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Sony Pictures Entertainment & Mitsui join hands to initiate AK Holdings, a TV animation joint venture
5:00 pm PDT 25/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) and Mitsui have joined hands and would be initiating AK Holdings Corporation, which will be responsible for operating the two known Japanese anime networks, Animax and Kids Station. As Sony has the majority shares in the upcoming joint venture, the company has appointed, managing director of Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Television Network, Masao Takiyama as the representative director for both Kids Station and Animax. “In addition to a treasured form of Japanese art and culture, anime … Read More

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‘Arrival’ screenwriter Eric Heisserer to pen Valiant’s ‘Secret Weapons’ comic
4:00 pm PDT 25/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Eric Andrew Heisserer, the screenplay writer for Arrival – based on Story of Your Life written by Ted Chiang – is working on his new comic series called Secret Weapons for Valiant Comics. Secret Weapons is based on Harbinger, a best-selling comic about a team of teenage superheroes. In Secret Weapons, the team will band together under the leadership of Livewire to combat evil. Heisserer has earlier written a couple of mini-series for Dark Horse Comics. He has also penned the screenplay … Read More

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Demi-god, Hayao Miyazaki to direct his first CG animation feature
2:30 pm PDT 25/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Japanese animation film studio, Studio Ghibli’s co-founder and highly acclaimed creator and director of some of the most incredible works in the field of animation is once again stepping out of retirement for his love of film-making, with a new anime feature. The Academy Honorary Award winning anime director is working on Kemushi No Boro (Boro The Caterpillar), a feature-length version of a 12-minute computer-generated 3D short film that he made in 2015, after learning how to use animation software … Read More

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‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ goes gold
12:00 pm PDT 25/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Over the last week or so, we have had our fair share of news for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The upcoming action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts had recently released a video which gave us an overview about the basics of the game’s action and weapons. The video goes on to talk about four main kinds of weapons, pistols, sniper rifles, shotguns and assault rifles. Other than that, the video also showed melee items and … Read More

Informative sessions by industry gurus conclude “The Art of Post-Production”
6:00 pm PDT 24/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The biggest challenge in this ever-evolving technology space – where we witness new software and tools being launched every other day – is how can video editors, artists and graphic designers remain up-to-date, upgrade their skill sets and deliver high quality content quickly. And it’s something most studio heads and supervisors would like to see being done in real time keeping pace with technology leaps. This is where AnimationXpress and Adobe’s workshop ‘The Art of Post-Production’ came in. AnimationXpress in association … Read More

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‘Overwatch’, ‘Uncharted: 4: A Thief’s End’ win multiple accolades at Dice Awards 2017
3:00 pm PDT 24/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The recent instalment of industry awards was conferred yesterday, at Las Vegas. The 20th edition of the DICE Awards concluded by awarding accolades in 24 categories. The nominations were dominated by Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which was nominated in 10 categories including Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, design and even in the ‘Game of the Year’ category. Other games which picked multiple nominations included Playdead’s Inside, which picked up nine nominations, followed by Battlefield 1 with eight … Read More

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MPC LA promotes Michael Gregory as the VFX creative director
12:30 pm PDT 24/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

MPC Los Angeles has announced that Michael Gregory has been promoted to VFX creative director. Gregory will work alongside VFX creative director Rob Hodgson to lead the studio’s advertising VFX division. Gregory joined the Los Angeles studio in March 2016 as head of 2D after 13 years of experience at MPC London, where he became one of the industry’s most sought out and well-liked VFX supervisors and lead artists. His most recent work via MPC LA includes commercials for Nike, … Read More

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Milind D Shinde’s six-month old animation studio, 88 Pictures delivers ‘Trollhunters’
6:00 pm PDT 23/02/2017 By Prerna Kothari

One of the most awaited animated series got released last year on Netflix which went on to win three Annie Awards this year. This series was being made by the man who is known for blending and creating magic on screen with his dark fantasy films. We are talking about Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters. The series is a DreamWorks Animation production which hit Netflix on 23 December, 2016 and recently Netflix renewed the series for a second season of thirteen … Read More

Hellboy 3 officially dismissed, said Guillermo del Toro
5:45 pm PDT 23/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Hell, no! The third instalment to the popular Hellboy series starring Ron Perlman is scrapped, director Guillermo del Toro informed fans on Tuesday, 21 February, 2017 on Twitter. Del Torro wrote in his tweet that he had spoken to all parties that were originally involved in the making of the third part and that there was no chance of the series continuing any further. Hellboy 3 Sorry to report: Spoke w all parties. Must report that 100% the sequel will … Read More

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HP launches its gaming brand, ‘OMEN’ in India
3:00 pm PDT 23/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

HP today made the debut of its gaming portfolio in India – OMEN, featuring an array of products built for gamers combining its latest in PC innovation. The portfolio will be available starting 15 March, 2017 on their website, select HP World stores, leading ecommerce portals. The Omen brand looks forward to unify HP’s gaming portfolio under one name. Commenting on the launch HP India, MD, Rajiv Srivastava said “Gaming in India has seen rapid expansion and adoption in the … Read More

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Bringing a woolly love story to life – The BAFTA Award winning short film, A Love Story’s director unwinds her success story
6:00 pm PDT 22/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

The concept of love is quite volatile in itself and to explore it through creative eyes, a gargantuan task. The same subject was picked up by Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, from National Film and Television School (NFTS), who decided to portray it through an interesting, experimental method, which happens to be one of her likeness. ‘A Love Story’, which recently won the Best British Short Animation Award at BAFTA 2017, explores the concept of love through the method of stop-motion. What’s … Read More

Fenil Sherdiwala demystifies the creation of B.L.A.C.K. comics
4:30 pm PDT 22/02/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Four years ago, the idea for B.L.A.C.K. – first instalment in Jasoos Balram detective comic series – was born at Fenil Comics, a comic book publishing house based in Surat, Gujarat. The 32-page comic is written by Fenil Sherdiwala and edited by Bipin Sherdiwala. News surrounding Fenil Comics publishing their two new titles – SECRET AGENT OM and B.L.A.C.K. – first came in 2012, when the company was in the midst of publishing the multi-series comics. B.L.A.C.K. is the first … Read More