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Captain Marvel may have been a great gig for actress Brie Larson, but starring in a potential Animal Crossing movie seems to be her true dream job. This weekend, Nintendo released the Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest installment of the popular video game series. Among those already pouring hours into the new game includes Larson, who's been a longtime fan of the franchise. 'The original game, the first time I played it was on Nintendo's GameCube and it was just so important to me and my sister,' Larson explains in a recent interview with People.
The original Animal Crossing game was released in North America all the way back in 2002, meaning Brie Larson has been a big fan of the series for nearly two decades. Given her status as an Oscar-winning actress, Larson was also asked in the People interview if this love for the series means she would be up for playing a role in a potential Animal Crossing movie adaptation, if one were to be made at some point in the future. 'Of course. I support Animal Crossing all the way, through and through. I think it's good for our hearts,' Larson says in response. Though she doesn't specify any specific characters, I personally think she'd make a great Isabelle.
For anyone who hasn't played the video game, Animal Crossing can best be described as the most wholesome video game series ever. Rather than smashing goombas, stealing cars, or shooting terrorists, Animal Crossing vastly differs from other games by encouraging friendship and kindness. In the games, players move into a fictional town inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, and the goal is basically to befriend them and contribute to the wellbeing of the town. You can write your animal friends nice letters, send them gifts, or do other favors for them at their request. Additionally, you can catch fish, capture bugs, dig for fossils, and other simple activities to help pass the time.
An acclaimed actress, Brie Larson won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance in the 2015 movie Room. She also had memorable roles in movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Trainwreck, and Kong: Skull Island. Larson is also very well known for her starring role as Carol Danvers in the 2019 movie Captain Marvel, a role she reprised in Avengers: Endgame. She is expected to play the part once again in an upcoming sequel to Captain Marvel which is aiming for a release in 2022.
On social media, Larson has also been showing off her love for the Animal Crossing series in some recent posts, making it clear she's very much a big fan. One post on Instagram has Larson wearing an Animal Crossing style shirt while holding the special edition Nintendo Switch themed after the game, while a tweet from Larson's Twitter account retweets a series of photos of Larson looking similar to various Animal Crossing characters. You can take a look at those posts below, and you can read more of Larson's interview about the game over at...
The Third Floor, the industry's busiest visualization company in tackling superhero movies “Black Widow,” “Avengers: Endgame”, already had an advantage working remotely with real-time tools and virtual workflows when the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year. Turns out, though, that the COVID-19 epicenter was too close for comfort.
“When this crisis began, we initially faced the challenge of protecting our staff in Beijing, who were in the midst of launching our first permanent office in China,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Edwards. “When the virus started spreading beyond Wuhan, the first thing we did was send everyone home and connect them virtually...we learned a lot about the procedures for mitigating the risk of spreading the virus that we began to apply to our other offices in London, Atlanta, and LA [headquarters].
“Time was of the essence to put a highly secure, remote-working infrastructure in place,” he said, “and we needed to leverage the company infrastructure to bolster communication and function as a support group for all of our employees and their families.”
Back in LA, The Third Floor TTF found the resilience of its Beijing crew instructive. The company, which has become the go-to visualization specialist for the MCU performing rough previs of scenes, more elaborate techvis breakdowns of camera lenses, set construction, and stunts, and postvis enhancements during crunch time, used video conferencing and other methods of digital collaboration to significantly advance preparations and stay on schedule. Despite the physical isolation, however, everyone started relying on the video calls for more than just work-related advice.
“At our [LA] hub, we didn't want to take the risk of being unprepared, so we authorized our IT team to increase our internet band tenfold, and build an advanced remote login system that could enable our artists to work fluidly and securely from home,” said Edwards, who worked with IT chiefs at major studios such as Disney for advising and approving their comprehensive work-from-home solution.
But the two-week transition to a completely virtual studio only became possible with the help of industry colleagues and suppliers when California Governor Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti issued the stay-at-home order. And, as part of its mobilization effort, the company launched a TTFaid program as a resource for more than 100 employees and their families with supplies, aid, and emotional support.
“With this early foresight in February, we were prepared to roll out a set of guidelines, which I called the TTF Health Vigilance Plan, across our other studios in LA, Atlanta, and...