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Baby I’m Amazed Headline News

Digitally De-Aged Paul McCartney Rocks ‘Find My Way’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 3:39pm

Funky single from Beatles legend’s new album, ‘McCartney III Imagined,’ featuring 8X Grammy winner Beck, takes a psychedelic dance trip through the halls of a hotel, blurring space, time, and identity.

Gimme Gaiman! Headline News

Amazon Studios Orders Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ Series Adaptation

Based on the prolific author’s 2005 book of the same name, the limited series, about a young boy who discovers his recently deceased father was the trickster god of stories, begins shooting in Scotland later this year.

The VFX is Unreal Headline News

Taking Unreal Engine’s In-Camera VFX Toolset for a Spin

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

Epic Games teamed with filmmaker collective Bullitt to put the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.27 in-camera VFX tools to the test; watch their short film, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette exploring the tremendous impact of these new virtual production tools.

Dept. of I Can’t Wait Headline News

Evil Awaits on Arrakis in New ‘Dune’ Trailer

Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi tome follows Paul Atreides hero’s journey to the dark, foreboding conflict on the universe’s most dangerous planet; film hits theaters and HBO Max on October 22.

Business Headline News

Rodney Rothman and Adam Rosenberg Launch Modern Magic

The Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ writer/director and former MGM co-president’s new company will focus on event animation and live-action; 20 projects underway including feature films and series in various stages of development.

People Headline News

Foundry Names Christy Anzelmo Chief Product Officer

In her new role, the company’s former senior director of product will lead the product management and design teams in their planning and delivery of products across media and entertainment, and digital design industries.

Virtual Events Headline News

‘Spirit Untamed’ Co-Director Ennio Torresan Presenting at VFXRIO LIVE

Noted animator and storyboard artist will deliver the keynote, ‘Creativity and Storytelling in Animation, at upcoming free virtual event, set for July 24 in both English and Portugeuse.

People Headline News

Framestore London Names Stephen Goalby Head of Design UK

Industry veteran will lead the design team as the studio continues its expansion; upcoming work will run from hand-drawn 2D to futuristic UI sequences across film, TV, and immersive.

Live-Action / CGI Hybrid Filmmaking Headline News

Juice Releases ‘The Liberator’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:08pm

Polish VFX studio shares a video of their work using revolutionary Trioscope EHA live-action / CGI hybrid animation technology in Netflix and Trioscope Studios’ gripping four-episode WWII miniseries.

Open Source Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Adds MaterialX as Hosted Project

Initially developed by Lucasfilm, the open source platform is a key technology in the portability and transfer of look development assets between various applications and renderers.

People Headline News

Framestore Montreal Adds VFX Supervisor Damien Stumpf

Company continues to expand its teams across creative and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; new hire brings 20+ years of visual effects experience to his new role.

Business Headline News

Artlist Acquires Software Company FXhome

Company adds video, VFX and image editing software tools to its already extensive catalog of high-quality creative assets, increasing its service offerings to creators.

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.

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