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Aardman Launches Mental Health Awareness Campaign

The studio behind ‘Wallace and Gromit’ launches initiative with a series of short, animated films portraying the challenges most commonly faced by young adults, including loneliness, perfectionism, competitiveness, independence, and social media.

Oscar Shortlists Headline News

Academy Announces Shortlists in 9 Categories for 93rd Oscars

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:58pm

VFX and animated short categories narrowed down to 10 films each; voting for nominations runs March 5-10.

Commercials Headline News

JAMM Scores a Touchdown with ‘The Neighborhood’ Spot

DoorDash’s first SuperBowl campaign featured rapper Daveed Diggs and the Sesame Street Muppets; creative studio incorporated elements including a CG train and added a bit of animation magic to make Grover fly.

Studio Closures Headline News

Disney Shutting Blue Sky Studios

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12:02pm

Doors will close sometime in April; 450 employees will lose their jobs as the studio behind the hugely successful ‘Ice Age’ franchise falls victim to the pandemic’s continuing economic impact.    

game cinematics Headline News

Platige Image Cinematic Preps Fans for ‘Total War: WARHAMMER III’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:31am

Leading production studio creates action-packed trailer for Creative Assembly’s upcoming release of their third ‘Total War: WARHAMMER’ game franchise title.

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Man’s Best Friend Has Demons Too in ‘Ghost Dogs’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 5, 2021 at 4:27pm

Joe Cappa and J.W. Hallford’s film pays homage to rare childhood moments of self-discovery, like flipping through channels, stumbling upon ‘The Shining,’ which you weren’t supposed to watch, but did anyway.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP96: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu And Joe Wilson Share Their ‘Kapaemahu’ Creative Journey

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:24am

The Hawaiian filmmakers discuss their 2D animated short, which tells the story of the healing power of four mysterious stones found on Waikiki Beach in Hawaii - and the legendary dual male and female spirits within them.

Home Entertainment Headline News

DC Universe’s ‘Justice Society: World War II’ Coming to Digital April 27

Warner Bros. Animation’s feature length animated film, the latest in the popular superhero franchise, comes to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray on May 11, 2021.

Commercials Headline News

You Can Almost Taste It: White Castle’s ‘In These Times’

Creative production studio Ataboy and advertising agency Merkley + Partners create fun, fast-paced, collage-inspired animation to promote the hamburger chain’s comfort food lineup; created during the pandemic, all work was produced remotely.

Awards Headline News

BAFTA Releases Longlists for British Academy Film Awards 2021

New 2021 rules promote diversity in membership and voting; Pixar’s animated feature ‘Soul’ longlisted in five categories including Best Film, Animated Film, Special Visual Effects, Original Score, and Sound.

call for entries Headline News

Annecy Issues Last Call for Films and Projects

Get your work entered without delay; the film submissions deadline is February 15, with project submissions due by February 7.

People Headline News

Creative Director Dan Shefelman Launches Mud Pie Labs

Industry veteran launches New York-based animation studio to nurture entry-level talent from underrepresented communities by pairing them with seasoned industry professionals; company received Epic MegaGrant for its work with the nonprofit Musician Treatment Fund.

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Real-Time Gaming Tech Shines in Heartwarming ‘Windup’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:10pm

For Chinese director Yibing Jiang, Unity’s real-time tools enabled a small global team of artists to work quickly and efficiently, in parallel rather than sequentially, to produce a beautiful and touching film about the bond between a father and his ailing daughter.

People Headline News

Hornet Promotes Eric Lane and Corey Langelotti to Creative Directors

Both artists are known for their diverse skill sets including 3D, VFX, graphic design, photography, animation, and design.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘The Croods: A New Age’ Arrives on Digital February 9

DreamWorks Animation’s hit prehistoric family adventure is heading to living rooms everywhere; bonus features including featurettes, gag reel, deleted scenes and even ‘Stone Age Snack Attack’ recipes; available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD February 23.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Announces Initial Line-Up of Confirmed Speakers

Program includes sessions with director Glen Keane on the making of ‘Over the Moon;’ RISE’s Florian Gellinger and their first in-house productions, ‘Dragon Rider’ and ‘Stowaway;’ and MR. X’s creative team discussing the film adaption of ‘Monster Hunter’ video game; project submissions being accepted until February 22 for Animation Product Days.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Ishan Shukla’s ‘Schirkoa’ Set to Begin Production

Animated feature, based on the director’s award-winning short, will blend 2D and 3D cinema, animation, and video game development techniques; production begins Spring 2021 with the premiere planned for 2023.  

Technology Headline News

Adobe Updates Substance Painter and Designer

Enhanced features support hiding of geometry mask while painting; copy and paste effects between layers and texture sets; streamlined UV tile workflow; and several new design updates such as Pantone integration.

DC Universe Headline News

The DC Universe Expands with All New Animated Shorts Showcase

Short films will star popular DC characters including Kamandi, The Losers, Blue Beetle, and Constantine; ‘Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!’ to be first short released as bonus feature on ‘Justice Society: World War II’ in Spring 2021.

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The Charming, Tiny Hero’s Journey of ‘The Snail and the Whale’

Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon are back with an enchanting stop-motion / CG tale about a most unlikely pair taking a sea-going trip of a lifetime.

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Finding Light in the Darkness - Four Films by the NFB: Altötting, I, Barnabé, 4 North A, and The Great Malaise

The tumult of our current lives will pass - art remains a beacon of hope amidst the chaos, exemplified by four new animated short films from the National Film Board of Canada.

Interactive Shorts Headline News

Disney’s Immersive, Interactive ‘Baymax Dreams’ Short Premieres at Sundance

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3:38pm

Studio’s first interactive episode, part of the festival’s New Frontier Gallery, uses interactive cloud streaming technology to enable seamless interaction and high-end graphics on mobile platforms.

Stop Smoking! Headline News

1stAveMachine Creates Animated Stop-Smoking PSAs for CTCP

Studio’s anti-smoking campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program uses powerful 2D visuals to follow the transitional journey of ‘Jackson,’ a habitual smoker, as he literally emerges from a cloud of smoke.

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WATCH: Baobab Studio’s ‘Namoo’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:48pm

Directed by Erick Oh and inspired by his grandfather, the studio’s new immersive animated film premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival; the narrative poem thoughtfully reflects on the meaningful moments in one man’s life.

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