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Pixomondo Tackles Complex Worldbuilding with KitBash3D Assets

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 5:30am

Premium model kits help VFX studio quickly create new futuristic sci-fi environments for IPs such as ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Halo;’ easily customizable assets work with Unreal, Maya, VRay, and Arnold.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Watch: Union VFX ‘Operation Mincemeat’ Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 4:45am

Innovative visual effects add drama and authenticity to John Madden’s WWII thriller; historically accurate shots using countless matte paintings and a fully CG sub recreate a 1943 backdrop; starring Colin Firth, Kelly MacDonald, Matthew MacFadyen and Penelope, the film hits theaters May 6.

Different Day Different Doomsday

Netflix Reveals ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 3 First Look Images

What happens when you mess around with time and space? The dysfunctional superhero family returns home and finds out… the Sparrow Has Landed and things aren’t exactly how they left them; all new episodes stream June 22.

The future is animated! Headline News

Netflix Teases New Kids' Animation Slate with ‘Sizzle Reel’ and Images

Following the reported cancellation of several kids’ animated series including Megan Markle’s ‘Pearl,’ the streamer announces seven new series including popular franchise spin-offs ‘Sonic Prime,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight’ and ‘The Boss Baby: Back in The Crib;’ fan favorites also set to return with new episodes and seasons of ‘The Cuphead Show!,’ ‘Gabby’s Dollhouse’ and ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Season 5.

Get Ready for the Tentpoles! Headline News

Disney Shares New Footage and Release Dates for Major Upcoming Films

At last week’s CinemaCon, the studio unveiled its theatrical calendar for highly anticipated features from Pixar, Marvel, and 20th Century Studios, and offered an early look at some scenes.

Business Headline News

Netflix Cancels Meghan Markle’s Animated Kids’ Series ‘Pearl’

The project was set to be the first from Markle and Prince Harry’s new content house, Archewell Productions; ‘Dino Daycare’ and ‘Boons and Curses’ also reportedly axed.

Annecy 2022 is Coming! Headline News

Annecy 2022 Official Feature Film Selections Revealed

10 animated features have been selected in competition at this year's event, including ‘Charlotte’ by Eric Warin and Tahir Rana, ‘Nayola’ by José Miguel Ribeiro and ‘The Island’ by Anca Damian; the 46th edition of the festival runs June 13-18.

Business Headline News

ShadowMachine Workers Move to Unionize

The animation company’s production workers are the fifth group this year choosing to join The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839; Titmouse NY kicked off the unionization push in January 2022 with Titmouse LA following suit in March.

Virtual Production Training Headline News

Epic Games Launches ‘Unreal Connectors’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:15am

Initiative extends Unreal Fellowship curriculum accessibility so more artists can take advantage of the career-changing skills training and credential opportunity.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP 159: Alba Medinyà's Journey from Spain to Canada in Pursuit of Stop-Motion

The Spanish illustrator and 2D/stop-motion animator discusses the journey she took to Canada to pursue her animation career, how she found work, and her ultimate decision to return to Spain.

Community Outreach Headline News

Cartoon Network Studios Launches Initiative to Discover New Artists

Studio teams with Outlook Company’s animation projects incubator Neru Projects, selecting 6 individuals to learn how to collaborate with creative partners and develop original animated series ideas.

Alice! Mickey! Pooh! and Spidey!...oh my! Headline News

Disney Junior Reveals Programming Slate Through 2024

New original series and shorts, along with returning franchises, to debut across Disney+ and Disney Junior platforms; shows include ‘Hey A.J.,’ about a curious and imaginative 7-year-old girl, and ‘Kindergarten: The Musical,’ about navigating the ‘firsts’ of kindergarten, along with returning fan favorites ‘Marvel's Spidey And His Amazing Friends’ and ‘Mickey Mouse Funhouse.’

Technology Headline News

ftrack Updates ftrack Review and cineSync 5

Company’s flagship products get updated, with focus on collaboration and efficiency; ftrack Review features all-new interface for more intuitive and efficient review sessions; cineSync 5’s new UI supports more collaborative reviews, both local and remote.

The Scarlet Witch Returns Headline News

The Spotlight’s on Wanda in New ‘Doctor Strange’ Featurette

In ‘Wanda Returns,’ Kevin Feige, Elizabeth Olsen, Sam Raimi, and Benedict Cumberbatch discuss the Multiverse’s effect on Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch following the events of ‘Wanda Vision;’ Marvel Studios’ ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ opens in U.S. theaters May 6.

Oceans of Sand Headline News

DNEG Helps ‘Dune’ Come Alive with NVIDIA RTX Technology

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 29, 2022 at 12:40pm

VFX studio contributed to over 1,000 shots across 28 sequences on the Oscar-winning film, with artists working from multiple locations using NVIDIA’s virtual workstation software and hardware.

Autodesk at FMX 2022 Headline News

Autodesk Announces ‘Virtual Vision Series’ for FMX 2022

Industry leaders join the software giant to provide insights on modern production challenges; sessions include ‘Emerging Trends in M&E: What Students Need to Know,’ ‘Bringing the Characters of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ to Life,’ and ‘Modeling Madness: Experimenting in 3ds Max.’

Life Will Find a Way! Headline News

Universal Drops New ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 29, 2022 at 10:59am

We learn some dinosaurs don’t like people on scooters, and that Jeff Goldblum remains the master of ironic humor, in multi-billion-dollar ‘Jurassic Park’ film franchise’s epic, action-packed conclusion, hitting theaters June 10.

Frank Miller Presents! Headline News

Frank Miller Launches Publishing Company, New Comics on the Way

Under his newly formed ‘Frank Miller Presents’ banner, the widely influential creator will deliver new installments of his iconic series, as well as fresh visions from up-and-coming artists.

He’s a Poet and Does Know It! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North – Poetry of The Penals Adventure’

In the all-new episode airing May 1 on FOX, Wolf chaperones Ham and Judy on a school field trip to the abandoned Death Cliff Prison; meanwhile, Beef accidentally agrees to compose a poem.

A Slayer Shout-Out Headline News

Exclusive Season 3 Premiere Clip: ‘Duncanville – Gamer Vs. Gamer’

In the show’s May 1 Season 3 premiere on FOX, Duncan and his friends visit a Twitch star’s private island, only to end up hunted in a viral event for charity, while Jack and Annie look through a photo album and Annie realizes Jack spent a night in jail that she didn’t know about.

Annecy 2022 is Coming! Headline News

Annecy 2022 Looks at Immersive Realities

Official selections in VR works revealed, WIP XR 2022 line-up to showcase two VR narratives, and the Immersive Reality Conferences tackles the future of creation; festival runs June 13-18.

It’s Happening in Stuttgart! Headline News

Final FMX 2022 Program Additions Update

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 3:40pm

With the conference starting next Tuesday, a final selection of new program highlights includes a showcase of an LED Wall and Unreal Engine in a virtual production stage, ‘Real vs. Unreal’ real-time graphics panel, and The World to Come - A look ahead at Metaverse.’

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