I3DS to present Sony with Wheatstone Award

The International 3D Society will present Sony Corp. of America with its 2012 Sir Charles Wheatstone Award for advocacy, technology and professional education at the Society’s 3rd Annual 3D Creative Arts Awards ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 1, 2012. The awards annually bestow the Lumiere statuette to 3D movies, TV programs, videogames, and advertising, as selected by the society’s voting membership. “At the core of the Society’s charter is the education and support of filmmakers embarking on 3D projects and to refine the skills of 3D veterans,” said I3DS chair Jim Mainard. “With that in mind, Sony conceived of, and implemented, a tremendously compelling hands-on 3D program, the effects of which will be realized in films for years to come.”

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Catherine Winder, prexy and exec producer of Vancouver animation studio Rainmaker, hired management and production firm Circle of Confusion to support the company’s expansion of its current slate of animated feature films by indentifying brand-building opportunities for Rainmaker’s library of animated characters and properties. Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert and Ken Freimann will work with Winder on identifying properties and talent for various platforms, including online, mobile and social media. Currently, Rainmaker is in production on “Escape from Planet Earth,” an animated feature film that will be distributed by The Weinstein Company in 2012; it stars the voice talents of Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and James Gandolfini.

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A group of actors have come together to open a new 7,000-square-foot production space in the artist district of downtown Los Angeles. Called Six01, the space consists of a bow truss ceiling warehouse and is available for productions and events. The actors involved in the project include Anthony Ruivivar, Yvonne Jung, Maura Tierney, Louise Fancy-Mirren, Jane McKidd, Sean Wing and Nathan Levine-Heaney.

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