'Book of Life' Animation Studio Reel FX Launches Virtual Reality Firm

'Book of Life' Animation Studio Reel FX Launches Virtual Reality Firm
Reel FX Animation Studio (The Book of Life, Free Birds) has launched a sister company, Flight School, aimed at developing projects for virtual reality and other emerging platforms.

Flight School will be led by Reel FX co-ceo Kyle Clark, serving as CEO; former Moonbot Studios CEO Lampton Enochs as executive vp; and Moonbot alums Brandon Oldenburg as chief creative officer and Limbert Fabian as executive creative director.

Oldenburg won an Academy Award as co-director of the animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, and he and Fabian won Emmys for Silent and Scarecrow.

“As the idea behind Flight School took...
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Content Creators Flock to Northern Louisiana’s Production Facilities

Content Creators Flock to Northern Louisiana’s Production Facilities
Go north, young man.

That might be the advice of Horace Greeley, were he living in New Orleans today.

The production hubs of Shreveport, Baton Rouge and Lafayette all attract their fair share of production, offering alternative facilities and resources to those found in New Orleans and southern Louisiana.

“Maybe they don’t find mountains or beaches in Shreveport, but they do find locations doubling for places as diverse as Kodiak, Alaska, or Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or ranging from New York and Paris to the Amazon or the biblical city of Sodom,” says Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the Louisiana Film Prize, a local film contest that each year awards cash to makers of short films.

Facilities in the region include Millennium Studios, which opened in 2007. It boasts two soundstages of 10,000 square-feet and 15,000 square-feet, full-service prop house and production services. Turnkey office space is 11,000 square feet.

“(Filmmaking) is extremely collaborative,
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CBS, PBS and ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners

CBS and its soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” led the pack of winners at the 42nd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

CBS and PBS scored 17 trophies apiece. “Bold and the Beautiful” led the program winners with a total of eight.

Winners at Friday’s ceremony, hosted by Alex Trebek and Florence Henderson at the Universal Hilton, included a three-way tie for guest star in a drama series among Donna Mills (for ABC’s”General Hospital”), Fred Willard (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and Ray Wise (CBS’ “The Young and the Restless”).

Discovery Family Channel (formerly known as the Hub) won the children’s series award for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” Nickelodeon’s “Dino Dan: Trek Adventures” got the nod for preschool children’s series.

Digital nets got into the fray this year with Amazon’s “Tumble Leaf” recognized for preschool animation series while Netflix’s
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‘Sesame Street,’ ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ Lead Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Winners (Full List)

Sesame Street” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” led the field on Friday in the Creative Arts portion of the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

The PBS mainstay (pictured) grabbed six awards during the presentation of craft and technical awards at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown L.A. “Ellen DeGeneres” took five trophies.

Sesame Street’s” wins included best pre-school children’s series and writing for a children’s series. “Ellen DeGeneres” won for “new approaches-enhancements” for a daytime series and for writing.

PBS was tops among networks with 12 wins, followed by Nickelodeon and syndicated programs with 10 apiece. CBS took eight, Hub Network claimed six and the now-defunct soap venture won five.

A complete list of winners follows:

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series

Sesame Street PBS Executive Producer

Carol-Lynn Parente

Supervising Producer

Nadine Zylstra

Senior Producer

Benjamin Lehmann

Coordinating Producer

April Coleman


Mindy Fila

Line Producer

Stephanie Longardo
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Moonbot Studios Launch Kickstarter To Fund Renaissance RPG 'Golem'

By Joseph Leray

Moonbot Studios’ are making a new game, based on the folktale of the Golem of Prague, and they’re using a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Sure, the game won’t be out until 2015, even in the best circumstances, but the premise and Kickstarter pitch guarantee that I’ll be keeping an eye on the project until then.

“Golem” is Shreveport, Louisiana-based Moonbot’s riff on a Renaissance-era folktale: the armies of Cesare Borgia, with Leonardo da Vinci-designed siege engines in tow, are at the walls of Prague, and a Jewish rabbi named Judah Loew creates the golem out of clay to defend the city. Players will control the golem, who starts the game as a towering, mindless brute but will evolve as he becomes more self-aware.

The story -- like all great myths -- plays fast and loose with history: both Borgia and da Vinci were
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Moonbot Studios talks Numberlys, apps and interactive storytelling

'This feels like the invention of radio, television or the movie cinema...'

There have been a lot of imaginative book-apps released in the last three years, with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore being one of the most creative.

Released in May 2011, it was based on an existing short film by Louisiana firm Moonbot Studios, claiming to take inspiration from Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton and The Wizard of Oz among other influences. It marked Moonbot out as a developer to watch, as did the company's interactive music video app for Us band Polyphonic Spree later that year.

Now the company has released its third app, Numberlys. It returns the focus to storytelling – the origins of the alphabet – with an equally diverse palette of influences: King Kong, Metropolis, Flash Gordon, the Marx Brothers and the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Moonbot was founded by two people with a background
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"Tekken" Reveals A Japanese Poster

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Budgeted at $35 million, "Tekken" is the upcoming martial arts feature directed by Dwight H. "Bones" Little, based on the "Tekken" fighting video game series.

The live-action film follows 'Jin Kazama' (Jon Foo) , who confronts both his father, 'Kazuya Mishima' (Ian Anthony Dale) and his grandfather, 'Heihachi Mishima' (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa).

"Tekken" is produced by Steven Paul Benedict Carver and Iddo Lampton Enochs from a screenplay by Michael Colleary, Alan B. McElroy and Mike Werb, adapting the original story, based on the Namco video game.

From the Weinstein Company, Summit Entertainment and Crystal Sky Pictures, Warner Bros will release the film in Japan, March, 2010.

A DVD release will follow April 5th, 2010 in the UK.

"...In the year 2039, after World Wars destroyed much of civilization, the remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations, the mightiest of which is the 'Mishima Zaibatsu'.

In order to keep the masses down, Mishima
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