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Shaquille O’Neal’s ‘Headnoise’ Examines the Pressure to Succeed

Legendary former NBA star to co-write, produce, and narrate new CG animated short about two young basketball hopefuls, the stresses they face as they follow their true passions, and the anxiety that can come from listening to your internal ‘head noise.’

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Digitally De-Aged Paul McCartney Rocks ‘Find My Way’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 3:39pm

Funky single from Beatles legend’s new album, ‘McCartney III Imagined,’ featuring 8X Grammy winner Beck, takes a psychedelic dance trip through the halls of a hotel, blurring space, time, and identity.

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Taking Unreal Engine’s In-Camera VFX Toolset for a Spin

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

Epic Games teamed with filmmaker collective Bullitt to put the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.27 in-camera VFX tools to the test; watch their short film, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette exploring the tremendous impact of these new virtual production tools.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Official Selections Announced

A diverse group of 114 animated shorts, feature films, and series will compete at upcoming Ottawa International Animation Festival, running online September 22 – October 3; 48 films additionally chosen for Panorama screenings, with the VR selections coming in August.

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Steve Aoki and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Launching ‘Dominion X’ on Blockchain

Stop-motion animated series, set to original music, is the first that allows the public to own a piece of the show, both digitally and physically; watch the debut short ‘Level 1’ for an introduction to the world of Character X.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Brooke Keesling, Gary Schwartz Among Presenters at Anibar Animation Festival

Lori Malépart-Traversy also set to present at upcoming event, running July 23-30 in Peja, Kosovo; festival will feature over 300 film screenings, talks, workshops, and presentations by a number of special guests. 

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‘Guiding Light’ PSA Raises Awareness for 211.org Community Support Network

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 3:00pm

Bent Image Lab and Chel White, working with the Ad Council and United Way, produce 2D spot that highlights resources available for people in at-risk situations.

Business Headline News

‘Baby Shark’ Movie in Development at Nickelodeon

The network and SmartStudy are co-producing the brand-new original animated film; the popular ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ series also gets a Season 2 greenlight.

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Evil Must Atone in Iron Maiden's ‘Writing on the Wall’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 2:49pm

BlinkInk director Nicos Livesey, working from concepts by former Pixar stalwarts Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon, animates the band’s first new music in six years, a story of a dystopian world destroyed by pollution that can only be redeemed by a Maiden-esqe biblical wrath.

Festivals Headline News

SCAD Savannah Film Festival Returns In-Person and Online

Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, the annual festival, set for October 23-30, will feature film screenings, panel discussions, and workshops.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Names Bill Ballew CTO

25-year studio veteran and previous VP of R & D steps up to role previously held by Jeff Wike, who is retiring; new responsibilities include technology-related strategic and creative planning as well as operations of the studio's animation production platforms. 

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Cartoon Network Partners with ‘Raising Good Gamers’ Anti-Bullying Initiative

The network, along with Games for Change and UC Irvine’s Connected Learning Lab, release ‘How to Be a Positive Gamer’ PSA; animated short gives kids tips on heading off bullying before it starts.

Hot Tub Animation Headline News

Watch a Dry Erase Board-Animated Umphrey’s McGee ‘You Walked Up’ Origin Story

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12:03pm

Pete Herzog’s hand-drawn short, produced with his wife in a hot tub, illustrates band member Jake Cinninger’s tale of how they named their upcoming album filled with selections from decades of their concert ‘walk-on’ music.

Events Headline News

Line-Up Announced for Maxon’s ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

Free July 21 virtual event to focus on character animation; professional digital artists will share tips and tricks for Maxon’s creative tools.

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Development Begins on Matthew A. Cherry’s ‘Battu’

The Oscar winning ‘Hair Love’ director, Cartoon Network Studios, and award-winning director Chaz Bottoms start work on a 2D animated musical comedy series celebrating the creative arts culture of Chicago.

Animation Festivals Headline News

The 20th Animafest Cyprus Reveals Official Selections

33 films have been chosen for this year’s competition; festival, which runs August 11-14 in the village of Salamiou, will also feature a 20th anniversary tribute to Cypriot animation.

Virtual Reality Headline News

‘Madrid Noir’ VR Adventure Now on Oculus Quest 1 & 2

The 45-minute interactive virtual reality caper invites viewers to solve puzzles in a city lost to time, blending animation with classic noir in an immersive environment driven by Unreal Engine.

Animation Festivals Headline News

OIAF 2021 Announces Retrospectives and Screenings

The upcoming festival reveals special retrospectives on animators Mariusz Wilczyński and Jodie Mack; the 2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival runs online September 22 - October 3.

call for entries Headline News

Submit Your XR Masterpiece to SIGGRAPH Asia 2021

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:08am

Selected innovative immersive projects in XR will be showcased at the conference, taking place in Tokyo from December 14-17; the submission deadline is July 15.

Supporting the Worldwide VFX Community Headline News

VES and Quebec’s QFTC Launch ‘Reignite Yourself’ Mental Health Support Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:30am

5-part webinar features conversations with veteran VFX and mental health professionals providing personal insights and expert guidance in support of worldwide VFX industry.

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The Future of Animation: Six SCAD Picks

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 4:36pm

University’s diverse and innovative undergraduate and graduate short films were produced by teams of up to 12 students collaborating on writing, directing, animating, designing, editing, scoring and voice acting.

The God of Mischief Descends on Springfield Headline News

‘The Good, The Bart, and The Loki’ Short Debuts on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 12:09pm

The ‘God of Mischief’ faces his toughest opponents yet - Springfield’s mightiest and oddest heroes; the second ‘The Simpsons’ cross-over promotional short film now streaming. 

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