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Freefolk Reveals New Division Name, Hires, and Promotions

Soho VFX studio renames longform team Freefolk Film & Episodic, promoting Steve Murgatroyd and Meg Guidon to lead the new group.

Fun in the Sun! ANIMATIONWorld

Dialing In the Stylized Italian Riviera Waters of Pixar’s ‘Luca’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 11:38am

Effects supervisor Jon Reisch drew on his experience as a guitarist to develop ocean wave simulation controls, much like sliders on an equalizer, to hit director Enrico Casarosa’s mark for an expressive, lyrical Japanese woodblock look, in the studio’s upcoming animated feature.

Support the Fight Against COVID-19 in India Headline News

Technicolor and Oxfam India Partner on COVID-19 Relief Fundraiser

Leading creative tech company and global charitable group team up to raise money to support grass roots relief work throughout communities in India; Technicolor will match up to €100,000 in donations received through this effort.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Animating the Punchy Electro Beats of 1788-L’s ‘Automaton’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 1:08pm

The acclaimed producer’s new music video, animated by FISE and GASOLINE, captures the experimental bass and exciting, Daft Punk-like melody from the track off his new ‘Parallel:S’ EP.

Music Videos ANIMATIONWorld

Young Artists Pivot into Animation for Universal Music Group’s °1824 Division

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 14, 2021 at 3:28pm

Moving away from videography during the pandemic, members of the company’s inhouse creative group embraced new digital tools, including After Effects, to produce captivating video content that often provided fans their first visual representation of a new song.

3D Surrealism ANIMATIONWorld

Sci-Fi Ambient Minimalism: ‘Blue Moon Frequency # 2b [Spring Mix]’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:43am

Debuting today, the latest collaboration from noise-electro/classical composer Elizabeth Joan Kelly and avant-garde slide-guitarist Geiger von Müller gets surreal with public domain NASA images, Cinema 4D, and After Effects.

Apple Hardware in the Cloud Headline News

Mac Users Head to the Cloud with Teradici and MacStadium

Companies collaborate to enable high performance remote access to Apple hardware as if it were on a local machine; CAS technology brings PCoIP support to Mac users around the world.

Show Us Your Work! Headline News

Call for Submissions: SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Computer Animation Festival

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:28pm

Entries now being accepted in multiple categories, including shorts, visualizations, VFX sequences, game cinematics, and real-time pieces; deadline to enter is August 1, 2021.

Creating Animation for Video Games Headline News

‘Game Anim: Video Game Animation Explained’ 2nd Edition Now Available

The practical guide teaches the fundamentals of video game animation; new edition covers 2D and pixel art animation as well the latest in mocap and motion matching.

May the Best Monster Win VFXWorld

Creating a More Human Kong in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Weta Digital animates key emotional sequences that capture the battling primate’s older, wiser, and more humanoid side; studio also delivers 13 hero environments including Hollow Earth and a military base in Antarctica.

George Clooney Headline News

NVIZ and George Clooney Take a Virtual Spacewalk on ‘The Midnight Sky’

Leading visualization company and their ARENA virtual camera system helped the filmmaker and his VFX team plan, visualize, shoot, and deliver key astronaut spacewalk and airlock death sequences on their Oscar-nominated, VES Award-winning sci-fi drama.

Dude Headline News

GMUNK Creates Hypnotic Fluid Sims for ‘The Living System’ Short

The renowned digital artist, aka Bradley Munkowitz, uses a water and smoke system to simulate a swell of energy for the collaborative Z by HP project.

The Fab Four – As Kids! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Madagascar: A Little Wild’: A Fun and Emotional Mix of Old and New

For supervising director T.J. Sullivan, building on the success of DreamWorks Animation’s hit franchise meant ensuring that as kids, the fab four – Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman – get the right chance to form bonds that last a lifetime.

ADoW VFX Magic Headline News

Realtime Conjures VFX Magic for ‘A Discovery of Witches’ Season 2

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:10pm

UK animation and VFX house provides previs, ‘scrying magic,’ a fire drake, and host of supernatural elements in Sky TV’s hit series.

We All Need a Break! Headline News

Platige Image Creates Work-Weary Mandrill for the Tajawal Travel Agency

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 3:06pm

The music-video inspired commercial features an emotionally nuanced CG primate portraying an everyday, burned out businessperson needing a break from life’s mundane routines.

Return to the Psychedelic 60s! ANIMATIONWorld

Surreal and Psychedelic: The Foo Fighters ‘Chasing Birds’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1:34pm

Inspired by ‘Yellow Submarine’ and dreamy 60s visuals, Emlyn Davies and Josh Hicks first take viewers to a vibrant euphoria, then a distorted hellscape, in the animated short supporting the ‘Medicine at Midnight’ album.

A Sweater-Wearing Chicken! ANIMATIONWorld

Designing the Colorful and Wacky Worlds of ‘Archibald’s Next Big Thing’

Art director Sierra Lewis built on creator Tony Hale and director Eric Fogel’s vision to design a fantastical, sweater-wearing chicken’s world that felt sophisticated, textured, and cinematic.

Music Videos Headline News

Ella and Louis’ Famed ‘Cheek to Cheek’ Duet Gets Animated

To celebrate the legendary Ella Fitzgerald’s 104th birthday, director Wendy Cong Zhao and Verve Records have produced a whimsical 2D music video that captures the magic of the singer and Louis Armstrong’s classic recording.

Art Contests Headline News

Winners Announced for Celsys’ 27th International Illustration Contest

The Clip Studio Paint software developer’s illustration competition received 3,800 entries from across the globe; prizes include cash and an NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU Graphics Card.

A Digital Shave and a Hair Cut! VFXWorld

Crafty Apes is ‘My-T-Sharp’ in ‘Coming 2 America’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:28pm

Led by VFX supervisor Aldo Ruggiero, the visual effects studio helped recreate the signature barbershop storefront, a library, and other New York environments that couldn’t be shot due to the pandemic, in Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming to America’ sequel now streaming on Amazon Prime.

There’s More to Life Than Bits and Bytes ANIMATIONWorld

Behind the Music and Animation of ‘Doug Unplugs’

DreamWorks Animation’s musical kids’ series, created for Apple TV+, follows the adventures of a young robot who ‘unplugs’ from his fact-based world to experience the wonders of the human world with his best friend Emma.

New Voices in Animation Headline News

SVA Hosts MFA Thesis Project Screenings

The May 11-12 programs will feature over 30 graduate projects showcasing unique approaches to creative self-expression; first program includes 2D and motion graphics projects, while second features experimental art and 3D.

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