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‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Takes ILM Virtual Production Route (Exclusive)

20th Television's Disney+ series is the first to use ILM's new LED stage in Vancouver.

PR Firm EBComs Incorporates, Adds Partners

Public relations firm EBComs (formerly Emmanuel Bates Communications), which specializes in behind-the-camera talent, has incorporated as an LLC while announcing new partners and promotions. Led by founder and president Meredith Emmanuel, EBComs’ new partners are Ranjinder Hans, who was upped to vp of talent relations and awards; Mackinley Sullivan, promoted to COO; and Mary Keeler, named […]

‘The Book of Boba Fett,’ ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ VFX Supervisors on Deepfaking Icons and Superhero Settings

The creatives of 'Lost in Space' and 'Hawkeye' also detail how they took viewers out of this world or on high-speed thrill chases through Manhattan.

Guillermo Del Toro Presents First Look at ‘Pinocchio’

Guillermo del Toro introduced an exquisite scene and new teaser trailer from his anticipated stop-motion Pinocchio on Wednesday at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. As one would expect from the visionary director, the craftsmanship — from the stylized character and production design to the lighting and sound — makes for a rich rendering of […]

Annecy: DreamWorks Animation Debuts First Half Hour of ‘Puss in Boots 2’

In what director Joel Crawford describes as an “action adventure comedy with a lot of heart,” DreamWorks Animation and Universal previewed the first half hour of Puss in Boots: The Last Wish onTuesday during the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The movie is the sequel to 2011’s Puss in Boots and spinoff of the Shrek franchise that debuted in […]

‘Puss in Boots’ Filmmaker to Direct Smurfs Movie For Paramount and Nickelodeon (Exclusive)

Chris Miller, the Oscar-nominated helmer of 2011’s Puss in Boots, is set to direct Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation’s untitled Smurfs musical, which is slated for a Dec. 20, 2024 theatrical release. The studios plan to highlight the announcement this week at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. Earlier this year, Paramount Animation […]

Annecy: Apple and Skydance Bring New ‘Luck’ Footage to French Animation Festival

Director Peggy Holmes led a presentation of new footage from Luck, the first animated feature from Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation as part of their overall deal, Tuesday at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Slated to debut Aug. 5 on Apple TV+, the story follows Sam Greenfield, voiced by Eva Noblezada, who is […]

‘Pam & Tommy,’ ‘Only Murders in the Building’ and ‘Russian Doll’ Editors Explain How They Cut Together Their Most Challenging Scenes

Tatiana Riegel’s long collaboration with director Craig Gillespie includes I, Tonya — the dark comedy about the Tonya Harding 1990s figure skating scandal for which the editor earned an Oscar nomination — and their latest, Pam & Tommy, for which she again had to walk a fine line between humor and seriousness. “For Craig to […]

Cine Gear Expo: Cinematographers Guild Reaffirms Commitment to Addressing On-Set Safety

The International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) dedicated a Saturday panel discussion to on-set safety following a year during which this was a critical topic, driven by the ratification of a new IATSE Basic Agreement — which, following divisive contract negotiations and a threatened strike, was ratified last fall by a narrow margin of votes — […]

Behind ‘Top Gun: Maverick’s’ Emotional Val Kilmer-Tom Cruise Reunion

[This story contains spoilers for Top Gun: Maverick.] Top Gun: Maverick is full of cutting-edge filmmaking that transports audiences into the cockpit of an F/A-18.  But amid the thrills, there is a much more intimate scene that is also garnering a strong reaction. Midway through the film, Tom Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell reunites with Val […]

Brian Selznick Book ‘Big Tree,’ Inspired by a Steven Spielberg and Chris Meledandri Idea, Set For Publication in 2023

Big Tree, an illustrated novel by Brian Selznick that began as an original idea from Steven Spielberg with Illumination Entertainment founder and CEO Chris Meledandri, will be published by Scholastic on April 4, 2023. Meledandri’s Illumination animation studio, which will next release Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 1, will own the film rights […]

‘Dune’ VFX House DNEG Developing Collaborative Review Tool With Eye Toward Broad Adoption

DNEG, a leading UK-headquartered VFX house that saw its work win an Oscar earlier this year for Dune, has revealed that it’s developing a collaborative playback and review tool for use on features, series and other content, while announcing bold plans to encourage broad adoption. When completed, the app, dubbed xSTUDIO, will “replace all other […]

First Trailer for the Epic Games MegaGrants-Funded ‘The Last Whale Singer’ Debuts

A proof-of-concept trailer dropped today for Germany-based Telescope Animation’s planned feature The Last Whale Singer, which will be made using a newly-created workflow centered on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5 real-time game engine through funding by two Epic MegaGrants and a grant from the EU’s Creative Europe Media. The trailer debuts today online and will […]