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Headline News IMAX Announces Digital 3-D Motion Picture Camera Initiative

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:35am

On the heels of this week's announcement between IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX), Discovery Communications and Sony Corporation to create a cable television network devoted entirely to 3-D content, IMAX today announced that it is developing its first IMAX(R) 3-D digital camera.

Headline News HP Technology Helps ANIMEX Bring Nitké to Latin Audiences

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:48am

ANIMEX Studios has tapped HP technology to bring the animated film “Nikté ” to Latin audiences, beginning with its release tomorrow in Mexico theaters.

Headline News LG Mobile Integrates Marketing Campaign With Avatar

By Matt Kapko | Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:18am

LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A. Inc. (LG Mobile Phones), in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox and Lightstorm Entertainment, has created a multi-faceted marketing campaign tied to the highly anticipated epic adventure film - AVATAR - written and directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron ("Titanic").

Headline News Troublemaker Studios Transforms Imagination into Reality on the Big Screen with AMD Technology

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 9:09am

AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that Troublemaker Studios is using Six-Core AMD Opteron processors and ATI FirePro graphics accelerators to create animations and special effects for its films, including “Shorts,” now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Headline News VES Announces Keynote Speaker For Production Summit 09

The Visual Effects Society announced today that Technology Futurist, Eric Haseltine, will be the keynote speaker at the VES' Production Summit 09 on October 24th. Haseltine, the former Director of Research at the National Security Agency (NSA) and CTO for the U.S. intelligence community under the Director of National Intelligence, and former head of Walt Disney Imagineering, will give the keynote address at the one-day industry-wide event which will be held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

Headline News Academy's Tech Council Selects Students for 2009 Internship Program

Press Release from The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Beverly Hills, CA -- The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected four individuals to participate in a summer internship program for students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics and animation technology.

Headline News Digital Animation Studio Plastic Wax Announces Latest Projects

Press Release from Plastic Wax

Silverwater, AU -- July 1, 2009 -- Plastic Wax, a leading digital animation studio specializing in videogame production and premium entertainment, today announced another year of growth fueled by new projects involving top intellectual properties and serious investments in new technology.

Headline News D-BOX's Motion Seats Captivate Audiences with Terminator Salvation

Press Release from D-BOX Technologies Inc.

LONGUEUIL, QC, May 12 -- D-BOX Technologies Inc. (DBO.A on the TSX Venture Exchange), a leader in innovative motion technology for the Entertainment industry, is proud to announce that thrill-seekers and moviegoers alike can live the action-packed adventure of Warner Bros. Pictures' new feature film, TERMINATOR SALVATION from their very own motion-activated D-BOX MFX seating on May 21 in selected theatres.

Headline News Button Aging Technology Used For Deathly Hallows is reporting that the same aging technology used on THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON will be used on Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson for the final HARRY POTTER film. The aging technique will be used for the epilogue, which takes place 19 years following the final battle at Hogwarts. However, Radcliffe is leery of the digital technology and would rather have older actors play the characters than have Radcliffe and friends look silly.

Headline News Panasonic to Showcase 3D Full HD Technology at 2009 NAB Show

Press Release from Panasonic Corporation

LAS VEGAS, April 16 -- Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), a world leader in High Definition and 3D Full HD technology, will showcase its cutting edge 3D Full HD Home Theater solution and the future of 3D Full HD technology at the 2009 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show which runs Monday, April 20 through Thursday, April 23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Headline News Sebastian Sylwan Weta Bound

Sebastian Sylwan has left Autodesk to join Weta Digital as head of R&D. Sylwan served as Autodesk Media & Ent.'s senior film industry manager since 2007, with particular emphasis in stereoscopic technology. In fact, he wrote the final "Digital Eye" column for VFXWORLD in February: "Stereoscopic 3-D and the Future of Visual Storytelling".

Headline News HP Technology Powers DreamWorks' 3-D Film, Monsters vs. Aliens

Today the power of HP technology and the creative strength of DreamWorks Animation fuse to explode in 3-D action as the studio's anticipated film, MONSTERS VS. ALIENS, hits theaters worldwide.

Audiences will experience monsters that move like liquid, whose arms and mouths disappear, and whose bodies are transparent -- characters that exist in part because of the unprecedented power of HP workstations, HP ProLiant blade servers and other HP technology that enabled the increased demands of a new generation of 3-D filmmaking.

Headline News NVIDIA Provides Physics Technology for PlayStation 3

NVIDIA Corporation has signed a tools and middleware license agreement for PlayStation 3 with Sony Computer Ent. As a result, the binary version of the NVIDIA PhysX technology software development kit (SDK) is now available to registered PS3 developers for free download and use on the SCEI Developer Network.

NVIDIA Corporation also announced that it has been approved as a third party tools solution provider for the Wii console from Nintendo. As a result, the NVIDIA PhysX technology SDK is now available to registered Wii developers.

Headline News Emergent and Square Enix Join Forces

Square Enix and Emergent Game Technologies have reached an agreement to license Emergent's Gamebryo game engine for a yet-to-be-announced project. This project is part of Square Enix's efforts to grow its business further in all major global markets.

Headline News Autodesk 3ds Max Design Software: Exposure Technology Scientifically Validated

Autodesk's Exposure lighting simulation and analysis technology has been validated in a collaborative effort between the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Harvard University and Autodesk. This technology is included in Autodesk 3ds Max Design software. The validation recognizes that quantitative daylight simulation results provided by the software are as accurate and reliable as the existing "gold standard" for simulated test cases.

Headline News Entertainment Technology Courses at SMC

The Entertainment Technology program at Santa Monica College offers a number of exciting courses in animation, vfx, visual development, game design and motion graphics.

Enrollment is open to anyone, and classes begin at $24 per unit. Their state-of-the-art campus, the Academy of Entertainment and Technology, is located at 1660 Stewart St., Santa Monica. The spring semester begins Tuesday, February 17, so enroll now.

For a complete list of our spring courses, see

Headline News GenAudio Brings 4D Sound to the 3-D Film World at Sundance

GenAudio Inc., developer of AstoundSound 4D sound localization cue technology, has partnered with the 3-D Film and Interactive Festival (3DFF) to demonstrate its innovative AstoundStereo software at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Featured in the 3DFF Interactive Lounge from January 16 to 25, GenAudio's AstoundStereo technology will be integrated so that audio is perceived as coming from every direction including above and beyond the physical placement of the speakers -- surround sound at the highest level.

Headline News BCS Championship Game Gets Simulcast in 3-D

Sony Electronics is teaming with FOX Sports and a roster of technology providers to deliver the first live 3-D presentation of next month's college football FedEx Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game between the University of Florida and University of Oklahoma. The announcement was made during the Sports Video Group annual League Technology Summit.

Headline News Cloth Simulation Software Qualoth to be Commercially Released

Korean computer graphics company FXGear will release its cloth simulation software Qualoth in the market for sales on December 8.

FXGear has entered into a technology license and support services agreement with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. for the use of technology behind cloth simulation. This is FXGear's first technical support services agreement with a major Hollywood film studio.

Headline News Davie Johnston Promoted to MPC's CTO

Davie Johnston is joining the exec board as Chief Technology Officer at Moving Picture Company (MPC). An accomplished engineer with a strong interest in design, Johnston has been with the company for 14 years working in all aspects of technology and engineering.

Most recently as Head of Strategic Projects, Johnston project managed the design and build of MPC's new office in Santa Monica, California. Prior to this; he was Head of Technology for the commercials and TV department responsible for running and development of the technology team.

Headline News Alienware Launches New Breed of Performance

Alienware, Dell's premier high-performance PC gaming brand, launches the all-new M17 notebook, continuing its strong tradition of pushing gaming performance limits through state of the art technology, wrapped in the iconic Alienware style.

Available today in the U.S. and Europe, the 17-inch Alienware M17 is powered by the world's first mobile quad-core processor, the Intel Core2 Extreme QX9300, and is Alienware's first notebook with ATI CrossFireX multi-GPU technology, featuring dual ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 cards.