Telecom titan takes over toons


For some in the animation business, the mention of IDT Corp. brings to mind "Star Trek's" fearsome Borg Collective. Indeed, IDT, a multibillion-dollar telecommunications company, has been on quite an…

Ready to recruit


The pendulum, it seems, has swung back. After weathering several lean years, when the double whammy of a soft economy and a Down Under talent drain took its toll, Hollywood's effects houses are up…

Heavy users


Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Paramount – Sept. 17)A reporter (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a pilot (Jude Law) travel the world in search of missing scientists and try to stop a madman bent on…

Aping Mother Nature


Having perfected the right look for skin in the last tentpole he worked on, Joe Letteri is now concentrating on hair. No makeup artist, Letteri is a visual-effects supervisor for Weta Digital -- and…

In the pipeline


Ghost in the Shell 2 (DreamWorks – Sept. 17)Traditional hand-drawn animation mixes with CG in this anime tale set in 2032, where the line between humans and robots blurs and a murder investigation…

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