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Entries from March 30th, 2010

AtlantAmation Screening April 9th

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Screenings

The Atlanta branch of the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Animation Department will be having its first public screening of its student work on Friday, April 9th, at the the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta, Georgia. The program will feature the world premiere of Jaguar McGuire (and his Cat), a 4-minute short done […]

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The 3D Films Are Coming, the 3D Films Are Coming

March 21st, 2010 · 2 Comments · Cel animation, Digital projection, Film history and criticism, Stereoscopic films

A little over a year ago, I wrote that, “I suspect 3D will not go away anytime soon; the question , I believe, is whether or not it will go beyond being a niche market.” I also noted that it was seen as a way to get theaters to switch to digital projection, providing what […]

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Ari Folman’s The Congress

March 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Animation and live action, Feature films, Filmmakers

Raz Greenberg, in a post on the Society for Animation Studies discussion group, pointed out the above Spanish-language clip from a Euronews report on Ari Folman’s new film, The Congress, which mixes animation and live-action. The movie is based on Stanislaw Lem sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress and is follow-up to Folman’s acclaimed animated documentary, […]

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Todd McCarthy

March 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Film and TV criticism

I read with regret on Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy blog on Thursday that Variety, the trade journal once known as “the Bible of show business,” fired Todd McCarthy on Monday, after thirty-one years, it sent shock waves through the film industry. Like Maltin, I grew up reading the weekly edition of Variety (being a New […]

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Oh Motion Capture, What Art Thou?

March 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Computer animation, Motion capture, Rotoscoping

These are wonderful times for animation bloggers, what with all the controversy raging about whether or not motion capture/performance capture is or is not animation. I have long said that it is, but would like to amplify my feelings a bit on the matter. The cause for this is a recent posting from the ever […]

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Alice in Wonderland (1903)

March 4th, 2010 · No Comments · British cinema, Special effects

I just became aware of the British Film Institute’s YouTube Channel which is featuring the first screen version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which was directed  by  Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow. The BFI, which is touting its restoration in conjunction with the release of the new Tim Burton film, notes that, at around […]

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