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ILM’s John Knoll, ‘Robot Chicken’ Studio Snag Animation Kudos

Industrial Light & Magic chief creative officer John Knoll and “Robot Chicken” animators Stoopid Buddy Stoodios will receive laurels from Animation Magazine at the World Animation & VFX Summit opening night party, Nov. 3, at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey.

Knoll will receive the Lifetime Achievement-Hall of Fame Award for his creative and technical innovations. Knoll co-created Adobe’s ubiquitous Photoshop with his brother Thomas, then went on to found ILM’s Rebel (Mac) Unit, a creative incubator for artists and software developers to create breakthrough technologies, including some of the earliest examples of digital compositing and cutting-edge digital camera projection techniques. He most recently worked as visual effects supervisor at ILM for such films as “Hugo, “Rango,” “Avatar” and “Pacific Rim.”

The quartet behind Stoopid Buddy StoodiosSeth Green, Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner — will receive the inaugural Breakout Studio Award. One of the largest stop-motion animation studios in California, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios is behind the successful “Robot Chicken,” which is about to start its seventh season on Cartoon Network. Other projects include College Humor’s “Dinosaur Office,” stop-motion animated seqments of “Spy vs. Spy” for Warner Bros.  Animation’s “MAD” and a feature project at Sony Pictures Animation.

The summit will be held from Nov. 3-6 at the California Yacht Club. For more information, go to World Animation & VFX Summit.

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