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1. Stan Lee’s Reflection will be developed for Japanese Television

Stan Lee and Pow!Entertainment announced their collaboration with the Japanese animation director Hiroshi Nagahama for the development of Reflection. It is a collaboration with Japanese animation production company Studio DEEN. Firstly it is developed for Japanese TV and plans to expand internationally.

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2. Virtual reality experience of The Walk

Create VR developed a virtual reality experience based on the film The Walk, commissioned by Sony Pictures. It allows the user to experience Philippe Petit’s walk on the high wire between the World Trade Center Towers in his famous 1974 stunt. It won two industry awards, Best In Virtual Reality at the Digital Hollywood awards ceremony and the Silver statue for Best Theatrical: Engagement/ Experiential at the Clio Key Art Awards.

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3. Aardman Academy for 2015 has began

Aardman in partnership with National Film and Television School announced the start of Certificate in Character Animation course for 2015. It was first developed in 2013 to meet the growing demand for animators in the UK to provide professional training. With the funding from the Skills Investment Fund managed by Creative Skillset, Aardman Academy will facilitate industry internships for students completing the course with UK companies.

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4. King Rollo Films offers free animation workshops for talent on Skye

XpoNorth will work together with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and King Rollo Films to offer free training workshops for Highland animation artists in the UK. King Rollo Films is aiming to have an original animation series produced on Skye. Two professional animation training courses, “Designing Backgrounds for Animation” and “CelAction 2D Animation” will be offered in December 2015 and January 2016.


5. A £325 million suite of creative and technology partnerships between the UK and China

UK government announced a £325 million suite of creative and technology partnerships between the UK and China during President Xi Jinping State Visit. This will include arrangements for UK-China film co-production, whereby UK filmmakers would gain access to Chinese studios to make co-produced films and access the Chinese film market.


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