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John Bailey elected president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

John Bailey elected president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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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
Weta Digital starts VFX work of Avatar sequels

Weta Digital starts VFX work of Avatar sequels

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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
MEAI to lead Indian delegation to MTL in Montreal

MEAI to lead Indian delegation to MTL in Montreal

Headlines, VFX
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
Filming of Jurassic World ends

Filming of Jurassic World ends

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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 to open VFX facility in Chennai soon

Double Negative to open VFX facility in Chennai soon

Headlines, VFX
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
Now, watch Avatar sequels without wearing 3D glasses

Now, watch Avatar sequels without wearing 3D glasses

Headlines, Technology
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.  ...
Toonz Media group ties up with ReachMe TV to launch Toonz TV

Toonz Media group ties up with ReachMe TV to launch Toonz TV

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India’s International animation and entertainment company Toonz Media Group and Hollywood-based mobile entertainment network ReachMe.TV have launched Toonz TV, a next gen channel for the young and young at heart. “We all know that the entertainment landscape is changing, and kids’ programming is a big part of that evolution,” said ReachMe.TV Co-founder and CEO Lynnwood Bibbens. “Toonz’s immense experience from software development to feature film animation and interactive gaming is a perfect match for our platform and our 100 million plus viewers on the go!” The venture will leverage ReachMe.TV’s production and entertainment platform and Toonz’s creative team to create new titles and tap into Toonz’s popular international animation catalogue and a growing collection of interactive and
Home video of Kong: Skull Island to be out on June 20

Home video of Kong: Skull Island to be out on June 20

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When Kong: Skull Island arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital, one will get to see the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all. The original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong and they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Oscar-nominee Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Oscar-winner Brie Larson and Oscar-nominee John C. Reilly. Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a story by John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and a...
Animated series of Bahubali to show on Colors

Animated series of Bahubali to show on Colors

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  Riding high on the success of the Bahubali franchise, India’s leading entertainment channel Colors has acquired the broadcast satellite rights of an animated series spin-off named Bahubali: The Lost Legends that was initially launched digitally on Amazon Prime Video. This goes to show that the highest grossing film ever in the history of Indian cinema is now set to make its television debut as an animated series. This isn’t the first time that an animated series will be seen on a Hindi GEC channel. Last year, Colors took the bold step of broadcasting an animated show Chhoti Anandi created by HopMotion on the mornings of Sundays. Commenting on the procurement of the rights, Viacom18, COO, Raj Nayak said, “Bahubali has proved to be a landmark film in the history of Indian cinema
Boss Baby 2 to arrive in March 2021

Boss Baby 2 to arrive in March 2021

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It’s become a sort of norm in Hollywood that within a week of announcing a sequel to the original movie, the makers announce the date and the year of release. Following the makers of Angry Birds 2, Universal and DWA have announced that The Boss Baby 2 will hit theatres on March 26, 2021. If that is not all, another good news is that  Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation for the film. The Boss Baby about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin went on to be a sleeper hit at the global box office earning $468.4 million to date. The film, that opened in theaters on March 21 this year coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. The Boss Baby film franchise is based on Marla Frazee's picture-book series about