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Festival Headline News

21 Top Film Festivals Co-Curate Online We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Free 10-day digital festival, featuring 100 films, including DreamWorks shorts and Annecy animation selections, begins May 29 on YouTube.  

AR Headline News

Wallace & Gromit Join the AR World with ‘The Big Fix Up’

Augmented reality experience from Aardman and Fictioneers consortium introduces their innovative new storytelling technology platform, using Unity tools, backed by UK government funding.

TV Animation ANIMATIONWorld

How Proof’s Fully Animated Previs Helped Save the ‘The Blacklist’ Season Finale

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:57pm

With production shutdown due to COVID-19, the hit NBC series finished its final Season 7 episode by integrating 20+ minutes of toon-shaded animation with live-action.

TV Animation Headline News

‘The Loud House & The Casagrandes Hangin’ At Home’ Virtual Animated Special Airs May 23

Using Adobe Character Animator and voice actors recording from home, Nickelodeon creates animated half-hour special hosted by Lincoln and Ronnie Anne; ‘The Loud House SmartyPants Challenge trivia competition follows beginning May 25.

Technology Headline News

Arch Platform Technologies Launches Powerful Cloud-Based VFX Platform

New technology helps entertainment industry scale without constraints, benefiting from solution’s highly secure and scalable infrastructure.

VFX Festival Virtual Series Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Virtual VFX Festival Series

Annual celebration of visual effects moves online for ongoing series of sessions running up until 2021 edition planned in London next February.

Technology Headline News

Dell Launches New Portfolio of Innovative and Sustainable Commercial Workstations

New devices announced across the Latitude, Precision and OptiPlex PC lines with 5G support, plus AI-based productivity, thermal, and security enhancements.

Animated TV Series ANIMATIONWorld

Even a Pandemic Can’t Stop Politics from Being Funny on ‘Tooning Out the News’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 18, 2020 at 3:59pm

Quickly retooling their production in the face of COVID-19, executive producers R.J. Fried and Tim Luecke continue bringing us a sorely needed daily animated dose of hilarious political satire.  

Animation Festival Headline News

Animayo 2020: Virtual Event Continues May 16-17

Sign-ups still open for upcoming masterclasses, featuring both Spanish and international industry experts; registration deadline is Friday, May 15.

SIGGRAPH Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2020 Announces Technical Research Papers Selections

163 projects from 24 countries have been chosen, representing innovative, cutting-edge research across a wide range of computer graphics fields.

Call for Papers Headline News

Submit Your Technical Papers to SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 by May 21

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 15, 2020 at 9:28am

Deadline is only one week away; conference wants your research papers that introduce new and innovative ideas in a wide range of computer graphics fields.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Eric Demeusy’s Indie Sci-Fi Thriller ‘PROXIMITY’ Launching May 15 on VOD

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 4:16pm

The Emmy Award-winning VFX artist leverages his animation and visual effects experience to craft a suspenseful film about a young NASA scientist obsessed with proving he was abducted by aliens. 

Technology Headline News

Unity’s ‘The Heretic’ Digital Human Character Package Now Available

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:19am

Digital Human character and technology stack used in company’s short film project now available as a free download.

markets Headline News

Annecy 2020 Announces Online Mifa Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 9:25am

Running June 15-30, the digital market and business conference will feature an extensive mix of pitch sessions, meetings, press conferences, and access to the latest animated projects. 

Technology Headline News

First Look: Unreal Engine 5 Moving Towards High-End Photorealism

Slated for release in 2021, Epic Game’s next generation game engine looks to achieve photorealism on par with movie CG.

animated short films ANIMATIONWorld

Fresh Takes: New ‘Quarantoon’ Series ‘Gnat & Tina’ Episode 1

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 4:17pm

Brandon Martin and Eric J. Trujillo’s 100% quarantine-produced 2D animated short, about two bored houseflies looking to experience the world, is the first of a bi-weekly animated series. 

Business Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Celebrates 25th Anniversary

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 11, 2020 at 12:19pm

Adelaide, South Australia-based VFX production house today marks 25 years creating visual effects for some of Hollywood’s biggest films.  

TV VFX VFXWorld

FuseFX Gives Us the ‘Upload’ on Amazon’s New Sci-Fi Comedy Series

Production VFX supervisor Marshall Krasser walks through some of the 1,400 visual effects shots his team produced on Greg Daniel’s new Amazon Original series just released May 1. 

Animation Festivals Headline News

15th International Summit Animayo Virtual Edition Coming May 15 -17

Oscar qualifying Spanish animation festival embarks on virtual journey, offering free masterclasses with an international line-up of artists and creators.

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