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Otaku! Headline News

Taking on the Yakuza, Plagues, and Mechs in ‘Killtopia’ Cyberpunk Saga

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:55pm

Transmedia startup Voltaku, fueled by an Epic MegaGrant, begins development on animated series about two siblings’ adventures in a futuristic megacity, directed by Oscar-nominee Ruairi Robinson and penned by ‘Spine of Night’ director Philip Gelatt.

Events Headline News

SIGGRAPH Celebrates Women of Influence Panel Coming March 31

Join the conversation; virtual event features a discussion with women who shaped the organization and continue to blaze new trails in the computer graphics industry.

The Magic of VFX! VFXWorld

Method Studios Brings VFX ‘Magic’ to Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’

Using Unreal Engine-based virtual production tools, VFX supervisor Kevin Baillie helps the Oscar-winning director pre-shoot every live-action scene needing digital characters, including mice, chickens, and a cat.   

No Time Like Real-Time

RealTime Conference Coming Live Online April 26-28

The free virtual event’s 2021 theme is ‘Merging Physical and Digital Worlds – The Rise of the Metaverse;’ 3-day program features sessions, keynotes, and demos, all focused on real-time technology and its impact on the workplace and how people connect.

Technology Headline News

iPi Motion Capture Gets Unreal Engine Real-Time Integration

New plug-in lets users stream tracking directly to Unreal Engine; users can see in real-time how motion will look in 3D setting.

People Headline News

ArsenalFX Color Expands Team

Cortney Haile named VP of business development, Albert Soto named chief engineer, and J.R. Benson senior colorist; new hires will support increased offerings including scripted VFX and on-set supervision.

Awards Headline News

Sir Peter Jackson to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Legendary Academy, DGA, PGA and VES Award-winning filmmaker to be recognized for his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment at the upcoming April 6/7 VES Awards.

Business Headline News

The Carlyle Group and Epic Games Take Equity Positions in xR Leader disguise

Investment firm and Unreal Engine creator become stakeholders in extended reality technology company; partnerships will accelerate growth, with focus on international expansion, continued innovation, and enhanced support and product offerings for its customers.

Virtual Events Headline News

VFXRIO Live Kicks Off March 21

Free digital event opens with ‘Digital Humans’ keynote by Pinscreen founder Hao Li, a leader in deepfake art and technology, who will discuss the evolution of virtual living triggered by the global pandemic.

Technology Headline News

DI4D Launches PURE4D Facial Capture Pipeline

New system combines proprietary technology with machine learning; performance is realized without animation rigs, creating a realistic animated digital double ready for in-engine use.

FMX 2021 Conference Headline News

More Speakers Confirmed for FMX 2021 Open Source Track

The upcoming conference program, in partnership with the Academy Software Foundation, highlights cross-industry efforts to develop shared technology for VFX, animation and sound; additional confirmed speakers include Pixar’s technical director Markus Kranzler and Inda Barnardo, director of ‘Cat and Moth.’

Technology Headline News

Foundry Releases Nuke 13

New version introduces flexible machine learning toolset, Hydra 3D viewport renderer and extended monitor out functionality, enhanced workflows for collaborative review, and Python 3 support.

Awards Headline News

VES to Honor Three-Time Academy Award Winner Rob Legato

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 11:34am

Visual Effect Society names veteran VFX supervisor, second unit director and DP as this year’s recipient of the VES Creative Excellence Award; innovative filmmaker won Oscars for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Hugo,’ and ‘The Jungle Book.’

Real-time workflows Headline News

Don’t Miss Halon’s ‘Virtual Backlot: Filmmaking Evolved’ WonderCon Panel

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 9:03am

Set for March 27, the leading visualization studio will share a more complete view of how virtual production and cutting-edge real-time workflows are being used to produce films and episodic series.

Festivals Events

VIEW 2021 in Turin, Italy and Online October 17-22

Begins: October 17, 2021

The VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX.

Business Headline News

Trioscope Studios Inks Production Deal with Quality Films

Studio behind Netflix’s The Liberator WWII limited series will pair their innovative hybrid animation technique with media company’s extensive celebrity roster to produce a slate of original scripted content; action horror series exploring African American struggles in America already under development.

XR Innovations Headline News

Shocap Awarded Second Epic MegaGrant for Live XR-Circus Production

The grant furthers development of proprietary technology that combines live cross-reality entertainment with real-time VFX technology - delivering true XR experience to online audiences via headsets, gaming PCs, and video streaming services.

Events Headline News

SPARK FX 2021 – A Virtual Conference Coming March 4-14

Online platform for VFX industry to feature eight streams with programs on the creative teams behind popular productions such as ‘The Monster Hunter,’ ‘Bridgeton,’ ‘The Expanse,’ and ‘The Umbrella Academy;’ streams will also include VFX sessions on Reel-Time, AI, and the latest technologies for the visual effects community.

Training Headline News

Escape Studios, ScreenSkills, and Epic Games Team Up on ‘Pick and Mix’

The two-week program will help film and television professionals move into real-time visualization and virtual production; free for freelancers and furloughed workers, the program runs March 15-26.

Technology Headline News

Manus Announces the Manus Pro Tracker for SteamVR

Tracker features advanced sensors, lightweight portability, and extended battery life, and is specifically designed for motion capture, virtual production, and full-body virtual reality.

Business Headline News

DNEG and Dimension Establish Virtual Production Partnership

Deal brings together VFX company’s creative talent with XR studio’s volumetric and real-time development to enrich relationships and service offerings across film, episodic and animation projects.

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