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Digital Media FX - The Power of Imagination
Vol. 1, No. 2 - April 1, 2001
Table of Contents:
(2) Father & Daughter Winner
Gets More Than an Oscar
(3) Spy Kids Has Huge Opening Weekend
(4) Top News Stories of Past Two
(5) April Fool's Issue of Digital
(6) Is Warner Bros. Going to Recognize
(7) Exclusive Sneak Peek - William
Hanna: The Story of a Legend
Welcome to the second issue of the Digital Media FX (dFX) newsletter,
covering the world of animation and visual effects. This newsletter is
published on the 1st and 15th of each month with original content, insider
news, and sneak peeks at new dFX features.
There's a lot of material
in this issue - everything from Spy Kids huge opening to a sneak peek
at our "William Hanna: The Story of a Legend" feature. So sit
back, relax, and see what the power of imagination is bringing to life.
-- Joe Tracy
Father & Daughter
Winner Gets More Than an Oscar
(digitalmediafx.com) At last Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, the winner
for the "Best Animated Short" category was a animated short
called "Father & Daughter" by Michael Dudok de Wit. In accepting
his award, de Wit ended up winning more than an Oscar. This year, the
Academy Awards announced it was giving away a state of the art HDTV set
to the person with the shortest speech during the televised event. Michael
Dudok de Wit easily won that category too with a speech lasting only 18
did not write the shortest speech to win the television set," de
Wit said after the ceremony when asked about winning the TV. "I have
many television sets. I wrote it to say what I had to say and no more."
De Wit says that he
is giving the HDTV set to charity. His speech was a full 9 seconds shorter
than his nearest "competitor". The Academy Awards suggested
speech lengths under 45 seconds saying they may cut off anyone who went
over. Best Actress winner Julia Roberts, however, delivered the longest
speech at 3 minutes and 47 seconds. It was not cut short by the Academy
Awards producers even though it was well over three times longer the limit
set, which had been imposed on other award winners.
Here is the full text
of Michael Dudok de Wit's 18 second speech:
"I would like
to thank my two producers, Claire Jennings from London and Willem Thijssen
from Amsterdam. And both for the dedication and very hard work. And I
would like to thank especially my wife Arielle and for her support. Thank
you, Academy members. This is fantastic."
For more on "Father
& Daughter's" victory, click
Spy Kids Has Huge
(digitalmediafx.com) When final box office results are made public on
Monday, it is estimated that Spy Kids will have grossed over $26
million in its opening weekend. This is well beyond the $12 - $16 million
predicted by most box office analysts. The PG-rated special effects film
had a wide appeal from kids through adults and was the number one choice
for family audiences. The opening of Spy Kids was better than last
year's big family film, Chicken Run.
Top News Stories
of the Past Two Weeks
(digitalmediafx.com) Digital Media FX is updated 365 days a year including
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. If you don't visit daily you may have
missed some important news. Here is a list of what we consider the top
three news stories (in order of importance) of the past two weeks, including
links to each story.
Hanna Passes Away
Iwerks - 100 Years Later
Lasseter Given 10 Year Contract With Pixar
April Fool's Issue
of Digital Media FX
(digitalmediafx.com) April 1 marked the First Annual April Fool's edition
of Digital Media FX magazine. If you missed the special April Fool's update,
you can view it by click
Articles in this year's
April Fool's Edition include:
- DreamWorked to Produce Hieroglyphic Animated Feature!
- Dizney Unveils New Mascot
- Warner Sisters Denies Marketing Animated Film
- Monsters, LTD Receives Changes and a PG Rating!
Warner Bros. Going to Recognize William Hanna?
(digitalmediafx.com) On Thursday, March 22, 2001 one of the greatest
cartoon visionaries of all time - William Hanna - passed away. It is customary
when an artist like Hanna passes away for the studio to properly recognize
the visionary publicly. In most cases this is done through press releases
detailing the life and contributions of the visionary. Since March 22,
Warner Bros., which owns Hanna-Barbera, has failed to recognize Hanna's
contributions via a press release. When legendary Disney animator Marc
Davis passed away last year, Disney immediately issued a press release
honoring the life and memory of Davis. That release can be found here.
It is our sincere
hope that Warner Bros. will soon do the same for William Hanna.
Sneak Peek William Hanna: The Story of a Legend
(digitalmediafx.com) On Tuesday, April 3, dFX will be publishing a feature
article on William Hanna titled "William Hanna: The Story of a Legend".
As a subscriber to the dFX newsletter, you are being given an exclusive
sneak peek (two days early) of this new feature.
To view the feature,
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I hope that you've enjoyed this second edition of the Digital Media FX
newsletter and I look forward to providing you with continued coverage
of the animation and visual effects industries.
Joe Tracy, Publisher
Digital Media FX - The Power of Imagination
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