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Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise Now Available Through PNY

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 15, 2021 at 8:00am

PNY is partnering with NVIDIA to bring their revolutionary real-time 3D collaboration and simulation platform to reinvent workflows for dispersed creative teams across the animation and VFX space. Join the free ‘Revolutionizing 3D Workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise,’ webinar set for November 17.

High Quality VFX on a Budget VFXWorld

Bridging into VFX Education with ‘Acting: The First Six Lessons’

Beau Bridges and his daughter Emily, working with David Shapiro and Semkhor Productions, turn Richard Boleslavsky’s seminal book on acting into a film - complete with a recreated 1930s New York - and teaching materials used to show students how to produce high quality, low-cost visual effects.

Snoopy Blasts Off! Headline News

‘Snoopy in Space’ Season 2 Blasts Off on Apple TV+

In all-new episodes premiering today, Snoopy heads to Mars on NASA’s Artemis I mission; in plush form, the famous canine astronaut will serve as the zero-gravity indicator on the uncrewed journey – STEM-based curriculum supporting the launch is available for grades K-6 on multiple platforms.

career development Headline News

Inaugural Class Announced for CAPE Animation Directors Accelerator

Program provides an opportunity to develop and hone creative and leadership skills via a series of panels, workshops, and masterclasses; selected applicants to be paired with high-level animation industry mentors.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA Announces Omniverse Replicator Synthetic AI Data Generation Engine

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 11:17am

Powerful system produces physically simulated data for training neural networks; first implementations shown are NVIDIA DRIVE Sim and NVIDIA Isaac Sim apps.

Omniverse Has Arrived Headline News

NVIDIA CEO Shares Vision for AI, Robotics, Omniverse Avatars and Digital Twins

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 8:45am

In his virtual GTC keynote, company founder and CEO Jensen Huang introduced a host of new technologies, including his Toy Jensen miniature avatar, to demonstrate transformative uses of the tech giant’s latest offerings in accelerated computing and the Omniverse Enterprise virtual world simulation and collaboration platform.

Awards Headline News

‘Lift While We Climb’ Themed 'Black in Animation Awards Show' Coming November 14

Black Women Animate’s initiative honors Black people in animation who are blazing a trail to the future; honorees include Disney TVA’s Jay Francis, Mounia Aram Company’s Mounia Aram, ‘Craig of the Creek’ storyboard artist Tiffany Ford, and veteran animator Dan Hasket.

Real-time Animation in Unreal Engine Headline News

Don’t Miss Epic’s ‘Animation Workflows Using Unreal Engine and Maya’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 12:56pm

Coming Wednesday, November 10, virtual event will show how to create stylized character-based animation using UE and Autodesk Maya, exploring open standards like Alembic and USD to quickly move work between the two platforms.

Innovations in Real-time 3D Design Headline News

Join PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘Revolutionizing 3D Workflows with NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 9:00am

This free presentation on November 17 will showcase how companies can address remote and hybrid work challenges with NVIDIA’s new real-time collaboration and simulation platform, Omniverse Enterprise; PNY is also hosting a series of Omniverse Enterprise sessions at GTC 2021, NVIDIA’s free digital conference running November 8-11. 

Now On-Demand Headline News

It’s a Wrap - VIEW 2021 Concludes its Most Successful Year Ever

The conference’s 1st hybrid edition hosted some 210,000 visitors online and 300+ attending in-person with a total of 297 speakers delivering 160 talks, panels, workshops, masterclasses, and keynote speeches; over 140 sessions are now available to stream on-demand.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Rosie's Rules’ Coming to PBS KIDS

New 2D animated preschool comedy from 9 Story Media and Brown Bag Films stars 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes learning about the world beyond her family’s walls; the series, which debuts Fall 2022, aims to help young children develop awareness of themselves as part of a broader community.

Free Conference Headline News

NVIDIA GTC 2021 Unveils Massive Program – Free Registration Now Open

The tech giant’s free virtual conference runs November 8-11, featuring 500+ sessions with industry leaders; highlights include founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote, a discussion on the potential of USD for 3D creators, and how the Omniverse, USD, and real-time rendering are transforming global film production and workflows.

Animation Contests Headline News

24 HOURS 2021 Animation Contest Winners Announced

The competition challenges student teams to create a 30 second film; 208 teams submitted films, with 7 teams winning prize packs worth over $200k.  

Virtual Events Headline News

ASIFA India Celebrates International Animation Day 2021

The free event, running October 26-28, features masterclasses with industry leaders in animation, games and VFX; join Epic Game’s Arvind Neelakantan, DNEG, India’s Jigesh Gajjar and master of classical animation Glenn Vilppu for free online sessions.

Women in Animation Headline News

WIA Scholarship Program Announces 2022 Industry Partnerships

Animation Focus, Foundry, LAIKA and Wacom join returning partners Animation Mentor, Autodesk, and Toon Boom to expand opportunities for students with additional workshops, tutoring, software, and cash awards.  

virtual production Headline News

Academy’s ‘Virtual Production Filmmaking: Are You Game?’ Talk Now Live

Don’t miss the Academy’s Science and Technology Council tour of the latest virtual production technologies and innovations; Jon Favreau, Rob Bredow, Caleb Deschanel, Dana Glauberman, and Rob Legato share their experiences October 21 at 1 PM PST.

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with Substance Founder Scott Geersen

Industry veteran in motion design, VFX supervision and direction shares advice for mid-level creatives; topics include running your own studio, international collaboration, compositing and VFX, learning 3D, working on title sequences, and reflection on the future.

It’s Awesome and It’s Free! Headline News

View 2021: Don’t Miss Free ‘Encanto’ Virtual Presentation

The in-person and virtual conference is off and running - highlights include SideFX’s software reveal, talks by Epic Games, educational workshops and coming Friday, a virtual making-of panel about Walt Disney Animation Studio’s latest animated feature – and registration is free.

Community Outreach Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces 2021 Student Scholarship Winners

Organization’s Animation Educators Forum has awarded 9 students from 5 states and 4 countries with scholarships totaling $39,730; the funds will be used to help defray costs of software, hardware, creative and academic research, and tuition.

It’s Awesome and It’s Free! ANIMATIONWorld

VIEW 2021: The Can’t Miss Animation, VFX, and Storytelling Event is Here

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 15, 2021 at 8:44am

For the second year in a row, we can’t attend the famed Turin conference in-person, but we’ll be glued to our screens, wearing dark turtlenecks and dreaming of agnolotti and chocolate pudding thicker than Bay Area fog, for a week of diverse, compelling, and inspiring presentations on the latest and greatest from the world of computer generated visuals.  

Community Outreach Headline News

Guereza Animation Working to Educate Kids Across Africa About COVID

Watch the trailer for ‘Umoja,’ the Nigerian-based studio’s animated miniseries about a group of kids working to keep two villains from spreading misinformation about the virus.

Stop Bullying! Headline News

Cartoon Network Drops ‘Stop Bullying Speak Up - Craig of the Creek’ PSA

Marking National Bullying Prevention Month CN teams up with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center with ‘Kids Take on Bullying Challenge,’ a program/challenge to help kids take on bullying whenever and wherever they see it.

Conferences Headline News

FMX Returns to Stuttgart for In-Person 2022 Conference

Centered on the theme ‘Changing the Game,’ storied event heads back to Haus der Wirtschaft this coming May 3-5, with a virtual program following on May 6; director and producer Hasraf 'HaZ' Dullul joins as first ever program chair.

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