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Talent development Headline News

Lucasfilm Launches ‘Get in the Door’ Employee Initiative

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:41am

Studio is joined by ILM, ILMxLAB and Skywalker Sound on new documentary series and website that showcase opportunities available within the entertainment industry, specifically visual effects, to help the next, more diverse generation of filmmakers get a foot in the door.

Virtual Events Headline News

SCAD GamingFest 2022 Returns Online April 28-29

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:15am

Two days of streaming conversations and panels led by industry leaders and SCAD alumni include ‘Industry Insights: The ABCs of NFTs,’ ‘Building the Metaverse,’ ‘Alumni Voices,’ and ‘In Conversation: Inclusive Character Design in Gaming.’

Business Headline News

LAIKA and ‘Ozark’ Creator Bill Dubuque Teaming Up on ‘The Night Gardener’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 9:22am

Studio CEO and president Travis Knight will direct the stop-motion feature, a gritty neo-noir folktale centered on a young man in rural Missouri fighting to keep his family together in the wake of a tragedy.

visualization Headline News

NVIZ Helps Visualize Sony’s ‘Morbius’ Supercreature Feature

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 22, 2022 at 4:54am

Leading visualization company stitches together carefully planned stunt action with digital takeovers to provide crucial previs for several key sequences on Daniel Espinosa’s Marvel horror thriller. 

The Future of Dragons is Here! Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Shares ‘Dragons: The Nine Realms’ Season 2 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 3:27pm

Set 1,300 years after the events of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise, the series follows a group of misfit kids who must protect the secret of where dragons have been hiding; all new episodes stream on Hulu and Peacock May 5.

Animated Feature Films Headline News

Netflix Reveals ‘My Father’s Dragon’ Cast and First Look Image

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8:02am

An all-star acting lineup joins Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey’s upcoming animated feature about a young boy who runs away to rescue a young dragon.

Technology Headline News

HP and Teradici Launch HP Anyware to Provide Secure Access Across the Enterprise

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 7:25am

New system integrates Teradici CAS and ZCentral Remote Boost features to leverage PCoIP across data center, cloud, OS, and workstation infrastructure.

People Headline News

Disney Branded Television Adds Bardo S. Ramírez, Ups Chris Hutchison

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 9:06am

Tony Award-winning former Disneytoon Studios and Imagineering exec returns to Disney as Vice President, Studio Strategy and Operations, while Disney Television Animation exec promoted to Vice President, Production.

Maury and Connie are Coming Back! SVOD Headline News

‘Big Mouth’ and ‘Human Resources’ Renewed at Netflix

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 6:54am

Award-winning animated series about the nightmare of puberty and its ‘edgier and adultier’ spin-off series both picked up for another season.

RFX Virtual Studio is Here VFXWorld

RFX, NVIDIA, and Supermicro Herald the Future of Animation and VFX Production

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:58am

RFX founder Ray Feeney and executive Prashant Buyyala explain how the RFX Virtual Studio with NVIDIA Omniverse™ Enterprise could change the world of M&E. This Virtual Studio is being made available for a two-week free trial for any interested creative team.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Updates Flame Family to Run in the Cloud on AWS

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 15, 2022 at 12:49pm

New version delivers scalable, collaborative, and efficient artist workflows enabled to run on Amazon Web Services; other mods include enhanced HDR user interface and improved animation editor.

real-time tools Headline News

disguise Launches RenderStream for xR UE5 Plugin

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 15, 2022 at 8:12am

New release of the company’s free open source plugin easily integrates with latest game engine version to allow direct, real-time content generation changes for LED volumes and physical displays.

Animated TV Series Headline News

New ‘PJ Masks’ Episodes Hit Disney Jr. Starting April 15

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 4:40pm

New 2-parter introduces speed obsessed twin villains ‘Carly and Cartoka;’ also, coming to theaters April 23 is the ‘PJ Masks We Can All Be Heroes’ fan event in honor of National Superhero Day.

How'd They Do That? Headline News

CBS VFX Helps Pull Back the Curtain on HBO Max’s ‘One Perfect Shot’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 3:47pm

The visual effects studio integrates its proprietary ‘Parallax’ virtual production system with Unreal Engine and ray tracing tools to help award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and a host of top film directors, including Michael Mann and Patty Jenkins, step inside and dissect their favorite shots.

Here Kitty Kitty! Headline News

Framestore Creates Killer CG Tiger for FX’s ‘Snowfall’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 1:26pm

Photorealistic cat sows trail of destruction in episodes of the network’s hit crime drama; one gruesome scene was completed with a CG human leg and added gory details using Houdini, with final compositing in Nuke.

The Dark Knight Returns! VFXWorld

Wētā FX Brings Its Special Brand of Visual Magic to ‘The Batman’

VFX Supervisor Anders Langlands talks about the iconic visual effects studio’s work on the Warner Bros. blockbuster, from car chases and mysterious lens flares, to why making rain is harder than it looks.

In Passing Headline News

Animation Studio Red Star Co-Founder Jan Rogowski Dies at 41

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 11:47am

The co-producer on ‘StarDog and TurboCat’ passes suddenly during production on Sky’s ‘The Amazing Maurice;’ the life-long Sir Terry Pratchett fan worked tirelessly to ensure the ‘Discworld’ novel adaptation lived up to the author’s vision and his own affection for the source material.

Transforming Digital Creativity Headline News

Coming April 14: PNY and NVIDIA’s ‘How NVIDIA Is Advancing the Future of Digital Storytelling’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 7:45am

This free virtual presentation will explore new means of digital storytelling using virtual sets, real-time rendering, and cinematic-quality ray tracing enhanced by the latest NVIDIA® RTX™ solutions, NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise, NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU), and GPU-accelerated software applications.

Commercials Headline News

Fancy VFX Gets All Emoji-nal on FedEx Spot

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 8, 2022 at 11:51am

Visual effects studio designs and produces a series of increasingly numerous and whimsical emojis to show how NFL star Derrick Henry’s tweeted mistyped hashtag makes a small kitchenware store’s business explode, requiring immediate ecommerce help to handle the surge.

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