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Real-time Animation ANIMATIONWorld

‘The Jolliest Elf’: Animating Fun Time in Real-Time

Chad Eikhoff, TRICK 3D’s founder and director of the Kidoodle TV and Discovery Kids animated series about Santa's North Pole reality talent show, discsses the challenges of producing episodic content – in a pandemic - with a real-time animation production pipeline using Unreal Engine and motion capture.

Technology Headline News

GTC Reveals Underscore Critical Expansion of NVIDIA Omniverse in M&E

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 3:06pm

NVIDIA’s Media and Entertainment GM, Richard Kerris, introduced a number of new releases, coming updates, and future plans for the growing ecosystem surrounding the company’s powerful new interactive, real-time 3D design collaboration platform.

GTC Headline News

BOXX to Feature New NVIDIA RTX GPUs in Workstations

Next gen technology accelerates GoBOXX SLM Laptop and APEXX Workstation performance; AI and ray-tracing enhancements optimize GPUs for media and entertainment as well as manufacturing and product design, architecture, engineering, and construction workflows.

Technology Headline News

NVIDIA Announces Omniverse Cloud for Connecting Designers and Creators

New suite of cloud services will allow instant, real-time access to the NVIDIA Omniverse platform for interactive 3D design collaboration, enabling even non-technical viewers to access scenes with full simulation and rendering through the NVIDIA GeForce NOW platform.

Events Headline News

FMX 2022 Shares More Program Highlights

Conference confirms presentations that include a behind-the-scenes look at Netflix’s anthology ‘The House,’ the blending of 2D and 3D in Marvel’s ‘What If...?’ and the future of NFTs; the event runs onsite May 3-5, online May 6 and on demand through May 31.

Adobe Substance 3D and Omniverse Headline News

Join NVIDIA Omniverse and Adobe Substance 3D Material Manipulation Session at NVIDIA GTC

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7:33am

March 23 presentation, ‘New Approach to Fashion Design with Adobe Substance 3D and NVIDIA Omniverse,’ will showcase new tools that make it easier than ever to create and modify fabrics.

Adobe Substance 3D and Omniverse ANIMATIONWorld

NVIDIA GTC Workshop Highlights Advances in 3D Material Manipulation with Omniverse

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 21, 2022 at 10:13am

‘New Approach to Fashion Design with Adobe Substance 3D and NVIDIA Omniverse,’ being presented March 23, will showcase new tools that make it easier than ever to create and modify fabrics.

Business Headline News

ILBE and WWPS.TV Ink ‘Baby Puffins & Bunny’ Distribution Deal

Based on the popular ‘Arctic Friends’ animated film universe, the show will see 405 episodes released over 3 years; the agreement includes worldwide SVOD, AdVOD and RAVOD rights as well as the introduction of ‘Puffins’ NFTs.

People Headline News

Steven Shapiro Joins Aardman as CTO

The former Walt Disney Studios exec joins the company March 28 in the newly created role; studio also announces Harry Linden came on board as head of Stop Frame Production earlier this month.

2D Events

VIEW 2022 Set for October 16-21 in Turin, Italy

Begins: October 16, 2022

The VIEW Conference is the premier international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX.

virtual production Headline News

Final Pixel Launches ‘The Secrets of Virtual Production’ Podcast

Creative studio specializing in end-to-end virtual production services offers insights into the process and opportunities behind the technology; first 2 episodes, ‘What Is Virtual Production? With Michael McKenna’ and ‘Target 3D The Home of Motion Capture with Allan Rankin’ are now streaming.

An NFWhat? Headline News

Mila Kunis’ Sixth Wall Teams with Toonstar on Animated NFT ‘The Gimmicks’

The adult series about washed up wrestlers trying to regain their status puts storyline development in the hands of the fans; NFTs, powered by Solana blockchain, will be free to mint and available to the public on March 18 via the show’s website.

Awards Headline News

For VES Winners, a Night of Emotion and Renewed Purpose

AWN’s Max Weinstein reflects on last week’s VES Awards ceremony, an evening filled with excitement that nevertheless marked another rough, taxing year for visual effects artists, the industry, and the world at large.

Calling All Digital Artists Headline News

The Rookie Awards Launches 2022 Competition

One of the world’s most important digital skills contests is now open to aspiring artists in VFX, Animation, Games, VR, Motion Graphics, Concept Art and Design; entries will be accepted in all categories now through June 1.

An Owl Who Gives a Hoot! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Odo’ Helps Preschoolers Navigate a Difficult World and Believe in Themselves

The acclaimed 2.5D animated series, seen in 151 countries, has been nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children.

Open Source Headline News

‘Open Source in Entertainment: How the Academy Software Foundation Creates Shared Value’ Research Paper Released

Written by noted journalist Barbara Robertson, the paper visits the origins of today’s open source technology in modern filmmaking beginning with cutting edge digital visual effects and animation in the 1990s followed in the early 2000s with the release of ILM’s OpenEXR and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ OpenColorIO.

Awards Headline News

‘Dune’ and ‘Encanto’ Lead All Winners at 20th Annual VES Awards

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7:30am

Both films each take home four awards; two MC cancelations notwithstanding, the visual effects community came together in force, packing the Beverly Hilton to celebrate winners in 25 categories and to honor Lynwen Brennan and Guillermo del Toro.

I Never Want to Grow Up! ANIMATIONWorld

In ‘Dicktown,’ Solving Mysteries is Overgrown Child’s Play

Creators John Hodgman and David Rees spill the beans about their adult animated sitcom, whose second season is now streaming on FX and Hulu.

Technology Headline News

Lenovo Launches Next-Gen ThinkStation P620 Workstation

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 8:34am

Powered by the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO processor, the high-performance machines offer 25% performance gains and 24 core CPU option for increased speed, greater expandability and configurability for professional users.

Technology Headline News

Wild Capture Launches ‘Digital Human Platform’ Production Pipeline

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 7, 2022 at 5:11pm

New integrated platform translates human essence into volumetric video with high-quality performance capture, creating digital humans, immersive crowds, and digital fashion for media produciton, software, and web-based delivery.

Technology Headline News

Movella Announces Xsens MVN and MotionCloud Update

Major update provides users with 50% decrease in processing time; updated pricing model allows for greater flexibility and scalability of workflows.

Awards Headline News

‘Dune’ and ‘Encanto’ Take Top Honors at 12th Annual Lumiere Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 7, 2022 at 2:18pm

At this past Friday’s The Advanced Imaging Society ceremony, 21 movie, TV, and emerging media projects were recognized; Denis Villeneuve, Adam McKay, Guillermo del Toro and Unreal Engine all received special honors.

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