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Doing Hard VFX Time on ‘Spiderhead’

For director Joseph Kosinski and Netflix’s crime drama, VFX supervisor Ryan Tudhope managed a group of studios that produced 900 visual effects shots, including the prison facility, UI graphics and monitor replacements, CG environmental assets, and various set extensions.

Business Headline News

Foundry Acquires Peregrine Lab’s Bokeh Tool

The popular deep data defocus tool will be integrated into Nuke’s upcoming releases; customers with a current, or recently expired, Bokeh license can get a free one-time extension until December 31, 2023.

The Best in CG Animation Headline News

‘GARRANO’ Takes Best in Show at SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 Computer Animation Festival

‘CAT and MOTH’ garners the Special Jury Award, with ‘Period Drama’ named Best Student Project; winning films will highlight this year’s Electronic Theater screenings at the conference, running next week in Daegu, South Korea.

People Headline News

Jellyfish Pictures Announces New Leadership Team

David Patton, Mark Warburg, Phil Greenlow, and Sharn Gondal join the Emmy Award-winning VFX/Animation company; Natalie Llewellyn expands her role managing all animation production.

Technology Headline News

Epic Games Releases RealityScan Free iOS App

Capturing Reality’s app for 3D Scanning allows users to easily capture and create 3D models for use in Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, MetaHuman, or any other post-processing tool.

A Mountain of Entertainment Headline News

‘Key & Peele’ Inspired ‘Mr. Garvey's Mountain Survival Skills’ Released by Paramount+

The one-minute sketch features a delightful mix of the streamer’s live-action and animated characters, along with Keegan-Michael Key, part of its ‘A Mountain of Entertainment’ campaign.

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Epic Games Releases MetaHuman Update

New features and enhancements make it easier for users to share, collaborate and refine assets while facilitating DNA Calibration and integration into proprietary pipelines.

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.

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