The Black-owned animation studio behind ‘Hair Love’ is teaching Hollywood how to be authentic

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Lion Forge Animation had the breakout animation hit of the year, and now it’s on a global quest to tell stories that haven’t traditionally been told. Earlier this year, a heartfelt short film about an African American father who has to endure the (arduous and terrifying) task of doing his young daughter’s hair for the first time captured the entertainment industry’s attention by taking home an Oscar. The film, created and directed by Matthew A. Cherry , had originated as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017, where it raised $300,000—its goal was $75,000—and then was brought to the attention of Lion Forge Animation, which came on board as a producer. Read Full Story

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How filmmaker Matthew Cherry’s ‘Hair Love’ changed the conversation around natural hairstyles

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His Oscar-winning animated short, which showcases a girl’s relationship with her curls and her father, will soon be an animated series. Former NFL player Matthew Cherry had been working in Hollywood for nearly a decade as a writer and editor when he was inspired, by viral videos of dads doing their children’s hair, to make a short film about a girl’s relationship with both her curls and her father. As a child, he rarely saw people who looked like him in the cartoons he watched. Even today, he says, “seeing Black fathers being affectionate toward their kids is an anomaly.” The result is Hair Love , a seven-­minute-long film that won 2020’s Oscar for best animated short. After launching a Kickstarter campaign with an initial goal of $75,000, he raised nearly four times that, allowing him to finance a Hair Love children’s book, which became a best seller. The release …

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How movie studio Laika and Intel are revolutionizing stop-motion animation with AI

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The acclaimed studio behind ‘Missing Link’ and ‘Coraline’ is collaborating with Intel to create an AI tool that could be a big leap in stop-motion animation. For the past 15 years, movie production studio Laika has been a pioneer in animation by seamlessly blending the tactical artistry of stop-motion with technological advancements including CGI and 3D printing. Read Full Story

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Anime face filter: How to get the viral Snapchat filter and use it on TikTok

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The filter is genuinely one of the most fun (and funniest) filters to come along in ages. It turns your face into the likeness of an anime character—and the results are pretty wild. If you’ve spent more than a couple minutes on TikTok, Twitter, or Snapchat in the last day, you’ll probably have seen the hashtag #animefilter trending. And for good reason. The filter is genuinely one of the most fun (and funniest) filters to come along in ages. What the anime filter does is turn your face into the likeness of an anime character—and the results are pretty wild. Read Full Story

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