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Meeting a True Master ANIMATIONWorld

Animated Characters: The Art of Babbitt – Part 1

Animator, director, character designer, teacher, and writer Nancy Beiman shares Part 1 of her extensive, 2-part, 1979 interview with famed animator Art Babbitt, whom she met as a 21-year-old Cal Arts student after visiting Richard Williams’ L.A. studio on a dare.

It’s Unreal Headline News

Gnomon’s Real-Time Short ‘The Voice in the Hollow’ Shows Power of Unreal Engine

The 10-minute animated African horror fable by instructors Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma - known as Half M.T. Studios - employed hand-drawn and cutting-edge 3D techniques, with tools like ZBrush and Maya for characters and Substance Painter for texturing, and was rendered exclusively in the game engine.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’: So Much More Than Just a Sequel

Producer Mark Swift talks about the development of DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster adventure-comedy now in theaters, and why the long-awaited swashbuckling feline’s return is his favorite of all the films he’s worked on.

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.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

Crime and Funishment: A Feline Hero Returns in ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’

Joel Crawford, director of DreamWorks Animation’s latest adventure-comedy, talks about Kurosawa, Sergio Leone, and the making of his new film about the famous whiskered adventurer’s coming to grips with mortality, a brilliant, instant classic, now in theaters.

Kids Are Ready for the Tough Conversations ANIMATIONWorld

‘Karma’s World’: An Invaluable Education in Black Character Animation

Series head writer Halcyon Person shares how Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges’ hit children’s show pushes boundaries and tell stories never told before in animation, representing both the Black experience and Black culture of a true Brooklyn neighborhood; Season 4 now streaming on Netflix.

Meow! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ Returns to its Fairy-Tale Illustration Roots

For Production Designer Nate Wragg, the daredevil feline star and supporting characters of DreamWorks Animation’s new 3DCG comedy adventure, launching today in theaters, sport more exciting, painterly looks that draw heavily from their illustrated origins.

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.

Preschool Fun ANIMATIONWorld

Art Director David T. Chung Talks ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ Season 6

The live-action / animated hybrid preschool series from DreamWorks Animation features flamboyant cats of every shape, color, size, and animation style, all joining Gabby on fun adventures in cleverly designed locations when she jumps into her dollhouse; the new season is now streaming on Netflix.

Anime-zing! Headline News

‘Tsuyokute New Saga’ Fantasy Novels Get Anime Series Adaptation

Masayuki Abe’s book series follows Kyle, set to vanquish the demon king destroying his world, when he is suddenly sent back in time to try and prevent the conflict from every taking place; new show coming to Crunchyroll in 2023.

Move over Jack Skellington! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Wendell & Wild’: Pushing the Boundaries of Stop-Motion Animation

Animation supervisors Jeff Riley and Malcolm Lamont share how director Henry Selick encouraged them to break all the rules on his new film, eschewing CG for in-camera practical effects wherever possible and employing lots and lots of gooey museum gel.

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.

Heaven Help Us! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Little Demon’ Takes a Unique ‘Look’ at Animated Family Sitcoms

Art director Paula Spence and supervising director Jeanette Moreno-King discuss how they re-designed the show’s characters, while moving to a new production studio, to bring more realism and texture to the FXX and Hulu show’s backgrounds, characters, and performances.

It’s Not All Just Luck Headline News

Apple TV+ and Adobe Celebrate Women, Creativity, and ‘Luck’

The tech giant and streamer have launched a 3-part series about the talented women behind the new animated feature, the hurdles they have overcome, and how their journeys enabled them create and claim their own ‘luck.’

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.

Caw Caw! ANIMATIONWorld

Lisa Hanawalt Soars to New Heights with ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Season 3

The creator and executive producer of Adult Swim’s acclaimed animated avian sitcom talks about metaphorical trees, lost ideas, generational feminism, and the making of a hit series uniquely resurrected after its one and done at Netflix.

Careers ANIMATIONWorld

SCAD Alumni Talk Animation Skills, Careers, and Opportunities

Recent graduates Jacey Robinson, John da Fonte, and Julianna Mercado discuss their efforts to secure challenging and enjoyable industry work, how they keep up on new tools and technology, and how their college prepared them for the rigors of professional production.

Expanding Diversity in Gaming ANIMATIONWorld

SCAD GamingFest: Building Shared Story Experiences with Diverse Character Design

At the college’s annual event, dedicated to spotlighting new trends in gaming and digital media design, game designer Seth Smith and Emmy Award-winning art director Lauren Brown discussed their love of video games and desire to foster greater storytelling diversity in their industry.  

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Global Screen Nabs Rights to ‘The Last Whale Singer’ Animated Feature

Created by Telescope Animation using Unreal Engine 5, the film tells the story of a teenage humpback whale who must face his fears and summon a mystical song to save the oceans from a monstrous creature.

Autodesk at FMX 2022 Headline News

Autodesk Announces ‘Virtual Vision Series’ for FMX 2022

Industry leaders join the software giant to provide insights on modern production challenges; sessions include ‘Emerging Trends in M&E: What Students Need to Know,’ ‘Bringing the Characters of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ to Life,’ and ‘Modeling Madness: Experimenting in 3ds Max.’

Virtual Events Headline News

SCAD GamingFest 2022 Returns Online April 28-29

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:15am

Two days of streaming conversations and panels led by industry leaders and SCAD alumni include ‘Industry Insights: The ABCs of NFTs,’ ‘Building the Metaverse,’ ‘Alumni Voices,’ and ‘In Conversation: Inclusive Character Design in Gaming.’

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.

Honest Design of Female Characters ANIMATIONWorld

‘Maya and the Three’: The Power of Representation in Animation Character Design

For creators Jorge Gutiérrez and Sandra Equihua, today’s stories need to resonate with a modern audience, and reinterpreting mythology must include honest design of female characters.

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