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Anim Talk & Animal Logic & Imagine Entertainment & News & The Biz

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment is getting into the booming, competitive animation business

From the LA Times by Ryan Faughnder Hollywood producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are stepping into the animated film business in hopes of taking advantage of the booming — and increasingly competitive — market for family movies. Grazer and Howard’s production company Imagine Entertainment has teamed with Australian animation firm Animal Logic to develop, produce and finance six movies during the next five years, they said. Financial terms were not disclosed. Animal Logic, based in Sydney with offices in Vancouver and…

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Animated Commercials & Animated Features & CG & Inspiration & News & Traditional

Punch TV Studios Launches Punch Animation

Hollywood, CA-based Punch TV Studios announced that it is rebranding and relaunching the Urban Television Network as a new animation division that will focus on the development of animated television series and movies for syndication. Punch Animation has tapped renowned animators Floyd Norman (co-writer of the forward to my Thinking Animation book) and Leo Sullivan as president of creative development and chief operating officer, respectively. Norman (aged 81) worked with Walt Disney himself on such films as Sleeping Beauty (1959), 101…

Inspiration & News & Oscars & Stop Mo

My Life as a Zucchini – OSCAR NOMINEE TRAILER

My Life as a Zucchini follows a young boy called Zucchini. After his mother’s sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought…

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CG & News & Previz

Chris Edwards in Beijing – Part 1: Previs and Virtual Production in China

One of the nicest guys I ever worked with in CG and respectful of the artists who work for him. Read the whole article here at AWN. THE THIRD FLOOR founder talks about cutting edge production techniques and technology in a new global frontier. By Chris Colman | Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 1:01pm Chris Edwards has been pushing the envelope in film production techniques for more than a decade. Since he co-founded THE THIRD FLOOR in 2004, the company…

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Anim Talk & News & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

Animation Workers Reach $100 Million Settlement With Disney in Wage-Fixing Suit

Animation workers have reached a $100 million settlement with the Walt Disney Company, Pixar, and Lucasfilm in a class action lawsuit claiming that the defendants violated antitrust laws by conspiring to set animation wages via non-poaching agreements. Disney and its companies were the last remaining defendants in the litigation. Earlier this month, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $50 million settlement with DreamWorks Animation, following previous settlements of $13 million with Sony Imageworks and $5.95 million with Blue Sky.…

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Festivals & News

Film Festivals: Call for Entries

Film Festival Deadline Date New Media Film Festival April 25, 2017 (Final) Sun Valley Film Festival January 13, 2017 ShortShorts January 31, 2017 (Late) Collective International Film Festival January 31, 2017 Short Circuit January 31, 2017 (Late) The European Independent Film Festival January 22, 2017 (Late) Animafest – Free Entry February 1, 2017 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival February 3, 2017 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase March 3, 2017 Stories From The Line April 14, 2017 College of Adaptive Arts Film Festival – Free Entry…

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News & Sony Imageworks & The Biz

Katzenberg Possible Replacement for Michael Lynton at Sony Entertainment

17via The Wrap Michael Lynton dropped a late Friday bomb on Hollywood in the form of his resignation as CEO of Sony Entertainment and Corporate Executive Officer of Japan’s Sony Corporation. After 13 years at the top of the Culver City, California lot overseeing both Sony’s motion picture and music businesses, Lynton announced he would be concentrating full time on his position as Snapchat’s board chairman in six months time. While the coming days will shed light on why Lynton departed,…

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News & VES Awards & VFX

15th Annual VES Award Nominees

Via Jeff Heusser,  FX Guide, January 10, 2017 Nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards were announced today by the Visual Effects Society. Nominating panels were held in the San Francisco Bay Area, London, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Sydney, Vancouver and Los Angeles. On-Line Viewing & Voting (Members Only) will commence January 21st, followed by the Awards to be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Congratulations to all the Nominees: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Doctor…

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Animated Features & News & Oscars

27 Animated Features Submitted For the 2016 Oscar’s

A record 27 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are: “The Angry Birds Movie” “April and the Extraordinary World” “Bilal” “Finding Dory” “Ice Age: Collision Course” “Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV” “Kubo and the Two Strings” “Kung Fu Panda 3” “The Little Prince” “Long Way North” “Miss Hokusai” “Moana” “Monkey King: Hero Is Back” “Mune” “Mustafa & the Magician” “My Life as a…

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News & Overseas Production & The Biz

Framestore agrees £150m Chinese deal

Framestore, which worked on Superman Returns, has agreed a takeover by Cultural Investment Holdings, Sky News learns. Read more here… By Mark Kleinman, City Editor An Oscar-winning British visual effects company, which has worked on a string of Hollywood blockbusters, has agreed a takeover by a Chinese conglomerate that values it at nearly £150m. Sky News understands that Framestore, whose film credits include Gravity and Superman Returns, is close to completing a deal with Cultural Investment Holdings Co, a Shanghai-listed…

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Freelancers & ILM & Jobs & News & Resources & The Biz

The ILM Perspective: Careers, Recruiting, and Industry Advice

Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Thursday, August 4th, at 7:30 pm for an evening with Industrial Light & Magic at the Gnomon Stage. Generalist, Sonja “Sony” Christoph and Hard Surface Modeler, Joseph “Jay” Machado will reveal their career path stories while sharing the skills and activities that led to their landing and building successful roles at ILM in San Francisco. Recruiters, Lori Beck and Jennifer Coronado, will share the history and background of ILM, from San…

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Anim Talk & News & Pixar & The Biz

Pixar Developing Four New Original Movies

Finding Dory just came out and Cars 3, the Incredibles II and Toy Story 4 are in the horizon. After the superhero sequel comes out in 2019 the next four Pixar movies will be originals, according to Pixar President Jim Morris. And that means since Disney’s acquisition of Pixar in 2006 there will have been 14 original movies and 7 sequels by the time these four come out, thus fulfilling the promise Catmull made years ago.   read more here……

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Contest & Events & Festivals & News & Screenings

Call for Submissions: Yule Log 2016

Now in it’s 4th year, Yule Log 2.0 is a collection of short films created by various artists that are bringing the Yule Log tradition into the digital age. It’s an opportunity to showcase your work alongside some of the most talented artists in the world. It’s also a chance to make a difference. We’re raising funds to support Camp Interactive in the Bronx, NY. It’s a place where kids can learn to code (and canoe). Last Year’s (2015) Submissions…

News & Women In Animation

Women in Animation – 50/50 by 2025

Women in Animation – 50/50 by 2025 Founded over twenty years ago and relaunched in 2013, Women In Animation(WIA) is working to build a supportive, empowering ecosystem for women in the animation industry. WIA exists to give women the resources, opportunities, confidence and experience to fill the creative leadership roles within the industry that so often go to their male counterparts, hoping to bring about a major change in the landscape of creative leadership.…

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Anim Talk & Disney & News & The Biz & Video Games

Disney Shutting Infinity Game Unit, Cutting 300 Jobs

Disney said Tuesday it is shutting down its Disney Infinity line of video games, saying the changing market is too risky. The company booked a $147 million charge, mostly for unsold inventory. It also laid off about 300 employees, most of them based in Salt Lake City at Avalanche Software, a game studio Disney bought in 2005. CEO Bob Iger told analysts the risks “caught up with us.” Although the unit did well — bringing its interactive division into profitability…

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News

New Website – 2016

A scary word press update forced me to create a whole new approach to the website.  Please let me know about any errors, typos or fixes of any kind.  Also, if there was a functionality before that you liked better, or even if you like the new site!!! I am happy to hear it all!…