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Online VFX Education Headline News

Amarillo College Begins Enrollment for Innovative New VFX Program

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 2:12pm

VFX certificate and A.A.S. degree students receive hands-on mentorship and learn essential skills from industry experts that prepare them for future careers in the thriving VFX industry.

Supporting the Worldwide VFX Community Headline News

VES and Quebec’s QFTC Launch ‘Reignite Yourself’ Mental Health Support Series

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:30am

5-part webinar features conversations with veteran VFX and mental health professionals providing personal insights and expert guidance in support of worldwide VFX industry.

Jobs Headline News

Submissions Open for Freefolk Paid VFX Internship Competition

Studio’s Futurefolk initiative is designed to help find the next generation of visual effects talent; applicants being considered for a one month paid internship.

Podcasts Headline News

Podcast EP119: VFX Production Manager Wahid Ibn Reza's Career Move from Bangladesh to Canada

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:40pm

The writer, director, and VFX/animation production manager talks about how he became an accomplished actor before giving up everything to pursue a film career in Vancouver.

People Headline News

Framestore Montreal Adds New Key Hires

Company continues to expand its teams across creative, support, and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; Kevin Mah joins as head of FX, Wassila Lmouaci and Marie-Ève Authier as VFX producers, and Sandra Najem as head of HR.

Commercials Headline News

Nexus Studios Reimagines Tokyo for BBC’s Olympics 2020 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11:13am

Leading creative studio teams with Factory Fifteen and broadcaster’s in-house agency to take viewers through a dynamic tour of street signs, shops, an arcade, and a J-Pop music video packed with athletes and sports references.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Mortal Kombat’ Out July 13 on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD

From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the upcoming action-adventure release features deleted scenes, a look at fan favorite characters, and ‘Into the Krypt: Easter Eggs of Mortal Kombat;’ film is currently available on premium digital.

Business Headline News

Unlisted Adds Paris-Based WIZZ Animation Laboratory

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 12:22pm

Melbourne and Shanghai-based creative studio brings on French company known for creating ‘new worlds which span mediums and realities’; initial project collaborations include Salvation Army campaign and ‘Farlight 84’ trailer.

Commercials Headline News

Displaying Great Ingenuity on Spotify’s ‘Today’s Top Hits’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:01am

Ingenuity Studios delivers 65 shots in five stylized, fantastical CG worlds, each for a different starring musical act, for a new campaign highlighting the streaming music platform’s largest playlist.

Motion Picture Academy Headline News

Academy Invites 395 New Members

Short Film and Feature Animation branch adds 39 new members, with 34 added to the Visual Effects branch; Academy cuts number of new invitees while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

Technology Headline News

Pixar Releases Next Generation RenderMan 24 with XPU

The software’s biggest update ever introduces a new shading system, stylized looks, and XPU, which provides live rendering capabilities for immediate feedback on assets.

VES Headline News

Visual Effects Society Names 2021 Special Honorees

Recipients of the Founders Awards and/or Designated Lifetime Members include VFX producer Mike Chambers, business/marketing consultant Rita Cahill, VFX historian Gene Kozicki, and cinematic director Richard Winn Taylor II, VES.

Business Headline News

Stimulated-Inc. Launches Stimulated.Works Production Service

The proprietary workflow and management solution provides in-house creative teams with a scalable digital asset creation system - animation, motion, development, and design – from concept to final project delivery.

Virtual Events Headline News

Academy Museum to Host ‘The Work of Black VFX Artists’ Virtual Discussion

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7:09am

Lyndon Barrois, Lauren Ellis, Audrea Topps-Harjo, Greg Anderson, Andrew Roberts, and Corey Turner will talk about their creative processes and shared experiences in online event coming July 8.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

‘Halo’ Showrunner Steven Kane to Leave Series After Season 1

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 11:33am

With production well under way on the high-profile, fan-favorite sci-fi shooter game adaptation, Kane reportedly will leave after post-production completes, even if show gets renewed as expected.

Commercials Headline News

Artificial Ingredients Take a Beating in New Burger King Spot

Production house LANDIA and agency We Believers show the true power of a gang of natural ingredients against the likes of Sodium Benzoate, Monosodium Glutamate, and Polysorbate 80, in their VFX-driven commercial for the fast-food giant.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:46pm

Are you strong enough to wear the 10 rings? That’s the question facing Simu Liu in the upcoming ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ also starring Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hitting theaters September 3, 2021.

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Universe 4.0

Now available, the latest version includes new stylize tools Electrify, Texturize Motion, and Analog, Support for Metal, and 200+ new presets for Array Gun and Typographic; other Maxon updates include Redshift with support for OpenColorO, streamlined new Maxon App, and fixes and optimization of FX Suite and Cinema 4D S24.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Update

New support for node-based material editing helps achieve photorealism without sacrificing creative choices; other new features include V-Ray Material improvements that make it easier to create translucent materials, Progressive Caustics, V-Ray Fur, and V-Ray Clipper.

Get a Glimpse of Cool FutureTech! Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Emerging Technologies Line-Up

The program includes 14 projects, each providing a glimpse into the future; the premier conference and exhibition in computer graphics & interactive techniques runs live online August 9-13, with on-demand content available August 2 – October 29.

Technology Headline News

Adobe Releases New Adobe Substance 3D Tool Collection

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 7:24am

AI-based set of interoperable tools and services streamlines the 3D design process, eliminating much of the complexity; collection employs cutting-edge technology required by veteran artists but still easily accessible to beginners.

People Headline News

Imaginary Forces Names Anthony Gibbs Creative Director

New hire brings extensive design and VFX experience to the role, having spent 14+ years working as both creative and design directors.

People Headline News

Sony Imageworks Names Mike Ford CTO

Studio veteran and former VFX supervisor will continue to oversee software development and systems engineering teams, as well as SPI's technical infrastructure, as he moves forward on major initiatives to modernize the VFX and animated feature film pipeline.

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