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WATCH: Digital Domain’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ Season 2 VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:00pm

Led by VFX supervisor Mitch Drain, the studio delivered a wide variety of visual effects shots across six episodes, including a crazy, shapeshifting creature inspired by Google DeepDream.

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Miyazaki Exhibition to Open New Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 2:09pm

More than 300 works have been curated into seven gallery sections that explore each of the legendary, Oscar-winning director’s films; the museum is scheduled to open April 30, 2021. 

We Can’t Wait Dept. Headline News

Everything We Know About ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2

Series creator Jon Favreau breaks down the show’s new format, hinting it could be the ‘Star Wars’ equivalent of ‘Game of Thrones’ when it premieres October 30th on Disney+.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Ghost in the Shell’ Now on Ultra HD Combo Pack and Digital 4K Ultra HD

Remastered in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, the popular anime feature’s new release includes audio commentary as well as two new featurettes.

People Headline News

ILM VFX Legend Dennis Muren to Present and Do Live QnA at VIEW 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:11am

The 9-time Oscar-winner will discuss his career, unique artistic vision, and answer conference attendee questions at the 21st edition of the annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP81: Aaron Long's Journey from Student to Director on ‘BoJack Horseman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 3:47pm

The talented supervising director on ‘Tuca & Bertie’ discusses his path from Max the Mutt Animation School graduate to directing on ‘BoJack Horseman.’

Let’s Celebrate! Headline News

‘American Dad!’ Milestone 300th Episode Airs September 14

TBS treats fans with tributes, trivia, and ‘The Many Faces of Roger Marathon’ to celebrate series becoming the 25th scripted primetime show, in the history of television, to reach 300 episodes.

TV Animation Headline News

Live-Action/Animated Hybrid ‘Woke’ Premieres on Hulu

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:25pm

Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, new series uses talking animated objects to illustrate the sudden awareness of racism by a newly ‘woke’ Black cartoonist.  

Business Headline News

twofour54 Abu Dhabi and Unity Creating Gaming ‘Centre of Excellence’

10-year partnership will build regional gaming hub for industry offering a training and entrepreneurial platform for cultivating talent and launching new careers throughout Middle East and Africa.

Dept. of I Can’t Wait Headline News

Official ‘Dune’ Trailer Breathes New Life into Sci-Fi Classic

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:58am

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve takes the helm of the latest big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi bestseller, and it looks dark, brooding and utterly inviting.

Technology Headline News

Digital Domain Introduces Masquerade 2.0 Facial Capture System

Next generation of company’s in-house technology allows complex facial motions to be added to every moment of gameplay 10x faster; powerful enough for feature films, but accessible enough for game development.

Get Out and Vote! Headline News

WIA Issues Call to Vote, Support for Voting Rights in New Open Letter

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:15am

Women in Animation president Marge Dean reflects on hard fought efforts to win voting rights for the disenfranchised, urging everyone spend the next 60 days preparing to vote as well as supporting the voting rights of others; organization posts downloadable Voting Resource Guide highlighting how you can help make everyone’s voice heard.

TV Animation Headline News

‘The Loud House’ Gets Season 6 Pickup on Nickelodeon

The network’s hit series, the number-one animated show across all TV in Kids 6-11, gets a 26-episode new season order; Season 5 premieres September 11 with a one-hour special.

Business Headline News

Santiago-Based Believe Signs with BLAH! blah? (Blah…)

Move by Latin American animation studio, along with recent Saarinen & Pico and Sharon & Perry representation signings, boosts its presence in US commercial market.

Awards Headline News

‘Something to Remember’ Named Best Film at Fantoche 2020

Festival confirms its commitment to parity and inclusion with women filmmakers accounting for more than half the films screened. 

#BoycottMulan Headline News

Controversy Grows As ‘Mulan’ is Released on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:59pm

Criticism continues to mount in response to the film’s end credits ‘special thanks’ to Xinjiang government organizations reportedly involved in refuting Western claims of massive forced incarceration and human rights abuses of over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Exclusive: Christina Chang’s Sequence Pitch on Cartoon Network’s ‘We Bare Bears: The Movie’

One of the film’s storyboard artists makes her first pitch of the ‘bears running through the city’ sequence from the new animated movie based on the popular series, now available on DVD and digital.

Feast Your Eyes! Headline News

Apple TV+ Drops Teaser Trailer for Tomm Moore’s ‘Wolfwalkers’

With all the stylized 2D artistry you’d expect, the latest feature from the twice Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ and ‘The Secret of Kells’ director tells of a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves.

More Anime! Headline News

Crunchyroll and Sentai Filmworks Sign Home Video Distribution Deal

Anime distributer and merchandiser will distribute 'Food Wars! The Fourth Plate,' 'Ascendance of a Bookworm,' 'Granbelm,' and 'World Trigger,' bringing anime to more fans in the U.S. and Canada.

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