Monday, July 16, 2018

News from SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival

SIGGRAPH 2018 COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL TO PRESENT
‘NEXT GENERATION’ OF STORYTELLING

Electronic Theater Announces Lineup of 25 Short Films and Presentations, Award Winners; VR Theater to Present 14 Projects, Including First Student Work


CHICAGO, July 12, 2018 —SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, announces the full lineup for its Computer Animation Festival Electronic and VR Theaters. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is known for continuously pushing the boundaries of computer-generated storytelling in film, games, visual effects, and more. In-line with the 2018 conference theme of “Generations,” this year’s Electronic Theater lineup is poised to epitomize a next-generation showcase of 25 short films and presentations, culled from over 400 submissions. Truly an international show, the Electronic Theater will feature works from Ecuador, Spain, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States; five student projects; and, two major studio shorts — Pixar Animation Studios’ “Bao,” written and directed by the studio’s first-ever female director of a short film, Chinese-Canadian-American artist Domee Shi, and DreamWorks Animation’s “Bilby.” The Electronic Theater is a ticketed event that will be presented three evenings in a row, 13-15 August.

“We will be presenting a high caliber of work this year from a very competitive, international field of submissions. Our jury commented several times that there were tough decisions to be made over pieces that might have been a ‘slam dunk’ in previous years,” said SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival Director Larry Bafia. “Each year, the Computer Animation Festival provides a spectrum of computer graphics that is unique from any other festival. The work shown ranges from hyper-real to stylized, from student grad projects to small studio work, from large studio shorts to visual effects house showcases. Our 2018 festival will, once again, present a great variety of styles of visual storytelling — sure to make for an entertaining and compelling show.” 

The jury-selected SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater award winners are:

** BEST IN SHOW
Hybrids
Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion
MoPA
(France)


** BEST STUDENT PROJECT
Overrun
Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard, Matthieu Druaud, Adrien Zumbihl
Supinfocom Rubika
(France)

** JURY’S CHOICE
Bilby
Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel, JP Sans
DreamWorks Animation
(United States)

“The experience of watching this year’s submissions with such a diverse group of cross-industry professionals was an absolute pleasure; and quite a learning experience for this old, stop-frame luddite. Of particular interest was the amazing depth and quality of work we saw from educational institutions across the globe. The technical challenges, as well as the provocative themes, that this year’s crop of students confronted inspires a renewed enthusiasm for the future of the animation medium,” notes Paul Harrod, SIGGRAPH 2018 Computer Animation Festival juror and production designer whose recent credits include the Wes Anderson animated film “Isle of Dogs,” of the work.

The Electronic Theater began as an annual showcase of advances in computer graphics and has since has come to celebrate the rise of computer graphics as a medium for storytelling, not just in animation, but also in visual effects for film and games. The festival, since 1999, is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival and several works originally presented at the SIGGRAPH conference have been nominated for, or have received, a “Best Animated Short” Academy Award. View the full lineup of 2018 selections.

Though newer than the Electronic Theater, the 2018 Computer Animation Festival VR Theater promises to pack just as much punch. In its second year, the VR Theater will present daily ticketed screenings — expanded from 25 to 32 seats each — along with individual kiosk programming, culled from more than 30 global submissions. The 14 total selections hail from 12 countries and include two, longer format VR stories: “Space Explorers” from Felix & Paul Studios and “Arden’s Wake: Expanded” from Penrose Studios. Also featured within the VR Theater will be the live-action, science-fiction project “Trinity” from UNLTD-INC and the student-produced “Blue Bird” from Savannah College of Art and Design. The VR Theater kiosks, will be located throughout the conference’s Immersive Pavilion, and will showcase content with a runtime of five minutes or less, including Facebook’s “Beyond the Fence” and Google Spotlight Stories’ “Back to the Moon.” View the full lineup of 2018 selections.

To register for the conference, visit s2018.SIGGRAPH.org. The Electronic Theater is included at the Business Symposium, Full Conference Platinum, and Full Conference registration levels, or tickets can be purchased separately. VR Theater screenings are open to Full Conference Platinum and Full Conference registration levels only, and kiosks are accessible with Exhibits Plus registration or above.

About ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH 2018
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2018, marking the 45th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place from 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

News from SIGGRAPH 2018 VR, AR and MIXED Reality Program

SIGGRAPH 2018 TO DEBUT IMMERSIVE PAVILION WITH VRCADE AND VILLAGE:
Pavilion To Host Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Projects -
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ First VR Short, “Cycles,” to Make World Debut

Chicago, IL, June 27, 2018 - SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational event showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced information about this year’s Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality program. The 45th SIGGRAPH conference will take place 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre. To register for the conference, visit s2018.SIGGRAPH.org.

As virtual reality (VR) expands into the consumer market, and augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) get ready for prime time, SIGGRAPH 2018 stands as a prime place for these emerging media and experiences to offer a glimpse into the future from innovators around the globe. Cementing its status at the cutting-edge, SIGGRAPH 2018 will feature a brand-new space: the Immersive Pavilion. The Pavilion is devoted exclusively to these three mediums and will contain: the Vrcade, a space for VR, AR, and MR games or experiences; the well-known Village, for showcasing large-scale projects; and the VR Theater, a storytelling extravaganza that is part of the Computer Animation Festival.

“We are so excited about the new Immersive Pavilion it will instantly become the place for our attendees to experience, play, and learn about the latest technological advances across all areas of these rapidly emerging media platforms,” said SIGGRAPH 2018 Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Chair Pol Jeremias. “This year’s VR and mixed reality offerings will include innovative experiments, research, games, music videos, and more that are focused on the exploding and immersive interactive experience.”

Highlights of the 2018 Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality program include:

Cycles (Village)
Jeff Gipson, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ first VR short film, “Cycles,” centers around the true meaning of creating a home and the life it holds inside its walls. The short makes its world debut at SIGGRAPH 2018.

Welcome to Light Fields (Village)
Ryan S. Overbeck, Daniel Erickson, and Daniel Evangelakos, Google Inc.
“Light Fields” lets us experience the freedom of motion, realistic reflections, and translucence like never before in VR. Explore the Gamble House, Mosaic Tile House, and Space Shuttle Discovery. These navigable light field stills showcase the emerging technology Google is using to power its next generation of VR content.

Wolves in the Walls: Chapter 1 (Vrcade)
Peter Billington and Jessica Shamash, Fable Studio
Hailing from a new studio that recently join content creation for virtual reality cinema, not everything is at it seems when 8-year old Lucy's imagination proves to be a reality. “Wolves in the Walls” is an immersive fable that asks; what would it be like to interact, have a relationship, and go on a quest with a character inside a virtual reality movie?

Multiplayer Augmented Reality: the Future is Social, presented by Niantic (Village)
Si ying Diana Hu and Niniane Wang, Niantic, Inc.
As the creators of Pokémon Go, Niantic takes AR to the next level by enabling multiple mobile devices to experience the same AR objects in real-time! Watch people play pong against each other, where the ball and paddles exist in AR for all users. Shared AR experiences is essential for keeping AR mainstream in the future.

Crow: The Legend (Vrcade)
Larry Cutler, Eric Darnell, Nathaniel Dirksen, Michael Hutchinson, and Scott Peterson, Baobab Studios
“Crow: The Legend” is a re-telling of a Native American folk tale about a bird with the most dazzling plumage and mellifluous voice, who, after the planet turns dark and cold, must journey far from home to bring light and warmth back to the world.
For highlights from the VR Theater, check out this blog post. Access to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality programming is open to Exhibits Plus registration and above. The SIGGRAPH 2018 Immersive Pavilion is sponsored by NVIDIA.*
*No members of the NVIDIA team were involved in jury selection.

About ACM, ACM SIGGRAPH and SIGGRAPH 2018:
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2018, marking the 45th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place from 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"The Smurfs" New Animated TV Series Coming Soon

The SMURFS' fans will soon be thrilled. Peyo Productions and Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel are working on a 3D-CGI animated series (11' format) designed for kids from 5 to 10 years old, and based on Peyo's comic book creation. French broadcaster TFOU and Belgian broadcasters KETNET and OUFTIVI are co-production partners on the project.

Véronique Culliford, president & founder of Peyo Productions and I.M.P.S (Distribution Company) and Peyo's daughter says, "I am very happy to once again be able to continue my father's work by co-producing a new TV series about the Smurfs, almost 40 years after the universally known series. You will discover Smurfs in "3D-CGI", as in the last movie (The Lost Village, 2017), with lots of fun, humor and adventures full of twists. I'm convinced that our partners in this co-production are the best players in the market, and that the Smurfs will continue to delight all generations for decades!

According to Léon Perahia, Administrator and Deputy Managing Director of Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel, "Our collaboration with Peyo, creator of these characters, goes back to the first publication of their stories in Spirou magazine, 60 years ago. Hanna Barbera's production of a TV series followed with several highly successful seasons. For this reason, we're excited to continue this great adventure by co-producing new episodes adapted from this wonderful universe."

"We are proud and delighted to welcome The Smurfs on TFOU for exciting new adventures, each one funnier than the last. This adventure comedy series fits very well within our programming schedule. The universe of the little blue fellows, with their unique way of talking, perfectly matches TFOU's playful and mischievous tone," explains Yann Labasque, Head of Youth Programmes for TF1. "Ultimately, we wish to give the series a coherent and powerful exposure on all of our platforms. By doing so, the TF1 group acts as a unique and strong sounding board serving the franchise, whose license is already managed, on the French market, by our subsidiary TF1 Licences."

"The Smurfs have been on KETNET and VRT since the eighties, and with these new episodes they will remain there for a long time. We are very happy to reinforce the ties between Ketnet and the Smurfs even more. It is with big enthusiasm that we are going to co-produce this new series, which is at the same time Belgian and international. A lot of animated series produced in our country cross the borders and Ketnet is proud to play an active part in that. The best animation from our own territory; that's something to be proud of," says Maarten Janssen, Netmanager Ketnet.

According to Coralie Pastor, Head of 360° Youth Dpt at RTBF, "OUFtivi is honored to be part of this great historical moment: the re-birth of the Smurfs series in 3D-CGI! This is very exciting to co-produce such a patrimonial show. We are sure that children and their parents in Belgium and all over the world will share our enthusiasm. Thank you, Peyo, for this wonderful gift."

About Peyo Productions

Company under Belgian law belonging to rights holders of Peyo's franchise with the purpose of the audiovisual (co) production of the work of Peyo (The Smurfs, but also Benoit Brisefer, Johan and Peewit among others…)

About I.M.P.S.

International Merchandising Promotions & Services is the company that operates the commercial activity of Peyo's work including the distribution of audio-visual productions and all licensed rights such as book publishing, merchandising and promotions, as well as exhibitions, theme parks and live shows.

About Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel

Dupuis Audiovisuel, created in Paris in 1990, is a trusted name in screen adaptations of famous European comics like Spirou, Little Spirou, Papyrus, Jojo, Cedric, Kid Paddle, Little Furry, Marsupilami, to name a few. Dupuis Audiovisuel is a subsidiary of Media-Participations, a major European entertainment group, with titles such as The Garfield Show, Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, and The Red Turtle. The group has 2 animation studios: Ellipsanime in France and Dreamwall in Belgium.

About TFOU

A favorite destination for kids under 10, TFOU, TF1's children's slot, broadcasts 750 hours of programming a year, with over 75% of works from Europe, including cartoons, shorts, magazines, games, events and more… By far the leader in youth offerings on the French market, TFOU finished the year in 2017 with excellent performances, with on average an audience share of 24.3% among 4/10 year olds (Source Médiamétrie).

About KETNET

Ketnet is the dedicated childrens channel of the Flemish public broadcaster in Belgium. Ketnet is a love brand, a 360° experience, for children under 12. Ketnet content is high-quality, innovative, original and refreshing. Ketnet stimulates the imagination and fantasy, is surprising, gives a feeling of being among a band of soul mates, is authentic and pure, and contains a high dose of playfulness. Ketnet has an average rate of 21% and is thereby the leading children's channel in Flanders.

About OUFtivi

In just seven years, OUFtivi, RTBF's 360° Youth programming has become a leader in the audio-visual landscape of young French-speaking Belgians. Becoming ever more widely known (from 11.6% in 2010 to 38.5% in 2017), our brand, with no adverts at all, offers contents for three to twelve-year-olds, and for the whole family in the “parents allowed” sessions.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Announcement: The Mitchells Vs. The Machines

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines is an original animated comedy from producers Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street). The Mitchells are a dysfunctional but loving family whose road trip is interrupted by a tech uprising that threatens mankind: all around the world, the electronic devices people love–from phones, to self driving cars, to a sleek new line of personal robots–turn on humanity. With the help of two malfunctioning robots and the family's delightfully overweight pug, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines is directed by Mike Rianda who wrote the screenplay with co-director Jeff Rowe; Phil Lord & Christopher Miller produce along with Kurt Albrecht.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Disney's PETER PAN SIGNATURE COLLECTION on Digital May 29 & Blu-ray June 5

In celebration of its 65th anniversary, Disney's beloved flight of fantasy, "Peter Pan," joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, landing in homes on Digital and Movies Anywhere on May 29 and on Blu-ray June 5. With a little faith, trust and pixie dust, every member of the family will let their imagination soar on this epic adventure to Never Land, sparkling with legendary animation, extraordinary music and both all-new and classic bonus features.

The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition of "Peter Pan" invites adventures of all ages to believe in magic once again and experience a timeless treasure from Disney's golden age of animation that has stirred the hearts and imaginations of moviegoers worldwide since its original 1953 release. The Signature Collection edition offers over two hours of classic bonus features plus never-before-seen extras, including the latest installment of "Stories from Walt's Office," which explores Walt's love of flying and the company planes; a nostalgic reunion between Kathryn Beaumont (the voice of Wendy) and Paul Collins (the voice of John); and new "Oke" renditions of the classic song "You Can Fly" and deleted song "Never Smile at a Crocodile" accompanied by on-screen lyrics and the film's unforgettable animated characters.

Check out a new trailer for Peter Pan Walt Disney Signature Collection here: