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Festival News




WIA Diversity Awards to be Presented at SPARK ANIMATION 2017

We are thrilled to announce that in addition to the Jury Selected prizes which will be announced on the opening night of SPARK ANIMATION 2017 on Thursday, October 26th, this year will also mark the first time the WIA Diversity Awards will be presented.

Established to celebrate outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in the animation industry, the WIA Diversity Awards will be awarded in three categories: to an organization, to an individual and to a film. The WIA Board will select the winners of the organization and individual categories. The winner of the film category will be selected from SPARK ANIMATION 2017 festival submissions by the Festival Jury.

Read the full press release at our website.

Discover Amazing Animation, Help Kids

For the 3rd consecutive year, the net box office for the SPARK ANIMATION 2017 Festival screenings will be donated to charity. We are very excited to continue working with the Covenant House Vancouver, which is providing emergency shelter and special programs to homeless and at-risk youth in the Vancouver area.

Tickets for Opening Night’s Celebration Now On Sale

When: Thursday, October 26 @ 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Admission: $15 // Groups (5+): $12*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales
Admission includes GST.
Where: Scotiabank Theatre
Auditorium #1
900 Burrard Street
Vancouver, Canada
Info & tickets: SparkCG.ca





Interview



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Spider-Man vs. Vulture: How Imageworks Pulled Off Homecoming’s Thrilling Climax

Towards the end of Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, the newest instalment of the Spider-Man franchise and now part of Marvel’s larger cinematic universe, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) makes a bold choice to try and thwart the efforts of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), who is hell-bent on stealing Avengers weaponry from a plane — mid-flight — as it leaves New York.

Parker first attempts to stop Toomes at a warehouse, then on an Avengers plane, and finally when the plane crashes on a beach &mdsah; each of these sequences featured visual effects from Sony Pictures Imageworks. Artists based in Los Angeles and Vancouver made use of a digital Parker in his home-made “Spider-Man” garb and Toomes in his CG winged “Vulture” suit. We found out more from Imageworks visual effects supervisor Theo Bialek.

Wings Versus the Warehouse

In the warehouse, Toomes turns his wings against Parker by sending it to knock down the surrounding concrete columns. To help with animation of their digital Parker trying to jump clear of the wings, Imageworks looked to some rather interesting video footage.

“We found references of people who like to jump over moving cars — apparently that’s a thing,” notes Bialek. “These guys just stand there and then these sports car, generally low, low sports cars, go racing towards them in excess of 70, 80 miles an hour, and these people just jump straight up in the air, and they’d leap over these cars.”

Read the rest of Ian’s interview with Theo Bialek at our website.




Festival News




Submissions Now Open for SPARK ANIMATION 2017!

This year, SPARK ANIMATION 2017 runs from October 26 to 29, and whether you’re an independent filmmaker, a big studio, or a student, we want your projects!

SPARK ANIMATION is proud of the diversity of projects it receives and programs, and every effort is made to ensure a blend of traditional and CG animation. Be it a commercial or PSA, music video or experimental project, personal story or a game cinematic, we want them all!

Regular submission deadline is September 1st, 2017 while the extended deadline is September 11th, 2017.

For additional submission guidelines, information and to submit your project, visit our FilmFreeway festival page.

In 2016, we received nearly 800 submissions representing over 60 countries. Help us spread SPARK ANIMATION further by sharing the submission page with friends, colleagues and on social media! Don’t forget to hashtag your posts #SPARK2017!





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