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Escape Studios Now Houdini Certified

School gains SideFX’s official recognition for excellence in teaching; students now get exclusive access to webinars, presentations, and real-time feedback sessions for their portfolios.

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Battery and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Cook Up ‘Meet Seoul Sausage’

Spot is part of ‘An Idea for L.A’ initiative that provides marketing makeovers for local LA businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic; Seoul Sausage and Rhythms of the Village are chosen to receive pro-bono services.

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Aardman Academy Launches ‘Industry Training: Stop Motion 1’

12-week virtual program taught by Aardman professionals will provide world-class education for aspiring animation professionals.

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Award-Winning Blue Zoo Animation Studio Turns 20

Founded in 2000 by Tom Box, Oli Hyatt, and Adam Shaw, the animation studio is now 300+ strong; Hyatt was instrumental in helping create Animation UK in 2008, a collective that incentivizes and bolsters the fast-growing UK animation industry.

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New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Raoul Marks – Listen Now

‘Creating Emmy Winning Titles for ‘True Detective,’ ‘Westworld’ & ‘The Crown’ episode features the Emmy Award-winning 3D motion designer discussing topics including transitioning from graphic design to motion design; working remotely; pipeline and equipment; and reflecting on the future.

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Titmouse Adds 2 Senior Hires to Vancouver Studio

Kramer Hoehn and Jody Jessop join Emmy Award-winning animation studio as head of production, Titmouse Canada, and the studio’s first recruiter, respectively; Jen Ray returns to LA as a director of series production.

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Jellyfish Pictures Promotes Matthew Bristowe and Sarah Tanner

Newly named managing director and director of operations, respectively, bolster company’s leadership during period of rapid global growth; new head of infrastructure, Martin Weaver and HR manager, Eva Kilikitas, will support the directors in their new roles.

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Scanline VFX Adds Veterans Derek Spears and Nicolas Aithadi

Long-time VFX supervisors join studio’s Los Angeles and Vancouver offices, respectively; company bolsters team to deliver upcoming projects including ‘Eternals;’ ‘The Suicide Squad;’ ‘The Batman;’ ‘Lisey’s Story;’ ‘Fengshen Trilogy;’ ‘The Jade Earring;’ and ‘The Nevers.’

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Rising Sun Pictures and UniSA Create Hands-On VFX Training Program

South Australia’s booming movie industry has created a demand for skilled VFX artists; RSP and University partner to train and provide home-grown talent to bolster burgeoning industry.

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Black N’ Animated and WIA Announce Free Storyboarding Class Nov 7

In collaboration with independent animation studios Oddbot, Powerhouse, Renegade, Six Point Harness and Titmouse, the two organizations are hosting an all-day virtual class headlined by award-winning director Matt Danner’s ‘Storyboarding 101;’ other lectures include ‘Storyboarding for Action’ and ‘Storyboarding for Adult Comedy.’

Jobs Headline News

New Brunswick Community College Signs MOU With Toon Boom Animation

Addressing a shortage of skilled workers in the animation field, agreement will help promote education and career paths for students that will ultimately expand the talent pool and strengthen the growing industry.

Virtual Events Headline News

CTN - LIVE ‘Revive and Thrive,’ a Virtual Event November 16-22 – Register Now

Free online event offers an immersive week-long retreat for artists to reboot, recharge and reset, featuring talks, demos, scholarships, and interactive experiences.

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Lord, Miller, and Ramsey to Mentor The Sony Talent League by THU Challenge Winners

Oscar-winning filmmakers Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Peter Ramsey have joined the panel of mentors for THU’s new challenge to discover the next generation of creative minds in digital entertainment; submission deadline is October 19.

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Ringling College of Art and Design Designated a Houdini Certified School

The Motion Design Department’s trained students qualify for fully featured EDU licenses of Houdini FX for home use and a one-year Core or six-month FX license upon graduation.

Virtual Panels Headline News

The Animation Guild to Host Careers Panel at OIAF 2020

‘Animation through the Ages’ will examine career longevity, challenges, and keys to success with industry veterans offering insights from their own career journeys and experiences.

Awards Headline News

Women in Animation Name WIA Class of 2020 Showcase Best Short Film Winners

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 4:34pm

‘Ciervo,’ ‘La Vida de una Piñata,’ and ‘Meow or Never’ take top honors, selected from a pool of 409 graduate and undergraduate films from 121 schools.

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ILM Expands Virtual Production Services, Global Trainee Program

StageCraft expansion plans include additional LED volume installations in LA, London and Australia, along with new Jedi Academy program aimed at underrepresented VFX talent.

Business Headline News

twofour54 Abu Dhabi and Unity Creating Gaming ‘Centre of Excellence’

10-year partnership will build regional gaming hub for industry offering a training and entrepreneurial platform for cultivating talent and launching new careers throughout Middle East and Africa.

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.

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2020 ANIMARKT Stop-Motion Forum Pitching Finalists Announced

The annual stop-motion event, being held October 6-10, will feature workshops, masterclasses, and panel discussions.

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WarnerMedia Purge Continues with Major DC Comics and DC Universe Layoffs

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:27am

Iconic comic book company hit with massive layoffs, including editor-in-chief; streaming service effectively dead as majority of staff let go.

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