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#275 – December 2017


#275 – December 2017

December 2017 - Issue 275

December 2017 – Issue 275


Under the Spell of Mexico
Pixar’s Coco, Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina’s music-filled valentine to Mexican culture, offers stunning colors, fantastic CG animation and a joyous appreciation of both life and death.

Through the Eyes of a Young Afghan Girl
Director Nora Twomey discusses the making  of Cartoon Saloon’s powerful and beautifully animated feature The Breadwinner.

In a Different Light
Sony Pictures Animation delivers a new perspec-tive on the nativity story in The Star.

Tale of a Reluctant, Empowered Heroine
Acclaimed director Kenji Kamiyama discusses his critically acclaimed feature Napping Princess.

Poetry and Personal Connection
Ann Marie Fleming’s fascinating new animated feature Window Horses tells the story of a mix-race Canadian poet’s journey to Iran.

Coming Attractions
A snapshot of 2018’s buzzworthy animated mov-ies and what we know so far.

Ugly  in the Eye of the Beholder
How Nikita Diakur’s bold and effective short gave everyone a CG dystopia (and a strange-looking cat) unlike any other!

A Great Year for a Spanish Master
Comic-book artist, writer and director Alberto Vázquez doubles his chance of winning awards with the short film Decorado and the upcom-ing feature film Birdboy: The Forgotten Children.

Three Indie Shorts Search for Answers
Heartfelt motivations drive Nicholas Arioli’s Coin Operated, Robin Joseph’s Fox and the Whale and Kevin Hudson’s Weeds.

Ready, Set, Go!
A look at the this year’s competitive race for the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

The 90th Academy Awards: Animated Shorts Qualifiers
The field is still wide open with more key 2017 festivals yet to wrap, but this dossier of qualify-ing films should give you a wide-angle view of the year’s animated shorts scene.

The Summit You Can’t Afford to Miss!
Meet some of the top people in the biz, learn from their expertise and find the inspiration for your next project at the 2017 World Anima-tion & VFX Summit.

Must-See Panels
This year’s Summit explores many aspects of the animation and vfx industries, from behind-the-scenes tips on how to produce a successful international co-pro, to the nuts and bolts of creating content for VR, to informative talks with 2017’s spotlight filmmakers.

An Animated Affair
Award winners and program highlights of the  2017 World Animation Celebration.

Baobab’s Beautiful, Interactive Bird
The studio’s delightful Rainbow Crow offers a fantastic peek at what we can expect from the VR revolution.

Vision Quests
The stunning new Google Spotlight Stories VR shorts Son of Jaguar and Sonaria expand the creative limits of the format.

Unchartered Territories
Eugene Chung and his team at Penrose explore mysterious imaginary worlds and fascinating stories with projects such as a Allumette and Arden’s Wake.

Hey, Arnold, You’re Still a Cool Kid!
Thirteen years after the show went off the air, Craig Bartlett’s beloved animated character re-turns in a wonderful new movie on Nickelodeon.

Kids, Critters and Cookies
Children’s TV master Ken Scarborough talks about creating the new Amazon show based on the best-seller, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Onward and Upward for Big Hero 6
Disney TV Animation’s 2D follow-up to the feature looks to delve deeper into the characters, setting and history of the superhero sextet.

Return to the Planet of the Replicants
Oscar-winning vfx supervisor John Nelson discusses the complex task of creating a new futuristic world for Blade Runner 2049.

The State of the Art
Unity’s Head of Cinematics on the challenges, rewards and future possibilities of real-time rendering.

Tech Reviews
Red Giant’s Trapcode Suite 14, Solid Angle’s Arnold 5.0 and Autodesk’s 3D Studio Max ‘18.

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