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Parallax Media Ventures Announces B.C. – BACK TO CIVILIZATION, the first feature film adaptation of the Perennial Classic Comic Strip ‘B.C.’ [Product]

Parallax Animation Story Team – Including Veterans from Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, and Illumination – Adapt Classic Comic Strip

Redwood City, California, USA, 2018-May-09 — /EPR MEDIA NEWS/ — Parallax Media Ventures, a leading animation storytelling production company, today announced that it is developing the classic American comic strip, ‘B.C.’ by John Hart Studios as an animated feature film. The team’s pitch reel, featuring storyboard images and concept paintings, will be available for private viewing in May. The feature is a 4-quadrant title Parallax is shoring up for early 2021 release, and currently meeting with potential partners and financiers.

Parallax and Hart Studios will attend the Licensing Expo May 22-24 in Las Vegas to discuss this project with interested parties. To schedule a time to meet and view the pitch reel, please email Kevin Richardson at kevin_richardson@parallaxmedia.ventures

Founded in 2015, Parallax Media Ventures is led by Kevin Richardson, a former executive and senior producer at Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts and Mattel Interactive, and on feature films for leading domestic firms as LucasFilms, Hyperion, Colossal; and abroad at Wang Films Taiwan, MS Films Germany, KingKey Animation China, and most recently Studio Climb Malaysia. Kevin initially became interested in ‘B.C.’ in high school when he produced an animated short on the building of Stonehenge with characters inspired by the strip.

“Today, Johnny Hart’s grandsons Mason and Mick are the wizards behind the daily comic strip,” said Patti Hart of John Hart Studios. “Using their grandfather’s playbook, they take inspiration from trends, headlines, and the politics du-jour and spin them into timeless commentaries and general silliness. We are super excited about seeing B.C. continue its journey onto the big screen. It’s been a great pleasure working with Parallax Media Ventures. Kevin has put together an amazing team and their level of professionalism continues to impress us.”

“B.C. is an American classic like apple pie and baseball,” said Richardson. “60 years strong, the daily strip runs in over 800 North American newspapers – newspapers with a reach of 64.4 million readers. This gives us a tremendous connection to the fans, and allows us to expand B.C. to an on-screen and off-screen experience. Mason, Mick, and Patti at Hart Studios have helped us understand and blow out the characters – right down to what they eat for breakfast! Thanks to the time-tested and quirky ensemble, there’s no shortage of fun material to work with.”

The Parallax ‘B.C.’ team has collectively worked on 18 animated features, with an aggregate $10 billion USD box office.

The Parallax ‘B.C.’ team includes:

  • Julia Lundman – Julia Lundman is a concept illustrator with over twenty years of experience in the entertainment business. Classically trained, she started her career in commercial animation, art directing commercials and animated shorts, one of which, “Stubble Trubble” was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999. After moving to San Francisco in 2000, she moved into concept art and illustration for games, concept art for Lego, and served as Art Director on Disney’s animated series, “Whisker Haven Tales”, produced at Ghostbot. She was honored to be a finalist in the ILM Art Station worldwide contest in 2015 for key frame concept art.
  • Claus Dzalakowski, art direction/look development – based in Australia Claus recently opened a facility in India for animation and FX work. Claus has worked on animated features and TV in over 10 countries and has held key positions on several Nickelodeon productions such as Bubbleguppies.
  • Dave Fulp – Story Artist – 35 years of animation, story, and design experience for projects such as Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Disney, Pixar, Universal, Warner Bros., Laika, and more.
  • Mike Cachuela – Story Artist – 30 years of story development experience including classics Nightmare Before Christmas, Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Instrumental in setting up animation feature studios like LAIKA where he co-directed Coraline.
  • Jim Beihold – story consultant – more than 16 features in 30 years, including work on Tarzan; The Little Mermaid, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
  • Jaikumar Balasubramanian – animation pipe and pre-viz – one of India’s best animation directors and CG pipeline and FX masters, he has worked for Technicolor, Nickelodeon, Disney, and Sony Imageworks.

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VidCon announces Featured Creators for first-ever VidCon Europe in Amsterdam

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AMSTERDAM, 02-Nov-2016 — /EPR MEDIA NEWS/ — VidCon (vidcon.com), the world’s largest online video conference for fans, creators, and industry professionals, today announced a teaser list of Featured Creators for the first-ever VidCon Europe, which will take place in Amsterdam, April 7-9, 2017, at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

The inaugural VidCon Europe will include over 100 international, regional, and local Featured Creators whose content spans numerous online video verticals. During the event, these creators will collaborate to celebrate the industry of online video through connection, content, instruction, and hilarity. Highlights of VidCon Europe will include panels and performances from some of the following confirmed Featured Creators:

Hannah Hart
Mamrie Hart
Gigi Gorgeous
Swoozie
Andrea Russett
Benny & Rafi Fine
Fleur de Force
Freddie Wong
Joey Graceffa
Jon Cozart
– Oli White
Sarah Close
BibisBeautyPalace
Défano Holwijn
Julian Claßen
Scola Dondo

As guests continue to confirm their attendance at VidCon Europe, the Featured Creators list will regularly update at vidconeurope.com.

The long-awaited VidCon Europe — with its Australian counterpart, VidCon Australia, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, September 9-10 — will welcome approximately 7,500 fans and creators, with a custom experience designed to celebrate the unique online video ecosystem of those regions.

VidCon programming and tickets follow a three-track format, designed to appeal to everyone from the most passionate fans to the biggest media companies. The Community Track engages attendees interested in experiencing the online video culture through Q&As, discussions, concerts, interviews, movie nights, meetups, signings, and games. The Creator Track serves attendees looking to make better content, grow their online presence, enter the industry, meet fellow creators, and learn the ins-and-outs of online video culture. The Industry Track features keynotes, fireside chats, seminars, and product demonstrations geared toward attendees working in the online video industry.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Ghostkeeper 2 – The Ghost That Came Back

The last thing that writer/director Jim Makichuk ever imagined was the return of GHOSTKEEPER; his first feature film made in 1980.The supernatural thriller came and went in the early 1980s. But around 2005 Jim learned that some German horror fans found VHS copies of the movie and thus began a cult following. Soon British horror writers asked for interviews and in 2011 distributor Code Red discovered two 35mm prints in a New York storage unit.

This eventually led to a 30th Anniversary DVD in 2012. Jim rounded up actors Murray Ord and Riva Spier and 86-year old GEORGIE COLLINS, a legendary theater actor from Alberta, Canada. A commentary track was included along with an interview with Georgie Collins and cameraman John Holbrook. But it didn’t end there.

In 2013 GHOSTKEEPER fans and friends encouraged Jim to write a new screenplay, some suggested a remake and others a new story. Jim came up with a unique story that would use both the original cast from 1980 as well as a new younger cast in GHOSTKEEPER 2 (NEVER GO BACK). The original movie was based on the “Windigo”, a mythical Native Indian creature that haunted wilderness parts of Canada.

The present-day story is simple; the original cast of 1980 will play themselves 33 years later and have come back to the DEER LODGE HOTEL for a reunion. But as the story begins, things begin to happen that reflect the original 1980 story and when two of the original cast disappear it begins to reflect the past as flashbacks fill in the story. To add another element, a Native Indian trapper appears from a raging snowstorm and suggests that the Windigo does exist and that they are all trapped inside with nowhere to run or hide. Thus the new movie becomes both a remake and sequel. Jim, along with producer Joe Thornton will fund the feature on Kickstarter.com.

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Funding for GHOSTKEEPER 2 begins September 4, 2013 on http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1193470750/ghostkeeper-2-never-go-back

Contact: Jim Makichuk badland@dslextreme.com

Links: My IMDB

https://www.facebook.com/GhostkeeperTheMovie2

http://www.mjsimpson.co.uk/reviews/ghostkeeper.html

Contact:
Badland Company
badland@dslextreme.com
818-995-4742/818-209-4742

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‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘The Descendants’ Reign Supreme with Denver-area Film Critics

The Denver Film Critics Society has given director Terrence Malick’s impressionistic portrait of a ’50s-era family and the origins of life the group’s highest honor.

“The Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, was chosen by DFCS as the Best Picture of 2011 this week, while “The Descendants” won three awards, including Best Screenplay.

DFCS’s annual awards celebrate the finest achievement in film as chosen by a diverse group of Colo.-based film journalists.

Acting nods went to Pitt for his complicated turn as a baseball executive reinventing the rules of his game in “Moneyball,” and Meryl Streep for her latest astonishing performance as Great Britain’s groundbreaking “Iron Lady.”

Chastain’s busy 2011, including sterling appearances in “Take Shelter,” “The Tree of Life,” “The Help” and “The Debt,” made her the runaway choice for the year’s Breakout Star, while director Gore Verbinski’s neo-western “Rango” moseyed off with the Best Animated Film award.

“The 2011 film lineup may have lacked that awards-sweeping entry, but the breadth of films spoke to the vision of the modern filmmaker,” said DFCS co-director Christian Toto. “Many of the categories were won by a single vote.”

“The Artist,” the magnificent ode to the silent film era, earned a Best Director tie for Michel Hazanavicius as well as Best Score.

The Denver Film Critics Society is comprised of print journalists, bloggers, TV personalities and film scholars across the Front Range. Voting was conducted from Jan. 1-4, 2012.

THE 2011 DFCS AWARD WINNERS:

Best Picture:

“The Tree of Life”

Best Actor:

Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Best Actress:

Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Best Supporting Actress:

Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”

Best Director (tie):

Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Best Screenplay Original/Adapted (both in a single category):

“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Best Animated Film:

“Rango”

Best Ensemble:

“The Descendants”

Best Original Score:

“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource

Best Breakout Star:

Jessica Chastain

Best Documentary:

“Page One: Inside the New York Times”

Best Foreign Language Film:

“A Separation”

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