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The VFX is Unreal Headline News

Taking Unreal Engine’s In-Camera VFX Toolset for a Spin

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 2:12pm

Epic Games teamed with filmmaker collective Bullitt to put the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.27 in-camera VFX tools to the test; watch their short film, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette exploring the tremendous impact of these new virtual production tools.

Fellowships Headline News

Dark Slope Studios Launches Paid Virtual Production Fellowship

The studio will provide mentorship, guidance, and $5,000 CAD for up to three applicants with compelling storytelling and visionary series concepts; submissions open July 19.

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.

Business Headline News

Saturday Animation to Develop ‘Chase and CATCH’ with Unreal Pipeline

Studio announces its first original animated action series for global distribution; CGI show being produced using DDEG’s proprietary real-time technology.

Education Headline News

CG Spectrum College Becomes Official Unreal Academic Partner

The online school offers courses in game design, game programming, game art, and animation; with new Epic Games academic partnership, school plans increased game development training offerings to better prepare students for a competitive and changing job market.

People Headline News

Imaginary Forces Names Anthony Gibbs Creative Director

New hire brings extensive design and VFX experience to the role, having spent 14+ years working as both creative and design directors.

virtual production Headline News

Pixomondo Inks Deal to Build LED Volumes Across Canada

VFX house and Canadian TV/Film equipment company have already begun building new virtual production stages in Vancouver and Toronto, with more set for 2022; combined capital commitment exceeds $30 million.

Virtual Reality Headline News

Epic MegaGrant Recipient Conical Launches ‘The Green Fairy’ VR Short

Available for download June 24, the interactive studio’s fantasy adventure will be supported on Valve’s Steam VR, Oculus Rift, and Quest by Facebook; 9-part Vlog series will also be released.

Business Headline News

Lion Forge and BRON Team Up on ‘Heiress’ Animated Series and Games

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 1:41pm

Studios behind ‘Hair Love’ and ‘The Willoughbys’ will produce a kids’ series, interactive titles, and online community based on the story of a young prince determined to step out from the shadows of her brothers.

Technology Headline News

Epic Announces Unreal Engine 5 Early Access

Now available for game developers, latest major release, expected to ship in early 2022, includes numerous new groundbreaking features including Nanite virtualized micropolygon and Lumen global illumination systems.

Technology Headline News

New Epic Games White Paper: ‘Grooming for Real-Time Realism: Hair and Fur with Unreal Engine’

Latest deep dive under the hood of Unreal Engine details challenges and real-time solutions for creating realistic-looking hair and fur.

Learn From the Best! Headline News

VFX Legend Doug Trumbull Presents May 4 at FMX 2021

‘Then & Now Track’ welcomes the visual effects pioneer, who will talk on ‘The Cinema of the Future;’ conference runs online May 4-6.

The Future is Real-Time Headline News

Spire Animation Receives ‘Unreal Shorts’ Program Grant

Epic Games’ new grant and fellowship program aims to fund filmmakers who utilize Unreal Engine for real-time projects.

Honoring the Best in Animation! Headline News

‘Soul,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Big Winners at 48th Annie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:23am

Pixar leads evening with wins in seven categories; Bastien Dubois’ ‘Souvenir Souvenir’ wins for Best Animated Short.

Ballet Goes Virtual! Headline News

Unreal Engine Powers the ‘Aberthol’ Contemporary-Ballet

Filmed entirely on greenscreens, the feature film project took five years to write, choreograph, film, and produce; Renaissance Dance Theatre used Epic MegaGrant to bring classic artform into the virtual production age.

Training Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Unreal Engine Fundamentals Course

New five-week program covers an interactive introduction to the real-time 3D platform; features a range of artistic and technical tasks with each participant getting direct feedback from an assigned tutor. 

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Epic Games’ MetaHuman Creator Early Access Now Open

Program now open for anyone to create unique MetaHumans for direct use in Unreal Engine; new innovative cloud-based app can create digital humans - in minutes - almost indecipherable from the real thing.

Technology Headline News

NVIDIA’s GTC Kicks-Off with a View of the Omniverse

Founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote shares breakthroughs in building virtual worlds through a convergence of technologies; new Omniverse Enterprise 3D design platform will soon be widely available, allowing for real-time global collaboration across multiple software suites.

virtual production ANIMATIONWorld

Jerome Chen Talks Real-Time Animation with Unreal Engine

The Sony Pictures Imageworks senior VFX supervisor discusses his studio’s integration of Epic’s game engine technology and real-time workflows into its animation production on a new episode of Netflix’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ anthology series.

virtual production Headline News

Epic Games Releases Volume 2 of its Virtual Production Field Guide

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00am

Free resource provides in-depth look into virtual production workflows, new methodologies, remote collaboration, in-camera VFX, animation, and what’s coming next in Unreal Engine 5.

Otaku! Headline News

Taking on the Yakuza, Plagues, and Mechs in ‘Killtopia’ Cyberpunk Saga

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:55pm

Transmedia startup Voltaku, fueled by an Epic MegaGrant, begins development on animated series about two siblings’ adventures in a futuristic megacity, directed by Oscar-nominee Ruairi Robinson and penned by ‘Spine of Night’ director Philip Gelatt.

The Annies are Coming! Headline News

Josh Gad, Matthew Rhys, and Philippa Soo to Present at 48th Virtual Annie Awards

Streaming live on April 16, the event honors overall excellence and achievement in 36 animation categories; presenters announced also include Eva Whittaker; composer Michael Giacchino; director Sergio Pablos; DreamWorks director Jill Culton; producer Nora Twomey; and the cast of the web series, ‘Critical Role.’

No Time Like Real-Time

RealTime Conference Coming Live Online April 26-28

The free virtual event’s 2021 theme is ‘Merging Physical and Digital Worlds – The Rise of the Metaverse;’ 3-day program features sessions, keynotes, and demos, all focused on real-time technology and its impact on the workplace and how people connect.

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