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Do It in the Cloud Headline News

CoreWeave Releases New Native Blender Plug-In for Conductor

Plug-In offers CoreWeave users faster and easier rendering within creative environments, streamlining Conductor’s use with the open-source 3D software.

Technology Headline News

Arcturus Announces HoloSuite Toolset Update

New Accelerated Volumetric Video Codec compresses data so creators can populate digital scenes with more volumetric characters than ever before while maintaining high data quality.

animation installations Headline News

Cinesite Immersive Partners on ‘Forsaken’

Studio’s new division produced and animated Roland Lane’s new short film, which celebrates the world’s beauty while emphasizing its fragility, now showing in 8k on 360-degree floor-to-ceiling screens at Outernet London.

Grrrrrrr! Headline News

‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ to Open in Houston, Texas

The award-winning installation allows visitors to walk through the iconic Jurassic World gate and explore environments inspired by the beloved films, coming face-to-face with a Brachiosaurus, Velociraptors, and the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex; doors open March 8, 2024.

Boom Boom! VFXWorld

MPC Visual Effects March in Step on ‘Napoleon’

VFX supervisor Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet and his team jumped headfirst into the famous battles of Toulon and Waterloo, delivering warring armies of French and British soldiers, their encampments and tents, the smoke from their muskets and cannons, as well as the iconic moment when the infamous general’s horse gets shredded by a cannonball. 

People Headline News

VES 2024 Board of Directors Officers Announced

The Visual Effects Society names new and returning officers: Kim Davidson as Chair; Susan O’Neal as First Vice Chair; Janet Muswell Hamilton, VES as Second Vice Chair; Rita Cahill as VES Secretary; and Jeffrey A. Okun, VES as Treasurer.

A New 3D Movie Experience Headline News

3D Movie Experiences with Apple Vision Pro Coming to Disney+ Subscribers

Viewer’s in-home spaces will be transformed into landscapes from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars via the wonders of OpenUSD, with 3D formats of popular films including ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Encanto,’ and dozens more starting February 2.

Commercials Headline News

Shotopop Ushers In Riot Games’ TFT Vegas With Animated Show Open

Along with U.S. rep Psyop, the London-based studio collaborated on the short that welcomes VIP players and hosts arriving at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ready for a supreme eSports event.

Give Peace A Chance ANIMATIONWorld

‘War is Over’ Highlights Brotherhood and Brutality in Protest for Peace

Dave Mullins and Brad Booker’s Oscar-shortlisted animated short, inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1971 song, ‘Happy X-Mas (War is Over), and animated in Unreal Engine at Wētā FX, showcases a game of chess, set on a battlefield, with a carrier pigeon delivering instructions on next moves - on the board and in the trenches - leading to a forgone conclusion: there are no winners in war.

Awards Headline News

‘The Creator’ and ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Lead VES Award Nominations

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at 7:22am

Gareth Edwards' sci-fi thriller tops all feature film contenders, while the 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' sequel leads all animation contenders and 'The Last of Us' tops all TV contenders as nominees are announced in 25 categories across film, television, real-time, and special venue projects; ceremony set for February 21 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA.

Boosting Innovation in Animation Headline News

4th Edition of Next Lab Generation Selections Announced

20 projects are chosen from 91 submissions from 26 countries; the annual initiative seeks to discover new talent and boost advanced animation production from a technical and narrative perspective. 

People Headline News

DNEG Adds Emmy-Nominated Producers Ron Ames and Jesse Kobayashi

Company taps the pair to advance and improve its service offerings and provide creative technological solutions to filmmaking challenges.

Honoring the Best in VFX Events

2024 VES Awards

Begins: February 21, 2024

The 22nd annual awards ceremony recognizes and honors outstanding visual effects and the artists who created them; the event will be held February 21 in Beverly Hills.

Honoring Tech That Makes Movies Great Headline News

16 Scientific & Technical Achievements to be Honored at Academy Sci-Tech Awards

Ceremony, to be held at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on February 23, celebrates individuals and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to the motion picture industry.

Wicked Good New Tech Headline News

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’ Comes to Life in Real Time with ViewScreen Studio

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 10:41am

The new comedy, which premieres January 11 on Peacock, uses innovative production visualization technology from the famed creator’s company, Fuzzy Door Tech, to film an animated lead character alongside other actors.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 237: How 3D Studio Yonk Uses VR Sculpting to Get Big Name Clients

The Netherlands-based animation studio’s Niels van der Donk and Victoria Young discuss VR creative tools, working hard to earn big-name clients, and what it took to make the studio a full-time gig.

Heading to Stuttgart Headline News

FMX Drops 2024 Trailer

Originating from the ‘World of Gra’ universe created by graduates of the Animationsinstitut, the trailer illustrates this year’s event theme, ‘Connecting Ideas;’ the 28th edition of FMX – Film & Media Exchange returns to Stuttgart April 23 to 26. 

The Next Wave of Generative AI Headline News

NVIDIA’s AI Workbench Beta Coming Later This Month

At CES, company announced a host of new generative AI technology updates and releases, including TensorRT GPUs, the TensorRT-LLM open-source library, tools for RTX PCs and workstations, RTX-accelerated GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs, and new developer AI tools to create, test, and customize pre-trained generative AI models and LLMs.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

NVIDIA Studio Debuts AI- and RTX-Accelerated Tech Upgrades at CES

Enhanced tools, laptops, and desktop systems are designed to help artists realize their creative vision, such as transforming 2D illustrations into dynamic 3D scenes using AI and Adobe Firefly 2.

Generative AI Headline News

NVIDIA Avatar Cloud Engine Lets Developers Build Digital Avatars with Gen AI

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 8, 2024 at 2:50pm

New microservices mean state-of-the-art generative AI models can now be integrated into games, tools, and middleware to enable new possibilities such as characters interacting without the need for pre-scripted dialogue. 

AI-Based Visual Tools Headline News

Getty Images Releases Generative AI by iStock, Built on NVIDIA Picasso

Announced at CES, the tool provides an affordable, commercially safe image generation service that produces ready-to-license visuals that include legal protection and usage rights.

VFX for commercials Headline News

Impossible Objects Dreams Up ‘All Kinds of Fields’ for John Deere

Directed by Jay Walker, the spot tapped studios’ technical expertise using CG, LED volume shoot and traditional VFX to visually realize a young girl’s dream. 

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