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Commercials Headline News

Nexus Studios Reimagines Tokyo for BBC’s Olympics 2020 Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11:13am

Leading creative studio teams with Factory Fifteen and broadcaster’s in-house agency to take viewers through a dynamic tour of street signs, shops, an arcade, and a J-Pop music video packed with athletes and sports references.

Home Entertainment Headline News

‘Mortal Kombat’ Out July 13 on 4K, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD

From Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the upcoming action-adventure release features deleted scenes, a look at fan favorite characters, and ‘Into the Krypt: Easter Eggs of Mortal Kombat;’ film is currently available on premium digital.

Business Headline News

Unlisted Adds Paris-Based WIZZ Animation Laboratory

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 12:22pm

Melbourne and Shanghai-based creative studio brings on French company known for creating ‘new worlds which span mediums and realities’; initial project collaborations include Salvation Army campaign and ‘Farlight 84’ trailer.

Commercials Headline News

Displaying Great Ingenuity on Spotify’s ‘Today’s Top Hits’ Campaign

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:01am

Ingenuity Studios delivers 65 shots in five stylized, fantastical CG worlds, each for a different starring musical act, for a new campaign highlighting the streaming music platform’s largest playlist.

Motion Picture Academy Headline News

Academy Invites 395 New Members

Short Film and Feature Animation branch adds 39 new members, with 34 added to the Visual Effects branch; Academy cuts number of new invitees while reaffirming goals to cultivate membership that reflects the diverse film community.

Technology Headline News

Pixar Releases Next Generation RenderMan 24 with XPU

The software’s biggest update ever introduces a new shading system, stylized looks, and XPU, which provides live rendering capabilities for immediate feedback on assets.

VES Headline News

Visual Effects Society Names 2021 Special Honorees

Recipients of the Founders Awards and/or Designated Lifetime Members include VFX producer Mike Chambers, business/marketing consultant Rita Cahill, VFX historian Gene Kozicki, and cinematic director Richard Winn Taylor II, VES.

Business Headline News

Stimulated-Inc. Launches Stimulated.Works Production Service

The proprietary workflow and management solution provides in-house creative teams with a scalable digital asset creation system - animation, motion, development, and design – from concept to final project delivery.

Virtual Events Headline News

Academy Museum to Host ‘The Work of Black VFX Artists’ Virtual Discussion

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7:09am

Lyndon Barrois, Lauren Ellis, Audrea Topps-Harjo, Greg Anderson, Andrew Roberts, and Corey Turner will talk about their creative processes and shared experiences in online event coming July 8.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

‘Halo’ Showrunner Steven Kane to Leave Series After Season 1

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 28, 2021 at 11:33am

With production well under way on the high-profile, fan-favorite sci-fi shooter game adaptation, Kane reportedly will leave after post-production completes, even if show gets renewed as expected.

Commercials Headline News

Artificial Ingredients Take a Beating in New Burger King Spot

Production house LANDIA and agency We Believers show the true power of a gang of natural ingredients against the likes of Sodium Benzoate, Monosodium Glutamate, and Polysorbate 80, in their VFX-driven commercial for the fast-food giant.

We Want More Marvel! Headline News

Marvel Studios Drops New ‘Shang-Chi’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:46pm

Are you strong enough to wear the 10 rings? That’s the question facing Simu Liu in the upcoming ‘Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings,’ also starring Awkwafina, Tony Leung, and Michelle Yeoh, hitting theaters September 3, 2021.

Good v Evil! VFXWorld

Creating the Post-Apocalyptic World of Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 1:08pm

Overall VFX supervisor Jake Braver, with the help of ILM VFX supervisor Laurent Hugueniot, delivers 2,800 VFX shots depicting a world decimated by plague and a city ruled by supernatural evil, in the 9-part series from CBS Television Studios now streaming on Paramount+.

Technology Headline News

Maxon Releases Universe 4.0

Now available, the latest version includes new stylize tools Electrify, Texturize Motion, and Analog, Support for Metal, and 200+ new presets for Array Gun and Typographic; other Maxon updates include Redshift with support for OpenColorO, streamlined new Maxon App, and fixes and optimization of FX Suite and Cinema 4D S24.

Technology Headline News

Chaos Releases V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Update

New support for node-based material editing helps achieve photorealism without sacrificing creative choices; other new features include V-Ray Material improvements that make it easier to create translucent materials, Progressive Caustics, V-Ray Fur, and V-Ray Clipper.

Get a Glimpse of Cool FutureTech! Headline News

SIGGRAPH 2021 Reveals Emerging Technologies Line-Up

The program includes 14 projects, each providing a glimpse into the future; the premier conference and exhibition in computer graphics & interactive techniques runs live online August 9-13, with on-demand content available August 2 – October 29.

Technology Headline News

Adobe Releases New Adobe Substance 3D Tool Collection

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 7:24am

AI-based set of interoperable tools and services streamlines the 3D design process, eliminating much of the complexity; collection employs cutting-edge technology required by veteran artists but still easily accessible to beginners.

TV VFX VFXWorld

How Dottie Starling Guided ‘The Underground Railroad’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 4:04pm

The VFX supervisor on Barry Jenkins and Prime Video’s period drama, about a young woman’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South, shares how she helped plan and deliver over 1,000 visual effects shots, ranging from 18 minutes of a town on fire to an actual full underground railroad hub.

People Headline News

Imaginary Forces Names Anthony Gibbs Creative Director

New hire brings extensive design and VFX experience to the role, having spent 14+ years working as both creative and design directors.

People Headline News

Sony Imageworks Names Mike Ford CTO

Studio veteran and former VFX supervisor will continue to oversee software development and systems engineering teams, as well as SPI's technical infrastructure, as he moves forward on major initiatives to modernize the VFX and animated feature film pipeline.

VR technology Headline News

Soundscape VR Launches Magic Mirror ‘Digital Drive-in’ Platform

Launching with special performances including The Desert Dwellers, Desert Hearts Mikey Lion, Porky, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, RYBO, and Carlo, the new, scalable VR technology brings 2D content into virtual reality with no limit to the number of music lovers who can share the experience.

VFX for Film VFXWorld

Molecule VFX Helps Amazon Prime Achieve a State of ‘Bliss’

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:26pm

Led by VFX supervisor Luke DiTomasso, the studio delivers over 200 shots for director Mike Cahill’s sci-fi thriller about two overlapping worlds, one real, one not, one ugly, one beautiful, and the conspiracy to keep people from finding out the truth.

Events Headline News

THU Returns to Portugal for Upcoming 8th Edition

After canceling last year because of COVID-19, Trojan Horse was a Unicorn will be back as an onsite event this year, running September 20-25 in Tróia.

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