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Terror One Frame at a Time VFXWorld

Robert Morgan Talks the Ordered Chaos of ‘Stopmotion’

In his disturbing feature film debut that dares you to turn your back on creepy little puppet characters while making a stop-motion film, the director discusses his live-action / animation mix, different cinematic tools for ratcheting up the suspense, and removing ‘easy answers’ amidst the ordered chaos of editorial.

Education Headline News

Pixomondo Expands Virtual Production Academy with New Collaborations

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 5:43pm

Studio launches new training initiatives, working with the latest virtual production and LED stage techniques, at Sony PCL, Vook school in Japan, and Vancouver Film School.

Beary Funny Headline News

Peacock Renews Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Ted’

Streamer orders a second season of the prequel series to the popular film franchise, set in 1993, that sees Ted, whose fame has passed, living with and being an awful influence on best friend John.

Supporting 3D Design and Collaboration Headline News

New White Paper Dives Deep into NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise in Animation and VFX

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 13, 2024 at 11:26am

Discover the future of entertainment production with the groundbreaking collaboration between NVIDIA and HPC solution provider Exxact - uncover the power of OpenUSD and NVIDIA Omniverse™ Enterprise in revolutionizing the Media & Entertainment (M&E) landscape.

Go Go Genndy! Headline News

All ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ Episodes Releasing on DVD in June

Genndy Tartakovsky’s award-winning animated series comes home in ‘Dexter’s Laboratory: The Complete Series’ with all 78 episodes, and series special, ‘Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip;’ all now available for digital purchase.

The Road to Turin Headline News

‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Transformers One’ Directors Heading to VIEW 2024

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7:43am

Kelsey Mann and Josh Cooley will present their upcoming animated features in-person at the special, 25th Anniversary Edition of the conference that’s taking place October 14-19, 2024, in Turin, Italy.

May the Best Design Be With You Headline News

Autodesk Launches Droid Design Contest with Disney and Lucasfilm

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11:10am

To celebrate Star Wars Day, the tech leader has announced its May the Fourth campaign, a month-long contest for superfans to design their own droid using Maya, 3ds Max, or Fusion.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master ANIMATIONWorld

AI Empowers Impressive Crowd Simulation in iClone

Digital illustrator, 3D sculptor, and video game creator José Tijerín takes readers step by step through creation of crowds using AI to generate textures as well as the new features in iClone Crowd Sim.

Portrait of an Auteur ANIMATIONWorld

Hisko Hulsing Talks About His Rotoscoping Process

The ‘Undone’ director combines rotoscope and hand-drawn animation, live-action performance, and oil-painted backgrounds to capture the subtle intricacies of human emotions within a dream-like, 'unreal' aesthetic; watch the animatic of his upcoming short, ‘Resurrection,’ to be released in 2025.

GenAI in Animation Production Headline News

Kartoon Studios Announces Gadget A.I.

New proprietary GenAI integrated toolkit, developed on NVIDIA Omniverse, is designed for development, production, and post-production of new animated content as well as upgrading existing catalogs.

Jumping Off the Page Headline News

New GenAI Platform ‘Hypnovels’ Transforms Books into Animation

The platform, now in beta, allows authors to generate animated experiences in just a few hours, utilizing GPT4 for interpretation, Stable Diffusion for animation, Eleven Studios for voice, and multiple individually created artistic styles.

Dance Galaxy Dance Headline News

BBC Three Greenlights ‘Galaxy Dance,’ First Animated Project in 20 Years

The upcoming one-off, which touts both animation and live-action elements, takes place during Eurovision 2989, with both alien and human contestants competing for a prize that may save Earth from extinction.

Events Headline News

2024 Quirino Awards Program Announced

200+ industry professionals will gather for the co-production and business forum in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, running May 9 to 11; online talks on YouTube will feature short film and school short film finalists.

Business Headline News

Transmedia Company Elf Labs Launches with Extensive Classic IP Library

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 9:26am

New company boasts a portfolio of 400 copyrights and more than 140 trademarks, combining dynamic characters and storylines with a market strategy that includes web series video content, AI-powered toys, animated and live-action feature movies, and seamlessly accessible augmented reality experiences.

Conferences Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2024 Registration Now Open

The 51st annual conference, focusing on computer graphics, interactive techniques and technical innovation, returns to its origins in Denver, Colorado, running July 28 – August 1.

Feature Film VFX VFXWorld

Rodeo FX Provides VFX ‘Help’ to Netflix’s ‘Damsel’

Led by VFX supervisor Mathieu Dupuis, the studio’s visual effects work brings audiences back to medieval times, with a touch of faerie tale and fantasy elements, including unique castles, enchanting countryside, and the spikey Stone Mountain cave where the titular character, played by Millie Bobby Brown, meets a fire-breathing dragon.

Education Headline News

VFS and Pixomondo Launch 12-Week Certificate Program

The Vancouver Film School teams up with the leading VFX and virtual production studio to train students for careers as VAD Technical Artists, VAD Generalists, and UE Technical Artists.

We Want More SMALLS! Headline News

Watch: Adult Swim SMALLS’ ‘High Moon Queen 03: Apology Tour’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 19, 2024 at 6:46am

An AWN exclusive - the third and final short of creators Violaine ‘Vee’ Briat and Samantha Gray’s ‘High Moon Queen’ trilogy finds their rather quirky and outlandish titular character in need of an apology tour to win back the hearts and money of the people of Manssin City after an innocent gets killed.

Do It in the Cloud Headline News

Former FuseFX CTO and Co-Founder Jason Fotter Launches Bind Studio

Running on AWS, the studio’s cloud-based platform services promise to streamline setup and configuration for VFX production with flexibility to scale up and down based on production needs.

Heading to Stuttgart Headline News

It’s Next Week! FMX 2024 Shares More Updates

Attendees can explore the sound design of ‘Dune Part 2,’ the visual effects of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ and the invisible VFX of Ridley Scott's ‘Napoleon;’ 4-day event kicks off in Stuttgart on April 23, 2024.

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 249: Ben Osroosh & Making Motion Control Rigs and Winders for Stop-Motion

LA-based Iranian stop-motion artist discusses his move from Iran to the U.S., his unexpected entry into stop-motion animation and his recently launched Motion Control Kit’s capabilities.

Have Your Cake and Blast it Too Headline News

Supercell Celebrates ‘Boom Beach’ 10th Anniversary with ‘#Boomiversary’ Campaign

The Finnish gaming giant, with Waste Creative and in-house production studio This Thing of Ours, create a 60-sec animation that showcases a miniature diorama and a scene from the game brought to life on a 1-meter high cake with help from Emma Jayne Cake Design.

Technology Headline News

Renderman V26 Now Available

Newest version includes enhanced technology features such as XPU Advancements and Interactive Denoising; core improvements include faster instancing and texture read parallelism and improvements in RenderMan's Stylized Looks toolset for enhanced creative control.