PERSEPOLIS OPENS OTTAWA ANIMATION FEST

The Ottawa International Animation Festival opened yesterday with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis the animated feature about growing up in Iran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution (she created the graphic novel of the same name as well). Earlier this year, the film picked up the jury prize at Cannes. To find out the time and venue for […] [Read more]

WATCH OUT FOR DAY WATCH

Russian director Timur Bekmambetov has made his share of ads but is best known for his 2004 sci-fi film Night Watch based on the book by Sergey Lukyanenko. This is the VFX intensive trailer for the sequel Day Watch due out in North America June 1 (wonder how long it will take before the car […] [Read more]

AWN OSCAR SHOWCASE

AWN’s annual roundup of Oscar contenders is up – you can watch clips from all the short and feature animated nominees. The new Pixar film called Lifted looks like good fun. But looking at some of the other shorts it’s a complete mystery why Charlex’s One Rat Short didn’t make the final five. [Read more]

A Peek under the hood at ILM

For those of you who are interested in visual effects, this post is for you. ILM just launched a microsite showcasing their work on the second installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. They’ve got an interactive viewer that allows you to see what the footage looked like when it was shot all the […] [Read more]

BESSON + BUF = BOFFO?

Parisian tour de force talents Luc Besson and BUF enter the crowded CG feature pool this December with Arthur and the Invisibles. The live action and CG film is directed by Besson and adapted from his kid’s fantasy novel called "Arthur and the Minimoys". Voice talent includes David Bowie (below), Madonna and Snoop Dogg. Watch […] [Read more]

THE BROTHERS STRAUSE TAPPED FOR FEATURE

Seems Hollywood has discovered a new vein of directing talent. Following the announcement Neill Blomkamp will jump to helming features with Halo comes word that The Brothers Strause will direct Alien vs Predator 2 for 20th Century Fox and Davis Entertainment. Greg and Colin Strause are repped by tight and are principles in the Santa […] [Read more]