Thanks to Vision Films, Anima Estudio’s CG animated horror comedy feature, Monster Island has been released on DVD and VOD. The Monster Island focuses on a young boy named Lucas who accidentally finds out that he’s not exactly human, and hence he journeys to the mysterious Monster Island in order to find out who he really is and what his destiny points to. At Monster Island, Lucas meets his grandmother and another young monster that eventually becomes his friend. On the way, he finds the need to protect his newfound family from their evil uncle Norcutt. He ultimately realises that being a freak isn’t freaky after all. Produced by Jose C. Garcia de Letona and written by Billy Frolick, Monster Island was directed by award-winning animator Leopoldo Aguilar. The voice cast features Fi
Reed Exhibitions, producer of Asia TV Forum & Market, has started taking calls for entries for the first-ever ATF Animation Pitch: a premier Asian pitching competition for creators and producers of innovative kids’ animation concepts. The new initiative is backed by India’s largest toon producer Green Gold Animation (Chhota Bheem). “Being surrounded by passionate and ambitious people, who share a similar love for animation, is a great way to feel inspired and expand intellectual horizons. It’s also important to give back to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the animation industry, foster creativity and innovation. After all, animation is the craft of the soul,” said Rajiv Chilaka, Founder & CEO, Green Gold Animation Launching under the competition tagline “Think. Believe. Dream
Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment will jointly release the home video of Batman and Captain Kirk on October 17. The all-new movie will be made available on Digital on October 10 and on Blu-ray™ on October 17. For this, they are bringing together two of pop culture’s all-time heroes – TV’s original Batman and Captain Kirk, Adam West and William Shatner respectively to voice the title characters in the full-length, animated feature film Batman vs. Two-Face. “Batman vs. Two-Face is a must-have for all Batman fans featuring a cavalcade of his foes, and an amazing cast including two giants of pop culture Adam West and William Shatner,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is ex
Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year with the arrival of Denis Villeneuve’s sequel Blade Runner 2049 this Fall . But, just before the film’s theatrical release, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has made its plans clear to release a re-mastered 4K edition of the film, specially the 2007 The Final Cu’ which both Scott and Villeneuve have deemed the definitive version of the film. “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” 4K Blu-ray hits stores on September 5th, a month before Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6th.
John Bailey, known for films like How to Be a Latin Lover – 2017, Burn Your Maps – 2016, A Walk in the Woods – 2015, The Forger – 2014, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn – 2014 and Snake and Mongoose – 2013 among many others has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by the organisation’s Board of Governors. Also elected to officer positions by the Board are: Lois Burwell, First Vice President (chair, Awards and Events Committee), Kathleen Kennedy, Vice President (chair, Museum Committee), Michael Tronick, Vice President (chair, Preservation and History Committee), Nancy Utley, Vice President (chair, Education and Outreach Committee), Jim Gianopulos, Treasurer (chair, Finance Committee), David Rubin, Secretary (chair, Membership and Administration Committee
Visual effects studio Weta Digital has started work on the four sequels of James Cameron’s Avatar, one of the highest-grossing films ever. The Wellington, New Zealand-based Weta Digital was very recently in the limelight for its motion-capture work on War for the Planet of the Apes. “What Joe Showtime, CBS Television Studios Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify,” said Cameron, referring to Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor. “Since we made Avatar, Weta continued to prove themselves as doing the best CG animation, the most human, the most alive, the most photo-realistic effects in the world,” he added. “The depth of talent at Weta is impressive and the culture of excellence is one that matches how we do things at Lightstorm,” observe
Adding yet another feather to its hat, Media & Entertainment Association of India (MEAI) is leading a strong eight member Indian Delegation to effects MTL in Montreal (QC), Canada (The biggest international conference on the American East Coast for visual effects and Animation.) The delegation which will be led by MEAI, Joint Secretary, Sidharth Iyer will include participation from PixStone Images (Chennai), Drishyam VFX (Mumbai) and NY VFXWAALA (Mumbai), who will be rubbing shoulders with arguably the crème de la crème of the VFX and Animation world. Bringing alive the spirit of ‘Make In India’ by fuelling innovation, self-reliance and national pride, it is a major achievement for MEAI to be leading such a diverse mix of creative studios to effects MTL, which is considered to be t
Having started production of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in February, director J.A. Bayona has wrapped up the shooting of the film. But those were hoping to see footage of the film at San Diego Comic-Con will be disappointed as it has now been revealed that Universal Pictures isn’t going to this year’s convention. It has also been disclosed that Jurassic star Chris Pratt now has a month or so off before he will go back to Pinewood Studios in Atlanta to film the fourth Avengers film which goes into production by the end of this month. It has been reported that Avengers: Infinity War has one last bit of filming to do in Queens this coming week with Spider-Man Homecoming actress Isabella Amara confirming to Blackfilm that she will reprise her Sally Avril role for a scene.
Double Negative (Dneg), one of the world's leading visual effects companies has announced the launch of a new VFX facility in Chennai, India. The new studio, due to open in late summer 2017, is Dneg’s fifth international facility after its existing facilities in London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Mumbai. “We’re delighted to announce our new facility in Chennai,” said Double Negative CEO Matt Holben. “There is an abundance of filmmaking talent in the South of India, and we are excited to open our doors to local creatives, technicians and support staff. We are developing a state-of-the-art studio that complements and supports our existing facilities and provides a cutting-edge working environment for our staff,” he added. Dneg’s Chennai facility is being opened on the back of the succes
In the first installment of Avatar in 2009, cinema exhibition embraced the modern take on 3D technology. That is when we first started wearing 3D glasses while viewing 3D movies. And, with the upcoming sequels of avatar starting in 2020, the exhibition sector might embrace the next logical step – glasses-free 3D. It has been reported that Lightstorm Entertainment is set to partner with Christie Digital that is known to manufacture a new RGB laser projection system with both companies working towards making the four Avatar sequels available in glasses-free 3D. This new projection system has been described as ‘pure laser’ and can use 60,000 lumens to provide bright images at incredibly high frame rates. Whether they can deliver glasses-free 3D though is a matter to guess. ...