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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.

Headline News Academy To Unveil Technology Behind 3-D Boom

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."

Headline News Kickstand StretchMesh Released

Animation R&D studio Kickstand has released StretchMesh, a breakthrough in character deformation technology for animation production. Kickstand's Core Deformation Technology StretchMesh calculates the local coordinates of polygonal vertices to achieve stretchy deformations that look and behave like skin without the need for complicated muscle systems or simulation.

"StretchMesh enables a whole new level of interactivity and realism in character technology," said Daniel Dawson, Kickstand Partner and StretchMesh creator.

Headline News LG Electronics CTO Receives 2008 Emmy Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Woo Paik, President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Electronics Inc., has received the highest technical honor bestowed on an individual by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences -- the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award.

Headline News How Do You Cram A Black Hole Into A GPU?

The NVISION 08 visual computing conference, being held in San Jose, California on August 25-27, includes a CUDA Developer Conference for software developers interested in accelerating their applications using the NVIDIA CUDA software development environment, which is based on the industry-standard C programming language.

Headline News Breaking Claymation Ground With Mary And Max

Australian film and television company Melodrama Pictures has captured the attention of international animation companies with its latest creation MARY AND MAX. In partnership with Stop Motion Pro and XDT, Melodrama Pictures has developed animation technology to create its first claymation feature. MARY AND MAX is the first feature film from the Academy Award winning team Melanie Coombs and Adam Elliot (Best Animated Short for HARVIE KRUMPET).

Headline News Reebok Calls On Viewpoint Creative For In-store And Online Infotainment

Looking to articulate the state-of-the-art technology that goes into their cross-training and running shoes, sports apparel manufacturer Reebok turned to Viewpoint Creative, the award-winning creative agency specializing in lifestyle and entertainment brands.

Viewpoint created an in-store/online infotainment campaign that featured five different technologies developed by Reebok. Each vignette distilled these complex technologies in a clear and visually captivating point of purchase video that worked for both in-store and online.

Headline News Pendulum Announces New Facial Performance Division, Alter Ego, At SIGGRAPH

Pendulum's AlterEgo team will be presenting their technology at SIGGRAPH along with examples from some of their recent projects at the Vicon booth (#1101) on Tuesday August 12 at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday August 13 at 12:15 and 4:30 p.m., and Thursday August 14 at 11:10 a.m.

The AlterEgo team, armed with their most recent innovation and Vicon's new T160 cameras will be giving a demonstration of an unprecedented high-res real-time facial mocap visualization technology, during each of their presentations.

Headline News West Hollywood Film Festival Awards Super-Res Film

SOUNDS, the first-ever full length movie produced with Super-Resolution Technology, came home with multiple awards in several categories at the recently completed West Hollywood International Film Festival.

Competing against 400 other independent films submitted to the first annual West Hollywood International Film Festival, SOUNDS won a total of four prestigious awards including:

Best Science-Fiction Comedy FeatureBest New TechnologyBest Visual EffectsSpecial Juror Award

Headline News Yippee-Ki-Yay, Moviegoers! Die Hard Comes Back To Life At The Academy

Considered by many to be a benchmark in the action genre, DIE HARD will screen at a special 20th anniversary event on Wednesday, August 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council, the evening also will feature an onstage panel discussion with several key members of the film's sound and visual effects teams, who will highlight the role motion picture science and technology played in shaping the movie. Film historian and author Eric Lichtenfeld will moderate the panel.

Headline News Gamecaster Licenses Virtual Camera Control Technology To Elliott Animation

Gamecaster has licensed its patented virtual camera control technology to Elliott Animation, a full-range animation studio located in Toronto, Canada. Elliott Animation has integrated Gamecaster's technology into the studio's production pipeline, and is using the technology to film Amberwood Ent.'s ROLLBOTS, a 26 episode 3-D animated action-comedy TV series for kids, commissioned by Canada's YTV, a division of Corus Ent., Inc.

Headline News Academy's Tech Council Selects Students For 2008 Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three students to participate in a summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to students interested in careers in motion picture computer graphics and animation technology.

Headline News Digital Musings From the Editor:

As we head into the July 4th holiday weekend, VFXWORLD looks at the striking vfx in a trio of animated features this summer, courtesy of J. Paul Peszko: WALL-E, KUNG FU PANDA and HORTON HEARS A WHO! In addition, we have the fifth excerpt from MAYA 2008 CHARACTER MODELING AND ANIMATION by Tereza Flaxman (Thomson Course Technology). This one's about NURBS Surface Tools. Have a great Fourth!

Bill DesowitzEditor