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Lenovo Launches New ThinkPad Workstations for Post-Pandemic Work Environments

The next generation ThinkPad P1, P15, and P17, teamed with new ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor and Thunderbolt 4 workstation dock, provide professional users the flexibility to work from anywhere.

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James Prosser Named Managing Director at Goodbye Kansas Studios

Martin Hobbs steps down after 5 years at the helm to pursue an outside position; company’s former studio director takes over the MD role.

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Marc Bourbonnais Named COO of DDEG’s Animation Studios

Former head of production promoted to oversee both Saturday Animation Studios and Meduzarts Animation; the adult animation arm of DDEG is currently in production of Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.’

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Netflix and CD PROJEKT RED’s ‘WitcherCon’ is Coming

The free global online event streams July 9-10 on Twitch and YouTube; fans of the games and TV series get a behind-the-scenes look at the popular franchise with panels, breaking news, and a preview of the upcoming mobile game ‘The Witcher: Monster Slayer.’

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Cinesite Names Antony Bluff Executive Producer

Emmy Award-winning VFX producer brings over two decades experience on projects ranging from ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ to ‘A Discovery of Witches;’ in his new role, he will work directly with clients while overseeing day-to-day operations.

TV VFX Headline News

Watch the Grishaverse Come Alive in ‘Shadow and Bone’ VFX Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:56pm

Netflix has shared a breakdown reel from their critically acclaimed magical fantasy series, based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novels, just renewed for a second eight-episode season.

Immersive xR Worlds Headline News

disguise xR Powers the Virtual Worlds of Bryson Tiller’s Live-Streamed Concert

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:00pm

The leading extended reality tech firm and Xite Labs create a myriad of immersive worlds in Unreal Engine for the rappers’ ‘Trapsoul World Series’ performance.

Mentorships Headline News

The Chimaera Project Launches Fall 2021 Women’s Mentorship Program

SUPPORT.HER offers women filmmakers – cis, trans, and non-binary inclusive – career guidance and assistance from industry professionals; applications now being accepted through July 31.

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Framestore's VFX is the 'Zombie Cat’s Meow’ in ‘Army of the Dead’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 2:13pm

Leading visual effects studio creates the vicious undead tiger, ‘Valentine,’ and loads of gory zombie mayhem, in Zack Snyder and Netflix’s post-apocalyptic heist adventure.

virtual production Headline News

Pixomondo Inks Deal to Build LED Volumes Across Canada

VFX house and Canadian TV/Film equipment company have already begun building new virtual production stages in Vancouver and Toronto, with more set for 2022; combined capital commitment exceeds $30 million.

Gaiman to the Rescue! Headline News

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Neil Gaiman on ‘The Sandman’

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 9:02am

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the upcoming Netflix series based on the prolific writer and producer’s DC comic book series, now in production.

Podcasts Headline News

New ‘Masters of Motion’ Podcast with VFX Supervisor Brendan Seals

‘Becoming a Top Supervisor & Creating VFX for Spider-Man, Thor & Black Panther’ episode features the Luma Pictures artist discussing topics including making better show and breakdown reels; working in commercials; pipeline technology; and advantages / disadvantages of being a 3D generalist.

Technology Headline News

AMD Launches New AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Workstation Graphics Product Series

Their most powerful AMD RDNA workstation graphics to date includes three new lines designed for power demanding design work, ultra-high resolution media projects, complex simulations, and advanced image and video editing.

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BlueBolt Names Lucy Tait Finance Director

In new leadership role, she will continue supporting the VFX house’s on-going expansion; studio’s slate of film and TV projects includes The Northman, The Great Season 2, Becoming Elizabeth, Suspicion and The Last Kingdom Season 5. 

Fighting for Displaced Kids Headline News

KEPYR’s ‘Kindred Spirits’ Campaign - UNICEF Aid for Displaced Kids Now Underway

The month-long online fundraiser runs through June 20 - World Refugee Day; campaign supports UNICEF’s work aiding displaced children around the world.

virtual production Headline News

NVIZ Shows its Virtual Side in ‘The Irregulars’ Previs and VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 11:07am

Leading visualization company provides crucial virtual production support that helped the Netflix mystery thriller’s creative team remotely view work, brainstorm, and make creative decisions shot by shot during the pandemic.  

VFX Headline News

WATCH: Pixomondo’s ‘Star Trek: Discovery' Season 3 Breakdown Reel and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 8:53am

Led by VFX supervisor Phil Jones and VFX producer Matthew Pellar from their Toronto facility, the studio shifted into warp speed during the pandemic to deliver 570 shots for the hit Paramount+ sci-fi drama.

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Outpost VFX Adds Jeremy Fernsler

Emmy-nominated as a VFX supervisor on ‘Westworld’ Season 3, the industry veteran joins company’s new L.A. studio, where he will work with directors, producers, and showrunners to deliver visual effects on TV and films.

The Latest in CG Research Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Technical and Art Papers Selections

The extensive line-up includes 191 research projects from 22 countries, covering numerous subfields of computer graphics and interactive techniques; live conference events run August 9-13, with on-demand available August 2 – October 29.

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Pixotope Adds to Global Staff

Mixed reality software company taps industry veterans Juan Rubio, Brad Rochon, and David Dowling as new project specialist, VP of sales and marketing, and chief revenue officer, respectively.

Education Headline News

Teen Animators Get an Online Club with YAY UK

AccessVFX and ScreenSkills launch Young Animator of the Year club and award program for aspiring young animators ages 13-18; teens will complete hands-on challenges set by UK animation studios with chance to compete for prizes.

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