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Prime Focus’ Namit Malhotra congratulates Dneg team on VFX Oscar
5:00 pm PDT 24/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Europe’s largest and one of the most acclaimed VFX houses globally, Double Negative, part of India listed Prime Focus, the world’s largest independent and integrated media services powerhouse, has bagged the Academy Award for visual effects for their spectacular work on Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. The award was presented to VFX Supervisors Paul Franklin (one of the founding members of Double Negative) and Andrew Lockley, SFX Supervisor Ian Hunter and New Deal Studios’ VFX Supervisor Scott Fisher at the 87th Annual … Read More

Six reasons why ‘Big Hero 6′ deserved to win the Oscar!
8:00 pm PDT 23/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

The moment the winner for the ‘Best Animated Feature’ category was announced at the 87th Academy Awards, it was a pleasant surprise (mostly unpleasant for many). No one in their wildest of dreams even gave this Walt Disney Animation Studios production a chance to bag the prized golden statuette. But hold on, when the same studio won the biggest honour last year for the most successful film from its studios yet – Frozen – no one raised the question of … Read More

‘Interstellar’ bags the Oscar for best visual effects at the 87th Academy Awards
8:45 am PDT 23/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

As the awards season culminates with the Oscars in Los Angeles at the prestigious 87th Academy Awards on the night of 22 February, the team at Double Negative (Dneg) are celebrating their triumph in arguably the toughest year for the VFX category, given the brilliant work done by all the nominees in the visual effects space. Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher went up and received their respective golden statues, while they continued to thank Christopher Nolan for … Read More

Walt Disney Animation Studios sweeps the ‘Animation’ category at the 87th Oscars
8:30 am PDT 23/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The team at Walt Disney Animation Studios must be over the moon after scoring a double whammy at the 87th Oscars in both the ‘Best Animation Feature’ and the ‘Best Animation Short’ categories. On the feature film side, Big Hero 6 brought home the Academy Award which was received by Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli. This win certainly came as a surprise as everyone from the trade and the industry never really felt this movie had a chance … Read More

Winners announced for International Emmy Kids Awards
11:00 am PDT 21/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just a while back announced the winners of the 3rd International Emmy Kids Awards. Winning programs from Chile, France, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are: Polseres Vermelles (The Red Band Society) (Kids: Series); Wild Kids (Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment); Mike The Knight (Kids: Pre-School); Con Que Suenas? (What’s Your Dream? Season 2), (Kids: Factual); Jungle Bunch to the Rescue (Kids: Animation) and Alles Mag (Anything Goes), (Kids: TV-Movie/Mini-Series). “There is great responsibility associated with creating content for children, and … Read More

And the Oscar for ‘Best Visual Effects’ goes to Double Negative for ‘Interstellar’
4:00 pm PDT 20/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

As the awards season culminates with the Oscars, and all the mega stars wait in anticipation to get recognised by the Academy in Los Angeles for the prestigious ceremony on the night of 22 February, brings you its predictions for the Visual Effects category. Let’s now take a look at the movies nominated in the ‘Best Visual Effects’ category First up, Industrial Light & Magic’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier… When this Marvel character debuted on the big screen in 2011’s … Read More

And the Oscar for ‘Best Animated Feature’ goes to Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Tale of The Princess Kaguya’
3:30 pm PDT 20/02/2015 By Sidharth Iyer

As the awards season culminates with the Oscars, and all the mega stars wait in anticipation to get recognised by the Academy in Los Angeles for the prestigious ceremony on the night of 22 February, brings you its predictions for the Animation category. Let’s first take a look at who are in the running for the ‘Best Animated Feature’ category First up, Walt Disney’s Big Hero 6… Well this movie certainly proved once again that if any animation studio can handle … Read More

Autodesk & Shotgun enable most Oscar nominated movies this year
3:30 pm PDT 19/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The role of technology in the service of great storytelling continues to evolve, and this year’s Academy Award nominees reflect the impressive artistry of the global computer graphics (CG) industry. From Best Pictures and VFX, to Best Cinematography, Animated Features and Shorts, Autodesk media and entertainment software played a supporting role in the creation of many of this year’s most acclaimed movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also recognized Autodesk technology with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award … Read More

Toon Boom Animation scores at the Telly Awards for ‘The Key’
1:30 pm PDT 19/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The 35th Annual Telly Awards has awarded Mark Simon and Toon Boom Animation as a winner for the animated show The Key, from over 12000 entries. The Key was created to show the power and options of the Toon Boom suite of animation software tools and the goal was to include elements such as integrating 2D and 3D elements, atmospheric mist, fire, liquid, shadows and more. “Toon Boom gave me a list of parameters they wanted to show off with … Read More

Big Hero 6 wins CAS award for sound mixing
12:30 pm PDT 17/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

A week before the Oscars is set to take place; one of the nominees in the animation category has bagged an award at the 51st Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards. The Walt Disney Animation Studio Oscar nominee Big Hero 6 was awarded ‘Outstanding achievement in sound mixing for a motion picture – animated’ at the event. The sound mixing team included original dialogue mixer and re-recording mixer Gabriel Guy, re-recording mixer David E Fluhr, scoring mixer Alan Meyerson and foley … Read More

Writers Guild of America honours the best in the business
10:00 am PDT 16/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The Grand Budapest Hotel scriptwriter Wes Anderson won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) 2015 award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for historical thriller The Imitation Game won for adapted screenplay. The awards were announced in simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York on Saturday. Lisa Kudrow hosted the West Coast ceremonies at the Century Plaza, while Larry Wilmore hosted the New York one. The Grand Budapest Hotel won over the scripts for Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler and … Read More

DreamWorks Animation bags 2 technical achievement awards by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
12:30 pm PDT 10/02/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

DreamWorks Animation (DWA) has been witnessing several awards being showered on it lately. The latest is that DWA has received two Technical Achievement Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for developing two revolutionary tools used in feature filmmaking: Foliage System and OpenVDB. These two tools were used in the making of How to Train Your Dragon 2 (HTTYD2). Hewlett-Packard received a technical achievement award for its HP DreamColor LP2480zX Professional Display monitor, created in collaboration with … Read More