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Startup Visualization Company OPSIS Finds Success with RFX’s Virtual Studio

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 6:00am

Co-founder and CEO Henrik Fett talks about starting a new studio in the midst of a pandemic, and how the RFX Virtual Studio, powered by solutions from NVIDIA and Supermicro, made it all possible.

Technology Headline News

Imbalance Releases Ragdoll Dynamics 3.0

Tool that automates character physics in Maya gets update that includes click-and-drag interface, added physically based character posing, replacement rigs for interactive frame rates, and a multi-character asset library.

A New Potter Era? Headline News

Is Warner Teaming with J.K. Rowling for More ‘Harry Potter’ Films?

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav plans to revitalize the studio’s finances by reviving successful franchises, such as DCU and ‘Harry Potter’ films, if the controversial author will agree.

How the Magic is Made Headline News

WATCH: Trailer for ‘Making of The Rings of Power’ BTS Bonus Content

Prime Video drops eight segments of bonus content for their epic Middle Earth fantasy adventure series, now available through X-Ray, which include unreleased footage, interviews with cast and crew, the creation of costumes, and much more.

Indiana Returns Headline News

Harrison Ford Getting ‘De-Aged’ for ‘Indiana Jones 5’

The prolific actor will be digitally reconstructed to resemble his younger self for an opening sequence in the upcoming film, set during the events between ‘The Last Crusade’ and ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.’

Training Headline News

FutureWorks Opens VFX Academy in Chennai

The FutureWorks Academy 6-month training program at the Chennai studio includes mentorship, specialized training, and a paid internship; successful graduates are offered a 3-year paid service agreement.

Say it Ain’t So Jack Headline News

Margot Robbie’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Film Lost at Sea

Rumors began swirling in 2020 of a swashbuckling Bruckheimer pic with lots of girl power led by the ‘Suicide Squad’ star, but the project has now been canned, possibly due to unfinished Johnny Depp business.

Superheroes in Lockdown Headline News

Superhero Comedy ‘Grounded’ Premieres on Tubi TV

Redbird Entertainment & Firestorm VFX’s new eight-episode series, filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown, focuses on the everyday issues of superheroes stuck at home during a global virus outbreak.

A Horror Genre Takeover? Headline News

Blumhouse and Atomic Monster to Become ‘Horrific’ Monopoly?

Horror giants Jason Blum and James Wan are in talks to join their creative houses, while still maintaining brand identity and autonomy, to expand into new types of content.

It’s Almost Here! Headline News

Disney Drops Final ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ Trailer

Marking ‘Avatar Day,’ the spot will debut tonight on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ game as part of worldwide celebrations transporting cities to the world of Pandora; Original ‘Avatar’ now streaming on Disney+.

Supporting 3D Design and Collaboration Headline News

Exxact Corp. Works with NVIDIA to Support Omniverse Enterprise

The Fremont, CA-based provider of high-performance digital hardware helps bring real-time collaboration to a growing clientele.

It’s Unreal! Headline News

Just Released Unreal Engine 5.1 Update Targets M&E Professionals

Enhancements in the latest version include a host of improvements and additions to toolsets specific to the animation and VFX industries’ needs.

Could be Smooth as… Headline News

MGM+ and Prime Video Teaming with Marvel-Sony for Suite of Live-Action Series

First up is ‘Silk: Spider Society,’ which follows Cindy Moon, a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, with Angela Kang (‘The Walking Dead’) as showrunner for Amazon Studios.

People Headline News

Travis Fimmel Snags Key Role in ‘Dune: The Sisterhood’

The magnetic ‘Vikings’ and ‘Raised by Wolves’ actor will portray Desmond Hart, a charismatic soldier at odds with the sisterhood of the Bene Geserit in the upcoming ‘Dune’ prequel.

In the Cloud! Headline News

AWS Thinkbox Plugins Released as Open Source

Artists and studios gain broader accessibility to products and tools with Krakatoa and XMesh source code available for Autodesk Maya under Apache 2.0 open source license; artist tools simplify rendering, VFX, and simulation workflows.

Technology ANIMATIONWorld

Animal Logic Gets ‘Unhinged’ with ALab Phase 2, Unreal Engine, and a Sock Puppet Scientist

Art director Grant Freckelton and director David Peers talk about the studio’s groundbreaking open-source USD ALab, its expansion into ALab Phase 2, and the Unreal Engine-created short film that grew out of their R&D efforts.

Innovations in Virtual Production Headline News

Coming December 8: PNY, Vū, NVIDIA, and Puget Systems’ ‘How Vū is Revolutionizing Virtual Production’ Webinar

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 10:36am

This free virtual presentation will explore how Vū’s virtual production environment, coupled with NVIDIA RTX™ A6000 professional GPUs, is optimizing workflows and pushing the boundaries of the possible in virtual production.

Business Headline News

DNEG Announces New Sydney Studio

Slated to open in early 2023 with award-winning VFX Supervisor and Australian national Andrew Jackson at the helm, the studio will lead the visual effects production on George Miller’s highly anticipated ‘Mad Max’ prequel ‘Furiosa’ - coming in 2024.

Heading to Stuttgart Next April Headline News

FMX 2023 Set for April 25-28

The 4-day hybrid event returns to Stuttgart with 1-day devoted to online presentations from around the world; BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated producer Jinko Gotoh serves as the next program chair.

Technology Headline News

BOXX Upgrades APEXX S4 Workstations with New CPUs

Now featuring 13th Gen Intel Core i7 and i9 processors, the desk-side system is built to optimize creative and accelerated 3D workflows for CAD, 3D design, motion media, and other professional software applications.

Business Headline News

Arcturus Announces $11M Funding from Cloudtree Ventures, Autodesk and Epic Games

New round of Series A funding will enable HoloSuite platform enhancements and continued development of new tools and techniques for 3D creation tools like Maya and Unreal Engine.

XR technology Headline News

Jetstreak Ink Shares ‘Legacy of the Mandalorian’ Trailer

Fan film uses ARwall virtual production tools for interactive lighting within different virtual environments; watch the behind-the-scenes video to see the new technology and its in-camera applications.

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