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It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

‘Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Scherzo of Deep Night’ Release Dates Set

Sequel to the hit anime film Sword Art Online the Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night’ follows Asuna as she continues her journey through the virtual reality death game, where ‘Game Over’ means death in the real world; arriving in Crunchyroll’s English-speaking territories February 2023.

Business Headline News

DNEG Announces New Sydney Studio

Slated to open in early 2023 with award-winning VFX Supervisor and Australian national Andrew Jackson at the helm, the studio will lead the visual effects production on George Miller’s highly anticipated ‘Mad Max’ prequel ‘Furiosa’ - coming in 2024.

People Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Co-Founder Tony Clark Named VES Fellow

In recognition of his contributions to the VFX industry, the 30-year industry veteran was honored on October 14 at the Visual Effects Society’s celebration in Los Angeles.

Business Headline News

Floating Rock Studios Ltd Nabs $1.5M NZ Investment

New Zealand-based creative studio secures support from new finance partner Hillfarrance Capital Venture to further its growth in high-end animaiton and VFX production.

People Headline News

Flying Bark Ups Sarah Harper to Creative Director – 2D

Longtime studio creative joins leadership team to oversee 2D projects for both original and client service work, focusing on anime-influenced traditional animation and the recently announced After Bark brand.

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.

People Headline News

Nexus Studios Adds Alex Grigg to its Commercial Roster

Known for his 2D aesthetic and humor, the animator joins the studio’s Australian-based creative team; work includes episodes of Netflix’s ‘Headspace’ animated series and his short, ‘Phantom Limb,’ recognized for its portrayal of life and love after amputation.

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Substance Founder Scott Geersen

Industry veteran in motion design, VFX supervision and direction shares advice for mid-level creatives; topics include running your own studio, international collaboration, compositing and VFX, learning 3D, working on title sequences, and reflection on the future.

Business Headline News

Unlisted Adds Paris-Based WIZZ Animation Laboratory

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 12:22pm

Melbourne and Shanghai-based creative studio brings on French company known for creating ‘new worlds which span mediums and realities’; initial project collaborations include Salvation Army campaign and ‘Farlight 84’ trailer.

Business Headline News

Xentrix Launches Melbourne Studio, Acquires Viskatoons

India-based animation house enters the competitive Australian animation industry with studio expansion; newly acquired Victoria-based animation studio includes 30 years of IP and ties to Film Victoria, Film Finance Corporation, and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with VFX Supervisor Brendan Seals

‘Becoming a Top Supervisor & Creating VFX for Spider-Man, Thor & Black Panther’ episode features the Luma Pictures artist discussing topics including making better show and breakdown reels; working in commercials; pipeline technology; and advantages / disadvantages of being a 3D generalist.

Business Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Expands as Australian Production Bounces Back

Studio’s business growth enhanced by Australia’s strong COVID-19 response, generous government incentives, and Australia’s PDV offset; creative team to top 225 at Adelaide location.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Ánima’s ‘Cranston Academy: Monster Zone’ Opens Down Under April 7

The animated family adventure and finalist for the Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards opens soon in Australia and New Zealand; Double Dutch International will release it theatrically in Mexico, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Italy, CIS & Baltics, Vietnam, Middle East, UK, and South Africa.

Crikey! Headline News

Bento Box and Princess Pictures Launch New Studio Down Under

New animation studio, Princess Bento Studio, will produce animated content for distribution in the US, Australia, and Australian co-production treaty countries around the globe.

animated short films Headline News

16 Finalists From Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge Revealed

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:04pm

Stunning array of shorts, selected from across Australia in Epic’s first Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge, were all completed in just six weeks during the pandemic, and showcase Unreal’s virtual production capabilities and how the platform is enabling increasingly sophisticated creativity.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Weta Creates a Cute and Crazy Winter Wonderland in ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:18pm

The VFX powerhouse delivers a bustling Santa’s village, both North and South Poles, and cute and quirky digital characters including Belsnickel, his Jack-a-lotes, reindeer, a Yule Cat Jola, and 641 elves, in the Netflix holiday adventure.

Business Headline News

Weta Digital Opens L.A. and San Francisco Offices, Adds to Board of Directors

Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, former Google executive Jeff Huber, and Peter Jackson’s longtime partner Ken Kamins appointed as part of company’s continuing expansion.                                                                                           

Careers Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures and UniSA Create Hands-On VFX Training Program

South Australia’s booming movie industry has created a demand for skilled VFX artists; RSP and University partner to train and provide home-grown talent to bolster burgeoning industry.

call for entries Headline News

Animal Logic Launches Australia-Based Screenplay Competition

Submissions will be accepted from September 1 – November 15; in addition to a cash prize, the winner will receive professional guidance from studio development and production executives.

Awards Headline News

‘The Addams Family,’ ‘His Dark Materials’ Top AEAF 2020 Awards

Projects from Cinesite, MPC, and Framestore are among animation and VFX studios to receive multiple honors at the annual Australian celebration of visual effects, animation, games, and immersive technology.

Anime Headline News

‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ Coming Exclusively to Crunchyroll This Fall

‘The God of High School’ director Sunghoo Park leads the production of new series based on Gege Akutami’s manga published by Shueisha in Japan and VIZ Media in the U.S. 

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