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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.

VFX Research Headline News

Framestore and Bournemouth University Launch VFX Research Fellowships

2-year research programs setup to help solve problems facing the visual effects industry; areas of focus include the application of machine learning to solve VFX light transport simulation problems, and learned resolution - independent rendering for feature films.

Recognizing the Best Aspiring M&E Designers Headline News

Rookie Awards 2021 Announced

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 6:50am

This year's 'Rookie of the Year' winners of the world's most prestigious competition for aspiring design and media entertainment artists were selected from a pool of more than 4,000 entries.

People Headline News

CoSA VFX Fills Key Leadership Roles at Georgia Facility

Brigitte Stanovick and Mark Davis move from LA office to Atlanta to support growing roster of high-profile episodic and feature projects; former senior post-production and project manager will network with local industry leaders, while former compositor heads up 2D team.

People Headline News

AFX Creative Adds Nicole Fina as Executive Producer

Former Digital Domain executive producer brings extensive experience in global advertising campaigns, music videos, and live event holograms, including key content for the Academy Awards and Super Bowl.

Baby I’m Amazed Headline News

Digitally De-Aged Paul McCartney Rocks ‘Find My Way’ Music Video

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 3:39pm

Funky single from Beatles legend’s new album, ‘McCartney III Imagined,’ featuring 8X Grammy winner Beck, takes a psychedelic dance trip through the halls of a hotel, blurring space, time, and identity.

Gimme Gaiman! Headline News

Amazon Studios Orders Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ Series Adaptation

Based on the prolific author’s 2005 book of the same name, the limited series, about a young boy who discovers his recently deceased father was the trickster god of stories, begins shooting in Scotland later this year.

The VFX is Unreal Headline News

Taking Unreal Engine’s In-Camera VFX Toolset for a Spin

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

Epic Games teamed with filmmaker collective Bullitt to put the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.27 in-camera VFX tools to the test; watch their short film, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette exploring the tremendous impact of these new virtual production tools.

Dept. of I Can’t Wait Headline News

Evil Awaits on Arrakis in New ‘Dune’ Trailer

Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi tome follows Paul Atreides hero’s journey to the dark, foreboding conflict on the universe’s most dangerous planet; film hits theaters and HBO Max on October 22.

Business Headline News

Rodney Rothman and Adam Rosenberg Launch Modern Magic

The Oscar-winning ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ writer/director and former MGM co-president’s new company will focus on event animation and live-action; 20 projects underway including feature films and series in various stages of development.

People Headline News

Foundry Names Christy Anzelmo Chief Product Officer

In her new role, the company’s former senior director of product will lead the product management and design teams in their planning and delivery of products across media and entertainment, and digital design industries.

Virtual Events Headline News

‘Spirit Untamed’ Co-Director Ennio Torresan Presenting at VFXRIO LIVE

Noted animator and storyboard artist will deliver the keynote, ‘Creativity and Storytelling in Animation, at upcoming free virtual event, set for July 24 in both English and Portugeuse.

People Headline News

Framestore London Names Stephen Goalby Head of Design UK

Industry veteran will lead the design team as the studio continues its expansion; upcoming work will run from hand-drawn 2D to futuristic UI sequences across film, TV, and immersive.

Live-Action / CGI Hybrid Filmmaking Headline News

Juice Releases ‘The Liberator’ Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 19, 2021 at 3:08pm

Polish VFX studio shares a video of their work using revolutionary Trioscope EHA live-action / CGI hybrid animation technology in Netflix and Trioscope Studios’ gripping four-episode WWII miniseries.

Open Source Headline News

Academy Software Foundation Adds MaterialX as Hosted Project

Initially developed by Lucasfilm, the open source platform is a key technology in the portability and transfer of look development assets between various applications and renderers.

People Headline News

Framestore Montreal Adds VFX Supervisor Damien Stumpf

Company continues to expand its teams across creative and production departments to service growing slate of film and TV projects; new hire brings 20+ years of visual effects experience to his new role.

Business Headline News

Artlist Acquires Software Company FXhome

Company adds video, VFX and image editing software tools to its already extensive catalog of high-quality creative assets, increasing its service offerings to creators.

Technology Headline News

OptiTrack Releases Motive 3.0

The new, rebuilt version of the performance capture and motion tracking software provides real-time motion tracking, Digital Delsys EMG systems integration, and advanced customization with a redesigned UI.

People Headline News

Netflix Adds Paul Debevec as Director of Research

By Dan Sarto | Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:20am

The Academy Award-winning computer graphics pioneer joins streamer’s Data Science and Engineering team to oversee new technology development across VFX, virtual production, and animation production.

People Headline News

DreamWorks Animation Names Bill Ballew CTO

25-year studio veteran and previous VP of R & D steps up to role previously held by Jeff Wike, who is retiring; new responsibilities include technology-related strategic and creative planning as well as operations of the studio's animation production platforms. 

Events Headline News

Line-Up Announced for Maxon’s ‘3D & Motion Design Show’

Free July 21 virtual event to focus on character animation; professional digital artists will share tips and tricks for Maxon’s creative tools.

Awards Headline News

TV Academy Announces 73rd Emmy Award Nominations

‘Big Mouth,’ ‘Bob's Burgers,’ ‘Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ and ‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ are nominated for Outstanding Animated Program; ceremony will be held Sunday, Sept. 19 on the CBS Television Network and streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.

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