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DGA looking for Independent Directors who have money coming
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 23:21

The Directors Guild of America is attempting to contact directors who've worked on independent animated productions and who are owed financial disbursements. If you know of anyone who is on the list of directors at the link below, please help make them aware of this and have them contact the DGA.

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The Directors Guild of America Inc. (DGA) is seeking contact information for many independent Animation Directors.

The DGA is the American Disbursing Agent for Foreign Levies made payable to Directors whose work has broadcast or rented in mainland Europe.

What this means is that the DGA must find and pay all Directors whose work has collected Foreign Levies from mainland Europe.

There are two lists of Directors for whom the DGA is seeking contact, many of whom are Animation. The list can be found here.

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EasyCap Studio's 'Facemotion' technology
Written by Charles   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 17:49

EasyCap Studios has a specialized technology called Facemotion. It's an easy-to-use facial motion capture system, which produces some pretty impressive results.

EasyCap has made it possible to use their system with lower hardware requirements, getting professional quality facial mocap animation at a lower price point than before, including recording rates of 100 frames per second among many other high end features.

Here's a demonstration of Facemotion in action. It's a bit surreal watching the actor and following her facial movements while they're replicated in real time on the animated character. For more info on Facemotion follow the link to EasyCap's site. Here's the link to the Forum Topic.

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More Concept Art from 'Pixar's Brave'
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:50

Three weeks ago on September 2, I posted both on AN's homepage and in the Forums the most recent artwork I've been able to find from Pixar's upcoming feature animated film "Brave". Turns out a couple of days after that post, another video was uploaded with even more great artwork to enjoy from this highly anticipated movie. The forum topic has all I've accumulated so far. Brave is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012.

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'Oblivion Island' aka 'Haruka and the Magic Mirror'
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:18

There's so much great animation being produce worldwide, something new comes along every day even though it's been out for a while. That's the case with this film, "Oblivion Island" which also goes by the title "Haruka and the Magic Mirror". Adrian Foster brought it to our attention with a topic on the Forums. Oblivion Island is directed by Shinsuke Sato and produced by Production I.G. which premiered their latest film "A Letter to Momo" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend. The film has won several major awards since its release in 2009. Here's a trailer with English subtitles for Oblivion Island.

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Kaeloo - Animated series in France
Written by Charles   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 07:06

I discovered an animated TV series that been airing in France since June of last year. It's called "Kaeloo" and it features a frog who turns into something different when things aren't going his way. Created by Rémi Chapotot, designed by Rémi Chapotot and Jean-François Henry and produced by Cube Creative in association with Blue Spirit Animation, Kaeloo looks to be fun with high production standards. Here's an English version of the cartoon. I'll be developing the topic on the AN Forums with more animation from Blue Spirit.

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