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Honoring the Best in Animation! Headline News

‘Soul,’ ‘Wolfwalkers’ Big Winners at 48th Annie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 8:23am

Pixar leads evening with wins in seven categories; Bastien Dubois’ ‘Souvenir Souvenir’ wins for Best Animated Short.

Archaeological Adventure Headline News

Mads Mikkelsen Joins Impressive ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Cast

The dastardly ‘Dr. Strange’ villain will star opposite Harrison Ford, as the titular relic hunter, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, in an undisclosed role.

Technology Headline News

Nvidia Unveils GANverse3D 2D Image to 3D Model Engine

By Dan Sarto | Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00am

New AI application inflates flat 2D images into realistic 3D models; artists in all fields can easily add new objects to their mockups without 3D modeling or rendering.

Ballet Goes Virtual! Headline News

Unreal Engine Powers the ‘Aberthol’ Contemporary-Ballet

Filmed entirely on greenscreens, the feature film project took five years to write, choreograph, film, and produce; Renaissance Dance Theatre used Epic MegaGrant to bring classic artform into the virtual production age.

Motion Capture for iOS Gear Headline News

Moves by Maxon Update Now Available

Mobile facial and body motion-capture iOS app for motion designers and VFX artists capitalizes on Apple’s AR-Toolkit; motion sequences can easily be brought into Cinema 4D.

I Live My Life A Quarter Mile At A Time Headline News

‘Fast & Furious’ Returns: New ‘F9’ Trailer and Images

The next saga in Vin Diesel’s action-adventure franchise takes the crew on a race across the globe; Justin Lin returns to direct and Grammy-winning Cardi B joins the cast as a woman with a connection to Dom Toretto’s past – in theaters June 25.

FMX Goes Virtual! Headline News

FMX 2021: Dive into ‘WandaVision’ and the Spectacle of ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

MARZ VFX supervisor Ryan Freer will share the often-invisible VFX on Marvel’s first Disney+ series; three presentations will peek behind the curtain surrounding the year’s first blockbuster VFX-driven tentpole to see monster making up close and personal.   

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Releases Major Flame Update

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 10:00am

Available now, the new version streamlines color grading through FX and editorial with machine learning features, more tightly integrated toolset, and enhanced support for remote review sessions.

Business Headline News

Rumble VFX Officially Launches

The full-service VFX house’s recent projects include the delivery of multiple shots for VES award-winning episode of ‘The Crown;’ company also delivered 100 shots for the popular series, ‘Pennyworth.’

Training Headline News

Escape Studios Launches Unreal Engine Fundamentals Course

New five-week program covers an interactive introduction to the real-time 3D platform; features a range of artistic and technical tasks with each participant getting direct feedback from an assigned tutor. 

Fully Rigged Digital Humans from the Clouds! Headline News

Epic Games’ MetaHuman Creator Early Access Now Open

Program now open for anyone to create unique MetaHumans for direct use in Unreal Engine; new innovative cloud-based app can create digital humans - in minutes - almost indecipherable from the real thing.

Screenwriting Headline News

Final Draft 12 Now Available

Upgrade is free for anyone who purchased V11 after February 15, 2021; company is donating free licenses to two non-profits that foster diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry.

Marvel’s New DP Marvel Headline News

Oscar-Nominated Sean Bobbitt Boards ‘Captain Marvel 2’

The ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ cinematographer is excited to join the project yet nervous to work on a film that relies heavily on CGI.

Robots in Space Headline News

‘Kong: Skull Island’ Director to Helm ‘Gundam’ Live-Action Feature

Jordan Vogt-Roberts is teaming with Brian K. Vaughn on new Netflix movie adapted from popular anime franchise set in a future where independent human colonies fight the greater population of Earth via giant robots called Mobile Suits.

Makeup FX Headline News

MastersFX Celebrates 5 Years in Toronto

Since new studio launched in 2016, facility has done makeup FX for a number of popular TV series including ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘The Boys’ and ‘Coroner;’ next up is SYFY series ‘Day of the Dead’ slated for release in Fall 2021.

More Zombie Fun! Headline News

Netflix Drops New Official ‘Army of the Dead’ Trailer

Zack Snyder’s live-action adventure follows a mercenary heist that goes awry during a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas; starring an all-star international cast, the movie hits theaters and Netflix May 21.

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Cinema 4D S24

New subscription-only version lets users easily browse and intuitively place assets within scenes; includes key animation workflow enhancements and sneak peek at new scene nodes and manager interface.

Technology Headline News

NVIDIA’s GTC Kicks-Off with a View of the Omniverse

Founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote shares breakthroughs in building virtual worlds through a convergence of technologies; new Omniverse Enterprise 3D design platform will soon be widely available, allowing for real-time global collaboration across multiple software suites.

A Kaleidoscope of VFX! VFXWorld

Framestore Helps ‘WandaVision’ Find its Wonderful Hue

By Dan Sarto | Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4:13pm

VFX supervisor John Kilshaw’s NY team produced the color blossom transformation from initial black and white format, as well as various magic effects and photoreal CG characters like a stork and kaleidoscope of butterflies, on the hit Marvel Studios and Disney+ series.

VFX for TV VFXWorld

Goodbye Kansas Brings VFX to the Astral Plane in ‘Behind Her Eyes’ Mini-Series

Studio delivers 268 shots as primary vendor on the Netflix drama, helping visualize souls leaving their bodies with innovative 2.5D approach.

Prelude to the Oscars? Headline News

‘Tenet,’ ‘Soul’ Win 2021 BAFTA Awards

‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ wins for British Short Animation; ‘Mank’ awarded for production design. 

Get Your GoT On! Headline News

HBO ‘MaraThrone’ Celebrates ‘Game of Thrones’ 10th Anniversary

Marathon back-to-back airing of ‘every episode starting with Season 1 begins April 10th; interactive HBO Max spotlight page will have over 150 special videos.

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