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Bewitching Visual Effects! VFXWorld

MR. X Provides Bewitching VFX on Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 5:22pm

Led by VFX supervisor Ralph Maiers, the studio helped ‘energize’ the magical battle between Agnes/Agatha and her coven of witches in the final episode of the hit Disney+ series.

Nominated for an Annie! ANIMATIONWorld

Breaking Down DreamWorks Animation’s Annie Nominations

The studio’s exceptional talent is recognized in 14 different categories, 20 noms in all, for nine different shows, including their latest franchise efforts with the ‘The Croods,’ ‘Trolls,’ ‘She-Ra,’ Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Tales of Arcadia,’ and the dinosaurs of ‘Jurassic World.’

We Like to Move It! Headline News

Xsens Launches MotionCloud Platform – Watch Cardi B in MVN Action

Cloud-based platform makes motion capture projects achievable with multiple users working simultaneously at different locations; see it in action in Cardi B’s new mini reality series Cardi Tries where she creates a video game with the Xsens MVN Animate suit.

Insights into TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series Part 3

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:46am

In the third and final discussion, VFX supervisors Steve Meyer and Brad Kalinoski share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’

Game Development Education ANIMATIONWorld

A Healthy Cycle: SuAnne Fu on SCAD GamingFest and the Creation of ‘Zoelie’

The interactive design and game development chair discusses the school’s remote collaboration on innovative game project, including interactive design, animation, visual effects, and sound design; virtual event’s ‘Making of Zoelie’ panel set for April 10.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Pushing the FX Pedal to the Metal in ‘Fast & Furious: Spy Racers’

Smoking wheels and burning rubber barely scratch the visual effects surface of DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s high-horsepower street racing thriller, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award for the third season ‘Sirocco Fire Explosion’ finale.

Events Headline News

Maxon Reveals Speakers for ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

The free virtual 3-day event running April 13-15 will feature presentations from notable creative directors, motion designers, and animation directors; live-streamed event will be available on demand following the show.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

FX Artists Put the Dinosaur Spittle into ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’

Whether its dramatic water splashes, dino drool, or bioluminescent beasts, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s adventure series, nominated for a Best FX for TV/Media Annie Award, strives for realistic visual effects that push the story forward through color and lighting.

Nominated for an Annie! VFXWorld

Creating the ‘Smokin’ FX Magic of ‘DreamWorks Wizards’

By using distinctive visual effects as a core series element, almost as a ‘character’ itself, Guillermo del Toro and Netflix’s Emmy Award-winning animated series has garnered an Annie Award nomination for Best FX for TV/Media.   

Awards Headline News

‘The Midnight Sky,’ ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Take Top VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:47pm

Star-studded virtual ceremony, hosted by barb-slinging Patton Oswalt, included 25 category awards and special honors for VFX supervisor Rob Legato and director Sir Peter Jackson.

Events Headline News

Upcoming Stuttgart Animation Festival Moves Completely Online

The planned live/online hybrid event makes decision to go all virtual due to continuing coronavirus restrictions; the program runs May 4-9 and will offer a new ITFS VR Hub accessible by VR headset or browser, with media library viewing extended until May 16.

Insights into TV VFX VFXWorld

WATCH: AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series Part 2

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 3:56pm

VFX supervisors Brigitte Bourque and Marshall Krasser share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Upload’ and ‘9-1-1: Lone Star.’

Awards VFXWorld

Key TV and Game Contenders for the 2021 VES Awards

This year’s set of animated and VFX-driven TV series and video games represents top visual design and production work that rivals feature film visual effects in both quality and quantity.

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.

Business Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Expands as Australian Production Bounces Back

Studio’s business growth enhanced by Australia’s strong COVID-19 response, generous government incentives, and Australia’s PDV offset; creative team to top 225 at Adelaide location.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX Conference Program Now Online

Running May 4-6, the conference’s first online edition will provide a platform for the global FMX community to reflect collectively on the disruption and reinvention of the industry; program will include panels, keynotes, and presentations.

Insights into TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Part 1 of AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:31am

VFX supervisors Ariel Altman and Josh Miyaji share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘I Know This Much is True.’

People Headline News

DNEG Names Roy C. Anthony Global Head of Research

Industry trailblazer tapped to lead innovation across company’s VFX and animation teams, with a focus on emerging technologies, real-time technology, and the use of AI; previous SIGGRAPH chair will also nurture relationships with SIGGRAPH, VES and other industry organizations.

Achievements in Entertainment Technology Headline News

The Third Floor, Digital Domain Lead Lumiere Awards Honorees

The Advanced Imaging Society’s 11th annual awards honored technical achievements currently accelerating the entertainment industry; 12 distinguished technical achievements were recognized for cutting-edge technology having ‘Impact through Innovation.’

Hmmmmmm Headline News

LAIKA Expands into Live-Action

The cutting-edge studio known for their innovations in stop-motion and CG on features including ‘Coraline,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ announces plans to bring screenwriter John Brownlow’s first novel ‘Seventeen’ to the big screen.

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.

Business Headline News

Marci Proietto to Lead 20th Television Animation for Disney

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:51pm

29-year Fox TV veteran, who has worked on over 2,400 episodes at the studio, will lead Disney TV’s newly formed production unit devoted entirely to the studio’s animated TV properties, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Central Park,’ ‘Solar Opposites,’ and upcoming ‘Koala Man.’

VFX with Teeth to It! Headline News

Freefolk Creates Devouring VFX for New Toolstation Spot

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:41pm

Creative studio produces wall-to-wall bathroom aquarium complete with rocky seafloor, dense schools of tropical fish, and massive, unexpected and rather toothy great white shark.

Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH Celebrates Women of Influence Panel Coming March 31

Join the conversation; virtual event features a discussion with women who shaped the organization and continue to blaze new trails in the computer graphics industry.

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