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#SIGGRAPHAsia2020 Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Virtual Edition Begins!

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:59pm

This year’s Conference, headlined by keynotes from Oscar-winning director Glen Keane and VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, kicks off its extensive program of live and pre-recorded sessions, running through December 13.

VR shorts Headline News

Blue Zoo Creates ‘The Beast’ in Quill VR

New VR short, made in collaboration with Oculus and Facebook Reality Labs, uses a groundbreaking app; artists were able to create and hand-animate in three dimensions while immersed in the VR experience.

#SIGGRAPHAsia2020 Headline News

Explore Digital Humans, VR for Mental Health, and In-Camera VFX at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 2:47pm

Conference spotlights major breakthroughs, current trends, and innovative CG projects in computer graphics, animation, visual effects and other interactive mediums; sessions begin December 4.

Technology Headline News

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.

cloud Computing Headline News

Teradici Releases PCoIP Ultra Auto-Offload 2020.10 Cloud Access Software

New feature optimizes network efficiency, overcoming bandwidth or latency constraints for employees working from home or other remote locations.

Technology Headline News

Epic Games Releases Unreal Engine 4.26

Update includes new creative tools to for more convincing characters and real-time environments; users will also see usability and performance improvements in the Collaborative Viewer template enabling multi-user design reviews on VR/AR/Desktop enhancing the collaborative design review process.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

How Deep Sky Created The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘In Ashes’ Music Video Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:27am

For Mike Anderson, Jared Hobbs, and Barret Thomson, producing Billy Corgan’s ambitious, five-episode project meant matching a 2D style to the frontman’s vision, while finding innovative ways to develop useful animatics just from scripts, well before the unreleased music made it into their hands.

People Headline News

Go Behind the Scenes on Glen Keane’s ‘Over the Moon’ December 4

Latest View 2020 free online event features a conversation with the Netflix animated musical’s production designer Celine Desrumaux; CG supervisor Clara Chan; animation supervisor Sacha Kapijimpanga; and VFX supervisor David Smith.

Yay Another Pete Docter Film! ANIMATIONWorld

Designing the Illusory: Souls, Counselors, and The Great Before of ‘Soul’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:21am

Pete Docter and Pixar make simple, bold, and beautiful look easy in the gorgeous and fantastical ethereal realm of their upcoming animated feature, premiering December 25 on Disney+.

Checkmate! VFXWorld

Chicken Bone FX Makes All the Right Moves in ‘The Queen’s Gambit’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:18pm

Overall VFX supervisor John Mangia and VFX producer Arissa Blasingame’s team delivered over 750 shots, including the haunting chess piece visions, CG vehicles, set extensions and recreations of exotic Mexico, Moscow and Las Vegas locales for Netflix’s hit limited series.

People Headline News

Cinesite Adds Hank Driskill, Promotes 3 Others to Senior Production Roles

Former Blue Sky and Disney veteran named Group Head of CG for Feature Animation; Holger Voss upped to Group Head of CG for Visual Effects, Alexander Savenko to Group Head of Production Technology, and Danny Smith to Group Head of Infrastructure Technology.

The Power of AI Headline News

DeepMotion’s Animate 3D Invites You to #Animate3DYourself

Tech startup’s new AI-powered platform kicks off targeted social media challenge; upload and transform your 2D videos into 3D animation, then post on Tik Tok or Instagram to compete for prizes and free subscriptions.

VR Headline News

2020 Raindance Immersive Winners Announced

Festival recognizes creators and game developers in XR; ‘The Devouring’ awarded ‘Best Immersive Game’ and ‘Best Immersive World;’ ‘Dr. Crumb’s School for Disobedient Pets’ awarded ‘Best Multiplayer Experience’ and ‘Outstanding Achievement In Design;’ and ‘The Under Presents: Tempest’ for wins for ‘Best Narrative Experience.’

VFX Headline News

WATCH: One of Us’ VFX Breakdown Reel for ‘We are Who We Are’

Studio delivers 400 shots across eight episodes; limited set of buildings required extensive CG work to extend architecture, roads, street furniture, trees, and plants.

Animated Feature Films ANIMATIONWorld

Eep, Grug, and Gran Are Back in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘The Croods: A New Age’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 3:50pm

Director Joel Crawford lightens up the tone, dials back the threat of being eaten, and delivers a fun, prehistoric romp about learning its best to face our challenges together.

A-ni-ma-ni-acs are Back! Headline News

‘Animaniacs Are Back!' Holographic Characters Sighted Atop Cabs in LA and NYC

For launch weekend of Hulu’s highly anticipated animated cartoon series reboot, Firefly used next generation holoprojector devices to create first-of-its-kind 3D hologram experiences in iconic locations.

Community Outreach Headline News

On the EDGE Conservation Launches YouTube Channel for Kids

Virtual Vloggers, Lexi the Aye Aye and Eric the Pangolin host weekly short-form diaries to engage and entertain young viewers while highlighting the realities of endangered species; Doppelganger technical collaborative provides cutting-edge real-time mocap technology to animate the characters.

We’re all in this together! Headline News

Epic MegaGrants Passes $60 Million in Support, New Recipients Announced

By supporting nearly 1,000 teams and individuals so far, Epic Games cements commitment to furthering the progress of a range of creators to do outstanding work with Unreal Engine or contributing to open source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

Virtual Events Headline News

Bilibili Hosting China’s First Live Concert Featuring All VTuber Entertainers

Coming to Shanghai December 19, the ‘Bilibili Macro Link-Virtual Release 2020’ will feature anime, comics, and game-oriented acts as well as holograms in the first-of-its-kind livestream event.

Dancin to the Beat! ANIMATIONWorld

‘TrollsTopia’ Celebrates Comedy and Candor with Refreshing 2D Animation

Executive producer Matthew Beans rethinks the entire ‘Trolls’ world, bringing all the tribes together with a new visual style in DreamWorks Animation’s new series, now available on Hulu and Peacock.

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