Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince is being adapted to the film medium. The film uses CG, 2D and stop-motion animation and is being directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), produced by Onyx Films and animated at Mikros Image Canada/Montreal. Watch the trailer on YouTube. (French)
Spanish artist Daniel Martínez Lara has created a great short for testing the new features being added to Blender's Grease Pencil tool in v2.73. The video also shows how he used the tools in Blender to create the short. Watch the video and find out more on Filmnosis.
(Updated) According to Side Effects' Robert Magee, the workflow improvements in v14 are being headed by two former Softimage XSI developers. More information will be disclosed around January 15.
Side Effects have posted an impressive video with a sneak peek of the new features that will be brought by the upcoming release of Houdini, which include crowd tools, position based dynamics capable of simulating realistic sand, workflow improvements, grooming tools and more. Watch the video on Vimeo.
New features in Epic Games' game engine and development tools include a 3D Motion Graphics UI that allows to attach UI widgets to components and be displayed in the 3D scene, lighting and material improvements, capture and playback of network demos, updates to animation workflows, etc. Find out more on Unreal Engine's website.