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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.

TV VFX VFXWorld

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.

May the Best Monster Win VFXWorld

Creating a More Human Kong in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Weta Digital animates key emotional sequences that capture the battling primate’s older, wiser, and more humanoid side; studio also delivers 13 hero environments including Hollow Earth and a military base in Antarctica.

A Cut Above the Rest! VFXWorld

Scanline VFX Tackles the Cosmic Rewind in ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

Led by VFX supervisor Bryan Hirota, studio delivers 1,000 visual effects shots across 22 sequences, from Steppenwolf’s complete redo to the Flash’s epic time reversal.

Cloud-based Production Systems Headline News

AWS Launches Amazon Nimble Studio

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:50am

New cloud-based pay as you go production service provides almost limitless, easily scalable access to high-power accelerated virtual workstations, high-speed storage, and on-demand rendering resources across Amazon’s global infrastructure.

The Oscar goes to… Headline News

Nvidia Powers 13 Years of Oscar-Winning VFX

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:18pm

Once again, the technology company’s professional GPUs are behind all five VFX Oscar nominees; the 93rd annual Academy Awards take place this Sunday, April 25.

No Time Like Real-Time Headline News

RealTime Conference Announces Full Spring Lineup

The free virtual event, running April 26-28, brings together over 150 speakers from a diverse set of industries; featured topics include Cloud/Pixel streaming in Real-Time; digital humans/virtual agents; virtual production; and how real-time is transforming animation.

FMX Goes Virtual! Headline News

FMX 2021: Dive into ‘WandaVision’ and the Spectacle of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MARZ VFX supervisor Ryan Freer will share the often-invisible VFX on Marvel’s first Disney+ series; three presentations will peek behind the curtain surrounding the year’s first blockbuster VFX-driven tentpole to see monster making up close and personal.   

FMX 2021 Conference Headline News

More Speakers Confirmed for FMX 2021 Open Source Track

The upcoming conference program, in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation, highlights cross-industry efforts to develop shared technology for VFX, animation and sound; additional confirmed speakers include Pixar’s technical director Markus Kranzler and Inda Barnardo, director of ‘Cat and Moth.’

live streaming Headline News

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.

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.

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.

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