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Jonas Poher Rasmussen Talks ‘Flee’

The director discusses his intimate, award-winning animated documentary about the boyhood experiences of his long-time friend, an Afghan academic who lived as a gay Muslim in Afghanistan before escaping to Denmark through Russia.

Coming to Amerika! Headline News

Comedy Central’s Animated Channel Launches ‘Momo’s Amerika’

The new four-part animated series, about an Egyptian immigrant who settles in the OC in search of his own version of the ‘American Dream,’ is now streaming on the networks’ new dedicated animation channel on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Band of Drunken Misfits Arrives Soon! Headline News

Prime Video Drops ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Clip and Image

Based on Critical Role’s first livestreamed RPG campaign and born of a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, the highly anticipated adult animated fantasy-adventure series hits the streamer January 28.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

49th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 9:09am

Best Animated Feature nominees ‘Encanto,’ ‘Luca,’ ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ ‘Sing 2,’ and ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ top the expansive list of category nominations; animation’s biggest awards ceremony is scheduled to return live on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Events Headline News

FMX 2022 Announces First Program Confirmations

The hybrid onsite/online event, running May 3-6, includes presentations from Apple TV+ on their space saga ‘Foundation,’ the story behind Steven Appleby’s first graphic novel ‘Dragman,’ and a keynote by program chair Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull.

Diversity in VFX VFXWorld

Kaitlyn Yang Talks ‘The Shrink Next Door’ and VFX Industry Inclusivity

For the VFX supervisor and Alpha Studios founder, the need to ‘be so good they can’t ignore you’ has fueled her drive to succeed as a woman, Chinese immigrant, and wheelchair user, and advocate for others in an industry short on representation of those with visible, or non-visible, disabilities.

We Want More Marvel! VFXWorld

TRIXTER Goes Full Morris on ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

The VFX studio delivers 237 shots, including the adorable, faceless, and furry four-winged Dijiang sidekick, in Marvel Studios’ first Asian super hero film.

GoT Meets Invaders from Mars Headline News

George R.R. Martin and Trioscope Release ‘Night of the Cooters’ Trailer

The new short, directed by and starring Vincent D’Onofrio, employs the studio’s unique hybrid live-action/animation process where the visuals immerse the viewer in what feels like a moving graphic novel.

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Studios Creates Stop-Motion Gift Cards for Airbnb

Four charming vignettes depict real places and experiences available on the platform; featured characters had pre-shoot journeys from pencil sketch through to 3D modelling and printing before coming to life with stop-frame 'replacement animation' technique.

streaming entertainment Headline News

Season 2 of ‘Cartoon Punch’ Launches on Twitch

Frederator Media’s interactive game show gives contestants audience prompts and challenges; the digital event will raise money for ‘Feed the Children’ with viewers able to make donations via a link on Twitch.

kids’ animation Headline News

Silvergate Media Drops ‘Hilda and the Mountain King’ Official Trailer

Following the ‘Hilda’ Season 2 cliff hanger, the animated special picks up with Hilda stuck in the body of a troll, stranded in troll country, in her quest to return to human form; the epic story launches on Netflix December 30.

The Tree is Smokin Hot! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North – Dip the Halls Adventure’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 17, 2021 at 3:58pm

In the all-new holiday-themed episode airing December 19 on FOX, when Jerry's Bigfoot costume gets stolen a few days before Christmas, Beef helps him track it down… and the Tobin kids try to build an elaborate gingerbread village.

Professional training Headline News

EPI Launching ‘Virtual Production Lab’ Workshop

In association with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the online training program for professional filmmakers offers practical training in virtual production; applications are now open – deadline for submission is January 31, 2022.

Technology Headline News

Pixomondo Creates ‘McDonald’s Friends’ Via Virtual Production

LED Volume technology moves from otherworldly to Main Street with real-time CG digital environments that eliminate production cost overages common in on site shoots.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

It’s No Day at the Beach for Weta Digital on ‘Eternals’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10:07am

The leading VFX studio delivers 552 visual effects shots on Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao’s MCU Phase 4 adventure, including the 3rd act beach fight scenes and planet-sized Celestial Tiamut.

More to Come! Headline News

TBS Picks Up ‘American Dad! for Seasons 18 and 19

Ahead of its January 24 Season 17 premiere, the hugely popular animated adult comedy from 20th Television Animation gets renewed for 2 more seasons; brace yourselves for more comic misadventures of Stan Smith and his family.

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

Amazon Nimble Studio Offers Animators a Home in the Cloud

Nimble Collective co-founder Rex Grignon and Kyle Roche, Head of Immersive Technology for Amazon Web Services, talk about their recently-launched cloud-based production service.

The Space Cowboys are Back! Headline News

Ingenuity Studios Has a Blast with ‘Cowboy Bebop’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11:23am

Studio shares visual effects breakdown reel showcasing rockets, explosions, fire and other action graphics replacement work they delivered across 516 shots on Netflix’s live-action sci-fi neo-noir adaptation of the famed anime.

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