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Events Headline News

FMX 2022 Announces First Program Confirmations

The hybrid onsite/online event, running May 3-6, includes presentations from Apple TV+ on their space saga ‘Foundation,’ the story behind Steven Appleby’s first graphic novel ‘Dragman,’ and a keynote by program chair Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull.

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Kaitlyn Yang Talks ‘The Shrink Next Door’ and VFX Industry Inclusivity

For the VFX supervisor and Alpha Studios founder, the need to ‘be so good they can’t ignore you’ has fueled her drive to succeed as a woman, Chinese immigrant, and wheelchair user, and advocate for others in an industry short on representation of those with visible, or non-visible, disabilities.

Professional training Headline News

EPI Launching ‘Virtual Production Lab’ Workshop

In association with the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the online training program for professional filmmakers offers practical training in virtual production; applications are now open – deadline for submission is January 31, 2022.

Technology Headline News

Pixomondo Creates ‘McDonald’s Friends’ Via Virtual Production

LED Volume technology moves from otherworldly to Main Street with real-time CG digital environments that eliminate production cost overages common in on site shoots.

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It’s No Day at the Beach for Weta Digital on ‘Eternals’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 17, 2021 at 10:07am

The leading VFX studio delivers 552 visual effects shots on Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao’s MCU Phase 4 adventure, including the 3rd act beach fight scenes and planet-sized Celestial Tiamut.

The Space Cowboys are Back! Headline News

Ingenuity Studios Has a Blast with ‘Cowboy Bebop’ VFX

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 11:23am

Studio shares visual effects breakdown reel showcasing rockets, explosions, fire and other action graphics replacement work they delivered across 516 shots on Netflix’s live-action sci-fi neo-noir adaptation of the famed anime.

Commercials Headline News

Photorealistic CG Hamsters Take Center Stage in Albert Heijn Holiday Campaign

TBWA\NEBOKO tapped creative studio Ambassadors to bring human emotion to the family pet in the Dutch supermarket chain’s annual seasonal short; Harry, the hamster, feels displaced by the arrival of a new baby – not truly forgotten, he finds love and meaning.

Technology Headline News

Adobe Releases Video and Audio Tools Updates Across Creative Cloud

New features and tool updates improve performance and enhance productivity with Premiere Pro and Character Animator, including faster ProRes on Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max, title graphics upgrades for improved search and replace tool, and puppet maker to give animators new ways to create, customize and animate characters

Technology Headline News

Autodesk Releases Unreal Live Link Maya Plugin

Developed in collaboration with Epic Games, the new plugin supports seamless animation data exchange between Maya and Unreal Engine to expedite virtual production and game development workflows.

Technology Headline News

Foundry Releases Katana 5.0

Latest update focuses on artist collaboration and interoperability with render upgrades, workflow improvements, and support of render partners with a new render delegate ‘AVP.’

Awards Headline News

‘Dune,’ ‘Flee,’ and ‘Big Mouth’ Lead Critics Choice Award Nominations

Denis Villenueve’s sci-fi epic nabs 10 nominations, followed by Guillermo del Toro’s neo-noir thriller with 8, and both ‘Encanto’ and ‘Flee with two each for the upcoming 27th annual awards.

Down Boy! Headline News

‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ Coming to Digital December 14

Check out an exclusive clip featuring ‘Clifford’ book series author Norman Bridwell talking about the building of a giant red dog franchise; the CGI/live-action movie follows everybody’s favorite canine and his adventures in NYC – also out n Blu-ray and DVD February 1.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 79th Golden Globe Awards

Disney’s ‘Encanto,’ Neon’s ‘Flee,’ Pixar’s ‘Luca,’ Totem Films’ ‘My Sunny Maad,’ and Disney’s ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ snag best animated feature nominations.

Ready set go! Headline News

Paramount Releases ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’ Trailer and Images

The Blue Blur returns to theaters April 8, 2022, with an all-star cast including James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, and Jim Carrey; new additions include Idris Elba and Colleen O'Shaughnessey.

Let the Game Adaptations Begin Headline News

Paramount+ Drops Long-Awaited ‘Halo’ First-Look Trailer

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:04am

New, live-action original series based on the iconic, hugely popular ‘Halo’ Xbox franchise about an epic, 26th-century battle between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, will hit the streamer in 2022.

Venom Returns! Headline News

EXCLUSIVE: DNEG Shares ‘Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage’ VFX Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 1:33pm

Leading visual effects and animation house delivers over 750 shots across 20 sequences, including digidoubles, Carnage transformations, and the wraith Venom, on Andy Serkis and Sony Pictures Entertainment's serial killer symbiont sequel to its 2018 box office hit, ‘Venom.’

Technology Headline News

Isotropix Clarisse 5.5 Now Available

Early release includes new Angie renderer, enabling CPU and GPU final render based on NVIDIA OptiX; includes full support for OSL allowing greater customization, taking users one step closer to working in real-time.

Innovative CG Showcase Headline News

SIGGRAPH Asia 2021 Hybrid Conference to Continue as Planned

By Dan Sarto | Friday, December 3, 2021 at 10:27am

With a comprehensive range of onsite safety and hygiene measures in place, event will welcome attendees in-person at the Tokyo International Forum from December 14-17; international attendees will join virtually from all over the world.

Business Headline News

It’s Done: Unity Completes Weta Digital Acquisition

The real-time content development platform finalizes its US$1.625 billion purchase of the legendary VFX studio’s digital tools, pipeline and engineering talent; VFX teams now operating as standalone WetaFX under CEO Prem Akkaraju and majority owner Sir Peter Jackson. 

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