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Elemental Magic - An Organic Approach to Visual Effects Animation goes to the University of Pennsylvania

My ‘Elemental Magic –An Organic Approach to Visual Effects Animation’ workshop is not just a cute little tip of the hat to traditional animation principles. This is vital stuff, that cannot be left behind, in the rush to embrace ‘cutting edge’ digital technology.


Crab Cakes and 3D Glasses on Menu at VFX Bake-off

Last Thursday night was the annual Visual Effects Bake-off held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Theater in Beverly Hills. For your ninety bucks you could attend the pre-event party at Kate Mantellini and get packed together in what was called by my drill instructor during boot camp as “balls to butts.” Plus eat crab cakes.

Headline News

Oscar Nomination Ballots Due January 23

The 5,777 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences must return their completed Oscar nominations ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 23.

Film Headline News

Up, Mr. Fox, Coraline Land BAFTA Nods

Avatar, An Education and The Hurt Locker have each received eight nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010.

Headline News

A New Webb For Spider-Man

Marc Webb, the director of the Golden Globe nominated Best Picture (500) Days of Summer, will direct the next chapter in the Spider-Man franchise, set to hit theaters summer 2012, it was jointly announced today by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Disney Headline News

Walt Disney Studios Names Sean Bailey President of Production

Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS), announced today that Sean Bailey has been named President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production as the segment continues to restructure its operation.

Headline News

(500) Days Director Casts Web on Next Spidey

Deadline Hollywood reports that Marc Webb ((500) DAYS OF SUMMER) is Sony's lead choice to helm the reboot of the SPIDER-MAN franchise. SPIDEY producers and exec find that Webb showed an understanding of young people in SUMMER, which fits well with the new high school set direction for the franchise. Screenwriter Jamie Vanderbilt has brought Peter Parker back to his teens. Other directors on Sony's list include heavyweights like James Cameron, David Fincher, and Wes Anderson.

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NVIDIA Collaborates With Weta to Accelerate Visual Effects for Avatar

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:27am

Avatar, the breakthrough stereoscopic 3-D feature film from James Cameron and Twentieth Century Fox opened on December 18, 2009 with a record breaking opening weekend of over $77 million for any 3-D movie, and grossing over $1 billion worldwide since then.

Digital Headline News

Digital Domain Announces Vancouver Leadership Team

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:12am

Academy Award-winning digital studio Digital Domain announced the key management team at its new visual effects outpost in Vancouver, British Columbia, with Troy Brooks joining as Studio Manager, Arin Finger and Tim Belsher coming aboard as Studio Producer and Pipeline Supervisor, respectively, and veteran Digital Domain staffer Darren Poe serving as Digital Supervisor.

Effects Headline News

PipelineFX Launches Integration With Adobe After Effects

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 7:07am

PipelineFX, makers of Qube! - the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced today the addition of advanced features for its render management support that integrates with Adobe After Effects.

Headline News

The Third Floor Turns to StudioGPU MachStudio Pro

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:43am

As more movies, television shows and games move toward the total Stereoscopic 3-D (S3-D) experience, S3-D is generating unprecedented excitement and interest at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas this week.

Headline News

Sony Scraps Spider-Man 4, Wants to Reboot Franchise

By Matt Kapko | Monday, January 11, 2010 at 3:54pm

Spider-Man 4, which has been showing outward signs of trouble for months, has been killed by Sony Pictures, AIN'T IT COOL NEWS confirmed this afternoon.


Notes from under the Otaku

Change always accompanies the new year. And The Anime Beat is no different. That's right folks, I'm continuously expanding this little dog and pony show!

Digital Headline News

Academy Hands Out Sci-Tech Honors

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 scientific and technical achievements represented by 46 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation at The Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, February 20, 2010.