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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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A-Level VFX Studio Brewster Parsons Adds Veteran Producer Jason Cohon, Expands VFX Capabilities and Global Partnerships
News: A-Level VFX Studio Brewster Parsons Adds Veteran Producer Jason Cohon, Expands VFX Capabilities and Global PartnershipsOver the past year, A-level VFX studio Brewster Parsons has steadily been expanding its capabilities through key staff additions, facility and technology updates, and global partnerships. Today, studio founder and executive producer Darcy Parsons has announced the addition of veteran LA producer Jason Cohon to her staff in the position of senior producer, and also provided information on her other moves aimed at preparing the company to handle major VFX projects.
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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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“ANZAC Girls”: Rising Sun Pictures Goes to War
News: “ANZAC Girls”: Rising Sun Pictures Goes to War"ANZAC Girls," a 6-part mini-series produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, for ABC-TV, was a rare television project for Adelaide visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures (RSP), better known for its work on Hollywood blockbusters such as "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Gravity," and "The Great Gatsby." The first episode premiered on Australian TV on Sunday, 10 August with exceptional ratings around Australia and much critical acclaim.
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NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera Technology in SIGGRAPH Demo
News: NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera Technology in SIGGRAPH DemoImagine a filmmaker, tablet in hand, walking through a live-action set and recording actors as they perform, while simultaneously seeing fluid updates of computer-generated elements within the shot.
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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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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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Chaos Group’s V-Ray Comes to The Foundry’s MODO, NUKE and KATANA
Development Collaboration Brings Popular VFX, Broadcast and Design Renderer to Industry-Standard Apps
In response to artist and designer demands, Chaos Group and The Foundry have announced that V-Ray will be available for a number of The Foundry's creative software solutions.
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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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OTOY Unveils Holographic Video, Announces First Commercial Holographic Display for Early 2015
Ari Emanuel: “The Future of Media and Entertainment is not Going to be a Flat Screen. OTOY is Building the Content Pipeline for the Next Generation of Movies and Computer Graphics, where Immersion and Presence will be a Key Axis of the Creative Process.” Rod Roddenberry: “OTOY is Making My Father’s Vision of the "Star Trek" Holodeck a Practical Reality in our Lifetime.”
Cloud graphics company, OTOY Inc., today marked a major milestone in the future of media and entertainment, unveiling a holographic video pipeline for content creators, including the world’s first portable 360 holographic capture system and a cloud-based pipeline for creating and deploying holographic media to virtual reality and, in 2015, holographic light field displays. The pipeline enables holographic captures of real world people, objects, and environments, and one-click publishing of interactive holographic videos which are viewable on mobile devices and virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift. Forthcoming next-generation light field displays being developed by OTOY will bring commercial freestanding volumetric holographic displays to market in 2015.
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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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Broadcast Pix Introduces ‘PixPlay’ Slo-Mo Replay Option for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck, AJA Ki Pro
News: Broadcast Pix Introduces ‘PixPlay’ Slo-Mo Replay Option for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck, AJA Ki ProBroadcast Pix™ today announced PixPlay, a new software option that will allow any Broadcast Pix integrated production switcher to provide slow motion control to a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck or AJA Video Systems Ki Pro disk recorder.
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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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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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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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Light Of Day’s Nordeen Lifts A Promise Of Safety To The Skies For Johnson’s Baby
News: Light Of Day’s Nordeen Lifts A Promise Of Safety To The Skies For Johnson’s BabyNY-based production and VFX shop Light of Day director Charles Nordeen answers a customer call-to-action with a promise of hope and safety in the new 2:00 “Our Promise” for Johnson’s Baby out of RF Binder. The spot reacts to requests for safer products, celebrating this continued dedication to their customers by banding their staff and families to create a flock of 1,000 origami paper storks with words of their promise. Nordeen captures the genuine warmth and connectedness evoked in the team as they work alongside their children, colleagues and friends to put a touch of personal craftsmanship on their corporate commitment. The spot was edited by Cutting Room, NY editor Chris Hellman.
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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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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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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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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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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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Gregory Bedross Joins Broadcast Pix as NY Regional Sales Manager
News: Gregory Bedross Joins Broadcast Pix as NY Regional Sales ManagerBroadcast Pix™ announced today Gregory Bedross, CTS, has joined the company as the New York regional sales manager, effective July 15. He will work directly with Broadcast Pix co-founder Russell Whittaker to expand sales in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
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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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Broadcast Pix Part of New Video Call Center Solution for New Genre of Production Workflow
News: Broadcast Pix Part of New Video Call Center Solution for New Genre of Production WorkflowBroadcast Pix™ announced today that its integrated production switchers are being used with the new Video Call Center (VCC) automated production solution to bring the caller-based talk radio show format to television. By utilizing Broadcast Pix’s application programming interface (API) and file-based macros, the VCC system essentially creates a video-driven version of talk radio using Web-based video sources.
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"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" Scores Emmy Nomination For Outstanding Main Title Design
News: "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey"  Scores Emmy Nomination For Outstanding Main Title DesignBig Block Design Group/BBDG Team Is Recognized for Epic Cosmos Show Open
The creative team at Big Block Design Group/BBDG were recognized for their main title design for "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" with a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Main Title Design.
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MASTERSFX Pioneers "Digital Makeup Effects" Technologies with Season Four of "Falling Skies"
News: MASTERSFX Pioneers "Digital Makeup Effects" Technologies with Season Four of "Falling Skies"Award-winning character effects company MASTERSFX unveiled its “dMFX” (“Digital MakeUp”) Division in conjunction with Season Four of the hit Amblin Television/TNT series "Falling Skies,” which premiered in late June. Todd Masters, President/Founder/Chief Monster Maker for the company made the announcement.
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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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HD Upgrades for Melrose Community Access Include Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 System
News: HD Upgrades for Melrose Community Access Include Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 SystemOver the past decade, Melrose Massachusetts Television, Inc. (MMTV), the community access station for the City of Melrose, Mass., has been aggressively upgrading its production equipment. In January, the station made the move to a native HD production workflow with new cameras and an upgraded control room built around a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 integrated production switcher.
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ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure For KHSL
News: ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure For KHSLProfessional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and installed a new HD-SDI infrastructure with embedded audio for KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132).
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World Renowned Film Director Derek Yee Chooses Blackmagic Production Camera 4K
News: World Renowned Film Director Derek Yee Chooses Blackmagic Production Camera 4KBlackmagic Design today announced that award winning director Derek Yee purchased the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K for his production team and to provide footage for his new film, “I Am Somebody.”
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Oishii Looks to #WTFuture With Dynamic Branding Package For PromaxBDA: The Conference 2014
News: Oishii Looks to #WTFuture With Dynamic Branding Package For PromaxBDA: The Conference 2014
Creative Agency Creates the Conference and Awards Show Opening Videos & Graphics
When PromaxBDA, the global member-based association for professionals working in media marketing, needed an agency to create the branding and video opens for this year's conference and awards show in New York, they turned to long-time members and creative agency Oishii Creative. Armed with the tagline #WTFuture, Oishii Creative set out to make a package that captured the energy and essence of an industry in constant change.
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A Common Thread’s Peter Dietrich Works Magic for OPPO
News: A Common Thread’s Peter Dietrich Works Magic for OPPODirector’s Branded Entertainment Short Film Explores a Man’s Mysterious Odyssey to Discover His True Self.
Peter Dietrich, represented in the U.S. by A Common Thread, has directed a branded entertainment short film for Chinese cell phone giant OPPO, about a man’s magical quest to find himself. Produced by Red Horse, Shanghai, for BBDO Proximity, China, "The Loop of Life" promotes the launch of OPPO’s new Find 7 smart phone.
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Milk Explodes All Over London For “24”
Milk is working with Fox as the lead VFX studio on "24: Live Another Day" -- currently airing on Sky 1 in the UK and around the world -- to create a mix of CG and effects work for the heart-stopping series, as it celebrates its debut year in business.
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Sun Valley Community Church Relies On FOR-A Video Switchers
News: Sun Valley Community Church Relies On FOR-A Video SwitchersWhen Arizona-based Sun Valley Community Church made the jump from SD to HD production in its Gilbert campus three years ago, the house of worship began using FOR-A’s HVS-300HS video switcher. Last fall, the church was faced with the decision of purchasing a new switcher for its nearby location in Tempe. Pleased with the ease of use and performance delivered by its FOR-A switcher, Sun Valley chose another FOR-A switcher to get the job done – the HVS-XT100. The house of worship has been successfully using its HVS-XT100 portable video switcher since September 2013.
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iPi Motion Capture Plays A Starring Role In “Stalingrad” – Russia's Highest-Grossing Film Of All Time
News: iPi Motion Capture Plays A Starring Role In “Stalingrad” – Russia's Highest-Grossing Film Of All TimeiPi Soft Markerless Motion Capture System Aids Moscow-Based Visual Effects House Main Road|Post With Crowd Simulation And Previsualization
The Battle of Stalingrad, among the bloodiest and arguably one of the most strategically decisive battles in all of World War II, has been vividly brought to life in “Stalingrad.” The now released Russian-produced epic film effectively used iPi Soft iPi Motion Capture markerless motion capture solution on numerous crowd simulation sequences created by the Moscow-based visual effects studio Main Road|Post.
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Panasonic Taps Astucemedia to Enable Real-time Data Driven Graphics on "Big Hoss TV"
News: Panasonic Taps Astucemedia to Enable Real-time Data Driven Graphics on "Big Hoss TV"Astucemedia Contributes Custom Graphics and Data Services to a Massive LED HD Video Board Built by Panasonic for Texas Motor Speedway
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company enlisted the help of Astucemedia—a Montreal-based provider of live broadcast graphics services with an office in Dubai, UAE—to provide visually rich graphics design with real-time data integration services to "Big Hoss TV."
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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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Grass Valley’s EDIUS 7 Selected for the 3D Film “Our Restless Planet”
News: Grass Valley’s EDIUS 7 Selected for the 3D Film “Our Restless Planet”Now showing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Earth Science Visitor Center
Bruce Austin of Bruce Austin Productions Inc. (BAPI) and Dan Harris of Eight Ball Pictures and Stereoscope LLC, have turned to Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, to harness the powerful capabilities of its EDIUS 7 multiformat nonlinear editing software on the film “Our Restless Planet,” for the JPL Earth Science Visitor Center. The film highlights the effects of hurricanes, earthquakes and fresh water supplies on our planet.
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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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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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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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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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Orienteering Championship Broadcast Live with ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K
News: Orienteering Championship Broadcast Live with ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4KBlackmagic Design today announced that a live production workflow featuring the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K was used to broadcast the 2014 10MILA, one of Europe’s biggest and most watched orienteering competitions.
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Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast Pix
News: Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast PixBroadcast Pix™ today announced the city of Sarasota, Fla., has upgraded its City Hall facilities to a native HD infrastructure, anchored by a Granite™ 2000 integrated production switcher, to produce its city commission meetings for television and the Web.
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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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Pixel Magic Effects Help Crack The Case In "22 Jump Street"
Pixel Magic announced it recently completed over 100 visual effects shots for Sony Pictures Entertainment's feature "22 Jump Street", a sequel to the 2012 hit movie, "21 Jump Street".
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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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Rising Sun Pictures Makes Time Stand Still for Quicksilver in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
News: Rising Sun Pictures Makes Time Stand Still for Quicksilver in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”VFX Studio Recreates The Pentagon Kitchen in Ultra Slow Motion for the Mutant Quicksilver.
Rising Sun Pictures’ contribution to Twentieth Century Fox’s "X-Men Days of Future Past" centered on a time-bending sequence in which Quicksilver (Evan Peters) displays his hyper-speed abilities with spectacular effect.
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Devil & Demon Strategy Appoints VFX Legend Richard Edlund To The Board
News:  Devil & Demon Strategy Appoints VFX Legend Richard Edlund To The BoardEdlund Completes Flagship VFX Sequences for NBC’s Crossbones Series Using Devil & Demon Super-Fast Computing
The Devil & Demon Strategy, manufacturer of super-fast computers for everyone, announced today that renowned visual effects (VFX) creator, Richard Edlund, has joined its board of directors. The winner of seven Academy Awards, Edlund brings a depth and breadth of experience in motion picture and high-end television VFX to the company, and will consult on the development of the Devil and Demon product line to meet the needs of digital artists and studios in entertainment imaging worldwide.
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Broadcast Pix Anchors New HD Production System for Tampa Bay Rowdies TV Broadcasts
News: Broadcast Pix Anchors New HD Production System for Tampa Bay Rowdies TV BroadcastsBefore the start of the 2014 season, the Tampa Bay Rowdies negotiated broadcast rights for all 13 of its Saturday night home soccer matches. As a result, it was time for the team to upgrade its SD production facilities at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. The new HD production includes a four-camera setup, custom animated graphics and a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production switcher.
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Filmworkers Uses Scare Tactics in New Campaign for Cedar Fair
News: Filmworkers Uses Scare Tactics in New Campaign for Cedar FairAll-CG Spot Produced by Filmworkers’ New VFX and Animation Unit Churchill Studio Introduces “Banshee,” the World’s Largest Inverted Roller Coaster.
Filmworkers’ new creative unit Churchill Studio encourages viewers to face their worst fears (while enjoying the thrill of their lives) in a new spot for amusement park giant Cedar Fair and Chicago agency Cramer-Krasselt. "Everything You Fear" is an all-CG spot introducing "Banshee," a new roller coaster debuting at Cedar Fair’s Kings Island park this summer.
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MPC Creative Directs an Imaginative Dream World for RE/MAX
News: MPC Creative Directs an Imaginative Dream World for RE/MAXLeo Burnett approached MPC Creative to produce, direct, and develop the visual effects for an all-new RE/MAX advertising campaign. Taking advantage of all pre-production, production and VFX disciplines under one roof, MPC LA’s in-house talent, directors Dan Marsh and Paul O’Shea, led the creation of the spectacular campaign illustrating how our dreams and reality coincide with a little guidance from the global real-estate franchisor.
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Rock Paper Scissors and a52 Laugh Out Loud with Kevin Hart and Vitamin Water
News: Rock Paper Scissors and a52 Laugh Out Loud with Kevin Hart and Vitamin WaterRock Paper Scissors Editors Adam Pertofsky, Damion Clayton, and Neil Meiklejohn along with the VFX and finishing teams at a52 deliver a comical :60 for Vitamin Water, featuring comedian Kevin Hart.
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Broadcast Pix Introduces VOX Lite Voice-Automated Control for Smaller Productions
News: Broadcast Pix Introduces VOX Lite Voice-Automated Control for Smaller ProductionsBroadcast Pix™ today announced VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option that works with any Flint™, Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switcher. It will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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Next Media Animation Scaling Up Qube! In Response to Worldwide Acclaim
News: Next Media Animation Scaling Up Qube! In Response to Worldwide AcclaimRender Farm Management Software Helps Company Meet Topical Timelines for Internationally Famous News Clips
When a man gets attacked by a bear or the mayor of Toronto starts giving in to drugs, who you going to call? Next Media Animation (NMA) if you want your breaking news to be animated, informative and hilarious.
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Mirada Transforms UCLA's Royce Hall with Projection Mapping Spectacle
News: Mirada Transforms UCLA's Royce Hall with Projection Mapping SpectacleShort Film Celebrates University's Upcoming Centennial to Kick Off New "Let There Be" Fundraising Campaign
Mirada teamed up with UCLA to create a one-of-a-kind film designed specifically for projection onto the façade of the University's iconic Royce Hall. The 10-minute film produced at 5K+ resolution was developed from beginning to end by Mirada, and became a true passion project for the creative team; Mirada co-founder Javier Jimenez is a UCLA alum, and the company has participated in mentorship programs with UCLA students for several years.
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“COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” VFX Producers Stay In-The-Know with Shotgun
News: “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey” VFX Producers Stay In-The-Know with ShotgunVisual Effects Veterans Move Production-Side and Bring Shotgun With Them To Manage Massive Shot Volume and Streamline Multi-Vendor Processes
Shotgun Software announced today that Voyager Pictures, the production company behind “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” has been using Shotgun to keep the 13-episode series’ demanding visual effects deliverables on schedule. Shotgun is the film, TV and game development industries’ trusted platform for production management and review, and as talent moves from visual effects facilities into production companies, many are choosing to bring Shotgun along for the ride.
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Minneapolis Area TV Network Expands PEG Channel Infrastructure with Tightrope Cablecast Servers
News: Minneapolis Area TV Network Expands PEG Channel Infrastructure with Tightrope Cablecast ServersTightrope Solutions Accommodate More Programming, Enhance Content Management Across Nine Community-Based Government Access Channels
Northwest Community Television (NWCT)—which provides local origination, public access and government channels to cable subscribers in nine Minneapolis-area suburbs—has based its broadcast operation on Cablecast video servers from Tightrope Media Systems. NWCT recently added nine new Cablecast SXLE SD video servers to its infrastructure to support government access Channel 16, bringing its total to 13 systems enterprise-wide.
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Shade VFX Signs Leading VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell
News: Shade VFX Signs Leading VFX Supervisor Everett BurrellShade Completes Work on "Chef," "Amazing Spider-Man 2" And "Million Dollar Arm"
Bryan Godwin, CEO shade VFX, announced today that leading Visual Effects Supervisor Everett Burrell will join shade VFX on May 21st. Burrell will work on both feature film and television projects in both of shade’s locations -- Los Angeles and New York. Burrell departs LOOK Effects to join shade’s management team of Vice President/Executive Producer David Van Dyke and Business Development Executive Lisa Maher and will report to Godwin, shade’s Founder, Owner and Visual Effects Supervisor.
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Encore VFX Helps “The Flash” Find Super Speed
The CW audiences tuned into last night's season finale of “Arrow” were treated to a much-anticipated sneak peek of “The Flash” in a crossover event, features CG artistry by Encore VFX. In addition to the promo, Encore handled VFX for “The Flash” pilot, and with the show officially greenlit, the company is also set to deliver VFX for future episodes.
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The Graphic Film Company Sinks its Teeth Into iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology For "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D"
News: The Graphic Film Company Sinks its Teeth Into iPi Soft Motion Capture Technology For "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D"Screening May 16 At Cannes Film Festival, 3D Animated Horror Classic Reboot Benefits From Markerless Mocap Workflow With Unprecedented Flexibility and Productivity,
With a seemingly unquenchable appetite for zombie movies, movie-goers will get their fill in 2014 with "Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D," a 3D animated reboot of the original 1968 horror classic. The film features visual effects from The Graphic Film Company, Los Angeles, which relied on the iPi Soft iPi Motion Capture markerless motion capture software solution. The software’s ability to easily create massive amounts of zombie action and seamlessly integrate it with the studio’s complex workflow, provided the filmmakers limitless creative freedom.
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Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Post Production Services Establish New Workflow Technologies for "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™"
News: Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Post Production Services Establish New Workflow Technologies for "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™"Visual Effects, Post Production Sound and Colorworks Work as One Team.
Columbia Pictures’ "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2™" marks not only the return of the world’s greatest superhero but also the culmination of a groundbreaking collaboration between visual effects, sound and post production teams from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
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JWT Atlanta, MPC NY and Raf Wathion push the boundaries of innovation in Pennzoil's new campaign
News: JWT Atlanta, MPC NY and Raf Wathion push the boundaries of innovation in Pennzoil's new campaignToday Pennzoil is launching a new campaign called “Born from Natural Gas” for a first-of-its-kind motor oil made from natural gas, Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology - the first true innovation in the category in over 35 years. To debut the product, JWT Atlanta wanted to create something just as innovative as the product itself. The result is a first-of-its-kind TV commercial shot on gaseous vapor clouds. The project took almost a year to produce due to the technical and engineering side of pulling off a commercial, live in-camera, of this magnitude.
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Clockwork VFX Brings Monopoly Town To 3D Animated Life For Hasbro
News: Clockwork VFX Brings Monopoly Town To 3D Animated Life For HasbroVisual Effects House Teams With Agency UPROAR! To Imagine A Vibrant, Bustling City Based On The Classic Board Game
It’s a game we’ve all played, but a world we’ve never truly seen – until now. Clockwork VFX, the creative visual effects/3D animation studio led by Creative Director/Co-Founder Jason Tomlins and Executive Producer Mia Harvey, crafted an engaging new ad for Hasbro’s latest version of Monopoly Junior and agency UPROAR, New York, that transports viewers past go, jail and straight to Boardwalk’s lush beach and amusement park.
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Twist Comedy Director Matt Pittroff Scores With T.J. Oshie In Humorous, New Spot For Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Official Partner Of The NHL
News: Twist Comedy Director Matt Pittroff Scores With T.J. Oshie In Humorous, New Spot For Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Official Partner Of The NHLNational Comedy Director Matt Pittroff of Twist took to the hockey rink recently to shoot a humorous new spot for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, an Official Partner of the NHL, featuring T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues. Collaborating with a celebrity talent not used to being in front of the camera performing lines, Pittroff relied on his long-term collaboration with agency creatives at Cannonball and his famous preparedness to score big.
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“I, Frankenstein”: Rising Sun Pictures Helps Bring Back the Dead
News: “I, Frankenstein”: Rising Sun Pictures Helps Bring Back the DeadIn Lakeshore Entertainment’s "I, Frankenstein" director Stuart Beattie offers a darkly cerebral tale in which the monster of the Mary Shelley novel (here named Adam and played by Aaron Eckhart) has survived to modern day and become embroiled in a deadly confrontation between an assortment of grisly gargoyles and demons.
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32TEN Studios Produces Numerous Practical Effects for Hit Motion Picture "Noah"
News: 32TEN Studios Produces Numerous Practical Effects for Hit Motion Picture "Noah"32TEN Studios, a San Rafael (Marin, CA)-based company that provides production facilities and services, as well as practical effects services, to entertainment, advertising, community and corporate clientele, has produced numerous practical effects for Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises’ hit motion picture “Noah.”
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Carbon VFX Goes Behind the Wheel with Formula One Racer Lewis Hamilton
News: Carbon VFX Goes Behind the Wheel with Formula One Racer Lewis HamiltonTo celebrate the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championships, Carbon VFX delivers a stunning promo for NBC Sports Group exploring life at the speed of driver Lewis Hamilton.
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Carbon VFX Welcomes Marlo Baird Kinsey as West Coast Executive Producer
News: Carbon VFX Welcomes Marlo Baird Kinsey as West Coast Executive ProducerCarbon VFX announces the addition of Marlo Baird Kinsey as Executive Producer in Los Angeles. Marlo’s unique blend of VFX post-production and editorial experience make her well positioned to lead the production department of the creative studio’s Los Angeles office. Marlo joins Carbon’s talented team of artists, graphic designers and producers from her most recent production role at The Mission.
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Luma Pictures Lends Bionic Strength to Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
News: Luma Pictures Lends Bionic Strength to Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'Luma Pictures' contribution to over 375 shots in the recent release of Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' marks its 6th collaboration with Marvel, and its 2nd duet with Luma's Melbourne studio. The most notable contributions to the latest installment in the Marvel franchise took the form of the Winter Soldier's bionic arm, CG Cars, CG explosions, and a variety of environment Matte Paintings.
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MPC NY unveils first in-house animated short film “Sunny and Steve” for Easter
News: MPC NY unveils first in-house animated short film “Sunny and Steve” for Easter"Meet Sunny and Steve," the charming characters brought to life by MPC NY in a light-hearted short film written and directed under one roof by in-house talent Bill Dorais and Ty Coyle. Born out of MPC’s love for storytelling, the passion project quickly turned into an ongoing creative platform to collaborate, experiment, and develop talent within the MPC NY character design team.
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Visual Effects Society Launches New YouTube Channel Dedicated to VFX
Site to Showcase Exclusive and Best-in-Class Curated Content
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, launched its new YouTube Channel, providing unique access to the world of visual effects and the artists who create them. The channel is designed to showcase outstanding examples of visual effects artistry and innovation from around the world, practical skills demonstrations, insights from leading practitioners and original content from VES signature events, workshops and forums.
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Thinkbox Webinar: An Introduction to Krakatoa for CINEMA 4D – April 23 & 24
Thinkbox Software will host free online webinars on April 23 and 24, 2014 to give artists an inside look at Krakatoa for CINEMA 4D (Krakatoa C4D), the recently released version of its high-volume particle renderer for MAXON CINEMA 4D. Attendees will see Krakatoa in action as it facilitates a powerful pipeline for quickly acquiring, caching, transforming, modifying, shading and rendering billions of particles to create CG phenomena such as dust, smoke, silt, ocean surface foam and plasma.
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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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CG Supervisor Eric Clément Joins Cinesite's Montréal Team
News: CG Supervisor Eric Clément Joins Cinesite's Montréal TeamCinesite announced today that Canadian Eric Clément has joined their team in Montréal as CG Supervisor. He brings with him a wealth of experience and a strong reputation in the visual effects industry.
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Quantic Dream Doubles Its Investment in Vicon to Deliver ‘Outstanding’ Performance Capture
News: Quantic Dream Doubles Its Investment in Vicon to Deliver ‘Outstanding’ Performance CaptureT-Series Upgrade Increases Full Performance Capture Space By Over 200% Helping Quantic Dream Achieve More with Less Technology
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, life science and engineering industries, today announced that Quantic Dream, the world renowned games studio, has invested in 38 additional T-Series T160 cameras. Having previously enlisted Vicon technology for PS3 exclusive titles, "Beyond: Two Souls" and "Heavy Rain," the recent investment will enable Quantic Dream to execute future high-profile projects in a larger full performance capture (FPC) space than ever before.
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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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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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TASCAM Showcases Three New Clock Generators at The 2014 NAB Show
News: TASCAM Showcases Three New Clock Generators at The 2014 NAB ShowTASCAM, a division of TEAC America and part of Gibson Brands, Inc., will have its three brand new clock generators on display for the first time at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL4230). Comprising the CG-2000, CG-1800 and CG-1000 models, each was specifically designed for a particular market segment, including broadcast, post production and professional recording to keep audio and video signals in sync.
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News from Synaptic VFX: Leading Visual Effects Company Signed as Key Vendor for New FOX Series "Hieroglyph:" Company Opens New Orleans Office, and Is Coming Off First Season Success of "Sleepy Hollow"
News: News from Synaptic VFX: Leading Visual Effects Company Signed as Key Vendor for New FOX Series "Hieroglyph:" Company Opens New Orleans Office, and Is Coming Off First Season Success of "Sleepy Hollow"Synaptic VFX has just been signed as a key VFX vendor for the new FOX TV series “Hieroglyph”, and has launched a branch office in New Orleans. Synaptic is coming off the success of the first season of FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow,” providing the lion's share of the series’ visual effects as the show's primary vendor. The announcements were made today by Synaptic VFX co-founders Shant Jordan, Shahen Jordan, and Ken Gust.
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Light Of Day Adds Jen Milano as Executive Producer
News: Light Of Day Adds Jen Milano as Executive ProducerNY-based VFX and production shop Light of Day adds Jen Milano as Executive Producer. Coming to Light of Day from Fluid NY, Milano will leverage both a wealth of experience as a post producer and a background of hands-on experience as an editor and artist. She has worked with such top clients as NY Lotto, Travelocity, GameStop, Ford, Pier 1 and Fiat, among numerous others. Her technical stills encompass a vast understanding of the post production process, including expertise in such software as Avid, Autodesk and Final Cut.
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Rapidly Expanding NewTek Developer Network Adds 22 Customer Workflows
NewTek Product Ecosystem Now Includes 57 Customer Solutions In Graphics, Streaming, Automation & Controllers, Content, Asset Management & Storage
NewTek™ today announced the addition of 22 new customer workflows into the NewTek Developer Network. The rapidly growing program now offers 57 innovative and seamlessly integrated workflows for TriCaster™ and 3Play™ users, extending significant time-and cost-savings efficiencies to anyone using NewTek live production tools.
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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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Union Visual Effects Re-Creates Renaissance Era Florence for the Second Season of "Da Vinci’s Demons."
Union VFX has provided key visual effects work over several episodes of the second season of the STARZ Original series “Da Vinci’s Demons”, produced by Adjacent Productions, it was announced today. The first episode premieres in the UK on April 4 at 10PM on FOX UK.
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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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Broadcast Pix Offers Special Financing, ‘Sports Bundle’ Promotion
News: Broadcast Pix Offers Special Financing, ‘Sports Bundle’ PromotionBroadcast Pix™ today announced new financing packages designed to help customers upgrade to new technology without a large initial cash outlay. Through a partnership with First Option Capital, Broadcast Pix U.S.-based customers have access to several financing products and payment plans through June 30, 2014. Broadcast Pix also announced a “Sports Bundle” promotion that provides discounts for integrated production systems that are tailored for live sports productions.
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Broadcast Pix Slate Trade-In Program Offers Discounts on New Mica, Granite Integrated Production Switchers
News: Broadcast Pix Slate Trade-In Program Offers Discounts on New Mica, Granite Integrated Production SwitchersBroadcast Pix™ today announced a special Slate™ trade-in program that offers incentives for customers to upgrade to native HD Mica™ or Granite™ integrated production switchers. The program ends June 30.
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FUJIFILM’S New Zoom Goes Wide, Then Long to Stay with the Action
News: FUJIFILM’S New Zoom Goes Wide, Then Long to Stay with the ActionHA18x5.5 offers 18x Zoom from 5.5MM at the Wide Angle To 100MM on the Telephoto End
The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation will introduce its HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas, starting on April 7th.. The company will exhibit in NAB Booth #C7025.
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Broadcast Pix Expands Flint Integrated Production Switcher Family
News: Broadcast Pix Expands Flint Integrated Production Switcher FamilyBroadcast Pix™ will unveil its expanded family of Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. All three HD models include the same Fluent™ workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets.
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Advanced Systems Group Designs Digital Arts Facility for San Lorenzo Unified School District
News: Advanced Systems Group  Designs Digital Arts Facility for San Lorenzo Unified School DistrictAdvanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, today announced work is complete on a $6 million production space designed by ASG that serves as the new home of the Bay Area Digital Arts (BADA) Academy for California’s San Lorenzo Unified School District. Located at San Lorenzo High School, the facility includes a 3,100-square-foot NC25 sound stage, production control room, audio control room, voiceover/ADR recording studio, editing classroom, production offices, and private edit suites.
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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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CINESITE BUILDS AN EMPIRE FOR LATEST 300 RELEASE
News: CINESITE BUILDS AN EMPIRE FOR LATEST 300 RELEASECinesite has completed over 350 visual effects for 300: Rise of an Empire. Cinesite VFX Supervisor Richard Clarke worked closely with production VFX Supervisor John “D.J.” Des Jardin to create epic 2.5d and 3d environments, including Ancient Athens, Sparta and shoreline encampment shots.
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