Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Mr. Top Hat Doesn’t Give A Damn! (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Mr. Top Hat Doesn’t Give A Damn!. “There were quite a few entries this year that did ambitious things with their visuals — always a bold challenge to undertake in a 30-day game jam. That’s just not enough time to make something graphically polished, but it’s plenty of time to do something graphically creative, and that’s just what Josh from Dirtbug Games did with Mr. Top Hat Doesn’t Give A Damn! The game mines what is increasingly one of the richest veins of visual assets and inspiration that can be found amidst the material entering the public domain right now: American animation.”

3D animation using AI: Behind Plask (Analytics India)

Analytics India: 3D animation using AI: Behind Plask. “If you’re an aspiring animator searching for a programme, you can look into Plask. Plask is a web-based 3D animation editor and motion capture tool driven by AI. It includes the required animation tools, allowing you to record, edit, and animate your projects without ever leaving your browser. However, Plask’s most significant feature is its AI-assisted ability to animate your characters using any video as a mocap.”

Mike Shouts: The Transformers G1 Cartoon Series From The 80s Is Free To Stream On YouTube!

Mike Shouts: The Transformers G1 Cartoon Series From The 80s Is Free To Stream On YouTube!. “As you may have already known, this year marks the 35 years since the release of the first Transformers movie, The Transformers: The Movie. In addition to celebrating the animated movie’s 35th anniversary with theatrical screenings and releasing the movie in 4K UHD, Hasbro will stream all seasons of the 1984 original cartoon series on Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel.”

CNET: Struggling Ghibli Museum exceeds crowdfunding target in 24 hours

CNET: Struggling Ghibli Museum exceeds crowdfunding target in 24 hours. “The July 15 listing on hometown tax site Furusato Tax had requested an amount of 10,000,000 yen ($90,814.15 USD), and as of writing it has achieved 133% of the goal. Studio Ghibli is an animation house responsible for such films as the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and the promised How Do You Live?”

Ars Technica: Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting

Ars Technica: Archaeologists recreated three common kinds of Paleolithic cave lighting. “Lighting sources could indeed hold vital clues to the different ways prehistoric peoples used caves, according to a new paper by a team of Spanish scientists, published in the journal PLOS ONE. They conducted in situ experiments with three different kinds of Paleolithic lighting sources in the hopes of shedding some light (pun intended) on what those various illumination methods might tell us about the emergence of ‘human symbolic and artistic behavior’ in the form of cave art.”

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry

Yonhap News Agency: S. Korea to inject 50 bln won into animation industry . 50 billion won is a little more than $44 million US. “In addition to injecting more funds into the industry, the five-year plan also includes plans to diversify animations, which are currently largely concentrated on films for toddlers and children. The government also plans to beef up commercial support by expanding channels for animation distribution and helping companies make merchandise based on animations. The plan also includes setting up a digital archive for animation sources.”

Analytics India: How AI Is Breathing Life Into Animation

Analytics India: How AI Is Breathing Life Into Animation. “According to Statista, the global animation market is expected to grow from $259 billion in 2018 to 270 billion by 2020. Animation has reached new heights because of the rapid evolution of deep learning and the proliferation of software tools. Here are some examples of how Artificial intelligence and machine learning are bringing animation to life in studios.”

Creative Bloq: Google’s new 3D tool is fun, creative and surprisingly useful

Creative Bloq: Google’s new 3D tool is fun, creative and surprisingly useful. “Another day, another Google tool to discuss. And this one is a 3D animation tool, making it particularly relevant to the creative community. Hurrah! Yup, Google’s latest offering is a tool which simplifies the animation process – making the artform more accessible for anyone wanting to have a go. Surprisingly, though, it’s also a super-useful tool for professionals. Disbelieving? Bear with us and we’ll explain.”

Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series

Mail Tribune: Libraries to debut original animated series. “Ryan Bradley, marketing coordinator for Jackson County Library Services, has spent months leading development on an original animated series where that happens to the main characters — literally. And soon anyone with an internet connection will be able to watch it. The series, aptly titled “Lost in a Book,” concerns Daisy and Zak, two kids who get sucked into a book while visiting the library, resulting in an adventure through multiple genres, characters and stories as they try to make their way home.”

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival

Cartoon Brew: Stream 100 Films For Free (Wherever You Are) At The Best Austrian Animation Festival. “On February 1, this set-up will be replaced by Best Austrian Animation’s brand-new online database — the culmination of years of archiving. The database will serve as a permanent research platform about contemporary animation from Austria. Ultimately, every film ever shown at the festival since 2013 will have an entry containing information, visuals, and in some cases the entire film.”

Calgary Herald: Quickdraw animation festival goes online, celebrates local and international talent

Calgary Herald: Quickdraw animation festival goes online, celebrates local and international talent. “GIRAF [Quickdraw’s Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival] programmers received 1,200 submissions and also scouted other festivals to make up its 2020 lineup, which will stream online from Nov. 19-29. In past years, the program was usually whittled down to roughly 50 titles. But in its 16th year, the festival will feature more than 80 selections from around the globe. For the first time, it will also put a focus on local animators with its Alberta Spotlight program.”

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online

SoraNews24: Studio Ghibli releases 400 images from eight movies free to download online. “Studio Ghibli has built up a reputation over the years for steadfastly keeping a stern hold over the distribution and copyright of their films, even once sending a samurai sword to Harvey Weinstein with the message ‘no cuts’ in relation to the overseas version of Princess Mononoke…. Now the studio is making another unprecedented move, by announcing they’ll be releasing hundreds of images from their movies for the public to use free-of-charge, with one caveat: they’re to be used ‘within the scope of common sense.’” On the Internet?

Microsoft: This free Windows 10 app lets developers express themselves in pixels (ZDNet)

ZDNet: Microsoft: This free Windows 10 app lets developers express themselves in pixels. “Microsoft Research has released a new app called ‘Expressive Pixels’ that gives makers a new tool to create animations for LED displays or to insert as animated GIFs into emails. The free Microsoft app is available now from the Microsoft Store and offers technically adept Windows 10 users a new way to create animations like Emojis to display on LED screens. “