Media FX Newsletter
Vol. 1, No. 7 - June 15, 2001
(2) Homer Simpson Slang Recognized
(3) Battlefield Earth: The
(4) Press Slamming Disney
Over Animation Layoffs
(5) Top News Stories of the
Past Two Weeks
(6) Sneak Peek: A Feature,
Interview, and Jim Hill's New Column
(7) dFX Quick Takes
Welcome to another edition 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.
contains some interesting tidbits on the Disney animation layoffs,
Battlefield Earth, and official recognition of Homer Simpson's
most popular slang word - Doh! In addition you are being give
THREE special sneak peeks - Jim Hill's new column, a new feature,
and an interview with Shrek's Raman Hui. Enjoy! -- Joe Tracy
Slang Recognized by Dictionary
(by digitalmediafx.com) The Oxford English Dictionary now officially
recognizes the Homer Simpson slang "Doh" as an English
officially describes the word "Doh" as "expressing
frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly
or not as planned or that one has just said or done something
foolish, also implying that another person has said or done something
Earth: The Anime Series
(by digitalmediafx.com) A 13-part anime series based on Battlefield
Earth is underway, being produced by Japan's Pine Com International
for worldwide distribution next year. Dan Haggerty, of "Grizzly
Adams" television and motion picture fame, will be the voice
of Terl for the English version of the series. Negotiations are
taking place with Chow Yun Fat to possibly voice Terl for International
versions of the series.
The role of
Terl, the Psychlo security chief of Earth in L. Ron Hubbard's
sweeping saga of alien conquest and human rebellion in the year
3000 A.D., was played by John Travolta in last year's theatrical
adaptation of one of the most critically acclaimed science fiction
novels of all time.
Earth is an action and character-charged story, magnified by a
deadly battle of wits between Terl and the hero, Jonnie Goodboy
Tyler, with the entire Earth -- from Scotland to Africa to the
Rocky Mountains - and the immense expanse of 19 galaxies as the
ultimate battleground," says Javier Ruiz, senior vice president
of Hollywood-based Author Services, which overseas all L. Ron
Hubbard literary and theatrical rights. "The TV series will
capture this with an explosion of anime color and graphic detail
that will leave viewers simply hungry for more."
Disney Over Animation Layoffs
(by digitalmediafx.com) Disney animation layoffs and salary cuts
are garnishing a lot of press attention, particularly in light
of DreamWorks extraordinary success with the animated Shrek (PDI)
and Chicken Run (Aardman).
In a lengthy
story on June 15, the LA Times states, "The scaling back
of the much-storied division, which comes as Disney is cutting
4,000 jobs in a company-wide belt tightening, has sparked anger
among some longtime animators. They say Disney is no longer nurturing
top talent the way its founder did and that the division that
produced such classics as 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and
'Peter Pan' is losing its way."
interested in what Disney animators make, the article also states,
"In the last decade, journeymen animators saw their salaries
jump from $1,500 a week to nearly $3,000."
You can view
a full copy of the story, also published by the Orlando Sentinel,
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 five news stories (in order of importance)
of the past two weeks, including links to each story.
Ketcham Passes Away at 81
Set to Layoff 1,000 Employees (Including Animators)
Shrek Passes $175 Million
to Get Video Sequel and TV Series
Too Much Alcohol and Tobacco in Animated Features
- A Feature, Interview, and Jim Hill's New Column
(by digitalmediafx.com) As a newsletter subscriber you are being
granted an advance look at three new articles, which won't be
available to non-subscribers for several more days.
is a sneak peek, keep in mind that the material is not in finished
form. You are being given an advance look, meaning that the articles
are still being formatted (i.e. images are being added, grammar
double-checked, print pages added, etc.).
#1 - Noell Wolfgram Evans has prepared another excellent feature
article - this one focusing on John Hubley. You can read the feature
article by clicking
#2 - Jim Hill tries to explain the quirky pleasures to be found
when one watches the "VeggieTales" and "3-2-1 Penguins"
video series. You can access the column by clicking
#3 - Digital Media FX recently had the opportunity to interview
Raman Hui about the Princess Fiona character in Shrek. You can
read the interview by clicking
Sneak Peek material is not always in its final form. Many are
still being formatted or having images added. Thus be sure to
check back a few days after your original viewing to see the article/interview
in its final form.
Media FX has opened a new area called Forum Insights, which
republishes the best posts made at the dFX forums. The purpose
of the area is to help readers quickly gain access to insightful
information shared by others. You can visit the new section
Media FX makes it easy for you to track the daily box office
results for Atlantis: The Lost Empire. For daily updates, simply
Media FX has opened a new area called Artists. The purpose of
the area is to begin archiving detailed information on every
artist and animator within the business (an enormous task).
To see examples or to submit information to be included in this
new section, click
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I hope that you've enjoyed this 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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