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Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ is Finally Here

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 1:47pm

After pushing its original November 25, 2020 release date because of the COVID-19 pandemic as it quickly pivoted hundreds of artists to produce the bulk of the film from home, the studio delivers a beautiful and emotionally fulfilling epic adventure; the film releases simultaneously in theatres and on Disney+ this Friday, March 5.

Awards Headline News

‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘Soul’ Top VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00am

‘Project Power’ and ‘The Witches’ lead the list of feature film field nominees; winners in 25 categories will be announced at a virtual ceremony streaming worldwide on April 6/7 depending upon time zone.

XR Innovations Headline News

Shocap Awarded Second Epic MegaGrant for Live XR-Circus Production

The grant furthers development of proprietary technology that combines live cross-reality entertainment with real-time VFX technology - delivering true XR experience to online audiences via headsets, gaming PCs, and video streaming services.

Virtual Events Headline News

Call for Entries: SIGGRAPH 2021 Computer Animation Festival Electronic Theater

Premier CG conference is looking for innovative works in computer graphics-based storytelling for its second-ever virtual Electronic Theater showcase; the submission deadline is March 23.

Events Headline News

SPARK FX 2021 – A Virtual Conference Coming March 4-14

Online platform for VFX industry to feature eight streams with programs on the creative teams behind popular productions such as ‘The Monster Hunter,’ ‘Bridgeton,’ ‘The Expanse,’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy;’ streams will also include VFX sessions on Reel-Time, AI, and the latest technologies for the visual effects community.

Events Headline News

Maxon Reveals 2021 Event Lineup – First ‘3D & Motion Design Show’ Set for March 17

This year’s first free showcase will include feature presentations from expert motion graphic and VFX artists; all events will be livestreamed on 3D & Motion Design Show website and the Maxon YouTube channel.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 5 for 3ds Max – Update 1

New features include added support for masks, allowing users to fine tune rendered images without re-rendering or moving to another app; update supports better compositing, direct support in Light Mix, and integration with Chaos Cosmos.

People Headline News

Cloud-Based Creative Studio Preymaker Expands Creative Team

Zachary Fortin and Bridgette Doran have joined the company in production and operations, respectively; both bring practical experience in logistics, technology, and creative collaboration.

Events Headline News

Foundry Live Returns March 15-25

Virtual sessions will highlight key trends in the VFX industry while sharing the latest updates of the creative software company’s latest updates; registration is now open.

Virtual Events Blogs

ANNY’s ‘Monsters and Me’ VR Event

By Joe Strike | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 1:26pm

AWN’s resident Miscweant, adorned in an Oculus Quest 2 headset, shares his report on Animation Nights New York’s cutting-edge webXR virtual animated shorts screening.

Stop-Motion ANIMATIONWorld

The Carefree Claymation of Gilligan Moss’ ‘Slow Down’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10:25am

Francesca Morea takes the Brooklyn-based electronic duo on a surreal but easygoing journey in the ocean, forest, and outer space.

The Chicken Comes Home to Roost! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here’ Returns with More Slapstick and Sincerity

Premiering today on Peacock, Emmy Award winner Tony Hale and DreamWorks Animation’s 2D animated comedy about the misadventures of a curious, loveable chicken is back with a new season of hijinks and heart.

Training Headline News

Escape Studios, ScreenSkills, and Epic Games Team Up on ‘Pick and Mix’

The two-week program will help film and television professionals move into real-time visualization and virtual production; free for freelancers and furloughed workers, the program runs March 15-26.

People Headline News

Cinesite Expands LA and London VFX Business Teams

Los Angeles-based Natasha Gould will lead business development on the west coast; Martin Perkins has been named the studio’s new business and bidding manager for the London office.

Technology Headline News

Manus Announces the Manus Pro Tracker for SteamVR

Tracker features advanced sensors, lightweight portability, and extended battery life, and is specifically designed for motion capture, virtual production, and full-body virtual reality.

Business Headline News

DNEG and Dimension Establish Virtual Production Partnership

Deal brings together VFX company’s creative talent with XR studio’s volumetric and real-time development to enrich relationships and service offerings across film, episodic and animation projects.

Business Headline News

Company 3 and Method Merge Atlanta Editorial Teams

Integration will optimize inter-departmental collaboration, enhancing overall service offerings; leading the transition are award-winning editors Eddie Kesler and Matt Barron.

Festivals Events

Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2021

Begins: June 14, 2021

The festival's 60th edition is planned as a live and virtual event being held June 14-19, 2021.

People Headline News

Zoic Studios Expands Vancouver Studio and Creative Roster

The VFX house welcomes Craig Wentworth as VFX supervisor, Patricia Binga as animation supervisor, and Adam Harrison as VFX producer; recent Epic MegaGrant helps continued development of innovations in LED technology for virtual production and filmmaking.

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: 2 Featurettes Showcase Cinesite’s VFX on ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:23pm

Overall VFX supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp and his London team create the magical world of Alfea College, the ancient boarding school for fairies at the center of the otherworldly Netflix live-action series.

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