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NVIDIA Plans to Accelerate Evolution of USD

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:10am

The company will pursue a multi-year effort to expand USD’s capabilities beyond VFX, working with its inventor, Pixar, along with Adobe, Autodesk, and Siemens.

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NVIDIA Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine Unveiled

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:05am

At SIGGRAPH 2022, the company announced its new suite of cloud-native AI models and services that provide businesses of any size the power to build and deploy sophisticated avatars and virtual assistants.

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NVIDIA Announces New AI-Powered Tools for the Omniverse

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 10:00am

Founder and CEO Jensen Huang kicks off SIGGRAPH 2022 with news of the Metaverse while also unveiling a range of new developer frameworks, tools, apps, and plugins to close the gap between the physical and virtual worlds.

Good Luck is Good! ANIMATIONWorld

How ‘Luck’ Applies a ‘Less is More’ Approach to Comedy

For director of animation Yuriko Senoo and production designer Fred Warter, Peggy Holmes’ new film, now streaming on Apple TV+, draws much of its humor from the work of famous physical comedians like Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, and Buster Keaton.

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WATCH LIVE: NVIDIA Special Address on #AI-infused Virtual Worlds at SIGGRAPH 2022

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 6:37am

At 9:00 am PST today, August 9, NVIDIA CEO Jenson Huang and senior company leaders will announce powerful new metaverse and neural graphics tools in a special presentation at the conference.

Gotta love stealthy do-gooders! Headline News

‘Team Zenko Go’ Season 2 Now Streaming

Based on the book series ‘Dojo Daycare’ by Chris Tougas, the CG animated preschool series follows a secret squad of young do-gooders determined to make their town the happiest place to live; watch all 10 new episodes now on Netflix.

Open Source Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Announces Open Review Initiative

Technical Steering Committee members from Autodesk, DNEG, and Sony Pictures Imageworks will make RV, xSTUDIO, and parts of the itView ecosystem available to the open source community.

Open Source Software Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Launches Digital Production Example Library

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 8, 2022 at 10:31am

The ASWF kicks off the ‘Open Source Days’ event at SIGGRAPH 2022 with the announcement of its new DPEL, which encourages, curates, and publishes production-grade sample assets with a vendor-neutral platform.

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Drops ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Season 3 Trailer

The CG animated series, set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, takes place in a world that believes dragons are just legend; 7 new episodes hit Hulu and Peacock later this month!

It’s Ani-mazing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Reveals ‘Chainsaw Man’ Voice Cast and New Trailer

Based on the manga written and illustrated by Tatsuki Fujimoto, the highly anticipated series hits the anime platform in October.

Business Headline News

Streamland Media Nabs Ingenuity Studios

Joining Picture Shop, Ghost VFX, Formosa Group, and Picture Head, the newly acquired VFX studio expands the post company’s stable of top creative service providers.

Mid-Summer Devil Spawn Fun! Headline News

Gravitas Drops Animated Horror Film ‘Canvas’ Trailer

Presented at Annecy 2022, Ryan Guiterman’s highly stylized feature follows a demon who comes to Earth on a gruesome mission, determined to spawn chaos and murder; available On Demand August 9. 

Terror Below Deck! Headline News

How Blur Used Light to Create Darkness in David Fincher’s 'Bad Travelling'

Tim Miller’s animation and VFX studio bridged the gap between live-action and CG using V-Ray's Light Selects and Physical Camera Exposure controls to realize the famed director's aesthetic on his first computer-animated film, part of 'Love, Death + Robots' Volume 3 now streaming on Netflix.

Cowabunga! ANIMATIONWorld

Dude! - ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie’ Arrives

Tying up loose ends left hanging in the series, ‘Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello return to battle terrifying aliens – the Krang - in an all-new 2D animated feature, the latest installment in the famed franchise, hitting Netflix today, August 5.

Good Luck is Good! Headline News

Exclusive: Apple TV+ Drops New ‘Land of Luck’ Poster Art

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 5, 2022 at 9:00am

Premiering globally today, August 5, the Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation CG animated comedy adventure, directed by Emmy Award winner Peggy Holmes, tells the story about the unluckiest person in the world who stumbles onto the never-before-seen Land of Luck.

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‘Luck’ Aims to Bring Hope to Kids In and Out of Foster Care

For writer Kiel Murray, the Apple Original Films and Skydance Animation fantasy adventure is rooted in the very real struggles of kids growing up without forever families and the idea that bad luck is random, not something they somehow ‘deserve.’

Let’s Talk Animation! Headline News

Podcast EP 173: Brent Forrest on How He Created ‘Samurai Frog Golf’ with Marza Animation

The studio’s technical director describes his journey from Canada to Japan and what it's like working there; he talks about pitching his project, working with the studio to get the project funded and produced, and marketing it for sale as a series. 

Let's Talk Animation! Headline News

Podcast EP 172: Fu Yang and Johnny Knittle on How They Created ‘The Nice Shorts’ Animation Podcast

Podcast co-hosts discuss how they got down to it and started their show’s 1st episode, how the duo met, and Yang’s plans to teach kids stop-motion animation.

Super Giant Sibling Rivalry ANIMATIONWorld

‘Super Giant Robot Brothers’: A Milestone in Virtual Animation Production

Director Mark Andrews and producers Paul Fleschner and Adam Maier chronicle their trailblazing journey to create - entirely in Unreal Engine - the 3DCG animated comedy series premiering today on Netflix.

Bug Out! Headline News

Here’s the ‘Buzz’ on Aardman’s ‘Lloyd of the Flies’ Animated Series

The quirky, new comedy-adventure follows Lloyd B Fly, a housefly and middle child living at home with his family of 224; viewers will be introduced to the weird and wonderful world of insects when the show premieres next month on CITV.

Super Giant Sibling Rivalry Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘Super Giant Robot Brothers’ in Action!

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 1:55pm

It’s ‘Cowabunga Dude’ as the 2 robot siblings ‘surf’ into action in the sneak peek of Oscar-winning 'Brave' director Mark Andrews and Reel FX’s 3DCG animated action-comedy about an unlikely pair who are super... and giant... and don't get along, hitting the streamer tomorrow, August 4.

Good Luck is Good! ANIMATIONWorld

The Whimsical and Grounded Dance of ‘Luck’

Director Peggy Holmes talks about the importance of family, the challenges of working with characters of wildly divergent sizes, and how her background in choreography helped her nail the physical nuances in Apple Original Films’ and Skydance Animation’s CG fantasy comedy ‘Luck,’ dropping August 5 on Apple TV+.

Stop-Motion Exhibition Headline News

Museum of the Moving Image Presents ‘LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion’

The multi-award-winning stop-motion studio's new exhibit will feature puppets, sets, and video clips from LAIKA's first five films and give visitors a chance to create their own stop-motion animation; the installation begins next month in Astoria, New York and will be on view through August 2023.

Middle School Sucks! Headline News

Exclusive: Paramount+ Shares ‘Big Nate’ New Episode Teaser

The Nickelodeon Animation series returns later this month with 9 all-new episodes following the continued misadventures of Nate as he pursues his dreams to become a singer, save a pregnant lizard, and take spring break to the next level; 10 more episodes ordered for previously announced Season 2, coming in 2023.

Get Up and Go! Headline News

ROOF Fills it Up with Whimsy for Conoco’s ‘Choose Go’ Campaign

Incorporating elements from stop-motion to classic video games, the studio created 6 3D animated spots featuring unique ‘Goer’ characters who embark on whimsical adventures that start and end after gassing up.

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