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VIDEO: SIGGRAPH Now ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’
Join Weta Visual Effects Supervisor Anders Langlands as he discusses the body and facial performance capture used to create the film’s stunning VFX.

ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ Season Premiere Set
Timed to Friday’s winter finale episode “The Eighth Witch,” ABC announced the quest for true love and the constant struggle against fairytale foes will continue next spring with new episodes of Once Upon a Time returning March 2, 2018. Magical!

CALL FOR PAPERS: Animafest Scanner V 2018
The Zagreb symposium invites professionals and scholars to join the international conversation on the wider applications of animation; applications for participation are open until March 1, 2018. This year’s topics are “Animating Horror,” “Characters in Animation,” “Animation and Sports” and “Animation at Large.” This year’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Animation Studies goes to Paul Wells, whose many books include Understanding Animation and The Animated Bestiary. Animafest Scanner will take place June 5-6 during the animation festival.

Psyop Serves Up Kevin the Carrot for Aldi
The studio created a CG Christmas dinner adventure for agency McCann Manchester and supermarket chain Aldi UK’s holiday campaign in “Kevin and Katie.”

YouTube Star Todrick Hall Guests in ‘Bob’s Burgers’
The cewebrity made his first animated appearance as a Christmas-inspired drag queen named Miss Triple X-Mas in the FOX show’s Dec. 10 holiday episode, “The Bleakening,” singing a song titled “Twinkly Lights.” (Miss T’s drag name the rest of the year? Cleavage to Beaver.) Hall recently releases his documentary Behind the Curtain (AwesomenessTV) and is prepping his live show Todrick Hall American – The Forbidden Tour for spring.


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