‚Goodbye Christopher Robin’s‘ Simon Curtis Talks ‚Winnie the Pooh’s‘ ‚Eternal Attraction‘

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Creating Worlds: FMX 2018, 24. bis 27. April, Stuttgart

FMX 2018
Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media
24. bis 27. April, Stuttgart

Ludwigsburg, 14. Dezember 2017. Creating Worlds lautet das Thema der FMX 2018 – Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media. Für das Konferenzprogramm lassen sich bereits heute mit Phil Tippett (Tippett Studio) und David Sproxton (Aardman Animations) zwei erstklassige Referenten ankündigen.

Arrow FMX 2018 Thema Creating Worlds

Mit Creating Worlds blickt die FMX 2018 über die produktionsbezogenen und technischen Aspekte der Medien- und Entertainmentbranche hinaus und erweitert sie auf das gesamte Spektrum des kreativen Prozesses, von der ersten zündenden Idee bis hin zur Kreation und Vermarktung einer Intellectual Property (IP).

Ausgehend vom Thema Creating Worlds beschäftigt sich die FMX 2018 in Präsentationen, Workshops, Masterclasses, Screenings und auf Ausstellungsflächen mit allen Aspekten der Animation, VFX, Games und immersiven Medien. Neben künstlerischen Vortragsreihen zu Concept Art, Sound Design und The Art of Animation präsentiert die FMX 2018 neueste Technologien aus den Bereichen Lighting & Rendering, Real-Time sowie bahnbrechende Simulations- und Visualisierungstechniken. Innovative Projekte aus den Bereichen VR, AR und 360° werden Teil des vielfältigen Programms sein, des Weiteren neue Tracks wie Characters & Creatures und World Building, businessbezogene Themenblöcke wie Managing Change sowie gesellschaftskritische Präsentationen zum Thema Social Impact.

Die Erfahrung der Referierenden soll das Publikum dazu inspirieren, neue Welten zu kreieren, Ideen zu entwickeln, Technologien zu erfinden und anzuwenden, Sounds zu formen, visuelle Effekte zu gestalten, Regie zu führen, zu produzieren, designen, animieren und zu coden, und schließlich ein Publikum zu finden und eine Marke zu schaffen.

Arrow Erste Highlights der FMX 2018

Visuelle Effekte und digitale Animationen eröffnen heutzutage nahezu grenzenlose Möglichkeiten. Doch bilden diese Entwicklungen lediglich die Spitze eines Eisbergs, dessen Fundamente einst von zahlreichen Pionieren geschaffen wurden.

Die Idee des FMX Tracks Then & Now – kuratiert vom freien Journalisten Ian Failes – ist es, diese Pioniere der visuellen Effekte und Animationen sowie ihre Arbeit vorzustellen, die immer noch beträchtliche Maßstäbe für die heutige Zeit setzt. Phil Tippett (Tippett Studio) ist einer dieser Pioniere im Bereich der visuellen Effekte. Seine Präsentation spannt den Bogen über vierzig Jahre seiner Arbeit in der VFX-Branche – von der Stop-Motion-Technik in den ersten Star Wars-Filmen über die bahnbrechenden digitalen Effekte in Jurassic Park und Starship Troopers bis hin zu aktuellen Projekten wie sein episches Herzensprojekt MAD GOD.

Trotz aller Digitalisierung ist Stop Motion im Animationsbereich aktueller denn je. Mit Shaun the Sheep haben Aardman Animations nicht nur eine außergewöhnlich charakteristische Knet-Animationswelt kreiert, sondern auch eine umfassende Intellectual Property und damit eine starke und beliebte internationale Marke. Über diesen Prozess referiert David Sproxton, einer der Gründer des britischen Animationsstudios.

Zudem können erste Partner und Studiobeteiligungen bekanntgegeben werden. Einer der ersten Main Partner der FMX 2018 ist das britische Studio Foundry. Für den FMX Marketplace haben sich bereits Golaem, Laubwerk, Mercenaries Engineering, Ranch Computing und RebusFarm angemeldet. Am Recruiting Hub werden die Teams von TRIXTER, The Mill und MPC teilnehmen.

Der Ticketverkauf der FMX 2018 startet am 12. Januar 2018 über die FMX-Webseite.

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. This video is part of SIGGRAPH Now, a new series that shares additional educational content from SIGGRAPH Conferences.

Join us in Vancouver, 12-16, 2018 for #SIGGRAPH2018: http://s2018.siggraph.org/

Content from “War for the Planet of the Apes,” courtesy Weta Digital VFX © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Special thanks to the students at Cogswell College for intro motion graphics. https://cogswell.edu/

Mackevision and Nishikawa Communications announce strategic partnership

December 11, 2017, Stuttgart/Nagoya – Mackevision Medien Design GmbH in Germany and Nishikawa Communications Co. Ltd. (NICO) in Japan announce a broad partnership that enhances NICO’s position in marketing by leveraging Mackevision’s advanced 3D technology and content platform. The strategic alliance enables NICO to provide high-quality 3D as well as CG images and films that are required by domestic manufacturers including automotive companies, for effective marketing activities.

Interaction between brands and target groups is becoming increasingly important. In the age of digitization, brands and consumers encounter, mutually inspire and learn from one another. As a result, digital channels are progressively enhancing brand communications. Addressing the rise in customer touchpoints, Mackevision develops complete and integrated Single Source Publishing solutions (SSP) in which content is created once, maintained in a central location and can be utilized as often as desired. As a result, customers always receive the content they need at any specific time, based on their personal interaction history. Aim is, to provide customers with the very best visualization support and ensure harmonized and integrated brand and product communication,

In Japan, the product design and product marketing workflows are completely separate. Therefore, NICO has long been exploring the possibility of efficiently utilizing 3D and CGI as part of their marketing activities. “I am extremely happy to commence the strategic alliance with Mackevision, a leader in the CGI industry, where commercially viable 3D technologies such as Virtual Reality applications are evolving so rapidly,” explains Eiichi Nishikawa, President at NICO. “3D and CGI are capable of offering countless variations, new means of expression and will play an important role in improving the productivity of one-to-one communication. This represents the most important factor in digital marketing. I feel that Japan has started out late in the field of digital marketing in comparison with Western markets. NICO’s challenge is to bring added values to domestic marketing based on the track record achieved by Mackevision worldwide as quickly as possible.”

Mackevision’s solutions have proven themselves in the European and North American automotive markets for more than 20 years. Mackevision ensures high-quality technical expertise in CGI production and content delivery while NICO will support Mackevision with expanding its business. “We are very happy to team up with NICO. Our partnership is an important milestone in our expansion in Japan. We are looking forward to a great cooperation, successful projects and business opportunities in the future” states Armin Pohl, CEO of Mackevision.

Mackevision’s content platform efficiently provides customers with a standardized, high-quality brand experience that they expect anytime and anywhere.

Utilizing the system platform that Mackevision has developed, NICO will be capable of creating a single source publishing pipeline for its clients. This data-based approach allows complex product customization with every form of marketing material. The tools and solutions allow complex configuration systems as well as content production that benefit from intelligent CG data to create state-of-the-art customer experiences.

About Mackevision Medien Design GmbH (www.mackevision.com)

Mackevision Medien Design GmbH is one of the global market leaders in computer generated imagery (CGI.) The company provides data-based 3D visualization, animation and visual effects. It designs and produces image and film material, as well as interactive applications in high-end quality. It develops technological solutions for generating images and covers the entire CGI process, from data preparation and creative design to the finished product. Its international team works with major corporations, SMEs and their agencies. Mackevision was founded in 1994. Today more than 500 people work for the company at its headquarters in Stuttgart and its branches in Munich, Hamburg, Birmingham, Florence, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and Singapore.

About Nishikawa Communications Co. Ltd. (www.nishikawa.jp)

NICO was founded in 1906 and excels in the printing industry, information and communications technology. NICO offers services and products to customers such as marketing, promotion, advertising, printing, logistics and eco-friendly labels. NICO’s services are highly appreciated by leading companies in the automobile, energy and retail fields. NICO’s headquarters are located in Nagoya and Tokyo, and the company maintains offices in Tokyo, Osaka, Hamamatsu in Japan. In addition, NICO has group companies in India and Singapore.

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) mourns the passing of Canadian film and animation legend Grant Munro, O.C., who died in Montreal on December 9 at the age of 94.

December 11, 2017 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) mourns the passing of Canadian film and animation legend Grant Munro, O.C., who died in Montreal on December 9 at the age of 94. Born in Winnipeg on April 25, 1923, Munro attended the Musgrove School of Art, the Winnipeg School of Art as well as the Ontario College of Art―where his teacher, Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael, arranged to have Norman McLaren interview Munro’s class for a position at the NFB. Munro was hired, joining a group that included fellow animation pioneers George Dunning and René Jodoin. “Grant Munro was a Canadian animation legend, whose work has left an indelible mark on Canadian culture and on the global animation world. He was part of the first generation of young animators that Norman McLaren hired, trained and worked with, as the NFB was starting up in the early 1940s. For five decades, Grant worked on films here in addition to being a sculptor, painter and artist—for he was ceaselessly creative. He inspired so many who would follow in his footsteps, at the NFB and beyond, and we are forever in his debt,” said Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB Commissioner. Munro quickly established himself as an animator of paper cut-outs, working on such musical shorts as The Three Blind Mice (1946) with Dunning and another newcomer, Robert Verrall. Read more

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film: APPLY NOW FOR TRICKSTAR BUSINESS AWARD

25th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (April 24 – 29, 2018)


Dear filmprofessionals, dear friends of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film,

‘Trickstar Business’ is the name of the animation industry’s business prize which will be awarded for the second time during Animation Production Day (APD) 2018 by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

From now on, you can apply with a project that has an innovative business concept, for example, in the area of financing, distribution, marketing or exploitation of rights. All projects submitted to APD also qualify for the Trickstar Business Award. Companies with an innovative business model can also apply for the award independently of participation in APD.

The Trickstar Business Award is the world’s first animation prize to be explicitly focused on business. The prize is worth 7,500 € being sponsored by the Stuttgart Region. In 2017, the award winner was the Polish project „The Shadows“ by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman (BreakThru Films).

Joint award gala and professional meeting
The Trickstar Business Award will be awarded on April 27, 2018 in a joint award gala with the „German Screenplay Award“, „Animated Com Award International“ and the „Tricks for Kids Series“ (national and international) awards. The event takes place at the Stuttgart L-Bank Rotunda: perfect for networking opportunities between animation artists, authors, agencies and producers.

The regulations (pdf) and submission form (pdf) can be found here.

Submission Deadline is March 1, 2018. 

We look forward to your application!

Ready Player One – Official Trailer – Warner Bros. UK

From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance).

When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Spielberg directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. The film was produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah; with Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” upcoming “Dunkirk”). Behind the scenes, three-time Oscar winner Spielberg (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”) reunited his creative team from “Bridge of Spies,” including Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”), Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and Sarah Broshar (“The Post”), and costume designer Kasia Walicka-Maimone (“Moonrise Kingdom”). The music is by Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (the “Back to the Future” films, “Forrest Gump”).

Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Amblin Production, a De Line Pictures Production, a Steven Spielberg Film, “Ready Player One.” Slated for release on March 30, 2018, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. readyplayeronemovie.com

„LOVING VINCENT“ gewinnt den European Film Award in der Kategorie „Bester Animationsfilm“

Bei den gestern Abend in Berlin vergebenen Europäischen Film Awards gewann die polnisch-englische Coproduktion „LOVING VINCENT“ von Dorota Kobiela und Hugh Welchman.

Loving Vincent setzte sich gegenüber den ebenfalls nominierten Filmen „ZOMBILLENIUM“, „LOUISE BY THE SHORE/LOUISE EN HIVER“ „ETHEL & ERNEST“ durch.

„LOVING VINCENT“ startet am 27. Dezeber 2017 in den deutschen Kinos!


Directed by : Dorota Kobiela , Hugh Welchman

Written by : Hugh Welchman, Dorota Kobiela , Jacek Dehnel

Produced by : Ivan Mactaggart , Sean Bobbitt, Hugh Welchman

Director of Photography : Tristan Oliver, Lukasz Zal

Editor : Dorota Kobiela , Justyna Wierszynska

Production Design : Andrezj Rafal Waltenberger, Matthew Button, Maria Duffek

Costume Design : Dorota Roqueplo

Hair & Make up Artist : Iwona Obroslak, Joanna Bochenska, Alina Janerka, Sallie Jaye , Malgorzata Maykut

Composer : Clint Mansell

Sound Design : Michal Fojcik, Michal Jankowski

Main Cast : Aidan Turner (The Boatman), Douglas Booth (Armand Roulin), Chris O’Dowd (Postman Joseph Roulin), John Sessions (Pere Tanguy), Helen McCrory (Louise Chevalier), Eleanor Tomlinson (Adeline Ravoux)

Animation : Lukasz Mackiewicz, Dorota Kobiela

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE – International Teaser Trailer

Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask. Watch the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer now, At cinemas December 2018. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative minds behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Mit einem bahnbrechenden visuellen Stil, der seinesgleichen sucht, vereinen Phil Lord und Chris Miller, die kreativen Köpfe hinter „The Lego Movie“ und „21 Jump Street“, ihr außergewöhnliches Talent zu einer innovativen Version eines einzigartigen Spider-Man Universums. SPIDER-MAN: A NEW UNIVERSE präsentiert Teenager Miles Morales aus Brooklyn sowie die grenzenlosen Möglichkeiten des Spider-Verse, wo mehr als nur einer die Maske tragen kann.

Deutscher Kinostart: 20. Dezember 2018

2018: Alita: Battle Angel | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

From visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez. #Alita Battle Angel is in theaters July 20, 2018.

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Screenplay by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis and Robert Rodriguez

Based on the Graphic Novel („Manga“) Series: „Gunnm“ By Yukito Kishiro

Produced by: James Cameron and Jon Landau

Cast: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

Gleich gibts die Deutschlandpremiere im Live-Stream: „Jumanji – Willkommen im Dschungel“

Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas und Regisseur Jake Kasdan präsentieren JUMANJI: WILLKOMMEN IM DSCHUNGEL bei der Deutschlandpremiere in Berlin. Und Sie können dabei sein: Der Live-Stream vom roten Teppich im Sony Center startet um 18:00 Uhr und endet um 19:30 Uhr.

Dschungelfieber in der Hauptstadt: Am 6. Dezember kommen DWAYNE JOHNSON, KEVIN HART, NICK JONAS und Regisseur JAKE KASDAN für die Deutschlandpremiere von JUMANJI – WILLKOMMEN IM DSCHUNGEL nach Berlin!Das wollt ihr nicht verpassen? Dann schnell vormerken und die Highlights per Livestream erleben!

Posted by Jumanji: Willkommen im Dschungel on Donnerstag, 30. November 2017

Hier die Oscar Shortlist für die Kategorie „Best Visual Effects“ und alle dazugehörigen Trailer!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:


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„REVOLTING RHYMES“ von Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer und Bin Han To auf der Oscar Shortlist der Academy! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards®. Sixty-three pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

“Cradle,” Devon Manney, director (University of Southern California)

“Dear Basketball,” Glen Keane, director, and Kobe Bryant, writer (Glen Keane Productions)

“Fox and the Whale,” Robin Joseph, director (Robin Joseph)


“Garden Party,” Victor Caire and Gabriel Grapperon, directors (MOPA)

“In a Heartbeat,” Esteban Bravo and Beth David, directors (Ringling College of Art and Design)

“Life Smartphone,” Chenglin Xie, director (China Central Academy of Fine Arts)

“Lost Property Office,” Daniel Agdag, director, and Liz Kearney, producer (8th in Line)

“Lou,” Dave Mullins, director, and Dana Murray, producer (Pixar Animation Studios)

“Negative Space,” Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, directors (Ikki Films)

“Revolting Rhymes,” Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer, directors (Magic Light Pictures)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in January. Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars® will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Annie Awards Nominierungen veröffentlicht! „COCO“ ist Favorit! Herzlichen Glückwunsch an das Team von „Revolting Rhymes“ um Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer und Bin Han To sowie an Benedikt Hummel und sein Team für die Nominierung von „Good Night, Everybuds!“n

BURBANK, CA (December 4, 2017) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 45th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation. For a complete list of nominations, please visit

This year’s Best Animated Feature nominations include: Captain Underpants (DreamWorks Animation), Cars 3 (Pixar Animation Studios), Coco (Pixar Animation Studios), Despicable Me 3 (Illumination) and The Boss Baby (DreamWorks Animation).

Best Animated Feature-Independent, spotlighting features with a much smaller distribution footprint than major studio releases, include: In This Corner of the World (Taro Maki, GENCO, Inc. and Masao Maruyama, Mappa Co., Ltd), Loving Vincent (BreakThru Films, Production Company Trademark Films, Co-Production Company), Napping Princess (Nippon TV), The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Folivari/Panique!/Studiocanal) and The Breadwinner (Cartoon Saloon/Aircraft Pictures/Melusine


The 45th Annual Annie Awards will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California. The award ceremony begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Pre-Reception & Press Line at 5 p.m. Sharp; Ceremony at 7 p.m.; After-party immediately following the ceremony (est. 9:45 p.m).

Nominiert als bester Studentenfilm: Benedikt Hummels „Good Night, Everybuds!“

Studio Company: Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH

Students: Director: Benedikt Hummel, Sound Design & Mix: Lena Beck, Music: Andreas Pfeiffer, Producer: Stefan Michel

Animationsinstitut, Ludwigsburg: Trailer GOOD NIGHT, EVERYBUDS!

Nach dem Bafta Gewinn letzte Woche, nun die Nominierung in der Kategorie: Best Animated Special Production

„REVOLTING RHYMES“ von Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer und Bin Han To

Bafta Children’s Awards 2017: Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer und Bin Han To und ihr Team gewinnen für REVOLTING RHYMES

The Shape of Water | Official International Trailer

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Produced by: J. Miles Dale, Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones


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