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Team Detroit Selects RingSide Creative, Flavor, Dictionary Films and Cutters to Showcase Ford 2015 Super Duty in Bold New Style
News: Team Detroit Selects RingSide Creative, Flavor, Dictionary Films and Cutters to Showcase Ford 2015 Super Duty in Bold New StyleThe end-to-end commercial design and production teams comprised of affiliated companies RingSide Creative and Cutters Studios divisions Flavor, Cutters and Dictionary Films are very proud to detail their contributions to a new national spot for Ford Motor Company from Team Detroit. Entitled "Front and Back," the :30 spot extends the long-running Ford Trucks "Rant" campaign with a bold, powerful homage to heroism and reliability, using a hybrid design and animation style and original live-action footage shot on-location in Los Angeles. The spot debuted nationally earlier this month and will continue to air in targeted placements online, during high-profile broadcasts and on cable.
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STATE Design Reboots The Creative Senses With Opening Titles For The motion Conference 2014
News: STATE Design Reboots The Creative Senses With Opening Titles For The motion Conference 2014Design and animation studio STATE Design was recently commissioned by the organizers of the popular motion Conference to create the open for the 8th annual event, which took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico from August 15 - 18, 2014.
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SMPTE® Announces 2014 Honorees and Award Winners
Annual SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony Highlights Vision, Ingenuity, Perseverance, and Dedication to Motion Picture and Television Industries
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today revealed the outstanding industry members who will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony.
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iAnimate.net Attracts Senior Creature Animator James Bennett to Teach New Advanced Creature Animation Workshop
News: iAnimate.net Attracts Senior Creature Animator James Bennett to Teach New Advanced Creature Animation WorkshopLearn Top-Level Creature Animation From an Industry Veteran Whose Credits Include Many of Hollywood’s Most Successful Films—From “Avatar” and “Godzilla” to “King Kong” and “IronMan 2”
iAnimate.net continues to attract top instructors to its industry-leading animation courses—the newest being James Bennett, a senior creature animator and lead previz artist whose list of credits includes “Godzilla,” “The Hobbit,” “Avatar,” “King Kong,” “The Adventures of TinTin,” “Happy Feet,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Madagascar 3,” “Iron Man 2,” and many more.
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Gasket Studios Creates Breathtaking, New Logo Animation For Activision’s Sierra Games
News: Gasket Studios Creates Breathtaking, New Logo Animation For Activision’s Sierra GamesGasket Studios (the design, visual effects and animation studio) is finishing up Summer 2014 with a new logo animation for Activision and its re-launched brand: Sierra Games. The breathtaking logo animation was unveiled at Gamescom 2014 when Activision announced the newest Sierra Games, a re-imagined King’s Quest as well as "Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions."
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"When The Game Stands Tall" with Pixel Magic
Lafayette, LA, August 22, 2014...Pixel Magic announced that it produced all of the visual effects for Mandalay Picture's "When The Game Stands Tall". The movie opens on August 22, 2014.
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LipSync Takes On The Might Of Olympus
News: LipSync Takes On The Might Of OlympusCompany to Provide Full Post-Production Services and Equity Investment for $30m Fantasy/Drama TV Series for SyFy
LipSync will provide equity investment and full post-production services for the $30m 13-episode TV series "Olympus," which is scheduled to appear on the SyFy channel in the US in early 2015. This epic series is produced by Tremadoc Productions with Reunion Pictures in association with Great Point Media, Content Television and Digital and LipSync Productions.
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iAnimate.net Announces Elite Games Animation Workshop 3 - Featuring Top Instructors from Leading Games Studios
News: iAnimate.net Announces Elite Games Animation Workshop 3 - Featuring Top Instructors from Leading Games StudiosNew Interactive Online Course Brings Together Students and Professional Animators from Triple A Studios such as Blizzard Entertainment, Eidos, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Games, to Teach Specialized Animation Techniques for Games Creation
iAnimate.net announces the Elite Games Animation Workshop 3, an interactive 14-week program directly pairing students with top working animators at the most recognizable game studios in the industry. The workshop offers a collection of master classes designed to sharpen artists’ game animation and storytelling skills. Courses begin September 8, 2014.
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Avid Congratulates Its Primetime Emmy Award Winning and Nominated Customers
Avid Everywhere Enables the Creation of the Highest-Quality, Creatively Inspiring Programs Recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Avid® (OTC:AVID) congratulates its customers on their awards and nominations at the prestigious Primetime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) as part of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 16 in Los Angeles. The awards are dedicated to honoring the behind-the-scenes crafts essential to television production.
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Sony Pictures Imageworks Teams up with Marvel Studios on MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
News: Sony Pictures Imageworks Teams up with Marvel Studios on MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXYSelect VFX Sequences Completed at Imageworks
The onscreen universe of Marvel Studios’ August 1st release Guardians of the Galaxy appeared more expansive, immersive and complex, thanks in part to the collaborative efforts of Sony Pictures Imageworks—the Academy Award® winning visual effects and digital character animation company—which completed 88 shots for the film while working in tandem with lead VFX facility MPC.
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Academy Award®-Nominated Director John Stevenson To Direct Animated Comedy Adventure Inspired By “Noah’s Ark” For Unified Pictures
News: Academy Award®-Nominated Director John Stevenson To Direct Animated Comedy Adventure Inspired By “Noah’s Ark” For Unified PicturesUnified Pictures announced today that Academy Award®-nominated director John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) will direct the company’s first CG-animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” which is slated for completion in 2016.
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Mixamo Launches New, More Affordable Pricing
News: Mixamo Launches New, More Affordable PricingNew Pricing Designed to Make Mixamo’s Animation Service Even More Accessible to Individual Animators, Indie and Advanced Studios
Mixamo, Inc announced today that it has launched a brand new pricing strategy geared to meet the needs of animators and studios at every level. The new strategy includes more affordable pay-per-use pricing for Mixamo’s services, as well as three cost-effective and flexible pricing tiers, called “Starter”, “Indie” and “All Access”.
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Shotgun Recognizes Excellence with Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH
News: Shotgun Recognizes Excellence with Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPHAt the Shotgun User Group held during SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Shotgun Software held the first ever Pipeline Awards to honor excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering, and usage. Members of the Shotgun community from around the world submitted inventive tools for consideration, and four were recognized with Pipeline Shotty Awards, distinguishing them as the best pipeline tools of 2014. Shotgun also recognized four individuals as "Pipeline Heroes," leaders who have had a significant impact on the pipeline community through their technical contributions and commitment to sharing ideas and best practices.
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Cogswell College's Unique MediaWorks Initiative Marks One Year Anniversary with Completed AV Projects for Real-World Clients
News: Cogswell College's Unique MediaWorks Initiative Marks One Year Anniversary with Completed AV Projects for Real-World ClientsCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, is marking the one-year anniversary of its highly successful MediaWorks initiative. MediaWorks is a project-based learning course in Cogswell’s Digital Audio Technology (DAT) program. MediaWorks produces short audiovisual pieces in collaboration with students of the Digital Art & Animation (DAA) program, for various real-world businesses and organizations based in Silicon Valley and beyond.
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MotionElements Launches VisualSearch for Faster & More Relevant Searches
MotionElements Implements VisualSearch Technology to its Search Engine to Enable Faster and More Relevant Results for its Buyers.
MotionElements Pte Ltd (http://www.motionelements.com) has announced the launch of its improved search engine featuring new powerful visual similarity search technology to help stock media buyers find relevant content faster.
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Rising Sun Pictures Looks to SIGGRAPH to Expand for a Blockbuster Year.
Australian VFX Studio will be Recruiting Artists for Upcoming Projects and Discussing its Work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.
Rising Sun Pictures is sending a team of representatives to SIGGRAPH 2014 to discuss its work on the recent film "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and to recruit artists for future projects including "Gods of Egypt," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2," "Deadline Gallipoli," "Pan & Tarzan." The 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Technologies, SIGGRAPH 2014 takes place 10-14 August in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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OTOY Expands OctaneRender™ Integration to NUKE, Houdini, MotionBuilder, Unreal Engine 4, and Digital Molecular Matter Engine
Cloud graphics company, OTOY Inc., today announced expanded support for its acclaimed OctaneRender™ software, giving artists and animators more choice in where and how they work and accelerating content creation by bringing lightning fast true-to-life rendering to four more popular 3D applications. Along with previously announced plugins for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects, OctaneRender™ plugins are also in development for The Foundry’s NUKE compositing software, Side Effects Software’s Houdini™ 3D animation software, Autodesk’s MotionBuilder® 3D character animation software, and Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.
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Vicon redefines motion capture with unprecedented new products at SIGGRAPH 2014
News: Vicon redefines motion capture with unprecedented new products at SIGGRAPH 2014Launches new retargeting and solving tool and latest version of Blade software
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced the launch of two new products, Pegasus and Pegasus Advanced, a new set of retargeting and solving tools developed with IKinema, as well as Blade 3, the newest version of its industry-leading capture and data processing software at SIGGRAPH 2014 (booth #733). The products offer a new level of flexibility, accessibility and increased value for money in motion capture.
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LightWave 3D Group Offers the Ultimate Creativity Bundle Featuring LightWave 11.6 and OctaneRender 2.0 Software
News: LightWave 3D Group Offers the Ultimate Creativity Bundle Featuring LightWave 11.6 and OctaneRender 2.0 SoftwareTeams with OTOY to save 3D artists and designers up to $500 by pairing leading 3D modeling, rendering and animation software with a high-performance GPU-based rendering program
The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., today announced the Ultimate 3D Bundle, a special promotion pairing a new license of LightWave 11.6 with OTOY’s OctaneRender 2.0 software for the price of $1595, a combined savings of up to $500. Registered users of LightWave 10 or earlier can save up to $300 when upgrading to the bundle, which is priced at $995. The Ultimate Creativity Bundle is set to end September 30, 2014.
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Vancouver Film School Selects HP Z Workstations with AMD FirePro Professional Graphics
HP today announced that Vancouver Film School (VFS), Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution has installed 775 HP Z420 Workstations with AMD FirePro W7000 professional graphics.
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Leftchannel’s Alberto Scirocco To Speak At motion 2014
News: Leftchannel’s Alberto Scirocco To Speak At motion 2014On The Heels Of PromaxBDA Session, Creative Director Returns To Popular Conference To Be Held August 15-17 In Albuquerque, NM
Following his successful appearance in June at PromaxBDA Conference, leftchannel Creative Director Alberto Scirocco, returns to motion 2014 conference, the Ted talks of the motion design industry, which will be held August 15-17 at the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque, NM.
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Thinkbox Software Previews Deadline 7 at SIGGRAPH 2014 with Built-in VMX for Comprehensive Cloud Support
News: Thinkbox Software Previews Deadline 7 at SIGGRAPH 2014 with Built-in VMX for Comprehensive Cloud SupportSIGGRAPH, Booth 609 – At the SIGGRAPH Conference held August 10-14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC, Thinkbox Software will demonstrate Deadline 7, the latest version of the company’s scalable high-volume compute management solution, which is currently in beta. Further extending the functionality of the cross-platform tool, Deadline 7 features significant architectural changes and core technology upgrades, which include a new Qt interface, an updated MongoDB database, ftrack support, and deeper integration with Shotgun.
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Proof Visualization House Provides Extensive Previs and Postvis Services for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy"
News: Proof Visualization House Provides Extensive Previs and Postvis Services for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy"Proof Inc., one of the film industry's leading visualization houses, provided extensive previs and postvis services to the new Marvel Studios motion picture “Guardians of the Galaxy,” it was announced today by Proof’s Creative Director/Founder Ron Frankel. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios on August 1st.
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Cinesite Creates Digital Carnage for "Hercules" Battle
News: Cinesite Creates Digital Carnage for "Hercules" BattleCinesite has completed visual effects for a major battle sequence in MGM/Paramount Pictures’ latest release, "Hercules." The film, starring Dwayne Johnson in the title role, is directed by Brett Ratner, with VFX supervision by John Bruno and Dean Wright. Cinesite’s Visual Effects Supervisor was Simon Stanley-Clamp.
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FX Design Group Adds to Growing Design Team
Growth and Innovation Serve as Catalyst for New Hires at FX Design Group. Two New Designers Join at Headquarters in Ocoee, Fl to Enhance The Current Design Team.
FX Design Group of Ocoee, Florida announces the addition of 2 new innovative and aggressive designers, which now takes the total creative design team to 10. Client needs and growth in both traditional and virtual/augmented set design drives the growth. The two additions include Erin Lartonoix and Hanadi Al- Hajjar, who have been added as associate designers.
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PNY and Red Barn Support Innovative Program for At-Risk Youth
PNY Donates Workstation-Class NVIDIA® Quadro® Graphics Cards For New Digital Art Technology Classroom for The Animation Project
The Animation Project (TAP) in New York has pioneered a novel and effective method for helping at-risk youth: Use digital art technology as a therapeutic medium and workforce development tool. To support this effort, PNY, Intel and Red Barn Technology Group contributed to the creation of a new classroom of graphics workstations to assist TAP in its endeavors.
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Reel FX Grows Commercial and Interactive Sales Department
News: Reel FX Grows Commercial and Interactive Sales DepartmentSummer Whitley, Will Andeer and Tina Ghezzi Join the Digital Studio
Digital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica is bolstering their Commercial and Interactive Sales Department with the additions of Summer Whitley, who will handle Commercial West Coast/Texas Sales; Will Andeer, who will handle Commercial Midwest Sales; and Tina Ghezzi, who will serve as an Interactive Account Director.
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With Mixamo Fuse and Kinect for Windows v2 Users Can Bring Themselves into a Character Creator
News: With Mixamo Fuse and Kinect for Windows v2 Users Can Bring Themselves into a Character CreatorNow It’s Even Easier for Gamers, Modders and Developers to Put Themselves into a Video Game
Mixamo, Inc announced today that it is now possible to use Kinect for Windows v2 and scanning software to get 3D models into Mixamo’s character creator software, Fuse. In addition to a blog post highlighting the new Fuse-Kinect for Windows v2 workflow, gamers, modders and developers will be able to check out the new workflow at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany (Hall 4.1, Booth B015a).
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A Common Thread’s Clay Staub Directs Launch Campaign for Universal Studios’ Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem Ride
News: A Common Thread’s Clay Staub Directs Launch Campaign for Universal Studios’ Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem RideDirector Applies His Visual Effects Acumen to David & Goliath’s Appealing Spot Blending Live Action and CG Minions.
A Common Thread’s Clay Staub has directed a new campaign for Universal Studios and Los Angeles agency David & Goliath that encourages park patrons to “find your inner Minion.” A bright and bubbly blend of live action, visual effects and computer animation, the spot promotes the park’s new attraction "Despicable Me: Minion" Mayhem.
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Luma Pictures Standardizes on Thinkbox Software’s Deadline for Linux
News: Luma Pictures Standardizes on Thinkbox Software’s Deadline for LinuxThinkbox Software today announced that visual effects studio Luma Pictures has standardized render management and data processing across studios with Deadline. Having purchased more than 400 seats of Deadline, Luma was able to easily integrate the software into both in-house and off-the-shelf tools within its Linux-based pipeline.
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Vicon Gives Cara a Facelift at SIGGRAPH 2014
News: Vicon Gives Cara a Facelift at SIGGRAPH 2014New Version of its Pioneering Facial Mocap System to Feature Hardware Improvements and Updates to CaraLive and CaraPost for Faster, More Efficient Facial Tracking
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, will launch a series of updates to Cara, the world’s first out-of-the-box facial motion capture system for film and games production, at SIGGRAPH 2014 next week. The latest version boasts significant quality enhancements that accelerate facial capture workflows for fast-paced performance capture productions, right out of the box.
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Meet Chaos Group Labs: LA’s New CG Think Tank
R&D Center for Creative Projects; Current Initiatives Include Advances in Digital Filmmaking, Virtual Reality, and the Wikihuman Project
Today, Chaos Group introduces Chaos Group Laboratories, a new collaborative think tank to explore advances in rendering technology. Located in LA’s hub of design, visual effects and technology, Chaos Group Labs will serve as a place where artists, industry leaders and academic researchers are invited to contribute to development discussions and help solve key computer graphics challenges.
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MAXON Unveils Robust CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)
News: MAXON Unveils Robust CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16)Legacy of 3D Software Innovation Delivers Modeling, Animation and Rendering Enhancements for ‘Real-World’ Workflow and Unmatched Productivity
MAXON today unveiled CINEMA 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application. In addition to countless workflow enhancements, CINEMA 4D R16 delivers powerful new features including a modeling PolyPen ‘super-tool’, a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity. CINEMA 4D R16 reinforces MAXON’s commitment to provide creative professionals with exceptional stability and performance, unmatched integration, and a straightforward, efficient and flexible interface to optimize any workflow for VFX, motion graphics, visualization and game development.
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Three of Change Celebrates a 5th Anniversary
News: Three of Change Celebrates a 5th AnniversaryThree of Change, an award winning creative firm, celebrates its five year anniversary this month. Three of Change began as a broadcast design and animation studio visually communicating brands, product benefits and helping companies with on-air advertising and promotion. Now Three of Change has expanded its range of services to include behavioral marketing, branding, experiential engagement and consulting work as requested.
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Director Seth Epstein & Stardust Team With Epic Artist Collective CYRCLE & DC Shoes On Film Supporting New Product Collaboration
News: Director Seth Epstein & Stardust Team With Epic Artist Collective CYRCLE & DC Shoes On Film Supporting New Product CollaborationLed by Director Seth Epstein, the creative team at Stardust has just completed an innovative film, commissioned by DC Shoes for DC brand featuring Design/Graffiti and Art Collective CYRCLE. Created primarily for digital distribution, the campaign features two of DC’s sponsored Skaters and original designs by Cyrcle taken from the new product capsule designed in collaboration with DC Shoes.
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OptiTrack Takes Over as Animation Market Leader; Customers Break Motion Capture Records
News: OptiTrack Takes Over as Animation Market Leader; Customers Break Motion Capture RecordsNew Customers Include Activision, Microsoft Games Studios, Eidos, Ubisoft, Crytek, DICE, and USC School of Cinematic Arts
With dozens of installations in the last six months, OptiTrack has become the motion capture technology of choice for production character animation. Many of these new adopters had capture requirements that were deemed impossible based on existing technologies, yet with OptiTrack's Prime Series cameras, exceeded expectations even in complex outdoor and large-volume shooting scenarios.
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Encore VFX Enhances Lavish Middle Eastern Locales for FX’s ‘Tyrant’
News: Encore VFX Enhances Lavish Middle Eastern Locales for FX’s ‘Tyrant’“Tyrant,” FX’s new drama produced by Fox 21, tells the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the inner workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation, a fictional country Encore VFX helped realize through exotic set extensions, extravagant CG palaces and city skylines, subtle environmental work and crowd duplication. On site in Morocco, where the pilot was shot last fall, Encore VFX Supervisor Doug Ludwig worked closely with the show’s production designer and art director to scout locations that conveyed the appropriate level of opulence, which were then further enhanced with VFX.
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Mixamo Animations Now Available in Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace
News: Mixamo Animations Now Available in Unreal Engine 4 MarketplaceFree, Ready-Made Animations Let Unreal Engine Developers Get Their 3D Characters Moving in Minutes
Mixamo, Inc announced today that it has made a number of popular animations from its massive animation collection available in Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 Marketplace. These Mixamo animations are optimized for use in Unreal Engine 4.3, are available at no additional charge to game developers with an Unreal Engine 4 subscription, and are ready for use in the popular game engine. The animations are available starting today, July 31, 2014.
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Japan’s Q-TEC, Inc. Installs Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288 at Tokyo Headquarters
Blackmagic Design today announced that Tokyo based Q-TEC, Inc. have installed a Blackmagic Design Universal Videohub 288 in their Tokyo headquarters. Q-TEC have also installed Blackmagic Design Videohub Smart Controls and a variety of Mini Converters into their facility as part of an improved post production infrastructure.
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Swimming with the "Sharks in Sharknado 2: The Second One"
News: Swimming with the "Sharks in Sharknado 2: The Second One"The Creative Team at The Asylum Turns to LightWave 3D Software to Deliver 99% of the Visual Effects for the Sequel to the Syfy Network’s Popular Sharknado Franchise
When actors, chainsaws, and shark-filled tornadoes come together onscreen, it’s television magic. Such is the case with "Sharknado 2: The Second One," which delivers even more excitement than the original "Sharknado" of 2013.
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Cogswell College Game Studio Student to Present School-Developed, Mobile App Game "Tangram Jam" During SIGGRAPH 2014's "Appy Hour" on August 13
News: Cogswell College Game Studio Student to Present School-Developed, Mobile App Game "Tangram Jam" During SIGGRAPH 2014's "Appy Hour" on August 13Cogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, will have a student from its Game Studio present a newly produced, school-developed, mobile app game during the 2014 SIGGRAPH Conference’s “Appy Hour” showcase in Vancouver. The announcement was made by Jerome Solomon, Cogswell’s Dean of the College & Director of Game Design & Development program.
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Arsenal FX Names Kira Karlstrom as Business Development Executive
News: Arsenal FX Names Kira Karlstrom as Business Development ExecutiveArsenal FX, a leading Visual Effects Post Production studio specializing in high-end commercial finishing, has appointed Kira Karlstrom as Business Development Executive. Previously, she was a Manager in the Live Events Division at Marvel Entertainment.
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SPLICE® Expands Visual Effects Department; Welcomes VFX Artist Patricio Fernandez
News: SPLICE® Expands Visual Effects Department; Welcomes VFX Artist Patricio FernandezCreative studio SPLICE® has expanded its visual effects department and welcomed Visual Effects Artist Patricio Fernandez. With an incredible international resume and credits that include such feature films as “Wrath of the Titans,” “Terminator: Salvation,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Fernandez expands the visual effects capacity of Splice, as the company continues to grow its feature and episodic television visual effects team.
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Chapman Students and Xsens Bring Robot Love to Life in “Some Like it Bot”
News: Chapman Students and Xsens Bring Robot Love to Life in “Some Like it Bot”Students Relied on Xsens MVN for Flexible Motion Capture On-set; Short Film Recently Screened at Comic-Con International
How do you catch robot love on film? The answer for Chapman College’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts students was “Some Like It Bot,” a short film that depicts the clumsy first date of a human and his cyborg crush. Produced quickly with Xsens mocap technology, the film was recently an official selection at Comic-Con International proving that the right tools are all it takes to update a rom-com.
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Christie’s Donation to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches Immersive Cinematic Experience
News: Christie’s Donation to the USC School of Cinematic Arts Launches Immersive Cinematic ExperienceChristie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, continued its technology partnership recently with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC SCA) by launching a state-of-the-art cinema experience at USC’s showcase Theatre, the Eileen Norris Theatre. Christie, through a generous donation of equipment and installation services, will be the sole provider of all cinematic and audio equipment within the Eileen Norris Theatre, and will be working together with USC SCA in enhancing visual technologies, specifically cinematic ones.
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Airbag Productions Chooses Frankie for its Real-time Video Reviews
Production Company Uses Frankie on "Vauxhall Insignia Commercial
Airbag Productions has chosen Frankie to conduct video review sessions both internally and with its local and remote clients after testing and comparing many other options. For its work creating commercials, Airbag found Frankie to be the easiest product to use, with the most appealing interface and PDF summary. Production companies like Airbag now have an affordable and simple-to-use option to complete video reviews.
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Brickyard VFX Helps Anthony Davis and Boost Mobile Move to the Head of the Class
Boutique visual effects, animation and digital production studio Brickyard VFX was recently tapped by 180LA for a new two-spot campaign featuring NBA star Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans for Boost Mobile, a leading no-contract cellphone service provider.
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ALMA MATER Creates Hilarious Main-On-End Title Sequence For “22 Jump Street”
News: ALMA MATER Creates Hilarious Main-On-End Title Sequence For “22 Jump Street”Visual studio ALMA MATER recently collaborated with "22 Jump Street" directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller on the closing credits for the action-comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures film, which is now playing in theaters nationwide, had the second-best opening weekend for an R-rated comedy of all time.
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Riding Shotgun at SIGGRAPH 2014
Shotgun Software is gearing up for a lively week of events, education, new releases and more at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver. Shotgun, the leading developer of cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games (recently acquired by Autodesk), will be exhibiting and announcing the details of their latest product releases at booth #741 from August 12-14 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Off the exhibit floor, also be sure to visit Shotgun at any of these events:
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Vicon Customers to Take Center Stage at SIGGRAPH 2014
Framestore, The Capture Lab, Bradford University, Lumiscaphe, TechViz and Autodesk to Present Motion Capture Techniques for Media, Entertainment and Product Design
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, life sciences and engineering industries, has announced a series of customer presentations that will take place at its SIGGRAPH booth (#733) on August 12-14 in Vancouver, Canada. Customers spanning media and entertainment, education and virtual product design will share their motion capture expertise and provide insight into their latest projects. Vicon will also unveil groundbreaking new products, and enhancements to its existing motion capture software.
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PipelineFX Helps University of Portsmouth Students Render Feature Film “Stina & The Wolf”
News: PipelineFX Helps University of Portsmouth Students Render Feature Film “Stina & The Wolf”Leading Render Farm Management Software Qube! Speeds Up Production Schedule and Capitalizes on Existing Hardware for Developing Feature
When a University of Portsmouth professor wanted to give his students more hands-on work, he set his sights high: a feature length film in full CG. After the shock of such an ambitious undertaking wore off around campus, a small team of technicians started brainstorming how to make it happen. This process led them to the idea of sponsors, which in turn led them to render farm management experts, PipelineFX.
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Monkeyhead Helps 'Untie The Knot' For Bravo
News: Monkeyhead Helps 'Untie The Knot' For BravoMotion Design Studio Creates Eye-Catching Show Open For New Reality Show
Divorce is always complicated, as the new Bravo reality series “Untying The Knot” can attest. Equally complex is the 15-second show open created by the award-winning motion design studio Monkeyhead, led by Creative Director Josh Sahley, who crafted an open that perfectly captures the characters that drive the show.
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MotionElements Among Singapore’s Promising SME 500 Business Luminaries
News: MotionElements Among Singapore’s Promising SME 500 Business LuminariesMotionElements is Among Singapore’s Most Promising SMEs for the Year 2014 as Endorsed by the Promising SME 500 Campaign for its Exceptional Achievements and Contributions to the Entrepreneurial Culture in Singapore.
MotionElements Pte Ltd has distinguished itself, as one of the Promising SME 500 Campaign’s most honoured Business Luminaries for the year 2014. The distinction comes shortly after the company’s successful showing in the recent 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and is in appreciation for the rapid growth that the company has enjoyed over the past year.
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SIGGRAPH 2014 Production Sessions Feature Summer Blockbusters, Oscar Winner
SIGGRAPH 2014 will offer presentations on more than 15 of the biggest current and upcoming studio productions, including “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Gravity,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Production Sessions are hosted as part of the Computer Animation Festival and will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 11-14 August.
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Method Studios Names Esteemed Visual Effects Supervisor Marc Weigert As President
Appointment Comes as Method Continues Work on High-Profile Projects Including "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Maze Runner"
Method Studios, Deluxe's global visual effects company, has named industry professional Marc Weigert as its president.
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Advanced Systems Group Welcomes Dan Mcnamara To Lead Company Operations
News: Advanced Systems Group Welcomes Dan Mcnamara To Lead Company OperationsAdvanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced Dan McNamara joined the company’s senior management team in April. He is responsible for streamlining processes and coordinating all aspects of ASG operations.
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Orad to Showcase Powerful New Broadcast Graphics and Video Server Solutions at IBC2014
Orad's Lineup Will Include State-Of-The-Art Sports, Live Productions, MCR, Studio, MAM and Video Server Solutions
Orad will be presenting its exciting new solutions at the upcoming 2014 IBC Show (booth: 7.B27). Orad professionals will be on-site to provide attendees with informative demonstrations and presentations of its MAM, sports and video server solutions.
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MAXON Announces “WinC4D.com” Contest Web Site
Themed Challenges for Users of Adobe After Effects CC and Cinema 4D Lite; Winners Receive Cinema 4D Broadcast
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering, has announced “WinC4D.com” a new contest web site where digital artists utilizing Adobe® After Effects® CC and Cinema 4D Lite can compete in theme-related animation contests. Cinema 4D Lite is a limited version of MAXON’s award-winning 3D package bundled with Adobe Creative Cloud and After Effects CC. This live 3D pipeline inside After Effects allows users to import 3D objects and use them in 3D scenes without leaving After Effects. The regularly scheduled competitions are designed to showcase the innovative ways creative professionals can use the two programs to create compelling digital content.
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Starz Offers Free Sampling of Series Premiere Episode of “Outlander” on TV and Online Beginning August 2
“Outlander” Split Season Airs First Eight Episodes Through September 27 with Second Eight-Episode Half-Season Returning in Early 2015
Millions of “Outlander” fans…your time has nearly come. Starz announced today details of an early opportunity to enjoy the first full episode of the new STARZ Original Series, “Outlander,” beginning August 2. One of the most widely-anticipated STARZ Original series, “Outlander” is adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling books and executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”). Free sampling of the series premiere episode will be available with multiple television and online platforms nationwide leading up to the worldwide series premiere on August 9.
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Scott Roth Contract as ADG Executive Director Extended Three Years To 2017
News: Scott Roth Contract as ADG Executive Director Extended Three Years To 2017Scott Roth, Executive Director of the Art Directors Guild (ADG/Local 800, IATSE), has been granted a three-year extension to his contract by the Guild's Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2015, it was announced by the ADG President, Mimi Gramatky.
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Dwarf Labs Launches Dwarf Academy With Ex-Pixar Artist At Helm
In September, Dwarf Labs will establish Dwarf Academy with Minhyung Lee, ex-Pixar and PDI/DreamWorks, as Head of Training. The Goal is to Keep the Studio’s Professionals on their Toes, and to Develop the Next Generation of Recruits.
Dwarf Academy: An Innovative Training Department: At Dwarf Labs, our strongest assets are at once our proprietary lighting and rendering solutions, and the skill of the teams creating and using them. The world’s best sports clubs invest heavily into their training strategies and we’re launching the Academy for the same reasons - to hone skills and develop fresh talent in a long-term investment into the growth of the studio.
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UK Govt Backs Geomerics to Revolutionize the Movie Industry
News: UK Govt Backs Geomerics to Revolutionize the Movie IndustryGeomerics, an ARM® company, has won backing from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to bring its real-time graphics rendering techniques from the gaming world to the big screen. The award, worth £1million, will enable Geomerics and its partners to take a revolutionary step for filmmakers, allowing instant rendering of complex animation sequences, saving cost and production time.
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Ataboy Delivers Haunting and Gritty Neo-noir Music Video for The Peach Kings’ “Mojo Thunder”
News: Ataboy Delivers Haunting and Gritty Neo-noir Music Video for The Peach Kings’ “Mojo Thunder”Design & Animation Studio Takes Style Cue From Neo-Noir Graphic Novels
When swamp rock blues duo The Peach Kings needed a video for the title track of their just-released EP “Mojo Thunder,” they found their match in New York-based design & animation studio Ataboy. The storytelling-driven animated video tells a hypnotic tale of vice and voodoo and explores how cycles of abuse and pain can trigger self-destructive behavior.
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STATE Design Launches
News: STATE Design LaunchesPersonal Hands-On Attention Is The Driving Force Behind New LA-Based Design & Animation Studio
STATE Design, a boutique design and animation studio, has opened its doors in Santa Monica, California. Founded by Creative Director Marcel Ziul and Executive Producer Joe Nash, the studio had already embarked on an animated graphics package for the NFL Network's 2014 NFL Draft coverage, and an animated Brazilian-market spot for Ecological Corredor to coincide with the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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Digital Arts, Engineering and Entrepreneurial Focused Cogswell College Launches "The Silicon Valley Immersion Experience" Program
News: Digital Arts, Engineering and Entrepreneurial Focused Cogswell College Launches "The Silicon Valley Immersion Experience" ProgramCogswell College, one of the world’s leading institutions offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Arts, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship, has launched a brand new program entitled “The Silicon Valley Immersion Experience.” Now available to entrepreneurs and students on a global scale, Cogswell’s Silicon Valley Immersion Experience program just hosted its first group of participants – a team of entrepreneurs from Turkey. The announcement was made by Dr. Deborah Snyder, president and Chief Academic Officer, Cogswell College.
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DIVE’s New York Studio; Delivers Visual Effects for HBO’s New Drama Series “The Leftovers”
News: DIVE’s New York Studio; Delivers Visual Effects for HBO’s New Drama Series “The Leftovers”DIVE, the visual effects division of ShootersINC, is the exclusive VFX vendor working on all 10 episodes of the new, drama series “The Leftovers” on HBO. The company’s creative contributions include: set extension, character animation, seasonal modifications, weapons enhancement, digital make-up, 3D Effects work, and more. The series made its network premiere on Sunday, June 29th.
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Juniper Jones Reveals "Better Websites For All" With New Squarespace Commercial
News: Juniper Jones Reveals "Better Websites For All" With New Squarespace CommercialCreative production studio Juniper Jones recently crafted a new commercial for Squarespace, a software service-based Content Management System (CMS), which provides creative tools that power the future of the web, from mobile and e-commerce experiences to website design and online publishing. Celebrating the diversity of Squarespace’s clientele, the 30-second spot builds on the company's “Better Websites For All” campaign. The spot debuted last week and will air nationally on broadcast and web.
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Three of Change Wins a Silver 2014 PromaxBDALocal Award
News: Three of Change Wins a Silver 2014 PromaxBDALocal AwardThree of Change wins a silver 2014 PromaxBDALocal Award for Program Packaging, “180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School.” Winners were announced in Las Vegas at The Mirage during this years Station Summit, a four-day critical gathering where networks, station groups, syndicators and local broadcasters discuss, dialogue and debate the issues, trends and emerging business opportunities driving success in local television.
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Visual Effects Society Releases First-of-its-Kind VFX Reference Platform
New Industry Standard Platform to Improve Interoperability and Streamline Work of VFX Software Vendors and Studios
The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional honorary society, has announced the release of the industry standard VFX Reference Platform. The VFX Reference Platform is a set of tools and library versions to be used as a common target platform for building software for the VFX industry. Its purpose is to minimize incompatibilities between different software packages, ease the support burden for Linux-based pipelines and encourage further adoption of Linux by software vendors. The Reference Platform is updated annually by a group of software vendors in collaboration with the VES Technology Committee.
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iPi Soft Unveils Biomech Add-On To iPi Motion Capture
News: iPi Soft Unveils Biomech Add-On To iPi Motion CaptureNew Tool Designed For In-Depth Biomechanical Analysis Of Human Motions Includes Visualization And Motion Data Export To Excel, MATLAB
iPi Soft, developers of the iPi Motion Capture line of markerless motion capture technology, has unveiled iPi Biomech, a new add-on software tool for the biomechanical analysis of human motion. iPi Biomech extends the functionality of iPi Motion Capture for markerless tracking and visualization of motion capture data for medical, sports analysis and movement science applications.
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Videomakers at 2014 VidCon to Receive Behind-the-Scenes Insight on Production Gear for Content Creation
Anton/Bauer, Litepanels, Sachtler, and Teradek—all Vitec Group brands—will support the independent, online videomaking community at the 5th Annual VidCon, which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from June 26-28. As a sponsor of the conference, content creators at the show will receive insight into the innovative tools available from these brands, which help them get the shots they need to capture the eyeballs of “Generation Like.”
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Superlux Rebrands to Deliver Design-Centric Solutions for the Next Content Revolution
News: Superlux Rebrands to Deliver Design-Centric Solutions for the Next Content RevolutionThe Award-Winning Company Creates a New Story-Driven Website to Communicate Its Design-Centric Approach
Superlux, the Atlanta-based motion media group, has re-structured to create a one-stop creative resource for animation, live action, visual effects and finishing -Superlux's boutique approach fuses technology with a design-centric process to develop and deliver innovative content for spots, promos, ID’s, webisodes, shorts, feature films, digital signage and point of purchase animation, interactive media design, and mobile media - to connect brands and audiences across a new generation of media.
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Beijing’s Base Fx Makes Qube! a Big Part of Feature Film Workflow
500 Additional Render Farm Management Software Licenses to be Used on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and Other Blockbuster Films
PipelineFX, makers of Qube!, the leading render farm management software for digital media creation, announced today that Beijing VFX firm Base Fx has ordered 500 additional licenses to supplement their growing feature film queue.
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SIGGRAPH 2014 Selects Elliot Kotek, Co-founder of Not Impossible Labs, as Keynote Speaker
ACM SIGGRAPH announces the selection of Elliot Kotek, co-founder of Not Impossible Labs, as the keynote speaker at SIGGRAPH 2014, the 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, 10-14 August 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
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Dwarf, Partner of Babel Agency Produces Three Animated Commercials for Réseau Ferré De France's Viral Campaign for Safe Behaviour at Level Crossings
News: Dwarf, Partner of Babel Agency Produces Three Animated Commercials for Réseau Ferré De France's Viral Campaign for Safe Behaviour at Level CrossingsDwarf Animation Studio is proud to have collaborated with Babel and RFF to realize a viral campaign, both original and intergenerational, dedicated to the fight against dangerous behavior at level crossings.
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Hiccup Media Rocks Music Biz With Featured Video Content For Its Biggest Acts
News: Hiccup Media Rocks Music Biz With Featured Video Content For Its Biggest ActsCreative Studio’s Approach And Experience Account For Success With Artists Including Michael Jackson, Santana, Gavin DeGraw And Many Others
Working closely with major record labels such as RCA and Epic, Hiccup Media has become an indispensable creative resource for crafting engaging, conceptually driven video content, graphics packages and more for music’s biggest stars.
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Filmworkers Launches “Churchill’s Studio” for Visual Effects and CG
News: Filmworkers Launches “Churchill’s Studio” for Visual Effects and CGRob Churchill to lead new creative unit, whose first project is an all-CG spot for Cedar Fair.
Continuing its expansion mode, Filmworkers has formed a new in-house creative unit, Churchill’s Studio, focused on visual effects and animation. Headed by Visual Effects Director Rob Churchill, the new unit will provide services ranging from compositing and visual effects to full CG production.
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Stardust Re-Teams with WeChat to Celebrate The World Cup
News: Stardust Re-Teams with WeChat to Celebrate The World CupStardust acted as the fully integrated creative agency + production arm, from initial concept through final distribution, for a new campaign for China's wildly popular messaging app WeChat. The app continues to expand its global reach, kicking off an international ad campaign this month for the World Cup, featuring soccer superstar Neymar Jr.
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Merging Creativity with Technical Expertise; Director Nicholas Peterson Signs with E.M.A.
News: Merging Creativity with Technical Expertise; Director Nicholas Peterson Signs with E.M.A.National commercial, television and feature film company E.M.A. (Envision Media Arts) continues the expansion of its diverse directorial roster with the signing of talent Nicholas Peterson. Peterson was welcomed to E.M.A. by EP/President of Commercial Production Andrew Halpern and President/CEO Lee Nelson. The Director has just wrapped a music video for artist Ray Goren. Peterson’s latest commercial for Chrysler launched the brand-new Chrysler 200. His new short horror film entitled “The Visitant,” starring Amy Smart (“Crank” 1 & 2) and Doug Jones (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”), produced by Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), will be hitting the film festival circuit this Fall.
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Vitamin Adds Tim Sepulveda as Technical Director
News: Vitamin Adds Tim Sepulveda as Technical DirectorVeteran visual effects artist, animator and designer will help the studio grow in 3D and other areas.
Hybrid production studio Vitamin Pictures has added Tim Sepulveda as Technical Director. Sepulveda brings broad experience in visual effects, animation and design through work with Leviathan, Charlex, Daily Planet and elsewhere. At Vitamin, he will act a liaison between clients and the studio’s creative team and oversee projects for a technical perspective. He’ll also work to improve workflows and implement new technologies.
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Bleank Announces Black Ink and its Unusual Brushes
News: Bleank Announces Black Ink and its Unusual BrushesGPU-Driven Digital Painting Application Enables the Creation and Sharing of Customizable Tools for Generative Art Projects
If the trend in digital art is to replicate traditional tools to the nearest degree, where does that leave artists who want something completely different? Meet Black Ink: Bleank’s new digital painting software that makes uniqueness, and custom, one-of-a-kind brushes, a priority. Black Ink’s open beta is available now.
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Rainmaker Artists Streamline Project Review With Shotgun
News: Rainmaker Artists Streamline Project Review With ShotgunRainmaker Entertainment has standardized on the Shotgun production management and review system for secure, efficient collaboration with clients and partners. The Vancouver-based entertainment company has a 15+ year history in animation, and is currently expanding its portfolio of feature films with the upcoming (2015) feature "Ratchet & Clank, "based on the popular Sony Computer Entertainment videogame franchise, as well as TV and DVD projects.
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Frankie Adds Two Entry-Level Plans, Improves Pro Version
News: Frankie Adds Two Entry-Level Plans, Improves Pro VersionThree Tiers Make the Browser-Based Video Review Tool Accessible to a Wider Array of Users
Due to popular demand, Frankie has introduced new pricing plans for its video review-and-approval system, starting at just $49 per month. Frankie has also added new features and doubled quotas for our existing customers worldwide. With three levels of service, Frankie now caters to everyone from individual freelancers to the largest studios.
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Autodesk Announces Maya LT 2015 Extension 1
News: Autodesk Announces Maya LT 2015 Extension 1Today Autodesk announced the first extension release for Maya LT 2015. The update enhances the animation experience for professional indie game makers by allowing artists to create more elaborate characters and environmental objects. The animation export tool gives artists a completely new method of exporting multiple animations per FBX file, making it easier to get animated content into a game engine, while set driven key and utility nodes help artists better control the relationships between objects in a scene.
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Clockwork VFX Heads Into Battle for Hasbro’s Cinematic :90 CG Animated "Transformers Battle Masters" Spot
News: Clockwork VFX Heads Into Battle for Hasbro’s Cinematic :90 CG Animated "Transformers Battle Masters" SpotVisual Effects/Animation Studio Handles Ambitious Assignment Inspired By Classic Boxing Movies
It’s a familiar ‘against-all-odds’ story about a scrappy boxer from the street who gets his one shot at the championship. Only this time it’s Transformer arch-enemies Megatron and Optimus Prime battling in the ring in this new, 3D animated epic boxing ad from animation/visual effects houseClockwork VFX for the new "Transformers Battle Masters" game and agency UPROAR!, New York. This hugely ambitious :90 spot, which began airing in May represents a significant creative accomplishment for the nine-year-old creative studio.
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Animation/Visual FX Studio Brigade Applies Cloud-Based Workflow to PSA for New Mexico Department Of Transportation “BKLUP” Campaign
News: Animation/Visual FX Studio Brigade Applies Cloud-Based Workflow to PSA for New Mexico Department Of Transportation “BKLUP” CampaignUniquely Scalable Animation/Visual FX Company Assembles Elite Team to Complete Intensive Animation, Compositing And Particle Effects
The animation/visual FX company Brigade put its unique skills to work for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), helping complete an uncommonly eye-catching :30 PSA entitled “Physics Professor." Using their fast-moving methods for creative collaboration, Brigade assembled an elite team of artists that completed the visually arresting animation, compositing and particle effects from concept to final in under two weeks.
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DNA’s Christopher Sims Directs Galaxy 11 Campaign for Samsung
News: DNA’s Christopher Sims Directs Galaxy 11 Campaign for SamsungDNA director Christopher Sims teams up with R/GA and internationally celebrated choreographer Jamaica Craft to deliver an inspiring spot for the "Samsung Galaxy 11" campaign centered around football.
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SimLab Soft announces the release of SimLab Composer 2015.
News: SimLab Soft announces the release of SimLab Composer 2015.SimLab Composer 2015 presents a complete redesign of SimLab Composer, the new design focuses on lowering the barrier for new and current users to take advantage of the full sharing, rendering and animation capabilities of SimLab Composer. The new version introduces a workbench based GUI allowing the user to focus on the current task.
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Gasket Studios Animates Film Noir With Sponsor Reel For Provincetown Film Festival
News: Gasket Studios Animates Film Noir With Sponsor Reel For Provincetown Film FestivalGasket Studios, a design, animation and VFX company, recently produced a stylized 3D-animated sponsor reel for the 16th Annual Provincetown Film Festival (PFF). Written and directed by Alex Boatman, “The Oystercatcher Catcher,” was inspired by the film noir theme of this year’s festival, and Pecker, the official PFF mascot. The delightful animated story reveals that Pecker is no ordinary fedora-wearing private-eye. He is actually a thief.
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Conduit Seminars Opens Their Doors
Company To Present Seminars And Workshops For Production Professionals
Conduit Seminars announces the launch of their company. Co-founded by industry insiders Debra Blanchard Knight and Pam Hogarth, Conduit Seminars will present seminars and workshops for the entertainment industry aimed at helping production professionals get the information and tools they need to succeed. The first seminar, Job Hunting in Creative Industries, will take place on Saturday, July 26th, at Otis College of Art and Design.
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DNA Directing Team Big TV and Production Company Black Label Deliver A Breathtaking New Music Video For David Gray’s New Single, “Back in the World.”
News: DNA Directing Team Big TV and Production Company Black Label Deliver A Breathtaking New Music Video For David Gray’s New Single, “Back in the World.”In the video, surreal, elegant animation and double-exposure techniques bring viewers into the dream world of Gray’s poetically-charged music. As moments of bold, striking color captivate, the unexpected visuals, light, and flowing movements emphasize the energetic quality of the song. Painterly worlds morph into others, and metaphoric connections between the human experience and nature are brought to life.
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LightWave 3D Group and Sketchfab Create a Free Plug-in to Interactively Share and Publish 3D Models Online
News: LightWave 3D Group and Sketchfab Create a Free Plug-in to Interactively Share and Publish 3D Models OnlineNew Plug-In for LightWave 3D Software Creates a Seamless Path for Content Creators To Export 3D Models to the Sketchfab Web Platform
The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., has teamed up with Sketchfab Inc. to deliver a free plug-in for LightWave 3D software version 11.5 or higher that seamlessly exports 3D models from LightWave to Sketchfab, a popular online web platform that allows users to publish, share, embed, and view interactive 3D models in real time.
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Die Paten Purchases Pablo Rio and Completes Daimler Corporate Film in Record Time
News: Die Paten Purchases Pablo Rio and Completes Daimler Corporate Film in Record TimeBerlin Post House Chooses Quantel For Realtime, Whole Job Workflow
Berlin-based production and post production facility, die paten, has purchased a Quantel Pablo Rio color and finishing system – and immediately put it to work to complete a short deadline, high quality HD corporate image film for automotive giant, Daimler AG.
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Xsens Motion Capture Helps BYU Students Create Award-Winning Short Film “Owned”
Now a Gold-Medal Winner at the 2014 College Television Awards and 2014 Student Academy Awards
This week, Brigham Young University (BYU) students celebrate their second first-place win for “Owned,” a short film about a video game master who meets his match playing against a baby online. Behind these vivid video game characters was easy-to-use motion capture provided by Xsens; so easy that the students recorded all of their motions in less than 4 hours.
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Stardust Director Seth Epstein Celebrates Father’s Day With Oral B For New, “Small Things” Content Campaign
News: Stardust Director Seth Epstein Celebrates Father’s Day With Oral B For New, “Small Things” Content CampaignThe live-action division at Stardust has just completed an innovative commercial campaign for Oral B, featuring sentimental moments of fathers and their real-life children. Created primarily for Digital and Social Media, the campaign is a series of vignettes that capture tender moments of fathers and their kids in authentic “small moments” of everyday life.
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Leviathan's Kaleidoscopic Main Titles for Original Starz Series "Power" Pack Visual Heat and Soul
To create the mesmerizing :90 main title sequence for its highly anticipated new original series "Power," Starz turned to the conceptual design company Leviathan. The series premiered on Saturday, June 7th at 9pmET/PT on Starz.
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Phosphor Games uses Vicon Motion Capture System to Create Nether demons
Bonita Cameras and Blade Software Deliver Fast, Affordable Production
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, life sciences and engineering industries, has announced that Chicago-based games developer Phosphor Games used a Vicon motion capture system to create realistic character and creature animation for the new first-person shooter online game, "Nether."
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Nice Shoes Opens Its New Creative Studio
News: Nice Shoes Opens Its New Creative StudioNice Shoes announces the opening of the Nice Shoes Creative Studio, headed by Executive Producer Geraint Owen. Joining Owen are newly signed Creative Director/Director James Coulson, Creative Director/Director Harry Dorrington and VFX/Animation Director Steve Parish. Nice Shoes, entering its 18th year as a leader in color grading and finishing, has expanded creative capabilities and constructed an entirely new workspace for the Creative Studio team in the company’s NYC office.
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Engine Virtual Film Company Launches; Innovative Fuel Drinkers Ignite Digital Future
News: Engine Virtual Film Company Launches; Innovative Fuel Drinkers Ignite Digital FutureEngine Virtual Film Company, a brand-new, creative content and production company, has been launched by Creative Director/Partner Gary Nueman. Having worked with some of the brightest and most ground-breaking creative agencies in the world, including Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide, Nueman has hand-selected his company’s new Directorial roster which includes the talents of Nueman himself, as well as Noah Harald, David Mahmoudieh, Scott McCullough, Kevin McVey, and Andrew Rydzewski.
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OTOY Releases OctaneRender™ 2 with a Dozen New Features By Community Request
News: OTOY Releases OctaneRender™ 2 with a Dozen New Features By Community RequestAvailable Now with Free Plugin Upgrades for a Limited Time, New Version Empowers Artists to Produce Their Best Work in Less Time on Workstations and Over The Cloud
Cloud graphics pioneer, OTOY Inc., today announced the availability of OctaneRender™ 2, the latest version of the company’s sophisticated real-time rendering software boasting more than a dozen new features designed to empower artists, designers, and engineers to create the most realistic renders possible in less time than ever before.
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