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It’s Free! Headline News

Free VIEW Conference 2021 Registration Now Open

Renown animation, VFX, virtual production, and games conference reveals massive program of free events featuring master filmmakers and top industry professionals, including Sir Roger Deakins and the Badass Women Production Designers; event runs in person and online October 17-22 in Torino, Italy.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Halon Gets its Previs Game On for ‘Free Guy’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 3:56pm

Led by Ryan McCoy, the studio’s team provided previs, techvis, and postvis on Shawn Levy’s sci-fi comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he’s a character in an open-world video game.

Unlocking the Future Headline News

Autodesk Shares Vision of Cloud-Based M&E Workflows

Announcements made today, as Autodesk University 2021 begins, outline an industry forward look at Cloud production, open standards, and machine learning; shift to the cloud in response to global pandemic means opportunities to build a more resilient future, unlocking new levels of creator collaboration and efficiency to meet growing content demand.

Business Headline News

Technicolor Creative Studios Launching Global Creative Hubs

Series of interconnected co-located facilities will provide one-stop shopping for technology, talent and creativity servicing the entertainment, advertising, and brand experience industries; campuses coming soon to Soho, London, Soho, New York and Culver City, Los Angeles.

Innovations in Real-Time Animation ANIMATIONWorld

Talking Real-Time Animation with DNEG, BRON, and Chromosphere

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 1:10pm

AWN’s Dan Sarto hosts Epic Games’ latest episode of ‘The Pulse,’ revealing innovative new paradigms for real-time animation production that far surpass the mere benefit of faster turnaround times.

Business Headline News

Auto Enthusiast Duo Launches Rideview Creative Agency

Yates Holley and John Kim have joined forces to offer automotive art direction and visualization; recent projects include a mood film for the IPO launch of Faraday Future, a sustainability-driven EV brand.

Innovations in Real-Time Animation Headline News

Don’t Miss Unreal Engine’s ‘The Pulse’ Ep 7: Real-Time Animation

By Dan Sarto | Friday, September 17, 2021 at 9:47am

All-new ‘Unlocking Story and Style’ episode of innovative series on interactive technology features DNEG’s David Prescott, BRON Digital’s Jason Chen, Chromosphere’s Kevin Dart, and Epic Games’ Karen Dufilho, hosted by AWN publisher Dan Sarto, coming Wednesday, September 29.

Business Headline News

Pixomondo Taps Alex Webster to Head New London Virtual Production Division

The award-winning studio announces UK operations will launch this month; former Framestore managing director will be joined in London by CEO Jonny Slow to directly support company’s VP services expansion in Europe.

I Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time VFXWorld

Defying the Laws – or Mere Suggestions – of Physics in ‘F9’

VFX supervisor Daniel Rauchwerger and his DNEG teams in London, Montreal, and Mumbai delivered 2,200 gravity defying visual effects shots, from flipping multiple trailers to shooting rocket car into space, in Justin Lin and Universal Pictures’ latest ‘Fast & Furious’ feature film franchise outing.

Technology Headline News

Mold3D Shares Windwalker Echo Unreal Engine Hero Character

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 11:43am

Available now for download and free use in UE 4.27 and UE5 Early Access, the nimble 3DCG warrior stars in studio’s upcoming content sample project, ‘Slay,’ which will be downloadable later this month.

This Update is Unreal! Headline News

Unreal Engine 4.27 is Here!

Now available, the latest update to Epic Games' real-time game engine boasts improvements for creators across multiple industries such as game development, film and television, and architecture; enhanced features include improved VFX workflows, faster light baking, integrated RAD game tools, and production-ready pixel streaming.

The CG World Gathers in Turin Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals New Speakers

Kirk DeMicco, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Tim Miller, and Everett Downing Jr. join growing list of industry leaders and experts who will lead a variety of sessions at Italy’s premiere animation, VFX and CG conference, taking place online and in-person October 17-22; early bird tickets are now on sale.

Virtual Production Tools Headline News

MELS Post and VFX Studio Awarded Epic MegaGrant

Grant will be used by Montreal-based studio to further the company’s virtual production initiatives; their technology replaces greenscreens with a virtual set, offering producers creative flexibility and freedom.

New Vision Series Talks to Watch Headline News

Autodesk Explores the Future of VFX at SIGGRAPH 2021

Taking place August 10, Autodesk’s SIGGRAPH 2021 Vision Series includes six sessions with industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries to create new possibilities for film and TV digital artistry; programs include ‘Reimagining VFX Production in the Cloud,’ and ‘Marvel Studios: Adapting to Our New (Virtual) Normal.’ 

Expanding the Real-Time Tool Universe Headline News

Real-Time Innovations Receives Epic MegaGrant

Award will facilitate the advanced development and integration of RTI’s Connext DDS simulation platform with Unreal Engine, expanding the breadth of visualizing real-time systems in action.

Business Headline News

NEP Group Buys Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 2:32pm

Newly launched NEP Virtual Studios acquires leading real-time production companies to expand its growing virtual production business; former Digital Domain CEO Cliff Plumer named group leader.

Conferences Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals Stellar Speaker Lineup

Confirmed presenters include Tom McGrath, director of ‘The Boss Baby: Family Business;’ ‘The Willoughbys’ director Kris Pearn; and legendary animator and VFX supervisor Phil Tippett; conference runs October 17-22 in Turin, Italy and online.

Beware the White Spikes! VFXWorld

Designing ‘The Tomorrow War’s Vicious, Deadly Aliens

For VFX supervisor Jamie Price, the ‘White Spikes’ predators eradicating humans in Chris McKay and Amazon Studios’ original sci-fi thriller had to be agile, scary, and above all, lethal.

I Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time VFXWorld

Proof’s ‘F9’ Visualization was a Race to the Finish

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 23, 2021 at 7:53am

Studio prevised over 3,000 shots, postvised over 700, and techvised countless others, working 83 straight weeks until the COVID-19 lockdown, then quickly transitioned to a remote pipeline to complete production on Universal and Justin Lin’s ninth ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise action thriller.

TV VFX VFXWorld

Weta Digital Soars with ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1:30pm

Visual effects supervisor Charlie Tait explains the studio’s death-defying Episode 1 aerial chase and mid-air fight sequences in Marvel Studios and Disney+’s action-packed six-episode MCU outing.

Training Headline News

‘Summer of Unreal’ Free Four-Week Online Bootcamp Announced

The program, a collaboration between Epic Games, Escape Studios, and six European university partners, provides experience in practical applications of Unreal Engine including previsualization, layout, rigging, animation, and integration of real-time workflows.

Commercials Headline News

Displaying Great Ingenuity on Spotify’s ‘Today’s Top Hits’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:01am

Ingenuity Studios delivers 65 shots in five stylized, fantastical CG worlds, each for a different starring musical act, for a new campaign highlighting the streaming music platform’s largest playlist.

Good v Evil! VFXWorld

Creating the Post-Apocalyptic World of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:08pm

Overall VFX supervisor Jake Braver, with the help of ILM VFX supervisor Laurent Hugueniot, delivers 2,800 VFX shots depicting a world decimated by plague and a city ruled by supernatural evil, in the 9-part series from CBS Television Studios now streaming on Paramount+.

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