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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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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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First Woman to Win the Oscar for Visual Effects in the 86-Year-History of the Category

Ex Machina won the Academy Award for visual effects. The award was shared by Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington, and Sara Bennett. Bennettt is a co-founder of Milk VFX, which provided the film’s vfx along with Double Negative, Utopia, and Web FX. She is only the third woman ever nominated in the category, and the first woman to win the Oscar for visual effects in the 86-year-history of the category, which was earlier labelled the special effects category. The…

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Animated Television & CG & Oscars & The Biz & VFX & VFX Labor Issues

VFX Community Planning Protest During Oscars

From Hollywood Reporter:  A small plane with a banner that reads “Box Office + Bankrupt = Visual Effects” is scheduled to fly over the red carpet on Sunday. The visual-effects community is planning a demonstration during Sunday’s Academy Awards to force the film industry to focus on the economic problems threatening Hollywood’s visual-effects houses. Many in that VFX world argue that effects houses are struggling because of a business model that doesn’t work, and they point to Rhythm &…

Animated Shorts & Oscars

10 Animated Shorts Move Ahead in 2011 Oscar® Race

Beverly Hills, CA (December 1, 2011) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:   Every Sunday, it’s the same old routine! The train clatters through the village and almost shakes the pictures off the wall. In the…

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Animated Features & CG & Directors & Oscars & The Biz & VFX

GDT and MTh make a Studio Mirada

Wowsie Wow!   In light of all the studios closing, this is great news! Mirada will house all of the tools that filmmakers need to create entertainment that lives partly on the Web, partly in movie theaters, partly in video games – so-called transmedia – under one roof. “The goal is to create a creative business that fuses together all of those different disciplines,” said Mathew Cullen, a Mirada partner and well-known director of commercials and music videos.  The other two…

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Directors & ILM & News & Oscars & The Biz

George Lucas To Donate More Than Half Of His Wealth To Education

In a letter dated July 16, 2010, Lucas has agreed that he will donate the majority of his wealth (a.k.a. more than 50 percent) to improving our schools through the George Lucas Educational Foundation. In the letter, he cites the importance of technology in the classroom as well as a fear that the “education system as little better than an assembly line with producing diplomas as its only goal.” Read More at Cinema Blend…

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Directors & Funny & Oscars & The Biz & VFX

Piranha 3D Producer Rips James Cameron: ‘Jim, Are You Kidding or What?’

This is just all kinds of awesome.  As an animator who has  worked on their share of campy horror flicks  – FREDDY VS. JASON, HITCHER…etc.   My favorite quote from this rant is   “Let’s just keep this in mind Jim….you did not invent 3D.” This afternoon, a Piranha 3D rep dropped Canton’s nearly 1,400-word reply over the transom at Movieline HQ: “As a producer in the entertainment industry, Jim Cameron’s comments on are very disappointing to me and the team…

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Scott Ross for President

Everyone should listen to this interview… Interview with Scott Ross This is the most articulate, solution oriented conversation I have heard yet on this subject.  If the VFX shops are awarded the money, respect, education, and deserved appreciation Ross proposes a trade organization would provide… I am confident there would be trickle down to the employees.  Ten years ago, these needs (401k, benefits, fair hiring practices) were being met.  Some shops back in the day even had car washing, dry…

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Animated Features & CG & Oscars & The Biz & VFX

“Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique.”

OSCARS: Academy Announces Rule  Changes For Animated Film & Visual Effects …in the Animated Feature Film category, a sentence regarding motion capture was added to clarify the definition of an animated film. The language now reads: “An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of greater than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant…

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Animators & Directors & Disney & News & Oscars & Pixar & The Biz

Henry Selick Signs a New Deal to Return to Disney/Pixar

Henry Selick, the director of last year’s critical hit “Coraline,” has agreed to a new long-standing deal with Disney/Pixar to both write and direct stop-motion films. The father of stop-motion films is finally making his long-awaited return to Disney. Review St. Louis reports that Henry Selick, the director of last year’s critical hit Coraline, has agreed to a new long-standing deal with Disney/Pixar to both write and direct stop-motion films for the Mouse House.  Furthermore, the new agreement gives the…

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The Secret of kells

wowsie wow go to the official website for more If Klimt were an animator, I think this is what his work would look like. I love that there is an educational angle and the film.The filmmakers provide worksheets on the website for primary and secondary classes! KIDS is proud to release the beautiful new animated film from the producers of Triplets of Belleville, now an Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature! The film opens March 5 at the IFC…