Cinesite, Image Engine Join Forces


Consolidation is one way to stave off VFX competition, as UK-based Cinesite (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Vancouver-based Image Engine (Chappie) announced a merger. The alliance gives the two entities a combined staff of more than 525 artists worldwide, with

Roger Allers Talks The Prophet


Roger Allers chuckled when I suggested that Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is a philosophical Fantasia. It's what he had in mind: an exquisite tapestry of different looks and moods based on the acclaimed book by the Lebanese poet, featuring segments from Tomm Moore

Animation Show of Shows Hits Kickstarter Goal


The Animation Show of Shows achieved its Kickstarter campaign "stretch" goal by raising $107,528. This will allow it to match ASIFA Hollywood's $7,000 grant to restore Hangman (1964), directed by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. Pledges beyond the $107,000 level

Cinesite, Image Engine Join Forces

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Consolidation is one way to stave off VFX competition, as UK-based Cinesite (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Vancouver-based Image Engine (Chappie) announced a merger. Read more

Roger Allers Talks The Prophet

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Crafts, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Roger Allers chuckled when I suggested that Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a philosophical Fantasia. It’s what he had in mind: an exquisite tapestry of different looks and moods based on the acclaimed book by the Lebanese poet, featuring segments from Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase), Bill Plympton (Cheatin’), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), Joann Sfar (The Rabbi’s Cat), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi (“Firebird Suite” in Fantasia 2000), Michal Socha (Chick), and Mohammed Harib (Freej). Read more

Animation Show of Shows Hits Kickstarter Goal

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Shorts, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Animation Show of Shows achieved its Kickstarter campaign ”stretch” goal by raising $107,528. This will allow it to match ASIFA Hollywood’s $7,000 grant to restore Hangman (1964), directed by Les Goldman and Paul Julian. Read more

10 Things You Might Not Know About Inside Out

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Crafts, Movies, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

After 20 years, Pixar is still one of the industry’s biggest success stories, and Inside Out, the biggest original box office opener in history, certainly belongs in the top-tier of the studio’s animated features. Pete Docter explores childhood and emotions and memories and growing up, but from an adult perspective. He even proclaims that it’s not only okay to be sad, but that it’s essential to our maturity and emotional well-being. Read more

Remembering Film Composer James Horner

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James Horner, who died at 61 in a plane crash Monday, was drawn to movies about exploration and imagination, which is why he bonded so creatively with Ron Howard and James Cameron. Read more

Exploring Dragons: Race to Edge on Netflix

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While awaiting How to Train Your Dragon 3 in 2018, there’s a whole new world to explore in DreamWorks Animation’s new Netflix series, Dragons: Race to the Edge (with all 13 episodes premiering Friday and a total of 52 in the works). Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera return to provide the voices of Hiccup and Astrid, along with Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs, and T.J. Miller as Tuffnut. Read more

Summer Previs Powered by The Third Floor

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The LA and London-based boutique worked on Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, and Poltergeist, with Ant-Man and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation on deck. (Ultron image copyright Marvel 2015, Fury Road, San Andreas images copyright Warner Bros., Poltergeist image copyright Twentieth Century Fox; all images courtesy of The Third Floor Inc.) Read more

Marc Forster to Direct Downslope Kubrick Script

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Stanley Kubrick’s unproduced Civil War script, The Downslope, will be produced and directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Quantum of Solace). The project is the first in a trilogy, which Forster will also produce. Read more

David Spaltrow Goes … In the Dark

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Award-winning indie director David Spaltrow (Things I Don’t Understand, …Around) has just completed the horror film, …In the Dark, a new spin on the haunted house trope, a joint production with Seven Oaks Films and Intimation Prods., exec produced by Sital Sal Jain, produced by Jesse R. Tendler, and line produced by Lee Gillentine. Read more

Pixar, DreamWorks Announce OpenSubdiv 3.0

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OpenSubdiv 3.0, the popular subdivision surface library, takes a bold step forward with a near complete rewrite of the library, greatly improving performance and simplifying the API. This joint effort by the Pixar and DreamWorks Animation graphics R&D teams brings improved performance and reduced memory consumption, while continuing to leverage the massive parallelism available on modern GPU and CPU architectures. Read more

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