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Autodesk Launches Bifrost Update

Aimed at simplifying creation of sophisticated simulations and photoreal effects via real-time tool feedback, the updated features include virtual sliders, more expressive simulation graphs, and Aero and MPM enhancements; the platform is now available for all Maya users.

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Unity Acquires SpeedTree Creator Interactive Data Visualization

Software platform for vegetation modeling and environment creation to become more deeply integrated within the Unity ecosystem; future benefits will include faster and better artist authoring workflows and creation capabilities.

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.

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‘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.

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Amarillo College Begins Enrollment for Innovative New VFX Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 2:12pm

VFX certificate and A.A.S. degree students receive hands-on mentorship and learn essential skills from industry experts that prepare them for future careers in the thriving VFX industry.

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Weta Digital and Autodesk Team on WetaM Creative Cloud Service

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:37am

New subscription service productizes Weta’s Oscar-winning Maya-based proprietary VFX tools, providing artists access to one complete stage to screen Maya-based pipeline.

Working to Reduce Gun Violence ANIMATIONWorld

‘Blossom’ Depicts Young Girl’s Struggle to Cope with Gun Violence

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:39pm

Oscar-winning ‘Hair Love’ production house Lion Forge Animation teams with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund on poignant animated short in support of the 7th annual Wear Orange campaign and National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Return to the Psychedelic 60s! ANIMATIONWorld

Surreal and Psychedelic: The Foo Fighters ‘Chasing Birds’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:34pm

Inspired by ‘Yellow Submarine’ and dreamy 60s visuals, Emlyn Davies and Josh Hicks first take viewers to a vibrant euphoria, then a distorted hellscape, in the animated short supporting the ‘Medicine at Midnight’ album.

Anger That Boils Over ANIMATIONWorld

Raging Against Toxic Masculinity in Brye’s ‘LEMONS’ Lyric Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11:13am

Artist Justin Moon used Blender, FLIP fluids plugin, and After Effects to produce the sterile imagery that’s gradually corrupted by seething anger in his CG music video for Universal Music Group’s °1824 division.

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Nvidia Unveils GANverse3D 2D Image to 3D Model Engine

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00am

New AI application inflates flat 2D images into realistic 3D models; artists in all fields can easily add new objects to their mockups without 3D modeling or rendering.

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Escape Studios Launches Master’s Degree Program in Character and Creature Creation

Led by industry veteran Michael Davies, the new program at Pearson College London features five key modules: Character and Creature Design; Modelling/Presentation; Technical Direction; Studio Project; and Production Project.

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‘Bearly’ Charms as SCAD Animation Studio’s Debut Film

The delightful 2D/3D animated musical short, about a curious bear cub’s attempt to resist hibernation, marks the start of the program’s ambitious plan to produce two new shorts each year.

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KeenTools 2021.1 Now Available

Major update to FaceBuilder for Blender includes built-in ARKit-compatible FACS blendshapes; support for Live Link Face CSV files with ARKit blendshape coefficients; fixed symmetry for topology and shape; added low-poly and mid-poly topologies; and more.

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SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Wraps Up First-Ever Live Digital Event

Registration remains open with all content available on-demand through March 2021; highlights included 400 talks and presentations on the latest technologies in computer graphics, visual effects, virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive techniques.

Home Entertainment ANIMATIONWorld

‘Lupin III: The First’ Bridges the 2D-3D Gap Between Eastern and Western Animation

Tomokazu Sakamoto and Tatsuya Akagi share their efforts, with support from the franchise’s late creator, Monkey Punch, to respectfully depict iconic 2D anime characters in the 3D/CG style more familiar to international audiences.

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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.

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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.

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Autodesk Announces Maya 2020.4

Update to Bifrost visual programming environment brings richer, procedural workflows to more areas of the pipeline and provides artists with powerful new scattering and instancing capabilities, along with volumetrics and FX tools.

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Autodesk Releases 3ds Max 2021.3 Update

New release speeds modeling efficiency for artists, introduces viewport improvements, new remeshing algorithms, enhanced materials and shaders, and Arnold Renderer 6.1 for faster GPU rendering.

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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.

A Real-Time Ray-Traced World! Headline News

WATCH: ‘Marbles at Night’ Demo Illuminates Future of Graphics in NVIDIA Omniverse

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11:11am

Physics-based demo highlights dynamic ray-traced lights, path tracing, and 100 million polygons, all running in rea- time on a single GeForce RTX 3090 GPU.

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A Digital Woman Discusses Society’s Perception of Femininity in ‘I.D.A’ CG Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4:45pm

VFX studio Nu Boyana FX’s first inhouse animated short, based on a spoken word poem, started as an R&D project before blossoming into a film asking fundamental questions about what makes a girl real; the fully keyframed film’s production toolkit included Zbrush, Mari, Maya, and Nuke.

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