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Annecy — Underscoring Hollywood’s studios increasing outreach to continental Europe for talent and production services, Spain’s Ilion Animation Studios, its biggest animation hub, is producing a fully animated 3D tent-pole feature for Paramount Animation, Paramount’s new animation unit, which created the movie’s IP.
Ilion initiated its production on the Paramount Animation tentpole movie in September 2014.
According to Ignacio Perez Dolset, Ilion Animation Studios president, Ilion was invited early last year by Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles to bid against other animation studios to provide animation services on the Paramount Animation movie. Currently, Ilion is employing 350 artists on the production, which are half Spanish, half foreign. These include U.S., Canadian French, English, German and Asian artists, Employment will peak at about 400. Pic is scheduled for delivery by year-end 2016.
Paramount Animation out-reach to continental Europe comes after Universal Illumination Studios bought the animation division of Paris Mac Guff, »
- John Hopewell
Annecy – Annecy’s 2015 guest country, Spain arrives at 2015 Annecy Fest with the biggest animation spread in its history, the largest delegation – 264 registrations by last Thursday, 80% up vs. 2014 – from any country in Europe outside France, and at last some financing and market tailwinds after being hit hard by recession.
It’s too early to talk of a Spanish animation boom. But there is a larger sense of optimism in the sector, of some sort of recovery. “We are at a key point in animation history in Spain. There’s an incredibly active panorama which we haven’t seen for years,” said Ignacio Perez Dolset, president at Ilion Animation Studios.
The question now is whether Spain’s industry can really turn that corner.
From 2015, Spain’s tax authorities offer 15% tax credits to international productions that use Spanish animation houses or vfx. Spain’s animation sector needs as a matter of urgency such structural aid. »
- John Hopewell
The key moment in the acting career of Dwayne Johnson is an obvious one that occurs not very long into The Rundown, the 2003 adventure film that paired him with the intermittently watchable Seann William Scott. As Johnson’s character, a “retrieval expert”, walks into a club to collect one of his charges, Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing himself for all we know, tips his hat to Johnson and simply says, “Have fun.” It’s a blessing, first of all, from the undisputed king of action film braggadocio, but as delivered by the Terminator himself, it’s also a warning, a reminder to not take the blows of his career too seriously, especially in an arduous career that will likely involve getting critically lambasted on the regular despite being popular as all get out. The funny thing is that Johnson has never seemed to struggle in his career, even when his talents have »
- Chris Cabin
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Just as one one might wonder why it is that extraterrestrial life hasn’t been discovered yet, you’d think the existence of a solid 3D-animated film about a loveable alien is something we could confirm by the year 2015. From E.T. to Lilo & Stitch, the slam-dunk appeal of adorable interlopers from space has proven itself time and time again, but cracking this particular old chestnut in the age of 3D has only bred the likes of Planet 51 and Escape From Planet Earth. (Monsters vs. Aliens fails this test on account of siding squarely with the Monsters). Safely designed to minimize any potentially alienating elements, Home, the newest effort from DreamWorks Animation, does not mark an end to the search for a higher form of animated entertainment.
- Sam Woolf
Lantica Media has hired the producer as vice-president of its production and financing arm Lantica Pictures.
Martín joins Lantica Pictures having produced features for the past 15 years. His credits include Pathe’s Zaytoun, Sony’s Planet 51 and Manolete.
Stacey Stanley, who previously held the post, has launched her own production company And So It Begins Entertainment with long-time collaborator Toby Midgen.
That new venture has signed an overall and first-look deal with Lantica Pictures, the company formerly known as Indomina whose operating units include Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios.
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6 items from 2015
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