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Jerry Beck Editor

Animation Scoop Editor Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer and author of over 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, co-founded Cartoon Brew and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He is on the faculty of Woodbury University in Burbank and his latest book is The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

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Game Developers Conference Report: You Are Living In The Future of Real Time Computer Graphics

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • March 31, 2013 8:03 PM
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At the recent 2013 Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Epic Games released the Unreal Engine 4 "Infiltrator" demo, running 100% in-engine in real time, showing off UE4's high-end rendering features as well as their latest tools. Why is this a big deal? As anyone who has had to render any animation or effects knows, rendering is often the most time consuming and frustrating part of the whole process. This demo shows us dynamic effects and complex shaders all being displayed in real time. No rendering needed.

In 'The New Kyoto Arc,' Rurouni Kenshin Grapples with Dilemma Unlike Any American Animated Hero

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • March 29, 2013 7:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Although American kids have a reputation for being uninterested in history and geography, tens of thousands of follow the adventures of a samurai warrior-turned-pacifist as he travels from Tokyo to Kyoto in 19th century Japan.

DVD Review: A Monster in Paris is One of The Most Unique Animated Features of Recent Years

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • March 29, 2013 12:03 PM
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  • 1 Comment
I have to admit that I didn't know what to expect from A Monster in Paris, a French production that combines story elements from The Phantom of the Opera, Hugo, Frankenstein, King Kong, Moulin Rouge and La Vie En Rose. If that sounds like a mixed bag, it is, but somehow director Bergeron and screenwriter Stéphane Kazandjian make it work.

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