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RFX Virtual Studio is Here VFXWorld

RFX, NVIDIA, and Supermicro Herald the Future of Animation and VFX Production

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:58am

RFX founder Ray Feeney and executive Prashant Buyyala explain how the RFX Virtual Studio with NVIDIA Omniverse™ Enterprise could change the world of M&E. This Virtual Studio is being made available for a two-week free trial for any interested creative team.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Updates Flame Family to Run in the Cloud on AWS

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 15, 2022 at 12:49pm

New version delivers scalable, collaborative, and efficient artist workflows enabled to run on Amazon Web Services; other mods include enhanced HDR user interface and improved animation editor.

The Dark Knight Returns! Headline News

‘The Batman’ Premiere Dates Set for HBO Max, Digital, and Home Video

WarnerMedia’s digital and physical releases of the Matt Reeves-helmed Dark Knight feature come with a bevy of bonus content.

It's Wicked Hot! Headline News

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’ Series Nabs Cast Members, Co-Showrunners

The award-winning ‘Family Guy’ creator’s upcoming live-action comedy for Peacock, about a foul-mouthed teddy bear whose moment of fame has long passed, serves as a prequel to both his ‘Ted’ films.

Animated TV Series Headline News

New ‘PJ Masks’ Episodes Hit Disney Jr. Starting April 15

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 4:40pm

New 2-parter introduces speed obsessed twin villains ‘Carly and Cartoka;’ also, coming to theaters April 23 is the ‘PJ Masks We Can All Be Heroes’ fan event in honor of National Superhero Day.

How'd They Do That? Headline News

CBS VFX Helps Pull Back the Curtain on HBO Max’s ‘One Perfect Shot’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 3:47pm

The visual effects studio integrates its proprietary ‘Parallax’ virtual production system with Unreal Engine and ray tracing tools to help award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and a host of top film directors, including Michael Mann and Patty Jenkins, step inside and dissect their favorite shots.

It’s Happening in Stuttgart! Headline News

‘Encanto’ and ‘Sing 2’ Talks Added to FMX 2022

More talks, presentations and screenings are confirmed for the upcoming conference, including looks behind the scenes of the recent Disney and Illumination animated features, as well as Locksmith Animation’s ‘Ron’s Gone Wrong;’ event runs onsite May 3-5, online May 6 and on demand through May 31.

Look to the Stars ANIMATIONWorld

‘Apollo 10 ½’: An Animated Celebration of Imagination and Creativity

Director Richard Linklater and Netflix’s new film is a mesmerizing visual collage of history, nostalgia, and childhood fantasies, vividly realized in a handmade pastiche of 2D, 3D, and rotoscope animation.

Bada Bing! Headline News

Break+Enter Taps Maya for ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ VFX

Autodesk software’s robust toolset and scalable virtual workflow enabled the studio to deliver 40-60 shots in under nine months on the Warner Bros. film; invisible effects were used to winterize scenes and cleanup period work that recreated 60s and 70s-era New Jersey from where TV’s mafia boss Tony Soprano hailed.

Standards-Based Training Headline News

The Rookies Launch ‘Certified Digital Artist’ Program

With benchmarks determined by over 350 industry leaders, educators, and consultants, the new educational resource sets out to provide recognized core competencies and skills for entry level positions in the animation, VFX, and games industries.

The Dark Knight Returns! VFXWorld

Wētā FX Brings Its Special Brand of Visual Magic to ‘The Batman’

VFX Supervisor Anders Langlands talks about the iconic visual effects studio’s work on the Warner Bros. blockbuster, from car chases and mysterious lens flares, to why making rain is harder than it looks.

In Passing Headline News

Animation Studio Red Star Co-Founder Jan Rogowski Dies at 41

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 11:47am

The co-producer on ‘StarDog and TurboCat’ passes suddenly during production on Sky’s ‘The Amazing Maurice;’ the life-long Sir Terry Pratchett fan worked tirelessly to ensure the ‘Discworld’ novel adaptation lived up to the author’s vision and his own affection for the source material.

Transforming Digital Creativity Headline News

Coming April 14: PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘How NVIDIA Is Advancing the Future of Digital Storytelling’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:45am

This free virtual presentation will explore new means of digital storytelling using virtual sets, real-time rendering, and cinematic-quality ray tracing enhanced by the latest NVIDIA® RTX™ solutions, NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU), and GPU-accelerated software applications.

Awards Headline News

Jennifer Lee and Michel Ocelot to Receive Honorary Cristals at Annecy 2022

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Oscar-winning chief creative officer and the BAFTA-winning French director to be awarded at the upcoming festival, which runs June 13-18.

People Headline News

Break+Enter Adds Camille Geier as Executive Producer

Former BOT VFX exec will lead studio’s creative, production, and sales teams while setting strategic direction; plans include increasing company profile and recruiting high-level creative and production talent.

The Search for Magellan’s Gold VFXWorld

DNEG Visual Effects Get Airborne in Sony's ‘Uncharted’

VFX supervisors Sebastian von Overheidt and Benoit De Longlee delivered 739 shots, including a 90-second sequence of heroes Nathan Drake and Chloe Frazer falling from a C-17 cargo plane flying over the South China Sea, in Ruben Fleischer’s action-adventure adaptation of the Naughty Dog videogame franchise.

Meow! Headline News

Paramount Releases ‘Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank’ Trailer and Poster

Featuring the voices of comedy icon Mel Brooks and funny guys Ricky Gervais, Aasif Mandvil, and Gabriel Iglesias, the animated comedy adventure, about a hard-on-his-luck hound and a cat samurai, hits theatres July 15.

It’s Back On! Headline News

Chloë Grace Moretz and Riz Ahmed Join Netflix’s ‘Nimona’

The streamer drops first look image and casting news for its upcoming animated feature, based on the award-winning graphic novel by ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’ creator ND Stevenson, that had been in production at Fox Animation and then Blue Sky prior to it shutting down last year.

visualization Headline News

PXO London Assembles A-list Previs Team

Global VFX studio adds previsualization services to its pre-production offerings following push into virtual production and launch of LED stages; ex-Framestore exec Alex Webster takes the reigns with veteran previs supervisor Matt Perrin heading the team.

Animation is a Medium Not a Genre Headline News

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Say Animation Isn’t Getting its Due in Hollywood

The Oscar-winning creative powerhouses penned an urgent op-ed on the Academy’s failure to treat animated features as seriously as their live-action counterparts.

Transforming Digital Creativity ANIMATIONWorld

Join PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘How NVIDIA Is Advancing the Future of Digital Storytelling’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 1:03pm

This free presentation on April 14 will explore how the latest NVIDIA® RTX™ solutions, NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU), and GPU-accelerated software applications are transforming Media & Entertainment production.

Too Cute! Headline News

A24 Releases ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’ Trailer and Poster

Based on a 2010 short of the same name, the documentary style stop-motion feature marks the return of Marcel, an adorable seashell outfitted with a single googly eye and a pair of miniature shoes; the cuteness commences in theaters June 24.

call for entries Headline News

Only 2 Days Left to Apply for WIA and FIAPF ‘Stories x Women’

Women animators from emerging animation communities in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America are invited to apply for the program that runs June 11-18 in Annecy; deadline for entries is April 8. 

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