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Head into the Cloud at SIGGRAPH 2022 Headline News

AWS Showcases Content Production in the Cloud at SIGGRAPH 2022

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 1, 2022 at 8:00am

A fireside chat with ‘Love, Death + Robots’ creator Tim Miller and talks with Wētā Digital / Unity, Animal Logic, Framestore and other top studios about the latest in cloud-enabled content workflows and products highlight Amazon Web Services’ conference plans this coming August 8-11.

The Dark Knight Returns! Headline News

Warner Bros. Drops ‘The Batman’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 9:19am

Billed as ‘vengeance equals justice for both the Bat and the Cat,’ the Dark Knight – and Catwoman - return in the latest DC version of its famed Gotham City vigilante detective, with Robert Pattinson as the caped and rather moody crusader, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle, and ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise director Matt Reeves at the helm; film hits theaters March 4, 2022.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Coming to Digital and Blu-Ray

See the MCU’s newest team of superheroes, immortal beings forced out from the shadows to reunite and protect humanity against their oldest enemy; film hits all major digital platforms January 12, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD February 15, complete with gag reel and deleted scenes.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia Wraps First Hybrid Edition in Tokyo

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 24, 2021 at 10:30am

2021 conference brought together over 3,000 computer graphics industry attendees from 41 countries, overcoming significant obstacles to attend the live program at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan.

We Want More Marvel! VFXWorld

TRIXTER Goes Full Morris on ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’

The VFX studio delivers 237 shots, including the adorable, faceless, and furry four-winged Dijiang sidekick, in Marvel Studios’ first Asian super hero film.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

It’s No Day at the Beach for Weta Digital on ‘Eternals’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10:07am

The leading VFX studio delivers 552 visual effects shots on Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao’s MCU Phase 4 adventure, including the 3rd act beach fight scenes and planet-sized Celestial Tiamut.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Hybrid Conference to Continue as Planned

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10:27am

With a comprehensive range of onsite safety and hygiene measures in place, event will welcome attendees in-person at the Tokyo International Forum from December 14-17; international attendees will join virtually from all over the world.

Business Headline News

It’s Done: Unity Completes Weta Digital Acquisition

The real-time content development platform finalizes its US$1.625 billion purchase of the legendary VFX studio’s digital tools, pipeline and engineering talent; VFX teams now operating as standalone WetaFX under CEO Prem Akkaraju and majority owner Sir Peter Jackson. 

Technology VFXWorld

What Does the Unity – Weta Digital Deal Mean for the VFX Industry?

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 12:55pm

DNEG CEO Namit Malhotra weighs in on what he calls a ‘landmark agreement’ that will fuel the progression and application of new production tools, technology, and workflows in areas such as movies, TV, games, metaverses, VR, and theme park rides.

Business Headline News

Unity to Acquire Weta Digital's Tools and Technology

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 2:49pm

Deal calls for purchase of leading VFX studio’s proprietary software systems, pipeline, and engineering talent; Oscar-winning VFX team will become WetaFX, remaining under Peter Jackson’s majority ownership and helmed by CEO Prem Akkaraju.

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.

Home Entertainment Headline News

Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Arrives August 31 on Digital

This summer’s hit comedy adventure stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in a thrilling journey through the Amazon to find an ancient tree said to cure illness and injury; based on Disneyland’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ ride, the film hits 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on November 16.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and SideFX Bringing Houdini to the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:03am

New WetaH collaboration marks leading VFX company’s second move to integrate top commercial and proprietary applications in a single cloud-based service.

Out From the Shadows Headline News

Marvel Studios Shares ‘Eternals’ Final Trailer and Poster

The MCU’s immortal superheroes come out from the shadows after thousands of years to battle mankind’s oldest enemy; written and helmed by Oscar-winning ‘Nomadland’ director Chloé Zhao, the film opens November 5, 2021.

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.’ 

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.

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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.

Supporting the Worldwide VFX Community Headline News

VES and Quebec’s QFTC Launch ‘Reignite Yourself’ Mental Health Support Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:30am

5-part webinar features conversations with veteran VFX and mental health professionals providing personal insights and expert guidance in support of worldwide VFX industry.

Technology Headline News

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.

Awards Headline News

‘Migrants,’ ‘Meerkat,’ and ‘I am a Pebble’ Take SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Honors

Short films from Pôle 3D, Weta Digital, and ESMA are the big winners among 37 works, including two world premieres, selected for this year’s virtual Electronic Theater, coming August 9.

See the back side of water! Headline News

Dwayne Johnson Gets Us Ready for Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

Coming July 30, the epic adventure down the Amazon, inspired by the Disneyland ride, also stars Emily Blunt, with VFX by ILM, DNEG, Weta Digital, Rising Sun Pictures, Rodeo FX, and UPP; see the trailer and Johnson announce his role in the film.

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