The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares 

Movie composer Mark Korven wanted to craft the perfect sounds for horror movies, but the instruments he needed didn’t exist, and he was tired of using the same digital samples. To produce the original effects needed for evoking breathtaking moments of suspension, he teamed up with guitar maker Tony Duggan-Smith to craft an original instrument that would better aid in manufacturing fear. The Apprehension Engine is that tool, a mechanism built with several bowed metal rulers, spring reverbs, a few long metal rods, and other attachments that allow for spooky interludes and effects.

Cool – but how do you head-bang to it? 🙂

Read full article at :  The Apprehension Engine: An Instrument Designed to Play the Music of Nightmares | Colossal

New Animation Film Festival Will Change America’s Concept of Medium 

Producer and distributor GKIDS has a big idea for the animated world, best expressed in three little words: ANIMATION IS FILM. It’s both a philosophy and the name of a newly announced festival cooked by the company best known for bringing animated offerings from Studio Ghibli and other rising stars (think “My Life as a Zucchini” and “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea”) to domestic screens. GKIDS will launch the festival this October in partnership with both France’s own Annecy International Animation Film Festival and IndieWire’s sister publication, Variety.

Read at IndiWire: New Animation Film Festival Will Change America’s Concept of Medium | IndieWire

Han Solo movie: Phil Lord and Chris Miller out as Star Wars directors

No new filmmaker has been announced, but in a statement, Lucasfilm says the movie will remain on course for a May 2018 release.“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.

Posting just in case you haven’t heard about this already.  Considering it’s been trending all over social media for 24 hours – I’m sure you have, but just in case you can read about it here:

Source: Han Solo movie: Phil Lord and Chris Miller out as Star Wars directors

With Film2Future, Producer Rachel Miller Is Creating a Pipeline to Hollywood for Kids Who Aren’t Rich and White | L.A. Weekly

“Hollywood, let’s be honest, is a system for wealthy white kids,” says Rachel Miller, founder of Film2Future, by phone prior to the start of the summer session. “If there’s no pipeline, there’s no way in.”

Source: With Film2Future, Producer Rachel Miller Is Creating a Pipeline to Hollywood for Kids Who Aren’t Rich and White | L.A. Weekly

The Women Who Are Making A Difference In Animation | moviepilot.com

It does sound ridiculous now, but at the end of last year, Deadline was reporting that according to the Animation Guild, 23.2% of their union jobs were held by women. Granted, that’s an increase from the 20.6% measured 18 months earlier, but it’s still below a quarter of the employees registered with the Guild. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter is holding animation roundtables on ethnic and female stereotypes with exactly seven white men (where’s Snow White, may I ask?).

How is this even a reality?  In this day in age why is there still so much discussion about what women vs men can do?  And why does it translate into real world consequences like not being able to get a job or acquire financing for a film?  It’s so stupid.

Can we not just simply judge merit based upon skill and qualifications and leave all this dumb issues like age, race, gender, sexuality, etc, etc, etc, out of it?

Come on people – I know you’re smarter than this.

Now act like it.

Source: The Women Who Are Making A Difference In Animation | moviepilot.com

Legos come to life at stop motion filmmaking summer camp | Lexington Herald Leader

Tapia was one of 12 students who put their imaginations and hands to work by building the storyline, sets and characters from scratch for their animation class. 

The students were allowed to use all sorts of technology to create their films including film making, visual effects and photo editing programs.

More at the link below…

In the Living Arts and Science Center’s class, students learned to make short films using Lego bricks and film editing computer programs.

Source: Legos come to life at stop motion filmmaking summer camp | Lexington Herald Leader