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Autobots Roll Out! Headline News

Angel Manuel Soto to Direct Standalone ‘Transformers’ Feature

The ‘Charm City Kings’ director will team with ‘Marvel’s the Defenders’ writer Marco Ramirez to create a fresh take separate from the Bay-verse and ‘Bumblebee.’

May the Best Monster Win Headline News

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Success Signals Good News for Movie Theaters

The titanic smash-em-up demolished previous COVID-19 era U.S. theatrical box office takes with $9.6 million debut and $48.5 million 5-day opening weekend, that coupled with $236.9 million international cume, indicates movie theaters may not be dead…yet.

Business Headline News

Rising Sun Pictures Expands as Australian Production Bounces Back

Studio’s business growth enhanced by Australia’s strong COVID-19 response, generous government incentives, and Australia’s PDV offset; creative team to top 225 at Adelaide location.

Virtual Events Headline News

FMX Conference Program Now Online

Running May 4-6, the conference’s first online edition will provide a platform for the global FMX community to reflect collectively on the disruption and reinvention of the industry; program will include panels, keynotes, and presentations.

Slam into the Jam Headline News

WATCH: Going Strong to the Hoop in ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:37pm

Warner Bros. releases new trailer and images for their upcoming animated/live-action hybrid comedy adventure starring NBA legend LeBron James and a team of your favorite Looney Tunes characters in a high-stakes challenge against an A.I.-led squad of digital goons.

Dept. of Can’t Wait! Headline News

Disney Drops Seriously Thrilling ‘Black Widow’ Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 10:42am

Hitting theatres and Disney+ simultaneously July 9, Marvel Studios’ often delayed and hotly anticipated spy thriller tells the mysterious backstory of the MCU’s most enigmatic and compelling Avenger.

Insights into TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Part 1 of AWN-FuseFX VFX Artist Interview Series

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 2, 2021 at 11:31am

VFX supervisors Ariel Altman and Josh Miyaji share insights into their innovative visual effects work on shows like ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Barry,’ and ‘I Know This Much is True.’

Tatooine Tango Headline News

Disney+ ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series Adds A-List Cast

Moses Ingram, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie have joined the show in mystery roles alongside Joel Edgerton as Owen Lars and Bonnie Piesse as Beru Lars.

People Headline News

DNEG Names Roy C. Anthony Global Head of Research

Industry trailblazer tapped to lead innovation across company’s VFX and animation teams, with a focus on emerging technologies, real-time technology, and the use of AI; previous SIGGRAPH chair will also nurture relationships with SIGGRAPH, VES and other industry organizations.

Achievements in Entertainment Technology Headline News

The Third Floor, Digital Domain Lead Lumiere Awards Honorees

The Advanced Imaging Society’s 11th annual awards honored technical achievements currently accelerating the entertainment industry; 12 distinguished technical achievements were recognized for cutting-edge technology having ‘Impact through Innovation.’

Hmmmmmm Headline News

LAIKA Expands into Live-Action

The cutting-edge studio known for their innovations in stop-motion and CG on features including ‘Coraline,’ ‘ParaNorman,’ and ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ announces plans to bring screenwriter John Brownlow’s first novel ‘Seventeen’ to the big screen.

Murder on Broadway Headline News

George R.R. Martin Penning ‘Game of Thrones’ Broadway Prequel

Author teams with playwright Duncan MacMillan on stage play set 16 years prior to the now infamous book and HBO series, during The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, and may feature familiar characters.

Celebrating Canadian Animation Excellence! Headline News

2021 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations Announced

Nominated animated shorts include ‘I, Barnabé,’ ‘The Great Malaise,’ and ‘4 North A;’ winners will be announced and honored at a series of events set for May 17-20.

People Headline News

Glassworks Promotes Amsterdam-Based Leadership

Belén Palos is named head of production and Chris Kiser is named COO; Kiser will remain active in creative efforts while mapping out the strategic growth opportunities for the studio.

VFX with Teeth to It! Headline News

Freefolk Creates Devouring VFX for New Toolstation Spot

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 12:41pm

Creative studio produces wall-to-wall bathroom aquarium complete with rocky seafloor, dense schools of tropical fish, and massive, unexpected and rather toothy great white shark.

Casting Extravaganza Headline News

‘The Witcher’ Season 2 Casts Seven New Characters

Familiar favorites Nenneke, Philippa Eilhart, Dijkstra, Rience, and Codringher will appear alongside original character Ba’lain and a gender swapped Fenn.

TV VFX Headline News

RISE FX Shares ‘Lovecraft Country’ VFX Breakdown Reel and Images

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 29, 2021 at 10:05am

German visual effects studio's new highlight reel showcases their work on funky ‘60s planet, menacing robots, and White Room prison cell from hit HBO horror fantasy series.

Advertising Headline News

Calabash Reels It in With New Starkist Ad

‘Stair Climb 500’ freshens up the 60-year-old iconic Charlie the Tuna fresh in the animated/live-action hybrid spot; new ad is first of two collaborations planned for 2021 with PA-based agency Quench.

Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH Celebrates Women of Influence Panel Coming March 31

Join the conversation; virtual event features a discussion with women who shaped the organization and continue to blaze new trails in the computer graphics industry.

The Magic of VFX! VFXWorld

Method Studios Brings VFX ‘Magic’ to Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’

Using Unreal Engine-based virtual production tools, VFX supervisor Kevin Baillie helps the Oscar-winning director pre-shoot every live-action scene needing digital characters, including mice, chickens, and a cat.   

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