June 13, 2007


fps Charity Auction 2007: Update and More Voting
You've once again chosen to donate the proceeds from this November's auction to cancer research. Now head over to the auction page and vote to decide which organization will be the one we'll be writing the cheque out to when the dust settles. While you're there, you might also want to see our list of auction items.

Acting for Animators: 5 Questions for Ed Hooks
Ed Hooks is an actor and acting coach who has been helping animators understand the importance of acting theory to improve their craft. He is also the author of Acting for Animators, the first book that was written solely on the subject, and has taught the principles of the book to animators the world over.

Review: Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D, Second Edition
Understanding how to use tools to reach a goal is the basis of the animator's craft. The trick is to know why you're doing something and sometimes a computer can get in the way. Character Animation: 2D Skills for Better 3D works both the 2D and 3D sides of the street, using drawings to get the reader to think about motion principles before tackling the complexities of software.

Upcoming Releases: June 2007 to November 2007
It's only been a few days since ImaginAsian launched their weekday morning anime programming block, and they've already announced the first six DVD releases for the three series. On another front, it looks like there are a couple of good books coming over the next six months.

New and Notable This Week: June 11 to June 17
3x3 Eyes is a fun, short-form anime that follows a guy whose encounter with an immortal demon poses to him quite a quandary. Also: Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl Vol. 1 and Suzuka Vol. 1.

Short Takes: Pixar's Up, Astro Boy, Bollywood Nights, Oh Canada, Thundercats
Pixar has announced that their 2009 feature will be titled Up, making it the most concisely titled animated feature ever, at least until Shane Acker's 9 comes out.

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Environment Artist
Midway Studios Austin - Austin, Texas

Artist, Concept
Monolith Productions - Kirkland, Washington

Texture Artist
Secret Level - San Francisco, California

3D Artists
Team Bondi Pty Ltd - Ultimo - Sydney, Australia

Animators
GlasgowAnimation & Billi Productions - Glasgow, Scotland

3D Digital Artist
Hnedak Bobo Group - Memphis, Tennessee

Character Animator
8monkey Labs - Cedar Falls, Iowa

Animator
Bethesda Softworks - Rockville, Maryland

2D Artist
Big Fish Games, Inc. - Seattle, Washington

Platform International Animation Festival
A brand new major US animation event, this Festival will be a PLATFORM for artists, innovation, debate and discussion, featuring premieres, retrospectives, exclusive screenings, guest speakers, exhibitions, workshops with leading artists, parties and networking. PLATFORM also breaks boundaries into other art forms: comics, illustration, character and toy design, motion graphics, gallery art and live action cinema.
For complete details visit www.platformfestival.com.


6/12 - Gunbuster 2 Vol. 2 (DVD)
6/12 - Hellboy: Blood & Iron (DVD)
6/19 - 009-1 Vol. 1 (DVD)
6/19 - Animaniacs Vol. 3 (DVD)
6/19 - Animaniacs Vols. 1-3 (DVD)
6/19 - Big O Complete Collection (Anime Legends) (DVD)
6/19 - Films of Michael Sporn: Emperor's New Clothes/Nightingale (DVD)
6/19 - Films of Michael Sporn: Red Shoes/The Little Match Girl (DVD)
6/19 - Le Chevalier D'Eon Vol. 3: Danse Macabre (DVD)
6/19 - Pinky and the Brain Vol. 3 (DVD)
6/19 - Pinky and the Brain Vols. 1-3 (DVD)
6/19 - Powerpuff Girls: The Complete First Season (DVD)
6/19 - Secret of NIMH Special Edition (DVD)
6/26 - Gunbuster 2 Vol. 3 (DVD)
6/26 - Tekkon Kinkreet (Japanese edition; Region 2) (DVD)
6/27 - Tekkon Kinkreet (Japanese release; includes DVD edition) (Blu-ray)
6/29 - Ratatouille (Movie)
6/30 - Stop-Motion Filmography: A Critical Guide to 297 Features Using Puppet Animation Two-Volume Set (Book)
7/3 - Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society (DVD)
7/3 - Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society Limited Edition (DVD)
7/4 - Iblard Time (Ibara Dojikan) + soundtrack CD (Japanese edition) (Blu-ray)
7/4 - Iblard Time (Ibara Dojikan) + soundtrack CD (Japanese edition; Region 2) (DVD)
7/4 - Tales from Earthsea (Japanese edition; Region 2) (DVD)
7/4 - Tales from Earthsea Special Edition (Japanese edition; Region 2) (DVD)
7/4 - Tales from Earthsea Special Edition + bonus item (Japanese edition; Region 2) (DVD)
7/10 - AWN Official Guide: Channel 4 Animation (paperback) (Book)
7/10 - Cat's Eye Vol. 1 + series box (DVD)
7/10 - Nobody's Boy Remi Vol. 1 + series box (DVD)
7/10 - Super Dimension Century Orguss Vol. 1 + series box (DVD)

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