Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed stop-animation studio Laika. The end credits sequence is always special in a Laika film and this one, which offers a glimpse of all the work that went into the making of the film, is no exception.
Quantum today announced a new animation and visual effects workflow reference architecture built on the company's Xcellis shared storage system. This robust and exceptionally flexible architecture delivers optimal storage capabilities for animation and editorial operations, thereby streamlining workflows and boosting overall efficiency and productivity.
LipSync Post has created the disturbing title sequence for BBC One’s chilling new six-part drama series, The Living and the Dead, which hit screens last month.
Funimation Films has acquired the Rurouni Kenshin live action, samurai film trilogy. The trilogy, distributed by GAGA Corporation, includes Rurouni Kenshin: Origins (released as Rurouni Kenshin internationally), Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. Funimation has secured the exclusive North American rights to theatrical, home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast distribution of all three titles as part of its agreement with GAGA.
Kanye West was honored at last week’s 20th Annual Webbys with the Artist Of The Year award, in recognition of the social media phenomenon’s pioneering use of the internet and his impact on the music landscape. The ceremony’s rules limit the winners’ acceptance speeches to five words, presenting West, who’s known for his lengthy orations, with a challenge. Houses in Motion, the Brooklyn-based animation and production studio, crafted an animation-driven retrospective of the artist’s year, with a video montage that includes abstract design elements, graphics, skewed images, and samplings of the artist’s tweets.
Platige Image has created cinematics for AAA games and commercials for Coca-Cola. It's produced viral teasers for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission and visual effects for Lars von Trier's Antichrist. It's won two BAFTAs, and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Palm at Cannes, and a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. And for the last five years the Polish animation and visual effects house has relied on Pipeline FX’s Qube render farm management system. “It's impossible to count how many shots we've rendered through Qube,” says Platige lighting artist Krzysztof Dębski. “It must be in the hundreds of thousands.”
Houses in Motion was called upon by Nick Jr. to produce a playful broadcast package that brightens its young viewers’ winter with a Warm & Fuzzy feeling. The integrated series of promos, IDs, and bumpers features stylized versions of established characters from the network’s popular children’s programming and introduces a new crew of adorable critters. Houses brought their message to life through stop motion animation that echoes the characters’ organic, handcrafted qualities.
Laika was honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Scientific & Technical Awards on Saturday, February 13 in Beverly Hills, California. Brian McLean and Martin Meunier received the Scientific and Engineering Award for Laika’s pioneering use of rapid prototyping for character animation in stop-motion film production. Laika, the animation studio located just outside Portland, Oregon, has produced three films, all of which have earned Oscar nominations for Outstanding Animated Film.
Funimation Films announced today that The Boy and The Beast, the newest Mamoru Hosoda film, will open March 4 in more than 100 theaters across the U.S. Theatergoers will have the option to watch either the original Japanese language version (with English subtitles), the new English dub version produced by Funimation, or both, depending on theater location.
Laika, the Portland-based feature film animation studio whose first three films have each garnered Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film, has appointed Bradley Wald to the post of chief financial officer and senior vice president of business operations. The announcement was made today by Laika president and CEO Travis Knight.