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Academy Software Foundation Launches Digital Production Example Library

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 8, 2022 at 10:31am

The ASWF kicks off the ‘Open Source Days’ event at SIGGRAPH 2022 with the announcement of its new DPEL, which encourages, curates, and publishes production-grade sample assets with a vendor-neutral platform.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Season 3 Trailer

The CG animated series, set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, takes place in a world that believes dragons are just legend; 7 new episodes hit Hulu and Peacock later this month!

It’s Ani-mazing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Reveals ‘Chainsaw Man’ Voice Cast and New Trailer

Based on the manga written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the highly anticipated series hits the anime platform in October.

Business Headline News

Streamland Media Nabs Ingenuity Studios

Joining Picture Shop, Ghost VFX, Formosa Group, and Picture Head, the newly acquired VFX studio expands the post company’s stable of top creative service providers.

Mid-Summer Devil Spawn Fun! Headline News

Gravitas Drops Animated Horror Film ‘Canvas’ Trailer

Presented at Annecy 2022, Ryan Guiterman’s highly stylized feature follows a demon who comes to Earth on a gruesome mission, determined to spawn chaos and murder; available On Demand August 9. 

Terror Below Deck! Headline News

How Blur Used Light to Create Darkness in David Fincher’s 'Bad Travelling'

Tim Miller’s animation and VFX studio bridged the gap between live-action and CG using V-Ray's Light Selects and Physical Camera Exposure controls to realize the famed director's aesthetic on his first computer-animated film, part of 'Love, Death + Robots' Volume 3 now streaming on Netflix.

Documentaries Headline News

‘Claydream’ Documentary Explores Will Vinton’s Claymation Heyday

Watch the trailer for director Marq Evans’ intimate portrait of the stop-motion animation pioneer’s highs and lows; the film opens in theaters today, August 5.

Good Luck is Good! Headline News

Exclusive: Apple TV+ Drops New ‘Land of Luck’ Poster Art

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 5, 2022 at 9:00am

Premiering globally today, August 5, the Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation CG animated comedy adventure, directed by Emmy Award winner Peggy Holmes, tells the story about the unluckiest person in the world who stumbles onto the never-before-seen Land of Luck.

Technology Headline News

DreamWorks Animation to Release MoonRay as Open Source

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 5, 2022 at 7:55am

Studio’s state-of-the-art MCRT renderer, used on the upcoming ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and previous films like ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Croods: A New Age,’ includes a USD Hydra render delegate and multi-machine / cloud rendering via Arras.

Let’s Talk Animation! Headline News

Podcast EP 173: Brent Forrest on How He Created ‘Samurai Frog Golf’ with Marza Animation

The studio’s technical director describes his journey from Canada to Japan and what it's like working there; he talks about pitching his project, working with the studio to get the project funded and produced, and marketing it for sale as a series. 

Let's Talk Animation! Headline News

Podcast EP 172: Fu Yang and Johnny Knittle on How They Created ‘The Nice Shorts’ Animation Podcast

Podcast co-hosts discuss how they got down to it and started their show’s 1st episode, how the duo met, and Yang’s plans to teach kids stop-motion animation.

VFX for features Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Delivers the Gods on Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

The studio produced over 300 VFX for Taika Waititi and Marvel Studio’s latest MCU action-adventure, including the film’s impressive opening and closing sequences.

Dish it Up! Headline News

Nick Serves Up a ‘Tiny Chef Show’ Trailer

The stop-motion animated Chef welcomes live-action celebrities to chat it up about food and friendship; show premieres in September on Nick’s preschool platforms in the U.S., as well as Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels.

Marvel at D23 Expo Headline News

Here are Marvel’s First Looks and Panels Coming to Disney’s D23 Expo

Marvel Studios plans to deliver attendees a 60th anniversary celebration of Spider-Man, a sprawling showcase of exclusive items and events, and more in Anaheim next month.

Bug Out! Headline News

Here’s the ‘Buzz’ on Aardman’s ‘Lloyd of the Flies’ Animated Series

The quirky, new comedy-adventure follows Lloyd B Fly, a housefly and middle child living at home with his family of 224; viewers will be introduced to the weird and wonderful world of insects when the show premieres next month on CITV.

Super Giant Sibling Rivalry Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Super Giant Robot Brothers’ in Action!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 1:55pm

It’s ‘Cowabunga Dude’ as the 2 robot siblings ‘surf’ into action in the sneak peek of Oscar-winning 'Brave' director Mark Andrews and Reel FX’s 3DCG animated action-comedy about an unlikely pair who are super... and giant... and don't get along, hitting the streamer tomorrow, August 4.

Stop-Motion Exhibition Headline News

Museum of the Moving Image Presents ‘LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion’

The multi-award-winning stop-motion studio's new exhibit will feature puppets, sets, and video clips from LAIKA's first five films and give visitors a chance to create their own stop-motion animation; the installation begins next month in Astoria, New York and will be on view through August 2023.

Middle School Sucks! Headline News

Exclusive: Paramount+ Shares ‘Big Nate’ New Episode Teaser

The Nickelodeon Animation series returns later this month with 9 all-new episodes following the continued misadventures of Nate as he pursues his dreams to become a singer, save a pregnant lizard, and take spring break to the next level; 10 more episodes ordered for previously announced Season 2, coming in 2023.

Get Up and Go! Headline News

ROOF Fills it Up with Whimsy for Conoco’s ‘Choose Go’ Campaign

Incorporating elements from stop-motion to classic video games, the studio created 6 3D animated spots featuring unique ‘Goer’ characters who embark on whimsical adventures that start and end after gassing up.

Pub Crawls Rule Headline News

Bezos and Musk Face Off: Graham Jones Drops ‘Silicon Docks’ Trailer

A lockdown creation by artists seeking to preserve their sanity, the movie is a satirical, urban odyssey about the existential angst of some of America’s most famed tech moguls on a doomed Dublin pub crawl during the last days of the Trump presidency… what could be better?

People Headline News

Omid Rahmat Returns to Jon Peddie Research as Executive VP

Industry veteran in computer graphics, digital media, mobile tools, and services brings extensive business and tech experience to his new role at the industry’s leading market research firm.

A Toy Must Find his Boy Headline News

Netflix Shares ‘Lost Ollie’ Official Trailer and Key Art

The epic adventure of a lost toy who braves many dangers in search of the boy who lost him; the 4-part animated/live-action hybrid limited series finds its way to the streamer in August.

People Headline News

DNEG Promotes Chas Jarrett to Creative Director

VFX veteran takes the reins from current creative director and two-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, who will continue providing visual effects consulting to the company on features as well as develop and direct new projects.

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