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Technology Headline News

9th Street Films’ Flame Post Pipeline Helps Deliver High-End VFX on Indie Budget

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:27pm

Full service creative shop’s innovative workflow helps deliver time and money-saving VFX, color, and editorial on projects like ‘Sixth of June’ and ‘Love 40.’

Awards Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

Events Headline News

SPARK FX 2021 – A Virtual Conference Coming March 4-14

Online platform for VFX industry to feature eight streams with programs on the creative teams behind popular productions such as ‘The Monster Hunter,’ ‘Bridgeton,’ ‘The Expanse,’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy;’ streams will also include VFX sessions on Reel-Time, AI, and the latest technologies for the visual effects community.

People Headline News

Cinesite Expands LA and London VFX Business Teams

Los Angeles-based Natasha Gould will lead business development on the west coast; Martin Perkins has been named the studio’s new business and bidding manager for the London office.

People Headline News

Pixomondo Names Bryan Godwin Head of Los Angeles Studio

Shade VFX founder and industry veteran brings over 20 years business and artistic experience to his new post; VFX supervisor credits include ‘Joker,’ ‘Sonic the Hedgehog,’ and ‘Wolverine.’

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Pixomondo’s ‘Raised by Wolves’ Season 1 VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:03pm

Studio’s VFX supervisors Ed Hawkins, Max Riess, and Mark Spindler highlight their teams’ work delivering around 520 shots on HBO Max and Ridley Scott’s hit sci-fi thriller, which has been renewed for Season 2.

VFX breakdowns Headline News

VFX Legion Brings on the Nightmares in Amazon Prime’s ‘Black Box’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:18am

Studio delivers over 200 shots on the latest entry in the ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ psychological thriller film anthology; dark story centers on an amnesiac desperate to regain his memory.

VFX VFXWorld

Framestore Takes to the Stars in George Clooney’s ‘The Midnight Sky’

Studio’s VFX team created ominous imagery of a post-apocalyptic ‘Sick Earth,’ the Aether spaceship, and zero-G for a pregnant character’s spacewalk in the Netflix sci-fi feature.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Weta Creates a Cute and Crazy Winter Wonderland in ‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 4:18pm

The VFX powerhouse delivers a bustling Santa’s village, both North and South Poles, and cute and quirky digital characters including Belsnickel, his Jack-a-lotes, reindeer, a Yule Cat Jola, and 641 elves, in the Netflix holiday adventure.

Technology Headline News

Unity Releases Unity 2020.2 TECH Stream

Now available for download, latest release features enhancements to improve productivity; upgrades include increased stability to artist, cinematic, and programmer tools as well as faster iteration and import times for editor and team workflows.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

‘The Magician’s Elephant’ Animated Feature Underway at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:11am

Streamer announces production has begun on film based on two-time Newberry Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s novel of the same name.

Bold The Child Is Headline News

Cool New Baby Yoda Short Made by Just One Person in 15 Days

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 11, 2020 at 12:27pm

Check it out!; Kite and Lightening’s Cory Strassburger produces high-quality seven-minute CG short, ‘The Child Strikes Back,’ using an iPhone, free Unreal Engine, and off-the-shelf tools and assets.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Method Scares Up the Boogeyman in ‘A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting’

Led by VFX supervisor Hamish Schumacher, the Vancouver studio designs and produces three digital monsters, known as Toadies, bringing frighteningly-good fun to Netflix’s new film, based on the Joe Ballarini’s book series.

real-time rendering Headline News

Epic Games Releases Weta’s ‘Meerkat’ Hair and Fur Sample Project

VFX powerhouse has worked closely with Epic to fine-tune Unreal Engine’s strand-based Hair and Fur system; downloadable scene gives users a firsthand look at the production tool in action.

cloud Computing Headline News

Teradici Releases PCoIP Ultra Auto-Offload 2020.10 Cloud Access Software

New feature optimizes network efficiency, overcoming bandwidth or latency constraints for employees working from home or other remote locations.

Technology Headline News

Epic Games Releases Unreal Engine 4.26

Update includes new creative tools to for more convincing characters and real-time environments; users will also see usability and performance improvements in the Collaborative Viewer template enabling multi-user design reviews on VR/AR/Desktop enhancing the collaborative design review process.

Checkmate! VFXWorld

Chicken Bone FX Makes All the Right Moves in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:18pm

Overall VFX supervisor John Mangia and VFX producer Arissa Blasingame’s team delivered over 750 shots, including the haunting chess piece visions, CG vehicles, set extensions and recreations of exotic Mexico, Moscow and Las Vegas locales for Netflix’s hit limited series.

We’re all in this together! Headline News

Epic MegaGrants Passes $60 Million in Support, New Recipients Announced

By supporting nearly 1,000 teams and individuals so far, Epic Games cements commitment to furthering the progress of a range of creators to do outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

Technology Headline News

Foundry Launches Modo 14 Series Complete

Full three-part release features updates in direct and procedural modeling, rendering, animation, and rigging; update review webinar set for November 17.

Technology Headline News

The Mill Launches ‘Mill Scout’ AR Virtual Production App

Creatives can now visualize CGI objects immediately, allowing for increased flexibility on-set; portability of app allows it to be easily accessed from anywhere.

Visualization Services Headline News

OPSIS Delivers Post Visualization and Final VFX for Michael Bay’s ‘Songbird’

Visualization services company brings innovative postvis and visual effects production pipeline support to Adam Mason’s new dystopian romance thriller, shot this past summer in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Commercials Headline News

MPC Brings Sporting Goods Items to Life in Dick’s Commercial

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 9, 2020 at 2:07pm

Studio once again teams up with Anomaly and Pacific Rim Films’ Shawn Levy to bring back animated characters for a DICK’S Sporting Goods adventure.

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