Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

Jonathan Herbert's decision in 1995 to re-name his New York-based computer animation company Zero Degrees Kelvin may be puzzling to some people. After all, what does zero degrees Kelvin, the absolute lower limit of temperature, have to do with computer animation?

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Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

LOS ANGELES-For director Kinka Usher, the timing couldn't have been better. The noted spotmaker was in his 67th shoot day on Universal's The Mystery Men, his feature directorial debut, when word came last week that he had been nominated by the Directors Guild of America (DGA)...

Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

An idle mind is the devil's workshop. In the case of "Rink," a :30 for Shoppers Drug Mart out of TBWA/Chiat/Day, Toronto, that adage represents a slight exaggeration; more accurately when Santa Claus finds time on his hands, it translates into something devilish, with his trusty...

Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, recently set out to prove that Burger King's Double Cheeseburger is the best choice at the drive-thru because it won't drip in your lap. So they strapped a burger to a crash-test dummy and sent the vehicle flying into a brick wall. The result?...

Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

NEW YORK-Alison Brown, a co-founder of Blue Sky Productions (now bicoastal Blue Sky VIFX), has joined Kleiser-Wal-czak Construction Company as executive producer of its New York-based commercial production unit. KWCC also has operations in Hollywood and North Adams, Mass....

Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

It's like working at a school for gifted children," raves senior producer Jan O'Malley about San Francisco-based agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, where, to hear her tell it, even the mail guy is "incredibly funny and gifted." And being surrounded by such cleverness...

Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

LOS ANGELES-Some six years ago during ShowBiz Expo East, a group of state film commissions began floating the idea of forming a U.S. film commission. They contended that such a body was needed to help retain film and video production that is being lost to other nations, many of...

Friday, Feb. 12, 1999

LOS ANGELES-The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) has broadened the global scope of its upcoming Locations '99 trade show, not only in terms of exhibitors but also on the seminar front. At press time, the 14th annual AFCI event had lined up in excess of 330...

Friday, Feb. 5, 1999

Perhaps it was George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" that inspired colorist Jean Ren Nebot to color the sky a bleeding blue-like he'd melted a pastel crayon right into "Geese," part of Fallon McElligott, Minneapolis' "United Is Rising" campaign. And maybe the boy in the caf...

Friday, Feb. 5, 1999

A cel animation style from cartoon's Golden Age of the 1940s lends a nostalgic, offbeat charm to a Northern California McDonald's spot promoting the McChicken sandwich. The piece-entitled simply "Foxy"-plays just like a classic cartoon: A fox slides out from behind a tree to...

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