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Animated Short Spotlight: The Powerful Message Within Cops and Robbers

January 22, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: The Powerful Message Within <em>Cops and Robbers</em>

This is the second installment of Below the Line’s look at some of the animated shorts in play for this year’s animation and Academy Awards, the second short being Netflix’s Cops and Robbers, co-directed by Arnon Manor and Timothy Ware-Hill, produced by Lawrence Bender and exec. produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. It’s based on... »

Animated Short Spotlight: Frank E. Abney III on Canvas and Soul

January 18, 2021 | By
Animated Short Spotlight: Frank E. Abney III on <em>Canvas</em> and <em>Soul</em>

With the Oscars drawing ever closer – despite being later than ever – we’re going to try to cover a lot of the artisans and crafts in the mix. One thing we haven’t been covering nearly as much in recent months is animation, so in order to rectify that, this will begin our series... »

The Myriad Animation Styles Within Wolfwalkers

January 8, 2021 | By
The Myriad Animation Styles Within <em>Wolfwalkers</em>

Wolfwalkers is the latest animated film from Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The animated movie follows Robyn (voiced by: Honor Kneafsey) as she and her father are charged to eliminate the last wolf pack in Ireland. An unexpected encounter with a wild girl Mebh (voiced by: Eva Whittaker) that changes into a wolf... »

The Filmmakers Behind DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods: A New Age

November 25, 2020 | By
The Filmmakers Behind DreamWorks Animation’s <em>The Croods: A New Age</em>

Things have been relatively quiet for DreamWorks Animation (DWA) in recent years, as it adapted to its post-Jeffrey Katzenberg status under new owner Universal Pictures. Last year, it released the conclusion of its popular trilogy, How to Train Your Dragon: The New World, which became a decent global hit, though its follow-up Abominable –... »

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,... »