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  • Voice Actors In Their Own Words: The Talent Behind “The 7D”

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    BY: Marjorie Galas, Editor Voice-over actors are rarely seen, not even by other voice actors. They’re confined to a small, sound-proof recording booth until their role is perfected. They may only see fellow cast members as they arrive to, or depart from, their recording sessions. Using only audio cues to relay the complexities of their…

     

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  • Ten Minutes With: “Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsh

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    BY: Marjorie Galas, Editor Alex Hirsh wasn’t prepared for the viewers’ responses to the initial launch of his animated Disney show, “Gravity Falls.” Attending a panel at Comic Con after only four episodes had aired, Hirsh expected a handful of inquisitive attendees interested in hearing him speak. Instead, he walked into a packed hall filled…

     

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  • Disney @ Comic Con: Phineas & Ferb, Fish Hooks And Tron: Uprising

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    The rooms were bursting at the seams for animation favorites at the 2012 Comic Con International Convention.  Response for Disney Channel’s “Fish Hooks” went swimmingly, crowds continue to clamor for Disney XD’s “Phineas and Ferb,” even the channel’s newest entry, “Tron: Uprising” had to turn fans away at the door.    The creators of these three…

     

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  • Disney’s Two Day Nature Celebration Extends Benefits Of Earth Day

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    Various production entities observed the April 22nd Earth Day celebration: NBC aired conservation PSAs, Universal held a recycling event and concert at the Universal City Walk.  The Disney Channel extended their efforts by launching a two day Nature Celebration that united youth leaders from around the globe. On Friday, April 13th, Chairman and CEO of…

     

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  • LA Company And US Animators Make The “Motorcity” Engines Run

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    JobsAdvance SearchEmployerCandidateChris Prynoski, the creator, director and executive producer of Disney XD’s new animated series “Motorcity,” is happy the show wasn’t picked when he first pitched it over 10 years ago. “I’m super lucky it got green lit later than I had hoped,” said Prynoski.  “I really got to earn my sea legs on a…

     

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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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  • Behind The Scenes: “Good Luck Charlie”

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      “Good Luck Charlie” is the result of executive producers Drew Vaupen, Dan Staley, and Phil Baker.  All fathers and veteran television producers, the three men had the desire to create a show that, through humor and life lessons, celebrated the family unit. “At the time, the Disney Channel wanted to break a model into…

     

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  • Where Do We Go From Here Looks At Future Technologies

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    The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sent 2010 off with a look at innovations that are shifting the way entertainment will be presented and consumed a few years down the line.   Moderated by producer Jerry Zucker, “Where Do We Go From Here?” featured a panel consisting of…

     

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  • Modern Technology Aids In “Tron” Costume Design

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      A lot has changed since 1983’s “Tron.”.  Not only have visual effects evolved and 3D camera work been reinvigorated, but costume design has begun incorporating computer technology to fabricate materials.  411 Publishing recently spoke with costume designer Michael Wilkinson to discuss his work on Disney’s 2010 “Tron: Legacy.” 411 Publishing: What made you want…

     

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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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  • “Avatar,” “Up” Big VFX Winners

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          It was a very blue year for visual effects.  Some would call it “Avatar” blue, others would say “Na’vi” blue, but either way, James Cameron and crew were the big winners at the 8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards.   “Avatar” won six VES awards including the evening’s top prize, “Outstanding Visual Effects…

     

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  • From Costumes To Cinematography: Skateboarding Rules

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      “Zeke and Luther” is the latest hit on the Disney XD channel.  The teen comedy revolves around two best friends, Zeke and Luther, who are determined to become world-famous skateboarders, regardless of their inexperience and the criticism of  peers and adults alike.  Standing behind the actors, camera operators, wardrobe department, writer and director ensuring the…

     

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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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  • Hope And Hereos: From The Red Carpet To Promotion

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    Fur was in on the El Capitan Theatre’s red carpet July 19th, when a massive crowd braved triple digit temperatures to witness the world premiere of Disney’s “G-Force.” “G-Force” follows a team of highly trained guinea pigs: Darwin (Sam Rockwell), Blaster (Tracy Morgan) and Juarez (Penelope Cruz) who, aided by mole Speckles (Nicolas Cage), are…

     

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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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