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Democratizing Technology Headline News

Movella Launches ‘Indie Program’ Bundles with Free Animate Pro Access

Company’s ‘Indie Starter Bundle’ and ‘Indie Pro’ offer independent creators and small studios affordable access to high-quality motion-capture technology and studio-grade software; special StretchSense MoCap Pro Studio Glove available with bundles.

Generative AI for Creators Headline News

Adobe Shares Expansive Generative AI Strategy and Products

At Adobe MAX, the tech leader’s annual conference, big reveals showcased new generative AI models, 100+ Creative Cloud innovations, and Firefly customization for enterprises, all now available; Firefly generated images now top 3 billion with 1 billion generated in the last month.

Technology Headline News

OptiTrack Launches Motive 3.1 Beta 1

Now compatible with all OptiTrack mocap cameras and Cinepuck video camera tracking with simplified user interface, asset creation and 3D viewing and graphing; final release coming Q1 2024.

Awards Headline News

Made with Cartoon Animator: The 2023 Animation at Work Contest Winners!

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 6:18am

8 projects across five categories are honored, demonstrating a wide array of styles, topics, and skill levels that show how the animation program supports streamlined creative diversity.

real-time 3D Headline News

Final Pixel Drops Oracle Red Bull Racing Spot and Virtual Production BTS Video

Studio blends archival footage, video plates, and drone footage with environments built in Unreal Engine, CG, and VFX to create the Oracle Red Bull Racing brand’s new campaign. 

Commercials Headline News

State Designs New Key Art and Animates FX’s ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ S2 Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 6, 2023 at 9:54am

Watch as the Emmy-nominated docuseries returns for new season sporting new promo look, adorned with the team’s colors and fiery dragon, debuting across print, digital, and TV… and a new trailer.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master Headline News

Reallusion Releases ActorCore AccuRIG Update with Mobile View & Web Embed

By Dan Sarto | Friday, October 6, 2023 at 6:55am

Latest enhancements to free auto-rig application enable top interactive online presentations where you can embed animated 3D characters into websites and easily share them using mobile devices.

Pushing the Filmmaking Envelope Headline News

Gareth Edwards Talks ‘The Creator’ VFX and How AI Helped Enable His Vision

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 3:15pm

With his innovative and compelling sci-fi action adventure now wowing cinema audiences, the director discusses his radical new approach to filmmaking and VFX in the just released featurette, ‘Advancing AI: Creating The Creator;’ Edwards’ film was made possible by recent technological advances and a collaboration with James Knight, AMD’s Global Director of Media & Entertainment and VFX, who kept the filmmaker abreast of the rapidly changing AI landscape from script to final press junket.

Digital Artists Connect Headline News

Fall Edition of THU Career Camp Registration Now Open

Free online event for digital entertainment industry creators and artists everywhere focuses on career growth, recruiting and mentoring – runs November 7-9.

Harrison Ford Can Still Whip it Up! VFXWorld

Rising Sun Pictures and Important Looking Pirates Tackle ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ VFX

The visual effects studios recreated 1960s New York City, complete with city street and subway chases – and digital horse - and an ancient undersea trireme shipwreck dive that included digital doubles, digital creatures, and dry-for-wet effects, respectively, on James Mangold and Lucasfilm’s final ‘Indiana Jones’ cinematic franchise adventure.

VFX Creating Disney Magic VFXWorld

Framestore Heads Under the Sea in ‘The Little Mermaid’ VFX Breakdown Reel

The award-winning visual effects studio delivered 550+ shots, using its trademark mix of artistry and innovation, creating a breathtaking underwater kingdom – harnessing its ‘Fibre’ groom tool, the project team ensured Ariel and the kingdom’s other inhabitants all had ‘great hair days;’ check out their magical reel.

Why We Love 2D ANIMATIONWorld

‘Pencils vs Pixels’ Celebrates the Eternal Magic of 2D Animation

Producer Tom Bancroft, who worked as a Disney animator for many years, talks about the making of his new documentary, which looks at the Disney renaissance of the 1990s and the changes wrought by the rise of CG.

Harrison Ford Can Still Whip it Up! VFXWorld

Soho VFX Heads to Fez for ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Visual Effects

The studio delivers 235 shots for the fifth installment in the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise, including a frantic tuk-tuk chase sequence through the streets of Tangiers, Morocco.

Education Headline News

Foundry Enables Fast Student License Access

Proxi.id integration now provides fast verification and licensing of Foundry’s Education Collective package, including Nuke, Katana, Mari and Modo – free to those enrolled at one of Foundry’s Education Partners.

The Road to Turin Headline News

VIEW Conference 2023 – Be There!

Italy’s premier international event promises an exceptional in-person program of talks, presentations, in-depth workshops, and masterclasses designed to inspire, inform, and educate; join industry professionals, thought leaders, students, and enthusiasts in a celebration of the latest in animation, VFX, and games - event runs October 15-20.

Honoring the VES’ Best Headline News

Visual Effects Society Announces 2023 VES Fellows

Jeff Barnes, Toni Pace Carstensen, Bob Coleman, Chuck Finance, Shannon Gans, Tim McGovern, and Ray McMillan to be recognized at a celebration of the honorees later this month.

layoffs Headline News

‘Fortnite,’ Unreal Engine Studio Epic Games to Layoff 830

Announced by CEO Jim Sweeney on Thursday, the company plans a 16% workforce reduction as well as a divestiture of Bandcamp in a move towards a new ‘metaverse-inspired ecosystem’ strategy.

Business Headline News

Integreon Launches Creo, Opens State-of-the-Art Design Studio in Manila

Leveraging generative AI technology, the new tool optimizes creation of slides, decks, and other presentation materials; new studio will further enhance its graphic design, illustration, animation, podcasts, video, and production capabilities, among other creative services.

Professional Animation Tools Even Beginners Can Master Headline News

Cartoon Animator Unveils Game-Changing 5.2 Updates

By Dan Sarto | Monday, September 25, 2023 at 7:17am

Reallusion’s latest release automates 2D production with cursor-led movement, integrating an intuitive interface and seamless keyframe editing to generate animations in mere seconds.

Technology Advancing Art Headline News

Epic Games Shares ‘Blue Dot’ Short Production Effort

Look behind-the-scenes of how the Serbia-based 3Lateral team harnessed MetaHuman Animator to make the high-fidelity cinematic short.

Business Headline News

Digital Domain and PRG Announce Co-Branded Partnership

The entertainment leaders are teaming up to provide an all-in-one solution for high-end visual effects, holograms, virtual production, and content creation services.

Monitor of the Future Headline News

IQH3D Announces Groundbreaking Glasses-Free 3D Monitor

The 4k lenticular screen is specifically designed for gaming, Metaverse 3D modeling, design platforms, and film and special effects animation with AI-driven optical eye-tracking capabilities and an embedded dedicated FPGA board for better 3D image quality and faster visual response.

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