PEANUTS has become the first fully animated series in the Warner Premiere Motion Comics digital content category.
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Pluto's design, animation, visual effects and integration skills are highlighted in two eye-catching projects for Cox Communications and Detroit agency Doner. The two campaigns, comprising a total of nine spots, promote Cox' high-speed Internet and digital media services, and while they involve markedly different styles of animation, both required complex, multi-faceted execution by Pluto's team of artists.
New York-based design and effects studio Click 3X recently expanded their roster, signing artist J.D. Yepes, a specialist in editing, motion design and vfx compositing. The hire is the latest in a series of efforts to widen their production capabilities to offer a full suite of visual solutions for commercials, feature films, television, music videos and broadcast clients.
RE:Vision Effects has released updates for Twixtor, ReelSmart Motion Blur and FieldsKit to specifically address issues of crashing and hanging that users were experiencing within Premiere Pro. The products released today are Twixtor v. 4.5.9, ReelSmart Motion Blur v. 3.2.5 and FieldsKit v. 2.0.1, and are the After Effects-compatible verisons that work within Premiere Pro. Users who have purchased the After Effects-compatible versions of Twixtor 4, ReelSmart Moiton Blur 3 and FieldsKit 2 receive the update for free.
Graphic album BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE and graphic novel SUPERMAN: RED SON are being developed into short-form digital Motion Comics from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
At ComicCon, Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced a new way for comic book fans to connect with their favorite characters and stories they know and love through short form digital content called Motion Comics. These draw on a deep reservoir of source material to bring a new visually engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork.
The first Motion Comic to debut was WATCHMEN which was taken from the critically-acclaimed Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore graphic novel.
With 3-D productions on the rise, advances in stereoscopic motion picture technology enable filmmakers to reach audiences in more ways than ever before. On Friday, October 17, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council will offer an in-depth analysis of 3D techniques in "Getting Perspective II: The Art and Science of 3-D Motion Pictures."
Aardman Animations is using Blackmagic Design capture cards and Stop Motion Pro for their latest TV production, TIMMY.
The Motion Capture Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art, science and application of motion capture technology, is raffling off an 8-camera VICON MX40 optical motion camera system valued at $80,000 at its annual SIGGRAPH party.
The party will be held at the Redwood Bar and Grill, 312 W. 2nd Street in Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 13 from 7-10 p.m.
Immersion Corporation, manufacturer of 3D and motion capture hardware and software, will be demonstrating its latest offerings at SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles, August 12-14. Immersion's products help speed 3D modeling, motion capture, and animation workflows -- resulting in more cost-effective and higher quality productions.
The new products to be featured in booth 1422 are:
MicroScribe Connections for Maya Plug-in
Motion capture developer Digital Concepts Group will debut FacePro at SIGGRAPH. FacePro is toolset developed to lead experienced and novice motion-capture users alike through every step of cleaning and retargeting facial animation. FacePro is a cost-effective solution to help bring quality facial motion capture to the next generation of game, film, television and advertising media. FacePro will be demonstrated publicly for the first time during SIGGRAPH from the VICON booth, #1101, at 2:45 p.m. on August 12-14, 2008.
Red Eye Studio, the Midwest's most experienced motion capture studio, is the first company in North America to purchase the T160 camera system, the latest in motion capture equipment from Vicon Motion Systems.
Perspective Studios, a leading creator of animation and motion capture for feature film, television, commercials and video games, announced Tuesday the opening of a West Coast studio in Santa Monica, California.
In a significant expansion for the company, which also has state-of-the-art motion capture and production facilities in New York, the new facility will provide top-quality 3-D animation and motion capture on the ground in Los Angeles and support Perspective Studios' rapidly expanding portfolio of clients, production attachments and original IP.
Stop motion is alive and well. And the creative possibilities are limitless. Join director Jamie Caliri at motion08 as he demonstrates how Dragon v.1.0 was used to create his new animated short, THE SUN AND THE SEED. Caliri has transitioned from using film to high-resolution digital-capture for his new stop motion work.
Explore how Caliri uses this technique to create masterful animated works of art. Learn how you can incorporate stop motion into your digital projects.
VICON, developer of Academy Award-winning motion capture systems and part of the Oxford Metrics Group, announced TWISTED MURDER as the winner of its international VICON Film Festival. The film was created by Paulo de Almada, an animation artist from Los Angeles, California. He was awarded the cash prize of $10,000 after the judges voted unanimously in support of his outstanding entry.
The winning entries can be viewed at www.vicon.com/filmfestival/
In this spot for Guinness and iiBBDO, Motion Theory directors Jesus de Francisco and Mark Kudsi move the fast-paced and aggressive field sport of hurling from the playing field to a stylized cube, adding a whole new dimension to the action.
The spot, filmed on stage in London with some of the sport's up-and-comers, highlights the intense athleticism of the sport, in an innovative event sponsored by Guinness. At key moments in the action, time almost stops, and the action emanates another visual layer before exploding back into full-speed motion.
Suite Imagery has released three new royalty free animation volumes in the Nature's Motion series. The new volumes, Nature's Motion 5, 6 and 7, each contain 20 new animations in full HD resolution. These animations serve as professional looping motion backgrounds useful in all levels of video and multimedia production.
Nature's Motion 5 is a collection of 20 animated cloud animations. The volume has a nice variety of color, clouds, and mood making it useful in many applications.
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has published the first ever set of VES guidelines for titles in the visual effects industry. The list has been vetted by VES members and ratified by the VES Board of Directors. Major studios have reviewed the list as well and are encouraged to utilize it.
There is a new social networking site for stop motion animators by creator Marc Spess, author of the book SECRETS OF CLAY ANIMATION REVEALED.
After years of getting involved with various online communities related to the art, Spess realized that stop motion on the Internet is extremely fragmented. This is a major road block for serious stop motion film makers when it comes to self promotion. While stop motion is seeing rapid growth on the Internet, many aspiring animators don't have a central place to meet and share their work.
Hasbro, Inc. announced that Bennett Schneir, most recently VP of Creative Affairs for ImageMovers Digital, is joining Hasbro in the newly-created position of SVP and Managing Director, Motion Pictures.
Virtual filmmaking is energizing the industry and leading to a more creative climate for directors and other filmmakers, according to Robert C. Powers (Avatar, Tintin).
Doctors and physiotherapists can now make a more accurate diagnosis of patients with injuries or posture problems following a link between award-winning motion capture company, Animazoo, and software specialists aXtion.
The link will enable medical professionals to make faster, more in-depth diagnoses based on scientific data and analysis recorded using motion capture. aXtion worked with TNO, a knowledge and research organization, to independently test motion capture systems before embarking on the project.
RE:Vision Effects announces the availability of ReelSmart Motion Blur (RSMB) v.3.3, OpenFX (OFX) version.
ReelSmart Motion Blur applies more natural-looking motion blur to a video sequence by automatically tracking every pixel. RE:Vision Effects' tracking technology is at the heart of ReelSmart Motion Blur, so there is no handwork involved.
Users can add as little or as much blurring as is needed, and can even remove motion blur.
International Duplication Centre , a New York City-based digital post-production and new media facility, has acquired Phoenix Productions.
A new fully integrated production, creative motion branding and post-production division, Air Station, will be headed by Chris Phoenix.
Phoenix Productions has specialized in consulting for magazine publishing companies expanding their brands to the web through video and rich media programming and advertising.