Digital Musings From The Editor:

Welcome to the launch of The VFXNewswire, the weekly newsletter devoted to all things creatively and technically 3D. Like AWN's sister newsletters, Animation FLASH and AWN SPOTLIGHT, VFXNewswire is designed to keep you up to date on the latest news, articles, events, jobs, announcements and resources from the 3D world of visual effects and computer animation contained within the comprehensive VFXWorld site. VFXNewsire is also our first HTML-based newsletter.

And the timing of our launch couldn't be better, considering the hot goings on at Disney and Pixar and last night's VES Awards Dinner at the Hollywood Palladium, highlighted by George Lucas receiving the first-ever Life Achievement Award by the Visual Effects Society for his groundbreaking vfx work and leadership.

And, if you haven't read them already, you can catch up on some of our recent articles. Every month VFXWorld focuses on a hot topic, and for February, were on top of commercials, music videos and IDs. For instance, you might not have thought that there is great vfx coming out of South Africa, but Atomic VFX is leading the way in that underdeveloped and underexposed 3D region of the world. Plus, weve got the scoop on how Weta Digital is handling the transition from Gollum to King Kong, a behind-the-scenes preview of what looks to be the summer's most talked about CG breakthrough, SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, and the Best of Imagina 2004, which introduced a work-in-progress of a fascinating new short youre going to hear more about in the coming months, Chris Landreth's RYAN, inspired by encounters with renowned Canadian animator Ryan Larken and his descent from success to alcoholism and other addictions.

As always, your comments and editorial suggestions are welcome and thanks for your continued support.

Bill DesowitzEditor

(bill@awn.com)

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