23rd December 2010 - CelAction open for Christmas
CelAction sales and support is fully operational between Christmas and New Year.
13th December 2010 - Horrible Histories victorious at BAFTAs
Horrible Histories won the Best Comedy and Best Writing awards at the Children's BAFTAs held in London on the 28th November.
5th December 2010 - All the entries are in!
Our Student Competition has been a big success, with some great entries! They're being sent off to the judges now, so watch this space for more news. If you missed the competition this year, go here for the next one!
17th November 2010 - CelAction goes to Cartoon Feature
A representative from CelAction will be attending Cartoon Feature in Munich, Germany on the 22nd-24th November 2010. Contact us if you want to set up a meeting.
26th October 2010 - More BAFTA nominations
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom and Peppa Pig from Astley Baker Davies are nominated for Best Pre-School Animation at the Children's BAFTAs. In the Writer category, the Peppa Pig team and the Horrible Histories team are both nominated, and Horrible Histories is also nominated in the Comedy category. The awards will be held on 28th November 2010.
8th October 2010 - CelAction goes Canadian
A representative from CelAction will be attending Cartoon Connection, the Television Animation Conference and the Ottawa International Animation Festival in Ottawa, Canada from the 18th-24th October 2010. Contact us if you want to set up a meeting.
21st September 2010 - CelAction at MIPCOM
A representative from CelAction will be attending MIPCOM in Cannes, France from the 4th-8th October 2010. Contact us if you want to set up a meeting.
10th September 2010 - Two CelAction2D shows at Cartoon Forum
Joyets by The Illuminated Film Company and Sarah & Duck by Karrot Animation are both being presented at next week's Cartoon Forum in Sopron, Hungary. A representative from CelAction will also be there, so e-mail us to set up a meeting.
18th August 2010 - Mixed Bag wins prize at Hiroshima
Mixed Bag (Valise) by Isabelle Favez won a Special Prize at the Horoshima 2010 International Animation Festival.
15th July 2010 - Two CelAction films selected at Krok
Laika by Avgousta Zourelidi and Blind Date by Ben Verschooris are in competition at the Krok International Animated Film Festival to be held on the 18th-28th September 2010.
29th June 2010 - CelAction at Children's Media Conference
A CelAction representative will be attending the Children's Media Conference in Sheffield on the 30th June to the 2nd July. Contact us to set up a meeting.
9th June 2010 - PlusOne brings 3D to CelAction2D
CelAction today announced a brand new add-in called PlusOne for their popular CelAction2D animation software that enables 2D animators to work in a full 3D environment, include 3D models in their scenes, and output full stereoscopic 3-D. Animators can use 3-D glasses to view and edit their stereoscopic scenes in real-time, without having to render first, making it much easier to produce effective 3D movement. Full 3D environments can be created either using existing 2D artwork oriented in 3D or by importing textured 3D models from a variety of standard formats. An unlimited number of cameras with full xyz movement and rotation can be set up and moved freely around the set.
"This is a breakthrough for 2D animation," said Andy Blazdell, CEO of CelAction. "Other 2D software companies have made half-hearted attempts to cash in on the stereoscopic boom, but we're taking 3-D stereoscopy very seriously. We've implemented powerful yet easy to use features, designed to enhance the 3-D viewing experience, both for the animator and the audience. This isn't just an afterthought, we have integrated it into our workflow properly."
To make sure that CelAction's 3-D efforts are in line with the market's needs, they have teamed up with Alexander Lentjes from 3-D Revolution Productions, a leading expert in stereoscopic 3-D animation production.
"I am pleased to be helping CelAction with their stereoscopic development," said Alexander. "Too many companies don't realise just how complex stereoscopy can be, so it's important to get it right. CelAction's feature set even puts some 3D software to shame."
The PlusOne module is an optional add-in to CelAction2D Professional Edition, and is automatically included in CelAction2D Studio Edition.
For more information about 3-D stereoscopy, visit 3-D Revolution Productions' website at www.the3drevolution.com
8th June 2010 - Horrible Histories wins Prix Jeunesse
Horrible Histories, featuring animation by Triffic Films, won the 7-11 Non-Fiction Prix Jeunesse International 2010 award presented in Munich on 2nd June.
7th June 2010 - Mixed Bag in competition at Hiroshima
Mixed Bag (Valise) by Isabelle Favez is in competition at the Horoshima 2010 International Animation Festival, to be held from 7th-11th August in Japan.
4th June 2010 - Excitement builds for MIFA
CelAction will be exhibiting at MIFA next week on 9th-11th June 2010, on stand 2-15. We're in the New Technologies section, so you don't have to have full MIFA accreditation to visit us.
We'll be offering big discounts on our CelAction2D Professional Edition to all attendees, and to celebrate the Annecy Festival's 50th Anniversary, for the first 50 visitors to our stand, there'll be an extra discount for a total of €600 off the normal price. You don't even need to pay at the stand itself, your name will go on a list and you can take advantage of the discount any time up to 9th July 2010.
What's more, we'll be unveiling a brand new add-on for CelAction2D that will change the way people make 2D animation forever.
So if you're at Annecy, drop by and have a chat and a demonstration of our latest features, and take advantage of the biggest discounts we've ever offered.
28th May 2010 - Laika lands in China
Laika, the student film by Avgousta Zourelidi from the NFTS, is nominated for the International Student Shorts Award at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival, to be held from the 12th-20th June 2010.
24th May 2010 - CelAction exhibit at Annecy
CelAction will be exhibiting at MIFA on 9th-11th June 2010, on stand 2-15. Be sure to come and visit us for special offers and very special news!
30th April 2010 - CelAction2D workshop at FMX
CelAction is running a workshop at FMX2010 in Stuttgart, Germany entitled "Revolutionizing 2D Animation Production". The workshop will be run twice on Thursday 6th May, the first session at 10am in Raum Ulm, and the second at 2pm in Raum Reutlingen. We will be demonstrating our CelAction2D software, and all attendees of our workshop will get exclusive big discounts!
26th April 2010 - Claude wins at Cartoons On The Bay
Fun With Claude by Dinamo has won the TV Series For PreSchool award at Cartoons On The Bay 2010.
23rd April 2010 - TV Paint and CelAction work together to create the ultimate bitmap workflow
CelAction and TVPaint Développement announced today their collaboration to make TVPaint Animation export seamlessly into CelAction2D, allowing users to create bitmap animation faster and more efficiently than ever before.
TVPaint Animation users can now export layered files including animated frames directly into CelAction2D, which uses new tools to automatically rig character models based on the original file. Animators can work in a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) fashion, secure in the knowledge that their drawings will be kept intact throughout the production process.
We have always allowed and encouraged our users to utilise the best drawing software available, and now we can provide an even better workflow for bitmap production, using TVPaints incredible drawing tools to create assets, and then bringing them into CelAction2D for extra power and flexibility, said CelActions Andy Blazdell. There are some graphic styles that only work well as bitmaps, so you cant always rely on 3D or vector techniques. CelAction2D and TVPaint Animation work together to make high-quality TV series and feature film production even easier.
CelActions focus on streamlined workflow is the perfect match for TVPaint Animation, said Fabrice Debarge of TVPaint Développement. Now artists are free to create what they want, without having to worry if they are making things too complex for large-scale production.
This is not the first time that CelAction has collaborated with other software companies. In June last year we announced product compatibility with Digital Videos Story Planner Pro, and we continue to promote interoperability between different software vendors, to offer robust, flexible solutions that deliver the best that technology has to offer.
You can find more information about TVPaint Animation at www.tvpaint.com.
12th April 2010 - BAA Tombola winner!
Chris Rais from Blue-Zoo was the lucky winner of a licence of CelAction2D Professional Edition at the British Animation Awards. Blue-Zoo were runners-up in the Best Pre-School Series category, and narrowly lost to our very own Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, so we hope this prize partly makes up for it. Congratulations, Chris!
9th April 2010 - Ben & Holly win at the British Animation Awards
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom from Astley Baker Davies won the Best Pre-School Series at the British Animation Awards held in London last night.
7th April 2010 - Win a licence of CelAction2D!
If you're going to the British Animation Awards on Thursday 8th April, you can enter the Tombola to have a chance of winning a licence of CelAction2D Professional Edition. We're also sponsoring the event, and will be there to support it and congratulate the winners.
6th April 2010 - Ben & Holly are finalists at the British Animation Awards
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom from Astley Baker Davies is a finalist in the Best Pre-School Children's Series category at the British Animation Awards to be held on Thursday 8th April.
29th March 2010 - Claude nominated at Cartoons On The Bay
Fun With Claude by Dinamo has been selected in the TV Series For PreSchool category at Cartoons On The Bay 2010, held on the 15th-18th April.
25th March 2010 - CelAction at MIPTV
A representative from CelAction will be attending MIPTV in Cannes, France from the 12-16th April 2010. Contact us if you want to set up a meeting.
19th March 2010 - Claude goes to Annecy
Fun With Claude by Dinamo has been selected in the TV Series category for Annecy 2010, held on the 7th-10th June.
2nd March 2010 - Horrible Histories nominated for RTS award
Horrible Histories, which features animation by Triffic Films, has been nominated for the Best Children's Programme award at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2010, to be held on 16th March.
23rd February 2010 - CelAction shows on BAA shortlist
Several shows made using CelAction2D have made it onto the shortlist for the British Animation Awards 2010. In the Best Animated Special category, Little Princess Winter Special by The Illuminated Film Company has been shortlisted, and in the Best Pre-School Children's Series category, 4 out of the 11 entries are from our clients - Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom from Astley Baker Davies, Poetry Pie by Triffic Films and Humf by King Rollo Films.
19th February 2010 - Kidscreen Summit a huge success
The recent Kidscreen Summit in New York was extremely successful - several companies both in North America and worldwide are going to be using CelAction2D in upcoming productions.
17th February 2010 - CelAction goes to Cartoon Movie
A representative from CelAction will be attending Cartoon Movie in Lyon, France on the 4th and 5th March 2010. Contact us if you want to set up a meeting.
29th January 2010 - Tinga Tinga Tales premieres on CBeebies
Tinga Tinga Tales by Tiger Aspect Productions will be shown on CBeebies from February 1st every day at 4.10pm. This show is animated in Nairobi, Kenya, and is the first major animated TV series to be produced in East Africa.
20th January 2010 - CelAction goes to Kidscreen Summit
CelAction will be attending the Kidscreen Summit held in New York on 10th-12th February. Our meeting slots are being booked up fast, so contact us as soon as possible to arrange a meeting and demonstration of our software.
15th January 2010 - Mixed Bag being shown at Solothurn
Mixed Bag by Isabelle Favez is showing at the 45th Solothurn Film Festival, being held in Switzerland from the 21st-28th January. It is using the French title, Valise, in the programme.
5th January 2010 - CelAction prepares for an eventful 2010!
CelAction is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010, and to commemorate it we're doing some wonderful things. Firstly, we'll be attending more events world-wide than ever before - keep checking our news page to find out where we'll be. Secondly, we have a new pricing structure that makes CelAction2D even better value. Finally, in 2010 we'll be delivering 3 major new features that will significantly increase the number of animation styles that benefit from our state-of-the-art animation tools, firmly reinforcing our position as the most powerful 2D animation software on the market. Happy New Year, everyone!