Wes Anderson’s New Stop Motion Film

Wes Anderson, famous for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox has decided to create a new film. Much like his film, Fantastic Mr. Fox he will be starting production of a new stop motion film. But instead of Foxes, he’s decided to create a stop motion film surrounded by dogs. Pre production has already begun but more details of the film should be leaked later within next year. I’m interested in seeing what his portrayal of dogs will be like considering throughout his movies like Moonrise Kingdom, a dog gets shot with an arrow. With his past films I expect this movie to be filled with vivid color, humor, hipster like music and adventure.

Kung Fu Panda 3 Review

Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 3D American-Chinese computer animated film produced by DreamWorks Animation. The film is classified as a comedy martial arts film and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is sequel to the 2011 Film Kung Fu Panda 2 and the Kung Fu Panda Franchise. The film had a limited release in China on January 23, 2016 and a united States release, January 29, 2016.
The film was directed by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. They were also the writers of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. The executive producer is famous, Guillermo del Toro and produced by Melissa Cobb. Kung Fu Panda 3 returned some of the famous voice actors from the previous films and had a new cast as well. Some of these voices included, Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K Simmons, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, Kate Hudson and Jackie Chan.  The 95 minute film received positive reviews and has a 7.2 out of 10 rating on IMDb. It had a budget of  $145 million but accumulated $519.9 million at the box office.
Our story takes place  in the Spirit Realm with Turtle, Grandmaster Oogway. Grandmaster Oogway  fights against an adversary named Kai, who has defeated other kung fu masters in the realm and taken their qi, turning them into small jade charms. Oogway willingly gives in and also has his qi stolen, but not before warning Kai that the Dragon Warrior, Po will stop him. Kai takes this as a challenge to steal the qi from the Dragon Warrior and returns to the mortal realm. Po must find a way to find his inner peace and qi to defeat Kai. With the help from his friends, long lost father and family he battles not only his strongest enemy but his inner self and doubt as well. The real question is, will he find his inner qi in time and survive in the process?

Being a fan of the Kung Fu Panda Franchise I was excited to see this film. The characters were hilarious with their dialogue and the animation was absolutely stunning. The opening shots of the spirit realm are gorgeous with lighting, colors and 3d animation. I also really enjoy that the movies have stayed true with the Chinese elements and teachings of martial arts. I also enjoyed that they incorporated inner peace and qi as an entity and compared that to the strength behind your friends and family. What I also enjoyed was the soundtrack and film score of Hans Zimmer that has also worked on the previous films. I also liked that they incorporated renowned Asian musicians such as Chinese pianist lang lang, Chinese cellist Jian Wang, pop singer Jay Chou and Canadian Taiwanese young singer Patrick Brasca.
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2016: Ars Independent Festival

Ars Independent Festival 2016 is the sixth edition of the film, animation, video games and music videos festival. This year, it takes place between September 27 and October 2 in Katowice.
ARSIn previous years, they invited authors from all over the world to Katowice, including Béla Tarr, Nina Menkes, Phil Mulloy, Laila Pakalnina, Bruce LaBruce, Jakub Dvorsky, Mariola Brillowska, Piotr Dumał, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Bodo Kox, Łukasz Barczyk, Sos Sosowski and Andrzej Pitrus.

The festival is organized by the institution Katowice City of Gardens and City of Katowice.Its statute responsibilities among others involve cultural, publishing and educational activity as well as organising artistic events. The latter includes international festivals such as Katowice JazzArt Festival, Gardens of Sounds, Katowice Street Art Festival and Ars Independent Festival.

Animations :
The Gentle Giant
“The Gentle Giant” is another animated document by Marcin Podolec, whose characteristic drawings turn the protagonist’s logorrhea into a series of expressive, black-and-white images. This time, the narrator is a poet – a verse-battler and veteran of poetry slams. The artist’s introspective story describes the tough beginnings, family relations and his struggle against one’s limits in both life and art. The director’s visual style perfectly blends with the protagonist’s words and complements them, giving an original form to his thoughts, feelings and memories, at the same time referencing to comic strip classics such as ”Peanuts” by Charles Schultz. Piotr Markowicz and Rafał Samborski – the men behind the soundtrack – made sure that the story flows with an appropriate rhythm.Olbrzym-1

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2016: Odense International Festival Films

Films In the Program:
Information about Odense International  Festival

The streets at night; a slow saxophone plays. A howling wolf roams the city. Dad is on the loose. Sally, an introverted 15-year-old girl, tries to tame her wolf father, who has lost himself in the wilderness.
Director: Juliette Viger

Missing One Player 
A mahjong game is planned. Everyone waits for the last player to show up. The other three have no choice but to wait and sit there silently in tears. Never losing hope, they do believe that the fourth player will come. They look up to the sky waiting for this miracle to happen.
Director: LEI LEI

A couple lives in an idyllic seaside village, where giant machines have begun to upturn the cobblestone streets, and dust fills the air. Yet its residents go about their everyday lives. Losing a child and losing a city are two different things, yet loss destructively makes itself anew each day.
Director: Sunit Parekh

Sunday Lunch
James observes his family. They ask him questions and don’t listen to his answers, they give advice but don’t follow it, they stroke him and slap him, but it’s ok; that is the way Sunday lunch has always been and always will be.
Director: Celine Devaux
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2016: World Festival of Animated Film

The 12th edition of The World Festival of Animated Film will be held in Varna, Bulgaria between September 7 to September 11, 2016.

WFAF-poster-2016_150resAgain the Festival and Congress Centre halls in our sea capital will host a variety of animated events. The competition program s in five categories and Panorama will present the best and latest of the animated world. An extended version of the traditional children workshop will let our little guests experience what it is to make an animated film. Specialized lectures, master-classes, screenings of student films from universities from around the world, programs from guest-festivals, documentaries, exhibitions and lots more in September!
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Rush Process Festival of Handcrafted Animation

The Festival
Rush Process celebrates handcrafted animation, a materials-focused practice at the intersection of DIY, auteur-driven cinema and analog animation art. The festival’s first edition — set for August 26-28, 2016 in Houston, Texas — will combine Friday & Saturday night screenings presented by Aurora Picture Show with a Sunday afternoon DIY animation jam presented by BETA Theater at The Waughford. Techniques include personal narrative, documentary/non fiction, fictional narrative, essay films, stop-motion and analog rotoscoping.

rushThe Venue
The festival’s first edition is co-presented by Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit media arts center that presents artist-made, non-commercial film and video. Aurora is dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art, and has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional movie making and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets.

It only makes sense that the only animation festival in the state of Texas (and the first animation festival in the US dedicated to handcrafted techniques) would be hosted by Aurora, who’ve consistently celebrated and supported independent animators over the years, from Kelly Sears, to Brent Green, and Jodie Mack .

Call for Entries: Annies and VES Awards

Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the 44th Annual Annie Awards will be presented in 36 categories including animated feature, animated feature-independent, broadcast production(s), broadcast commercial, short subject, and student film, as well as the achievement and honorary award. The Awards are presented by ASIFA-Hollywood and will take place Saturday, February 4th at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles. Entries may be submitted through the awards online portal. Here are instructions on submitting and additional info on the rules. The deadline is October 31 by 5 pm Pacific time.
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