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We are extremely honored to receive the 2008 Hong Kong ICT Awards with our Hello Kitty animated series.  Well it’s not just one but a total of four awards, including Best 3D Animation, Best TV Series, Best Modeling & Texturing, and Best Lighting & Rendering.

By the way our Hello Kitty Online has also won the Hong Kong ICT Awards for Best Computer Graphics.  What a great and happy day for us all yesterday!

Here are some photos that we would like to share with you:

 

Hong Kong ICT Awards 2008

Here are Philip Lau (Creative Leader of Dream Cortex) and Ken Cheng (Animation Team Lead) who just have received the awards from Mr Alan Wan (Secretary of the HK Comics and Animation Federation).

 

Hong Kong ICT Awards 2008

Philip, Ken and Thomas (Sanrio Digital) with the 5 awards that we won.

 

Hong Kong ICT Awards 2008

Here’s the Dream Cortex animation team, ready to open a champagne and have a celebration. Well done guys!

“The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” recognized with Awards for Best 3D Animation and Best TV Series

Hong Kong, 10 February 2009 – Dream Cortex (www.dreamcortex.com) today announced that its 3D CGI animated series “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” (Season Two), produced in partnership with Sanrio Digital (Hong Kong) (www.sanriodigital.com), won awards in four categories at the 2008 Hong Kong ICT Awards. The awards are Best 3D Animation, Best TV Series, Best Modeling & Texturing, and Best Lighting & Rendering.

The Hong Kong ICT Awards (www.hkictawards.hk) is a yearly collaborative effort among digital entertainment organizations, ICT professional bodies, academia and the Government to select and honor Hong Kong’s finest accomplishments in IT and digital entertainment. The presentation ceremony was held on February 9, 2009 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” is licensed by Sanrio Digital (Hong Kong), who shares the awards with Dream Cortex. This is the first Sanrio television production made in Hong Kong, and the first Sanrio series made entirely in CGI (Computer Generated Imaging). “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” offers an entertaining and often humorous way for children to learn about social interaction and behaviour while following the adventures of some of the world’s best-loved and most recognizable Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel, My Melody, Keroppi, Badtz Maru and Pochacco.

“We are very pleased and honored to be selected by the Hong Kong ICT Awards for the second year in a row, and this year with four wins in four categories. These awards are a strong recognition of our animation team’s creative talents,” said Philip Lau, Creative Leader of Dream Cortex and Co-Director of “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends”.

“Season two of our Hello Kitty animation series is bigger, more entertaining, and packed with even better CGI than the first season,” said David Kim, Business Strategic Director of Sanrio Digital. “These multiple Hong Kong ICT Awards are a prestigious acknowledgement of the outstanding production work carried out by Dream Cortex.”

The first season of “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” aired in various territories, including Italy, France, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Singapore, Philippine, Thailand and Hong Kong. The second season started airing in Italy in September 2008 and will soon start airing in other territories.

“The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” is co-directed by Dream Cortex Creative Leader Philip Lau and Emmy Award nominee Matthew Swanson. Songs were written and composed by Hollywood based composer Greg Chun.

 

About Dream Cortex
Dream Cortex is one of Hong Kong’s premier digital content creation companies. As one of the pillars of the renowned Cyberport complex, Dream Cortex offers a state-of-the-art 3D animation and production environment coupled with industry leading digital media post-production and distribution infrastructure. Other creative services offered by Dream Cortex include PC and next-generation console game art design, web design, and interactive application development. For more information please visit www.dreamcortex.com.

 

About Sanrio Digital (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Sanrio Digital was founded in 2006, as a joint venture between Typhoon Games (HK) Ltd. and Sanrio Wave Hong Kong Co. Ltd. Sanrio Digital handles the expansion of Sanrio intellectual property assets into various digital and online media, capitalizing on over three decades of Sanrio original material. The company holds rights to produce offline products based on its online productions, providing synergy between the Sanrio traditional offline business and its digital venture. For more information please visit www.sanriodigital.com.

 

Press Contact:
Benjamin Yiu
Dream Cortex
Phone: +852 2534 0807
Email: pr@dreamcortex.com

Chinese New Year is coming and Dream Cortex wishes you all a happy Year of the Ox! Stay tuned with us for news about all the exciting 2009 projects.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!!

Chinese New Year 2009

Illustrated by Chun Yan Miu – Dream Cortex

 

Chinese New Year 2009

Illustrated by Cody Liu – Dream Cortex

Flickr

Dream Cortex is now on Flickr, which is one of the best online photo sharing and social network platforms.  From time to time we will put up images or screen shots of our projects on Flickr, so to allow more people to see our creative works via different channels. Do check out our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dreamcortex, add us to your contact list, and feel free to make comments. We would be glad to hear from you.

Dream Cortex on Flickr

Hello Kitty Online BoxPigIn case you don’t know, BoxPig is one of the adorable game monsters from Hello Kitty Online, originally designed and created by Dream Cortex.  GM Abby, a blogger on SanrioTown, has created this DIY papercraft BoxPig and she is sharing the printable pattern on her blog.

Simply download the pattern file here, print it out and then follow the instructions as described on this page.  Just take a look at the different versions as made by other Hello Kitty Online fans:

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Hello Kitty Online BoxPig Papercraft

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So, are you ready to do some craftworks this weekend?

Enjoy this Christmas music video by Hello Kitty and Friends!

As of December 22, 2008 at 23:59 EST, the Hello Kitty Online Founders’ Christmas Reunion has officially ended.  Here’s the Christmas greetings from the Reunion players:

Hello Kitty Founders' Christmas Reunion

Merry Christmas everyone!

In spite of the global economic downturn, Christmas will still be a wonderful time this year. Dream Cortex wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2009!

Christmas Wishes from Dream Cortex

To show appreciation for the successful Hello Kitty Online Founders’ Beta, Hello Kitty Online would like to invite all its Founders to an exclusive special event for this holiday season! From December 17 until December 22, 2008, Hello Kitty Online will be having the Founders’ Christmas Reunion, where players can meet up once more before Open Beta to celebrate the last party of the year in Sanrio Land.Hello Kitty Online Founders' Christmas Reunion

The Founders’ Christmas Reunion will feature new quests to save Christmas, newly designed Christmas maps, and the map you have all been waiting for – New York!

Hello Kitty Online will open its doors once more for this special event on December 17, 2008 at exactly 22:00 EST, and will close on December 22, 2008 at 23:29 EST. Watch out the offical Hello Kitty Online Blog for all the latest upates!

On Wednesday (10th December) we had the pleasure of hosting about 25 visitors to Dream Cortex. This sizable group was part of the 150-strong Dutch delegation to Business Of Design Week 2008. The Dutch delegation are active in multimedia, online, game and animation content in the Netherlands, and the visit was led by Antoinette Hoes (Leylines), Bruni Hofman (Syntens) and Floor van Spaendonck (Virtueel Platform). They were great visitors, friendly and enthusiastic. They were especially interested in our digital media services and particularly in our work for Hello Kitty. Everyone at Dream Cortex was glad to talk and exchange ideas with them.

The group spent an hour at Dream Cortex and then enjoyed a tour of the Cyberport, the IT and digital media hub in Hong Kong where Dream Cortex has its offices. Mark Clift, COO of Cyberport, was our tour guide and showed us around the Cyberport, including the Hong Kong Wireless Development Centre (HKWDC), the Cyberport Visitor Centre (which has a screening room for 360 degrees interactive film), and the Digital Media Centre (DMC), which offers video and autio post-production facilities to tenants and clients.

We received great feedback from the Dutch delegation, and they even told us that it’s been the most informative and inspiring day of their Hong Kong trip. Dream Cortex is definitely looking forward to further dialogue with the Dutch digital media industry, and to creating more business synergies and partnership opportunities between the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

 

bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

A warm welcome to the Dutch delegation by Calvin and Alex.

 

bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

The delegation were very busy taking photos at our studio.

 

bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Benjamin was making a presentation to the delegation, an overview of what Dream Cortex does, and the Hello Kitty projects including “The Adventures of Hello Kitty & Friends” and “Hello Kitty Online”.

 

bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Great audience, and they all very interested in the projects that we are working on.

 

bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Though there were many questions by the Dutch delegation, we were very glad to answer and to exchange ideas with them.

 

bodw Dutch Delegation visits Dream Cortex

Finished the visit at the Cyberport Digital Media Centre (DMC) with a group photo.