One Animation studio head John McKenna in a candid chat dispenses pearls of wisdom
5:45 pm PDT 14/07/2017 By Anshita Bhatt

John McKenna was not one of those young people who are passionate about the art of animation and want to create films. Yet here he is, heading One Animation which is the studio that has created one of the most globally successful TV animated comedy series Oddbods. Before destiny led him to animation, McKenna was working in London in writing, acting, producing shows, directing and running teams of musicians for live theatre. “At one point, I wanted to become an … Read More

Interview with political cartoonist Vikas Sabnis
8:00 pm PDT 11/07/2017 By Sachin Bhat

For almost half a century now, Vikas Sabnis has been beguiling people with his cheeky cartoons and caricatures. His impeccable work has earned him numerous recognitions, whereas his popularity stretches as far as The Netherlands.In a candid conversation, the eminent cartoonist looks back on to his glorious journey and also reveals some interesting events in his life. Why did you decide to be a cartoonist? I was an arts student and it was in 1968 when it all began. I … Read More

Robert Downey hints at MCU exit as he talks of ‘hanging up the jersey’
6:00 pm PDT 06/07/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Hollywood starlet Robert Downey Jr. laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the Avengers when he kick-started Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 with Iron Man. The movie was a massive success and became the foundation for the forthcoming MCU movies. But as they say all good things come to an end, Robert Downey’s reign as the metal crusader too is nearing an end as he has hinted at quitting the Marvel franchise. The 52-year old has appeared in seven … Read More

Tom Holland croons desi ‘Issspiderman’ song in a promotional video for India release
4:00 pm PDT 05/07/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

As the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming nears, the excitement and curiosity to watch the young Holland in the Spidey avatar along with the favourite Tony Stark cannot be contained. At this stage, any activity surrounding Spider-Man only makes them want more. The Comic Con India (CCI) crew recently attended Sony India’s exclusive Spider-Man: Homecoming media event in Singapore with East India Comedy’s Sahil Shah.  As a part of the CCI crew, Shah hosted a special conversation with the cast of … Read More

Flashback: FutureWorks’ senior colourist Andreas Brueckl grades his ‘Bank Chor’ journey
3:40 pm PDT 29/06/2017 By Swati Panda

It was a memorable journey for FutureWorks’ senior colourist Andreas Brueckl who graded his first Bollywood feature film after joining the post-production studio early this year. Andreas graded Y-Films’ Bank Chor which released on 16 June 2017. The movie was released nationwide on 16 June on about 800 screens. The comic thriller directed by Bumpy and was produced by  Y-Films head Ashish Patil.  Y-films is the youth wing of Aditya Chopra’s production and distribution powerhouse Yash Raj Films The film was shot … Read More

Tete-a-tete with digital painter Abeer Malik
7:16 pm PDT 23/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Her deft artwork brings paintings to life, while her picturesque portrayals of Amitabh Bachchan has espied the eye of the Big B himself. Abeer Malik may still be in the springtime of her life but the imperiously talented artist has already carved a niche for herself. We bring you an exclusive interview with her as she discusses her journey from a lonely girl in Jamshedpur to becoming the face of digital painting in India. Can you please introduce yourself in brief … Read More

‘The Book of Life’ director joins Spark Animation 2017 as Conference Chair
10:30 am PDT 21/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Spark Computer Graphics Society (Spark CG) has announced Jorge R. Gutierrez as the Spark Animation 2017 Conference Chair. Visionary Mexican animator, character designer, painter, writer and director, Gutierrez, will be bringing his work and experience from south of the border to the Great White North to curate and host Western Canada’s largest animation event. Spark believes that Gutierrez’s exuberance and love for animation will make the conference a memorable experience. 2017 is proving to be the year of big announcements … Read More

Marc Chu joins Atomic Fiction as animation department supervisor
10:30 am PDT 20/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Atomic Fiction, a visual effects studio from Oakland has brought in animation guru Marc Chu to lead the studio’s animation efforts across its Oakland and Montreal locations. Chu joins Atomic Fiction from ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), where he most recently served as animation director, bringing more than 20 years of experience animating and supervising the creation of everything from aliens and spaceships to pirates and superheroes. “Animation is only as good as the creative team behind it, so we wanted … Read More

TV’s caped crusader, Adam West bids adieu to the world
6:00 pm PDT 12/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Hollywood legend Adam West, an actor defined as well as constrained by his role in the 1960s series Batman took his last breath on Friday night in Los Angeles. He passed away after a short battle with leukemia at the age of 88. West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. “Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and … Read More

Gaumont taps Laura Laas as animation TV sales head
12:00 pm PDT 08/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

Gaumont has hired Laura Laas as its new VP of international television sales for animation, to work across its EMEA and North American sales activity. Laas is charged with selling Gaumont’s animated TV series within the EMEA territories and North America, as well as developing partnerships for worldwide co-productions. She will report to the company’s president of worldwide TV distribution and co-production, Vanessa Shapiro, and will also work closely with Gaumont’s animation team, led by division president Nicolas Atlan. “We … Read More

Manoj Mishra returns to DQ Entertainment fold as COO
10:00 am PDT 07/06/2017 By Krishanu Ghosal

Earlier this year, the animation industry was taken aback when information trickled out about India’s leading animation studio DQ Entertainment’s COO Sumedha Saraogi had departed from the company. She had been associated with DQ for more than a decade, first as a senior veep of global business development and then as COO. Now the news is that her position has been filled with the return of long time DQ executive Manoj Mishra who has returned to the DQ fold. At least … Read More

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee will put handprints-footprints in cement at Legion M ceremony
10:30 am PDT 02/06/2017 By AnimationXpress Team

On 18 July, the eve of San Diego Comic-Con, the iconic creator and force behind Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, will put his handprints and footprints in cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Presented by Legion M, ICON: Celebrating Stan Lee is the first ever handprint-footprints ceremony in TCL history to be organised and hosted by the fans. Kevin Smith from the TV show Comic Book Men said, “Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fuelled our imagination and aspirations. Now, … Read More