Saturday, July 30, 2011

August MAPA Meeting at Trinity 3D!!!

AUGUST MAPA MEETING AT TRINITY 3D!!!
Tuesday, August 23
7:00pm - 10:00pm

672 SE Bayberry Lane
Lees Summit, Missouri

Join us as Jim Lammers and Matt Tyree take us into the world of Trinity 3D! We will discuss the studio's latest projects and witness the craft first hand.
For a preview of what's in store, check out the link below:
http://www.trinityanimation.com/

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Submissions open for MAPA "Cell-a-Bration" 2011 Art Show

KEEP THOSE SUBMISSIONS COMING!!!
Friday, October 7, 2011
7:00pm - 11:00pm
Screenland Crossroads

1656 Washington
Kansas City, MO
THERES STILL TIME TO ENTER!!!

We are very proud to announce Elizabeth Alex from NBC Action News will be our guest M.C. for the evening!!!  With her help, the MAPA Cell-a-Bration 2011 Animation Art Show is now sponsered by NBC Action News and KMCI: 38 The Spot. 

If you are interested in submitting work for the show, entry forms can be found on the blog: http://www.kcanimators.com/. All submissions must be turned in no later than Wednesday, September 28.


If you are interested in submitting work for the show, entry forms can be found below.

Digital/media exhibitors must provide a playback device (i.e. PlayBook, iPad, laptop, etc.) You have the option of providing headphones for spectators, or using computer speakers. We will try to spread the media entries apart to allow for experience. We will allow mutliple entries, we just need all the proper information for each. TV's and projectors are permitted, but we may have to limit the number of media entries if space becomes and issue.




If you prefer to have the form as a .PDF, download below:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NVIDIA to Showcase the Latest in Computer Graphics at SIGGRAPH 2011


Press Release from NVIDIA

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — July 21, 2011— NVIDIA, the company that awakened the industry to the power of computer graphics when it invented the graphics processing unit (GPU) in 1999, will be at SIGGRAPH, being held this year from August 7th through 11th in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Visitors to the NVIDIA booth (#453) will see how the latest capabilities of NVIDIA’s industry leading graphics solutions are powering a range of new applications that empower engineers, designers and digital content creation professionals to reach their maximum potential. Industry leaders such as Autodesk, Adobe, and Dassault Systemes will be on hand to highlight new tools and techniques that take advantage of NVIDIA professional graphics solutions, which are designed to transform critical production workflows. In addition, NVIDIA will be sponsoring and hosting an array of technology talks, panels, contests, and presentations to provide students, researchers, and industry professionals with many opportunities to interact and discuss state-of-the-art visualization and rendering techniques with industry thought leaders.

Autodesk Student Experience, sponsored by NVIDIA
On Sunday, August 7th at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Autodesk, with the support of NVIDIA, will host an exclusive event for students, the Autodesk Student Experience, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PDT, with a reception to follow. The Autodesk Student Experience is a series of targeted workshops and presentations designed to improve student skill sets through use of Autodesk 3D animation tools, including Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Softimage software, which will be running on workstations equipped with the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions.

NVIDIA “Tech Talks”
On Monday, August 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PDT in the West Building, Room 220, NVIDIA will host seven interactive “Tech Talks” that will explore the impact of GPUs on state-of-the-art CG and interactive design, including panel discussions and technical ‘deep dives,’ covering everything from advanced ray tracing, photorealistic rendering and simulation to tessellation.

Highlighting the NVIDIA “Tech Talks” will be an expert panel discussion from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. PDT, “VFX Trendspotting: Unlocking GPU Performance,” where attendees will be able to tap into the some of the most brilliant minds in visual effects R&D and learn how the GPU is being leveraged to enable dramatic performance gains in rendering, lighting, fluid and particle simulations. Attendees will learn more about how to integrate GPU acceleration into their VFX production pipelines.

“As usual, NVIDIA will be at SIGGRAPH to showcase the latest research and innovation in computer graphics,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, Professional Solutions Group, NVIDIA. “We and our many hardware and application partners look forward to providing an incredibly rich, powerful, interactive and compelling experience for show attendees.”

NVIDIA Innovation Theater
The NVIDIA booth will feature the NVIDIA Innovation Theater, sponsored by HP, with technology and product demonstrations held on all three days of the SIGGRAPH exhibition (8/9, 8/10, and 8/11), highlighting the latest work from NVIDIA partners and customers such as Adobe, Dassault Systemes, Digital Domain, Geomerics, LookFX and Viewpartners, with demonstrations running on the half-hour throughout show exhibit hours. NVIDIA Technology Theater presentations will also be streamed live on the NVIDIA Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/NVIDIA.

NVIDIA Sketch Match
NVIDIA will again host its popular Sketch Match competition, sponsored by Dell, inviting SIGGRAPH attendees to show off their creativity. Contestants race the clock to compete against fellow illustrators, animators and designers for great prizes, including NVIDIA® Quadro® 4000 professional graphics solutions courtesy of PNY, and software provided by Adobe, Autodesk, and Luxology. The competition will run all three days of the SIGGRAPH exhibition in booth #603.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Featured Artist : BeeJay Hawn


BeeJay Hawn is a Kansas City local gal with a long history hand drawing caricatures at our very own Worlds of Fun and provided fast paced caricatures at over 500 events in the midwest through her company Oodles of Doodles.

BeeJay has competed in the 2007 NCN minicon, the 2007, 2009, & 2010 ISCA conventions, and the 2008-2011 Cripple Con competitions.
She was awarded the 2009 Cripple Con first place in the theme catagory, then took home the 2nd place Certificate in the Sick & Twisted humour catagory and 3rd place Certificate in the theme catagory at the 2011 Cripple Con competition. She came in the top 11 in the 2009 ISCA speed competition. At the 2010 ISCA competition she came back and worked even harder to come in top 8 in the speed competition and also was awarded 2nd place for Outstanding 3D technique for her caricature cut out shadow boxes.

In March 2010, BeeJay was sketching her daughters for the umpteenth time when she struck upon some character designs that she said, "looked as if it could just get up and walk off the paper.." In the coming weekend, BeeJay said that she was watching TV while doing some household chores and she looked down to see a snake in her living room. "It was as if he was just watching cartoons along with me.." but no, he had to go and no longer was he out the door then another snake popped up under the couch and another through the back door. She put them out and immediately her cat, Sausage, jumped through the window with another in its mouth. As is heard often around her house, she laughed and told the kids, "..and draw it!" Then the idea struck her that some people can take pictures, some scrapbook, and she could make a comic strip. Since March 2010, BeeJay has put out a regular comic showing her sarcastic views on the complex life of a caricature artist.

She wears clean socks every day, love BLTs, and perform Broadway musicals in her shower for standing room only audiences. BeeJay's hobbies include growling at her Chipotles, stealing paint chips from the hardware store, and quoting movies with voices as they play (to the detriment of her friends).
Until the rise of the zombies, she can be found sketching away at her drawing board with her 2 beautiful daughters, Amanda and Truly at her side.

She is available to draw caricatures for either gifts or live at your next event!
You can find more of Beejay on the web at http://beejayhawn.com/ and see more Hobo Stew on her facebook page http://facebook.com/beejay.hawn

Thursday, July 21, 2011

BEAT THE HEAT IN THE RIVER MARKET

Contact:
Janet Simpson, Executive Director
The Kansas City Artists Coalition
201 Wyandotte Kansas City, MO 64105
816.421.5222

ARTISTS COALITION: NEWS

© July 21, 2011 Kansas City Artists Coalition
kcacnews@kansascityartistscoalition.org

:BEAT THE HEAT IN THE RIVER MARKET

The Artists Coalition will be open this weekend from 11am to 5 pm as usual, so be sure to stop by the much talked about River Market Regional Exhibition.

While you are out and about though, why not make a day of it here in the Market, and check out some of the other events happening in the area!

-Stop by the Farmers Market between 6am and 3pm for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, flowers and more. Stop by early to ensure you get what you want! For more information and helpful hints, go to http://www.thecitymarket.org/.

-Then take some time to cool off for lunch in one of the many restaurants located in the Market. From Bar-B-Q to Mediterranean, the options are endless. Members don't forget to take advantage of your Bo-Lings discount with your membership card!

-After lunch, get a little indoor exercise and stroll through the River Market Antique Mall just a few blocks from the Coalition. They have some of the best deals around, not to mention some of the best treasures as well. With over 100 dealers and 4 floors, how can you not find something to feast your eyes on! For more information visit their website at http://www.rivermarketantiquemall.com/.

-Afterward take a peek at the raging Missouri River while you are down here. She sure is full up to her banks this summer.

It is hot out there, but there are lots of things to do here in the River Market that will keep you cool! Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you here on Saturday for our current show.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Six Short Films Nominated for the Cartoon d'Or 2011

Press Release from CARTOON

Six short films from Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom will compete for the Cartoon d'Or 2011, the award for the best European animation short film.

The jury composed of directors and producers Stéphane Bernasconi (France), Tony Loeser (Germany) and Victor Maldonado (Spain) have selected the finalists among a shortlist of 30 films award-winners at the major European animation festivals.

The nominees are:
- "Mobile" by Verena Fels (Germany, 2010, 6'25''. Prod: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
- "Paths of Hate" by Damian Nenow (Poland, 2010, 10'. Prod: Platige Image)
- "Pivot" by André Bergs (Netherlands, 2009, 5'. Prod: Il Luster Productions)
- "The External World" by David O'Reilly (Ireland / Germany, 2010, 17'. Prod: David OReilly Animation / DETAiLFILM)
- "The Gruffalo" by Jakob Schuh & Max Lang (UK, 2009, 27'. Prod: Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi)
- "The Little Boy and the Beast" by Johannes Weiland & Uwe Heidschötter (Germany, 2009, 6'30''. Prod: Studio Soi)

The winner will be announced on Thursday 15 September 2011 in Sopot (Poland) during Cartoon Forum Polska, the platform aimed to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television. The directors of each nominated short will present his film to an auditorium of key players in European animation, providing them an opportunity to strengthen their ties with the industry. The winner will receive a trophy together with a financial aid of 10,000 EUR, thanks to the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

The Cartoon d'Or was created in 1991 by CARTOON in order to promote the talents of European animation and to act as a pipeline between short film makers and the industry. Previous winners include Nick Park, Sylvain Chomet, Mark Baker, Michael Dudok de Wit and Jacques-Rémy Girerd.

About CARTOON FORUM
Created in 1990 to boost the co-production and distribution of European animation for television and new media platforms, Cartoon Forum has helped 450 animation series obtain financing to the tune of over 1.5 billion EUR. For three days each year, European producers have the opportunity to pitch their animation project in front of all decision-makers, buyers and investors in order to speed up financing and find cross-border partners.

Cartoon Forum Polska is organised by CARTOON with the support of MEDIA - a Programme of the European Union, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland, the Polish Film Institute (PISF) and the City of Sopot, in collaboration with Studio Miniatur Filmowych (SMF). Cartoon Forum Polska is one of the events under the patronage of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.

About CARTOON
CARTOON is an international non-profit association based in Brussels that organises Cartoon Forum, together with Cartoon Movie, a co-production forum for feature-length animation, Cartoon Master training seminars and Cartoon Connection, a new programme intended to explore ways of reinforcing cooperation between EU and non EU animation professionals.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Autodesk Education and Training Events at SIGGRAPH 2011

Press Release from Autodesk

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., July 13, 2011 -- Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced that the company will offer tailored programs and host special events for students and teachers during SIGGRAPH 2011, which occurs August 7, 2011 to August 11, 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. At these events attendees will be able to access the latest information about Autodesk's products and programs, gain fresh insights from industry experts, and network with like-minded students, professionals and industry leaders. During SIGGRAPH, selected presentations and interviews will be streamed live from the Autodesk booth (#429), together with free Autodesk Master Classes available through the AREA community.

Autodesk Student Experience
On Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, Autodesk will host an exclusive event for students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, with the support of Dell and NVIDIA, with a reception to follow. The Autodesk Student Experience is a series of targeted workshops and presentations designed to improve student skill sets through use of Autodesk 3D animation tools, including Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Softimage software. Students can benefit from a day of classes and one-on-one feedback sessions with Autodesk technology experts while engaging in presentations and seminars led by industry experts, including Duncan Brinsmead, principal scientist at Autodesk, and Carlos Baena of Animation Mentor. Autodesk software will also be running on Dell Precision workstations, equipped with the latest NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics.

Get a complete schedule of the day's events and registration information.

Autodesk Education Summit
Autodesk's annual SIGGRAPH Education Summit, supported by HP and AMD, will take place on Monday, August 8, 2011at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., PST, followed by a cocktail reception. Education professionals will have the opportunity to network with one another, connect with Autodesk executives, discuss industry trends and best practices, and learn more about Autodesk tools and programming. Register.

Autodesk Digital STEAM Workshops for Secondary Education
On Monday, August 8, 2011 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel from 11:00 am to 12:30 p.m. Autodesk will be hosting an information session about the new Digital STEAM Workshop, offering teachers the opportunity to experience a project-based learning program. Designed for high-school students, the program explores the study of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, through real-time 3D games and easy-to-follow videos guided by industry professionals. Get more information or register.

Professional Education Opportunities at SIGGRAPH
In addition to programs for students and educators, Autodesk will run several programs for professionals throughout the week of SIGGRAPH 2011. During show hours, Autodesk and AMD will be offering training sessions on Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk Softimage software in the AMD booth (#631). In addition to on-site training, the following free Autodesk MasterClasses will be available online beginning August 9, 2011:
• Using 3ds Max in the Realm of Visual Effects, by Joe Gunn
• Rigging and Animation Workflows Using HumanIK and Face Robot, by Jean-Marc Belloncik
• Next-gen 3D Head Creation Techniques, by Laurent M. Abecassis
• Live Animation Binding, by Mark Jackson
These master classes will be exclusively available on AREA. Get more information or register.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

"Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" - Effects, Technology, Tone, Character & Theme

I’ll break the suspense and just tell you right off the top the Harry Potter film franchise has ended on a fantastic note.


The film is paced perfectly. It makes perfect sense why the decision was made to split “Deathly Hallows” into two films. “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is so different from its predecessor that it really is in an entirely different genre.

From the opening Warner Brothers’ logo, it’s clear “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” was storyboarded and shot with 3D technology in mind.  I have never seen a film use 3D to express so much of its theme and emotions of its characters the way this one does.

When “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” opens, dementors patrol the perimeters of Hogwarts, surrounding the school like smoke. Students trudge through the yard like inmates at a concentration camp or masses trapped in a “1984” dimension.
With those images, David Yates not only sets the tone of the film, but makes an immediate statement about the nature of totalitarianism: it’s simply the absence of joy.

The imagery of the Holocaust is so ingrained into our collective consciousness that films dealing with the most monstrous acts of the 20th century are emotionally devastating to begin with. It was an evil so incomprehensible, but so close and recent we can still taste it. Diagon Alley looks like the Warsaw ghetto.
But to say “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” uses these themes as an easy shortcut to elicit that tangible dread from us would be an injustice.

Once the tone of the film is set, the story kicks in and it stays in gear for the duration of the film. Daniel Radcliffe said in an interview that “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” starts as a heist film and evolves into a war movie.
That just about sums it up.

Without taking your hand and walking you through the story, there are just a few points to touch on.
Ghosts of Goering, and Josef Mengele haunt the corridors of Hogwarts. When Harry, Ron and Hermione arrive at Hogwarts after months of chasing horcruxes, they are greeted by a visibly bruised and battered Neville Longbottom.

As an avid fan of the books, I adore Neville Longbottom’s story arc and one of my complaints about the Harry Potter films was that he has been largely ignored. “Deathly Hallows Part 2” finally gives Neville’s character the justice he deserves.

Other Hogwarts students from earlier films are there too, emaciated and beaten down, but ready to fight for the hope Harry brings with him when he arrives at the school.
Cho, Seamus, Lee Jordan and others are gaunt, but assemble for battle nevertheless.

What follows is very heavy on effects, but basic-looking. Again, the 3D technology serves the story and characters rather than just being there for the sake of itself. The ghost of Helena Ravenclaw is enraged when she talks of the evil Voldemort has used her family’s property for and it’s a mix of Kelly Macdonald’s skill as an actress and the effects that convey that fury.

Even the battle sequences, with a couple of flashy exceptions, abandon the bright colors coming from magic wands as wizards duel. The fighting here, magical as it is, is vicious, to the point of bestial.
Oddly enough, the 3D technology and animated effects serve the stripped down look well.

From the moment the battle starts, there are shots of dead students littering the background.
Rowling and Yates refuse to shy away from horrors like the mass murder of children, even in a mainstream film like this. They don’t flinch as Hogwarts burns and people Harry love die.

Draco learns, as does Jeffrey Beaumont in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet,” that evil is not glamorous. When its allure is stripped away, it comes down to human suffering. Evil is appealing, but you don’t see how it hurts until you’re sucked in. I don’t think most people understand the statement Rowling is making about the fashion of evil, the glamorization of monsters in our society.

Again, the point here is more than helped along through the use of animated effects. With each horcrux destroyed, Voldemort’s appearance actually changes. He looks frailer each time one is finished off.
Ultimately, when we see the soul of the Great Lord Voldemort, we are faced with a creature that elicits pity and revulsion in equal parts.

If you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, you’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it. It’s an animated creature brought to pathetic life better than my imagination did itself when reading the book. By the way, managing to pull off something sadder and more grotesque than something that’s already in my head is quite an accomplishment.
The film climaxes with a dizzying one-on-one duel between Harry and Voldemort (it’s an incredibly nice touch when Harry simply calls his enemy “Tom”) and features a couple of deaths you must see in 3D.

It feels like I’m biting off more than I can chew, talking about all these different components in one post, but when you sit down and see the joyless Hogwarts castle for the first time, you’ll see exactly what I mean when I talk about 3D technology and animated effects fusing perfectly together with a film’s theme, tone and character development.

And Professor McGonagall is worth the price of admission alone, because watching an old lady just throw down is awesome.

Designer/Developer brings latest in digital design to Kansas City

Designer/Developer brings latest in digital design to Kansas City posted by Dylan Dietz, 11:55 AM Jul 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The Designer Developer Workflow Conference (D2W) takes over Crowne Center Plaza this weekend. And organizers have scoured the globe to bring some of the best in digital design to share their knowledge right here to Kansas City.

Read more in NBC Action News

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Don't Forget Our Skype Meeting Interview Anne Walker

Anne Walker has worked as a storyboard artist, designer and animator on numerous TV productions. She is also producing her own animated film, "Debris."

Check out her work here:

http://www.debrisfilm.com/​about.htm
http://awalkerportfolio.blogspot.com/


Time Saturday, July 9
9:00am - 10:30am

Location: 
KSHB-TV Wormington Room
4720 Oak Street
Kansas City, Missouri

PipelineFX to Exhibit at SIGGRAPH 2011

Press Release from PipelineFX

LOS ANGELES, California July 6, 2011 - PipelineFX, makers of Qube! - the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced today their presence at Siggraph 2011 in Vancouver, BC August 9-11, 2011 in booth #962.

PipelineFX will demonstrate version 6.3 of their Qube! render farm management software which extends their current "Smart Farming" technology track. "Smart Farming" describes a system for render farm management that delivers the power of pipeline data through integrated charting and reporting, automated labor intensive render farm processes, and integration with other digital media infrastructure packages. Smart Farming has been adopted rapidly around the world and is powering many of the leading VFX, design, post production, broadcast and digital media education programs render pipelines.

Qube! 6.3 includes license usage charting, graphical dependency improvements, multi-level job priority submissions, in-application submission for C4D, dynamic allocation for Houdini, a new ARTISTVIEW GUI and enhanced integration with Shotgun Software.

"I am excited that we are exhibiting at Siggraph for our tenth consecutive year," said Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX. "Vancouver has always been a major customer market for us and we look forward to re-connecting with our customers and resellers, as well as meeting new digital media professionals."

For more in formation, see the SIGGRAPH website: http://www.siggraph.org/s2011/.

About Qube! and Smart Farming:
Qube! is an intelligent, mature and highly scalable render management solution that can be quickly integrated into any production workflow, and is backed by world-class technical support. Smart Farming delivers intelligence to production pipelines by providing business-critical insight into render pipelines, maximizing investment in rendering infrastructure and automating manual processes. Qube! works out of the box with all leading content creation applications and is truly cross-platform with all software components available on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems.

About PipelineFX:
As the leading provider of intelligent render farm management solutions for digital content creation, PipelineFX provides software, support, consulting and training services worldwide. Over 500 customers across film and visual effects, post production, broadcast, design, games and education include BaseFX, BBC, Cinesite (Europe), Digital Domain, Electronic Arts, General Motors, Herman Miller, L.M.U., Laika Studios, Lockheed Martin, Method Studios, NBC, NHK, Pratt University, Procter & Gamble, Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., Reel FX, Smoke & Mirrors, South Park Studios, Arc Productions (formerly Starz Entertainment), Technicolor and Telemundo. PipelineFX is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and has offices in Honolulu, Portland, Austin, Las Vegas and Vancouver.

For more information, please contact Richard Lewis, CEO of PipelineFX: richard@pipelinefx.com, Ph: 808-685-7823, 1000 Bishop Street, Suite 509, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, USA.

VIZ Media, Autodesk Team On Art For Hope To Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Press Release from VIZ Media

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 7, 2011 – VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced today a collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to create a limited edition digital art book anthology that will be sold through VIZ Media’s Manga App, with 100% of VIZ Media’s net proceeds going to support disaster relief efforts in Japan. All of the artwork in the collection, titled ART FOR HOPE, will be created using Autodesk SketchBook digital paint and drawing software applications.

VIZ Media and Autodesk have already started working with artists to create works that deliver a message of hope to victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Artists interested in submitting work to be considered for the collection can email artforhope@viz.com. The VIZ Media editorial team, together with Autodesk’s team, will select and curate the selections for the digital anthology, which will be released later this fall exclusively through the VIZ Manga App, available on iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. VIZ Media will donate 100% of its net proceeds to the disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in Japan.

"It has been several months since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan, and financial support is needed now more than ever,” said Hidemi Fukuhara, President and CEO of VIZ Media. “ART FOR HOPE is a very special project for VIZ Media, and we thank Autodesk for making it possible for artists and fans to support the relief efforts in such a unique manner.”

“Digital painting and drawing is within everyone’s reach, and we’re excited to help unlock the artistic potential of VIZ Media fans and professional artists alike for this extremely worthy cause,” Samir Hanna, vice president of the Autodesk Consumer Products Group.

Autodesk and VIZ Media will unveil some of the artwork from the ART FOR HOPE project at the VIZ Media 25th Anniversary Event to be held during Comic-Con on Thursday, July 21st at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego. VIZ Media will also announce a groundbreaking new initiative for the manga community.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like Naruto, Bleach and InuYasha, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at http://www.viz.com/.

About Autodesk, LLC
Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 16 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com/.

Harry Potter & the Multiplying Treasure

Here's all the legal poop I have to say before posting this clip.


Copyright 2011 Warner Bros. Ent.
Harry Potter Publishing Rights Copyright J.K.R.
Harry Potter characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and Copywritten by Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.

Phew.

So, here's a really cool clip that features some of the animated effects you can see when "Deathly Hallows Part 2" comes out.

By the way, Dylan & I get to see it 4 days before everybody else.

Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah.

And expect more on this and other film stuff by visiting theresidentfilmsnob.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Free Jimmy" - A Hilarious But Overlooked Animated Film For Adults



"Free Jimmy" is largely unknown, but thanks to the age of Nexflix, you have access to it.

I demand you see it at once.

That is all.

Enjoy my video review.

Love, your Resident Film Snob.

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