Author: Ashish Mitra

Ajax Media Tech in the midst of plaudits for its work in Tik Tik Tik

Ajax Media Tech in the midst of plaudits for its work in Tik Tik Tik

VFX
Ajax Media Tech, one of the many visual effects companies in India that was jostling for attention in a crowded space is drawing plaudits from cinegoers these days with the kind of VFX work it has dished out in the Jayam Ravi-starrer Tik Tik Tik that has been dubbed as the first Indian space film and that too all in just five months. Until now, the visual effects industry in India has grown largely on overseas work. But, more and more filmmakers, and not just those working on big banners, are looking at leveraging a home-grown industry that can produce quality work. But, pricing remains a thorny issue in the film world where star salaries are seen dominating budgets. When the makers of Tik Tik Tik approached Ajax Media Tech about producing the CGI believed to be around 90 minutes long,...
Throwback Thursday: WWI school of animation; learners pride

Throwback Thursday: WWI school of animation; learners pride

Animation
Whistling Woods International is a film, communication and creative institute located in Mumbai, India. The institute has been founded by Indian Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts and Film City Mumbai. No wonder in July 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named Whistling Woods on its list of The best film schools in the world. This is the first time that the school was ranked among the top 10 film schools by the named newspaper in 2010. Some of the affiliations are with Deakin University and Griffith University in Australia, Syracuse University in the United States and New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. The Institute has affiliations with several film schools, including international student co-productions and credits transfer. Animation Digital Digest talks to Yusuf Mehta...
Finalists of this year’s British Animation Awards announced

Finalists of this year’s British Animation Awards announced

Animation
The finalists for this year’s British Animation Awards have been announced with a good number of licensed favourites making the cut. Held every two years, the British Animation Awards reward the best in British animation across a variety of categories. This year’s event will take place on March 15 at London’s BFI Southbank. Hey Duggee, Twirlywoos and Sarah and Duck have all been shortlisted in the Best Pre-school category while The Amazing World of Gumball, Shaun the Sheep and Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed will contest the Best Children’s Series category. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been named alongside Revolting Rhymes and Ethel & Ernest in Best Long Form, while The Great British Bake Off’s singing cakes have received a nod for Best Animation in a Commercial. Lupus Films’ Ethe
My Arcade secures rights of release of  Bandai Namco’s heritage titles

My Arcade secures rights of release of Bandai Namco’s heritage titles

Gaming
Retro gaming brand, My Arcade has secured the rights of release of a new range of table-top arcade machines and handhelds based on Bandai Namco’s heritage titles.The initial line-up will feature gaming’s first icon Pac-Man among other classics such as Galaga and Dig Dug. The Micro Player arcades will feature artwork inspired by the original cabinets, large full-coloured screens, backlit coin traps plus a removable joystick for those who prefer to use a directional pad to play. Additional titles from Bandai Namco Entertainment’s library will be released later on in the year. “We are honoured to work with Bandai Namco Entertainment to bring such iconic titles to a new generation of gamers,” said Crystal Dugan, My Arcade’s marketing manager. “Pac-Man, Dig-Dug and Galaga are nostalgic
Nominations for VES Awards declared

Nominations for VES Awards declared

Uncategorized
For the upcoming 16th annual VES Awards, nearly 3,400 artists, producers, technologists and entertainment industry workers bought theor heads together to narrow down the movies that best represented outstanding achievements in visual effects. And go to see Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes ended up tying for the highest number of feature film nominations. Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones led the pack in terms of television programmes and the fantasy series earning the most overall nominations. Instead of judging a movie based on a combination of its script, performances, directing, cinematography, etc., the Visual Effects Society dials into the aspect it cares about the most which may at least be partially account for the reason why Despicable Me 3 has five total no
Genius Brands Intl. appoints APC Kids as content distributor of Rainbow Rangers in EMEA region

Genius Brands Intl. appoints APC Kids as content distributor of Rainbow Rangers in EMEA region

Channels
Genius Brands International has appointed APC Kids as in charge of the content distribution of their new pre-school series Rainbow Rangers covering the EMEA region including Russia and ex-CIS countries. The series that is still in production for its first season will focus on colourful adventures featuring seven 9-year old girls who serve as the planet’s first responders. They protect people, animals, resources and the natural beauty of Earth. The series is already slated for a fall 2018 debut on Nick Jr. The debut of the CG animated series will be supported by a comprehensive consumer products programme with a planned roll out in the US on late spring 2019, all the way through back to school and holiday. The programme will be led by global master toy partner Mattel and global mas
TVO gives go ahead signal to factual series Science Max: Experiments at Large

TVO gives go ahead signal to factual series Science Max: Experiments at Large

Education
Canadian pubcaster TVO has given a go ahead signal  to kids factual series Science Max: Experiments at Large. The order follows the news that the show is up for a 2018 CSA award in the Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Series category. The show, which won a pair of Canadian Screen Awards last year for Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Series and Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth will return to TVO this fall. The order follows the news that the show is up for a 2018 CSA award in the Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Series category. Produced and distributed by Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment, the show sees host Phil McCordic demonstrate how children can do science experiments at home. TVO initially commissioned the tween-skewing series in April 2015. B
Nickelodeon LatAm asks for Mediapro’s gaming series NOBees

Nickelodeon LatAm asks for Mediapro’s gaming series NOBees

Animation
  Furthering Nick’s move into eSports programming for kids, a new 60 x one-hour scripted gaming series from Barcelona, Spain-based multimedia communications group Mediapro entitled NOOBees has been asked for by Nickelodeon LatAm. The order was announced at this year’s National Association of Television Executives (NATPE) conference in Miami Beach Created by Enrique Pérez of Mediapro’s production company 100Balas, the series follows a young basketball-obsessed girl named Silvia who forms an eSports team (the NOOBees) with her friends and becomes a professional gamer. The series is expected to go into production in April at Mediapro’s Bogota, Colombia-based studio, Televideo, which has worked on teen hits Chica Vampiro and Nickelodeon LatAm’s Yo Soy Franky. It will be produce
Three artists from Rising Sun Pictures nominated for VES Award

Three artists from Rising Sun Pictures nominated for VES Award

VFX
Three artists from Rising Sun Pictures have been nominated for a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for their work in Marvel Studios’ summer blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok. They are CG supervisor Hubert Maston, lighting technical director Arthur Moody, On-set VFX/Concept/Pre-vis Adam Paschke and Virtual Production supervisor Casey Schatz. They have been nominated for Best Virtual Cinematography for the film’s “Val’s Flashback” sequence. The team will travel to Los Angeles where the winners will be announced at the 16th Annual VES Awards Ceremony on February 13 in Beverly Hills. Val’s Flashback, which plays out in artful slow motion under glittering light, describes a fatal encounter between Valkyrie warriors and Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death. The female warriors, riding winged st
Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards comes out with list of nominations in nine categories

Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards comes out with list of nominations in nine categories

Animation
The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards has announced its nominated works in the nine categories of its first edition that will take place on April 7th in the island of Tenerife (Spain). The announcement was made last morning at Ochoymedio and during Andean Call, event of andean animation projects’ development that takes place in the city of Quito between the 15th and the 19th of this month. The presentation has been carried out by Dª Eliana Champutiz, Technical Director of the Film and Audiovisual Creation Institute (ICCA); José Luis Farias, promoter of the initiative; Paul Vaca, head of international relations; and Paco Rodríguez, ambassador of the awards in Spain and member of the selection committee.