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The DCEU Comes Alive VFXWorld

Shiny Helmets and Quantum Closets: Wētā FX Delivers for ‘Peacemaker’

In Part 2 of our interview with the Guy Williams and Mark Gee, the visual effects supervisors talk about their equally impressive non-avian creations for the critically acclaimed DCEU spinoff series now streaming on HBO Max.

Technology Headline News

DreamWorks Animation to Release MoonRay as Open Source

By Dan Sarto | Friday, August 5, 2022 at 7:55am

Studio’s state-of-the-art MCRT renderer, used on the upcoming ‘Puss in Boots: The Last Wish’ and previous films like ‘The Bad Guys’ and ‘Croods: A New Age,’ includes a USD Hydra render delegate and multi-machine / cloud rendering via Arras.

Marvel at D23 Expo Headline News

Here are Marvel’s First Looks and Panels Coming to Disney’s D23 Expo

Marvel Studios plans to deliver attendees a 60th anniversary celebration of Spider-Man, a sprawling showcase of exclusive items and events, and more in Anaheim next month.

People Headline News

Omid Rahmat Returns to Jon Peddie Research as Executive VP

Industry veteran in computer graphics, digital media, mobile tools, and services brings extensive business and tech experience to his new role at the industry’s leading market research firm.

People Headline News

DNEG Promotes Chas Jarrett to Creative Director

VFX veteran takes the reins from current creative director and two-time Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Paul Franklin, who will continue providing visual effects consulting to the company on features as well as develop and direct new projects.

Business Headline News

Cinesite Acquires Canadian Studio Squeeze

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 7:32am

On the heels of its July deal for Studio L’Atelier, the animation and VFX company expands its production capabilities even further with the acquisition of the Quebec City and Montreal-based animation and mocap studio.

Going Rogue! Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘Andor’ Trailer, Images, and New Release Date

The streamer returns to the Star Wars galaxy with new series takes place before the events of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, when the rebellion against the Empire begins;’ originally slated for an August debut, the highly anticipated 3-episode launch has been pushed to September.

People Headline News

Alkemy X Adds Nico Van den Bosch as Head of Pipeline

Studio taps VFX veteran’s extensive expertise in visual effects, 3D animation, emerging technology, and large-scale pipeline solutions to maximize efficiency and output across all locations.

Head into the Cloud at SIGGRAPH 2022 Headline News

AWS Showcases Content Production in the Cloud at SIGGRAPH 2022

By Dan Sarto | Monday, August 1, 2022 at 8:00am

A fireside chat with ‘Love, Death + Robots’ creator Tim Miller and talks with Wētā Digital / Unity, Animal Logic, Framestore and other top studios about the latest in cloud-enabled content workflows and products highlight Amazon Web Services’ conference plans this coming August 8-11.

Tracking Tools Headline News

OptiTrack Releases CinePuck

The new tracking tool designed for Virtual Production and in-camera VFX features technology easily integrated into any production workflow; with multiple mount points for tracking stability and optical data, the device is optimized for real-time VFX.

People Headline News

The Fuse Group Names Amelie Poitras President of FOLKS VFX Studio

Company veteran succeeds Sebastien Bergeron, recently named CEO of the parent company that also owns FuseFX, Rising Sun Pictures, and El Ranchito.

Digital Art Headline News

FC Barcelona Launches Animated ‘In a Way, Immortal’ NFT – Auction Set for July 29

Crafted by BCN Visuals, the 40-second animation recreates Johan Cruyff’s legendary 1973 goal against the Atlético Madrid goalkeeper; the digital artwork will be sold via live auction at Sotheby, NY.

Recognizing the Best Aspiring M&E Designers Headline News

The Rookies Awards 2022 Winners Announced

The prestigious, annual international contest garnered 4,400 entries from aspiring design and media entertainment artists; a panel of 150+ judges, including 80 women, selected winners based on criteria including creative, technical, and presentation skills as well as complexity and raw talent.

No Rest for the Weary Headline News

Destin Daniel Cretton Set to Direct ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’

The ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ director will helm the fifth ‘Avengers’ movie, adding yet another lofty project to a dance card filling up quickly as part of his overall deal with Marvel.

Business Headline News

Roland Emmerich to Direct ‘Those About to Die’ Gladiator Epic for Peacock

The mega-budget maven will adapt author Daniel Mannix’s non-fiction tome on ancient Rome as a dramatic series, which got a straight-to-series order from the streamer.

Business Headline News

Brompton Technology Secures Investment from Connection Capital

The £5.1M in funding will help the LED video wall processing solution company rapidly scale up to meet growing demand across both the virtual production and live event industries it services.

I want my own Virtual DRAGON! Headline News

HBO Max Rolls Out ‘House of the Dragon: DracARys’ AR App

With the new GoT franchise series premiering next month, the streamer decides to entrust its fanbase with the care and nurturing of young dragons; developed with The Mill, the augmented reality app is now available for download.

Business Headline News

Frederator Studios Developing Corgi Duo ‘Hammy and Olivia’ Hybrid Series

Launched on Tik Tok during the COVID shutdown, the social media darlings / adorable canine team are making the big showbiz leap with a new live-action/animated show.

To Rarely Go Where No One Has Gone Before Headline News

Paramount+ Shares ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ S3 Trailer and Crossover Episode Tease

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 25, 2022 at 3:48pm

Mike McMahan’s animated comedy returns for its third season this August, and will collide with ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ in a live-action / animated episode in that hit show’s second season.

Could These Reveals Be More Marvel-ous? Headline News

Recap: Marvel Studios’ Cavalcade of Comic-Con 2022 Reveals

MCU Phases 4, 5 and 6 line-ups unveiled, with new ‘Avengers’ movies announced; trailers and first looks shared for new series and features, including ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’ coming to Disney+, ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania’ coming to theaters in 2023, and the highly anticipated ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ coming to theaters this November.

Dream a Little Dream of Me Headline News

Neil Gaiman Drops ‘The Sandman’ Official Trailer at Comic-Con 2022

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 25, 2022 at 10:23am

The prolific, award-winning creator and author shares footage and other reveals from his upcoming supernatural thriller, set to hit Netflix on August 5.

Business Headline News

Territory Group Launches with Cantina Creative Acquisition

New collective of creative studios, started by Territory Studio founders David Sheldon-Hicks and Nick Glover, adds LA and Vancouver locations to the groups existing operations.

I Want My LOTR! Headline News

Prime Video Drops 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Trailer and Art

With Stephen Colbert leading the festivities, 6,500 fans at Comic-Con 2022 were treated to a 90-minute showcase featuring creatives and ensemble talent from the highly anticipated series inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's legendarium; the $400+ million series hits the streamer in September.

Comic-Con Headline News

Paramount Pictures Drops ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves’ Trailer

At Comic-Con 2022, the studio treated fans to a panel filled with big names and big reveals, including a new trailer and art from the upcoming feature inspired by the iconic role-playing game of the same name; the movie comes to theaters in 2023.

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