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VFX Pioneer Petro Vlahos Dies at 96

Special effects pioneer Petro Vlahos passed away at 96 on February 10. Vlahos, who improved the composite-image process known as the blue-screen effect for the 1959 epic Ben Hur also ... Continue Reading →
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Tim Reckart and the Making of ‘Head Over Heels’

A couple of days ago, we had the chance to catch up with Timothy Reckart, the young animator who wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated stop-motion short Head Over Heels. The project, ... Continue Reading →
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Digibook Reveals Behind the Scenes of ‘ParaNorman’

Just in time for the Academy Awards ramp-up, the acclaimed team of Oregon’s LAIKA Studios is offering an interactive, all-digital look behind the scenes of their Oscar nominated 3-D ... Continue Reading →
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Five Projects Nominated For French Cesars

France’s Academy of Technical Arts and Sciences nominated five well-received animated titles for this year’s Cesars, the country’s equivalent of the Oscars. Unlike the Academy ... Continue Reading →
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Passion Signs ‘ParaNorman’s Sam Fell

Award-winning indie production house Passion Pictures has just signed animated feature film director Sam Fell for worldwide commercial representation. Fell has recently received both ... Continue Reading →
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GKIDS’ Ghibli Line Up Returns to NY’s IFC

Back by popular demand, U.S. distributor of international animated films GKIDS is returning to New York’s IFC Center for another five week run of its retrospective on Japan’s Studio ... Continue Reading →
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Galloping Horse and Reliance to Buy Digital Domain

Digital Domain Media Group won court approval to sell its business to China’s Galloping Horse and India’s Reliance. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan Linehan Shannon said he would sign ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Digital Animation, Cinema Pioneer Lambert Dies

Bob Lambert, a former Disney executive who played a key role in the development of computer animation and the transition to digital cinema, died of unnamed causes Friday at the age ... Continue Reading →
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Miss Piggy and Kermit Ready for ‘Muppet’ Sequel

It was really a no-brainer. After Disney made over $154 million at the box office worldwide, the studio would be crazy not to order a follow-up. Variety reports that the Mouse House ... Continue Reading →
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Kermit and Miss Piggy to Present at the Oscars

Although they didn’t get to host the ceremony, Hollywood icons Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will present at the 84th Academy Awards. This will be the Muppets’ fifth appearance ... Continue Reading →