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Gemini FX and Animation
Best Animated Program or Series:
Children of Chelm
Ollie's Under the
Yvon of the Yukon
Best Visual Effects:
Jim Finn, Geoff Anderson,
Roberto Biagi, Joe Farrell, Jamie Kawano, Bruce MacDougall, Darren Marcoux,
Noel Hooper, Mark
Fordham, Robin Mitchell, Michael Pieczonka
James Tichenor, Stephen
Bahr, Michelle Comens, Shannon Gurney, Robin Hackl, Mark Roth, Craig Van
Den Biggelaar, Bruce Woloshyn
James Tichenor, Wray
Douglas, Debora Dunphy, Erik Ellefson, Shannon Gurney, Robin Hackl, Greg
Hansen, Jeremy Hoey, Kent Matheson, Christine Petrov, Judy D. Shane, Craig
Van Den Biggelaar
Steve Anker, Geoff
Anderson, Joe Farrell, Patrick Halm, Lydia Hamilton, Tom Tennisco
Meyer Tackles Fred Bastard
The premise for Fred emerged about 11 years ago when animator Uli Meyer got the idea for the series. He has spent his downtime since then establishing characters and storylines. Staff at Uli Meyer Studios spent spare time working on bits and pieces of the project, which took 18 months to finish.
The studio used Cambridge Animation Systems Animo software to help create the series.
Animo allowed us to preserve the artists line, which was essential for Freds brush-stroke look, says Mark Farrington, producer at Uli Meyer. The only alternative would have been to paint each cell by hand a high-cost option. We are very aware of the obvious savings Animo allowed us, especially since there was no outside funding for the project.
Uli Meyer is currently seeking distributors and production partners to bring Fred Bastard to the web and/or television. The series pilot debuted at the Annecy Animation Festival in June. The episode follows Freds attempts to raise rent for his embittered landlady, Miss Hand-Shandy, by selling his beloved television and buying lottery tickets with the proceeds. Uli Meyer plans to enter the pilot in additional festivals and is working on future episodes, including Freds Holiday Trip, Fred at the Hospital and Freds Doppelganger.
Uli Meyer Studios was established 11 years ago and has produced approximately 300 commercials and worked on the feature films Space Jam, Lost in Space, and Anastasia. The studio, based in London, is a state-of-the-art animation facility with 3D, Avid and Commotion workstations.
Weekend Box Office
1. Training Day -
News Link of the
Day - Dreaming of Oscars
"Because an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film will be given out for the first time in March 2002, nearly every studio with an animation arm has released at least one "cartoon" this calendar year, in the hopes that they will win the first animation Oscar.
Dreamworks has given us the delightful, hilarious Shrek, while Disney has fielded the underrated aquatic adventure Atlantis. Coming in November from Pixar, the makers of Toy Story, is Monsters Inc. Sadly, Fox Animation is out of the running because its two animated films, Anastasia and Titan A.E., didn't generate much business, and the animation unit had to be shut down..."
(INQ7 seems to favor
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