All That Glitters Isn’t Gold in ‘Birds of Paradise’ VFX

Goodbye Kansas Studios has shared with AWN its recent VFX work on Prime Video’s Birds of Paradise, released September 24 by Amazon Studios.  GKS delivered 64 shots and 5 assets for the recently released film, an adaptation of the novel “Bright Burning Stars” by A.K. Small that follows two dancers at an elite ballet academy … Read more

The Touching, Personal Journey of Joe Mateo’s ‘Blush’

We know all too well the seven stages of grief. Now imagine working through them while writing and directing an animated short film based directly on a devastating personal tragedy. But that’s exactly what Emmy Award-winning artist and filmmaker Joe Mateo (Prep & Landing, Big Hero 6) put himself through with his brand-new CG animated … Read more

Kukua and Lupita Nyong’o Launching ‘Super Sema’ on International Women’s Day

Nairobi-based, children’s edutainment studio Kukua has partnered with award-winning actress and author Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, Black Panther, Us) on Super Sema. Founded by Lucrezia Bisignani in 2015, the studio features an award-winning female team, working at the intersection of technology, entertainment, and education. The new YouTube Original Kids & Family program 2D … Read more

Hansel and Gretel Search for Better Parents in ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm’

In Netflix’s new CG animated comedy series, A Tale Dark & Grimm, based on Adam Gidwitz’s best-selling book series, Hansel and Gretel run away from home to find better parents…or at least ones who won’t chop off their heads! In the series, which premiered this past Friday, Hansel and Gretel leave their own story and … Read more

Free VIEW Conference 2021 Registration Now Open

VIEW Conference 2021 has announced an expansive free program of events featuring master filmmakers and leaders in animation, VFX, virtual production and games. The conference and accompanying VIEWFest film festival take place from October 17 to 22, in the city of Torino, Italy, with online access opening up the entire week of events to a … Read more

Halon Gets its Previs Game On for ‘Free Guy’

Leading visualization studio Halon Entertainment, an NEP Virtual Studios Company, has shared with AWN a breakdown of their work on 20th Century Studio’s sci-fi comedy, Free Guy. Directed by Shawn Levy, the film stars Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a bank teller who discovers he is actually a non-player character in an open-world video game. After becoming the hero of … Read more

Fans Not Happy with ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Design Changes

The highly anticipated upcoming reboot of 90s-kid-favorite live-action / animated hybrid Space Jam, is causing a bit of a fuss with fans who aren’t happy with what they’ve seen, and heard, about the new film. For sure the film won’t look the same as many remember; most notably absent will be Pepé Le Pew, the … Read more

DreamWorks Animation Returns to the Frontier in ‘Spirit Untamed’

Galloping into cinemas June 4, DreamWorks Animation’s newest animated feature, Spirit Untamed tells the story of a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong, who discovers a kindred spirit when her life intersects with a wild horse. Directed by studio veteran Elaine Bogan (Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television’s Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia), the film … Read more

Creating the ‘Smokin’ FX Magic of ‘DreamWorks Wizards’

Streaming on Netflix over the last five years, with three series installments, six seasons total, and over eighty episodes and countless characters, Guillermo Del Toro’s Emmy Award-winning DreamWorks Animation Tales of Arcadia series has been both a critical and fan favorite. DreamWorks Wizards, sometimes referred to as Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, or Tales of Arcadia: … Read more

Breaking Down DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Nominations

Voting for the 48th Annie Awards ends April 9 at midnight, and out of 31 award categories, DreamWorks Animation has been nominated in 14, with 20 nominations in total. On the feature side, their recent CG animated comedies, The Croods: A New Age and Trolls World Tour, are in consideration, as well as Taylor Meacham’s … Read more