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People Headline News

Games Workshop Names Finn Arnesen Head of Entertainment Development

Group taps former Hasbro Studios exec to expand the company’s extensive ‘Warhammer’ IP with new live-action and animated content; three animated shows are nearing completion with a half dozen still under development.

Technology Headline News

Megaport Helps Framestore with On-Demand Rendering in the Cloud

To support the Oscar-winning creative studio, leading Network as a Service provider quickly and efficiently enables on-demand multi-cloud connections that access cost effective computing power for VFX projects.  

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.

Making a Splash Headline News

‘Aquaman 2’ Production to Begin This Summer

The highly anticipated DCEU sequel is expected to start production this coming June under the working title ‘Necrus,’ with returning cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, and Amber Heard as Mera.

He Can Fly! Headline News

Principal Photography Begins on ‘Peter Pan & Wendy’

The ‘Pete’s Dragon’ team of David Lowery and Jim Whitaker will direct and produce the star-studded live-action remake of Disney’s 1953 animated classic; film to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.

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.

Cut it Out! Headline News

Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’ is Longer but Not Necessarily Better

Snyder’s niche directorial style may not be for everyone, but overall, his additions to the original film seem successful, if not a tad excessive, resulting in a longer-than-desirable runtime.

The Space Cowboys are Back! Headline News

Netflix’s Live-Action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Series Wraps Filming

After numerous delays from injuries and COVID-19 shutdowns, the highly anticipated adaptation of Sunrise Inc.’ classic, hugely popular anime could start streaming later this year.

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.’

TV VFX Headline News

WATCH: Realtime UK’s ‘The Watch’ Dragon Breakdown Reel

By Dan Sarto | Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:44am

Studio designs two dragons, inspired by a rescue puppy, armadillo, and jumbo jet, for the BBC America fantasy police procedural TV series that draws on many creations from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ book series.

SVOD Headline News

‘Alien TV’ Season 2 Touches Down March 19 on Netflix

The popular series, a co-production of eOne and POP Family, follows the comic misadventures of an extra-terrestrial television news crew as they try to understand Earth; hybrid production combines real world imagery with CGI.

Sugar Spice and Everything Nice Headline News

‘Powerpuff Girls’ Pilot Nabs its Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup

With Maggie Kiley now at the helm, Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron Yana Perrault join the live-action adaptation of the hugely popular animated series.

Awards Headline News

Nominations Announced for 93rd Academy Awards

By Dan Sarto | Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:26am

‘Onward,’ ‘Over the Moon,’ ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,’ ‘Soul,’ and ‘Wolfwalkers’ receive Best Animated Feature nominations; ‘Burrow,’ ‘Genius Loci,’ ‘If Anything Happens I Love You,’ ‘Opera,’ and ‘Yes-People are nominated for Best Animated Short.

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Animators Without Borders: How the Global Animation Community Came Together at ACM SIGGRAPH London

Artists from New Zealand, the Philippines, and North America could take advantage of the U.K. group’s virtual events to attend remotely and collaborate through online review tools.

Slam into the Jam Headline News

Fans Not Happy with ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Design Changes

Pepé Le Pew gets the axe and Lola Bunny is desexualized as director Malcolm D. Lee attempts to cure the Warner Bros. Entertainment franchise of its political incorrectness.

Go Behind-the-Scenes Headline News

Disney+ Releases ‘Assembled: The Making of WandaVision’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, March 12, 2021 at 10:59am

The one-hour special goes deep behind-the-scenes to see the Marvel show’s groundbreaking recreations of classic sitcoms and use of early TV filmmaking methods.

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.

Animated Trailers Headline News

yU+co’s Stylized ‘Justice League’ Teaser Speaks to Diehard Fans

Brand-new fully-CG ‘Mother Box Origins’ trailer, based on Zack Snyder’s own drawings, is packed with clues and symbolic imagery chronicling the long journey to restore the director’s original vision.

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