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Calabash Animation Heads Back To The Office For Latest Lucky Charms Spot Targeting Adults
News: Calabash Animation Heads Back To The Office For Latest Lucky Charms Spot Targeting Adults “Cubicle” Latest Ad In Brand’s Recent Efforts Aimed At Older Cereal Lovers
Lucky Charms are definitely not just for kids. That’s a point made in a series of recent spots targeting adults consumers of the beloved cereal – the latest is “Cubicle” (:15), created by agency Saatchi & Saatchi, New York and featuring animation from the award-winning studio Calabash Animation.
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2G Digital, Burbank, and DuArt, New York, Form Strategic Partnership
News: 2G Digital, Burbank, and DuArt, New York, Form Strategic PartnershipPost Facilities to Work Cooperatively to Deliver Digital Supply Chain and Traditional Post Services to Clients Nationwide.
2G Digital, a Burbank post production facility specializing in digital supply chain services, and DuArt, a New York facility offering comprehensive post production services for video, digital media and film, have entered into a strategic partnership that will allow both companies to expand their geographic reach and add new services.
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Zoic Makes An Explosive Entrance For Scion
News: Zoic Makes An Explosive Entrance For ScionCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios morphs a seemingly ordinary lunch date into an explosive entrance in the surprisingly full throttle :30 “Arrival” for Scion out of Attik, San Francisco. The spot features the slick new 2014 Scion FR-S adeptly racing through winding roads, coming to a stop beside an outdoor café. As a young couple casually exits the car, a massive explosion ignites in their wake, leaving them nonplussed as they continue forward to meet their gaping friends.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for Draft Day
LOOK Effects is proud to announce that they produced the visual effects for Draft Day, which opened last Friday, April 11th.
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Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”
News: Method Studios Creates Dramatic Effects for Summit Entertainment’s Blockbuster “Divergent”Visual Effects House Was Lead Vendor for Futuristic Action Adventure
Visual effects house Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, was the lead vendor on Summit Entertainment’s “Divergent,” which has grossed over $175 million at the worldwide box office in its first four weeks of release. Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, brought the film to theaters in North America on March 21, 2014.
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"Subaru WRX STI Vs. The Drones: The Ultimate Obstacle Course"
News: "Subaru WRX STI Vs. The Drones: The Ultimate Obstacle Course"Big Block Creates Futuristic Drone Squadron for Subaru and DDB Canada
Bicoastal digital production and design studio Big Block produced the live action shoot, virtual obstacle course and animated drone fleet for the television, cinema and online commercial “Subaru WRX STI vs. the Drones.” To show off the 2015 Subaru WRX STI’s best-in-its-class high performance power and impeccable control, DDB Canada’s Toronto office developed the concept of a futuristic autocross course made of CG drone quadcopters to challenge the WRX STI with real-time precision driving.
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Nodes 2 for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and Motion
News: Nodes 2 for Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Premiere Pro and MotionYanobox Nodes 2 is a unique visual effects plugin that offers unprecedented power to create connected motion graphics and abstract particle universes. The plugin provides comprehensive interface to produce a large palette of Motion Graphics including networks, diagrams, particles, points or text clouds and more.
Yanobox Nodes 2 is a unique visual effects plugin for FCP, Premiere Pro, AE and Motion that offers unprecedented power to create connected motion graphics and abstract particle universes. Yanobox Nodes takes its inspiration from data visualizations and networks. Diagrams of nodes and complex networks visualizations are becoming very popular in motion graphics because of their underlying beauty.
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Galaxy 61 Delivers A Show Open For VH1’s New Season Of ‘The Fabulous Life’ That’s Pure Gold
News: Galaxy 61 Delivers A Show Open For VH1’s New Season Of ‘The Fabulous Life’ That’s Pure GoldVHI recently called upon Galaxy 61 to create a show intro for the new 2014 season of ’The Fabulous Life,’ the hit series that reveals the extravagant places, possessions and pastimes of pop-culture’s most famous celebrities. The Brooklyn-based animation and visual effect boutique created a lavish intro that personifies the opulent lifestyle with a series of iconic objects formed out of cascading simulated liquid gold.
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Autodesk Maya LT 2015 to Launch on Steam
News: Autodesk Maya LT 2015 to Launch on SteamToday Autodesk announced that Maya LT 2015 is coming to Steam, Valve's popular entertainment platform. Maya LT brings its powerful animation and modeling feature set to Steam's active community of over 65 million gamers, developers and artists to help them create 3D game assets to personalize their games and bring them into popular Steam titles like "Defense of the Ancients 2" (DoTA 2) or to create assets for use in their own games.
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Shotgun Client Review Site is Now Available
News: Shotgun Client Review Site is Now AvailableEnables Studios to Share Work with Clients on Desktops or Mobile Devices Securely and Easily
Shotgun Software has released Shotgun 5.3 featuring a new, integrated Shotgun Client Review Site. This toolset enables creative companies to share media with clients or anyone outside the studio securely, with one click, through free, unlimited client accounts, to desktops or mobile devices. All client feedback is automatically tracked and recorded in Shotgun. The Shotgun Client Review Site replaces a time- and labor-intensive process with a single click, for both studios and their clients.
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Thinkbox Software Releases Krakatoa C4D for MAXON CINEMA 4D
News: Thinkbox Software Releases Krakatoa C4D for MAXON CINEMA 4DThinkbox Software today launched Krakatoa C4D, the first version of its high-volume particle renderer for MAXON CINEMA 4D, which is compatible with R14 and R15 running on OSX and Windows operating systems. Also available for Autodesk® Maya® and Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Krakatoa provides a powerful pipeline for quickly acquiring, caching, transforming, modifying, shading and rendering billions of particles.
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Gentleman Scholar Launches New Website, Welcomes Tim Hayward as CG Supervisor
Gentleman Scholar is excited to announce their continued upward trajectory as they launch their new website full of new content, new work, and some new additions to the team.
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GALAXY 61 Re-Launches: The Design-Driven Animation + VFX Boutique, Evolves Into a Hybrid One-Stop Creative Resource with the Addition of Expanded Editorial, Finishing, Print and Audio Services
News: GALAXY 61 Re-Launches: The Design-Driven Animation + VFX Boutique, Evolves Into a Hybrid One-Stop Creative Resource with the Addition of Expanded Editorial, Finishing, Print and Audio ServicesDesigner Doug Johnson Marks His Company’s 10th Anniversary with a Total Re-Branding & New Website Showcasing His Concept to Completion Capabilities Tailored to Animation and VFX-Driven Project with Big Ideas and Small Budgets
Galaxy 61 owner and creative director, Doug Johnson, has announced that his award-winning design-driven boutique marked its 10th anniversary this month with the re-launch of the company as he takes its business model to the next level with the addition of editorial, 3D for print, audio and finishing services. The re-structuring redefines the company as a high-end animation and visual effects house, which now offers clients the option to take advantage of its full-service, concept through completion capabilities.
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Stardust Employs “Social Filmmaking”for New, 7-Eleven Commercial Campaign
News: Stardust Employs “Social Filmmaking”for New, 7-Eleven Commercial CampaignThe creative team at Stardust has just completed an innovative commercial campaign for 7-Eleven, featuring the iconic Slurpee. Created primarily for broadcast, the campaign is a Social Media-inspired collage of stills, video, and stop-motion sequences that capture the spirit of a “Slurpee Summer.”
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Accomplished Producer Rebecca Smialek Returns to Detroit as Director of Business Development for Cutters
News: Accomplished Producer Rebecca Smialek Returns to Detroit as Director of Business Development for CuttersThe leaders from global editorial company Cutters are very proud to announce the addition of Rebecca Smialek to their staff in the position of director of business development. The appointment is effective immediately.
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Maxon And Vizrt Announce New Integration Between Cinema 4D And Viz Artist
CINEWARE allows for highly effective 3D design workflow via native CINEMA 4D file import into Viz Artist; Demos during NAB at Vizrt Booth #SL2419
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced a new co-development with Vizrt, a leading provider of content production systems to bring a new level of integration between its powerful CINEMA 4D application and the Vizrt real-time modeling and animation solution – Viz Artist. The streamlined workflow allows CINEMA 4D projects to be directly imported into Viz Artist through MAXON’s CINEWARE technology, a live 3D exchange that provides a bridge between the two applications.
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LOGAN Expands into Film and Television with the Launch of Logan Pictures
Award-winning creative studio and production company, LOGAN, is expanding the boundaries of its leading edge creative prowess with a new content development arm called Logan Pictures, which launches with a diverse slate of film, television, and new media projects. The company’s first feature film, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, was received with high praise and positive reviews from critics at Sundance Film Festival 2014 and kicked off the 2014 New Directors / New Films Festival at the MoMA in New York City. The new operation will be led by producer Nick Moceri and overseen by LOGAN founders, Ben Conrad and Alexei Tylevich.
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camBLOCK Shows Adventure Motion Control System!
News: camBLOCK Shows Adventure Motion Control System!New Film-Making Tool To Create Special Effects, Motion Time-Lapse And Animation Footage
camBLOCK shows the camBLOCK Adventure - a fully featured, ultra-portable motion control camera system available to demo today at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas.
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Bl:nd Launches “The Last Ship” with Style and Grace
News: Bl:nd Launches “The Last Ship” with Style and GraceThe Design Studio Teams With Spotco to Produce a Hand-Drawn Film For Sting’s New Broadway Show.
"The Last Ship," a Broadway-bound musical from Sting, receives an elegant launch via a beautiful, hand-crafted commercial from design studio Bl:nd and entertainment marketing agency SpotCo. The ad tells a story, inspired by the show’s script, of fathers, sons and a red ship, through a series of impressionistic illustrations hand painted by Bl:nd’s creative team. The Last Ship makes its world premiere in Chicago this summer, followed by a Broadway run in the fall.
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Building On Record 2013, Hiccup Media Expands With New Talent And Redesigned Company Web Site
News: Building On Record 2013, Hiccup Media Expands With New Talent And Redesigned Company Web SiteFull Service Creative Content Shop Celebrates Eight Years with Renewed Corporate Growth Strategy Emphasizing Winning Formula as Resource For Agencies And Client-Direct
In 2006 when former agency producer Rob Simone and editor/director Michael Cruz decided to abandon their successful careers at top ad agencies like Grey Worldwide, and BBDO to start Hiccup Media, they envisioned the company as a one-of-a-kind full-service boutique – a small, yet nimble resource, offering clients an array of services including creative strategy, content production and post. Eight years later, not only is the business model they pioneered now the norm, but Hiccup is again ahead of the curve thanks to the addition of noted international fashion director John Poliquin, and a redesigned website that highlights the approach, the clients and the work that is the basis of Hiccup’s success.
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HP Unveils New DreamColor Displays Offering Unmatched Color Accuracy and Affordability
New DreamColor Displays Deliver Industry Firsts, Unprecedented Color Accuracy to Maintain Leadership Position
HP today announced two new HP DreamColor Displays, once again disrupting the color-critical display market by achieving new levels of affordability and color accuracy.
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NewTek Unveils Transformed 3Play Product Family Starting at $9,995
Integrated Sports Production Systems Set New Price-Performance Standards; Breakthrough Pricing Provides Replay Opportunities For Producers At All Levels
NewTek™ today unveiled a new family of 3Play™ sports production solutions that includes major enhancements to the 3Play 4800, the introduction of a new 3Play 440 model, and the 3Play 425 model now starting at $9,995 USD. Unlike most replay systems that typically rely on linear, tape-based workflows, 3Play systems feature a broad range of new integrated production capabilities for creating dynamic sports programs that drive audience growth, brand awareness, and social media engagement––all with the beautiful, network-style look of a professional sports broadcast.
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LOOK Effects Produced the Visual Effects for AMC’s "TURN"
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they have produced all the visual effects for AMC’s new period drama, TURN, which aired last night, Sunday, April 6th, at 9:00 pm EST.
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NVIDIA Showcases "4K Your Way" at NAB 2014
NVIDIA GPU Technology Powers Over 150 Solutions for Broadcasters, VFX Artists and Post-Production Pros and Supports the Most Demanding Real-time 4K Workflows
Whether HD or 4K, desktop or mobile, workstation or in the cloud, NVIDIA is demonstrating how its GPU technologies are behind almost every type of broadcast and post production workflow in booth SL 6825 at NAB 2014. NVIDIA GPUs power over 150 media and entertainment software applications, plugins and turnkey solutions, accelerating performance and providing advanced stereo capabilities and 4K support for even the most demanding workflows.
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Studio Network Solutions (SNS) Joins NewTek Developer Network™
EVO Shared Storage Server Integrates High-Performance, Extensive Connectivity Options for NewTek TriCaster™ and 3Play™
Studio Network Solutions (SNS), manufacturer of the industry leading EVO shared storage system for video and audio workgroups, today announced its entrance into the NewTek Developer Network. This allows integration of EVO servers with NewTek TriCaster™ multi-camera live video production and 3Play™ integrated sports production systems.
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Studio Network Solutions (SNS) Announces New Compact Shared Storage and Workflow Appliance
EVO Prodigy Offers Robust and Affordable Shared Media Storage for Compact Spaces and for Content Creators On-the-Go
Studio Network Solutions (SNS), manufacturer of shared storage solutions for film, video, VFX, graphic animation and audio workgroups, today announced EVO Prodigy. This latest addition to the EVO product family is an affordable, flexible, SSD/SATA shared storage server and workflow appliance for compact spaces and field use.
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Studio Network Solutions (SNS) Announces OS and Hardware Updates to Industry Leading EVO Shared Storage NAS+SAN System
News: Studio Network Solutions (SNS) Announces OS and Hardware Updates to Industry Leading EVO Shared Storage NAS+SAN SystemEVO v5.6 Introduces New Features Including Dropbox Integration and Enhanced Asset Management Functionality
Studio Network Solutions (SNS), manufacturer of shared storage solutions for film, video, VFX, graphic animation and audio workgroups, today announced an all new version of its EVO Shared Storage Server, version 5.6. The latest version includes new project, workflow, and asset management functionality plus more performance and scalability for production teams of any size.
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SGO Discloses Unique Colour Grading Tools - SGO Booth SL9021 NAB2014
News: SGO Discloses Unique Colour Grading Tools - SGO Booth SL9021 NAB2014Mistika, powerfully different, revolutionizes colour correction and finishing with the most advanced tools and workflows for grading.
SGO Booth SL9021 - To provide enhanced creative capability within on-line grading and finishing SGO is proud to announce the development of “Spatial Isolation Toolset” to its world renowned Mistika DI, Grading and Finishing system for Mistika version 8.2
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Bella Corporation Launches KillerKeys Pro for Mac
News: Bella Corporation Launches KillerKeys Pro for MacKillerKeys Pro for Mac: the last shortcut keyboard you will ever need
Bella Corporation today announced the launch of the much anticipated Mac version of KillerKeys Pro, which now includes a fully interactive shortcut keyboard, making it the last shortcut keyboard you will ever need. Using KillerKeys Pro allows you to automatically see the shortcuts – both in a traditional keyboard layout and using palettes of keys – for practically any application you are working in.
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BigStar Teases Drama & Turmoil For New Season Of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”
News: BigStar Teases Drama & Turmoil For New Season Of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”For season 4 of the critically acclaimed drama “Game of Thrones,” HBO once again tapped creative strategy and production company BigStar to create the teaser campaign. “Dungeon,” “Desert” and “Forest” hint at turmoil and peril around every corner in Westeros with environmentally-driven character studies that build on this season’s tagline: “All Men Must Die." The new season premieres on April 6th.
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MPC LA, Johnny Green and Deutsch LA Introduce New HTC Campaign Featuring Gary Oldman
News: MPC LA, Johnny Green and Deutsch LA Introduce New HTC Campaign Featuring Gary OldmanMPC LA teamed up with RESET Director Johnny Green and Deutsch LA to unleash an all-new ad campaign for HTC. In a rare commercial appearance by acclaimed British actor Gary Oldman, the campaign brings an unconventional and clever twist to this latest commercial execution to unveil the HTC One M8 smartphone. Instead of focusing on the device’s innovative features, the campaign goes against the grain with a direct and understated approach that challenges viewers to “ask the Internet” if they wish to learn more about the HTC One, which is ultimately "designed for people who form their own opinions."
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Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO Technology
News: Legend3D Continues to Set the Pace with SGO TechnologyHollywood's most innovative stereoscopic and visual effects company Legend3D, has invested in SGO's trail-blazing technology to launch them to the next level. Esteemed for delivering the highest-quality Stereo 3D film conversions, Legend3D will integrate its Mistika post production system with two Assist Stations into the conversion and visual effects pipeline at the Company's impressive 60,000 sq. ft. studio with multiple theatres and R&D facilities. With the capacity to work on up to three full feature films and multiple commercials concurrently, Legend3D delivers world-class high quality projects such as "The Lego Movie," "Man of Steel," "Life of Pi," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Smurfs 1 & 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and many others.
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MAXON and Vizrt Announce New Integration Between Cinema 4D and Viz Artist
CINEWARE Allows for Streamlined 3D Design Workflow Via Native CINEMA 4D File Import into Viz Artist; Demos During the 2014 NAB Show at Vizrt Booth #SL 2419
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced a new co-development with Vizrt, a leading provider of content production systems, to bring a new level of integration between its powerful CINEMA 4D application and the Vizrt real-time modeling and animation solution – Viz Artist. The streamlined workflow allows CINEMA 4D projects to be directly imported into Viz Artist through MAXON’s CINEWARE technology, a live 3D exchange that provides a bridge between the two applications.
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BLUEFISH444 Announces Windows & Mac OSX 4K/2K SDI Preview for Assimilate Scratch & Scratch LAB V8
Windows 4K 60p & Mac OSX 2K 12-bit SDI Preview for DI workflows
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced that it has developed Windows 4K and Mac OSX 2K SDI preview for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH® and SCRATCH Lab® V8.
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SolidAnim Introduces Solidtrack At NAB 2014
Innovative, Affordable Markerless Camera Tracking and Previz Solution for Real Time Visual Effects and On-Set Visualization or the Film and Broadcast Industries
SolidAnim, a leader in virtual production products, will introduce the latest version of its SolidTrack solution for the film and broadcast industries at NAB 2014.
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PlayBox Technology Introduces Enhanced Airbox Playout and Streaming Automation Server
See PlayBox Technology on booth N5434, NAB 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 7-10
PlayBox Technology has chosen NAB 2014 as the launch venue for the latest version of its AirBox universal playout and streaming automation server.
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RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 with GPU support for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Media Composer, Motion, Nuke, Premiere Pro, Scratch, and Vegas Pro
RE:Vision Effects, acclaimed effects plug-in industry leader and makers of Academy Award winning software, announces the release of ReelSmart Motion Blur™ version 5 with GPU support for: Adobe® After Effects®; Apple®; Final Cut Pro®; Avid® Media Composer®, Symphony® and Newscutter®; The Foundry Nuke™; Adobe Premiere Pro®; Assimilate Scratch®; and Sony® Vegas® Pro.
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The Studio-B&H Showcases Bluefish444 4K Workflow Solutions at NAB 2014
Assimilate SCRATCH 8 & Adobe Premiere 4K SDI display via Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Supernova
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, is pleased to announce that The Studio-B&H is demonstrating Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Supernova workflows supporting Adobe Premiere & Assimilate SCRATCH 8 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 7th - 10th 2014.
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Free 30-Day Full Feature Trial of ChronoSculpt Time-Based Sculpting Software Now Available
News: Free 30-Day Full Feature Trial of ChronoSculpt Time-Based Sculpting Software Now AvailableOffers 3D Artists Time-Based Content Sculpting and Correction of Cache Animation and Dynamic Simulations From 3Ds Max, Maya, LightWave 3D, Softimage, Modo, and Cinema 4D Software
The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today a free 30-day full feature trial version of ChronoSculpt software is now available for download at chronosculpt.com. Chronosculpt offers an intuitive way for artists using any professional 3D modeling and animation software on Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems to create content with custom morph targets or fluidly sculpt animation performances over time.
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Creative Profile: Rick Sander, Creative Director, HOAX Films
News: Creative Profile: Rick Sander, Creative Director, HOAX FilmsRick Sander and His Crew from Culver City-based HOAX Films are Finding Success by Redefining the Model for what a Boutique Visual Effects Design Company Can Achieve.
Rick Sander is Creative Director for HOAX Films, a digital production studio he founded with Executive Producer Alexis Nelson in 2010. HOAX Films provides VFX, color and finishing services for commercial, feature and web clients worldwide while maintaining a Southern California local presence.
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MPC NY and Havas Breathe Life Into New CG Animated Mascot, Hopper the Kangaroo, for DISH
In their first collaboration with DISH Network, MPC NY and Havas partner to reinvent Hopper the Kangaroo as a fully animated talking mascot for the all-new campaign directed by Renny Maslow of Smuggler. Featuring the voice of award-winning actress Rebel Wilson as the cheeky kangaroo, this light-hearted spot offers a humorous take on what viewers may experience as the satellite video provider turns Internet television into reality. The multi-million dollar campaign debuts during the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
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U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System
News: U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production SystemWhen Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pix™ integrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint™ system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite™ X.
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Bluefish444 Announces Price Reduction for Synpase Mini Converters
SDI to HDMI Conversion, HDMI to SDI Conversion & Analog to SDI Conversion
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards and mini converters, announced an immediate price reduction for its Synapse mini converters from $USD 899 to $USD 595.
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Reel FX Signs Directors Ben Orisich and Justin Malone
News: Reel FX Signs Directors Ben Orisich and Justin MaloneReel FX builds Live-Action Director Roster
Digital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica bolsters its live-action director roster with the additions of Ben Orisich and Justin Malone for commercial representation. An award-winning director/creative director/VFX artist, Orisich has helmed multiple Super Bowl spots and national campaigns for ESPN, NBC, NASCAR, IZOD, Indy500 and ABC, among many others. Reel FX will represent Orisich in Texas and the southwest exclusively. Malone has directed spots for numerous agencies and has several award-winning narrative and documentary films under his belt including "Undocumented," "Hurry Up and Wait" and "Blue." Reel FX will represent Malone nationwide. The company’s roster also includes two other directors, Dale Carman and Kevin Althans. Together they will handle turnkey, soup-to-nuts projects for which Reel FX will be also be the editing, audio, VFX and finishing company of record.
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Autodesk Announces 2015 3D Animation Software
News: Autodesk Announces 2015 3D Animation SoftwareNew Software Empowers Artists’ Creativity With Innovative New Tools Like Bifrost And Shaderfx
Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) unveiled the 2015 versions of its popular 3D animations tools: Autodesk 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage, and the newest addition to the lineup, Maya LT, a 3D animation and modeling tool for professional indie game makers. Autodesk also announced the availability of the 2015 Entertainment Creation Suite for 3D animation and visual effects.
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OptiTrack Adds Two New Motion Capture Cameras to Its Prime Series
News: OptiTrack Adds Two New Motion Capture Cameras to Its Prime SeriesPrime 13 and Prime 13W will be debuted at GDC 2014
OptiTrack today announced a pair of additions to its premier line of motion capture and tracking cameras - the Prime 13 and Prime 13W, which will publicly debut in the OptiTrack booth (#924) at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) held March 19-21, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.
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Mystery and Fashion Mingle in Cinematic Work from Logan & Son’s Luke Gilford and Proenza Schouler
News: Mystery and Fashion Mingle in Cinematic Work from Logan & Son’s Luke Gilford and Proenza SchoulerLogan & Sons debuts “Outside In,” a short film directed by Luke Gilford, adding a thoughtful, cinematic narrative to the production company’s already dynamic portfolio of work. The film stars famed model Kirsty Hume as a mysterious operative on a secret mission in the hills of Southern California to assume the identity of a target with impeccable taste, an architectural masterpiece of a home, and a closet full of fashion label Proenza Schouler. “I wanted to create a narrative and character that push the fashion forward in a meaningful way,” says director Luke Gilford. “I focused on using specific color palettes, props, structural and sculptural elements which create a very aesthetic world, but all anchored within an actual story.”
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STORY’s David Orr Makes a Style Statement for VCF
News: STORY’s David Orr Makes a Style Statement for VCFDirector Combines Stop Motion & Motion Control to Create the Illusion Of Rooms that Furnish Themselves In Three Spots Out of SBC Advertising.
Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and dens fill themselves with beautiful, stylish furniture as the camera travels by them in a new campaign directed by STORY’s David Orr for VCF and SBC Advertising. The three spots make ingenious use of motion control/stop motion as empty rooms become populated with sofas, beds, tables, dressers and other handsome accoutrements as happy couples look on. VCF president Jonathan Schottenstein and other staff point out that the store provides both beauty and value. “Style doesn’t have to cost a bazillion dollars,” Schottenstein says.
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Zoic Signs VFX Supervisor Todd Shifflett
News: Zoic Signs VFX Supervisor Todd ShifflettCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has signed veteran VFX Supervisor Todd Shifflett. Coming to Zoic with over 20 years of experience from Rhythm & Hues, he has collaborated with numerous award-winning directors including Spike Lee, George Miller, Drew Goddard, Paul Weitz, Gary Winick and Rupert Sanders. His ardor for taking a critical and explorative approach to his work can be seen in such films as the Academy Award-winning Best Animated Feature Film "Happy Feet," "Charlotte’s Web," "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Little Fockers," "Cabin in the Woods," and the Academy Award nominated film for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, "Snow White" and the "Huntsman."
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Encore VFX Names Scott Ballard to New Position, Pipeline Supervisor
News: Encore VFX Names Scott Ballard  to New Position, Pipeline SupervisorEncore, a Deluxe Entertainment Services company, announced today that technology expert Scott Ballard has joined its rapidly-expanding VFX division as Pipeline Supervisor. Ballard is tasked with expanding the company's inter-studio pipeline across all Encore VFX facilities worldwide, ensuring its operations are also at the state-of the-art level of efficiency.
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Shotgun Integrates Perforce; Unifies Production Management and Source Control for Games Studios
Shotgun/Perforce integration is a free software update to Shotgun’s Pipeline Toolkit for all clients. Built on Shotgun’s open platform, it can be easily modified and customized to meet any team’s requirements.
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Barry Sandrew of Legend3D Named to International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Board of Governors
News: Barry Sandrew of Legend3D Named to International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society Board of GovernorsFounder, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Leading Creative 3D Studio Appointed to Board by Industry Peers
Legend3D, Inc., an industry pioneer in 2D to 3D conversion technology and services, today announced that Barry Sandrew, Ph.D., the company’s founder, chief creative officer and chief technology officer, has been inducted to the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society (3D Society) Board of Governors. Each year, the organization appoints distinguished industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of 3D and imaging technologies to the society board.
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DIVE VFX Staffs Up In New York; Tapped For VFX On New Event Series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”
News: DIVE VFX Staffs Up In New York; Tapped For VFX On New Event Series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”DIVE, the visual effects division of ShootersINC, has staffed up their New York studio to take on multiple visual effects projects including the new, 13-part event series, “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” presented by FOX and National Geographic Channel. The series made a historic debut on ten 21st Century Fox networks on Sunday, March 9th. A follow-up to the 1980s television series, “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” which was presented by Carl Sagan, the new series’ host is Neil deGrasse Tyson, with Executive Producers Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, and Brannon Braga. DIVE is one of 12 visual effects studios around the globe working on the new series.
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Mixamo Launches Major Upgrades to Online, End-to-End 3D Character Creation Solution at GDC 2014
Upgrades to Help Artists Create, Rig and Animate Any 3D Character in Minutes
Mixamo, Inc announced today that it will unveil a series of major upgrades to its online, end-to-end solution for 3D character creation. The upgrades include the launch of Fuse 1.0, Mixamo’s character creator, with its all new import pipeline; new monthly subscription pricing of $150 for Mixamo’s ALL ACCESS program, and other new features. All of the new updates to Mixamo’s solution will be available to try at GDC 2014 in the Mixamo booth (#832, South Hall) and the AMD booth (#1024, South Hall).
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LightWave 3D Group Offers Educational Pricing for NevronMotion Plugin for LightWave 11.6
News: LightWave 3D Group Offers Educational Pricing for NevronMotion Plugin for LightWave 11.6Robust Microsoft Kinect-Based Mocap and Retargeting System Easily Captures, Adjusts and Retargets Motion to 3D objects and Characters in LightWave 11.6 3D Software
The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today a new educational pricing program for NevronMotion™, motion capture and retargeting software for LightWave 11.6 on Windows. Qualifying students and educators can now take advantage of the full-feature version of NevronMotion for the special price of $99 (USD); regularly priced at $299 (USD).
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MAXON 3D Software Solutions and Creativity Take Center Stage at 2014 NAB Show, Las Vegas, April 7 – 10, 2014 (Booth# SL 8620)
Digital Artists Showcase the Role of Cinema 4D in Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and Design; Booth Presentations Streaming Live on c4dlive.com
MAXON invites convention attendees to stop by its exhibitor booth, #SL 8620, at the 2014 NAB Show®, “…the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums…”, April 7 – 10, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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Motion Graphics/Animation Studio Leftchannel’s Show Open For Motion 2013 Conference A Finalist In SXSW’s Film Title Competition
News: Motion Graphics/Animation Studio Leftchannel’s Show Open For Motion 2013 Conference  A Finalist In SXSW’s Film Title CompetitionDespite the winter chill, motion design and animation studio leftchannel remains hot thanks to their Motion 2013 show open, a hit with attendees at the October event, now selected as a Finalist at the SXSW’s prestigious Film Design Awards, honoring excellence in title design. The show open will be screened on March 9 at the Vimeo Theater with the winner announced at the SXSW Film Awards on March 11.
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LOOK Effects Produces Effects for The Grand Budapest Hotel
LOOK Continues Long Relationship with Director Wes Anderson
LOOK Effects is proud to say that they produced visual effects for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which opens today. This film is the fifth film in which LOOK has collaborated with the brilliant director.
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LightWave 3D Group Offers Softimage Artists Special $495 Crossgrade Price for LightWave 11.6 Software
Invites Current Softimage Artists to Adopt LightWave 3D Modeling, Animation and Rendering Software at an Exclusive Price Point
The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today a special program for current Autodesk Softimage software users to “Join the Rebellion” and move to a full seat of LightWave 11.6 software for the special crossgrade price of $495 (USD).
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Shotgun Software Keeps Blur Projects on Track
News: Shotgun Software Keeps Blur Projects on TrackShotgun Replaces Blur’s Proprietary Production Management Software; Frees Internal Development Resources to Focus on Creative Tools
Shotgun Software announced that Blur Studio has standardized on Shotgun for production management and tracking. Shotgun is the visual effects, game development and animation industry’s trusted platform for production management and review. Blur, known for a diverse roster of work on feature films, commercials and game cinematics and trailers, adopted Shotgun to replace their in-house production management software that was tying up valuable internal development resources.
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Mirada Creates ‘Dark Horse’ World for Katy Perry’s New Music Video
News: Mirada Creates ‘Dark Horse’ World for Katy Perry’s New Music VideoKaty Perry's latest music video for the hip hop-infused #1 hit single "Dark Horse" is a bold, Egyptian-themed cinematic epic created by storytelling studio Mirada. Starring “Katy-Pätra,” the video is a larger-than-life tale that follows the legendary “Queen of Memphis” as a parade of would-be suitors vie for her heart.
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Multiplatinum-selling Rock Band, "The Parlotones" Save the Day in New Animated Music Video Created by Toon53 Productions
News: Multiplatinum-selling Rock Band, "The Parlotones" Save the Day in New Animated Music Video Created by Toon53 ProductionsThe Parlotones are a multiplatinum-selling rock band, based in Los Angeles, California (as of September 2012). They are known for experimenting with sounds and various structures in their songs, incorporating the typical doo-wop or traditional folk structures. They have just released their latest animated music video that Toon53 Productions have created.
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Bluefish444 Introduces Fluid Ingestore & Fluid Ingestore DNxHD Compatible with All Epoch & Create Video Cards
Ingest and Store Multiple Simultaneous SDI Streams, Recording Directly to Uncompressed and/or AVID Compatible DNxHD Media Files.
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, introduces Fluid INGESTORE & Fluid DNxHD INGESTORE for multi-channel HD/SD SDI ingest for use with Epoch and Create video cards running on Windows. Fluid INGESTORE & Fluid DNxHD INGESTORE are available immediately.
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Orad Premieres Next Generation 4Designer Authoring Software at NAB Booth SL6319
Orad Hi-Tec Systems, leader in video and graphics solutions for the broadcast market, will unveil 4Designer and RenderEngine7, the next generation of its real-time graphics authoring software this NAB at booth SL6319.
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MAXON CINEMA 4D Powers M dot Strange’s Third Animated Fantasy Feature Film, “I am Nightmare”
News: MAXON CINEMA 4D Powers M dot Strange’s Third Animated Fantasy Feature Film, “I am Nightmare”Award-Winning Indie Filmmaker Single-handedly Deploys End-to-End MAXON 3D Workflow to Create Entire CG Film Featuring 1420 Shots of Haunting Images and Landscapes
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced that its industry-leading 3D software solutions, CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, helped to streamline the entire filmmaking workflow for award-winning indie filmmaker M dot Strange in his new animated feature film, "I am Nightmare."
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Jerry Lewis Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From Carol Burnett at the 51st Annual ICG Publicists Awards
Lionsgate’s Friedman and Wachsberger, ‘Scandal’s’ Shonda Rhimes, E.T.’s Linda Bell Blue Honored
A sold-out audience of Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE LOCAL 600) 51st Annual ICG Publicists Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel today, chaired by Henri Bollinger and co-chaired by Tim Menke. Jerry Lewis received the Lifetime Achievement Award from fellow comedian and long-time friend Carol Burnett.
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ShadowMachine Signs Director Rohitash Rao for Exclusive US Spot Representation
News: ShadowMachine Signs Director Rohitash Rao for Exclusive US Spot RepresentationCompany Calls Signing “The Perfect Fit, The Perfect Moment"
Commercial animation director Rohitash Rao has joined ShadowMachine for exclusive US spot representation. Known for clever, offbeat storytelling, the director has helmed commercial and music video projects for Crunch, Nike, Snapple, Volkswagen and The Great Big World, among others. Rao has completed his first assignment for the Emmy Award® winning studio: a 6-spot package for DMB/Verrado via Cecillian Worldwide.
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Sunnyvale's Cogswell College Project X Alumni Shine for Academy Award Nominated Films in Animation and VFX
Timothy Heath Appointed Director of Award-Winning Project X Animation Program
Cogswell College, one of the world's leading regionally-accredited institutions offering a unique curriculum that fuses digital arts, engineering and entrepreneurship, is pleased to announce that 8 of its Project X animation program alumni worked on 5 of this year's Academy Award-nominated films. These films include: "The Croods," "Frozen," "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim" and "Thor: The Dark World." In 2013, Cogswell boasted four Project X alumni who were on the Academy Award-winning "Life of Pi" animation and VFX teams and a total of 14 Oscar-nominated films whose credits included Project X alumni.
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Vicon Teams Up With Autodesk to Showcase Automotive Visualization and Virtual Prototyping
Automotive Immersive Event Gives Design and Engineering Professionals a 3D Virtual Reality Experience
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, defence, life sciences and engineering industries, has teamed up with Autodesk to present the Automotive Immersive Event. Taking place on February 26 at the RAVE CAVE at DC3S in Sterling Heights, Michigan, the event will give automotive design and engineering professionals the opportunity to experience the latest 3D visualization and virtual prototyping technologies in an immersive 3D virtual reality environment.
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19 Scientific And Technical Achievements To Be Honored With Academy Awards®
Peter W. Anderson to receive Gordon E. Sawyer Award; Charles “Tad” Marburg to receive John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 19 scientific and technical achievements represented by 52 individual award recipients will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 15, at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
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Radley Looks Toward Sochi with Hilton Olympic Campaign
As some of the greatest athletes in the world slip, slide and glide their way toward gold in Sochi, Radley is celebrating the Winter Olympics with four inspiring mini-documentaries for Hilton’s Honors program. The studio followed four top Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls – Figure Skater Ashley Wagner, Speed Skater Patrick Meek, Hockey Player Meghan Agosto-Marciano and Ski Racer Alana Nichols – on their mission to compete in the games. Radley was responsible for shooting, editing, design and animation for broadcast, digital, in-room, social, print and PR elements of the "Be A Weekender" campaign.
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The Academy Award Nominations Are Out and the Winner Is.....Digital Artistry
News: The Academy Award Nominations Are Out and the Winner Is.....Digital ArtistryAutodesk Software Plays an Integral Role in the Creation of Great Movies - Including 8 of the 9 Best Picture Nominees
Great movies are defined by great stories and increasingly, great storytelling is being empowered by digital technology. Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) media and entertainment staff and software played a starring role in the creation of many of this year's Academy Award nominees across many categories and were recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with two Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards (Sci-Tech Awards).
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Fisher Film Works uses DaVinci Resolve 10 for Lady Antebellum’s “Compass” Music Video
Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve 10 was used by Gavin Fisher of LA based production and post facility Fisher Film Works for color grading Lady Antebellum’s “Compass” music video.
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Whitehouse Post and The Martin Agency Tackle Life’s Big Questions for GEICO
News: Whitehouse Post and The Martin Agency Tackle Life’s Big Questions for GEICOGEICO’s "Did You Know Campaign" continues, this time with beloved children’s storybook character, "Pinocchio." As you’ll see, he’s not so well loved by the room full of people who paid for a self-help seminar.
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APTN’s New Kids Sci Fi Animated Television series Guardians Evolution picked up for a second season currently in Pre-Production.
News: APTN’s New Kids Sci Fi Animated Television series Guardians Evolution picked up for a second season currently in Pre-Production.The new Guardians Evolution video game now available on the App Store.
Guardians Evolution, a stop motion animated half-hour action adventure series for kids, premiered on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) Saturday, February 1st 2014 along with the launch of a new companion game and web site that take you inside the lush Guardians Evolution worldscape. The Guardians Evolution game is now available for free on the iTunes App Store.
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Filmworkers Sinks Its Teeth into McDonald's Olympics Campaign
News: Filmworkers Sinks Its Teeth into McDonald's Olympics CampaignDDB’s “Bite” Campaign Links Athletes’ Hunger for the Gold with Consumers Love for McDonald’s McNuggets.
Filmworkers provided post services for a new Olympics-themed campaign from McDonald’s and DDB, Chicago, that has plenty of “bite.” The new spots connect the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi with the McDonald’s brand by showing medal-winning performances from past games, and consumers watching at home while enjoying McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets. Each spot ends with a shot juxtaposing the winning athlete, celebrating victory by biting a medal, with a consumer, who is also celebrating by biting a McNugget. U.S. snowboarder Louie Vito, ice hockey player Patrick Kane and speed skater Shani Davis are among those featured in the ads.
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MPC Selects OptiTrack Motion Capture Technology
News: MPC Selects OptiTrack Motion Capture TechnologyStudio Behind ‘World War Z’ and ‘Man of Steel’ Remotely Deploys Mocap Setup Across Locations
International VFX leader The Moving Picture Company (MPC) has bestowed its creative wizardry upon the media and entertainment industry for the past 25 years. The venerated studio is experienced in concept design, previs, shoot supervision, 2D compositing, 3D/CG effects, animation, motion design, software development, virtual production, color grading and any amalgamation thereof. To support these activities, MPC relies on an 18-camera OptiTrack motion capture system, which the studio recently supplemented with Prime 17W cameras and Motive software. Overseen by Global Head of Crowd Simulation and Motion Capture Adam Davis and located in MPC’s London headquarters, the setup is leveraged by MPC facilities worldwide, including in Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, Amsterdam, Bangalore and Mexico City.
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Presents 2014 Golden Reel Awards
The Motion Picture Sound Editors today presented the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Awards at a black-tie ceremony held at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Golden Reel Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 24 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries and other media. Star Wars creator George Lucas presented the annual MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound. The evening also featured a Special Tribute to sound pioneer Ray Dolby, introduced by MPSE Career Achievement winner Walter Murch.
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LightWave 3D Group Congratulates “Space Shuttle Atlantis” 2014 Visual Effects Society Winners
Artists Rely on LightWave 3D Software in the Pipeline to Deliver Stunning Visual Effects and CG for Kennedy Space Center Special Venue Project
Experiencing the Kennedy Space Center’s “Space Shuttle Atlantis” exhibit for the first time can be captivating, but add to it an immersive experience filled with computer graphics and animation, and you’re heading toward mind-blowing realism.
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Horizon Fixer for Final Cut Pro X Released by FxFactory
FxFactory today introduces Horizon Fixer, the newest powerhouse plugin from CineFlare. Created exclusively for use with Final Cut Pro X, Horizon Fixer is the solution for replicating a beautiful horizon in post without the fear of it appearing crooked or unnatural.
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for the post-production and broadcast markets, introduces Horizon Fixer, the newest powerhouse plugin from CineFlare. Created exclusively for use with Final Cut Pro X, Horizon Fixer is the solution for replicating a beautiful horizon in post without the fear of it appearing crooked or unnatural. Horizon Fixer is now available through FxFactory for just 49 USD.
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Visual Effects Society Announces Winners of the 12th Annual VES Awards
"Gravity" is the Big Winner with Six Awards; Frozen Dominates As Winning Animated Film "Game of Thrones" and "PETA" Score Big in the Broadcast and Commercial Categories
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, held the 12th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials, video games and special venues. Comedian Patton Oswalt served as host to the more than 1000 guests gathered at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate VFX talent in 24 awards categories. The teams from "Gravity," "Frozen," "Game of Thrones" and "PETA" led the wins in their respective categories, with "Gravity" taking home six awards, "Frozen" with four awards, and "Games of Thrones" and "PETA" each winning three.
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Zoic Signs Jeanie Dimaggio For West Coast Sales
News: Zoic Signs Jeanie Dimaggio For West Coast SalesCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has signed Jeanie DiMaggio for west coast sales representation. As the founder of DiMAGGIO Representation, her current roster also includes Wondros and Search Party Music. With a background in both production and post-production, DiMaggio has experience working with top companies including Hungry Man, Park Pictures, Chelsea Pictures, Radium, KILT and paranoid.
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HOAX Films Creates “Experiential” Website for Organ Regeneration Science Pioneer MEBO International
News: HOAX Films Creates “Experiential” Website for Organ Regeneration Science Pioneer MEBO InternationalMEBO Campus site feature a floating city that continues to grow.
Kevin Xu, CEO of MEBO International has come up with a novel way to introduce audience to the achievements of organ regeneration science. Visitors to the California-based company’s campus website find themselves in a computer-generated floating city that’s home to a towering library, a giant rotating sphere and other iconic wonders. Visitors can choose to tour the city on foot or from the seat of a translucent shuttlecraft while a narrator describes “a revolution in science that will change our lives.”
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Deadline’s Roots Run Deep at Whiskytree
News: Deadline’s Roots Run Deep at WhiskytreeFlexible Data Processing Solution from Thinkbox Software Accelerates VFX Studio’s Pipeline
Since its inception in 2007, Whiskytree has grown from a talented matte painting shop into a full-service CG powerhouse known for creating complex visual effects for feature films, commercials and video games. Based in San Rafael, CA, the agile company’s employee headcount generally hovers around 25 but is often scaled up as projects demand. Whiskytree’s credits include VFX-heavy blockbusters Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Elysium, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. To deliver these stunning visuals, Whiskytree has embraced a ‘Work Smart’ ethos that emphasizes a strong hardware backend running top-notch software – including Thinkbox Software’s Deadline data and process management solution.
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Brand New School Names Robert Bisi As Creative Director/Director
News: Brand New School Names Robert Bisi As Creative Director/DirectorBrand New School has named long-time in-house contributor Robert Bisi as creative director/director.
Brand New School has named long-time in-house contributor Robert Bisi as creative director/director. Since starting at Brand New School as a freelancer in 2005, Bisi has steadily evolved from designer and 3D generalist to art director and live-action director.
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Whitehouse Post Gets a Taste of Gold with McDonald’s via DDB Chicago
News: Whitehouse Post Gets a Taste of Gold with McDonald’s via DDB ChicagoThe biting of the medal has become an iconic symbol of victory at the Olympics. "Celebrate with a Bite" is a nostalgic and spirited celebration of athletic triumph edited by Whitehouse Post's Meg Kubicka.
The biting of the medal has become an iconic symbol of victory at the Olympics. Coincidentally, the iconic Chicken McNugget is sometimes used to celebrate life’s smaller victories. Whether you’re a world-class athlete or a child who’s scored his first goal...The greatest victories are celebrated with a bite.
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Roger Hypes the Visual Gags in Hilarious Teaser Campaign for FX’s “Chozen”
News: Roger Hypes the Visual Gags in Hilarious Teaser Campaign for FX’s “Chozen”Mixed-media production studio Roger recently lent its animation and comedic chops to a launch teaser campaign for “Chozen,” the new animated series on FX, which premiered on January 13th. Bobby Moynihan, an SNL cast member, voices the title character, a rapper who’s trying to reclaim his rightful position as the world’s best rap artist.
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Clockwork VFX Helps Toys “R” Us Win The Monster 500
News: Clockwork VFX Helps Toys “R” Us Win The Monster 500Visual Effects/Animation Studio Teams With Agency Rotter And Toy Retailer To Launch New Toy Line
Monster 500, the post-apocalyptic mega-race is on, and animation/visual effects studio Clockwork VFX is the creative winner. The studio -- led by Creative Director/Co-Founder Jason Tomlins and Executive Producer Nina Davenport – teamed with agency Rotter Creative Group,(http://rottercreativegroup.com/) New York, and Toys"R"Us to launch the new Monster 500 brand. The result is an engaging minute-long spot consisting entirely of beautifully detailed 3D animation that introduces kids to six of the ten vehicle characters in the Monster 500 family.
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iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology Accelerates Post Production Workflow For “The Boy and His Robot”
News: iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology Accelerates Post Production Workflow For “The Boy and His Robot”First-Ever Asian Mecha Live-Action and Animated Feature Film Series Leverages Markerless iPi Motion Capture Software Using Sony PS Eye Game Webcams
iPi Soft, LLC, today announced that the company’s line of markerless iPi Motion Capture technology will be used to capture all the motion in the ground-breaking live-action mecha feature film, “The Boy and His Robot (TBAHR).” Directed by Rich Ho, founder of the award-winning Singapore-based production company Richmanclub Studios,(http://www.richmanclub.com/) the film marks the first time iPi Motion Capture’s six Sony PS Eye gaming webcams set up was used for main actors and robot action, proprietary crowd simulation and more.
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Light Of Day Visualizes David Krakauer’s Multi-Media Production, ‘The Big Picture’
News: Light Of Day Visualizes David Krakauer’s Multi-Media Production, ‘The Big Picture’NY-based VFX and production shop Light of Day brings visual life to international concert artist David Krakauer’s multi-media production exploring the inseparable relationship between music and movies, THE BIG PICTURE. To enhance the newest and most adventurous project of Krakauer, Light of Day visualized the curated musical experience featuring uniquely jazz-ified tracks from twelve moviegoer favorites including "Sophie’s Choice," "The Pianist," and "Life is Beautiful," among others. Using the historically rich soundtrack assembled by Krakauer, Light of Day’s design team crafted graphics for the production to create a more visceral audience experience that would allow each individual to take a unique journey through their own feelings, memories and thoughts. Pulling from the themes inspired by film compositions chosen, the team helped to artfully illustrate a personal and cultural journey.
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George Lucas to Present MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy Thom
News: George Lucas to Present MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy ThomThe Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces that George Lucas will serve as presenter of its 2014 MPSE Career Achievement Award honoring Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound. The presentation will occur at the 61ST MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony held on February 16, 2014, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles, CA.
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Rock Paper Scissors and a52 Give Time Warner Cable the Star Treatment
News: Rock Paper Scissors and a52 Give Time Warner Cable the Star TreatmentRock Paper Scissors Editor Biff Butler and an a52 VFX team led by Andy McKenna deliver a star-studded Super Bowl spot via Ogilvy & Mather New York. The result is an energetic, star-studded :60 for Time Warner Cable.
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a52, Elastic, and Rock Paper Scissors Sign Independent Reps RESOURCE
Partner brands a52, Elastic, and Rock Paper Scissors are pleased to announce their new partnership with RESOURCE for West Coast representation.
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Digital Juice “Brings It” With Latest Clip-Based Effects Release
All-New Drag & Drop Series 2 product line features over 400 Full HD QuickTime Video Effects
Digital Juice® announced today that it is releasing its much anticipated follow-up collection of clip-based video effects called Drag & Drop Series 2. This all-new Drag & Drop series consists of 8 unique volumes of clip-based video effects that you can combine with your video footage for dramatic effect. All effects are delivered as 1920x1080 Full HD Quicktime clips that will work with all editing and motion design software including Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Apple Motion, Edius and more.
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Educational Pricing Now Available for ChronoSculpt Time-Based Content Sculpting Software
News: Educational Pricing Now Available for ChronoSculpt Time-Based Content Sculpting SoftwareDelivers powerful time-based content sculpting and correction of cache animation and dynamic simulations from 3ds Max, Maya, XSI, LightWave 3D, Modo, Cinema 4D software and more
The LightWave 3D Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., announced today a new ChronoSculpt educational pricing program that offers the full version of ChronoSculpt to qualifying students and educators for the special price of $149 (USD); ChronoSculpt is regularly priced at $399 (USD).
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Whitehouse Post Bottles Super Bowl Spot for Heinz
News: Whitehouse Post Bottles Super Bowl Spot for HeinzHeinz is pouring into homes across the globe in a Super Bowl :30 cut by Whitehouse Post Editor Matthew Wood via Cramer-Krasselt Chicago. Working with images shot by Director Chris Woods, Wood pieces together an upbeat anthem to the classic condiment. The spot portrays everyone – from a cop at a big-city diner, to a hippie family camping in the mountains, to a parking lot of tailgating revelers humming If You’re Happy and You Know It – as they top off their meals with Heinz.
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MAXON CINEMA 4D Helps Savannah College of Art and Design Students Tackle Real-World Creative Challenges for Super Bowl XLVIII
News: MAXON CINEMA 4D Helps Savannah College of Art and Design Students Tackle Real-World Creative Challenges for Super Bowl XLVIIICompany’s 3D Motion Graphics Software Used at Preeminent Educational Institution to Contribute Design Concepts for Opening Animation of Broadcast
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced that a group of Savannah College of Art and Design® (SCAD) students, relied on CINEMA 4D, its industry-leading motion graphics software, to help develop and design the animated opening concepts for the FOX Sports Super Bowl XLVIII game-day broadcast on February 2, 2014.
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Visual Effects Society Announces its 2014 Board of Directors Officers
News: Visual Effects Society Announces its 2014 Board of Directors OfficersJeffrey A. Okun Re-elected as Board Chair
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced its 2014 Board of Directors officers. The officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, were elected at the January 2014 Board meeting. The officers include Jeffrey A. Okun, who was re-elected for a sixth one-year team as Board Chair.
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Lightcraft Technology And Solidanim Announce Joint Technology/Distribution Agreement
To provide a full range of affordable optical and markerless tracking for real time visual effects and on-set visualization systems for the entertainment industry
Paris, France, Lightcraft Technology and SolidAnim, leaders in the development of on-set virtual tracking equipment and visualization software, announced today they have agreed to combine their Previzion® and SolidTrack product offerings in order to provide a full range of virtual production tools for the entertainment industry.
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Stanford Professor and Tableau Software Co-Founder, Pat Hanrahan, to be Honored with his Third Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Hanrahan recognized for scientific and technical achievements related to physically based rendering
Stanford University Professor and Tableau Software (NYSE: DATA) co-founder, Pat Hanrahan, will be honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation for the third time in his career. The event will take place at The Beverly Hills Hotel on February 15. Hanrahan is the Canon Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford, where Tableau was founded along with Dr. Chris Stolte andChristian Chabot in 2003.
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimatorSony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces Zaxwerks ProAnimator and gives an overview of the simplicity and speed of the application as well as showing how to render out the final animation as an image sequence and then how to bring that (or any) image sequence into Sony Vegas Pro for final compositing.
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & TextSony Vegas Pro Basics FORTY-EIGHT: Titles & Text
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis shows how to use the standard Titles & Text option in Sony Vegas Pro and how it can be used to create multiple different titles with one title event as well as how the various settings can be used to customize the look of the text and the animation of the text in your scene. This is the most used title tool in Sony Vegas Pro and worth getting to grips with.
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & KeyframesSony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes
Previously we looked at 'spring loaded' animation in the Event Pan/Crop panel, but this time Andrew Devis looks at the animation toggle switch which allows us to choose which values we want to animate of any given effect. Andrew goes through how to use the toggle and has a closer look at both 'Lanes' and 'Curves' as well as at the various keyframe type options.
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FOUR: Event Pan/Crop AnimationSony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FOUR: Event Pan/Crop Animation
Learning to animate Event Pan/Crop adds a whole new level of tools to the editors' toolbox. In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows the basics of animation for Event Pan/Crop and how it can be used to create motion Picture in Picture (PiP) and Pan n Scan.
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SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party!SIGGRAPH 2013: Highlights from a Great Party!
SIGGRAPH member Ryan Salazar highlights animation tech, visual tech featuring powerful LED and DLP projection and ultra-high resolution, provides links for keynote speeches, and first-hand looks at the Canon MREAL Mixed Reality handset. This was a must-see show, and we wrap up with a few of our COW favorites.
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Adding a Video to PowerPoint
Shooting video is a lot easier and accessible than it used to be. Newer versions of PowerPoint are very compatible with most industry standard files, such as H.264, which is commonly used on most point and shoot and phone based devices. One of the cool things you can do in...
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SXSW 2014 marks North American premiere of “Evaporating Borders”
Documentary edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC presents visual essay on immigration and identity Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film of 2013 by Filmmaker Magazine , Iva Radivojevic is set to premiere her first documentary feature at SXSW 2014. Radivojevic was born in Yugoslavia and moved to...
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Graham Elliott puts creativity in motion
Fearless filmmaker and innovator explores the world of creativity with help from Adobe Creative Cloud Growing up, Graham Elliott desperately wanted to become a pilot and devoted himself to learning about flight. At 17 he received a scholarship to the RAF in London and within a week he was flying...
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics FIFTY-FIVE: Zaxwerks ProAnimator
In this tutorial, Andrew Devis introduces Zaxwerks ProAnimator and gives an overview of the simplicity and speed of the application as well as showing how to render out the final animation as an image sequence.
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-NINE: Animating & Keyframes
Previously we looked at 'spring loaded' animation in the Event Pan/Crop panel, but this time Andrew Devis looks at the animation toggle switch which allows us to choose which values we want to animate of any given effect.
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Sony Vegas Pro Basics THIRTY-FOUR: Event Pan/Crop Animation
Learning to animate Event Pan/Crop adds a whole new level of tools to the editors' toolbox. In this tutorial Andrew Devis shows the basics of animation for Event Pan/Crop and how it can be used to create motion Picture in Picture (PiP) and Pan n Scan.
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