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  • Creating “Vampirina”: An Interview With Executive Producer Chris Nee

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    By: Marjorie Galas Chris Nee was familiar with the “Vampirina” book series when Disney Junior approached her about developing a show based on the character.  The Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy Award winning executive producer who’s the mind behind the network’s popular “Doc McStuffins” (for which Nee has three consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations from 2015-17) was…

     

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  • Winners Announced For Inaugural Animation Is Film Festival

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    To promote the art of animation, GKIDS, Annecy Int’l Animation Film Festival, Variety, and ASIFA Hollywood, with major sponsors LA Times, IndieWire, Cartoon Brew, Fathom Events and Google presented the inaugural edition of ANIMATION IS FILM.  The festival took place October 20-22 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood and was attended by a…

     

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  • Nominees For 2017 Student Academy Awards Announced

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    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the list of the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards winners.  This 2017 edition of the competition received a total of 1,587 entries from 267 domestic and 89 international colleges and universities.  The 2017 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia…

     

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  • ADG Creates New Award Category Recognizing Excellent In Production Design For Animated Features

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    The Art Directors Guild (ADG) will debut a new award category during its 2018 annual awards ceremony.  The category is titled Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film and will be added to the other categories honoring production design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos.  The ADG award ceremony will take place…

     

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  • Titmouse Takes Flight: On The Road With Chris Prynoski At Comic Con 2017

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    By: Marjorie Galas They got me with the chirp. I first encountered Titmouse, a LA-based animation production company, when I wrote an article highlighting Disney XD’s “Motorcity.”  Created by Titmouse President and Owner Chris Prynoski, I was impressed in the tremendous amount of research and auto engineering that Titmouse staff engaged in to create the animated…

     

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  • Nick App Series Moves To TV With Aid From Alchemy Post

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    The animated series Welcome to the Wayne recently debuted on Nickelodeon, becoming the network’s first original series to move from digital to broadcast.  Created by Billy Lopez, the show centers on the adventures of two 10-year-old boys living in a Manhattan high-rise , called The Wayne.  It originally launched in 2014 as a series of…

     

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  • NAB Roundup – “Rogue One” Post: Step By Step

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    By: Marjorie Galas The Motion Picture Sound Editors had a crowd 500 people deep for their special NAB Super Show Session.  Entitled “The Force Returns: Rogue One-A Star Wars Story”, the panel featured the Industrial Light & Magic post team crucial to finalizing the film.  Joining Carolyn Giardina, Technology Editor at the Hollywood Reporter who…

     

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  • “Adventure Time” Big Winner In 2016 Television Academy Animation Juried Awards Winners

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    The Television Academy announced today the juried award winners for the 68th Emmy® Awards in Animation. The juried awards for Animation will be presented during the Creative Arts Emmy program taking place Sunday, September 11, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Juried categories require all entrants to be screened by a panel of professionals…

     

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  • “Future Worm!” : An Interview With Creator Ryan Quincy

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    Fatherhood has changed Ryan Quincy.  Kicking off his professional career as an animator, he worked on MADtv before landing a role as lead animator and animation producer for “South Park.” His dedication to Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s vision resulted in his two consecutive Emmy wins (2008/09) and two additional consecutive Emmy nominations (2010/2011).  Proud…

     

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  • From Aliens To Time Travel: The Effects In “Men In Black III”

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    For VFX Supervisors Jay Redd and Ken Ralston, working on “Men in Black III” was a labor of love.  Effects such as Agent J’s (Will Smith) fall from the Chrysler Building took two years to complete, and the recreation of Shea Stadium required a supervised team of nearly 200 people.  For Redd and Ralston, the pay-off for…

     

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  • Chris Nee’s Journey To “Doc McStuffins”

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    Writer/producer Chris Nee can’t keep still.  While her career began as a writer for children’s programming such as “Blue’s Clues” and “Little Bill” (which earned her an Emmy and Humantis Prize), her itch to travel inspired her to begin producing nonfiction fare such as  “The Real Roseanne Show,” Morgan Spurlock’s “30 Days,” and “Deadliest Catch.” …

     

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  • Disney Concept Artists Behind “Peter Pan,” “Cinderella” Feted By Academy

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    Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a tribute to animation icon Mary Blair.  In addition to a one night only exhibit of rare stills and concept drawings of her work on films such as “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland” and other rarely seen sketches, the evening included a panel discussion with…

     

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  • Fish Hooks: From Illustration To The Television

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    Renowned children’s book illustrator Noah Jones had no intention of developing a weekly animation series when he received the call from Mike Moon, Vice President of Development at Walt Disney Television Animation.  Jones had just posted a series of unusual animals he drew to blow off some creative steam on his website.  Moon fell in…

     

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  • Plummeting Food Challenge Falls on “Meatball” Team

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      Take two veteran TV writer/producer/directors, one talented visual effects supervisor, pounds of hamburgers, and a giant jello mold, garnish with animation and develop for two years,  serve with 3D glasses and enjoy “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”   The Writer/Producer/Directors    Phil Lord and Chris Miller met at Dartmouth College where they were…

     

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  • Sony Participates In Open Source

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    With an increasing number of visual effects companies collaborating on a project together,  Sony Pictures Imageworks decided it was time to share some of their programming applications. On July 30th, five technologies developed by Imageworks: OSL (a programmable shading language for rendering), Field3d (a voxel data storage library), Maya Reticule (a Maya plug-in for camera…

     

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  • G-Force: The Men Behind The Guinea Pigs

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    A young boy told his father that he thought his classroom’s pet guinea pig had a secret life as a special agent.  His father, visual effects master Hoyt Yeatman, became inspired by the concept and fleshed out a story.  He told a friend about this creation.  The friend, master producer Jerry Bruckheimer, saw the potential…

     

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  • Phineas and Ferb: Music, Mischief, And The Endless Summer Vacation

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    Two writers asked each other, “What would you do with 104 days of summer vacation?”   If you think they answered, “Let’s shop around a cartoon based on the misadventures of two step-brothers and their secret agent platypus until it gets optioned,” you’d be uncovering the origins of Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire. “We were…

     

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