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RealTime Conference Coming Live Online April 26-28

The free virtual event’s 2021 theme is ‘Merging Physical and Digital Worlds – The Rise of the Metaverse;’ 3-day program features sessions, keynotes, and demos, all focused on real-time technology and its impact on the workplace and how people connect.

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Renderro Now Offering Cloud-Based Workstation Collaboration

Founder Piotr Chomczyk discusses his new visual artist and team cloud workplace that provides high-performance computers for real-time media sharing on animation and VFX projects.

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iPi Motion Capture Gets Unreal Engine Real-Time Integration

New plug-in lets users stream tracking directly to Unreal Engine; users can see in real-time how motion will look in 3D setting.

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Teradici Announces CAS Manager Enhancements

Included in CAS enterprise subscriptions, update provides support for the increasing use of remote desktops and workstations; more concurrent sessions can now be deployed at a higher throughput.

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VFX Supervisor Jep Hill Joins Alkemy X

25-year industry veteran brings technical and creative skills acquired while working at the forefront of emerging visual effects technology; his hire comes on the heels of continued growth in the media company’s VFX division.

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The Spirit of Bakshi Returns in ‘The Spine of Night’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 3:28pm

Directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s raucous new rotoscoped fantasy epic takes us back to the days when animated tales of swords and sorcerers didn’t always have fairy tale endings.

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Next PreVIEW Set: ‘CG Tornados, Jet Engines and Cows - the VFX of Twister’

Join a free conversation with a panel of the famed VFX practitioners and filmmakers behind Jan De Bont’s 1996 disaster thriller and Oscar nominee for Best Visual Effects; April 8 event will include an audience Q&A.

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Ataboy Kicks a Goal for LA Galaxy Fans

Studio's 2D animated short, ‘Amor Eterno’ pairs the sunny LA energy to a warm, congenial animation style; spot pays homage to the teams’ local fans and the community surrounding the club.

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Megaport Helps Framestore with On-Demand Rendering in the Cloud

To support the Oscar-winning creative studio, leading Network as a Service provider quickly and efficiently enables on-demand multi-cloud connections that access cost effective computing power for VFX projects.  

Charting the Spectrum of Lusts! ANIMATIONWorld

Gritty, Visceral Noir: The Foo Fighters’ ‘No Son of Mine’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 22, 2021 at 1:06pm

Inspired by Frank Miller’s ‘Sin City’ graphic novel, Emlyn Davies takes audiences on a hard and fast ride, charting the spectrum of lusts – blood, money, drugs, and alcohol – while poking fun at self-righteous hypocrisy.

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‘Looney Tunes Cartoons’ EP Inks Development and Production Deal

Under terms of agreement, Emmy-nominated Pete Browngardt will produce original animated programming across Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, with access to both studios’ extensive IP libraries, for viewing on all WarnerMedia platforms.

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The Carlyle Group and Epic Games Take Equity Positions in xR Leader disguise

Investment firm and Unreal Engine creator become stakeholders in extended reality technology company; partnerships will accelerate growth, with focus on international expansion, continued innovation, and enhanced support and product offerings for its customers.

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VFXRIO Live Kicks Off March 21

Free digital event opens with ‘Digital Humans’ keynote by Pinscreen founder Hao Li, a leader in deepfake art and technology, who will discuss the evolution of virtual living triggered by the global pandemic.

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DI4D Launches PURE4D Facial Capture Pipeline

New system combines proprietary technology with machine learning; performance is realized without animation rigs, creating a realistic animated digital double ready for in-engine use.

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More Speakers Confirmed for FMX 2021 Open Source Track

The upcoming conference program, in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation, highlights cross-industry efforts to develop shared technology for VFX, animation and sound; additional confirmed speakers include Pixar’s technical director Markus Kranzler and Inda Barnardo, director of ‘Cat and Moth.’

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Foundry Releases Nuke 13

New version introduces flexible machine learning toolset, Hydra 3D viewport renderer and extended monitor out functionality, enhanced workflows for collaborative review, and Python 3 support.

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VES to Honor Three-Time Academy Award Winner Rob Legato

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:34am

Visual Effect Society names veteran VFX supervisor, second unit director and DP as this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; innovative filmmaker won Oscars for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

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WATCH: Realtime UK’s ‘The Watch’ Dragon Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:44am

Studio designs two dragons, inspired by a rescue puppy, armadillo, and jumbo jet, for the BBC America fantasy police procedural TV series that draws on many creations from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ book series.

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Animators Without Borders: How the Global Animation Community Came Together at ACM SIGGRAPH London

Artists from New Zealand, the Philippines, and North America could take advantage of the U.K. group’s virtual events to attend remotely and collaborate through online review tools.

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Disney+ Releases ‘Assembled: The Making of WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:59am

The one-hour special goes deep behind-the-scenes to see the Marvel show’s groundbreaking recreations of classic sitcoms and use of early TV filmmaking methods.

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Don’t Miss Halon’s ‘Virtual Backlot: Filmmaking Evolved’ WonderCon Panel

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:03am

Set for March 27, the leading visualization studio will share a more complete view of how virtual production and cutting-edge real-time workflows are being used to produce films and episodic series.

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WATCH: Trailer for ‘The Spine of Night’ Animated Fantasy Horror Feature

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:51pm

Years in the making, Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s hand-rotoscoped film is set in a fantasy land ripe with magic and intrigue, where a dark force is unleashed sending mankind into an age of ruin; film stars Lucy Lawless, Patton Oswalt, and Richard Grant, and has its world premiere March 18 at SXSW.

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