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Virtual SCAD AnimationFest 2020 Coming September 25-26

The acclaimed two-day event, being held online for the first time, will feature exclusive screenings, panels, and presentations from top talent like ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ creator Mike McMahan and ‘Undone’ co-creators Raphael Bob-Waksberg & Kate Purdy.

Technology Headline News

Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

SVOD Headline News

Bite-Sized 3D ‘Angry Birds Bubble Trouble’ Series Released on Amazon FreeTime Unlimited

South American studio collective Los Amigos produces first season of 1-minute episodes featuring the young Angry Birds flock - Red, Bomb, Chuck, Stella and Silver – inspired by the ‘Angry Birds Dream Blast’ mobile game.

People Headline News

Six Point Harness Names Musa Brooker Creative Director

With a distinguished career in both stop-motion and 2D animation, the veteran USC professor of animation and digital arts continues to provide indispensable artistic leadership for the animation studio.

Virtual Events Headline News

Pixelatl 2020 Goes Online September 1-5

Event has announced an ambitious program to promote Mexican and Latin American creative industries; featured activities include a focus on recruitment, women in animation, and business networking meetings.

Virtual Event Headline News

AWS Hosts Free Digital Content Creation Webcasts August 26-27

Series will illustrate how creative studios, teams, and freelancers can leverage the cloud to enable remote setups, scale production pipelines, and empower artists.

Festival Headline News

4th Annual SCAD AnimaFest Going Virtual

Two-day event running September 25-26 promises innovative and insightful content with screenings, presentations, panels and industry guests.

Awards Headline News

Disney Channel’s ‘Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure’ Wins Three Daytime Emmys

‘Elena of Avalor,’ and ‘Disney Mickey Mouse’ bring home multiple awards at the virtual 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Children’s, Lifestyle & Animation.

VFX for TV Headline News

WATCH: Rodeo FX Releases VFX Breakdown Reel for ‘Tales from the Loop’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:16pm

Led by Robert Bock, the studio delivered over 700 shots, including four robots, a mechanical arm, and numerous environmental elements, on the Amazon Prime Video neo-futurist semi-anthology.

People Headline News

Gaumont Consolidates U.S. Operation, Names Nicolas Atlan President

As part of reorganization, multiple executives are promoted, including Terry Kalagian to EVP, creative content, where she will oversee creatives across U.S. business.

Home Entertainment Headline News

WATCH: ‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’ Trailer

Newest DC Universe Movies entry will be released August 23 on Digital, and September 8 on 4K HD, Blu-ray and DVD combo pack, from Warner Home Entertainment.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Released Today

Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure now available worldwide on VOD; watch Natasha Bedingfield perform end title song ‘Together in This.’  

Business Headline News

Cinesite Bolsters Management Team with Three New Hires

Melissa Taylor, Siobhan Bentley and Tamara Boutcher will oversee feature animation and VFX services in London and Montreal studios.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: The Vision Behind ‘Jungle Beat: The Movie’ Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:06am

Premiering June 15 as one of Annecy 2020’s 10 feature films in competition, Brent Dawes and Sandcastle Studios’ charming new animated family adventure will be released worldwide on VOD June 26. 

Awards Headline News

The Telly Awards Announce 2020 Winners

‘Bonfire,’ Baobab Studios’ interactive VR experience voiced by comedian Ali Wong, and ‘A Voice is All You Need” are among animation standouts at this year’s awards. 

Covid-19 Headline News

KEPYR Announces ‘Kindred Spirits 2020’ UNICEF Fundraiser

Running May 20 – June 20, in support of UNICEF’s COVID-19 emergency and relief campaign, organization seeks to raise $50,000 in donations from the international children’s entertainment industry.

TV VFX VFXWorld

FuseFX Gives Us the ‘Upload’ on Amazon’s New Sci-Fi Comedy Series

Production VFX supervisor Marshall Krasser walks through some of the 1,400 visual effects shots his team produced on Greg Daniel’s new Amazon Original series just released May 1. 

public service announcements Headline News

Jennifer Garner and Warren Buffett Voice COVID-19 Prevention PSAs for Kids

First three of seven animated spots released, using ‘Llama Llama,’ ‘Secret Millionaires Club,’ and other Genius Brands International properties to help kids learn safe hygiene.

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