OFFline Film Festival Announces New Animation Residency 2018

OFFline Film Festival has announced a 6 month Animation Residency which will kick off in May, culminating in a showcase of the work created, at OFFline Film Festival in October 2018.

If you’re an ambitious Animator, who is ready to take the next step, but you need the headspace, work space and support to work on your passion project, or even to kick start your own animation studio, then this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

More info & application link here: The Irish Film Television Network

The Birth of the American Horror Film traces our terrifying obsession

Horror movies have always injected us with the thrill we seek when we pay to sit in a dark theater for two hours purposely trying to get scared. There is something about our very nature that makes us wants to venture into the dark recesses of the mysterious and the monstrous. This is what inspired premiere horror film historian Gary Rhodes to unravel the strange history behind how uniquely American horror films emerged in his new book The Birth of The American Horror Film — whether they are ghosts of literature, phantasmagorias, or the darkest fears that lurk in our psyches. Continue reading “The Birth of the American Horror Film traces our terrifying obsession”

Paramount Assembles Killer Scribe Roster To Kickstart ‘Ology’ Franchise

Deadline EXCLUSIVE: If you’re a studio not named Disney, you never have enough branded film franchises. They are hard to hatch, but they are the life blood of studios trying to change their station on a global scale. Paramount is sure trying to hatch one with the Ology series of 13 books: the studio has some of the top screenwriters of the moment in a room with Akiva Goldsman, who’s overseeing the whole thing and producing through his Weed Road banner. Continue reading “Paramount Assembles Killer Scribe Roster To Kickstart ‘Ology’ Franchise”

Animated CAT IN THE HAT Movie Will Launch Dr. Seuss Series

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It has been announced that Warner Animation Group, the animated film production arm of Warner Bros. Pictures, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. are teaming up to produce multiple feature films based on the iconic characters and stories created by Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel.

A fully animated version of the children’s classic ‘The Cat in the Hat’ will be the first project developed under this partnership. The beloved character was previously adapted to the big screen with the 2003 live-action movie starring Mike Myers; although it was considered a disappointment.

“Our Pictures Group is home to some of the world’s most popular film franchises, and we’re honoured to add Dr. Seuss titles to that roster,” said Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “With Warner Animation Group, we’ve really revitalized our feature animation activities, and this partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises will continue our move into world-class, wide-appeal animated fare.”

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The Best External Hard Drive for Photographers and Videographers

It’s time to stop buying those standard USB external hard drives. We’ve found a much better solution.

For the past few years, we have been traveling with a 2-bay Synology NAS (network attached storage) device. This NAS was fairly big, especially when it had to fit in my backpack for three months while we filmed with Elia, but it allowed Patrick and me to edit footage simultaneously, and it gave us peace of mind knowing that the footage was always on two separate drives. Soon after we wrote a post about how clever we thought our solution was, Synology contacted us and informed us that there is a much smaller option, the DS416slim.

The DS416slim is an incredibly small NAS device. It’s almost half the size of our previous unit. It holds four laptop-sized hard drives (or SSD drives if your budget permits), and it allows you to use RAID to keep your data redundant and safe. My favorite feature of this little box is that it has two Ethernet ports on the back meaning that we no longer have to travel with a switch if there are only two of us. We simply plug two laptops directly into the DS416slim and we can download footage, or edit footage at the same time.

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“Wreck-It Ralph 2 Gets an Official Synopsis & New Image”

Ralph and Vanellope journey to the world wide web in a new image and synopsis from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. Disney’s animation department found a new hit in 2012 with the release of Wreck-It Ralph. While it may not fit the typical idea of a video game movie, Wreck-It Ralph dived deep into the history of gaming to tell a wild story. Starring John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, and Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix), the heartfelt film was a critical hit, making it no surprise when sequel talks began.

Full Story @: Screen Rant

Is ‘The Lion King’ Remake Animated? The Upcoming Movie Is Sparking Some Confusion

I was just discussing this earlier today on Twitter with a follower.  I think the “buzz-phrase” in the description is “Photo-Realistic Animation”.  I’ve heard it explained as being similar to, but better than, the “Jungle Book” was.  Either way I’m kind of interested in seeing how it comes out although… to be honest, I’m a HUGE fan of 2D animation and nothing will ever replace the original for me.

Director Jon Favreau promises this Disney remake will feature pioneering filmmaking techniques that will have you seeing The Lion King in a whole new way, according to a press release. But what exactly does that mean? Well, the Lion King remake, which hits theaters on July 19, 2019, plans to bring the African savanna and its inhabitants to life using photo-realistic animation.

Full Story at Bustle: Is ‘The Lion King’ Remake Animated? The Upcoming Movie Is Sparking Some Confusion