Dominated by series, spin-offs, and sequels, this year’s Visual Effects Oscars race is one of the industry’s most anticipated competitions. Some veteran nominees have already won an Academy Award or two, while others will be competing for their first. One of many common threads this year’s VFX nominees have, though, is most have been nominated for Oscars and other coveted awards in previous years. In fact, every member of the spectacular Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. team has been here before.
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2018 Oscar Nominees for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film - Where Did They Go To School?
It’s that time of the year again when the world’s top filmmakers, actors and animators come together to support and congratulate one another on a job well done. Though there will be plenty of mutual support on March 4th, the competition is still fierce, as 2017 saw some of the entertainment industry’s most incredible filmmaking, with animation shining bright as ever!
After nine French directors threw their hats into the animated feature race for 2017, Variety declared that France had “firmed up its reputation as home to the world’s second biggest animation industry behind the U.S.” In the mix were Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares’ April and the Extraordinary World, Claude Barras’ My Life as a Zucchini, Remi Chaye’s Long Way North, Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, Alexandre Heboyan and Benoît Philippon’s Mune, Guardian of the Moon, and Alain Gagnol
We’re just a month into the new year and a number of schools (and even some of the world’s most influential tech giants) are already making headlines in the world of game design programs. Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple, launched Woz U just months ago, with several in-demand programs slated for 2018. Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), which launched a new game design degree just last Fall, has welcomed its very first game designer-in-residence. And then there’s Pratt Institute.
2018 is off to a great start in the world of animation programs, with several schools announcing plans to launch a collection of undergraduate degrees that will prepare students to compete for positions at top studios around the globe. We are pleased to report that Central Michigan University, County College of Morris, and Cavalier Animation & Media College in Bangalore, India have launched some exciting new animation programs and most are accepting applications right now. Read on.
Stephen Hillenburg, marine biologist, cartoonist, animator, director, producer, writer, voice actor, and creator of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” has yet another title to add his growing list of labels. Stephen and wife Karen Hillenburg have endowed a new scholarship that will be offered and managed through the Princess Grace Awards (PGA) - USA.
Each year, Nickelodeon Animation makes it possible for several aspiring artists to work at the company’s Burbank studios. Known as The Artist Program, the program invites artists with diverse backgrounds and experiences to hone their artistic skills while working on Nick’s 2D and CG animated television shows. Two creative avenues are offered including the General Track and Storyboard Track.
Our tenth seasonal contest received over seventy submissions, and the quality and creativity continues to improve. Below you will find our 2017 Christmas Holiday Short Animation Contest prize recipients.
The Midwest includes two Divisions—East North Central and West North Central. The East North Central Division includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The West comprises Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Both Divisions are home to hundreds of colleges, and many of them offer top-tier art and design programs, with the East leading the way. Nearly 700 Title IV degree-granting institutions are housed in the East North Central Division, compared to more than 500 in the West North.