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PipelineFX Headline News

Burst Licensing Helps PipelineFX Hit Education License Milestone

Two-thousand rendering servers and workstations now managed by Qube! render farm management software; burst licensing new hallmark of finals routine.

Education & Training Headline News

Australia’s VFX industry Receives $1 Million Boost for Future Film Artists

Vancouver-based online education provider CG Spectrum collaborates with Iloura VFX to invest up to $1 million in scholarships and paid internships.

Festivals Headline News

Disney, Sony Imageworks and CN Set for MIA Animation Conference & Festival

Animation director Frank Gladstone to deliver keynote address for MIA Animation Conference running Oct. 16-17 at Miami Dade College.

Awards Headline News

Academy Unveils 2015 Student Medalists

Alyce Tzue of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco wins gold medal for ‘Soar’; CalArts student Seth Boyden takes the silver for ‘An Object at Rest,’ and SVA students Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero take the bronze for ‘Taking the Plunge.’

PipelineFX Headline News

Escape Studios Taps Qube! to Help VFX Students Reach for the Stars

PipelineFX’s industry-standard render farm manager lets Europe’s leading VFX academy launch young artists into jobs on movies like ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Gravity.’

workshops Headline News

Milano Film Fest Announces ‘Hands on Paper’ Animation Workshop

Two-day paper animation workshop in Milan, Italy to be led by Ové Pictures founders Veronika Obertová and Michaela Čopíková.

Women in Animation Headline News

Women In Animation Now Accepting Mentorship Applications

WIA 2015 Mentorship Program to pair entry and mid-level professionals with industry veterans to develop career objectives and devise strategies for reaching their goals.

Pixar Animation Studios Headline News

‘Pixar in a Box’ Aimed at Creating Animation-Based Curricula

Khan Academy launches ‘Pixar in a Box,’ a behind-the-scenes look at Pixar Animation Studios’ creative process; Free online curriculum shows how Pixar filmmakers use science, technology, engineering, art and math to create movie magic.

AMPAS Headline News

Academy Unveils 2015 Student Academy Award Winners

Winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition in the animation category are ‘An Object at Rest’ by Seth Boyden ‘Soar’ by Alyce Tzue, and ‘Taking the Plunge’ by Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero.

Animation Events

Industry Giants 2015: Navigating the Future

By Megahertz | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 6:49am
Begins: September 19, 2015

A Bunch of Short Guys presents


DALLAS: Step behind the scenes and into the world of visual effects, animation design and game creation at the Industry Giants 2015 Conference. The annual event for animators, special effects designers, students and professionals takes place from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the newly-remodeled Addison Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, located at 14315 Midway Road in Addison, Texas, 70001, Conference tickets are $150. Tickets to the Life Drawing Master Class are $30. Both can be purchased online at or at the door the day of the event.

Industry Giants 2015 includes a Concept Artist Panel featuring Lorin Wood, Senior Concept Designer/Gearbox Software; Eliott Lilly, Freelance Concept Artist and Illustrator; Elise Hatheway, Visual Development Artist/Reel FX Studios and Samantha Youssef, Artistic Director/Studio Technique. The Life Drawing Master Class will be lead by Samantha Youssef and Stephen Silver. Confirmed speakers to date include:

Armand Serrano - Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios

James Gentile – Senior Motion Capture Technician at Monolith Productions Game Studio
Jorge Gutierrez - Writer, Director and Creator at Reel FX Creative Studios
Katy Heckey – Visual Development Artist at Brazen Animation
Rachelle Lewis - Animation and FX Talent Recruiter

Samantha Youssef – Artistic Director at Studio Technique

Stephen Silver -Character Designer with Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation

Tony Bancroft - Animator, Author and Director with Disney, Sony and other studios
Tyson Murphy - Lead Character Artist at Blizzard Entertainment

A Bunch of Short Guys (ABOSG) is a Dallas-based nonprofit animation guild established to foster a community of artists and storytellers. The group serves as educational resource to the local community of entertainment educators and students. Industry Giants is the organization’s annual professional development seminar that brings industry professionals to Dallas for workshops, presentations and panel discussions. Additional information is available at

ABOSG gets its name from a group of 10 animators who came together over 15 years ago to create an animated short for the Siggraph Electronic Theater competition. The name refers to the group of "short film" makers. The original Short Guys silhouetted in the logo feature (from left to right): Vince Sidwell, Brandon Bruce, T.G. Weems, Will Nicholson, Eric Craft, Chad Briggs, Tom Ottinger, J. Marshall Pittman and J. Schuh. The members have changed over the years, evolving from a "bunch of guys" to a community of like-minded individuals working to improve the Texas animation economy. For more information visit


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virtual reality Headline News

Cogswell Student Apps Named Finalists in Google’s Project Tango Contest

‘Room Modes Calculator’ and ‘We Are Cubed’ among 48 finalists for Google’s 2015 Project Tango developer contest.

Stop-motion Headline News

LCAD Students Bring ‘A Boy and His Beast’ to Life in Stop-Motion Animation Master Class

Led by producer Stephanie Alexander and director Calley MacDonald, 15 Laguna College of Art + Design students tackle story development, character design, puppet fabrication, scenery, filming, editing and scoring of a stop-motion animated short in just 10 weeks.