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Hand-Painted Animated Film ‘Loving Vincent’ Added to 2017 View Conference Lineup

30 August 2017 11:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A talk about creating “Loving Vincent,” the hand-painted animated film about the life and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh has been added to the lineup for the 2017 edition of the View Conference in Turin, Italy.

Investor Steve Muench and “Loving Vincent” painters/animators Biserka Petrovic and Adam Maciejewski will discuss how a team of 120 oil painters came together to re-create Van Gogh’s paintings to create the 90-minute film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.

More than 100 of Van Gogh’s paintings were re-imagined for “Loving Vincent,” which was the Audience Prize winner at June’s Annecy animation film festival.

The film stars Douglas Booth, Robert Gulaczyk, Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan, whose live-action performances have been painted over in oil in the style of the troubled artist.

Loving Vincent” opens in the U.S. next month in New York and Los Angeles, and later in the year in various other »

- Terry Flores

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“Vr is Not Another Kind of Filmmaking”: Baobab Studios’ Eric Darnell on Animated Vr

27 July 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

If you’d mentioned Eric Darnell’s name a few years ago, most people would have thought of the Madagascar films or the Penguins of Madagascar spin-off, all of which he co-directed while at DreamWorks Animation, where he also directed Antz and contributed to films like The Prince of Egypt and Shrek. But think of him today and you’re just as likely to conjure up images of bumbling aliens, a fluffy and resourceful bunny or a multicolored crow, and all in virtual reality. That’s because Darnell is the co-founder and chief creative officer at Baobab Studios, which in just two years has established itself as one of the United […] »

- Randy Astle

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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

16 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat, »

- Steve Greene

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Before They Were Blockbuster Directors: 8 TV Episodes by the People Behind 2017’s Biggest Films

16 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Even though the worlds of film and TV are converging more than ever before, it’s interesting to note just how many of the people behind the biggest films of the year have tried their hand at TV work in the past.

Get Out” director Jordan Peele never officially directed an episode of his long-running Comedy Central sketch show “Key & Peele,” but his debut film currently sits at No. 7 on the year’s domestic box office list. Go up and down the rest of that chart and you’ll find movies from directors who’ve made valuable contributions to TV comedies and dramas alike.

Most of these episodes were pilots or season premieres, ways for directors to help establish a template or shorthand for what governs life in front of and behind the camera for the duration of these series. While some of these filmmakers took multiple opportunities in the TV director’s seat, »

- Steve Greene

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Grangel Studio Boards ‘Dinogames’ From Moonbite Games and Dream Team Concept (Exclusive)

16 June 2017 12:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France – – Barcelona-based Grangel Studio will assume the character design on transmedia project “Dino Games,” set to be pitched Friday at an Annecy Mifa market Transmedia showcase, DinoGames director Carlos Fernández de Vigo (“Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas”) announced at Annecy.

Founded by brothers Carlos and Jordi Grangel, this multimedia studio has worked on character design for movies such as  Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Hotel Transylvania,” Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Mark Osborne and John Stevenson’s “Kung Fu Panda” and Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath’s “Madagascar.”

Carlos Grangel took an Annie Prize for outstanding character sesign in an animated feature production for Kelly Asbury and Lorna Cook’ “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.” He has received other nominations for Tim Burton and Mike Johnson’s “Corpse Bride” and Bibo Bergeron, Vicky Jenso and Rob Letterman’ “Shark Tale.”

DinoGames” includes a 3D animated TV series, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Vr specialists Samhoud Media announce China plans

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Samhoud looking to open Vr cinemas all over the world.

Amsterdam-based Vr specialists Samhoud Media has announced in Cannes it will open its first Vr cinema in China next month (on 10th June.) This will be located in Beijing. 

Samhoud Media is also launching itself as a distribution company for Vr and is a producer of Vr content too.

Among its recent Vr movies is 17-minute drama High Five, directed by Frank Lammers.

The announcements come as Samhoud looks to open Vr cinemas all over the world.

The aim is to have 50 to 100 cinemas by the end of the year - and eventually to open 2000 to 3000 cinemas worldwide.

Samhoud aims to open 100 cinemas in China this year alone. It is working with partners everywhere from Dubai to Spain and Scandinavia.

The company launched its first venue, The Vr Cinema, in Amsterdam 18 months ago - and the site has already attracted over 60,000 visitors. Its sites are »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Cannes Marche Next panel highlights the future of Vr

20 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Monetisation and IP strategies were key topics at the Marche Next panel ‘Silicon Valley and Beyond: Global Pioneers in Vr.’Morgan Bouchet, head of Vr and Innovation at telecom giant Orange, discussed the company’s new content strand which soft-launched in December, with a goal to create and distribute Vr and Ar content, some of which will include the ability to interact with other users via social engagement and avatars.Bouchet also said it is of interest for the mobile brand to

Monetisation and IP strategies were key topics at the Marche Next panel ‘Silicon Valley and Beyond: Global Pioneers in Vr.’

Morgan Bouchet, head of Vr and Innovation at telecom giant Orange, discussed the company’s new content strand which soft-launched in December, with a goal to create and distribute Vr and Ar content, some of which will include the ability to interact with other users via social engagement and avatars.

Bouchet also said »

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Tribeca 2017: Five Questions with Rainbow Crow Producer Maureen Fan

30 April 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of my favorite virtual reality pieces at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival was the animated Invasion! from San Francisco-based Baobab Studios. The short film, directed by Baobab co-founder Eric Darnell, was reportedly downloaded over one million times (including in my household, where my kids loved its Google Cardboard version), making it the most-downloaded virtual reality piece yet, and in September a feature film adaptation was announced. Baobab thus had a high bar for their next project, so they launched two: Asteroids!, which premiered at Sundance in January, and now Rainbow Crow, which premiered this year at Tribeca. Following in the kid-friendly tradition of Darnell’s […] »

- Randy Astle

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2017 Nashville Film Festival: Complete Winners List

29 April 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2017 Nashville Film Festival has officially come to an end after selecting its winners and honorees Saturday. The rapidly growing competition received over 5,500 submissions this year, and 303 of those films and shorts were selected.

Some Freaks,” a love story about an overweight girl and a boy with one eye, from director Ian MacAllister McDonald walked away from Tennessee as the grand jury prize winner. Lead actress Lily Mae Harrington was also named best actress, while composer Walter Sickert and music supervisor Dan Wilcox were awarded best music.

German heist mockumentary “The Migrumpies” from Arman T. Riahi was the audience award winner. “Play The Devil” by Maria Govan was given an honorable mention in the same category, and also won best screenplay. Pytor Skvortsov from “The Student” was named best actor. »

- JD Knapp

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Diego Luna, Constance Wu joins Vr series ‘Rainbow Crow’

19 April 2017 7:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New additions join John Legend in the lead; first episode to debut at Tribeca Film Festival.

Vr company Baobab Studios has announced that Diego Luna and Constance Wu are voicing characters in the series Rainbow Crow.

A launch date for the series has not been announced, although the first episode debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday and will screen multiple times after that.

Rainbow Crow is a Native America story that hails from the Lenape tribe about a crow, who journeys far from home to bring light back to the world. 

Luna will voice Moth, while Wu will lend her talents to Skunk – Rainbow Crow’s companions who help him along his journey to save the forest. John Legend voices the lead and serves as executive producer.

Baobab co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell (Madagascar and Antz) directs the series.

Kiowa-Caddo tribal elder Randy Edmonds, an 83-year-old lifelong crusader for Native American rights and founder »

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John Legend boards Tribeca Vr project 'Rainbow Crow'

11 April 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Native American series to premiere at Tribeca next week.

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend will voice the lead in Rainbow Crow 9pictured below), Baobab Studios’ Vr follow-up to Invasion! and Asteroids!

Legend will also serve as executive producer on the story of how the crow sacrifices his multi-coloured plumage and becomes charcoal black in order to return light to the world.

The performer and his longtime partner and collaborator Ty Stiklorius are among the creative team on Rainbow Crow, whose first episode will premiere at Tribeca.

“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.” 

Kiowa-Caddo tribal »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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John Legend boards Baobab Studios’ 'Rainbow Crow' Vr project

11 April 2017 8:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Native American series to premiere at Tribeca next week.

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend will voice the lead in Rainbow Crow, Baobab Studios’ Vr follow-up to Invasion! and Asteroids!

Legend will also serve as executive producer on the story of how the crow sacrifices his multi-coloured plumage and becomes charcoal black in order to return light to the world.

The performer and his longtime partner and collaborator Ty Stiklorius are among the creative team on Rainbow Crow, whose first episode will premiere at Tribeca.

“Rainbow Crow brings storytelling and music together in a way no one else has yet in virtual reality,” Legend said. “It’s an incredible medium for inspiring a journey of self-discovery and finding your way in times to darkness.

“In light of what’s going on in today’s world, it’s a message of deep meaning that people from all walks of life can embrace.” 

Kiowa-Caddo tribal »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tribeca: John Legend to Voice, Executive Produce Virtual Reality Animated Series

11 April 2017 7:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

John Legend is making his foray into virtual reality with Rainbow Crow, an animated series from Vr startup Baobab Studios.

In teaming up with Baobab, Legend executive produces and provides the voice of the title character in the series, which is directed by the Vr studio’s co-founder (and Madagascar director) Eric Darnell. Legend's longtime partner and collaborator, Ty Stiklorius, has also boarded the creative team.

Inspired by Lenape folklore, Rainbow Crow tells the story of a bird with the most dazzling plumage and mellifluous voice, who, after the planet turns dark and cold, must journey far from home to bring light back to the world. Its themes include diversity, self-acceptance »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Exclusive: Director Tom McGrath confirms Madagascar 4 is in the works

3 April 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

When you think of Tom McGrath you instantly think of the Madagascar movies. So when Tom was in town to promote his new venture, The Boss Baby, we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to find out whether, after five years of waiting, there was a Madagascar 4 in the works. We can jubilantly confirm there certainly is.

Related: Madagascar related news and reviews

Madagascar first hit our screens back in 2005 with Eric Darnell and Tom McGrath at the helm. The cute, funny furry animals were voiced by Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sacha Baron Cohen.  It became an instant hit grossing over $532 million, that’s more than a little loose change.

2012 saw the release of Madagascar: Europe’s Most Wanted, the last time we had the chance to see the crew altogether. The film saw Alex, Marty, Gloria, and »

- Zehra Phelan

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Tribeca 2017 Lineup: The Obamas’ Virtual Reality White House Tour Leads Experimental Storytelling Program

3 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced today its lineup of immersive films, including 29 Vr and interactive projects in its Storyscapes and Virtual Arcade exhibits. Tribeca was one of the first U.S. festivals to showcase experimental storytelling projects, and as such the festival attracts world premieres from some of the vastly growing industry’s leading creators and studios.

Highlights include a virtual reality tour of the White House led by Barack and Michelle Obama; a new Vr collaboration from Chris Milk and by Pharell Williams; a mystery starring Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola from interactive studio Eko; and a multidisciplinary exploration of women of color’s experience through the lens of technology, society and culture, titled “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism.”

Read More: Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Films From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

“As Vr has continued to evolve technologically, so has the storytelling. Our mission »

- Jude Dry

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Tribeca Film Festival Sets 2017 Lineup of Vr and Interactive Titles (Full List)

3 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

World-premiere virtual reality projects including Kathryn Bigelow’s look at rangers at a poacher-beseiged African park and an immersive experience tied to India’s biggest movie franchise are among the works on tap for the Vr and interactive component of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival’s slate.

The newly announced additions to the festival’s overall slate encompass the six entries in Storyscapes, the competitive section of programming dedicated to the intersection of film, tech and storytelling, along with the 23 titles lined up for the festival’s Virtual Arcade. Storyscapes titles range from personal projects such as “Draw Me Close,” Jordan Tannahill’s memoir about his relationship with his mother; to Hyphen-Labs’ scifi-themed entry “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism”; to an immersive recording of a Holocaust survivor’s testimony in Gabo Arora and Ari Palitz’s “The Last Goodbye.”

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- Gordon Cox

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