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Psyop Drops Clip from New 2D Short ‘Christopher at Sea’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 10:06am

Directed by Tom C J Brown and set to premiere in competition at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, the film is a queer operatic thriller set to the emotive music of Schubert’s 1823 ‘Die schöne Müllerin’ alongside contemporary music by Casey Spooner, Walt Disco, and the film’s composers Brian McOmber and Judith Berkson.

Education Headline News

The Center for Learning Unlimited Announces 2nd Animation Training Graduating Class

6 neurodiverse students completed the 3-year animation career training program that included Autodesk Maya CGI software artist certification and credits on the short film ‘The Cursed Sketchbook’ and 2021 CLU short ‘What to Do With Your Tabloid News.’

In-Passing Headline News

Paul Coker Jr., Designer of Iconic Rankin/Bass Characters, Dies at 93

The artist, who began his career as an illustrator for ‘Mad Magazine,’ cemented his legacy by creating the heroes and villains of many stop-motion holiday classics.

Head into the Cloud at SIGGRAPH 2022 Headline News

AWS Showcases Content Production in the Cloud at SIGGRAPH 2022

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 1, 2022 at 8:00am

A fireside chat with ‘Love, Death + Robots’ creator Tim Miller and talks with Wētā Digital / Unity, Animal Logic, Framestore and other top studios about the latest in cloud-enabled content workflows and products highlight Amazon Web Services’ conference plans this coming August 8-11.

Festivals Headline News

HollyShorts Film Festival Unveils Schedule and Line-Up

The Oscar-qualifying event returns August 11-20 with programs featuring both adult and family-friendly animation; films to screen at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres include ‘New Moon’ by Emmy nominee Colman Domingo, ‘Five Cents’ by Aaron Hughes, and Cannes Selection 2022 ‘Scale’ by Joseph Pierce.

Music Videos Headline News

Gorillaz Sport a New Stylized 3D Look in ‘Cracker Island’ Music Video

Following the band’s journey to California, Nexus Studios helps 2D, Murdoc, Noodle, and Russel embrace a whole new design as they take viewers on a live-action/animated, late-night, City of Angels tour.

Digital Art Headline News

FC Barcelona Launches Animated ‘In a Way, Immortal’ NFT – Auction Set for July 29

Crafted by BCN Visuals, the 40-second animation recreates Johan Cruyff’s legendary 1973 goal against the Atlético Madrid goalkeeper; the digital artwork will be sold via live auction at Sotheby, NY.

Business Headline News

Frederator Studios Developing Corgi Duo ‘Hammy and Olivia’ Hybrid Series

Launched on Tik Tok during the COVID shutdown, the social media darlings / adorable canine team are making the big showbiz leap with a new live-action/animated show.

Cartoons for All; Comic-Con Headline News

HBO Max and Cartoon Network Unveil Slew of First Looks at Comic-Con 2022

‘Looney Tunes Cartoons,’ ‘Batwheels,’ ‘Teen Titans Go!’ and ‘Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai’ were just some of the shows teased at celebrity and creative talent-filled panels this weekend.

News from Comic-Con Headline News

Disney+ Reveals Upcoming Marvel Animation Line-Up at Comic-Con 2022

Streamer drops ‘I Am Groot’ trailer to tease shorts series launching next month; Season 2 of ‘What If…?’ returns in early 2023 with new Marvel series ‘X-MEN ’97’ coming later in 2023, followed by ‘Spider-Man: Freshman Year’ in 2024.

Education Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Undergrad 2D Animation Pathway

New course, which complements the existing 3D animation program, will feed the growing demand for studio-ready talent; applications are being accepted for 2023 and beyond.

Animation Festivals Headline News

Festival Stop Motion Montreal Reveals Official Poster

The 14th edition returns in-person this September as a weekend gathering and celebration at Concordia University featuring workshops, exhibitions, and almost 10 hours of film content.

Honoring the VES’ Best Headline News

Visual Effects Society Reveals 2022 Special Honorees

Pam Hogarth is honored with the Founders Award and Lifetime VES Member designation, while Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter receives an Honorary VES Membership; a celebration of the honorees will take place at a special event in October.

Competitive Festivals Headline News

Fantoche 2022 Reveals Competitive Program Selections

The event’s 20th edition takes place September 6-11 and will feature 8 competitive programs in International, Swiss and Kids animated film categories, plus 26 selected in three panorama screenings.

Competitive Festivals Headline News

The 21st Edition of Animafest Cyprus Reveals Official Selections

41 films from 21 countries will participate in this year’s international competition, with 19 professional and student films participating in the national competition; the festival and festivities return to the village of Salamiou August 10-13.

Slingin Webs Before Nap Time Headline News

‘Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends’ Season 2 Coming Next Month

Disney Branded Television has announced the simulcast debut of the new season on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, along with a Season 3 renewal; 10 animated shorts precede the series release on multiple Disney platforms, introducing new friends and baddies to our superhero trio.

Great Shorts Coming to Ottawa Headline News

OIAF 2022 Reveals Official Animated Shorts Competition Selections

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 12:00pm

51 shorts to compete in student, narrative, non-narrative, and commissioned categories; the upcoming festival runs September 21-25.

Awards Headline News

Hiroshima Animation Season Coming August 17-21

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival gets new August run, reveals inaugural ‘Golden Carpster’ Award honorees for contributions to animation in Pan-Pacific and Asian regions, and shares The World Competition: Category Award winners.

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Honoring a Pioneer’s Memory: The Max Fleischer Cartoons Restoration Project

Max’s granddaughter Jane Fleischer and Rockin Pins CEO Mauricio Alvarado are heading to San Diego ComicCon to share their efforts at tracking down and restoring famous Fleischer Studios cartoons, starring characters like Betty Boop, Superman and Popeye, to bring them to the screen before they are lost forever.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 169: Gobelins’ Student Lava Hijzelaar's Process to Pencil & Paper Animation

The Dutch animator/student discusses the skillset learned from hand-drawn animation, her animation process from start to finish, and how she went about getting into the famous Paris-based school.

Wascally Wabbit! Headline News

Exclusive: MeTV Shares ‘Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Bash Week’ Promo

‘Toon in With Me’ celebrates 82 years of America’s favorite Wascally Wabbit, running July 25-29 with cartoons, stories, and insights on everything Bugs; check out July 24 ‘Collector’s Call’ profiling Looney Tunes and Bugs Bunny collector Laurence Sheinman.

People Headline News

Andreas Hykade to Step Down at Filmakademie’s Animationsinstitut

After an 8-year stint as director, the professor and filmmaker will take on a new teaching role, Head of Animation Directing, at the institute, beginning in the upcoming academic school year.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 168: ‘Cantastoria’ - How 11 Students Created a StopMo Film Remotely During the Pandemic

Animators Stephen Belford, Anna Harestad, Heather Little, and Tawny Therrien discuss the challenges they overcame creating a stop-motion animated film during the pandemic while working remotely.

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