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We Can’t Wait Dept. Headline News

Everything We Know About ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2

Series creator Jon Favreau breaks down the show’s new format, hinting it could be the ‘Star Wars’ equivalent of ‘Game of Thrones’ when it premieres October 30th on Disney+.

People Headline News

ILM VFX Legend Dennis Muren to Present and Do Live QnA at VIEW 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 9:11am

The 9-time Oscar-winner will discuss his career, unique artistic vision, and answer conference attendee questions at the 21st edition of the annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

TV Animation Headline News

Live-Action/Animated Hybrid ‘Woke’ Premieres on Hulu

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:25pm

Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, new series uses talking animated objects to illustrate the sudden awareness of racism by a newly ‘woke’ Black cartoonist.  

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.

Dept. of I Can’t Wait Headline News

Official ‘Dune’ Trailer Breathes New Life into Sci-Fi Classic

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 11:58am

‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve takes the helm of the latest big-screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi bestseller, and it looks dark, brooding and utterly inviting.

Technology Headline News

Digital Domain Introduces Masquerade 2.0 Facial Capture System

Next generation of company’s in-house technology allows complex facial motions to be added to every moment of gameplay 10x faster; powerful enough for feature films, but accessible enough for game development.

Get Out and Vote! Headline News

WIA Issues Call to Vote, Support for Voting Rights in New Open Letter

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 9:15am

Women in Animation president Marge Dean reflects on hard fought efforts to win voting rights for the disenfranchised, urging everyone spend the next 60 days preparing to vote as well as supporting the voting rights of others; organization posts downloadable Voting Resource Guide highlighting how you can help make everyone’s voice heard.

Business Headline News

Santiago-Based Believe Signs with BLAH! blah? (Blah…)

Move by Latin American animation studio, along with recent Saarinen & Pico and Sharon & Perry representation signings, boosts its presence in US commercial market.

#BoycottMulan Headline News

Controversy Grows As ‘Mulan’ is Released on Disney+

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 12:59pm

Criticism continues to mount in response to the film’s end credits ‘special thanks’ to Xinjiang government organizations reportedly involved in refuting Western claims of massive forced incarceration and human rights abuses of over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

Prepare to Die Mr. Bond! Headline News

Mr. Bond Returning to Theaters November 2020

MGM drops the second action-packed trailer for their next highly anticipated iconic spy thriller franchise installment, ‘No Time To Die,’ though time will tell if, and when, its theatrical release is possible.

The Caped Pathogen Strikes Again! Headline News

‘The Batman’ Production Halted as Pattinson Contracts COVID-19

The novel Coronavirus strikes again on the set of the Warner Bros. and DC tentpole, as the UK production shut down for a second time after announcement that lead star Robert Pattinson has contracted the virus.

2D Ice Cream Headline News

Animated Soft-Serve Meets Metaphysical Thriller in ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’

Oscar-nominated animation producer Rosa Tran teamed with Oscar-winning director Charlie Kaufman to create a 1930’s style 2D animated ice-cream commercial as the pièce de résistance in his new film, dropping today on Netflix.

More Zombies! Business Headline News

Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Expands with Prequel Film and Anime Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 11:39am

Netflix reveals plans for both new projects, being penned by Shay Hatten, based on characters from the upcoming action adventure feature set to premiere on the streaming giant in 2021.

VFX Headline News

LOOK: One of Us’ VFX Breakdown Reel for Matteo Garrone's ‘Pinocchio’

The Soho visual effects studio’s digital work added to the richness and beauty of the make-believe world inspired by original 19th century illustrations of Carlo Collodi’s famous story.

People Headline News

Osnat Shurer to Present Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ at VIEW 2020

The Oscar-nominated ‘Moana’ producer will discuss Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada’s upcoming animated feature at the 21st edition of annual conference, being held October 18-23, online and on-site in Torino, Italy.

virtual production Headline News

Pinewood Atlanta Studios to Offer a First-of-its-Kind Virtual LED Stage

Studio joins forces with MBSi, Fuse, and SGPS/ShowRig to offer plug-and-play filmmaking technology site for content creators looking for world-class studio facilities.

Education Headline News

VFS Enables Remote Student Learning with Help from Nvidia

School provides students with NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 powered workstations that allowed them to continue using production-level technology in their remote studies.

Technology Headline News

Sony Pictures Animation and RISE CoE Partnering on Pre-Production Innovation R&D

The studio behind Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ is teaming with Cyprus-based CG research center to explore new front-end animation production technology using machine learning and advanced 3D.

Technology Headline News

Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Jon Favreau’s ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ VR Experience Coming September 23

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 10:45am

20-minute partial build of highly anticipated immersive project debuts today as part of the Venice VR Expanded lineup for the Venice Film Festival.

Sci-Fi Xtravaganza! Headline News

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Develop ‘The Three-Body Problem’ at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:50am

Chinese author Liu Cixin’s Hugo Award-winning trilogy about humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization will be adapted into live-action series.

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