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Technology Headline News

OptiTrack Releases Motive 3.0

The new, rebuilt version of the performance capture and motion tracking software provides real-time motion tracking, Digital Delsys EMG systems integration, and advanced customization with a redesigned UI.

People Headline News

Netflix Adds Paul Debevec as Director of Research

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:20am

The Academy Award-winning computer graphics pioneer joins streamer’s Data Science and Engineering team to oversee new technology development across VFX, virtual production, and animation production.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Names Bill Ballew CTO

25-year studio veteran and previous VP of R & D steps up to role previously held by Jeff Wike, who is retiring; new responsibilities include technology-related strategic and creative planning as well as operations of the studio's animation production platforms. 

Events Headline News

Line-Up Announced for Maxon’s ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

Free July 21 virtual event to focus on character animation; professional digital artists will share tips and tricks for Maxon’s creative tools.

Awards Headline News

TV Academy Announces 73rd Emmy Award Nominations

‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Bob's Burgers,’ ‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ and ‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ are nominated for Outstanding Animated Program; ceremony will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 on the CBS Television Network and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.

Fellowships Headline News

Dark Slope Studios Launches Paid Virtual Production Fellowship

The studio will provide mentorship, guidance, and $5,000 CAD for up to three applicants with compelling storytelling and visionary series concepts; submissions open July 19.

Get Geeked! Headline News

Netflix Plans to Get Geeky at COMIC-CON@HOME

The streaming giant’s ‘Geeked’ sessions feature sneak peaks of ‘Masters of The Universe: Revelation,’ ‘Fear Street Trilogy,’ ‘The Last Mercenary,’ ‘Lucifer,’ and ‘Army of Thieves;’ the official line-up runs from July 23–25.

call for entries Headline News

Submit Your XR Masterpiece to SIGGRAPH Asia 2021

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:08am

Selected innovative immersive projects in XR will be showcased at the conference, taking place in Tokyo from December 14-17; the submission deadline is July 15.

Dept. of Can’t Wait! Headline News

Marvel Drops ‘Black Widow’ Featurette

Watch stars Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, and producer Kevin Feige dive into the past and future role of Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; MCU Phase Four action flick hits theaters and Disney+ with Premier Access today.

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.

TV VFX Headline News

Goodbye Kansas Shares ‘The Irregulars’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 4:34pm

The company’s London and Stockholm offices delivered 229 VFX shots and 20 assets for the Netflix crime drama about the Baker Street Irregulars, based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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.

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