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Top Animation News: Animation Camp, Emile Awards, Disney-Fox and more!
Top Animation News is a weekly column that rounds up the biggest, best and breaking stories from the world of animation. This edition covers November 03 to 10, 2017.
- Toon Boom Animation Camp is this weekend!
The inaugural Toon Boom Animation Camp is launching in Toronto this weekend (Nov. 11 to 12). Over two days, professional animators of all levels, including freelancers, will be shown the steps, strategies and specialized skills needed to future-proof their careers — entirely for free! While the first Toon Boom Animation Camp is sold out, there will be future editions in cities around the world.
For more information or to register for future Toon Boom Animation Camps, click here.
- Meet the first-ever Emile Award nominees.
Ahead of the inaugural European Animation Awards on December 08, the nominees were announced this week in London. Among the four most-nominated films are "The Red Turtle", "My Life As a Zucchini", "Long Way North" and "Ethel & Ernest". Europe is a bastion for 2D animation and the continent's industry is doing better than ever. Toon Boom is proud to support the Emile Awards 2018 as a sponsor.
To see the full list of European Animation Awards nominees, head to "Cartoon Brew".
- Disney hunted Fox — to kill Netflix?
This week, it was revealed two of Hollywood's biggest studios, Disney and 21st Century Fox, were in talks to merge. The House of Mouse was hoping to buy its competition's assets, bolstering and better positioning its content catalogue against the growing influence of Netflix. Earlier this year, Disney announced it would be leaving the streaming giant to launch its own platform in 2019.
Dig into the Disney-Fox deal details on "Quartz".
- Cartoon Hangover and Sony Pictures Animation launch "GO! Cartoons" incubator.
YouTube animation channel and producer Cartoon Hangover partnered with Sony Pictures Animation on "GO! Cartoons". The initiative includes 12 short toon projects by different creators and incubated by its parent company, Frederator. One will be chosen to be a full series that will be produced by and shown on Cartoon Hangover. Notably, Frederator successes "Fairly Odd Parents" and "Adventure Time" also began as incubated projects.
Watch the first in the series, "The Summoning", above or read the full article on "Tubefilter".
- Women in Animation announces "Roar" to combat sexual harassment.
The organization is urging creatives of both genders to make and submit works of art that express their experiences and feelings towards sexual harassment and gender inequality. This comes at a time when women in the entertainment industry are raising their voices against a culture that has long put them in physical, mental and emotional danger. Women in Animation will share the submitted artwork on its website, social media accounts and at events, and specifically asks that the pieces do not include likenesses to any individuals other than the creator.
Read more about Women in Animation's "Roar" on "The Hollywood Reporter".
- Toon Boom announces two new COEs.
As the world's most ubiquitous 2D animation software, it is essential for Toon Boom to not only be in studios today, but in schools training the talent of tomorrow. To that end, it has proudly announced two new Centres of Excellence (COEs): Creapole in Paris, France, with its five-year film and video game animation program; and Instituto Profesional Santo Tomás, encompassing four campuses across Chile, with digital animation courses teaching both Harmony and Storyboard Pro.
To see where else Toon Boom is being taught, study our Centres of Excellence page.
- Apple's next big hit: An AR headset.
The California-based tech titan is aiming to have an Augmented Reality (AR) headset on shelves by 2020, a follow-up to its smash hit iPhone. While competitors Google and Microsoft already have similar products in the market, Apple CEO Tim Cook says he was less concerned with "being first" and would rather his company "be the best". AR presents huge opportunities for animators, from video games to 2D cartoons similar to those used in Pokemon GO!
Plug into Apple's AR headset on "Fortune".
- This Chinese government cartoon tells kids to be spies.
In honour of National Security Month in China, the state-run Chinese Society of Education released a 2D animated short encouraging children there to practice counterespionage. Its story follows a young boy and his father, who is approached by a foreign magazine to send photos of the factory he works at in exchange for money. In the end, as with all propaganda, the state saves the day. "Our national treasures aren't just pandas," says the protagonist child. "But technology, finance, and others are all national treasures."
Give it a watch above and read the full story on "The Verge".
- "Coco" is already a huge hit in Mexico.
Pixar's latest release, "Coco", has brought home $28 million since its October 27 release in Mexico, the first territory it opened in. Interestingly, box office returns actually increased in its second weekend — a rarity in the film industry. Based on the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (or, Day of the Dead) holiday, its success is proof that audiences will pay to see their stories told by major studios. "Coco" is projected to take in $60 million in its domestic opening weekend, and $270 million over its total U.S. run.
Find out more about "Coco" in Mexico on "Bloomberg".
- A VR theme park is coming to China.
Construction nearly complete on a Virtual Reality (VR) theme park in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province in south-central China. With the first phase set to open in December 2017, East Science Valley will use the immersive technology to bring visitors through tours of the solar system, journeys on space ships and sci-fi themed roller coasters. Guests will receive helmets, VR headsets and other technology to help them navigate the park's various attractions.
Venture over the "Lonely Planet" for more on China's VR theme park.
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