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Zoic Studios promotes John Kilshaw  as creative director

Zoic Studios promotes John Kilshaw as creative director

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Zoic Studios has promoted its VFX supervisor John Kilshaw as Creative Director. With nearly 15 years of experience in visual effects, Kilshaw established himself as a highly sought-after VFX supervisor known for his collaborative creative approach. Kilshaw joined Zoic’s New York studio in 2016 as VFX supervisor and has rapidly shifted to lead the creative direction of projects out of the East Coast office, spanning television feature film and commercial work. Kilshaw has been instrumental in the growth of the NYC office enthusing the studio’s staff to accommodate the influx of large scale projects in the local market. He has worked at top award-winning VFX shops including ILM, Method and Double Negative. He has lent his talents to major feature films The Avengers, Battleship, Harry
GKIDS acquires North American rights of The Big Bad Fox

GKIDS acquires North American rights of The Big Bad Fox

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Like always when there’s a promising foreign animated feature like The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, the kind that happened yesterday, GKIDS went ahead and acquired its North American distribution rights. The film is based on a graphic novel that Renner published in 2015 (and which was recently released in a translated English version). Renner co-directed the film with Patrick Imbert who was the animation director of Ernest & Celestine. The 80-minute film, a compilation of three outlandish tales set on an everyday farm, will be released theatrically by GKIDS this winter. Big Bad Fox is a production of Folivari, the new production studio from veteran French producer Didier Brunner who co-produced Fox with Panique. Studio Canal launched Renner’s film in French theaters on June 21
Good Deed Entertainment releases theatrical trailer of Loving Vincent

Good Deed Entertainment releases theatrical trailer of Loving Vincent

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Good Deed Entertainment, that had earlier announced that it would bring the groundbreaking indie animated feature Loving Vincent to US theaters, has released a new official theatrical trailer for the hand-painted masterpiece from the hands of Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.  The film will open in New York City on September 22 and in Los Angeles on September 29. Starring Douglas Booth, Chris O’Dowd, Jerome Flynn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Helen McCrory, Saoirse Ronan, John Sessions and Aidan Turner with Robert Gulaczyk as Vincent Van Gogh, the 94-minute feature follows young Armand Roulin (Booth) as his mission to hand-deliver a letter to Van Gogh’s brother evolves into a mission to join together the artist’s last days and bring his tragic early death into focus.  
ZagToon launches second ZagHeroes series titled Zak Storm

ZagToon launches second ZagHeroes series titled Zak Storm

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French animation company ZagToon, known as creators of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is set to launch its second ZagHeroes series in North America titled Zak Storm. The series, produced in association with Ben 10 creators Man of Action, launched late last year and earlier this year across a number of overseas markets. This includes partnerships with Netflix, daily morning block KidsClick and DHX’s Canadian TV channel Family CHRGD. Zak Storm tells of the adventures of Zak Storm, a headstrong and adventurous kid swept into the Bermuda Triangle while trying to win a surfing competition. Once inside, Zak partners up with a magical sword that allows him to transform into a swashbuckling, renegade hero to face the numerous perils of the unique and diverse Seven Seas of the T
Academy announces 11 distinct scientific and technical investigations

Academy announces 11 distinct scientific and technical investigations

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 11 distinct scientific and technical investigations have been launched for the 2017 Oscars. These investigations have been made public so that individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation within these areas will have the opportunity to submit achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is August 15 at 5 p.m. The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Committee has started investigations into the following areas: Systems using multiple, stabilized, synced cameras to capture background footage with integrated playback for simulating movement in static vehicles. Submersible, telescoping camera cranes. Automated systems for cinema auditorium quality control. S
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia in two partnerships in China

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia in two partnerships in China

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Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia has entered into a partnership with China’s largest video streaming platform, iQIYI and Zhejiang Blue Star Media to develop Deer Run, an original iQIYI kids animated series. This means that this would be the first time that Nickelodeon Asia will air a Chinese original from the development phase. The show will be produced by iQIYI with creative input and supervision from Nickelodeon Asia. The CGI-animated series follows the comedic adventures of four different deer characters that overcome obstacles and eventually become friends. Deer Run is set to premiere in summer 2019 on iQIYI’s digital platform and Zhejiang Satellite TV in China, as well as on Nick Asia. As for a licensing program, VIMN expects to explore possible opportunities o
Throwback Thursday: Best 5 TV anime series

Throwback Thursday: Best 5 TV anime series

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All these days, we have seen and heard a lot about anime movies may it be action, super-men, super-women, animals  and many more. For a break, this week we are going to learn about the best in anime TV series. So, here we go.   Knights of Sidonia (Netflix) Makers: Tsutomu Nihei This was the first anime series commissioned exclusively for Netflix. This sci-fi thriller charts humanity's struggle to survive in the dark expanse of space, utilising all the genetic experiments and gravity-bending cannons it can to face off an alien threat. A grand space-opera that makes time for some intimate character portrayals and keeps finding ways to surprise you. You are in for some stunning aerial combat too.   Attack on Titan (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll) Makers:: Hajime Isayam
Next Door Spy to premiere on opening day of 31st Cinekid Festival

Next Door Spy to premiere on opening day of 31st Cinekid Festival

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The 31st Cinekid Festival that will last a full two weeks over the fall holiday break opening on October 18 happens to be the largest film, TV and media event for children aged 3 to 14. The organisers of the event plan to invite over 60,000 youngsters and their guardians to enjoy a range of programming in Amsterdam and across 35 other Dutch cities. In addition to screenings, the festival will host the MediaLab digital playground with the latest games, VR installations and workshops. This year’s opening film will be the national premiere of 2D-animated feature film Next Door Spy from Denmark’s Copenhagen Bombay, Directed by Karla Van Bengtson (Tigers & Tattoos), the kiddie espionage adventure has been given a Dutch dub especially for the event, and fits perfectly into Cinekids 2017
30th anniversary of Disney’s Oilspot and Lipstick on July 28

30th anniversary of Disney’s Oilspot and Lipstick on July 28

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This July 28, completes 30 years of Disney’s first fully-CG animated short Oilspot and Lipstick Many of our readers may not be knowing that thirty years ago on July 28, 1987 at the SIGGRAPH conference  in Anaheim, California, Disney had released its first fully-CG animated short, Oilspot and Lipstick. All these years, the anniversary of the CG animated short with some event or another. But, this anniversary won’t be marked by many people. The short, as far as reports say was not released to the general public. In the animated piece, Oilspot and Lipstick are two small mechanical “junk” dogs who are threatened by a junk monster. The film, directed by Mike Cedeno, had actually been produced a year or two earlier, but released at SIGGRAPH in 1987. Though it was Disney’s first full-CG sh

Vicon comes up with its new camera Vertex

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Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the engineering, entertainment and life science industries, has announced the availability of a new camera called Vertex. Integrating seamlessly with Vicon’s existing range of cameras like Vantage and Vero, the new camera is compact, lightweight and easily mounted. This makes it ideal for tracking in small and complex environments. In response to customer demand, Vertex boasts a smaller and more flexible design and wide-angle field of view, allowing it to capture significant volumes in very tight spaces. As a result, the camera can be used across a wide range of applications from the automotive and life science industries to tracking in virtual reality (VR) environments. What’s more, with an industry-leading 1.3-megapixel camera,