Tag Archive | animation

How the Design of Simple Video Game Prototypes is Evolving

Pixel Press is a video game level creation studio and discovery engine; or more simply, draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press ($10) can translate it into a real, playable game.

With this app, anyone can translate their drawings into a game (sketch, test, design, play, distribute) — no coding required.

via get addicted to

Transmedia: Paperman – Full Animated Short Film by Disney

Introducing a groundbreaking technique that seamlessly merges computer-generated and hand-drawn animation techniques, first-time director John Kahrs takes the art of animation in a bold new direction with the Oscar-nominated short, “Paperman.”

Created by a small, innovative team working at Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Paperman” pushes the animation medium in an exciting new direction.

via Disney

UK Government will Support Independent TV Production

Government to extend production tax breaks to TV and games

The UK government has opened consultations on a bill extending tax breaks to TV programs and video games produced in Great Britain.

The new bill, which could become law in spring 2013, will allow production companies to be eligible for a tax break of up to 25 percent of any production money spent in the UK.

The scheme will apply to fiction and documentaries costing not less than £1 million per hour and for productions which are at least 51 percent animated.

via ScreenDigest

Transmedia: Storytelling in the Digital Age

Making Films Shouldn't Be Creators' Key Goal in Age of Transmedia

Mayhad Tousi, co-founder and CEO of Middle East based transmedia company Boomgem and film school graduate, told an audience of wannabe filmmakers, industry reps and press during a Doha Talks session that making a film should no longer be the ultimate goal for creative storytellers.

Tousi is currently developing a $10 million budgeted animated movie version of his company’s transmedia project Ajax.

“I believe storytelling has to maintain a sense of wonder,” Tousi said. “It’s funding that is going to adjust to the technology. I’m a filmmaker by tradition but I refuse now just to make a film anymore.”

via Hollywood Reporter

The Rise of Animated GIFs as a Form of Digital Art

The GIF is making a comeback by being both functional and allowing any person, brand, or publication to add another form of artistic expression to their editorial content.

Cinemagraphs is a shop created by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck who invented a new art form leveraging the same practice as a GIF, taking a series of photos and isolating a single area that is animated.

“I think of it as a little movie projector, reel and screen all in one, so it becomes a catalyst for art forms,” Burg said. Cinemagraphs are an evolution of the GIF, reducing file size and having the ability to be taken out of the GIF format to HTML5 video and art installations.

via Contently

Transmedia: from Indie Video Game to Multiplatform Story

A year and a half ago no one, beyond the team of nine working on the game, had ever heard the name.

But by the end of this year, if all goes to plan, “Hawken” the game will launch in the eye of a transmedia storm that includes a video web series, a graphic novel, feature film and plans for an animated television show, action figures, a novel — and perhaps, one day, lunch boxes.

Some, including director Scott Waugh, believe “Hawken’s” tale of a dystopic future set on an over-industrialized colonized planet featuring battling mechs could become this generation’s “Star Wars.”

via Bradenton Herald

Transmedia: Tron Uprising Animation for Disney XD

TRON: Uprising premieres Thursday, June 7th on Disney XD

Transmedia: DreamWorks and CMC Create Chinese JV

DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. announced an agreement to form a joint venture (JV) with China Media Capital, with plans to include Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd., to establish a transmedia family entertainment company.

Oriental DreamWorks will play to its strengths by creating Chinese animated and live action content, but it also will be creating for mobile, online, interactive games, consumer products, and even theme parks and live entertainment.

via DigitalMediaWire

DreamWorks Animation is Exploring the Market in China

DreamWorks Animation is exploring an expansion into the Chinese film market with a Shanghai-based development and production venture.

The operation would make films specifically for China, where the studio’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” grossed a record-breaking 597 million yuan (about US $93 million) this past summer.

One common goal for these new ventures is to crack China’s notoriously restrictive film market. The nation currently only allows 20 foreign films a year to be distributed in its theaters, and foreign studios collect a much smaller share of ticket sales than they do in most countries.

via WSJ.com