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#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse Design Challenge Now Live

#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines invites participants to design an outrageous race-track-style contraption for marbles; submission deadline is July 30.

Let’s Get Civical! Headline News

Netflix Shares New Images from ‘We the People’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 9:04am

In their Annecy 2021 panel, creator Chris Nee and directors Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, and Jorge R. Gutiérrez harken back to ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ as they discuss the project, executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, that combines music and animation to educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people.

What it Means to be Human ANIMATIONWorld

Re-VIEW: Love, Death, Robots + Revelation

Volume 2 of Netflix’s ‘Love, Death + Robots’ animated anthology challenges us to see reality through new eyes, encouraging us to be curious and reflect on the intimate connection between beauty and death, and what it means to be human.

Finding Talent in the Middle Kingdom Headline News

Fred Seibert’s FredFilms and DeZerlin Joins Forces to Find Chinese Talent

Company’s new China-based animation incubator project, Hot Pot! Cartoons, seeks innovative creatives and content from the Middle Kingdom to develop for global markets.

The Future Perfect Project Headline News

2 New ‘How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated’ Shorts Released

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 12:28pm

As they continue their Pride Month 2021 celebration, The Future Perfect Project shares the next films in their series of 10 personal stories from LGBTQIA+ youth, aged 13-22, about the challenges they routinely face.

Annecy 2021 Headline News

The NFB Showcases Dedication to Auteur Animation at Annecy 2021 Studio Focus

Famed Canadian animation studio forges a path for unique voices; also bringing 5 projects and a special program to the festival, including Joanna Quinn's ‘Affairs of the Art’ and Claude Cloutier's ‘Bad Seeds.’

Mentoring Headline News

LFA Launching Women’s Mentorships at Annecy 2021

French association that supports women in animation reveals its new initiative, Parcours de Femmes, which targets French speaking women from France and Africa; aspiring filmmakers will receive support in the development of short film projects to be pitch at Annecy 2022.

Really Cool Game Trailers! Headline News

EA Drops New Reveal Trailer for ‘Battlefield 2042’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 2:19pm

Developed in-engine by the company’s diverse, multi-disciplinary Marcom Cinematics team, the 5-minute-long spot provides fans an intense, in-your-face look at the newest ‘Battlefield’ first-person shooter franchise entry, hitting retailers October 22.  

People Headline News

Whoopi Goldberg Joins the Cast of Apple and Skydance Animation’s ‘Luck’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 9:05am

The famed artist and EGOT winner will voice the role of ‘The Captain’ in Peggy Holmes’ tale of the unluckiest girl in the world, the first project under the animation studio's multi-year film and TV deal with Apple TV+.

Boo! Headline News

Crypt TV Launches ‘Woman in the Book’ Animated Horror Series

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 4:31pm

Produced with Starburns Industries for Facebook Watch, the multilingual 2D show follows the lives of three estranged siblings who reunite to wrestle for their inheritance but unleash a book-bound horror; new episodes drop every Friday.

Consume Responsibly Headline News

Netflix Goes Inside the Animation of ‘Ice’ from ‘Love, Death + Robots Vol. 2’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 1:06pm

Oscar-nominated director Robert Valley details the creative and visual development process behind his grim, futuristic tale of the rift between two brothers over the ‘unmodded’ who don’t receive human strength and endurance enhancement on their colony world.

The Future Perfect Project Headline News

‘How Life Is: Queer Youth Animated’ Shorts Celebrate Pride Month 2021

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 11:49am

The Future Perfect Project’s short film series shares personal stories from LGBTQIA+ youth, aged 13-22, about the challenges they routinely face; two new episodes drop each Tuesday in June.

151 Unsolved Civil Rights Era Cold Cases ANIMATIONWorld

‘Un(re)solved’ AR Experience Shares Stories of Lives Taken in Hateful Racial Crimes

Filmmaker Tamara Shogaolu and PBS’ ‘FRONTLINE’ collaborate on an animated, immersive web and interactive installation that shares the lives and histories of 151 victims from unsolved civil rights-era murder cases; premieres June 9 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Education Headline News

Center for Learning Unlimited Launches Brainstorm Productions

CLU’s new full-service studio to provide paid job opportunities to alumni of the career animation training program; the 3-year curriculum provides young adults on the autism spectrum an intensive 2D-3D hands on learning experience.

An Homage to 90s Videogames ANIMATIONWorld

Twist and Glitch: Cody Uhlers’ ‘Purple Barreling’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 7, 2021 at 3:41pm

The musician and sound designer teams with animator Mike Kluge, animating a powerful dance assist from recording artist Glüme with 3D and After Effects in a quirky, vibrant short inspired by 90’s iconography, video games, and Deee-Lite’s ‘Groove is in the Heart.’

Virtual Reality Headline News

Epic MegaGrant Recipient Conical Launches ‘The Green Fairy’ VR Short

Available for download June 24, the interactive studio’s fantasy adventure will be supported on Valve’s Steam VR, Oculus Rift, and Quest by Facebook; 9-part Vlog series will also be released.

Working to Reduce Gun Violence ANIMATIONWorld

‘Blossom’ Depicts Young Girl’s Struggle to Cope with Gun Violence

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:39pm

Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ production house Lion Forge Animation teams with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund on poignant animated short in support of the 7th annual Wear Orange campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Discover Ecology in Your Own Backyard! Headline News

Fred Rogers Productions’ ‘Through the Woods’ Launches on PBS Kids

The series of 3-minute animated shorts inspires young viewers to explore and discover ecosystems in their own backyards; show airs beginning June 4 following episodes of ‘Donkey Hodie.’

Medical Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘When It’s Risky’ Immortalizes a Beloved Aunt and Educates About COVID-19

As a follow-up to ‘3 Teaspoons of Sugar,’ their animated short about diabetes, South Africa’s Cabblow Studios releases new film about staying safe during the pandemic, starring the filmmaker’s aunt, who lost her life in the second wave.

Virtual Events Headline News

Fest Anča International Animation Festival Moves Online

Slovakia’s only animation festival targeted to mature audiences, running July 1-4, will feature online streaming of animated films via the Festhome.com streaming platform; film viewing will be available for one week after the program’s conclusion.

Let’s Get Civical! Headline News

Netflix Drops Trailer and Images for ‘We the People’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 10:04am

Created by Chris Nee and executive produced by Barack and Michelle Obama, animated shorts cover basic U.S. civics in an anything-but-basic way; Peter Ramsey, Trisha Gum, Jorge Gutierrez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Digs and Amanda Gorman are just some of the artists participating.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP116: Stop-Motion Animator Max Winston on Running an Independent Studio

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 8:11am

Famed for ‘I Live in the Woods,’ the artist shares the journey that led to launching his own company, RatBat Studios.

Countdown to Annecy 2021 Headline News

Annecy 2021 Announces Juries and More Special Programs

Festival reveals new judges, along with more must see/do special activities, programs, previews, and professional conference sessions; activities run June 14-19 online and in-person.

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