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John Lasseter's Bright Idea Helped Make Inside Out A Better Pixar Movie

6 April 2015 9:32 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Inside Out is like nothing you.ve ever seen before from a Pixar movie, and that.s partly thanks to its animation. Following five core emotions that live inside a young girl.s mind, the film imagines its main characters comprised of energy, as opposed to physical beings. (Duh! They're emotions, not people.) This required some particularly expensive animating on Pixar.s part, which created the bubbling texture of their skin. If it wasn.t for Mr. John Lasseter's bold decision, Inside Out might not have ended up with this unique style. While at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, Ralph Egerton, the film's production designer, informed us of Lasseter's bright idea to brighten up the film's characters -- even at the expense of, well, the budget. He said,  We worked on the idea of her [Joy] being effervescent or sparkly for champagne bubbles, for about 8 months. And it »

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Producer Jonas Rivera on 'Inside Out' director Pete Docter's specific genius

6 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last week, I joined a group of journalists at Pixar in Emeryville, where we were shown the first hour of "Inside Out," this summer's new Pixar film. You can get a look at some of what we did in this gallery, and you can see some concept art for the film embedded below. The last interview of my day was with Jonas Rivera, who produced “Inside Out.” Rivera started at Pixar as an intern, making him pretty much the walking incarnation of a success story at the studio. We’d spoken earlier in the day as part of a round-table along with director Pete Docter, but this was my chance to speak to Rivera one-on-one. Drew McWeeny:  I said this when you were in the room earlier: I feel like each Pixar director at this point has a signature and has something that they bring to the table that makes their films different. »

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Pixar's Inside Out Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen

6 April 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

How do you create something that’s familiar and relatable, but has never been seen before? That was the task director Pete Docter set out to accomplish with his next Pixar movie, Inside Out. After directing Monsters Inc. and Up for the animation giant, he pitched three story ideas to John Lasseter. While none of them were officially green lit at the time, he came back a couple weeks later with a new idea, to take audiences on a journey inside a young girl’s head to meet the emotions influencing her life. That was about five-and-a-half years ago, and Inside Out looks like it’ll be another hit for Pixar after it premieres this June 19.  We were on hand at Pixar headquarters in Emeryville, California to get the inside story on Inside Out from Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and their animation team. As an added »

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The Best Animated Movie of 2015 is Already Here

1 April 2015 9:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In Bill Plympton's book "Independently Animated," the perennial underground animator recalls crashing a party filled with Disney's finest, including Pixar head honcho John Lasseter, and being regarded as a hero. The story has symbolic weight in that it reflects Plympton's ongoing ability to develop a body of work with his distinctive, loopy hand drawn cartoons over the course of a 30-year career without any discernible compromise. But the contrast between Plympton and his more commercially-oriented colleagues has greater resonance in the ongoing vitality of his work, with his latest feature, "Cheatin,'" providing the latest example. Read More: Immersed in Movies: Bill Plympton Talks 'Cheatin'' At this early stage of the year, with the latest Pixar release "Inside Out" still months away, it might seem premature to deem Plympton's scrappy, wordless tale of marital betrayal and body swapping fantasy the finest animated feature of 2015. However, it's hard. »

- Eric Kohn

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Can you make the next Toy Story? Pixar releases RenderMan for free

28 March 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

RenderMan, the software created by Pixar for use in their animated films, has been made available to download for free.

The programme has been used on such films as Up, Toy Story and even Guardians of the Galaxy.

The 3D rendering computer programme is now free for non-commercial use on Mac, Windows and Linux.

RenderMan can be used to flesh out animations and add realistic features, but also requires a separate 3D animation engine to use.

RenderMan can also be employed for commercial projects for the licensing price of $500.

Pixar recently added co-director Josh Cooley to Toy Story 4, who joins John Lasseter at the helm of the film. »

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Toy Story 4 adds co-director Josh Cooley to join John Lasseter

14 March 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pixar has added co-director Josh Cooley to Toy Story 4.

He will join John Lasseter at the helm of the fourth film starring Woody, Buzz and the gang.

Lasseter previously directed both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 along with A Bug's Life, Cars and Cars 2.

Games Radar reports Cooley has previously acted as Head of Story on Pixar's latest film Inside Out.

Toy Story 4 will not be a direct sequel to the previous films but will instead be a standalone movie.

Pixar President Jim Morris said it will be more like a "romantic comedy".

Will McCormack and Rashida Jones will co-write the script for the film, which will be released on July 14, 2017. »

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Oscars highlight next generation of filmmakers

14 March 2015 10:31 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Friday, September 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. Also new this year, the entry deadline has moved to June 1, and the awards ceremony date has been changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic calendar. Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are available at www.oscars.org/saa. Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, a 2014 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination for Documentary Short Subject for “White Earth, »

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How many have you seen? 12 of Disney's worst straight-to-video sequels

14 March 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sequels and spinoffs are all the rage on the big screen these days, but the news that Disney is moving forward with a Frozen 2 still comes as something of a surprise considering the studio has been reticent to pump out theatrically-released follow-ups to its biggest hits - only The Three Caballeros, The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000 and Winnie the Pooh are part of the Disney Animated Canon.

However, throughout the '90s and '00s Disney had a lucrative side-business in direct-to-video sequels that were turned around quickly and cheaply and made the studio a fast buck. Many execs felt that these cheapened the originals and John Lasseter put the brakes on them, although the recent Tinker Bell films (branching out from Peter Pan) have their roots in this release model.

Digital Spy revisits 13 of Disney's most unnecessary straight-to-video sequels below:

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Best of the Week: 'Star Wars' Spin-off Titled 'Rogue One,' Another 'Ghostbusters' Movie and More

13 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Important News   Disney annnounced Star Wars: Episode VIII will open in May 2017 and Star Wars: Rogue One is the title of the first standalone movie. Disney also officially announced Frozen 2. And John Lasseter will have a co-director for Toy Story 4. Channing Tatum and Chris Pratty may star in another Ghostbusters movie directed by the Russo brothers. Another Tron movie is moving forward. More Back to the Future music is on the way. Tim Burton will direct Disney's live-action Dumbo remake. Hawkeye will be in Captain America: Civil War. And Joel Kinnaman will definitely be in Suicide Squad. And Chris Pine might play Green Lantern. Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Bruce Willis will star in the next Woody Allen...

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Directors: Joe Carnahan Leads 'Motorcade,' 'Toy Story 4' Gets A Co-Director & More

13 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Joe Carnahan ("Stretch," "The Grey") is revving up the long dormant "Motorcade" for DreamWorks. At one time eyed by Tom Cruise, and a few years ago slated to star Ryan Reynolds, with a script from Billy Ray (indeed, his is the most recent draft), the thriller has a bunch of terrorists attacking the President's motorcade during a trip to Los Angeles. Four-wheel Drive Down! We'll see if Carnahan will finally be the guy to get this movie off the ground. [Variety] John Lasseter won't be going it alone with "Toy Story 4." Pixar veteran Josh Cooley, who has credits on "The Incredibles," "Cars," "Ratatouille," and "Up," has graduated to the co-director's chair on the sequel. There's no word yet on plot details, except that it will be a "romantic comedy" and not tied to the original trilogy. [via Empire] "Mama" director Andy Muschietti will be behind the the big screen adaptation of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Movie News: New 'Fantastic Four' Photos; 'Toy Story 4' Gets Two Directors

13 March 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Fantastic Four: New images from Fantastic Four reveal extremely serious super-powered characters. We're not quite sure yet why Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Kate Mara have such determined looks in their eyes, but it's certainly a new approach for the team on the big screen. The movie smashes into theaters on August 7, 2015. [Total Film via Games Radar]   Toy Story 4: Recently, we heard that Toy Story 4 would be a stand-alone romantic comedy. Now comes word that director John Lasseter will welcome a co-director, Josh Cooley. That's not unusual in the world of animation, in view of the tremendous workload involved in making an animated movie, and Pixar has certainly done that before. Cooley's credits stretch back to 2006's Cars and he...

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Week in Review: Christopher Nolan leads charge to save celluloid

13 March 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Film and celluloid is going the way of vinyl. The shift from tactile mediums to ones and zeroes has happened so quickly that for a while it had looked like these records and film strips that we had used to record our artistic history for the entire 20th century would suddenly become obsolete and erased forever. While vinyl has experienced a resurgence among those who truly love music, the already struggling movie theaters and multiplexes have all but done away with film in place of digital projection. Kodak’s film sales have dropped 96 percent in the last decade.

In fact, you can almost count on two hands the number of major filmmakers still actively using film when making studio pictures today: Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams (who is making Star Wars: Episode VII on film), Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Christopher Nolan.

Nolan this week spoke at an »

- Brian Welk

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Attention, Student Filmmakers: AMPAS Now Accepting Entries for 2015 Student Academy Awards

13 March 2015 7:12 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the launch of the 42nd Student Academy Awards, a competition designed to spotlight emerging filmmakers. Winners in the five Student Academy Awards categories—Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary, and Foreign Film—become eligible for Oscar consideration. Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations, including eight awards. Among them are 2014 Oscar nominees J. Christian Jensen, for Documentary Short Subject ("White Earth"), and Talkhon Hamzavi, co-nominated with Stefan Eichenberger for Live Action Short ("Parvaneh"), as well as filmmakers Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, and Robert Zemeckis. U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution. In the Foreign Film category, eligible schools are allowed to submit one film to the competition. For »

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Attention Student Filmmakers: Here's Your Chance to Win an Academy Award

13 March 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 2015 Oscars Telecast Review: The Good Weird and the Bad Weird  All those hours spent practicing your Oscar acceptance speech in the car, the shower, before bed is no longer a waste of precious time and energy. That is, of course, if you're still in school. The Student Academy Awards announced their competition deadline for 2015. Submit your hard work by June 1 to have a chance at a big date with Oscar come February. The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. Not bad company to keep! Keep in mind that entries must be submitted within one year of graduation and been produced between April 1, 2014 and June 1, 2015. Read through the rest of the regulations here and get filming, »

- David Ballard

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Frozen 2 Officially Announced

13 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Earlier this week, "Frozen" directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee revealed that a "Frozen" sequel is not in the works, adding that there's no script, no story idea and zero development. But now comes word directly from Disney that "Frozen 2" is officially in the works and that the two directors will return. "We enjoyed making 'Frozen Fever' [short film] so much and being back in that world with those characters," said John Lasseter. "Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with a great idea for a sequel and you will be hearing a lot more about it and we're taking you back to Arendelle. We are so excited about that." Story details and the release date have yet to be revealed. Stay tuned. »

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News Briefs: New, Super-Serious 'Fantastic Four' Photos; 'Toy Stoy 4' Gets Two Directors

12 March 2015 9:37 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Fantastic Four: New images from Fantastic Four reveal super-serious super-powered characters. We're not quite sure yet why Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara have such stern faces, but it shows a new approach to the team on the big screen. The movie smashes into theaters on August 7, 2015. [Total Film via Games Radar]   Toy Story 4: Recently, we heard that Toy Story 4 would be a stand-alone romantic comedy. Now comes word that director John Lasseter...

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Idina Menzel & Kristen Bell Sing a New Song from Frozen Fever - Listen Now!

12 March 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "-kz-Xsr7DCI " “auto”] If you haven't caught Frozen Fever yet, this new song will do the trick. Disney has released "Making Today a Perfect Day," a new song featured in the seven-minute digital short playing in theaters ahead of Cinderella, which comes out Friday. The song features Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell singing as Queen Elsa and Princess Anna as they try to arrange a perfect birthday celebration for Anna - all while Elsa is catching a nasty cold. And the duo makes coming down with the sniffles sound so good: "I'm making today a perfect day for you. I'm making today a blast, »

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Idina Menzel & Kristen Bell Sing a New Song from Frozen Fever - Listen Now!

12 March 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "-kz-Xsr7DCI " “auto”] If you haven't caught Frozen Fever yet, this new song will do the trick. Disney has released "Making Today a Perfect Day," a new song featured in the seven-minute digital short playing in theaters ahead of Cinderella, which comes out Friday. The song features Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell singing as Queen Elsa and Princess Anna as they try to arrange a perfect birthday celebration for Anna - all while Elsa is catching a nasty cold. And the duo makes coming down with the sniffles sound so good: "I'm making today a perfect day for you. I'm making today a blast, »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Disney Announces ‘Frozen 2’; Josh Gad & Kristen Bell React

12 March 2015 2:14 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

A Frozen sequel is officially in the works, Disney announced Thursday. Frozen 2 Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios John Lasseter broke the sequel news in a statement. “We enjoyed making Frozen Fever so much and being back in that world with those characters, Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck have come up with […]

The post Disney Announces ‘Frozen 2’; Josh Gad & Kristen Bell React appeared first on uInterview. »

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The Academy Announces 42nd Student Academy Awards Competition

12 March 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

©A.M.P.A.S. / 41st Student Academy Awards

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2015 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration.

The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Friday, September 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. 

Also new this year, the entry deadline has moved to June 1, and the awards ceremony date has been changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic calendar.

Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are available at www.oscars.org/saa.

Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, »

- Michelle McCue

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