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Awards Headline News

‘Migrants’ Takes VIEW 2020 Award for Best Short Film

Other films receiving top honors at the annual animation, VFX, and games conference include ‘Latitude du Printemps,’ ‘Trésor,’ and ‘The Dead Hands of Dublin.’

Don’t Be Racist Even if it Rhymes Headline News

Paul W.S. Anderson’s ‘Monster Hunter’ Vanishes from Chinese Theaters

Constantin Film apologizes for overt racist dialogue in new action-adventure which alienated the entire Chinese audience and is getting review-bombed to hell.

10 + 10! Headline News

20 New Series Coming to Disney+ in ‘Next Few Years’

Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy reveals plans for 10 ‘Star Wars’ and 10 Marvel series to stream on Disney+ in the next few years, along with other enticing programming tidbits.

Virtual Events Headline News

VES Honors 2020 – Gone Virtual Coming December 15 - 16

The online event celebrates industry’s innovators, artists and professionals; Ray Scalice, Ken Ralston, Irwin Allen, and Mary Blair among the Founders Award, Lifetime Members, Honorary Members, VES Fellows, and Hall of Fame honorees.

VR Whimsy! Headline News

Parade Animation’s Quill-Created ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Now on Oculus TV

The new virtual reality project, created entirely with Oculus’ VR-native animation platform, is a whimsical tale about balancing work and family that immerses the viewer in a vivid and glittering wonderland.

Do it in the Cloud! Headline News

‘BobbleHeads: The Movie’: First Film Finished Remotely with Nvidia GPUs and Azure

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:12am

Cher, Jennifer Coolidge, and Luke Wilson star in animated film completed remotely, during the COVID-19 pandemic, with leading cloud-based technology including Chaos Group’s V-Ray renderer.

working remotely Headline News

Teradici Releases ‘The Separation of Work and Place’ Report

Leading tech company’s findings, gathered from nearly 700 IT professionals, focus on lessons learned by organizations forced to face a ‘new normal’ amid the global pandemic.

Digital Aging Headline News

David Beckham Aged Without Scans in ‘Malaria Must Die – So Millions Can Live’ PSA

Digital Domain added decades to the soccer star’s face without producing any geometry using their non-invasive face-swapping technology, Charlatan.

A Jedi Mystery Solved! Headline News

Why Ahsoka Tano Looks Different in ‘The Mandalorian’

Fans of the jedi’s character in ‘The Clone Wars’ animated series are puzzled at her shortened head-tails in the live-action series, but the change is for good reason.

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Announces Maya 2020.4

Update to Bifrost visual programming environment brings richer, procedural workflows to more areas of the pipeline and provides artists with powerful new scattering and instancing capabilities, along with volumetrics and FX tools.

People Headline News

ASIFA-Hollywood Announces New Officers for Executive Board of Directors

Veteran board member Sue Shakespeare named president; other appointees include Jerry Beck as VP, Brooke Keesling as 2nd VP, David Derks as 3rd VP, Jeff Wike as CFO, and Jeanette Bonds as secretary.

Madmartigans Rule! Headline News

‘Willow’ to Cast Magic Once Again in New Disney+ Series

Warwick Davis to reprise his role as Willow Ufgood, along with three new female leads, as Lucasfilm will continue, not reboot, the story from Ron Howard’s 1988 dark fantasy.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Group Launches Chaos Vantage and ‘Building Utopia’ Contest

Join the rendering challenge focused on creating real-time animation using Vantage and a free futuristic 3D city model provided by KitBash3D; contest runs until January 25, 2021.  

TV VFX Headline News

MPC Episodic Delivers During the Pandemic for Sky/HBO’s ‘The Third Day’

VFX team provided creatures, CG crowds, FX simulations, environment extensions, and seamless digital shot stitching for the miniseries; 100 artists delivered shots while working and collaborating from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

People Headline News

Chapeau Studios Adds Troy Kelley and Jon Campbell to Leadership Team

Key additions come as the studio expands original content and strategic offerings; hires add depth to new and innovative work, better merging the creative with technology.

Excelsior! Headline News

WATCH: Stan Lee Discusses His Favorite Curse Word

In memory of the Marvel legend, animator Aron Fromm has released an animated short featuring audio of the late great comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer speaking about the usefulness of cursing.

The Imp is Back! Headline News

Peter Dinklage to Play ‘Toxic’ Hero in Upcoming Reboot

Original creators Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz are set to remake their cult classic film ‘Toxic Avenger,’ an exploration of ‘environmental themes’ mixed with the vibes of ‘Deadpool.’

#SIGGRAPHAsia2020 Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 Virtual Edition Begins!

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:59pm

This year’s Conference, headlined by keynotes from Oscar-winning director Glen Keane and VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, kicks off its extensive program of live and pre-recorded sessions, running through December 13.

Drama on the High Seas Headline News

Amber Heard Reportedly in Talks for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Reboot

While the hits keep coming for Johnny Depp in his continuing estrangement battles against his ex-wife, this time she’s coming for his most iconic role.

Here There Be Dragons Headline News

HBO Announces Production Start for ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel Series

The ‘Thrones’ Twitter account reveals 2021 commencement for ‘House of the Dragon’ alongside some fiery images of the upcoming series’ eponymous dragons.

#SIGGRAPHAsia2020 Headline News

Explore Digital Humans, VR for Mental Health, and In-Camera VFX at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 2:47pm

Conference spotlights major breakthroughs, current trends, and innovative CG projects in computer graphics, animation, visual effects and other interactive mediums; sessions begin December 4.

Business Headline News

Warner Films to Hit Theaters AND HBO Max The Same Day in 2021

Warner Bros. Pictures Group announces new hybrid distribution model for next year’s feature film slate in a nod to the realities and impact on theatrical releases of the ongoing global pandemic.

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