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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.

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‘Luca’s Innovative Back and Forth Transformations from Sea Monster to Human

Character supervisors Laura Beth Albright and Sajan Skaria discuss how they fully embraced, rather than hid or obscured, the potentially scary metamorphosis of their lead characters moving in and out of the water, in Pixar’s new animated feature now streaming on Disney+.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Escape Studios Launches Virtual Work Experience Program for Teens

The free 2-day event introduces young people to career opportunities within the creative industries; program runs July 13-14 and registration is now open.

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Animation Guild Hosting ‘Getting Started in Animation for Grads’ Virtual Q&A

The free online event features a panel of industry leaders including ‘Steven Universe’ creator Rebecca Sugar and ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ director Jennifer Yuh Nelson; topics range from interviewing and hiring insights to social media presence and working remotely.

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Zoic Studios' VFX Help Satisfy Our ‘Sweet Tooth’

By Dan Sarto | Monday, June 21, 2021 at 9:44am

Emmy Award-winning entertainment company delivers nearly 1,000 visual effects shots, including CG tigers, elephants, and Bobbie the hybrid human-groundhog, on Netflix’s post-apocalyptic adventure series.

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Framestore Consolidates Film and TV Divisions

By Dan Sarto | Friday, June 18, 2021 at 1:48pm

BAFTA winner James Whitlam will head episodic work as the company brings both departments under one banner, one pipeline, and a new leadership structure.

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FuseFX Adds Julian Sarmiento as Global Director of Virtual Production and Real-Time

Industry veteran will lead VFX house’s integration of innovative and emerging technologies as key pre-production to final shot service offerings.

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Weta Digital and Autodesk Team on WetaM Creative Cloud Service

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7:37am

New subscription service productizes Weta’s Oscar-winning Maya-based proprietary VFX tools, providing artists access to one complete stage to screen Maya-based pipeline.

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NVIDIA Omniverse Design Challenge Now Live

#CreateWithMarbles: Marvelous Machines invites participants to design an outrageous race-track-style contraption for marbles; submission deadline is July 30.

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Lenovo Launches New ThinkPad Workstations for Post-Pandemic Work Environments

The next generation ThinkPad P1, P15, and P17, teamed with new ThinkVision P34w-20 monitor and Thunderbolt 4 workstation dock, provide professional users the flexibility to work from anywhere.

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Calabash Creates Mischievously Delicious ‘Loki Charms’ Spot for Marvel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 1:38pm

The long-time Lucky Charms commercial production house magically transforms Lucky the Leprechaun into something much darker in cross-promotion campaign for the new Disney+ series.

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James Prosser Named Managing Director at Goodbye Kansas Studios

Martin Hobbs steps down after 5 years at the helm to pursue an outside position; company’s former studio director takes over the MD role.

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Marc Bourbonnais Named COO of DDEG’s Animation Studios

Former head of production promoted to oversee both Saturday Animation Studios and Meduzarts Animation; the adult animation arm of DDEG is currently in production of Zack Snyder’s ‘Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.’

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Cinesite Names Antony Bluff Executive Producer

Emmy Award-winning VFX producer brings over two decades experience on projects ranging from ‘Muppet Treasure Island’ to ‘A Discovery of Witches;’ in his new role, he will work directly with clients while overseeing day-to-day operations.

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Watch the Grishaverse Come Alive in ‘Shadow and Bone’ VFX Reel

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:56pm

Netflix has shared a breakdown reel from their critically acclaimed magical fantasy series, based on Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling novels, just renewed for a second eight-episode season.

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