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Disney & News

A List Of Animated Features Currently In Development From Cartoon Brew

The list is not entirely accurate, but seems to be the only one of it’s kind out there. Alcon Entertainment Darkmouth (more) In development – cg feature Directors: David Pimentel, Doug Sweetland Writer: Lloyd Taylor Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove (Alcon), Simon Brooks (Canyon Creek Films), Kira Davis (8:38 Productions), Craig Peck Amazon Studios Emily the Strange (more) In development – cg feature Creator: Rob Reger Columbia/Sony Pictures Untitled Sony Pictures Animation Film In development – cg feature (Sony Pictures…

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Animated Features & CG & Jorge Gutierrez & News & Warner Brothers

Jorge Gutierrez on board to develop LEGO spinoff The Billion Brick Race Read

Read More here… Warner Bros. has tapped “The Book of Life” director Jorge Gutierrez to develop the “Billion Brick Race” project in a studio off-shoot from its Lego franchise. “Billion Brick Race,” which has not yet been greenlit by the studio, was previously in development with Jason Segel and Drew Pearce. Producers are Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Roy Lee. Chris McKay and Jill Wilfert of Lego are executive producing.…

Anim Talk & Contest & News & Stop Mo

Stop-motion shorts and TV specials may be submitted for the first edition of ANIMARKT pitching that will take place in Lodz (Poland) in October 2017. Pitching competition will be accompanied by pitching training sessions, panel discussions, presentations, workshops and individual face-to-face meetings.   The pitching is a part of ANIMARKT – the first in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) event of a kind, focusing on stop motion / puppet animation. Its second edition will be held in Lodz (Poland) from 2nd to…

News

Patrick Osborne’s ‘Nimona’ Set for 2020 Release

From AWN: Animated feature adaptation of the Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel by ‘Lumberjanes’ creator Noelle Stevenson is currently in production at Blue Sky Studios for 20th Century Fox. Nimona is a fantasy comic set in a medieval future where knights go to night clubs riding hoverboards and carrying swords. The graphic novel follows a young shape-shifter who teams up with a disgraced knight in order to reclaim his honor and overthrow a corrupt regime. Published in 2012, Stevenson wrote…

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News & VR

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Award-Winning Oculus Story Studio

Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon. The studio’s 50 staffers are encouraged to apply for new jobs within Oculus, but all ongoing projects of the studio are being canceled. “We’ve been looking at the best way to allocate our resources to create an impact on the ecosystem,” said Oculus VP of Content Jason Rubin in a blog post. “After careful consideration, we’ve decided…

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Anim Talk & Animal Logic & Disney & 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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Disney & Jorge Gutierrez & 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 & Disney & 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…