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immersive experiences Headline News

WATCH: Baobab Studio’s ‘Namoo’ Teaser Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:48pm

Directed by Erick Oh and inspired by his grandfather, the studio’s new immersive animated film premieres today at the Sundance Film Festival; the narrative poem thoughtfully reflects on the meaningful moments in one man’s life.

animated short films Headline News

16 Finalists From Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge Revealed

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:04pm

Stunning array of shorts, selected from across Australia in Epic’s first Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge, were all completed in just six weeks during the pandemic, and showcase Unreal’s virtual production capabilities and how the platform is enabling increasingly sophisticated creativity.

Awards Headline News

Nelvana’s Nelnet Wins Technology & Engineering Emmy

The company’s cloud-based platform assists animation production for long-form 3D and 2D digital formats in which tasks, tools, and production assets are distributed to crewmembers and stakeholders around the world.

Animated TV Series Headline News

Mondo TV and MOPI to Co-Produce New Season of ‘MeteoHeroes’

The popular environmentally themed animated series will begin Season 2 production in first quarter 2021; show follows the adventures of six superpowered kids using science to save Earth.

Technology Headline News

LoUPE Simplifies Storytelling with Technology ‘For Artists, By Artists’

Tangent Labs co-founder Jeff Bell shares how their platform integrates asset management, production and task management, review and collaboration, sketching, draw overs, and note taking to enable transparent, accessible, and innovative animation and VFX creativity.

People Headline News

The Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors’ Officers

Lisa Cooke was named board chair and is the first woman elected to lead the organization; other officers include Emma Clifton Perry, David Tanka, Jeffrey Okun, and Gavin Graham.

VFX breakdowns Headline News

VFX Legion Brings on the Nightmares in Amazon Prime’s ‘Black Box’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 11:18am

Studio delivers over 200 shots on the latest entry in the ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ psychological thriller film anthology; dark story centers on an amnesiac desperate to regain his memory.

People Headline News

Millimages Names Marina Narishkin Director General

New appointment will spearhead strategic studio transformation through diversification, development of new IP for TV and film, and creation of new global licensing network.

Virtual Events Headline News

Next VIEW Conference PreVIEW - Baobab Studios at 5: Innovations in Animated Storytelling

Join the January 30 free online conversation with Baobab Studios founders and creative leads when they discuss insights and challenges of the studio’s first five years; team will also discuss ‘Baba Yaga,’ a VR exploration of the Eastern European legend.

cloud Computing Headline News

Teradici Software Support for macOS Coming Mid-2021

High performance technology will include remote access to Cloud Access Software for Macs with PCoIP Ultra performance.

Business Headline News

Maxon Acquires Distributor TMS Corp, Establishes Official Japanese Office

Deal cements company’s commitment to the local market, providing users with additional resources and creative tools.

Education Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Master’s Degree Program in Character and Creature Creation

Led by industry veteran Michael Davies, the new program at Pearson College London features five key modules: Character and Creature Design; Modelling/Presentation; Technical Direction; Studio Project; and Production Project.

Interactive MR Storytelling Headline News

Wallace & Gromit’s ‘The Big Fix Up’ AR/MR App Released Today

By Dan Sarto | Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:40pm

Aardman and Fictioneers’ new story-driven interactive experience gets up close with the comedic duo, taking users on an urgent fixit job in Bristol as employees of their odd job company, Spick & Spanners; the free app is available on iOS and Android devices in the UK, US, and Canada.

Cutting Edge VFX Headline News

WATCH: ‘Stick Figure War’ Showcases Blackmagic Cameras and Unreal Engine

SoKrispyMedia’s hilarious and slickly produced ‘Stick Figure Battle’ sequel skillfully displays their innovative and cost-effective use of virtual production, 3D tools, CGI, and real-time rendering.

People Headline News

Adobe Names Pixar Veteran Guido Quaroni Senior Director of Engineering on 3D & Immersive Team

Tech giant taps animation industry veteran to drive innovation across 3D and immersive tools; ‘Substance & 3D News’ livestream to offer glimpse of upcoming releases on Tuesday, January 28.

Business Headline News

Post-Production Shake-Up: Streamland Media to Acquire Technicolor Post

Acquisition will expand global talent base throughout company’s diverse global business units; deal will bolster its service offerings in regions including U.S., Canada, Europe and the U.K.

VR experience Headline News

Baobab Studios’ ‘Baba Yaga’ Now Available on Oculus Quest

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:41am

Leading interactive studio’s latest VR experience is released today; first-ever live virtual reality red carpet premiere for the short was the ultimate socially distanced event, with attendees using Oculus Quest headsets to interact in real-time as avatars.

People Headline News

Autodesk Names Diana Colella SVP, Media & Entertainment

In her new role, the newly promoted company veteran will be responsible for increasing the division’s strategic efforts to lead growth in the industry. 

Render it Now! Headline News

‘Gods of Mars’: Virtual Production and NVIDIA RTX Real-Time Graphics at Work

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 2:42pm

Production of epic space adventure combines miniatures and real-time technologies at a fraction of the cost of similarly designed and animated blockbuster feature films.

Technology Headline News

Sunrise Productions Open Source Node eXecution Tree Python Tool Now Available

NXT automates programming tasks related to animation and VFX graphics and linear processing; the simplification of production workflows builds a bridge between artists and developers.

Virtual Events Headline News

3 New Free VIEW Conference PreVIEW Online Talks Announced

Go behind the scenes with filmmakers discussing their animation projects; scheduled sessions include the production of Netflix’s first three animated shorts ‘Canvas,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ and ‘Cops and Robbers;’ Baobab Studios’ VR Exploration Baba Yaga; and PaperBoat Animation Studio’s ‘Bombay Rose.’

A Great Catherine the Great! Headline News

WATCH: BlueBolt’s VFX Breakdown Reel for Hulu's ‘The Great’

Studio delivers over 300 shots for satirical comedic drama about the fictionalized rise of Catherine the Great, which required extensive on-location collaboration to create large scale environment extensions for Caserta Palace and the military camp at the Russian Front.

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