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Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2021

Begins: June 14, 2021

The festival's 60th edition is planned as a live and virtual event being held June 14-19, 2021.

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Zoic Studios Expands Vancouver Studio and Creative Roster

The VFX house welcomes Craig Wentworth as VFX supervisor, Patricia Binga as animation supervisor, and Adam Harrison as VFX producer; recent Epic MegaGrant helps continued development of innovations in LED technology for virtual production and filmmaking.

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: 2 Featurettes Showcase Cinesite’s VFX on ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:23pm

Overall VFX supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp and his London team create the magical world of Alfea College, the ancient boarding school for fairies at the center of the otherworldly Netflix live-action series.

Business Headline News

Outpost VFX Secures Private Equity Investment

Studio strikes multi-million-pound deal with YFM Equity Partners; The Mill co-founder and CEO Robin Shenfield named new board chair, will leverage his vast experience to support company’s global expansion.

Virtual Festivals Headline News

Escape Studios’ VFX Festival Returns in March

The all-virtual 9th edition’s theme is ‘Limitless Creativity;’ event features various talks, presentations, and career advice aimed at students, emerging talent, and industry professionals.

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Framestore Expands Real-Time Tech Team with New Appointments

Grant Bolton named lead technical director and Alberto Aguado principal engineer on engine team to support studio’s growing use of game engine technology in VFX and virtual production toolsets.

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Level Ex Names Aharon Rabinowitz Creative Director

Medical gaming creator expands creative talent roster; industry veteran to work with recently hired design director, Jason VandenBerghe, to innovate and advance the practice of medicine through play.

Commercials Headline News

JAMM Scores a Touchdown with ‘The Neighborhood’ Spot

DoorDash’s first SuperBowl campaign featured rapper Daveed Diggs and the Sesame Street Muppets; creative studio incorporated elements including a CG train and added a bit of animation magic to make Grover fly.

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Platige Image Cinematic Preps Fans for ‘Total War: WARHAMMER III’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:31am

Leading production studio creates action-packed trailer for Creative Assembly’s upcoming release of their third ‘Total War: WARHAMMER’ game franchise title.

virtual production Headline News

Check Out Pixomondo’s ‘What is Virtual Production’ Tutorial

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 5, 2021 at 2:41pm

With their new Toronto virtual production stage up and running, the studio has released a quick and entertaining guide to illustrate some virtual production basics.

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Cyber Group Studios to Receive Epic MegaGrant

Entertainment production company’s plans for new virtual production pipeline include an Unreal Engine-powered real-time rendering and motion capture studio.

Events Headline News

VFXRIO Presents Pixar Co-Founder Alvy Ray Smith February 7

To celebrate the special free upcoming online presentation VFX Rio launched an original video created by director Matteo Moriconi and XCave Studios founder Rodrigo Hurtado.

Commercials Headline News

You Can Almost Taste It: White Castle’s ‘In These Times’

Creative production studio Ataboy and advertising agency Merkley + Partners create fun, fast-paced, collage-inspired animation to promote the hamburger chain’s comfort food lineup; created during the pandemic, all work was produced remotely.

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Goro Miyazaki Talks ‘Earwig and the Witch’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 2:45pm

Now showing in select U.S. theatres and premiering tomorrow on HBO Max, Studio Ghibli’s first fully 3D/CG feature, helmed by the iconic Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki’s son, pushes the venerated home of classic, hand-drawn 2D into the contemporary world of CGI.

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Real-Time Gaming Tech Shines in Heartwarming ‘Windup’ Animated Short

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 4:10pm

For Chinese director Yibing Jiang, Unity’s real-time tools enabled a small global team of artists to work quickly and efficiently, in parallel rather than sequentially, to produce a beautiful and touching film about the bond between a father and his ailing daughter.

People Headline News

Hornet Promotes Eric Lane and Corey Langelotti to Creative Directors

Both artists are known for their diverse skill sets including 3D, VFX, graphic design, photography, animation, and design.

Education Headline News

LAIKA Teams Up with Bowie State University on Stop-Motion Animation Studio

Partnership and donation will enhance BSU’s animation curriculum, building on award-winning studio’s existing career/internship pipeline for the university’s students.

Sci-Tech Awards Headline News

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

Shotgun, ftrack Studio, the ILM HairCraft Dynamics System, and Walt Disney Animation Studios Hair Simulation System among the achievements being awarded at upcoming February 13 virtual ceremony.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX 2021 Announces Initial Line-Up of Confirmed Speakers

Program includes sessions with director Glen Keane on the making of ‘Over the Moon;’ RISE’s Florian Gellinger and their first in-house productions, ‘Dragon Rider’ and ‘Stowaway;’ and MR. X’s creative team discussing the film adaption of ‘Monster Hunter’ video game; project submissions being accepted until February 22 for Animation Product Days.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Ishan Shukla’s ‘Schirkoa’ Set to Begin Production

Animated feature, based on the director’s award-winning short, will blend 2D and 3D cinema, animation, and video game development techniques; production begins Spring 2021 with the premiere planned for 2023.  

Technology Headline News

Adobe Updates Substance Painter and Designer

Enhanced features support hiding of geometry mask while painting; copy and paste effects between layers and texture sets; streamlined UV tile workflow; and several new design updates such as Pantone integration.

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The Charming, Tiny Hero’s Journey of ‘The Snail and the Whale’

Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon are back with an enchanting stop-motion / CG tale about a most unlikely pair taking a sea-going trip of a lifetime.

Anime Goodies Headline News

Now Available: ‘Gundam’ Limited-Edition Loot Crate Series

The first of the bi-monthly 4-crate collections pays tribute to ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Wing’ with a curated selection of exclusive lifestyle goods and gear.

Interactive Shorts Headline News

Disney’s Immersive, Interactive ‘Baymax Dreams’ Short Premieres at Sundance

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3:38pm

Studio’s first interactive episode, part of the festival’s New Frontier Gallery, uses interactive cloud streaming technology to enable seamless interaction and high-end graphics on mobile platforms.

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