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Nominations Announced for 93rd Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:26am

‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ receive Best Animated Feature nominations; ‘Burrow,’ ‘Genius Loci,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Opera,’ and ‘Yes-People are nominated for Best Animated Short.

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Russia-Based SMF Studio Inks Deal with Vietnam-based FPT Telecom

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1:42pm

The Russian production company is expanding its geographical audience with the sale of five original new animated series for broadcast via the Telecom company’s IPTV and OTT services in Vietnam.

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Disney+ Releases ‘Assembled: The Making of WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:59am

The one-hour special goes deep behind-the-scenes to see the Marvel show’s groundbreaking recreations of classic sitcoms and use of early TV filmmaking methods.

Real-time workflows Headline News

Don’t Miss Halon’s ‘Virtual Backlot: Filmmaking Evolved’ WonderCon Panel

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:03am

Set for March 27, the leading visualization studio will share a more complete view of how virtual production and cutting-edge real-time workflows are being used to produce films and episodic series.

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Netflix Teases ‘RESIDENT EVIL: Infinite Darkness’ Original Anime Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 8:26am

Streamer casts leads and drops storyline and teaser art; coming later this year, the new CG project will be produced by Capcom, TMS Entertainment, and Quebico.

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WATCH: Trailer for ‘The Spine of Night’ Animated Fantasy Horror Feature

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:51pm

Years in the making, Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s hand-rotoscoped film is set in a fantasy land ripe with magic and intrigue, where a dark force is unleashed sending mankind into an age of ruin; film stars Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, and Richard Grant, and has its world premiere March 18 at SXSW.

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Be Careful Who You Pray To: Screen Gems Drops ‘The Unholy’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:14pm

Sam Raimi produces, Evan Spiliotopoulos writes and directs, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars in a supernatural horror thriller about a young deaf girl who's visited by the Virgin Mary... or something much more sinister; film hits theatres this Good Friday, April 2.

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Zach Parrish Talks Disney's ‘Us Again’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 2:53pm

For the director of the studio’s vibrant and lively new 7-minute film, now playing theatrically in front of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon,’ yearning for what you had in the past can prevent you from enjoying what you have in the present.

Business Headline News

Mary J. Blige, Jake Johnson, and Jonathan Groff Join ‘Lost Ollie’ Cast

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:50am

Shannon Tindle and Peter Ramsey’s live-action / animation hybrid limited series also adds Tim Blake Nelson, Gina Rodriguez, and Kesler Talbot; production underway, with CG characters created by ILM, on the story of a lost toy on an epic adventure.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 2021 BAFTA Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:10am

‘Onward,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ get nods in the Animated Film category; ‘Greyhound,’ ‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘Mulan,’ ‘The One and Only Ivan,’ and ‘Tenet’ nominated for Special Visual Effects.

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‘Moana’ Director John Musker Talks Story with the ‘Kapaemahu’ Team

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:54pm

Watch Disney’s legendary Oscar-nominated director as he and the Oscar-shortlisted film’s producers discuss bringing Pacific stories alive through animation. 

Business Headline News

Netflix Shares Anime Series ‘Yasuke’ First Look Images and Release Date

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:07pm

LaSean Thomas directs and LaKeith Stanfield stars in reimagined story of the first African samurai; animation being produced by ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’ production studio MAPPA.

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Sony Pictures Animation Reveals ‘K-POP: Demon Hunters’ Animated Musical

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 1:58pm

Development on the feature has begun with Maggie Kang and Chris Appelhans directing alongside Oscar-winning ‘Shrek’ producer Aron Warner.

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Producers Guild Announces 2021 Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 11:45am

‘The Croods: A New Age,’ ‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘Soul’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ to contend in animated movie category; ‘Bridgerton,’ ‘Mank,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ among top producer award nominees.

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The Rookie Awards Launches 2021 Global Competition

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:14am

11th annual contest is now open for entries; all amateur creatives in film, animation, games, virtual reality, motion graphics, and 3d visualization are welcome to submit their work. 

Awards Headline News

‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Take Home Critics Choice Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:17am

Warner Bros.’ reverse-action sci-fi thriller and Pixar’s look at a Black jazz musician’s reflection on his own life and what makes it worth living were honored by the Critics Choice Association at their 26th annual ceremony.

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Linetest’s ‘Less Noise, More Life’ Short Confronts Arctic Ocean Noise Pollution

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 5:05pm

In support of World Whale Day, Vancouver studio mixes stylized, illustrative, line-based 2D and 3D animation to depict how bowhead whales are being threatened by man-made underwater noise.

TV VFX Headline News

Vine FX is the Perfect Match for AMC’s ‘Soulmates’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 4:15pm

After expanding their existing remote production capabilities in the face of COVID-19, the Cambridge-based VFX studio delivers 500 shots on the futuristic sci-fi anthology series.

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