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Foundry Releases Nuke 13

New version introduces flexible machine learning toolset, Hydra 3D viewport renderer and extended monitor out functionality, enhanced workflows for collaborative review, and Python 3 support.

Cut it Out! Headline News

Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ is Longer but Not Necessarily Better

Snyder’s niche directorial style may not be for everyone, but overall, his additions to the original film seem successful, if not a tad excessive, resulting in a longer-than-desirable runtime.

The Space Cowboys are Back! Headline News

Netflix’s Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Series Wraps Filming

After numerous delays from injuries and COVID-19 shutdowns, the highly anticipated adaptation of Sunrise Inc.’ classic, hugely popular anime could start streaming later this year.

Awards Headline News

VES to Honor Three-Time Academy Award Winner Rob Legato

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:34am

Visual Effect Society names veteran VFX supervisor, second unit director and DP as this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; innovative filmmaker won Oscars for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Realtime UK’s ‘The Watch’ Dragon Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:44am

Studio designs two dragons, inspired by a rescue puppy, armadillo, and jumbo jet, for the BBC America fantasy police procedural TV series that draws on many creations from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ book series.

SVOD Headline News

‘Alien TV’ Season 2 Touches Down March 19 on Netflix

The popular series, a co-production of eOne and POP Family, follows the comic misadventures of an extra-terrestrial television news crew as they try to understand Earth; hybrid production combines real world imagery with CGI.

Sugar Spice and Everything Nice Headline News

‘Powerpuff Girls’ Pilot Nabs its Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup

With Maggie Kiley now at the helm, Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron Yana Perrault join the live-action adaptation of the hugely popular animated series.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 93rd Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:26am

‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ receive Best Animated Feature nominations; ‘Burrow,’ ‘Genius Loci,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Opera,’ and ‘Yes-People are nominated for Best Animated Short.

working remotely ANIMATIONWorld

Animators Without Borders: How the Global Animation Community Came Together at ACM SIGGRAPH London

Artists from New Zealand, the Philippines, and North America could take advantage of the U.K. group’s virtual events to attend remotely and collaborate through online review tools.

Slam into the Jam Headline News

Fans Not Happy with ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Design Changes

Pepé Le Pew gets the axe and Lola Bunny is desexualized as director Malcolm D. Lee attempts to cure the Warner Bros. Entertainment franchise of its political incorrectness.

Go Behind-the-Scenes Headline News

Disney+ Releases ‘Assembled: The Making of WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:59am

The one-hour special goes deep behind-the-scenes to see the Marvel show’s groundbreaking recreations of classic sitcoms and use of early TV filmmaking methods.

Real-time workflows Headline News

Don’t Miss Halon’s ‘Virtual Backlot: Filmmaking Evolved’ WonderCon Panel

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:03am

Set for March 27, the leading visualization studio will share a more complete view of how virtual production and cutting-edge real-time workflows are being used to produce films and episodic series.

Animated Trailers Headline News

yU+co’s Stylized ‘Justice League’ Teaser Speaks to Diehard Fans

Brand-new fully-CG ‘Mother Box Origins’ trailer, based on Zack Snyder’s own drawings, is packed with clues and symbolic imagery chronicling the long journey to restore the director’s original vision.

Feature Film VFX Headline News

Be Careful Who You Pray To: Screen Gems Drops ‘The Unholy’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 1:14pm

Sam Raimi produces, Evan Spiliotopoulos writes and directs, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan stars in a supernatural horror thriller about a young deaf girl who's visited by the Virgin Mary... or something much more sinister; film hits theatres this Good Friday, April 2.

Cancel Culture at Work? Headline News

Disney CEO Denies Political Leanings Following Gina Carano Firing

During annual shareholder call, CEO Bob Chapek maintains the media giant isn’t ‘left leaning or right leaning,’ but instead stands for the universal values of respect, decency, integrity, and inclusion.

Technology Headline News

New Features Announced Across Adobe Creative Cloud

Updates to all applications include enhanced speed and flexibility allowing for seamless collaboration; updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Premiere Rush increase tool functionality and accelerate workflows with an overall increase in cross-app abilities and support.

Something Spooky Netflix Comes Headline News

Duffer Brothers and Spielberg Team on Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Creative duo behind ‘Stranger Things’ to executive produce series adaptation of famed novel, which follows a young boy who slips into a parallel universe as he searches for a crystal meant to heal his dying mother; Amblin Television to produce.

Manga Badassery Headline News

Derek Kolstad to Write and Produce ‘Hellsing’ Manga Film Adaptation

The ‘John Wick’ scribe will team with Amazon studios for live-action take on the popular comic, a reimagining of the familiar Dracula / Van Helsing dynamic.

Virtual Events Headline News

View Conference and VFX Festival 2021 Present Kris Pearn ‘Art vs Story’ Discussion

Join a virtual conversation about the intersection of good/bad story and good/bad design with ‘The Willoughbys’ director and Escape Studios’ Saint John Walker.

Business Headline News

Mary J. Blige, Jake Johnson, and Jonathan Groff Join ‘Lost Ollie’ Cast

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:50am

Shannon Tindle and Peter Ramsey’s live-action / animation hybrid limited series also adds Tim Blake Nelson, Gina Rodriguez, and Kesler Talbot; production underway, with CG characters created by ILM, on the story of a lost toy on an epic adventure.

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