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‘CANARY’: A 10-Year Project Finally Seeing the ‘Light’ of Day

It took P-H Dallaire and Benoit Therriault a decade to find the right partner – Rodeo FX – to produce their 3DCG animated short about a young boy and a chipper little bird who work in a dank, dark coal mine.

The Closest Thing to Being There! Headline News

Now Available: VIEW Conference 2022 On-Demand Edition

All-access tickets provide 3-months streaming of all keynotes, panels, talks, workshops, and masterclasses from the October 2022 event; Also announced - VIEW Conference returns to Torino, Italy October 15-20, 2023

The Wooden Boy Returns ANIMATIONWorld

‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’: The First Puppet of His Kind

For Georgina Hayns, the highly anticipated film’s puppets creative supervisor and director of character fabrication, using metal 3D printers pushed the famed wooden boy’s material boundaries in ways never done in stop-motion.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master ANIMATIONWorld

How Studios Create 90s-Style Cartoons with Cartoon Animator 5

In a quest to make new breakthroughs in 2D animation, the Director of Studio Ghibletz, Nathan Smith, shares his workflow for simulating classic hand-drawn animation in Cartoon Animator 5.

Do it in the Cloud! Headline News

AWS Launches SimSpace Weaver Spatial Simulation Service

The fully managed pay-as-you-go compute service allows users to run and test complex, immersive 3D experiences and visualize large-scale scenarios in real-time.

Innovations in Virtual Production VFXWorld

Join PNY, Vū, NVIDIA, and Puget Systems’ ‘How Vū is Revolutionizing Virtual Production’ Webinar

This free presentation on December 8 will explore how Vū’s virtual production environment, coupled with NVIDIA RTX™ A6000 professional GPUs, is optimizing real-time workflows in ICVFX and pushing the boundaries of the possible in virtual production.

Business Headline News

Foundry Acquires Peregrine Lab’s Bokeh Tool

The popular deep data defocus tool will be integrated into Nuke’s upcoming releases; customers with a current, or recently expired, Bokeh license can get a free one-time extension until December 31, 2023.

Fate Intervenes ANIMATIONWorld

‘An Unexpected Ray of Hope’: William Joyce’s New Short, ‘Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:54am

The Oscar and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, author, and illustrator shares how a series of tragic losses – first his young daughter, then his wife – led to a prolonged period of creative withdrawal that he eventually emerged from, due to a simple twist of fate, to produce some of his career’s strongest and most innovative work.

Continuing the Lost in Oz Story ANIMATIONWorld

The Return of ‘Lost in Oz’: Q&A with the Creators

The Emmy Award-winning animated series returns with a new short, featuring its most beloved characters, that answers lingering questions about the newest Dorothy Gale: will she return to Kansas, or stay in Oz with her new magical friends?

Technology Headline News

Epic Games Releases RealityScan Free iOS App

Capturing Reality’s app for 3D Scanning allows users to easily capture and create 3D models for use in Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, MetaHuman, or any other post-processing tool.

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Epic Games Releases MetaHuman Update

New features and enhancements make it easier for users to share, collaborate and refine assets while facilitating DNA Calibration and integration into proprietary pipelines.

Portrait of Incredible Courage ANIMATIONWorld

‘Aurora’s Sunrise’ Marks a New Era in Armenian Storytelling

Inna Sahakyan’s animated documentary, integrating pieces of Aurora Mardiganian’s harrowing account – and lost 1919 film adaptation – of surviving unspeakable horrors as a teenager during the 1915 Armenian Genocide, shares one woman’s incredible courage, and how telling, and retelling, such a painful story is the strongest step forward a person can take.

Business Headline News

Lucky ‘Krap Chicken’ NFT Owners Will Appear in ‘Krapopolis’ Season 1 Finale

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 11:40am

Blockchain Creative Labs, FOX Entertainment’s Web3 media tech company, has announced that a ‘Key to Krapopolis’ NFT will be added to 2 of the series’ dedicated NFTs, whose owners will be added as background characters in the final first season episode.

Technology Headline News

Imbalance Releases Ragdoll Dynamics 3.0

Tool that automates character physics in Maya gets update that includes click-and-drag interface, added physically based character posing, replacement rigs for interactive frame rates, and a multi-character asset library.

Mickey Heads to Stop-Motion ANIMATIONWorld

David H. Brooks Revisits Stop-Motion Holiday Hijinks Past in ‘Mickey Saves Christmas’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, November 25, 2022 at 12:28pm

The director comes full circle… sort of… in the ‘Robot Chicken’ studio’s latest special, its second holiday project for Disney, that sees Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse travel to the North Pole to save Christmas and learn the true meaning of the holiday; the show hits ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD November 27, and Disney+ the next day.

Indiana Returns Headline News

Harrison Ford Getting ‘De-Aged’ for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

The prolific actor will be digitally reconstructed to resemble his younger self for an opening sequence in the upcoming film, set during the events between ‘The Last Crusade’ and ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.’

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Mixes Stopmo and Puppetry on Black Market’s ‘Tech Reborn’ Campaign

Award-winning director Johnny Kelly delivers animated short about the endearing relationship between a young girl and a monster that highlights the company’s alternative, regenerative approach to society’s insatiable desire for the ‘new.’

Teaching Tomorrow’s Heroes and Villains VFXWorld

Framestore Creates CG Magic for Netflix’s ‘The School for Good and Evil’

Studio delivers previs, techvis, postvis and final shots on director Paul Feig’s new film, based on Soman Chainani’s fantasy hexalogy, about two young girls who find themselves at the titular school, which raises the heroes and villains of tomorrow.

Supporting 3D Design and Collaboration Headline News

Exxact Corp. Works with NVIDIA to Support Omniverse Enterprise

The Fremont, CA-based provider of high-performance digital hardware helps bring real-time collaboration to a growing clientele.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Just Released Unreal Engine 5.1 Update Targets M&E Professionals

Enhancements in the latest version include a host of improvements and additions to toolsets specific to the animation and VFX industries’ needs.

Animated TV Series Headline News

‘Crafty’ 3D Paper Friends Get TV Show with Help from Maxon

Produced using Cinema 4D, Redshift and Red Giant, ‘Pop Paper City,’ LoveLove Films’ all-new series, follows a group of paper characters who go on crafting adventures together with the help of their live-action guardian, Helping Hand; the show launched last week in the U.K. and will soon roll out globally.

In the Cloud! Headline News

AWS Thinkbox Plugins Released as Open Source

Artists and studios gain broader accessibility to products and tools with Krakatoa and XMesh source code available for Autodesk Maya under Apache 2.0 open source license; artist tools simplify rendering, VFX, and simulation workflows.

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