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PSAs Headline News

Animism Studios Creates Mental Health PSA During COVID-19 Shut-Down

In a move to keep their artists busy… and employed, the Vancouver-based studio produced ‘Be There for Them,’ a PSA for the Boys and Girls Club – Canada that addresses mental health and loneliness.

Bewitching Visual Effects! VFXWorld

MR. X Provides Bewitching VFX on Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:22pm

Led by VFX supervisor Ralph Maiers, the studio helped ‘energize’ the magical battle between Agnes/Agatha and her coven of witches in the final episode of the hit Disney+ series.

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Breaking Down DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Nominations

The studio’s exceptional talent is recognized in 14 different categories, 20 noms in all, for nine different shows, including their latest franchise efforts with the ‘The Croods,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘She-Ra,’ Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Tales of Arcadia,’ and the dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic World.’

My Dad’s a Superhero! Headline News

Netflix Drops Official ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ Trailer

The live-action adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s graphic novel follows the world's first generation of superheroes that must look to their children to continue their legacy and keep mankind safe; series premieres globally on May 7.

We Like to Move It! Headline News

Xsens Launches MotionCloud Platform – Watch Cardi B in MVN Action

Cloud-based platform makes motion capture projects achievable with multiple users working simultaneously at different locations; see it in action in Cardi B’s new mini reality series Cardi Tries where she creates a video game with the Xsens MVN Animate suit.

Positively Spotty Headline News

Disney Drops New Trailer and Poster for ‘Cruella’

Emma Stone and Emma Thompson star in the live-action adventure about the early days of fashionable villain, Cruella de Vil; film simultaneously hits theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access on May 28.

Insights into TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series Part 3

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:46am

In the third and final discussion, VFX supervisors Steve Meyer and Brad Kalinoski share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP100: Terry Ibele's Journey from Business to Stop-Motion and Starting This Podcast

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:18am

Celebrating his 100th Animation Industry Podcast episode, our host shares his path from a career in business to starting over in the world of stop-motion.

Business Headline News

FuseFX Acquires Rising Sun Pictures

Leading VFX company continues its expansion efforts with purchase of Australia-based high-end visual effects studio; combined companies will have close to 800 artists in eight locations around the globe.

Game Development Education ANIMATIONWorld

A Healthy Cycle: SuAnne Fu on SCAD GamingFest and the Creation of ‘Zoelie’

The interactive design and game development chair discusses the school’s remote collaboration on innovative game project, including interactive design, animation, visual effects, and sound design; virtual event’s ‘Making of Zoelie’ panel set for April 10.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Pushing the FX Pedal to the Metal in ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers’

Smoking wheels and burning rubber barely scratch the visual effects surface of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s high-horsepower street racing thriller, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award for the third season ‘Sirocco Fire Explosion’ finale.

Events Headline News

Maxon Reveals Speakers for ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

The free virtual 3-day event running April 13-15 will feature presentations from notable creative directors, motion designers, and animation directors; live-streamed event will be available on demand following the show.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

FX Artists Put the Dinosaur Spittle into ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’

Whether its dramatic water splashes, dino drool, or bioluminescent beasts, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s adventure series, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award, strives for realistic visual effects that push the story forward through color and lighting.

Autodesk Headline News

VES Student Award Win Goes to ‘Migrants’

Pôle 3D team honored with the annual award sponsored and presented by Autodesk; winning animated short follows the plight of a polar bear and its cub, while exploring current environmental and socio-political issues.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Creating the ‘Smokin’ FX Magic of ‘DreamWorks Wizards’

By using distinctive visual effects as a core series element, almost as a ‘character’ itself, Guillermo del Toro and Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning animated series has garnered an Annie Award nomination for Best FX for TV/Media.   

Let's Party! Headline News

Toei and Funimation’s ‘One Piece’ Wano Watch Party’ Set for April 24

Companies have teamed up for a worldwide watch party event that will coincide with the simulcast of episodes 969 and 970, as well as premiere of episode 971, including a pre-recorded Q&A featuring the voice actors and director.                     

Cute but Violent Headline News

‘Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly’ Anime Series Premieres April 12

The cute, lovable, but violent characters, Gloomy and Pity, jump from the toy shelf to the screen in new animated series; set to air on Tokyo MX station in Japan, global fans can check out the episodes on Gloomy’s YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

Whedon’t Want Him Headline News

Joss Whedon Reportedly Threatened Gal Gadot’s Career During ‘Justice League’ Filming

While reports remain unconfirmed by the ‘Wonder Woman’ star, sources claim the disgraced director clashed with the actor after she expressed doubts about aggressive dialogue.

Business Headline News

WarnerMedia Rebrands EMEA Studio as Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe

Company resurrects legendary studio name; Sam Register and Vanessa Brookman to co-lead flagship TV animation studio formerly known as Cartoon Network Studios Europe.

Awards Headline News

‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Take Top VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:47pm

Star-studded virtual ceremony, hosted by barb-slinging Patton Oswalt, included 25 category awards and special honors for VFX supervisor Rob Legato and director Sir Peter Jackson.

Events Headline News

Upcoming Stuttgart Animation Festival Moves Completely Online

The planned live/online hybrid event makes decision to go all virtual due to continuing coronavirus restrictions; the program runs May 4-9 and will offer a new ITFS VR Hub accessible by VR headset or browser, with media library viewing extended until May 16.

Insights into TV VFX VFXWorld

WATCH: AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series Part 2

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 3:56pm

VFX supervisors Brigitte Bourque and Marshall Krasser share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Upload’ and ‘9-1-1: Lone Star.’

Awards VFXWorld

Key TV and Game Contenders for the 2021 VES Awards

This year’s set of animated and VFX-driven TV series and video games represents top visual design and production work that rivals feature film visual effects in both quality and quantity.

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