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…

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Animated Features & Box Office & CG & The Biz & VFX

Wonder Woman buries The Mummy at the Domestic Box Office

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films‘ Wonder Woman won a second-straight weekend at the domestic box office with an impressive $57.2 million, a drop of just 45% in ticket sales (it’s usually 50 to 60% these days for a film’s second weekend). That’s higher than the second weekends of Man of Steel ($41.3 million), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($51.3 million) and Suicide Squad ($43.5 million), despite all three of those movies having bigger opening weekends. The domestic total now stands at $205 million.…

Animated Features & CG & Comics & Inspiration & The Biz & VFX

‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Glass Ceiling For Female Directors With $97M+ Debut; Earns ‘A’ CinemaScore

Read More Here 5th UPDATE, Saturday writethru after Friday 11:40 PM: After weathering lackluster critical scores and OK fan response with last year’s Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice and Suicide Squad, all is well and correct in the Warner Bros/DC universe as Wonder Woman is both a hit with critics (94% Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences, earning an A CinemaScore on top of her current $97.1 million opening. For the weekend of June 2-4, based on late night Saturday estimates: 1.). Wonder Woman  (WB), 4,165 theaters /…

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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…

Action Analysis & Anim Talk & Animated Television & Behind the Scenes & Cartoony & Geek Stuff & Genndy Tartakovsky & Inspiration & Learning & Limited Anim & Traditional

The Artistry Of ‘Samurai Jack’

If you were watching Cartoon Network in the late ’90s and early 2000s, you probably have Genndy Tartakovsky to thank for some of your favorite cartoons. But one of his cartoons stands above the rest as a visual and animated masterpiece — “Samurai Jack.” With it’s unique drawing style, distinct minimalist feel, and perfectly choreographed action sequences “Samurai Jack” has gone down as a seminal work in cartoon history. Never having received the ending it deserved, “Samurai Jack” is finally…

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Anim Talk & Animated Features & CG & Freelancers & Networking & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz & VFX Labor Issues

A 24-Minute Documentary on The Unsustainable VFX Industry

Hollywood’s Greatest Trick was produced by Sohail Al-Jamea and Ali Rizvi for McClatchy Video Lab, a division of the McClatchy media organization that owns dozens of newspapers around the United States. The reporting for the piece was’ done by Greg Hadley and Elizabeth Koh. It was one of the most controversial cinematic moments of 2016. In the final scene of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” a figure shrouded in a white cloak turns, extends her hand, faces the camera…

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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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Anim Talk & Jobs & Pixar & The Biz & Workflow

Pixar’s Recruiting Team Shares Invaluable Information During Twitter Q&A Session

Via Pixar Post Twitter has become one of the most unique social media tools allowing its user base to have a digital connection to people and companies that they admire the most. On Monday, December 19, the Pixar Recruiting team held a very informative Twitter Q&A session – answering more than 100 questions in just over an hour.  If these types of Q&A sessions sound familiar – you’ll remember that director Andrew Stanton and most recently director Lee Unkrich both…

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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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Anim Talk & DreamWorks & Outsourcing & Overseas Production & The Biz

DreamWorks Animation Faces 170 Additional Layoffs

From AWN: Cuts come as DWA continues to be integrated into NBCUniversal following its acquisition by Comcast, and just two months after the studio eliminated 200 positions at its Glendale campus and in its distribution and consumer products operations. DreamWorks Animation will lay off 170 more employees at its Glendale campus in January, according to a report by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The cuts come as DWA continues to be integrated into NBCUniversal following its acquisition by Comcast earlier…

Anim Talk & Animated Documentary & Behind the Scenes & Brad Bird & CG & Cinematography & Disney & Geek Stuff & Inspiration & Pixar & Storyboarding & The Biz & Traditional

Insight: Brad Bird on Animation

Brad Bird, writer and director of animated films ‘The Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, gives an insight into his writing process, how he directs animation and why many people fundamentally misunderstand the medium. Subtitles available. Find out which animated film that one clip was from by turning on the ‘English CC’ subtitle track. This video combines excerpts from the three audio commentary tracks on home releases of ‘The Iron Giant’, ‘The Incredibles’ and ‘Ratatouille’, as well as fragments from…

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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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DreamWorks & The Biz

DreamWorks Animation Sale Finalized, Katzenberg Sees $391M Payday

According to AWN… Former DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg bids staffers goodbye, walking away with more than 10 times the compensation than the next-highest-ranking studio employee, studio president Ann Daly. Comcast’s $3.8 billion purchase of DreamWorks Animation closed on Monday, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times, with former DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg bidding staffers goodbye in a memo sent to employees on Monday morning. Katzenberg also received a more than $391 million cash-out package, with the animation studio…

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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…