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Dept. of Can’t Wait Headline News

VFXRIO Live Presents Industrial Light & Magic's Hal Hickel

Renown animation and VFX specialist whose career includes work on iconic movie franchises like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ will share insights from the visual effects on ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2; free live online event coming September 4.

Spies Ahoy! ANIMATIONWorld

You Had Me at ‘LANA!’: ‘Archer’ Season 12 Premieres on FXX

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 1:00pm

Justin Wagner and Chi Duong Sato once again share creative and production insights as FXX’s hit animated comedy returns for a new set of good old fashion, dysfunctional, sexually charged, and often drunkenly performed globe-trotting spy missions; the new season kicks off today, August 25.

People Headline News

DNEG Announces Global Expansion Plans Including New Toronto Studio

Up to 200 new jobs to be created as part of opening fourth North American facility; 300 additional staff are being recruited for new jobs in Vancouver and Montreal offices, including 100 in new feature animation division.

The Zombie Fight Continues Headline News

Rebellion Releases ‘Zombie Army: Legion of the Dead’ Short

Produced using Unreal Engine and innovative virtual production tools, the CG film is set in the same dystopian world as the ‘Zombie Army’ video game franchise; use of game assets allowed fast iteration and production timeframe.

Technology Headline News

Weta Digital and SideFX Bringing Houdini to the Cloud

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 23, 2021 at 9:03am

New WetaH collaboration marks leading VFX company’s second move to integrate top commercial and proprietary applications in a single cloud-based service.

City-scale AR experience Headline News

‘Wallace & Gromit’s ‘Fix Up the City’ AR App Launches Today

Aardman and Fictioneers’ new city-scale augmented reality experience transforms Bristol and Cardiff in the UK, and San Francisco in the US, into virtual stages; for a limited time, the app is free on iOS and Android devices in the UK.

TV VFX VFXWorld

Molecule VFX Creates Texas Greenery from New Mexico Desert in ‘Dr. Death’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 5:08pm

VFX supervisor Nico Del Giudice walks through the studio’s background replacements and greening, as well as surgical gore replacement work, on the Peacock crime drama, based on the podcast of the same name, inspired by the true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch and his reign of deadly surgical malpractice.

Business Headline News

Adobe to Buy Frame.io for $1.275 Billion

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 2:20pm

Acquisition will pair leading end-to-end cloud-based video collaboration platform with industry standard Creative Cloud software such as Premiere Pro and After Effects to power the video editing process.

This Update is Unreal! Headline News

Unreal Engine 4.27 is Here!

Now available, the latest update to Epic Games' real-time game engine boasts improvements for creators across multiple industries such as game development, film and television, and architecture; enhanced features include improved VFX workflows, faster light baking, integrated RAD game tools, and production-ready pixel streaming.

Real-Time Animation Installation Headline News

Ian Cheng’s ‘Life After BOB’ Real-Time Animation to Debut at The Shed

New form of programable narrative installation uses Unity game engine’s real-time tools with AI-mediated ‘world wiki,’ allowing viewers to experience the work at their own pace; exhibition’s North America debut runs September 10 – December 19.

Technology Headline News

BOXX Releases New APEXX Matterhorn High-Performance Workstations

System design maximizes productivity and ROI with a platform optimized for rendering and simulations; supporting four NVIDIA RTX GPUs, it’s ready for a variety of workflows, including NVIDIA Omniverse.

The CG World Gathers in Turin Headline News

VIEW Conference 2021 Reveals New Speakers

Kirk DeMicco, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Tim Miller, and Everett Downing Jr. join growing list of industry leaders and experts who will lead a variety of sessions at Italy’s premiere animation, VFX and CG conference, taking place online and in-person October 17-22; early bird tickets are now on sale.

Virtual Production Tools Headline News

MELS Post and VFX Studio Awarded Epic MegaGrant

Grant will be used by Montreal-based studio to further the company’s virtual production initiatives; their technology replaces greenscreens with a virtual set, offering producers creative flexibility and freedom.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Will Be Held in Tokyo and Online

Announcement confirms the hybrid event will take place December 14-17 at the Tokyo International Forum – selected events will also be available virtually; Sony Group Corporation’s executive deputy president and CTO Toru Katsumoto to give keynote.

Technology Headline News

Animal Logic Releases Open Source USD ALab Complete Production Scene

Release includes full scene description, from global assets through to shot outputs; broad use of assets is designed to promote education, training, and demonstration by students, studios, and vendors.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Launches Bifrost Update

Aimed at simplifying creation of sophisticated simulations and photoreal effects via real-time tool feedback, the updated features include virtual sliders, more expressive simulation graphs, and Aero and MPM enhancements; the platform is now available for all Maya users.

The Dark Knight… in AR! AR Headline News

‘DC: Batman Bat-Tech Edition’ AR App Now Available

Free augmented reality mobile app offers kids an immersive narrative driven adventure into Batman’s crime fighting team the Knightwatch; also features mini games, AR face filters, sticker packs and exclusive video content connecting to DCKids’ YouTube channel.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

WATCH: Scanline’s ‘Black Widow’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 6, 2021 at 2:07pm

Leading visual effects studio delivers 163 shots across 4 sequences, including Natasha Romanoff’s car exploding and rolling across a bridge in her fight with Taskmaster, for Marvel Studio’s latest MCU action adventure.

Clawing the High Life Headline News

Mila Kunis’ Animated ‘Stoner Cats’ Series Released as NFTs

The ‘Family Guy’ and ‘That 70’s Show’ actress’ unique new show about weed smokin’ felines features the voice talent of Seth MacFarlane, Ashton Kutcher, Jane Fonda and Chris Rock… and it's already made a ton of kaysh!

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