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Doc Spotlight: An Exclusive Clip from Alex Winter’s Zappa

November 23, 2020 | By
Doc Spotlight: An Exclusive Clip from Alex Winter’s <em>Zappa</em>

People all over the world might be familiar with the late Frank Zappa‘s more renowned novelty songs like Valley Girl and Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow, though how many people are aware of Zappa’s forays into orchestral music, or the fact that he started out as a young filmmaker even before working in his first recording studio? The new... »

Submissions Now Open for ACE Eddie Awards

November 2, 2020 | By
Submissions Now Open for ACE Eddie Awards

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has announced that it’s now accepting submissions in all categories for the 72nd annual ACE Eddie Awards, which will be held on April 18, 2021. Submissions for all categories, including the brand-new “Best Edited Animated Series (Non Theatrical),” should fit within the appropriate eligibility guidelines where films are eligible from January... »

Composer Steven Price on Making Music for Over the Moon

October 21, 2020 | By
Composer Steven Price on Making Music for <em>Over the Moon</em>

A young girl sets off on a magical adventure in Over the Moon, an animated musical streaming on Netflix starting October 23. Directed by Academy Award-winning animator Glen Keane, the movie takes its inspiration from Chinese tales about Chang’e, an immortal moon goddess. “It’s like the Chinese version of Father Christmas,” according to Steven... »

The Academy Announces 2020 Student Academy Award Winners

September 15, 2020 | By
The Academy Announces 2020 Student Academy Award Winners

While colleges across the country are having difficulties reopening in the middle of a pandemic, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked the 18 student winners for the 47th Student Academy Awards competition. This year’s winners were picked from a total of 1,474 entries, 207 domestic and 121 from colleges and universities overseas.... »

PNYA Announces “Post Break” Web Series on the Future of Animation

August 25, 2020 | By
PNYA Announces “Post Break” Web Series on the Future of Animation

Today, Post New York Alliance (PNYA) announced its next free session in its “Post Break” webinar series. “The Business of Animation: Past, Present and Future” will take place this Thursday, August 27, at 4pm. Scheduled to appear are James Belfer of Cartuna in Brooklyn and Mary Nittolo of the STUDIO NYC, who will discuss how their companies have gotten through the... »

Pixar Storyboard Artist Enrico Casarosa Directing Debut Animated Feature, Luca

July 30, 2020 | By
Pixar Storyboard Artist Enrico Casarosa Directing Debut Animated Feature, <em>Luca</em>

Pixar Animation Studios has established a reputation for hiring and promoting from within the company, earning it a great deal of loyalty from its technical staff. Today, Pixar announced that long-time storyboard artist, Enrico Casarosa, is directing the coming-of-age adventure, Luca, as the studio’s summer 2021 release. Casarosa previously wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated 2011 animated short, La Luna,... »

Ziva VFX Academic Licenses Are Now Free

April 9, 2020 | By
Ziva VFX Academic Licenses Are Now Free

Yesterday, Ziva Dynamics announced that Ziva VFX, one of the world’s most advanced character simulation software, is now free for students and educators. The same tools used on Game of Thrones, Hellboy and John Wick 3 are now available for non-commercial projects, offering students the chance to learn physics-based character creation before they graduate.... »

Annie Awards 2020: Exclusive with Director of Klaus

February 9, 2020 | By
Annie Awards 2020: Exclusive with Director of <em>Klaus</em>

“You try to make an honest movie,” said Sergio Pablos, director of Netflix’ first animated feature film Klaus, just after the film racked up seven Annie Awards—including Best Animated Film—at UCLA’s Royce Hall in the 47th such ceremony. “You pick a truth that you believe in.” For Pablos, who also wrote the story and... »

Where Hollywood Meets Anime

July 8, 2019 | By
Where Hollywood Meets Anime

Project Anime is an industry event hosted by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) to serve as a bridge between Japan and the U.S. Project Anime took place at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on July 2-3, 2019 and is held prior to the annual jam-packed convention, Anime Expo.... »

Ed Catmull Speaks about Pixar

June 22, 2019 | By
Ed Catmull Speaks about Pixar

After beginning his career as director of the Computer Graphics Lab in Long Island at the New York Institute of Technology in 1975, Ed Catmull became vice-president of northern California-based Lucasfilm’s fledgling computer division in 1979. By the time of Lucasfilm’s sale of the computer division to Steve Jobs in 1986, it was renamed... »