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Learn to Draw the Disney Way! Headline News

‘Aladdin’ Animator Eric Goldberg Says Disney Plans Return to 2D Features

The famed artist is one of six subjects in the upcoming documentary series ‘Sketchbook,’ which champions the process of hand-drawn character art in animation.

Podcasts Headline News

Watch and Listen: ‘Avatar: Braving the Elements’ Season 2 Trailer

Nickelodeon and iHeartRadio’s companion podcast continues its exploration of the Avatarverse; hosted by voice actors Janet Varney and Dante Basco, the new weekly episodes kick off May 3.

Cloud-based pipelines Headline News

‘Conductor’ Now on Google Cloud Marketplace

The audit-compliant cloud-based rendering solution that promotes remote collaboration across 3D graphic production pipelines is now part of the Google Cloud ecosystem.

Hmmmmmm Headline News

Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Takes Home 2022 BAFTA Craft Award

Episode 1, ‘A Grain of Truth,’ wins for Special, Visual & Graphic Effects; award goes to Cinesite, Hivemind, Platige Image, and Pioneer Stillking Images.

Events Headline News

Digital Gravy Announces Salt Lake Animation Expo

The in-person/virtual hybrid event features presenters, panels, and Q&A sessions with a focus on the future of animation; confirmed guests include Toon Boom wizard Matt Watts and VFX artist Ron Friedman – the event runs May 20-21.

Can You Smell What Films the Rock’s Cookin? Headline News

Dwayne Johnson Adapting Game of the Year-Winning ‘It Takes Two’

The Rock’s company, Seven Bucks Productions, has joined ‘Sonic’ co-producer dj2 Entertainment to adapt the action-adventure game’s unique story for the screen.

Anyone Can Wear the Mask Headline News

‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ Pushed to 2023

Sony Pictures delays – and renames - its highly anticipated ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ sequel as it revises its theatrical release calendar, which also now includes an official opening date for the third ‘Spider-Verse’ film and third ‘The Equalizer’ offering.

visualization Headline News

NVIZ Helps Visualize Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Supercreature Feature

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 22, 2022 at 4:54am

Leading visualization company stitches together carefully planned stunt action with digital takeovers to provide crucial previs for several key sequences on Daniel Espinosa’s Marvel horror thriller. 

Events Headline News

Foundry Reveals FMX 2022 Program Line-Up

Presentations will showcase creative techniques and technologies including best practices, tips and tricks, and a look at the future of VFX; topics include grading and compositing with NukeX, workflows with Mari, and using Katana in feature animation.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 158: How Christian Haynes is Creating Indie Series ‘Zach in Time’

The artist and animator shares how he got his original series off the ground, thoughts on self-taught learning vs. animation school, and how to improve your own art.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Shares ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Season 2 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 3:27pm

Set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, the series follows a group of misfit kids who must protect the secret of where dragons have been hiding; all new episodes stream on Hulu and Peacock May 5.

D&D on the Big Screen Headline News

Paramount Drops ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Reveal Video

Based on the hugely popular role-playing game, the film stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Hugh Grant, and is slated to hit theaters March 3, 2023.

Business Headline News

Amazon Studios Honing in on Deal for ‘Voltron’ Live-Action Project

Should the streamer win the bidding war for the famed anime series’ movie adaptation, ‘Red Notice’ filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber is reportedly ready to direct.

People Headline News

Disney Television Animation Ups David H. Wright III to SVP, Casting and Talent Relations

Veteran Disney exec will continue to oversee casting for animated series and movies at the TV animation studio; credits include 100s of animated films, from ‘Lion King II: Simba's Pride’ to Emmy Award-winning ‘Gravity Falls.

Creature Features Headline News

Karyn Kusama’s ‘Dracula’ Project Called Off Just Before Production Begins

It’s believed that the ‘Aeon Flux’ and ‘Destroyer’ helmer’s film, titled ‘Mina Harker,’ was scrapped when Miramax Films opted not to move forward.

New Animation for Kids Headline News

Apple TV+ Greenlights ‘Sago Mini Friends’ Original Preschool Series

Inspired by the popular kids’ app, the show features Harvey the floppy-eared dog and his friends who model optimism, kindness, and true thankfulness; Spin Master is producing, with animation by Brown Bag Films.

A New Web 3.0 Content Franchise Headline News

Rainshine and Animasia Team on ‘Young Captain Nemo’ Blockchain Fan Community

Using the RainBlox blockchain platform, companies plan to expand on the upcoming animated feature film trilogy with Web 3.0 multi-format content including a spinoff series, NFTs, video games, merchandise, and an original soundtrack; the franchise is slated for release in late 2023.

Anime Movie Night! Headline News

AX Cinema Nights Debuts with ‘Ryoma! The Prince of Tennis <Decide>’

Based on the Japanese Sports manga by Takeshi Konomi, the 3D animated movie hits U.S. theaters nationwide on May 12; tickets are now on sale.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Cast and First Look Image

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8:02am

An all-star acting lineup joins Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey’s upcoming animated feature about a young boy who runs away to rescue a young dragon.

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