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Cabblow Studios Wraps First Virtual Animator Residency

The Johannesburg-based, mother-daughter animation and illustration studio will showcase the new animated shorts produced by up-and-coming artists in a virtual ‘Mini-Festival’ starting October 15.

Take the challenge Headline News

Take the Challenge - 2nd Edition of Sony Talent League by THU Begins

Sony and THU have once again teamed to find and empower the next generation of creative minds; individuals and/or teams are invited to accept the challenge - submissions will be accepted October 8 - November 14.

Hypothetically Speaking ANIMATIONWorld

Nailing the Unique, Stylized Animation of ‘What If…?’

Animation Supervisor Stephan Franck talks about how the production’s creative ‘toys’ were all employed to mix 2D and 3D effects, backgrounds and characters into a visual style never seen before in Marvel Studios’ groundbreaking animated series, now playing on Disney+.

Festivals ANIMATIONWorld

Virtually Sensational: Previewing SCAD AnimationFest 2021

This year’s festival showcases the animation industry’s explosive growth with a program of special screenings and talks with the makers of ‘Star Trek: Prodigy,’ ‘The Harper House,’ and ‘ Star Wars: Visions,’ as well as with industry professionals from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios; event runs now through September 25.

Games to Movies Oh Boy! Headline News

Illumination and Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Cast Revealed

Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day, Jack Black, Keegan-Michael Key, and Seth Rogen lead an all-star cast on the long-awaited animated feature, based on the hit video game, set to hit theaters holiday season 2022.

TUDUM…. Headline News

It's Almost Here - Schedule Released for ‘TUDUM: A Netflix Global Fan Event’

The streamer’s inaugural virtual fan event, coming September 25, will host 145 of its biggest stars and creators, with first looks and exclusives from over 70 series, films, and specials; check out the hour-by-hour breakdown so you don’t miss a beat.

animated shorts Headline News

Actor John Cho Joins Baobab’s ‘NAMOO’ as Executive Producer

Baobab Studios’ latest animated short, a narrative poem inspired by the passing of Oscar-nominated director Erick Oh’s grandfather, will have its LA Premiere as part of the official selection for the 2021 Hollyshorts Film Festival on Friday, September 24.

Awards Headline News

Winners Revealed for 13th Festival Stop Motion Montreal

A virtual awards ceremony honored a multi-national list of films including ‘Fresh Breeze’ by Gabriella Coumau, Alyx Ecalle, Saliha Sittler and Constantin Rytz; ‘Love is Just a Death Away’ by Bára Anna Stejskalová; ‘Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice’ by Zacharias Kunuk; and ‘Üks imeline mees’ (‘A Most Exquisite Man’) by Jonas Taul.

Women Artists Headline News

Animated Women UK’s Virtual ‘Limitless V-Exhibition’ Launches September 23

Online gallery celebrates female artists from the VFX and animation industries; the Kunstmatrix presentation platform allows visitors to enjoy the exhibit at their leisure, in a 3D environment.

Technology Headline News

Westworld Adopts Xsens’ Innovative Mo-Cap Tech for Netflix’s ‘Sweet Home’

Popular Korean series leverages motion-capture as part of a new virtual production workflow; mocap actors can view shots as they are filmed, allowing for real-time collaboration with directors.

This is the Anime You’ve Been Looking For! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Star Wars: Visions’ Takes Japanese Culture and Anime to a Faraway Galaxy

Lucasfilm’s new animated short film anthology showcases top animation producers from Japan, all huge ‘Star Wars’ fans, who’ve drawn upon their own heritage to create an exciting and beautifully designed set of stories, now streaming on Disney+.

Business ANIMATIONWorld

‘Chicago Party Aunt’: Turning Life’s Sh*t into Mike’s Hard Lemonade

Executive producers Ike Barinholtz and Matt Craig talk about their wild new adult animated series, a comedic love letter to Chicago and a paean to one of its most disreputable denizens, now streaming on Netflix.

animated shorts Headline News

Sting Contributes ‘Inshallah’ to ‘Footsteps on the Wind’ Animated Short

The award-winning singer / songwriter lends his voice to Maya Sanbar’s story of two siblings on a mysterious journey after tragically losing their parents; film created to raise awareness of the growing refugee crisis around the world.

Business Headline News

The Nuttery Inks Deal with Storytel to Help Develop Animated Titles

Indie studio will seek production partners for projects based on streamer’s original audio and e-books; popular titles include kids’ book series ‘The Glitch in the Code,’ as well as adult action thrillers ‘Black Dophin,’ and ‘RAM.’

Business Headline News

Technicolor Creative Studios Launching Global Creative Hubs

Series of interconnected co-located facilities will provide one-stop shopping for technology, talent and creativity servicing the entertainment, advertising, and brand experience industries; campuses coming soon to Soho, London, Soho, New York and Culver City, Los Angeles.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Cruella’ Now Available on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD

Disney releases high-definition special editions of its hit ‘101 Dalmatians’ prequel, starring Emma Stone and Emma Thompson, about the early days of the fashionable villain, Cruella de Vil; home entertainment versions feature an array of bonus features, deleted scenes and bloopers.

Innovations in Real-Time Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Talking Real-Time Animation with DNEG, BRON, and Chromosphere

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:10pm

AWN’s Dan Sarto hosts Epic Games’ latest episode of ‘The Pulse,’ revealing innovative new paradigms for real-time animation production that far surpass the mere benefit of faster turnaround times.

Festivals Headline News

Animation Is Film Reveals Competition Line-Up

AIF returns October 22-24 with 12 features in competition, 20 programs overall with shorts, premieres, and Q&As; ‘Studio on the Big Screen’ program features Pixar’s ‘Luca,’ Netflix’s ‘The Mitchells vs the Machines,’ and ‘Vivo,’ and other films that didn't receive a theatrical release.

Business Headline News

Auto Enthusiast Duo Launches Rideview Creative Agency

Yates Holley and John Kim have joined forces to offer automotive art direction and visualization; recent projects include a mood film for the IPO launch of Faraday Future, a sustainability-driven EV brand.

Business Headline News

Netflix Acquires Roald Dahl Story Company

The streaming giant unwraps the golden ticket, joining forces with the famed author’s IP rights company to create a unique universe across animated and live-action films and TV, bringing Dahl’s iconic stories and characters to more audiences in new formats.

People Headline News

Hero4Hire Creative Names Jordan Beck Head of Development

Veteran industry exec will oversee development and launch of original IP and creative projects for kids at the Massachusetts-based animation, motion graphics, and mixed media studio.

marketing campaigns Headline News

We Are Royale Creates Epic Pentakill Campaign with Riot Games

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 4:10pm

The creative production company designed new art, logos and typography, illustrated assets, and animated videos for both the alternate reality game and virtual, heavy metal concert watched live by hundreds of thousands of fans that launched the band’s new album, ‘III: Lost Chapter.’  

Music Videos Headline News

Watch ‘My Own Drum Remix’ Video with Missy Elliott from ‘Vivo’ Soundtrack

Atlantic Records, Netflix, and Sony Pictures Animation drop vibrant remixed dance video of ‘My Own Drum’ from the just released ‘Vivo’ official soundtrack; the animated musical adventure feature all-new songs written and performed by the award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Business Headline News

New CG ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’ Movie and Series in the Works

WarnerMedia Kids & Family has greenlit two animated projects based on the popular, award-winning show of the same name - featuring the comic misadventures of Gumball, Darwin and the other quirky residents of Elmore – coming to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

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