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TomoLive’s interactive technology featured at Universal Studios Japan event

NAS and Japanese partner, AID-DCC brought TomoLive to a Universal Studios Japan event. “TALK ENTERTAINMENT REALIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA” is an interactive event that allows the audience to interact with a 3D character controlled by NAS real-time animation technology. The event will take place at the ‘Canal City Hakata’ shopping mall in Fukuoka, from September 23 until February 2018.


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Thousands of high-quality news animation now available with News Direct Archive

High-quality news animations from the newly launched News Direct Archive is now available for licensing! Access thousands of HD animations from the archive from topics ranging from recent and archival news events, science and tech, medical, military, space discoveries, and much more. New videos are being updated daily as the NAS animation team produces new animations on the latest trending topics. Find specific videos by entering keywords into the search bar at the top of the page.

News Direct animations fills in the gaps when video footage is missing and provides clear illustrations of news that is highly conceptual or technical in nature. Available for broadcast, documentaries, and other commercial uses, these daily high-quality animated graphics visually enhance communications by adding a new dimension to help viewers understand breaking news stories and in-depth features. The animations are ready to use as is or can be edited with additional footage and graphics to create a rich multimedia experience. News Direct’s animations have been featured on CBS, Univision, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Telemundo and other media outlets.

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Taiwan’s Public Television Services features NAS technology

Next Animation Studio was featured in Taiwan’s Public Television Services.
Public Television Services (PTS) created a special segment, named【你所不知道的創意科技】, to cover NAS motion capture technology, the segment was hosted by Taiwanese entertainer Patty Wu (吳怡霈). The segment also featured NAS’s lightning-fast news production pipeline and real-time animation technology, where the host interacted with 3D animated characters through TomoLive, as well as getting a hands-on experience as a motion capture actor.

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NAS animates for Taipei 2017 Universiade

Next Animation Studio was selected to create a series of animations for the 29th Summer Universiade event. The project consisted of a 3-minute introductory animation and eleven 30-second animation to introduce the various sports.

Universiade is an international multi-sport event that is organized for university athletes from around the world. It is, in fact, the largest multi-sport event after the Olympics. The event took place in Taipei from 19 August to 30 August 2017 and it was the largest event hosted in Taiwan’s history.

The animations were played on Taipei’s MRT, the Taipei Arena, and the official 2017 Universiade Facebook and website.

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NAS Names Ron Brownlow as Content Development Director of TomoNews

TAIPEI, TAIWAN (July 10, 2017) – Next Animation Studio (NAS) today announced the promotion of Ron Brownlow to the role of Content Development Director of TomoNews. Ron Brownlow succeeds Michael Logan, who established the unique editorial voice of a team of artists and writers that became known to the world as the “Taiwanese animators.”

Brownlow joined Next Animation Studio in 2010 as a staff writer and later worked as Managing News Editor, overseeing staff in Taipei, Los Angeles and New York. During this time, Brownlow helped launch TomoNews, a YouTube news network that covers the most talked-about stories on the internet. Brownlow was also instrumental to the launch of News Direct, a subscription-based service that delivers cutting-edge 3D animated news graphics to media outlets around the world in partnership with Reuters. Continue Reading

NAS TomoLive real-time animation technology featured in Yahoo TV

Next Animation Studio TomoLive technology was featured in【遠山道風向】, a program show presented by Yahoo TV. In the episode, TomoLive brings U.S President Donald Trump to life which allowed him to chat with the host, 侯漢廷. The show takes on a new interactive format using NAS real-time animation technology.

TomoLive is a portable hardware system that gives life to 3D animated characters, allowing real-time interactions with a live audience. Facial expressions, body motion, and even finger movements can all be easily captured through a sensor suit, allowing the actor to effortlessly control the animated avatar. Real-time rendering allows the actor to engage with a live audience, in person or through on-line streaming.

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NAS featured on Taoyuan Youth Can

Next Animation Studio’s NextLab department was featured in the June edition of Taoyuan Youth Can. Taoyuan Youth Can is a bi-monthly publication from the Taoyuan government, which is targeted to young entrepreneurs and start-up culture.

The feature highlighted NAS Light Stage, CloudEye (Augmented Reality technology), TomoLive (real-time animation), VR technology. Continue Reading

Next Animation Studio launches nxTOONS platform for kids

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, June 29, 2017 – Next Animation Studio (NAS) today announced the launch of nxTOONS, its new digital platform for original kids content and edutainment. As part of the launch, NAS debuted the new nxTOONS animated series Out of This Word, available exclusively on YouTube.

Max and Moon from the series Out of This Word

Out of this Word follows two adopted siblings, Max and Moon, as they explore and learn common English idioms such as “sleep tight” and “put a sock in it.” Max, a curious cat, often takes idioms literally. Moon, a smart and logical bunny, happily explains to Max the history behind these phrases. Continue Reading

NAS appoints Matthew Duntemann as Chief Creative Officer

TAIPEI, June 27, 2017 – Next Animation Studio (NAS) today announced that Matthew Duntemann has joined the company as Chief Creative Officer. Based at NAS headquarters in Taipei, Duntemann will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Indra Suharjono.

As Chief Creative Officer, Duntemann will direct and develop the nxTOONS platform, as well as oversee the development of TomoNews creative and all other creative projects for the studio. His appointment leads NAS into its next chapter of creating original animation properties, especially children’s animation.

“Matthew brings his unique creative talent and an infectious amount of energy and momentum to the company,” Suharjono said. “With his success of developing the creative brands for Nickelodeon, we are in a stronger position to build and expand on our nxTOONS platform. He is a world-class talent and produces amazing work that entertains and inspires. I am thrilled to see him take this role and really grow the creative vision of NAS.” Continue Reading

‘Biohazard: Vendetta’ to premiere June 2 in Taiwan

Biohazard: Vendetta will debut in select theaters in Taiwan on June 2, 2017, following its May 27 premiere in Japan. Biohazard: Vendetta is produced by Marza Animation Planet (a CG animation studio owned by SEGA SAMMY GROUP), and will feature animation and lighting production by Taiwan-based Next Animation Studio.

Also known as Resident Evil: Vendetta in the United States, where it will debut on June 19, the highly anticipated CGI film follows franchise heroes Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, and Rebecca Chambers, and their quest to stop Glenn Arias, a death merchant, from spreading a deadly virus in New York. Continue Reading