Media FX News Archives
- July 19, 2001
- Mainframe Announces New Animated
- SIGGRAPH Announces
Best Animation Award Winners
- Shrek Continues Dominance
- News Link of the Day
- JP3: "Fossilized Plot Cloned Again"
Announces New Animated Series
(by digitalmediafx.com) Mainframe Entertainment is working
a new animated sci-fi TV series for MTV called "Gatecrasher".
The 30-minute episodes are based on the Gatecrasher comic book
is the story of Alec Wagner, a college student who is half-human,
half alien and a full time member of the Split-Second Squad, a
secret alien army that protects Earth from alien attacks through
interdimensional "gates". Using its liquid supercomputer
ThinkTank, the squad was able to locate these gates before damage
could be done -- until it was destroyed and its contents splashed
all over Alec's body. Although the youngest and least experienced
of the team, Alec is the only Squadder with the power to sense
when and where the invaders will strike, so he is always on call.
will also be involved in the production of the TV series.
watched Gatecrasher grow from concept to comic, and am looking
forward to seeing it evolve into a quality sci-fi animated series,"
says Dan DiDio, Mainframe Entertainment Senior VP of Creative
Affairs. "We are very excited about the opportunity to develop
the show with MTV and have very high hopes for its future."
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Announces Best Animation Award Winners
(by digitalmediafx.com) SIGGRAPH has announced the winner
of its annual Computer Animation Festival Best of Show competition.
There were 678 entries with the winning entry being "Values"
by Van Phan.
jury describes "Values" as follows:
is a touching story of family values that tugs at the heart and
the spirit. Using effortless animation techniques, Van Phan, a
talented graduate student in animation at the University of Southern
California, chose to let the uncomplicated characters tell the
story completely through expression and in silence, except for
the beautifully composed original background music."
A second award,
titled the "Jury Honors Award" was given to the animated
production F8 by Jason Wen. The SIGGRAPH jury describes "F8"
created entirely by Jason Wen over a two-year period, is an extraordinary
piece of classic sci-fi filmmaking. A highlight from the 12-minute
piece will be showcased in the Electronic Theater and the entire
piece can be seen daily in the Animation Theaters. With its stunning
backgrounds and lighting, compelling character design, and brilliant
camera work, this piece clearly demonstrates the future of independent
filmmaking and storytelling."
announcement took place just three weeks before the start of SIGGRAPH
2001, with exhibits from August 14 - 16 at the Los Angeles Convention
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(by digitalmediafx.com) Shrek is continuing to dominate
the box office overseas even thwarting an effort by Tomb Raider.
to BBC News, "Animated film Shrek has moved back into the
number one spot at the UK and Ireland box office, dislodging blockbuster
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
The story of a green ogre and a beautiful princess took a further
£2,804,798 in ticket receipts in its third week."
In other overseas
news, the newest Harry Potter movie trailer will air in
U.K. cinemas beginning this Friday. The the trailer will play
prior to Jurassic Park 3 screenings.
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of the Day - JP3: "Fossilized Plot Cloned Again"
to Washington Post:
are like fast-food restaurants. Whether it's McDonald's or Burger
King, you know what you're getting and more likely than not, it's
ground meat. If you want to know exactly what you're getting,
put your money on Jurassic Park III..."
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