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1. “Anime Architecture” exhibition starts at the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin


The new temporary exhibition starting from 23rd July at the Museum of Architectural Drawing in Berlin shows original drawings from Japanese animation films. The show focuses on a selection of superb renderings of urban architecture made for animated feature films such as Patlabor (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Ghost in the Shell 2 – Innocence (2004). The exhibition presents works by Hiromasa Ogura (art director), Mamoru Oshii (director), Atsushi Takeuchi (layout) and Takashi Watabe (layout). These were drawn only by hand, although today computer graphics are additionally used across all areas of production. The exhibited works demonstrate the four stages in the creative process of developing a background image below.

[The process of developing a background image]

1. The initial setting: a sketch of the scene, generally in pencil, defining the architecture, landscape and functionality of moving elements.

2. Image board: The art director defines the colour palette in an image board for the scene.

3. Layout: The layout is a preliminary drawing with precise specifications of the position of objects and figures as well as reference to camera position and movement.

4. Background: Based on the layout, the coloured background illustration is completed.


Press release: http://www.tchoban-foundation.de/files/160608_anime_architecture_en.pdf

The Museum of Architectural Drawing: http://www.tchoban-foundation.de/1-1-Home.html

2. VIEW Conference in Italy: Keynotes and view award competitions announced


VIEW Conference will be held between 24th and 28th October 2016 in Turin, Italy. The conference brings together top professionals in animation, visual effects, virtual reality, and digital design for five days of talks, workshops, panel discussions, and interactive sessions. It expects audience of 6,000 students and professionals.

[Keynote speakers]

Byron Howard: Directed Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Zootopia with Rich Moore. In addition to his keynote speech, Howard will offer a workshop on creating appealing characters for animation.

Dr. Donald Greenberg: Professor Greenberg is Director of the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell University. His specialties include real time realistic image generation, colour science, and computer-aided architectural design. His research in this area is supported by Pixar, DreamWorks, Microsoft, Intel, Oculus, Valve and Autodesk, and with government funding.


The VIEW conference is now accepting submissions of animated short films or video games created during 2015 and 2016 for four categories. The deadline for submissions is September 15.

For more details, please find the link below.


3. New international animation festival OkIFA announces festival dates

The Okanagan International Festival of Animation (OkIFA) is an annual five-day animation and digital media festival, market and conference set to launch from 2nd to 6th October, 2017, in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. The festival will celebrate the many forms of animation and digital media from around the world, with a special focus on Canada and the U.S. For more information, please visit: http://www.OkIFA.ca.

Press release: http://okifa.ca/international-animation-festival-set-october-2017-bcs-spectacular-okanagan/

4. Russia’s Masha and the Bear Season 2 on Netflix

Masha and the Bear Season 2 produced by Animaccord in Russia launched on Netflix available to subscribers in the U.S., U.K. and Republic of Ireland as of 1st August 2016. Addition to the release of the season 2, Masha’s Spooky Stories, the second spin-off, is scheduled to be released during the Halloween 2016 with the 4 episodes. Masha and the Bear Season 1 and 2 as well as the first spin-off Masha’s Tales will be released on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video in September 2016. It will be available to download in the North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand and France.

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5. Netflix releases The Little Prince

The French animated feature The Little Prince, directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and produced by Onyx Films, Orange Studio, and On Entertainment, launched on Netflix from 5th August 2016 in UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

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