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Hero4Hire Creative Taps Abby Duel as Associate Creative Director

October 20, 2021 | By
Hero4Hire Creative Taps Abby Duel as Associate Creative Director

Emmy-nominated studio Hero4Hire Creative has tapped Abby Duel as Associate Creative Director. The multitalented artist specializes in 2D animation. Her diverse skill set is perfect for H4H’s wide-spanning clientele. She is proficient in Adobe Animate and Toon Boom and has worked on projects with studios all across North America including Titmouse, MAKE Visual, Copernicus,... »

Hero4Hire Appoints Jordan Beck as Head of Development

September 13, 2021 | By
Hero4Hire Appoints Jordan Beck as Head of Development

Emmy-nominated studio Hero4Hire Creative has tapped Jordan Beck as Head of Development. The film and animation maven will oversee the launch of original IP and creative projects from the Massachusetts-based shop. An award-winning filmmaker, performer, and creative executive with 15 years in the entertainment industry, Beck applies his lauded production and start-up business development... »

Space Jam: A New Legacy Co-Animation Director Devin Crane on Animating the Hybrid Film

August 4, 2021 | By
<em>Space Jam: A New Legacy</em> Co-Animation Director Devin Crane on Animating the Hybrid Film

From Warner Brothers and director Malcolm D. Lee comes Space Jam: A New Legacy, the highly anticipated follow up to the 1996 smash hit Space Jam, starring Michael Jordan. In the sequel, NBA superstar LeBron James is conflicted with his youngest son Dom James (Cedric Joe) for his passion for video games over basketball.... »

Animation Showcase: Kevin Nolting Talks about Pixar Short 22 vs. the Earth

April 27, 2021 | By
Animation Showcase: Kevin Nolting Talks about Pixar Short <em>22 vs. the Earth</em>

These days, it’s pretty difficult for anyone to get anything out to the general public in secret, because there are so many people involved in every aspect of production that something eventually leaks. That’s not the case with 22 vs. The Earth, a Pixar Animation short that ties into and acts as a pseudo-prequel... »

Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview and Predictions – Part 2

April 20, 2021 | By
Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview and Predictions – Part 2

Hopefully, you’ve already read Part 1, which includes most of the below-the-line crafts, but now, we’ll get to some of the other categories we haven’t covered yet, which are mostly above the line but also includes a few odds and ends that we just didn’t get to. The short film categories tend to be... »

Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview Part 1

April 19, 2021 | By
Below the Line’s 93rd Academy Awards Preview Part 1

The 93rd Academy Awards are now less than a week away, taking place on Sunday, April 25. Depending on when you’re reading this, your Oscar ballot may have already been turned in before the April 20 deadline. Or maybe you’re not an Academy member quite yet but, as a member of the film (or... »

Soul and Wolfwalkers Split 48th Annual Annie Awards for Feature Animation

April 16, 2021 | By
<em>Soul</em> and <em>Wolfwalkers</em> Split 48th Annual Annie Awards for Feature Animation

The 48th Annual Annie Awards, held by ASIFA-Hollyood and partially sponsored by the Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839) to honor the best in animation for 2020, were announced via a virtual ceremony on Friday, April 16, beginning at 6pm PST. Disney-Pixar‘s Soul and Cartoon Saloon/Apple Original Films/GKIDS‘ Wolfwalkers led the nominations with ten apiece, but the Annie winners were handed out after almost two... »

93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Animated Feature Film

April 14, 2021 | By
93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Animated Feature Film

Every year, Walt Disney Studios dominates the Academy Awards in the category of Animated Feature Film. The company is expected to produce high-quality animation time and time again due to their extensive track record. Disney consistently elevates the world of animated filmmaking with fresh ideas and emotionally-driven storytelling. As Disney continues to create magic,... »

Mindshow Raises $10 Million Funding, Makes Sharon Bordas Its New President

April 9, 2021 | By
Mindshow Raises $10 Million Funding, Makes Sharon Bordas Its New President

CG animation production company Mindshow has raised an additional $10M in funding and has announced Sharon Bordas as its new President along with other new executive hires. SWaN & Legend Venture Partners leads the list of investors contributing to Mindshow’s investment in the company’s proprietary CG animation technology that merges cutting edge video game technology, visual effects and machine... »

Animation Spotlight: Aron Fromm Re-Animates Stan Lee for Sessions with Stan

March 9, 2021 | By
Animation Spotlight: Aron Fromm Re-Animates Stan Lee for <em>Sessions with Stan</em>

Here at Below the Line, we’re always looking to shine the spotlight on bright new talent, so when we were told about Aron Fromm’s animated short, Sessions with Stan, which literally takes a recording of the late Stan Lee and animates it quite vibrantly using 2D animation, we knew that we should speak with Fromm.... »