VFX/Animation News & Developments for August 2023
  • Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023
Artie Peña

Spielberg Animation Collection Donated To Film Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the newest acquisitions to its expansive collection--the largest film-related collection in the world–housed at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Margaret Herrick Library, and Academy Film Archive, leaders in the fields of conservation, preservation, and exhibition of film-related objects and materials.

Among the work in the mix is a gift from filmmaker Steven Spielberg and his wife, actress Kate Capshaw--the Steven Spielberg Animation Collection consisting of 157 pieces of original animation art, dated from 1932-1952, including cels and setups from films including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and Pinocchio (1940), and animation setups and cels for characters, including Goofy, Pluto, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny, and Woody Woodpecker.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been collecting and preserving film and film-related material since 1927, and its unparalleled permanent collection contains more than 13 million photographs, 8.3 million clippings, 95,000 screenplays, 73,500 posters, 145,000 production and costume design drawings, 45,000 sound recordings, 39,000 books, 1,900 special collections, 242,000 film and video assets, and 8,000 props, process, and production items representing motion picture technology, costume design, production design, makeup and hairstyling, visual effects, promotional materials, and more.

The Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw Graphic Arts Department houses the Academy’s collection of posters and production art, including animation artwork, production and costume design drawings, storyboards, and other design works. The department, part of the Margaret Herrick Library, was established in 1998, and its production art collections, acquired from designers, private collectors, and professional organizations, document more than 80 years of motion picture design.

VFX Supervisor David Sewell Joins Ingenuity Studios U.K.
Ingenuity Studios, one of Streamland Media’s VFX divisions, has appointed David Sewell as VFX supervisor in the studio’s London office. Reporting to Grant Miller, partner and VFX supervisor, Sewell is responsible for supervising all client projects as well as supporting business development efforts in the U.K.  

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Sewell is an award-winning visual effects authority who honed his skills working on blockbusters such as the Harry Potter franchise, World War Z, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and the James Bond franchise. 
Additionally, Sewell’s previous and more recent clients have been Chernobyl and The Wheel of Time, among many others. He also supervised the visual effects for director Michael Mann’s upcoming film Ferrari which is set for release later this year.

Camp Lucky Adds Flame Artist Artie Peña
Dallas-based Camp Lucky expands its creative post talent with the addition of Flame artist Artie Peña whose work spans many genres and includes long and short-form branded content, television series and film. Among his credits are collaborations with Samsung, Universal Studios, Chick-fil-A, Tito’s Vodka, American Airlines, HGTV and Amazon. 

Peña first gained industry experience while working at Click3X in New York City, which is where the magic of Flame first caught his attention. 

After gaining valuable knowledge on the East Coast, Peña returned to his native Texas to start a long tenure in the editorial department at charlieuniformtango, quickly becoming a highly sought after Flame artist. 

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