Media FX Newsletter
Vol. 1, No. 4 - May 1, 2001
(2) Osmosis Jones Edited
to a PG Rating!
(3) Animated Short Oscar
Winner Officially Donates TV
(4) Disney Animation Hardest
Hit in Layoffs
(5) Top News Stories of the
Past Two Weeks
(6) Digital Media FX Opens
Shrek Movie Site
(7) Sneak Peek - Saul Bass:
A Film Title Pioneer
Welcome to the fourth 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 animation/FX content, insider news, and sneak peeks
at new dFX features.
Jim Hill's new column was not received in time to prepare it for
a sneak peek for dFX newsletter readers. Keep an eye out at www.digitalmediafx.com
later this week to view his most recent column. We do have another
sneak peek for you, however. Noell Evans has written an excellent
feature on "Saul Bass: A Film Title Pioneer." See the
story further down for access details. -- Joe Tracy
Jones Edited to a PG Rating!
(by digitalmediafx.com) In March of this year, the Motion Picture
Association of America gave Osmosis Jones a PG-13 rating
for "crude language and humor." However, Warner Bros.
first major movie trailer for the film clearly states that Osmosis
Jones is rated PG, indicating that Warner Bros. had the producers
tamper with the film to take it to a more family-friendly PG rating.
To view the
movie trailer for Osmosis Jones, visit the Digital
Media FX Movie Trailers page.
Short Oscar Winner Officially Donates TV
(by digitalmediafx.com) Michael Dudok De Wit, winner of the "Best
Animated Short" Oscar at this year's Academy Awards followed
through on his promise to give an HDTV set to charity. He had
won the HDTV set for giving the shortest speech at the televised
ceremony (18 seconds).
De Wit donated
the HDTV set to a rehabilitation center for youth called Hollygrove,
which is located in Los Angeles.
De Wit won
the Oscar for his Father & Daughter animated short. For more
information on his victory, click
Animation Hardest Hit in Layoffs
(by digitalmediafx.com) It appears that Disney Animation will
be the hardest hit by the 4,000 layoffs / voluntary departures.
to CBS Market Watch, Disney is cutting 3% of its work force, yet
30% of all Disney animators are losing their jobs. In regards
to animation salary cuts at Disney, Market Watch quotes Disney
spokesman John Dreyer as saying, "I think it's fair to say
there's no longer pressure to maintain wages."
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.
Disney Animation Changes
Wins Showing at CANNES!
"Disney Animators Deserve Greatest Protection"
(it didn't last long)
Media FX Opens Shrek Movie Site
(by digitalmediafx.com) This past weekend, Digital Media FX
opened up an educational movie site for the upcoming DreamWorks
movie, Shrek. The site contains regular News, Features, Images,
a list of Artists, and several other sections.
You can visit
the new dFX Shrek site by clicking
- Saul Bass: A Film Title Pioneer
(by digitalmediafx.com) Noell Evans' May feature article deals
with a film title pioneer named Saul Bass. Discover what made
this man important to the film and animation industry.
You can access
the article - 24 hours before it is announced on the Digital Media
FX Website - by clicking
for being a part of the Digital Media FX team through your daily
visits to www.digitalmediafx.com.
I hope that you've enjoyed this third 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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