Aviva Kempner Talks Rosenwald Doc

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Rosenwald, the fascinating doc about Jewish millionaire/philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, opens this weekend in LA. He was owner of Sears, who during the Jim Crow era funded more than 5,300 black schools in the deep south and was responsible for educating intellectuals and artists that would later become crucial political and cultural leaders. Inspired by the late Julian Bond (whose father and uncle were both Rosenwald fellows), Aviva Kempner (Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg) sheds …

Dolby Sound Podcasts Launch with Randy Thom

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The Dolby Institute and the SoundWorks Collection have launched a series of 10 “Conversations with Sound Artists” podcasts, kicking off this week with Randy Thom, Skywalker Sound’s director of sound design. Thom discusses what makes great soundscapes with the Dolby Institute’s Glenn Kiser and the influence of Apocalypse Now on modern sound design (listen to a clip below).

Academy Considering 20 Sci-Tech Achievements

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Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Double Negative, the Foundry, ILM, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital  are involved with the 20 sci-tech achievements under consideration by the Academy’s Technical Awards committee (including 11 distinct investigations).

Trailering More of The Martian from Ridley Scott

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Watch a longer trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Martian (Oct. 2) and find out why it’s a must-see adventure.

D23 and the Power of Legacy Building

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There’s a reason why Disney has become the envy of the industry after buying Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm: chairman/CEO Robert Iger has figured out how to incorporate and expand all of the legacies within the Disney empire. Talk about a shared universe. Last weekend at the D23 Expo in Anaheim (which has truly become a mini Comic-Con), Disney forcefully demonstrated how all of this is falling into place.

Disney, Pixar Through the Looking Glass of D23

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The biggest animation takeaway from D23 is that it’s all about creative legacy building: honoring the past while staying relevant.

VES Releases New VFX Demo Guidelines

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The VES has released Demo Material Guidelines: a set of recommendations for work-for-hire materials presented as part of a demo reel portfolio by VFX facilities and practitioners.

Immersed in Blu-ray: Disney Shorts Collection

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An all-new Walt Disney Animation Short Films Collection is available this week in a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo from Disney Home Ent., including Oscar winners Feast and Paperman.

Production Designer Samuel Michlap Deconstructed

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Animation layout artist-turned production designer Samuel Michlap has worked at Disney (The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame) and DreamWorks (The Prince of Egypt, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Rise of the Guardians) and is currently working on his first live-action feature, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017). His first local exhibition is on display at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank through Sept. 13, where he will have a workshop on Aug. 29. A companion book, Cinematic …

Animation Highlights from D23

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Here’s a snapshot of the highlights and announcements from D23, which I explore in greater detail tomorrow.