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Stage 03 VFX Releases Online VFX101 Class Sampler

Featuring 6 hours of curated training material covering VFX filmmaking, Compositing, Modeling, and After Effects Animation, the VFX Sampler is a superb introduction to the global education program’s comprehensive, degreed, and accredited visual effects instruction.

Things That Go Bump in the Night VFXWorld

The Grotesque Beauty of ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’

VFX Supervisor Dennis Berardi dishes on the show’s signature production of ghouls, critters, an octopus, a blob monster, a six-foot long queen rat, and a lady made out of beauty lotion – 2,000 visual effects shots all totaled - in the horror anthology series now streaming on Netflix.

I’d Like to Report a Dead Body ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: Sequence 2 – My New York Times Part 2

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman concludes her 2-part story – complete with dead body - on her introduction to 'commercial' animation, when she snagged her first job, at Jack Zander’s Animation Parlour in NYC, while still managing to graduate Cal Arts, in the third of an ongoing series of articles - and eventual blog - she’s penning for AWN.

Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

NVIDIA Reveals New Omniverse AI Tools for 3D Artists

As part of tech giant’s CES Special Address, company announced Blender enhancements that include Omniverse Launcher and Audio2Face, Audio2Gesture, and Audio2Emotion — generative AI tools that enable instant 3D character animation.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master ANIMATIONWorld

Adapting Character Creator and iClone’s Procedural Tools for Virtual Productions

Piera Varda explains how he and his team at Peru-based La Escena Virtual designed and produced their ambitious animated short, ‘The Within,’ after upgrading their workflow to integrate new real-time tools that enabled much greater creative control and artistic freedom.

Who Did This? ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: Sequence 2 – My New York Times Part 1

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares her introduction to 'commercial' animation, when she snagged her first job, at Jack Zander’s Animation Parlour in NYC, while still managing to graduate Cal Arts, in the second of an ongoing series of articles - and eventual blog - she’s penning for AWN.

Education Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Undergrad Tech Programs

Students will be taught technical skills needed for in-demand jobs to meet the industry’s growing demand in virtual reality, interactive entertainment, and virtual production environments; applications now open for Fall 2023.

Honoring the Best in Kids and Family TV Animation Headline News

NATAS ‘Individual Achievement in Animation’ Winners Announced

Netflix’s ‘Kid Cosmic’ designers Chris Tsirgiotis and Craig McCracken honored along with five other artists for their work in a single episode or special; reveal comes ahead of the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards ceremonies scheduled for this weekend.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master ANIMATIONWorld

How Studios Create 90s-Style Cartoons with Cartoon Animator 5

In a quest to make new breakthroughs in 2D animation, the Director of Studio Ghibletz, Nathan Smith, shares his workflow for simulating classic hand-drawn animation in Cartoon Animator 5.

And the Rest is History! ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: Sequence 1 – What Am I Doing Here?

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares her ‘would you believe it?’ path to the inaugural class of CalArts’ Character Animation Program back in September 1975, in the first of an ongoing series of articles – and eventual blog - she’s penning for AWN.

2023 VES Awards Headline News

Call for Submissions: 21st Annual VES Awards

The submission deadline is November 30; you have less than one month left to submit work for consideration.

Business Headline News

Hero4Hire Creative Unveils Rebrand

The motion design and animation studio gets a new look with logo and website redo; rooted in children’s television, the company has expanded into tech, pharmaceutical, education, sports, food & drink, gaming, and entertainment industries.

Supporting the Animation Community Headline News

Applications Open: WIA Scholarship Program 2023

Program ups the bounty for prospective recipients with new industry supporters, including Animation Focus, Animation Mentor, ArtStation, Autodesk, Foundry, and LAIKA, contributing workshops, tutoring sessions, software packages, hardware, and cash prizes for the 2023 cycle.

Language Learning with Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Duolingo: The Vital Role of Animated Characters in Language Learning

Longtime PBS Kids and Cartoon Network executive Linda Simensky brings her expertise in developing character-driven storytelling to the award-winning app that offers courses in more than 40 languages to more than 500 million registered users.

2023 VES Awards Headline News

VES Updates Awards Rules and Procedures

In response to a changing industry, the committee has revised R&Ps, updating category definitions; important date announcements include the November 30 closing of entries and February 15, 2023, 21st Annual VES Awards Presentation.

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Method Studios Now Formally Working Under Framestore Banner

The final integration phase of the November 2020 purchase is underway, with the Melbourne-based team set to finish its tech pipeline migration as of January 2023; Method’s Canadian film and episodic teams have already made the move - overall company production capacity has increased by 40%.

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TeamTo’s ÉCAS Animation School Launches New Dubbing Course

The studio’s free Ecole Cartoucherie Animation Solidaire partners with Frog Box and Titrafilm on a new course to create a more diversified pool of dubbing actors - addressing underrepresentation in the sector - to meet current and anticipated demands.

Live Talks Headline News

Next PreVIEW Set: Evolving Creature and Character Animation in ‘Horizon Forbidden West’

Guerilla Games’ studio director Jan-Bart van Beek shares a look at the creative process behind the popular role-playing game; join the VIEW Conference and VFX Festival’s free May 30 in-person event at the OGR in Turin.

Learn to Draw the Disney Way! ANIMATIONWorld

Disney Artists Share Their Stories and Creative Secrets in ‘Sketchbook’

In the new six-part series premiering today on Disney+, artists who’ve helped bring some of Disney’s most iconic animated characters to the screen, such as the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ and Young Simba in ‘The Lion King,’ offer an in-depth look at how the ‘magic is drawn one line at a time.’

Learn to Draw the Disney Way! Headline News

‘Aladdin’ Animator Eric Goldberg Says Disney Plans Return to 2D Features

The famed artist is one of six subjects in the upcoming documentary series ‘Sketchbook,’ which champions the process of hand-drawn character art in animation.

WOW! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Why R Humans?’ Robots Perplexed by Humanity’s Mysteries

The two-person animation team of Ron Hill and Jeff Maccubbin’s apocalyptic, self-proclaimed ‘Next Stoner Cult-Classic’ animated comedy features sentient machines who are left to piece together 21st century human existence after humankind has bit the dust; all-new episode coming April 6 on WOW Plus.

TV VFX VFXWorld

Ingenuity Studios Delivers More Than Anxiety with ‘Dollface’ VFX

Visual effects house produces 494 shots across 10 episodes on Season 2 of the Hulu comedy, helping to visualize Kat Dennings’ wild imagination and insecurities, a Disney 2D animated fairy tale parody, and of course… the Cat Lady.

Machines Rule! ANIMATIONWorld

Who Knew the Robot Apocalypse Would Be Such a Crowd Pleaser?

As Sony Pictures Animation’s ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ continues its seemingly inexorable march toward the Oscars, director and co-writer Mike Rianda reflects on what it all means.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 153: 3D Character Animator Ayoub Moulakhnif on Building His Career in Morocco

The 3D character artist and teacher shares tips on training as an animator in Morocco, his journey from student to teacher and 3 strategies for increasing artistic self-discipline.

Learn to Draw the Disney Way! Headline News

Disney+ ‘Sketchbook’ Series A One-Of-A-Kind Animation Drawing Experience

The 6-part original goes behind-the-scenes with studio artists who share their stories while teaching viewers how to draw iconic Disney characters; episodes hit the streamer April 27.

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