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Cloud-based Production Systems Headline News

Carbon Taps AWS For Streamlined Creative Workflow

Production studio employs an easily scalable cloud-based workflow, using tools like Maya, Cinema 4D, Arnold, Nuke, and Unreal Engine, built around a shared Amazon Web Services storage system on Amazon S3 connecting VFX and finishing artists at various locations.

Conferences Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 Registration Now Open

The Annual Conference takes place December 6-9 in Daegu, South Korea – with COVID travel restrictions lifted, the event promises the in-person return of a diverse group of respected technical and creative people from all over the world; don’t miss SACAF 2022, celebrating the vibrant and inspiring world of computer animation.

Animated Film Restoration ANIMATIONWorld

Serge Bromberg and Lobster Films: Bringing Lost Cinema Back to Life

The former Annecy Festival artistic director loves movies, even when they are in pieces, and his passion for saving vintage films, and touring the world playing piano as they’re screened for live audiences, continues to grow, as does his restoration team and the importance of their work.

Move over Jack Skellington! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Wendell & Wild’: Pushing the Boundaries of Stop-Motion Animation

Animation supervisors Jeff Riley and Malcolm Lamont share how director Henry Selick encouraged them to break all the rules on his new film, eschewing CG for in-camera practical effects wherever possible and employing lots and lots of gooey museum gel.

Emerging Technology Headline News

New ‘VES Emerging Technology Award’ Announced

New honor recognizes individual creators of technology behind the visuals, such as product developers, R&D technical directors, and software engineers; inaugural award will be bestowed at the next VES Awards ceremony in February 2023.

New Filmmaking Frontiers at SCAD VFXWorld

SCAD Embraces the ‘Bleeding Edge’ of Technology with New LED Volume Stage

By bringing together live-action performance with digital environments and real-time rendering, the university's students across creative disciplines are collaborating as never before, creating the future with technology that didn’t exist only two years ago.

Engage! Headline News

Web3 Studio Toonstar Launches ‘The Gimmicks’ Season 2 on Avalanche Blockchain

The adult animated series’ second season, ‘House of Chico,’ follows Rocky Romero’s return to his Lucha origins and features popular Latino influencers and talent; show to offer more engagement opportunities with new NFTs and interactive capabilities released throughout the season.

Business Headline News

Sony Pictures Entertainment Buys Pixomondo

SPE bolsters its VFX and virtual production capabilities with purchase of the award-winning visual effects studio, which will join Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Innovation Studios to handle the company's growing film and TV production demand.  

careers in animation Headline News

Podcast EP 182: NASA Video Producer and Animator James Tralie

The Planetary Science video producer and animator shares how he took a U-turn from geophysics into animation and also manages to run a YouTube channel teaching Blender.

VFX for TV Headline News

VFX Legion Delivers Key Shots for ‘Quantum Leap’ Reboot

Donald P. Bellisario’s revival of the 1990s sci-fi cult classic tapped the global VFX house to create complex digital environments with integrated 2D and 3D assets; check out the VFX breakdown reel then catch Season 1 now airing on NBC and streaming on Peacock.

The Fast Just Got Faster Headline News

BOXX APEXX S3 Ups the Game with Next-Gen Processors

New 13th Gen Intel Core processors power the purpose-built workstations, optimizing workflows across multiple industries, expanding to 24 CPU cores and accelerating to 5.8ghz; creative applications and render times get a significant boost during otherwise time-intensive tasks.

Supporting the Animation Community Headline News

Applications Open: WIA Scholarship Program 2023

Program ups the bounty for prospective recipients with new industry supporters, including Animation Focus, Animation Mentor, ArtStation, Autodesk, Foundry, and LAIKA, contributing workshops, tutoring sessions, software packages, hardware, and cash prizes for the 2023 cycle.

People Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Co-Founder Tony Clark Named VES Fellow

In recognition of his contributions to the VFX industry, the 30-year industry veteran was honored on October 14 at the Visual Effects Society’s celebration in Los Angeles.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Preymaker Premieres Highly Anticipated ‘Blue’ at VIEW 2022

Watch it here - launching live today as part of Epic Games’ ‘Future of Animated Storytelling’ presentation, the animated short is one of the first crafted entirely in the cloud using Unreal Engine – without compositing - by a team of artists collaborating virtually from around the world.

Business Headline News

Trioscope Adapting Enki Bilal’s ‘Monstre’ for TV

French graphic novelist’s sci-fi tetralogy adaptation, ‘Monster,’ promises to immerse viewers with a fusion of live-action and stylized CG inspired by the author’s artistic style.

On the Road to Torino Headline News

All Eyes on Torino: VIEW Conference 2022 – Free Livestream Just Announced

Top industry leaders head to Italy’s premiere animation, VFX, games, and computer graphics conference that runs October 16-21, both onsite and online, with a stellar program of talks, presentations, workshops, and masterclasses available; worldwide Livestream is now free!

Business Headline News

Didimo Announces $7.15M Funding to Expand 3D Avatar Production System

Proprietary AI and cloud-based platform promises to turn 2D images into 3D avatars in 60 seconds; led by Armilar Venture Partners, the investment round will advance product development and create additional customer support.

Take the challenge Headline News

Call for Entries: Pixar and AMD’s ‘RenderMan Challenge’

Creators are invited to participate in the latest contest to achieve their cinematic visions – artists get access to ‘The AMD Creator Cloud’ for high-performance project rendering; submissions are being accepted through November 15.

Chillin and Grilla-in ANIMATIONWorld

Elizabeth Ito Embarks on a New Animation Mission with ‘Mall Stories’

The ‘City of Ghosts’ creator’s knack for capturing funny aspects of often mundane everyday life is on full display in her first of a hoped set of animated short film documentaries, ‘Atilla the Grilla,’ made with an Epic MegaGrant, about how her favorite Mongolian Grill eatery at the Burbank Town Center mall survived the pandemic.

Build a Galaxy! Headline News

KitBash3D Launches ‘Mission to Minerva’ 3D Art Competition

Artists get a free 3D asset Kit and free training tutorials to help complete the mission: build a galaxy and submit via social media by December 2 for the chance to win prizes. Top entertainment recruiters and art directors from ILM, Riot Games, NASA, Netflix, and CD Projekt Red will view and judge entries.

It’s Epic! Headline News

Epic Games Releases ‘Broadcast and Live Events Field Guide’ Free Download

Doc drop kicks off weeklong, online ‘Broadcast and Live Events: Steal the Show’ that features sessions and insight into how top creatives in broadcast and live events use Unreal Engine to engage viewers; virtual event runs through October 14.

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