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Animators Finding Twitch a Great Place to Teach and Mentor

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 18, 2020 at 1:45pm

The world’s largest live streaming platform for gamers has become home to a growing number of animation artists displaying their work, with many streaming instructional and tutorial-style content aimed at sharing their love and knowledge of the profession.

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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.

Business Headline News

Weta Digital Opens L.A. and San Francisco Offices, Adds to Board of Directors

Former Disney COO Tom Staggs, former Google executive Jeff Huber, and Peter Jackson’s longtime partner Ken Kamins appointed as part of company’s continuing expansion.                                                                                           

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.

Virtual Events Headline News

VES Honors 2020 – Gone Virtual Coming December 15 - 16

The online event celebrates industry’s innovators, artists and professionals; Ray Scalice, Ken Ralston, Irwin Allen, and Mary Blair among the Founders Award, Lifetime Members, Honorary Members, VES Fellows, and Hall of Fame honorees.

Virtual Event Headline News

Register NOW: Robert Zemeckis Joins ‘Unreal Build: Virtual Production’ Event Lineup

Free online conference adds a virtual fireside chat with the Academy Award-winning director and his longtime VFX supervisor Keven Baillie to the November 10 free virtual event program.

virtual production Headline News

Epic Games Presents ‘Unreal Build: Virtual Production’ Open for Registration

Free online event to showcase innovations in virtual production, including a panel of industry executives discussing game changing technology; the use of Unreal Engine to bring new creatures to life in film;  real-time workflow for episodic animation; and a sneak peek of production tools coming later this year to Unreal Engine 4.26.

Business Conferences Headline News

Kre8tif! 2020 Successfully Concludes Virtual Business Conference

In its 11th year, held online for the first time, Malaysia’s leading digital content industry conference and one of Southeast Asia’s largest saw over 10,000 sessions from 1,200 daily participants.

Technology Headline News

Weta Goes All-in on AWS for Animation and VFX in the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 11:26am

Pioneering visual effects company, known for ‘Avatar’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ has chosen Amazon Web Services to create a new, cloud-based visual effects workflow.

Awards Headline News

‘The Addams Family,’ ‘His Dark Materials’ Top AEAF 2020 Awards

Projects from Cinesite, MPC, and Framestore are among animation and VFX studios to receive multiple honors at the annual Australian celebration of visual effects, animation, games, and immersive technology.

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Different Day, Different Doomsday in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

VFX supervisor Everett Burrell breaks down the Netflix series’ almost 2,000 VFX shots, a mix of nuclear holocausts, digital characters, time jumps, and a goldfish.

Business Headline News

Weta, Streamliner and Avalon Studios Launch Virtual Production Business

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 1:59pm

New service, based in New Zealand, brings together LED live stage expertise and real-time game engine-based workflows to expand what can be done safely and creatively on set.

People Headline News

Weta Digital Launches Weta Animated Original Content Business

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 2:55pm

Fulfilling Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh’s long-time dream, leading VFX studio will for the first begin producing original animated feature and episodic content.

Oscars Headline News

Autodesk Congratulates the 2020 VFX and Animated Feature Oscar Nominees

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:05pm

Tech giant’s Media & Entertainment software powers the studios behind Academy Award, BAFTA, Annie, VES and Golden Globe-nominated films.

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The ‘Eyes’ Have It: Stuart Adcock Talks Will Smith at 23 and 50 in ‘Gemini Man’

Weta Digital’s facial modeling and performance capture animation expert discusses the difficulties and challenges of creating one of the most convincing digital humans ever seen on film.

Awards Headline News

The Rookies Announces World School Rankings 2019 Winners

Based on almost 3,500 entries from artists in 89 countries, 120 industry experts used a variety of criteria to award schools on how well they prepare students for careers in creative media and entertainment.

Business Headline News

Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Makes ‘Significant’ Investment in Weta Digital

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 3:00pm

Billionaire philanthropist and entrepreneur, Facebook’s first president, partners with VFX pioneer to help fund studio’s growth.

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Doing it Fast ‘And’ Distinctive: The VFX of ‘Men in Black: International’

VFX supervisor Jerome Chen discusses staying true to the ‘MiB’ franchise look, and meeting audience expectations, while producing 2,000 visual effects shots in only six-months.

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