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The Forward-Looking, Retro Visual Style of ‘What If…?’

Head of Visual Development and Character Design Ryan Meinerding talks about early twentieth-century influences for the character designs in Marvel Studios’ acclaimed new animated series, now playing on Disney+.

Animated Music Videos Headline News

Fleet Foxes’ ‘Featherweight’ Music Video Takes Flight

Director Sean Pecknold used hand-crafted stop-motion animation and a multiplane camera to capture a young hawk’s struggle to fly with a broken wing; short premiered September 21 at a GRAMMY Museum retrospective featuring band frontman Robin Pecknold.

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Nailing the Unique, Stylized Animation of ‘What If…?’

Animation Supervisor Stephan Franck talks about how the production’s creative ‘toys’ were all employed to mix 2D and 3D effects, backgrounds and characters into a visual style never seen before in Marvel Studios’ groundbreaking animated series, now playing on Disney+.

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Paul Lasaine Talks the Not So 3D World of ‘What If…?’

The production designer on Marvel Studios’ and Disney+’s first-ever animated series discusses the difficult, tireless work his ‘five-headed Hydra’ team performs poring over every detail of the stylized, mostly 2D show’s environments, lighting, color, and cinematography.

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New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Creative Director Jon Gorman

Veteran Buck NY designer shares advice for mid-level creatives, including early career building; pitching, briefing & idea development; moodboards, storyboards, style frames & concept art; and reflection on the future.

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ILM is Up to its Void in Alligators with ‘Loki’ VFX

By Trevor Hogg | Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 10:35am

The visual effects giant delivered 500 shots on Marvel Studios and Disney+’s latest MCU episodic adventure, creating the pyroclastic-like trans-temporal monster, Alioth, along with Alligator Loki and the cloudy, ambiguous world where everything pruned by the TVA is deposited.

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LightBox Expo Online to Host 3rd Annual Concept Art Awards

The virtual event celebrates visual arts with a focus on animation, illustration, and concept art; this year LBXO expands to six days, running September 7-12.

Paying Homage to Sci-Fi and Disco! ANIMATIONWorld

The Retro-Futuristic Cyberpunk of Purple Disco Machine’s ‘Playbox’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 9:53am

London-based Juppi Juppsen and Mathias Lemaitre Sgard’s new animated short pays vibrant homage to classic sci-fi and disco with a story about a space superhero, his female droid, and their search for an ancient artifact holding the essence of music.

The Whispers of Scoundrels and Swindlers ANIMATIONWorld

Look Behind-the-Scenes of Riot Games’ ‘Rise of the Underworlds’ Cinematic Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 11:29am

To support the expansion’s June 30 release, the game studio provided AWN with exclusive access to sequences and strategies from the new short film, the third in their anthology-like set of ‘Legends of Runeterra’ stories.

Developing New African Storytellers Headline News

Call For Entries: Triggerfish and Netflix Launch Pan-African Story Artist Lab

One of several recent initiatives to help develop the African animation industry, the program is open to African citizens; shortlisted applicants will have three months of paid skills development – submission deadline is July 23.

Good v Evil! VFXWorld

Creating the Post-Apocalyptic World of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:08pm

Overall VFX supervisor Jake Braver, with the help of ILM VFX supervisor Laurent Hugueniot, delivers 2,800 VFX shots depicting a world decimated by plague and a city ruled by supernatural evil, in the 9-part series from CBS Television Studios now streaming on Paramount+.

Second-Rate Adventurers Are Coming! Headline News

Critical Role Drops ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ Character Art First Look

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 9:54am

New installment of behind-the-scenes ‘The Legend of the Legend of Vox Machina’ reveals a slew of Phil Bourassa’s character designs on the studio’s upcoming Amazon Original animated series about a group of second-rate adventurers on a quest to save the realm.

Working to Reduce Gun Violence ANIMATIONWorld

‘Blossom’ Depicts Young Girl’s Struggle to Cope with Gun Violence

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:39pm

Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ production house Lion Forge Animation teams with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund on poignant animated short in support of the 7th annual Wear Orange campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

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WATCH: Pixomondo’s ‘Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Breakdown Reel and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 8:53am

Led by VFX supervisor Phil Jones and VFX producer Matthew Pellar from their Toronto facility, the studio shifted into warp speed during the pandemic to deliver 570 shots for the hit Paramount+ sci-fi drama.

In Space No One Hears You Render Headline News

Milk VFX Goes ‘Intergalactic’ for Sky

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 3:51pm

Visual effects studio delivers 850 shots across eight episodes of the sci-fi prison break drama, spanning complex planet and city environments, a spaceship crash, hyperspace travel, creatures, and character enhancements.

Fun in the Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Dialing In the Stylized Italian Riviera Waters of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:38am

Effects supervisor Jon Reisch drew on his experience as a guitarist to develop ocean wave simulation controls, much like sliders on an equalizer, to hit director Enrico Casarosa’s mark for an expressive, lyrical Japanese woodblock look, in the studio’s upcoming animated feature.

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Creating a More Human Kong in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Weta Digital animates key emotional sequences that capture the battling primate’s older, wiser, and more humanoid side; studio also delivers 13 hero environments including Hollow Earth and a military base in Antarctica.

A Sweater-Wearing Chicken! ANIMATIONWorld

Designing the Colorful and Wacky Worlds of ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’

Art director Sierra Lewis built on creator Tony Hale and director Eric Fogel’s vision to design a fantastical, sweater-wearing chicken’s world that felt sophisticated, textured, and cinematic.

Production Design ANIMATIONWorld

The Sharp, Edgy Designs of ‘Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts’

For art director Angela Sung and director Bridget Underwood, blending ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ and classic Japanese anime gave the DreamWorks Animation series a bold look and feel unique to Western TV.

A Kaleidoscope of VFX! VFXWorld

Framestore Helps ‘WandaVision’ Find its Wonderful Hue

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4:13pm

VFX supervisor John Kilshaw’s NY team produced the color blossom transformation from initial black and white format, as well as various magic effects and photoreal CG characters like a stork and kaleidoscope of butterflies, on the hit Marvel Studios and Disney+ series.

Bewitching Visual Effects! VFXWorld

MR. X Provides Bewitching VFX on Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:22pm

Led by VFX supervisor Ralph Maiers, the studio helped ‘energize’ the magical battle between Agnes/Agatha and her coven of witches in the final episode of the hit Disney+ series.

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