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New Cinema 4D Tutorial Recreates Bill and Ted’s Iconic Phone Booth Time Machine

Dan ‘Hashi’ Hashimoto’s step-by-step video uses Maxon and Red Giant tools, along with After Effects, to produce stunning animation and VFX like that used in the film. 

Events Headline News

Free Pixar RenderMan Main Event 2020 Online Starts September 1

Main Art & Science event to feature major announcements and Q&A about the upcoming release of RenderMan; two days of special programming follow September 2-3.

People Headline News

Sam Register Named President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios

Animation studios will remain separate entities; Rob Sorcher moves from CNS leadership role into overall production deal with Warner Bros. Television Group.

Dysfunctional Workplace Comedy Headline News

‘Archer: The Dating Game’ Mashup Clip Gives New Meaning to ‘Oh Mother’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 28, 2020 at 10:25am

With Season 11’s launch just around the corner on September 16, FXX drops a new featurette that amply illustrates just how funny, and wicked, Adam Reed’s animated spy-spoof can be.

BLM Headline News

Ayo Edebiri Replacing Jenny Slate as Missy on ‘Big Mouth’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 28, 2020 at 8:36am

Actor and comedian also joins the writers' room for Season 5; move comes two months after show creators apologized for casting white actors in roles for people of color with promise to make changes and be more responsible moving forward.

Technology Headline News

OTOY Launches RNDR Enterprise Tier with Nvidia Tensor Core GPUs on Google Cloud

New technology pushes the boundary of GPU rendering and cloud computing, allowing artists to create high-end visual effects with fewer restraints.

In-Passing Headline News

‘Scooby-Doo’ Co-Creator Joe Ruby Dies at 87

Prolific animator, writer and producer will be remembered for his many iconic animated series including ‘Dynomutt,’ ‘Dog Wonder,’ ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks,’ and ‘Superman.’

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Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh Talk New ‘Phineas and Ferb’ Movie

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 3:13pm

‘Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe’ sees the stepbrothers cross the galaxy to rescue their sister; film premieres August 28 on Disney+.

Animated Features Headline News

New Directors, First Look and Release Date for Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’

Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada take the helm, sans Dean Wellins, with Paul Briggs now co-directing on the highly anticipated animated feature set for March 12, 2021 theatrical release. 

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Folks VFX Recreates JFK’s Fateful Dallas Visit in ‘Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 1:10pm

VFX supervisor Laurent Spillemaecker and his Montreal team turned Toronto into early 1960s Dealey Plaza and surroundings with an exacting, detailed set of CG environments, people and digital assets.

More Zombies on TV! Headline News

Live-Action ‘Resident Evil’ Series Ordered at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 9:14am

Show inspired by Capcom’s hugely popular horror-video game franchise gets the greenlight; brand-new storyline will span two different timelines.

Awards ANIMATIONWorld

Breaking Down the 72nd Emmy Award Nominations

This year’s animated and VFX-driven shows represent continuing excellence in animation and VFX production for TV, much done remotely from home in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Animation Festival Headline News

Call for Entries: The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

Entries are being accepted in six categories for TAAFI 2021, scheduled for February 19-21, 2021; submission deadline is November 15, 2020.

People Headline News

Kate Winslet, Jennifer Hudson and Glenn Close Join Baobab’s ‘Baba Yaga’

Trio will star along with Daisy Ridley in new animated immersive experience premiering September 2 at Venice International Film Festival.

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

4 Heart Pumping Nike Spots Created in Just 1 Month with Unity Real-Time Tools

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 4:57pm

Zachary Dixon and IV Studio produced four video game-style versions of top athletes using game engine technology, delivering the first in just two weeks.

Virtual Events Headline News

Pixelatl 2020 Goes Online September 1-5

Event has announced an ambitious program to promote Mexican and Latin American creative industries; featured activities include a focus on recruitment, women in animation, and business networking meetings.

Virtual Events Headline News

LightBox Expo Online Coming September 11-13

Attendees will navigate a 3D virtual show floor featuring an international array of artists and exhibitors; over 200 presentations will be offered.

VFX for Film Headline News

WATCH: Pixomondo ‘The King of Staten Island’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 1:47pm

The studio, led by VFX supervisor Bojan Zoric, delivered 170 shots as the sole visual effects house on the Judd Apatow comedy starring Pete Davidson as a wannabe tattoo artist drifting through a life of little achievement.

Online Event Headline News

Register Now for Free PreVIEW Session with Director Peter Ramsey

VIEW Conference 2020 hosts the award-winning co-director of ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ August 29 in an online discussion.

How They Make It Headline News

WATCH: New Behind-the-Scenes ‘Mulan’ Featurette

Director Niki Caro shares how she found the perfect actor to play Mulan, with commentary from Yifei Liu, Tzi Ma and Yoson An; film will be available as a premium purchase starting September 4 on Disney+.

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