by network and HBO Max premieres.

#StopAsianHate Headline News

‘Awakening’ #StopAsianHate PSA Honors Asian Americans in Animation

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 7:40am

Oscar-nominated producer Peilin Chou directs powerful short film with the help of artists and creators including Ronnie del Carmen, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Jinko Gotoh, Sanjay Patel, Gennie Rim, John Aoshima, and Henry Yu, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

George Clooney Headline News

NVIZ and George Clooney Take a Virtual Spacewalk on ‘The Midnight Sky’

Leading visualization company and their ARENA virtual camera system helped the filmmaker and his VFX team plan, visualize, shoot, and deliver key astronaut spacewalk and airlock death sequences on their Oscar-nominated, VES Award-winning sci-fi drama.

Dude Headline News

GMUNK Creates Hypnotic Fluid Sims for ‘The Living System’ Short

The renowned digital artist, aka Bradley Munkowitz, uses a water and smoke system to simulate a swell of energy for the collaborative Z by HP project.

Respectfully on Hold Headline News

HBO Max Delays ‘The Prince’ Following Prince Philip’s Death

Gary Janetti’s satirical animated series that follows a sassy Prince George and his British royal family is respectfully put on hold, as the series depicts the Queen’s late husband in an unflattering light.

Heaven Help Us! Headline News

FXX, Danny DeVito and Aubrey Plaza Getting Devilish with ‘Little Demon’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 1:27pm

Network orders animated horror comedy series created and written by Darcy Fowler, Seth Kirschner, and Kieren Valla, with DeVito, Plaza and Dan Harmon to executive produce.

Zombie Fun! Headline News

Unlock 15 Minutes of ‘Army of The Dead’ on Netflix Livestream

Join the May 13 interactive event on Netflix’s YouTube channel - first 15 Minutes of Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated zombie heist thriller will be revealed.

Awards Headline News

ITFS 2021 Announces Trickstar Awards

The awards honor the best in German animation and screenplay, animated games, and innovation in business; awardees included ‘Butterfly Tale’ by Heidi Foss and Lienne Sawatsky,Endzone – A World Apart’ developed by Gentlymad Studios, and Mitmalfilm UG with Uli Seis.

Is There Hope for Humanity? Featurette Headline News

Netflix Drops ‘Sweet Tooth’ Featurette

Executive producers Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. explore the post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer-boy embarking on an epic journey; show, based on Jeff Lemire’s groundbreaking DC comic, premieres on Netflix June 4.

ADoW VFX Magic Headline News

Realtime Conjures VFX Magic for ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:10pm

UK animation and VFX house provides previs, ‘scrying magic,’ a fire drake, and host of supernatural elements in Sky TV’s hit series.

We All Need a Break! Headline News

Platige Image Creates Work-Weary Mandrill for the Tajawal Travel Agency

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 3:06pm

The music-video inspired commercial features an emotionally nuanced CG primate portraying an everyday, burned out businessperson needing a break from life’s mundane routines.

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