This coming Wednesday, October 10, the first issue of DC Comics' three-issue mini-series, CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK, co-created by Scott Shaw! and Roy Thomas, hits stands. CAPTAIN CARROT AND THE FINAL ARK has been written by Bill Morrison, drawn by Scott Shaw!, inked by Al Gordon, colored by Tom Luth, lettered by Ken Lopez and edited by Joey Cavalieri.
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In honor of its 25th anniversary, Ridley Scott will be offering up BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT, first launching theatrically Oct. 5 in L.A. and New York and then debuting Dec. 18 on DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD. Scott has gone back into post-production to create the long-awaited, definitive version of this post-apocalyptic, dystopian vision of L.A., digitally restored and remastered from original elements and scanned at 4K resolution.
As Janet Hetherington discovers, the groundbreaking videogame franchise, Final Fantasy, is far from final -- and there's a party going on, too.
At NAB in Las Vegas, Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the industry's leading video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors.
Apple today (April 15, 2007) introduced Final Cut Server, a new server application that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post-production and broadcast professionals. A scalable server application that supports workgroups of any size, Final Cut Server includes a cross-platform client that enables content browsing, review and approval from within a studio or over the Internet. Final Cut Server automatically catalogs large collections of assets and enables searching across multiple volumes via an intuitive user interface.
The 13th Slamdance Film Festival will be held January 18-27, 2007 in Park City Utah. Our focus is on first time filmmakers. The festival has separate juried awards for animation, documentary, experimental, narrative, and short films. Slamdance can exhibit mini-Dv, DV-cam, Digi-Beta, and 35mm. The early entry fee for a short is $25, $45 for the final deadline. Features are $40 if submitted early, $60 thereafter.Early Deadline: August 28th. Final Deadline: October 10th ShortsOctober 16th FeaturesVisit www.slamdance.com to fill out an application.
The Gnomon Workshop offers four exceptional talents to its library of educational DVDs. Wendy Froud, an acclaimed artist who has worked on such films as LABYRINTH and THE DARK CRYSTAL, shares her techniques for sculpting a faery doll. David Krentz, a multitalented creature designer, discusses dinosaur anatomy and sketching. J.P. Targete, an award-winning book cover illustrator, demonstrates his entire process of developing a digital painting. Stephen Platt, a comicbook artist and concept designer, explains the art of comicbook penciling.
Square Enix Inc. has released FINAL FANTASY XII, the latest entry in the timeless franchise that has sold more than 68 million units worldwide, which is now available in retail outlets in the U.S.
Developed exclusively for the PlayStation2, FINAL FANTASY XII has already sold more than 2.4 million units in Japan since its release on March 16, 2006, and has won numerous Game of the Month awards from the industry's top publications in America and is one of the highest-reviewed games of the year.
Square Enix Inc. announced today (Aug. 23, 2006) that FINAL FANTASY III for the Nintendo DS will ship to retailers on Nov. 14, 2006. Incorporating the latest in portable gaming technology. FINAL FANTASY III features graphics that have been reworked and remodeled in full 3D, providing a brand new experience while maintaining the mythical FINAL FANTASY look and feel.
AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced support for Apple's new Mac Pro line of Intel-based professional desktop computers.
Warner Home Video has retained long-term rights to Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER, reports VARIETY, paving the way for a new FINAL CUT in 2007 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the influential sci-fi thriller based on Philip K. Dick's novel. A limited theatrical release of the FINAL CUT will be followed by a collector's edition DVD containing all four versions of the Harrison Ford-starrer (including theatrical version, director's cut and international version).
Sony Pictures Home Ent. released FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN on DVD and UMD, April 25, 2006. With direction and character designs from Tetsuya Nomura, the creator of the FINAL FANTASY VII, VIII & X games, this 100-minute feature includes the voices of Steve Burton (THE LAST CASTLE, TAKEN), Rachel Leigh Cook (JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS) and Mena Suvari (AMERICAN BEAUTY). The two-disc Special Edition will sell for $26.96.
Apple is now shipping the first Universal version of its Final Cut Studio video production suite that delivers up to 2.5x the performance when running on a MacBook Pro notebook computer. Final Cut Studio features state-of-the-art tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5, including Soundtrack Pro, a new audio editing and sound design application that makes video projects sound as good as they look; Motion 2, the first realtime motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4 for professional DVD authoring.
Final Cut Pro users will learn firsthand how the FileMaker Pro 8 (www.filemaker.com) helps manage business and creative processes at the upcoming Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group (LAFCPUG) Meeting. The LAFCPUG will meet at 6:45 pm, at the Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Ramy Katrib, ceo/founder of West Hollywood-based DigitalFilm Tree (www.digitalfilmtree.com), will demonstrate how applications like Final Cut Pro, FileMaker Pro 8 and related technologies help run his firm's creative process and manage its business.
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON recently bowed on DVD (Paramount Home Ent, $129.98), capping off the phenomenal sci-fi franchise. The final and undeniably best season (with terrific vfx from Eden FX and others) ties this prequel premise closer to the original series including the formation of The Federation and offers several nostalgic nods along the way, leading to the controversial segue to THE NEXT GENERATION in the final episode, These Are the Voyages
Square Enix Inc. announced that FINAL FANTASY XI: THE VANA'DIEL COLLECTION is now on sale. The special gold foil All-In-One packaging includes the RISE OF THE ZILART and CHAINS OF PROMATHIA expansion packs as well as TETRA MASTER, the wildly popular and addictive mini-game, on one DVD. FINAL FANTASY XI: THE VANA'DIEL COLLECTION will provide the easiest installation ever of the first cross-platform, cross-continent massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
Boris FX will acquire Final Effects Complete from Optibase. Boris FX will acquire all associated trademarks, including Studio Effects, Next Effects and Ice FX. The products will continue to be offered with Boris FX providing maintenance, support and future development.
Apple chose NAB 2005 in Las Vegas on April 17, 2005,to unveil its Final Cut Studio, the ultimate HD video production suite that features Final Cut Pro 5, a major upgrade to the Emmy award-winning editing software for DV, SD, HD and film.
Final Drafts 6th Annual Big Break! International Screenwriting Contest World Wide WebJune 15, 2005Deadline: June 15, 2005
New Line Cinema has secured the directing serves of James Wong for FINAL DESTINATION 3, reports PRODUCTION WEEKLY. Wong helmed the original film, which he co-wrote with Glen Morgan and Jeffrey Reddick. Based on a script by Wong and Morgan, the third installment follows high school students Wendy Christensen and Kevin Fischer as they try and stop Death from killing off the survivors of a roller coaster accident. FINAL DESTINATION 2 was directed by David R. Ellis and written by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress.
Nintendo has resurrected the original two Square Enix FINAL FANTASY installments and adds bonus content. FINAL FANTASY I & II: DAWN OF SOULS, which launched for Game Boy Advance SP, lets players revisit familiar sagas before throwing new challenges at them. Both games are contained on one game pak.
Its official: The four-disc THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING SPECIAL EXTENDED DVD EDITION (New Line Home Ent., $39.99) will hit stores on Dec. 14. As expected, it will contain more than 50 minutes of new footage, including a cameo by director Peter Jackson being quelled by an arrant arrow, and 300 new vfx shots (for a 250-minute running time). A five-disc collectors gift set, featuring a 52-minute film composing doc, will sell for $79.99.
Square Enix Inc. announced that CHAINS OF PROMATHIA, the expansion to the award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game FINAL FANTASY XI, has shipped to retailers. With a combined community in Japan and North America of more than 500,000 players, and the recent Sept. 17 launch for regions in Europe, FINAL FANTASY XI brings gamers together from around the world in this ever-expanding adventure.
Square Enix Co., Ltd. has announced that it will screen a special preview edition of the upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN at the 61st Venice International Film Festival, September 1-11 in Venice, Italy. The film is a direct-to-DVD CG-animated sequel to FINAL FANTASY VII, one of the best-selling PlayStation videogames of all time. FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN will be shown as part of "Venezia Digitale," the new digital image category of the festival. Since the product is still in development, a special preview will be screened at the festival.
In a unique move showing the increased fan following for videogame stories, Square Enix has announced that it will release a DVD sequel to its 1997 hit game, FINAL FANTASY VII, reports VARIETY. The CGI animated feature, FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN, will continue the story of the game, which sold more than 9 million units worldwide. No release date has been set. The first move into film for this popular gaming franchise was the 2001 photoreal feature FINAL FANTASY, which was a disaster at the box office.