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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.... »

Nominations for the 48th Annual Annie Awards Have Been Announced

March 3, 2021 | By
Nominations for the 48th Annual Annie Awards Have Been Announced

The nominations for the 48th Annual Annie Awards, held by ASIFA-Hollyood and partially sponsored by the Animation Guild (IATSE Local 839), have been announced, honoring the best in animation for 2020, This year’s Annie Awards will be held virtually on April 16 at 6pm PST, and you can get more information about the ceremony here. The nominations were... »

Animated Short Spotlight: If Anything Happens I Love You Explores Grief in a Beautiful Way

February 2, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: <em>If Anything Happens I Love You</em> Explores Grief in a Beautiful Way

For our next to last Animated Short Spotlight, we’re back at Netflix for If Anything Happens I Love You, an incredibly powerful and moving film by Will McCormack and Michael Govier, possibly the unlikeliest pair of collaborators you’re likely to meet when it comes to the world of animation. Granted, McCormack had worked with... »

Animated Short Spotlight: Taylor Meacham on the Magical World of To: Gerard

January 27, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: Taylor Meacham on the Magical World of <em>To: Gerard</em>

The third in our series of spotlight on some of last year’ Animated Shorts that should be watched before Oscars and Annie Awards nominations is Taylor Meacham’s To: Gerard, a gorgeously emotional wordless film made with DreamWorks Animation that can now be seen for free on the Comcast streamer Peacock. The Gerard of the... »