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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cause & [Effect] Skates Onto Set For Nicktoons’ Wild Grinders
News: Cause & [Effect] Skates Onto Set For Nicktoons’ Wild GrindersNew York-based Cause & [Effect] creative director/director Jamie Hubbard crafts an artful mix of live-action and skate-happy toons in the new :60 “Nicktoons – Wild Grinders ‘Concept Trailer’” for the Nicktoons show "Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders." Promoting the show’s new season, the spot features Dyrdek leading a comical tour through a set occupied by real production crew and the motley, animated cast.
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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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Faceware Technologies Forms Partnership with Vicon
News: Faceware Technologies Forms Partnership with ViconMocap and motion tracking companies partner to provide studios with greater flexibility in the facial and full-performance motion capture process
Faceware Technologies, the leading innovator and most experienced provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced that it has entered into a global partnership with Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, defense, life sciences and engineering industries. The partnership will focus on providing mocap studios and service providers with more hardware and software options for capturing, analyzing and re-targeting facial and full-body mocap data.
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Calabash Animation Mounts A Pirate Big Attack For Hasbro’s New Angry Birds Jenga Game
News: Calabash Animation Mounts A Pirate Big Attack For Hasbro’s New Angry Birds Jenga GameAward-Winning Animation Studio Teams With Agency UPROAR! For Spot Featuring Throwback Look
Arr, matey! The latest iteration of Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise is the epic Pirate Pig Attack board game, which combines the familiar, fast-crashing birds seen on millions of mobile phones with Hasbro’s beloved block-stacking classic game Jenga – all of which is on full display in the new animated 30 second ad created by Calabash Animation via agency UPROAR!, New York.
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Elastic’s Patrick Clair Creates Haunting Main Titles for HBO’s “True Detective”
News: Elastic’s Patrick Clair Creates Haunting Main Titles for HBO’s “True Detective”When HBO’s highly anticipated “True Detective” drama debuted on Jan. 12, it launched into viewers’ homes with an engrossing title sequence from Elastic Director Patrick Clair. Rolling out as a series of industrial and rural panoramas set within translucent character silhouettes against a stark white backdrop, the titles are a gripping and somber tour of the show’s people, places and events, portraying a universe rife with evil and defined by mystery.
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Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Jeremy Selan Receives Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for OpenColorIO from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
News: Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Jeremy Selan Receives Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for OpenColorIO from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and SciencesSony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) is pleased to announce that Jeremy Selan, the facility’s Imaging Supervisor, will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award for his role in developing the open source color management framework OpenColorIO.
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Syfy Announces Contestants For New Reality Competition Series "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge"
News: Syfy Announces Contestants For New Reality Competition Series "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge"Featuring Host Gigi Edgley and Lead Judge Brian Henson
Syfy debuts a new reality competition series, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge, and introduces ten hopeful creature designers who have come to Los Angeles with an incredible shared dream: to land a job working in Jim Henson's Creature Shop™. The competing creature designers are allowed unprecedented access to the world-renowned Creature Shop.
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Brickyard VFX and General Gau Help JetBlue Soar
News: Brickyard VFX and General Gau Help JetBlue SoarBrickyard VFX, a bi-coastal VFX and animation studio, and General Gau, its in-house arm for custom character-based content, recently completed work on JetBlue Airways' "Air on the Side of Humanity" campaign via Mullen. The three-spot campaign engages viewers and conveys the JetBlue experience in a fresh and witty way -- through pigeons, the ultimate "frequent fliers," discussing the desire to be treated with some respect and humanity amid the plights of modern air travel. The spots launched this fall in Boston.
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Price Chopper Returns To Galaxy 61 To Create A Pair of FX-Driven Holiday Spots
News: Price Chopper Returns To Galaxy 61 To Create A Pair of FX-Driven Holiday Spots
Price Chopper recently returned to Galaxy 61 to design and execute a campaign that kicked off the season with a pair of visually enticing spots designed to drive sales and position the supermarket retail chain’s brand just right for the holidays.
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Leftchannel Flexes Character Animation Muscles With Whimsical Original “Under The Big Top”
Motion Graphics Studio Crafts Eye-Catching Short Inspired By Target Branding
Looking to showcase their deep character animation talents coupled with their motion design capabilities, award-winning design/animation studio leftchannel has created “Under The Big Top.” This lively animated short highlights their broad range of creative skills, while deftly capturing the design-focused branding style of retailer Target.
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The 2013 Annual Annie Award Noms are out and HoC couldn’t be happier!
At the heart of every nomination is a good story. Or so we at House of Cool like to think. This year’s contenders have a strong showing for the HOC crew with the recognition of 2 special projects that we helped develop. Epic receives 5 Annie Award nominations
Among the leading animated films this year was Blue Sky’s, Epic, showing nominations in several individual categories including; Best Animated Effects, Character Animation, Production Design, Music and Best Director going to Chris Wedge.
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Vicon and Imaginarium Studios raise the motion capture game for "Ryse: Son of Rome"
50 Vicon T160 cameras and Vicon Blade 2 enable cutting-edge character realism for Xbox One exclusive, "Ryse: Son of Rome"
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialists for the entertainment, defence, life sciences and engineering industries and The Imaginarium, today announced that Vicon’s T-Series motion capture cameras were behind the outstanding character realism in new game "Ryse: Son Of Rome."
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Calabash Animation Hits The Right Notes With Latest Lucky Charms Spot “Rainbow Music”
News: Calabash Animation Hits The Right Notes With Latest Lucky Charms Spot “Rainbow Music”Latest Work Highlights Acclaimed Studio’s CG Animation Mastery
Calabash Animation is once again making beautiful music with Lucky Charms and agency Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, as evidenced by the award-winning animation studio’s latest spot for the venerable brand, entitled “Rainbow Music.”
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Nina Davenport Joins Animation Studio Clockwork VFX As Executive Producer
New York-Based Agency Production Veteran Will Lead Company’s Gotham Outpost
Solidifying its mark on the U.S. commercial animation market, acclaimed animation studio Clockwork VFX has added veteran agency producer Nina Davenport to its team. Davenport comes aboard the eight-year-old studio, following nearly five years as a Producer at UPROAR!,the New York-based kid /family centered marketing agency.
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Cospective Launches Frankie 2.1
News: Cospective Launches Frankie 2.1The Industry’s Most Easy-to-Use Video Review Tool Gets More Powerful Features
Today Cospective, the makers of cineSync, announced that a new version of its video review tool, Frankie, is now available. Frankie 2.1 offers powerful new features, including zooming and panning, custom branding in the review interface, while also doubling storage to 20 GB. Ad agencies and production facilities now have an even more powerful tool to review short-form video work internally and with clients, where everyone can collaborate, regardless of locations or time zones.
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Oscar®-Nominated KANDOR Graphics Maximises on Mistika's Colour Grading and Finishing Creativity in 3D CG Fantasy Feature Film "Justin and the Knights of Valour"
News: Oscar®-Nominated KANDOR Graphics Maximises on Mistika's Colour Grading and Finishing Creativity in 3D CG Fantasy Feature Film "Justin and the Knights of Valour""I was impressed with how the Spanish Mistika technology which we have embraced at KANDOR Graphics enhanced "Justin and the Knights of Valour" in Stereo 3D. It is great to see passionate companies like SGO contribute to innovation in our industry in such a significant way." Manuel Sicilia, Company Partner & Chief Creative Officer of KANDOR Graphics & Director & Author of Justin and the Knights of Valour
KANDOR Graphics, with Antonio Banderas as Company Partner, invested in SGO's technology to support its growing production demands, and chose Mistika for its stunning capabilities to colour grade and finish its very first 3D CG children's feature film Justin and the Knights of Valour in 2D and stereoscopic 3D.
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Marvel's Thor: The Dark World™ Battles Its Way Into North American IMAX® 3D Theatres Starting Nov. 8
IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Marvel Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), today announced that Marvel's Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and released into IMAX® theatres across North America beginning Nov. 8.
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Director Mike Roberts Of Envision Media Arts (EMA) Collaborates On Diversity Of New Projects
News: Director Mike Roberts Of Envision Media Arts (EMA) Collaborates On Diversity Of New ProjectsUp-and-coming Director Mike Roberts of Envision Media Arts (EMA) is in the midst of a series of innovative projects, including a brand-new commercial campaign for Fandango. Featuring the signature animation of Roberts, the initial campaign launched this summer and is sure to have a long shelf life for the popular online movie web site.
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LightWave 11.6 and NevronMotion Final Releases Now Available
News: LightWave 11.6 and NevronMotion Final Releases Now AvailableOffers Advanced Previsualization, Production And 3D Printing Tools In Lightwave 11.6; Nevronmotion Plug-In For The Microsoft Kinect Camera Captures And Retargets Motion In Lightwave 11.6
The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., today announced the final release of LightWave 11.6 software for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering is now available worldwide. Also announced today is the final release of the NevronMotion plug-in for LightWave 11.6, which uses the Microsoft Kinect camera to capture motion in real time for retargeting to 3D or live-performance characters. NevronMotion also simplifies retargeting data from standard motion capture files directly into the LightWave interface.
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LightWave 3D: Creating a Superhero’s Challenging Past
News: LightWave 3D: Creating a Superhero’s Challenging PastLost Hero: The Search for Dr. Obsidian moves toward final release with LightWave 3D software powering the production pipeline
Superheroes are conceived for the realm of myth and might. This is especially true for the masked character Dr. Obsidian, a comic-book hero created by Mark Kochinski in hopes of captivating movie audiences.
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Graphic Film Company’s Anthony Hoit Talks About iPi Motion Capture At The World Animation & VFX Summit Nov. 3-6, Marina Del Rey, CA
VFX Artist Will Discuss His MoCap Work On Upcoming “Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D” At Previz Session
iPi Soft, the developers of the markerless motion capture solution iPi Motion Capture, is pleased to announce that Anthony Hoit, Systems Lead at The Graphic Film Company, Los Angeles, CA, will be speaking about the role the software played in film previsualization at the World Animation & VFX Summit, November 3 - 6, 2013 at the California Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey, Calif. Now in its second year, the Summit connects studio executives, producers, agents, distributors with high-level animation and visual effects professionals for three days of panels, screenings and networking.
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Become a GIFted Animator With iStopMotion
Latest versions of iStopMotion for Mac and iStopMotion for iPad now include support for animated GIF export; iStopMotion for iPad offers new preference options ideal for school and workshop settings; special pricing on both apps until October 20!
From adorable animals to looping videos of the most memorable moments in television and everything in between, the animated GIF has been spreading its way through the interwebs like wildfire. And now with the latest update to Boinx Software’s iStopMotion for iPad (version 2.2) and iStopMotion for the Mac (version 3.2 - more info), you, too have the power to create the next animated GIF internet sensation. In iStopMotion 3.2 for Mac, you can save any sequence of up to 200 frames as an animated GIF right to your hard drive. In iStopMotion for iPad 2.2, you can export the first 200 frames of your animation as an animated GIF and send it by email or iMessage or upload it to your DropBox.
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Imaginary Forces Dives Into The Expansive World Of Strife
News: Imaginary Forces Dives Into The Expansive World Of StrifeImaginary Forces opens the door to an endless possibility of action-packed challenges and adventures for the launch of Strife for S2 Games. The :45 teaser trailer “Rook” introduces viewers to the world of the new MOBA game, enticing them with the boundless possibilities they can experience with the new IP. "Strife" will be available Winter 2014.
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Vizrt presents advanced analysis tools for the 2014 World Cup at Sportel Monaco
News: Vizrt presents advanced analysis tools for the 2014 World Cup at Sportel Monaco
At the Grimaldi Forum Congress Center, Ravel Hall stand I09 – Vizrt presents several products to enhance how broadcasters and content owners analyze and display their 2014 World Cup coverage.
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CHRLX Keeps Consumers "Connected" for AT&T, GSD&M/Austin
News: CHRLX Keeps Consumers "Connected" for AT&T, GSD&M/AustinFrom your kitchen or living room to the deck or drafting table, AT&T U-verse High-Speed Internet has got a fast, reliable and affordable hookup to keep you “Connected”. As produced by CHRLX and directed by Elliot Lim, this narrative comes to life in the form of animated vignettes. The :60 spot uses laptops, tablets and smartphones as a visual centerpiece, connecting users no matter where they may be.
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ACNE Adds Trio of Interactive Directors to Further Bolster Diverse Offering
News: ACNE Adds Trio of Interactive Directors to Further Bolster Diverse OfferingFollowing the recent signing of Interactive Director Jeff Levine, ACNE is pleased to announce the addition of three more industry-leading talents to its roster. Interactive director/music producer Drasko Vucevic, animation and effects pioneer Chris Gardner, and relentless innovator Eskil Steenberg will join the team, bringing decades of experience in creating and applying cutting-edge technologies to an almost limitless variety of projects.
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XDT Announces Support For 4K SDI Playout VIA Bluefish444 EPOCH | 4K Supernova At IBC 2013
Revolutionizing uncompressed 4K review over local and wide area networks
XDT Pty. Ltd., a developer of advanced software-based solutions for high-speed data transfers, is introducing uncompressed 4K HD SDI frame review via Bluefish444’s Epoch | 4K Supernova video card.. Flipstream, the unique QA client application of the flagship Catapult suite of products, now includes the ability to stream uncompressed frame sequences directly to 4K projectors via HD-SDI output.
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Bluefish444 Announces Support For Adobe Creative Cloud,Including 4K SDI Support For Adobe Premiere Pro CC For Windows
4K 60p SDI Monitoring for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced its support for Adobe® Creative Cloud™, including a new Windows plug-in for Adobe Premiere® Pro CC software enabling 4K SDI preview.
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Bluefish444 Introduces Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ Multi-Channel BI –Directional Uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI Video Card At IBC 2013
Applications include 4K workflows, digital intermediary, digital content creation, video servers, encoding, decoding & streaming of MPEG and H.264, live and non-live CG supporting Windows, Linux and Mac OSX operating systems
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, introduced and announced the immediate availability of the Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ video card at IBC 2013.
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Vizrt Showcases Bluefish444 Synapse Mini Converters At IBC 2013 SDI to HDMI Conversion
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards and mini converters, announced that Vizrt will demonstrate Bluefish444 Synapse SDI to HDMI mini converters as part of its workflow demonstrations at IBC 2013.
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iPi Soft Helps We Are Formation Score With ‘Take On Blake’ Facebook Game For Kia Optima
News: iPi Soft Helps We Are Formation Score With ‘Take On Blake’ Facebook Game For Kia OptimaLondon-Based Design Animation Studio Uses Leading Markerless Motion Capture Solution To Create Realistic Slam Dunks And Other Basketball Moves
Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin may be known for his impressive slam-dunk ability, but to capture those skills in 3D animation London design/animation studio We Are Formationturned to iPi Motion Capture to provide a layer of authenticity to Take On Blake – a Facebook game for automaker KIA’s Optima that allows players to create their own animated avatar and compete in a slam dunk contest against the NBA star.
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Athena Studios Obtains Feature Film Rights to "Auntie Claus," Award Winning Children's Book by Elise Primavera
News: Athena Studios Obtains Feature Film Rights to "Auntie Claus," Award Winning Children's Book by Elise Primavera
Athena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based company specializing in production services for film and multimedia clients, has obtained the feature film rights to the award-winning children’s Christmas book “Auntie Claus” by author Elise Primavera. The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, CEO/Founder, Athena Studios.
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MTh Duo AKAMA Directs Animated Game Trailer for “Rayman Legends”
News: MTh Duo AKAMA Directs Animated Game Trailer for “Rayman Legends”Motion Theory (MTh) directorial team Akama was recently tapped by Ubisoft to create a short animated trailer for the upcoming platform game Rayman Legends. Debuted at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Akama’s Alexandre Ada and Cedric Jeanne handled everything on the project from design and modeling to effects and animation.
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Calabash Animation Adds Animator Jeff Mika
News: Calabash Animation Adds Animator Jeff MikaLong-time Freelancer Comes Aboard Acclaimed Animation Studio Full-Time
Calabash Animation, the award-winning creative animation studio lead by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry, has added animator Jeff Mika to its full-time staff. Mika has been freelancing with Calabash since 2001.
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MPC, Pereira & O’Dell, and MJZ Create an Unlikely Hero for Ad Council
News: MPC, Pereira & O’Dell, and MJZ Create an Unlikely Hero for Ad CouncilAs classic tales of self-discovery and personal growth go, a discarded plastic bottle makes an unusual protagonist, but the VFX team at MPC collaborated with MJZ’s Victor Garcia to help to bring just such a character to life in the latest for The Ad Council. Beautifully shot by Garcia, and concepted by agency Pereira & O’Dell, "Journey" is a stirring :60 that follows the cross-country travels of a tiny plastic bottle with big dreams.
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Online Game Developer Kingslsle Entertainment Taps Clockwork VFX For 3D Animated ‘Wizard101’ And ‘Pirate101’ Ads
News: Online Game Developer Kingslsle Entertainment Taps Clockwork VFX  For 3D Animated ‘Wizard101’ And ‘Pirate101’ AdsVisual Effects/Animation Studio Takes Hollywood Blockbuster Trailer Approach To New Online Games
Take the imaginative characters found in the popular online games Pirate101 and Wizard101 and add a healthy dose of Hollywood trailer spectacle and you have the stunning launch spots created by the visual effects/CG animation studio Clockwork VFX for popular game developer KingsIsle Entertainment, Plano, TX, and agency Uproar!
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Eden FX Contributes Extensive Visual Effects Featured within New Space Shuttle Atlantis Attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, for Client Mousetrappe
News: Eden FX Contributes Extensive Visual Effects Featured within New Space Shuttle Atlantis Attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, for Client MousetrappeEden FX, a leading creator of visual effects for the entertainment industry, has created 26 minutes of original content currently on display at the newly opened (June 29th) Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Eden’s client for this project was Mousetrappe. John Gross, Eden FX Creative Director/Founder, made the announcement.
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Nathan Love Steps into the Ring for Battroborgs
News: Nathan Love Steps into the Ring for Battroborgs"Battroborgs," TOMY’s motion-controlled battling robot toys, leap to vivid life in a CG spot from the animation pros at Nathan Love. Creative Director Joe Burrascano and Director Jim McKenzie collaborated with agency Superfly Marketing Group to create a tangible onscreen representation of the epic battle that would stream from a child’s imagination. The result is a spectacular full-throttle Battroborg showdown played out beneath the lights and roaring crowds of a futuristic arena.
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Nathan Love Takes Another 3D Journey with Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®
News: Nathan Love Takes Another 3D Journey with Kellogg’s® Froot Loops®Toucan Sam and his trio of boisterous nephews return for their 3D encore in a wave-crashing, treasure-hunting tale of a spot from the animation and design gurus at Nathan Love. Introducing the all-new Kellogg’s® Froot Loops® Treasures™ with strawberry-flavored filling, Froot Detector marks Nathan Love’s second outing for the brand, following a stunning debut that shepherded the iconic avian characters from five decades of 2D familiarity to contemporary high-quality 3D. The animation studio took care of layout, animation, modeling/texturing, lighting/rendering, effects and composting on the lively spot.
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House of Moves Massively Improves Pipeline Efficiencies With Vicon Blade
Technology and workflow improvements allow studio to pass cost benefit to clients
Leading motion capture and animation studio House of Moves, taking advantage of the latest technology advancements in Vicon’s Blade motion capture software, have dramatically increased processing and production efficiencies. The company’s film, TV and games customers will benefit from the resulting cost savings.
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Galaxy 61 and 9 Surf Studios’ Create A Bold 3D Animated App and Logo Celebrating The ‘Rise of the Geeks’ For EE Times
The Techno-Inspired App Receives Accolades from the 2013 MIN and MAGGIE Awards
Pro athletes and Hollywood plastic surgeons may hang with celebrities – but with technology’s impact on every facet of modern-day living, it’s the unassuming techie that’s emerging as the new ‘rock star’ of the professional world – and Galaxy 61 was recently called to help celebrate them. 9 Surf Studios tapped the talents of the design-driven Brooklyn-based animation/VFX boutique to help EE Times mark its 40th anniversary with the creation of ‘Rise of the Geeks,’ a package consisting of a 3D rendering of a new commemorative logo - and a techno-inspired animated app, which the MIN Awards recognized with an ‘Honorable Mention’ in the ‘Best of the Web 2013 ’ category, and was selected as a 2013 MAGGIE Finalist for ‘Best Development of a Mobil App for a Tablet/Trade & Consumer'
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Calabash Animation Enhances Big Fish's Popular Mobile Game "Fairway Solitaire" With Animated Video
News: Calabash Animation Enhances Big Fish's Popular Mobile Game  "Fairway Solitaire" With Animated VideoAward-Winning Animation Studio Goes Mobile With New App From World’s Largest Producer Of Casual Games
When popular Seattle-based game developer Big Fish wanted to create new videos for their hit mobile game "Fairway Solitaire", they partnered with award-winning animation studio Calabash Animation – led by Creative Director Wayne Brejcha and Executive Producer Sean Henry – to shoot a creative hole-in-one.
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Rodeo FX Once Again Teams with ILM to Deliver Innovative and "Incredibly Realistic" VFX for "Pacific Rim"
News: Rodeo FX Once Again Teams with ILM to Deliver Innovative and "Incredibly Realistic" VFX for "Pacific Rim"  
Renowned visual effects production studio Rodeo FX tackled a comprehensive array of creative and technological challenges through its contributions to “Pacific Rim,” marking the company’s ninth collaboration with ILM. Rodeo FX created and produced 200 visual effects shots for “Pacific Rim.” From Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment, “Pacific Rim,” directed by Guillermo del Toro, was released on July 12, 2013.
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Vicon launches Cara – the new face of film and games production
News: Vicon launches Cara – the new face of film and games production~ The latest addition to Vicon’s digital motion capture suite enables flexible facial tracking for the most efficient high-performance facial animation on the market ~
Motion capture technology innovator, Vicon, today announced the launch of Cara, a pioneering facial motion capture system. The latest addition to the Vicon suite of digital motion capture systems is available to order now.
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NevronMotion Transforms Mocap in LightWave 11.6
News: NevronMotion Transforms Mocap in LightWave 11.6Powerful new cost-effective Microsoft Kinect based motion retargeting system allows users to easily capture, adjust and retarget motion to 3D objects and characters
The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., today unveiled NevronMotion™, an exciting new motion capture retargeting software for LightWave 11.6 that supports the popular Microsoft Kinect camera. With NevronMotion, artists and animators can quickly and easily capture, adjust and retarget motion data to 3D models inside LightWave.
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ChronoSculpt is a Game Changer for 3D Sculpting
News: ChronoSculpt is a Game Changer for 3D SculptingBrings revolutionary time-based cache sculpting to all 3D software pipelines
Interactive 3D sculpting software has forever changed the way 3D modelers, texture artists and designers create and manipulate CG content. ChronoSculpt™ from the LightWave 3D® Group, introduces sculpting over time, a revolutionary way to review and correct cache animation and dynamic simulation using time-based sculpting tools. Its flexible interface supports leading file formats for all professional 3D software programs, including LightWave 3D®, Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya, Luxology Modo, and Maxon Cinema 4D.
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Autodesk Releases Free App for Reviewing 3D Entertainment Assets
News: Autodesk Releases Free App for Reviewing 3D Entertainment AssetsAutodesk FBX Review Delivers Detailed, Efficient Asset Review on Windows Desktops and Mobile Devices
Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the launch of Autodesk FBX Review at SIGGRAPH 2013 for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 enabled devices. The standalone app gives professional artists and animators a powerful, lightweight tool to conduct detailed reviews of a wide range of 3D assets, including detailed 3D models, environments and character animations.
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LightWave 3D Group Unveils LightWave 11.6
News: LightWave 3D Group Unveils LightWave 11.6Artists and designers can animate in new ways, streamline real-time and stereo virtual production, previsualization and game development, support 3D printing, and more
The LightWave 3D®Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., today announced new features in LightWave 11.6, the newest version of its award-winning 3D modeling, animation and rendering software for artists and designers. LightWave 11.6 software offers modeling, rigging, animation, effects, dynamics, and near limitless render nodes in an award-winning integrated LightWave render engine—providing studios and artists with everything they need to create an affordable and powerful end-to-end production pipeline.
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Faceware Technologies Unveils Realtime Product, Faceware Live, at SIGGRAPH 2013
News: Faceware Technologies Unveils Realtime Product, Faceware Live, at SIGGRAPH 2013Faceware Live captures and transfers live facial performances to 3D facial rigs in real time
Faceware Technologies, the leading provider of markerless 3D facial motion capture solutions, today announced a new realtime product: Faceware Live. The new software solution, which will be available in Q4, 2013, captures a live actor’s facial performance with any video source, and instantly transfers that performance to a 3D character in real time. Faceware Live will be on display at this year’s Siggraph, booth #809 (July 23-25, 2013).
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Wacom Announces Presentation Schedule for SIGGRAPH
Artists from the Creative Talent Network to showcase how they create for feature films and independent personal projects with the Wacom Cintiq
Wacom®'s in-booth theatre (Booth #119) at the upcoming SIGGRAPH show in Anaheim, California, July 23 - 25, will be "the place" for attendees to gather and learn about digital content creation from leading animation artists provided by the Creative Talent Network. The select group of artists will demonstrate their drawing and story-telling skills using a Wacom Cintiq® interactive pen display and accompanying creative software applications.
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Netflix To Premiere DreamWorks Animation's Branded Slate Of New Original TV Series
News: Netflix To Premiere DreamWorks Animation's Branded Slate Of New Original TV Series
Largest deal for original content in Netflix history will give members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe exclusive access to new original television series based on the studio's beloved franchises and characters
Netflix Inc. and DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced a multi-year deal making the world's largest Internet TV network the premiere home of new original series from the award-winning creators of global box-office hits including the Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.
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Rodeo FX "Magically" Delivers 350 Shots As Main VFX Vendor On "Now You See Me"
News: Rodeo FX "Magically" Delivers 350 Shots As Main VFX Vendor On "Now You See Me"Renowned visual effects production studio Rodeo FX has “magically” delivered 350 complex VFX shots for “Now You See Me,” serving as the film’s main VFX vendor. The film was released by Summit Entertainment May 31st. The Rodeo FX team created and produced a huge and diverse array of shots for the new film, comprising 23 total minutes of visual effects-driven screen time.
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Vicon Launches The Changing Face Of Film And Games At SIGGRAPH 2013
Motion capture technology innovator, Vicon, will be launching the latest addition to its suite of 3D motion capture tracking systems at SIGGRAPH 2013, booth #771, taking place on 23-25 July in Anaheim, California.
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N3V Games’ New “Dead On Arrival 2” Mobile Game Captures Zombie Motion With iPi Motion Capture
News: N3V Games’ New “Dead On Arrival 2” Mobile Game Captures Zombie Motion With iPi Motion CaptureMarkerless Motion Capture Technology Plays Key Role In Long-Awaited Follow-Up
The next wave of zombie action is about to be unleashed in "Dead On Arrival 2" – the latest installment in the popular mobile videogame created by the Queensland, Australia-based N3V Games. Playing a key role in streamlining the character animation development was the popular markerless motion capture software solution iPi Motion Capture from iPi Soft. "Dead on Arrival 2" is currently in closed beta testing and will be available on NVIDIA’s Shield in late July.
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Vancouver Film School Unveils New State-of-the-Art Campus
VFS reinvigorates city landmark
Vancouver Film School (VFS) is thrilled to announce the addition of a brand-new Animation & Visual Effects campus located in the 106,000 square foot city-owned space in Gastown which previously housed the Storyeum theatrical museum.
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Leftchannel’s PSA “The Great Plastic Purge” For Natural Resources Defense Council Screened At Brooklyn Film Festival
News: Leftchannel’s PSA “The Great Plastic Purge” For Natural Resources Defense Council Screened At Brooklyn Film FestivalMotion Graphics Studio Also Takes Home Silver Addy For Nationwide Children’s Hospital Out-Of-Home Project
Passionately communicating the growing issue of plastics pollution in the oceans, the two-minute animated PSA “The Great Plastic Purge,” created by motion design studio leftchannel for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) was showcased at the prestigious Brooklyn Film Festival.
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Award-Winning Visual Effects Team Launches New Facility: MILK
News: Award-Winning Visual Effects Team Launches New Facility: MILKMilk Founders Behind VFX on Doctor Who and Mirror Man in Snow White and the Huntsman
The BAFTA award-winning team behind the visual effects for the BBC’s "Doctor Who" and the recent "Ice Age Giants" today announced the launch of Milk, a new London based, high-end visual effects facility. Milk will specialise in innovative 3D effects and character animation for both TV and feature films. Milk will immediately begin work on the 50th anniversary episode of "Doctor Who" (BBC) and "Sherlock: Series Three" (Hartswood Films/BBC), as well as the new TV adaptation of "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" (Cuba Pictures/BBC) a mini-series due to be broadcast on BBC One in 2014.
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MAXON Announces Presence at Inaugural Collider Conference
3D VFX/Motion Graphics Designers – Joe Herman and Dave Glanz – Share Insights Into How MAXON CINEMA 4D Helps Solve Complex Production Challenges
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced its presence at the Collider Conference, June 9 – 11, 2013, at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.
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Vizrt Qualifies & Recommends Bluefish444 Synapse Mini Converters
SDI to HDMI Conversion & HDMI to SDI Conversion
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards and mini converters, announced today that Vizrt has qualified and recommends Bluefish444 Synapse converters for SDI & HDMI conversions.
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Turn Your Computer Screen Into a Movie Set With iStopMotion 3.1
New Screen Capture feature provides animators with a new medium for animating
iStopMotion 3.1, the latest upgrade to Boinx Software’s award-winning stop motion animation software, now includes a Screen Capture feature, requested by many users. Artists can easily capture frames from the screen to create stop motion animations or timelapse movies by pairing the software with illustration programs such as Photoshop or InDesign, or any other app, for example, to document the creation of a drawing. They can then export movies in Apple® ProRes format (if the codec is installed), and import directly into Final Cut Pro® X for further editing, without the need to transcode. iStopMotion 3.1 continues to be perfected with bug fixes for better functionality.
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Method Studios Announces Top Flight Animation Hires
News: Method Studios Announces Top Flight Animation HiresGlobal VFX House Welcomes Erik-Jan de Boer, James Jacobs and Keith Roberts
Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, announced today the addition of three world-class animation artists to the Method Studios’ creative team.
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Bluefish444 Announces Support For Adobe Premiere Pro CC On Mac OSX For Epoch & Create SDI Video Cards 2K 60P SDI I/O On Mac OSX With Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced that it has developed support for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC on Mac OSX enabling up to 2K SDI I/O via Epoch and Create SDI video cards.
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Bluefish444 Announces Support For Adobe Creative Cloud, Including 4K SDI Support For Adobe Premiere Pro CC For Windows
4K 60p SDI Monitoring for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced its support for Adobe Creative Cloud™, including a new Windows plug-in for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC software enabling 4K SDI preview.
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Luma Pictures Goes Patriotic For "Iron Man 3"
News: Luma Pictures Goes Patriotic For "Iron Man 3"In Latest Weighty Contribution For Marvel Studios, Luma Adds Iron Man & Iron Patriot Armor, Weaponry and Environmental Effects
Luma Pictures answered the call for Marvel Studios' new "Iron Man 3," the latest installment in the hit franchise, adding extensive full-body CG armor replacements for both "Iron Man" and "Iron Patriot" The VFX house, which now boasts locations in Santa Monica and Melbourne, also added weaponry, environmental and particle effects as well as CG backgrounds. This is the first "Iron Man" for Luma, however the project marks its 4th collaboration with Marvel and 3rd with VFX
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Shade VFX Expanding To New Location
News: Shade VFX Expanding To New LocationLisa Maher Named Business Development Executive
In response to expanding business, shade VFX announced today that the company has relocated to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The new facility doubles the space for the growing company. Lisa Maher, a veteran visual effects producer, has been named Business Development Executive for the four year-old company. Maher will report directly to Bryan Godwin, shade’s founder, owner and Visual Effects Supervisor, and David Van Dyke, shade’s Executive Producer.
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The Nation Creates Captivating “Brands in Wonderland” Campaign For Innovid
News: The Nation Creates Captivating “Brands in Wonderland” Campaign For InnovidCampaign Includes Web Video, Microsites, Banner & Print Ads For Leading Immersive Video Advertising Provider
Award-winning design & branding agency The Nation has partnered with Innovid, the leading immersive video technology platform, again on a new integrated campaign entitled, “Brands in Wonderland.” This comes on the heels of The Nation’s hugely successful “Cats” campaign for Innovid last year, which was a viral sensation.
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Athena Studios Produces Stop Motion Short Film on Self-Accountability in Association with Author Dr. Rick Kirschner
News: Athena Studios Produces Stop Motion Short Film on Self-Accountability in Association with Author Dr. Rick KirschnerAthena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based company that provides full production services for film, TV, advertising, and multimedia clients and projects (and is also the production arm of AthenaOnline), has produced an original, stop-motion, animated short film. The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, CEO/Founder, Athena Studios.
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The Day Dragons Attacked the World
News: The Day Dragons Attacked the WorldRogue State turns to LightWave 11.5 3D software to conquer CG dragons and220 visual effects shots for Dracano
In Dracano, a volcanic eruption in the Pacific Northwest spews lava, steam and fire—along with eggs that hatch ancient, menacing, winged dragons that prey on man. Since similar volcanic eruptions in Russia, Japan, and other “Ring of Fire” regions are also releasing these menacing creatures into the world, scientists fear they are witnessing the start of a global dragon apocalypse.
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Oblivion 3D Motion Graphics Design Team Innovates With MAXON CINEMA 4D
News: Oblivion 3D Motion Graphics Design Team Innovates With MAXON CINEMA 4DIn-Camera and On-Screen Visual Effects Sequences Define Futuristic Tone of Universal Pictures’ New Action-Adventure
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced that an award-winning team of motion graphics designers and animators leveraged the company’s popular CINEMA 4D software application to visualize and design the complex in-camera and on-screen motion-graphics sequences in Universal Pictures’ "Oblivion".
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Motion Graphics Studio leftchannel Breathes Optimism into PSA for Natural Resources Defense Council
News: Motion Graphics Studio leftchannel Breathes Optimism into PSA for Natural Resources Defense CouncilAward-Winning Company’s Animated Short Tackles Marine Pollution Crisis For International Environmental Advocacy Non-Profit
Looking to shed light on the disastrous effects plastics are having on the world’s oceans, the international environmental advocacy non-profit group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) turned to leftchannel – the motion design studio led by Executive Creative Director and President Alberto Scirocco.Leftchannel was challenged to craft an entertaining yet informative public service announcement that would be a call to action for viewers to “reduce, reuse and recycle” plastic packaging.
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MPC LA Announces Andy Boyd As Head Of 3D
News: MPC LA Announces Andy Boyd As Head Of 3DMPC LA is proud to announce the addition of Andy Boyd as the studio’s new Head of 3D. A respected VFX supervisor in the commercial and film industries, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to MPC, as well as a client base built over his 15 years working around the globe.
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Chris Bernier Joins MPC NY AS VFX Supervisor And CG Lead
News: Chris Bernier Joins MPC NY AS VFX Supervisor And CG LeadA welcome addition to the MPC family, Chris Bernier joins as VFX Supervisor and CG Lead. “We are delighted that Chris has joined our growing team,” says NY Executive Producer Justin Brukman, continuing, “Chris is an immense creative talent as demonstrated by his impressive reel. We’re looking forward to him taking the lead on a number projects – both our creative and production teams are thrilled to have him on board.”
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Bluefish444 Thunderbolt™ Drivers Certified With Sonnet Technologies’ Thunderbolt Expansion Products
High quality, portable SDI I/workflow solution for AVID Media Composer 6 Users running Apple OSX
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced today that it has certified the Sonnet Echo™ Express Pro Thunderbolt™ Expansion Chassis for use with its forthcoming Apple OSX plug in for AVID’s Media Composer 6.
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Bluefish444 Announces New 4K SDI Support For Adobe Premiere Pro For Windows & New Mac OSX Support For 2K SDI Workflows
4K 60p SDI Monitoring for Adobe Premiere Pro & 2K 60p SDI I/O on Mac OSX
Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced that it has developed a new Windows plug in for Adobe® Premiere® Pro software enabling 4K SDI preview and a new Mac OSX plug in enabling 2K SDI I/O.
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LightWave 11.5 Streamlines Broadcast and Motion Graphics with New Adobe After Effects Interchange
News: LightWave 11.5 Streamlines Broadcast and Motion Graphics with New Adobe After Effects InterchangePowerful new features give artists greater flexibility when working with 2D and 3D elements
At NAB 2013 (booth SL4610), the LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., is demonstrating its new LightWave 11.5 3D modeling and animation software, including the new After Effects Interchange feature and workflow enhancements for broadcast and motion graphics.
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Calabash Animation Blows Up The Moon In Latest For Lucky Charms
News: Calabash Animation Blows Up The Moon In Latest For Lucky CharmsAward-Winning Studio’s Latest Project For General Mills Amps Up The Energy And The Creativity
Apparently the moon is made of Lucky Charms cereal pieces – at least it is in the fantasy world found in “Paper Moon” -- the new CG animated ad brought to life by Calabash Animation for General Mills. The spot was created by agency Saatchi & Saatchi, New York.
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King and Country Creates Bold and Iconic Logo for History Channel’s Epic “Vikings” Series
News: King and Country Creates Bold and Iconic Logo for History Channel’s Epic “Vikings” SeriesEarlier this month, "Vikings,” History Channel's first full-length, scripted series premiered, arriving on the heels of the massively successful miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys,” starring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton. To accompany such an insightful and engaging series, King and Country (K&C) designed a logo that captured the spirit of both the civilization and the show: embodying the different facets of “Vikings” in a way that is simple and memorable.
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Autodesk Reveals New Gameware Advancements at GDC 2013
Game Development Solutions Boost UI Design, Artificial Intelligence, Lighting and Animation Tools
Game Developers Conference 2013 -- Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) unveiled new versions of its widely adopted game development middleware from the Autodesk Gameware product line that allow developers to create more compelling gaming experiences.
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IGN Pro League Live Streams SXSW eSports Tournaments with Blackmagic Design
News: IGN Pro League Live Streams SXSW eSports Tournaments with Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic Design today announced that IGN Pro League (IPL) used Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Camera Converters, Micro Videohub, Videohub Master Control, H.264 Pro Recorders, DeckLink Quad capture and playback cards and Mini Converters HDMI to SDI, Audio to SDI and SDI Distribution to support its professional eSports tournaments at SXSW Gaming 2013.
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MAXON Applauds Oscar® and Visual Effects Society Awards Winners and Nominees
News: MAXON Applauds Oscar® and Visual Effects Society Awards Winners and NomineesInnovative VFX Sequences in Life of Pi, Prometheus and Men in Black 3 Benefit from CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D Technology
MAXON congratulates the many customers that won and were nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Visual Effects Society (VES) and other prominent creative arts organizations for outstanding achievement in the visual effects and other categories who leveraged the company’s professional 3D solutions – CINEMA 4D and Body Paint 3D – to create this year’s most proclaimed characters, backgrounds and environments.
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Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWOAdobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO
In this second part of a two-part tutorial on character animation lip-sync techniques, Andrew Devis shows how to build a simple rig to speed up your animation. Building on the basics of the first tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to set up the rig and arrange it so that you can drag a box over a text representation of the mouth shape that you want and have it animate in your timeline. Andrew uses both a slider and a layer to demonstrate this technique and to try and make it as clear as possible, however, it is also possible to skip the slider and just use the layer position - have a play and see how you can improvise this technique for your own work.
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Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONEAdobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE
In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time. While a good basic method to achieve the goal however, it requires the animator to remember what frame number any particular mouth shape is located on and so in the following tutorial Andrew carries on to show how to create a simple rig which makes the whole process far easier for the animator with good visual feedback.
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IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk CycleIK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle
In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.
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IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the BeatIK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 1: Finding the Beat
This tutorial is both a follow-on tutorial to Andrew's previous tutorials on IK controllers in After Effects and a helpful stand-alone tutorial showing how to define a beat range to use as a guide to animation in After Effects. To start with Andrew shows how to use a simple expression to deal with a potential problem of controllers scaling your objects. Then Andrew shows how to find and download sample music which can be used to base your animation on. He goes on to discuss the difficulty of matching frame rates with audio sample rate and then shows how to get a reasonably close 'loop' in both After Effects and especially in Audition.
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AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2AE: Inverse Kinematic Character Animation PT 2
Standard character animation in After Effects uses a process called 'Forward Kinematics' in that we animate down a linked chain - for example, upper arm linked to forearm linked to hand. To get animation we need to move the items down the chain one at a time. Inverse Kinematics creates a link back up the chain such that moving the hand would also move the forearm and the upper arm without breaking that link. This is a simpler and easier way to control animation and is often used in 3D programs such as C4D and 3ds max etc. and allows us to control the animation for the complete chain through a single controller.
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VFX pro produces short film with a Macbook Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud offers virtual production hub for collaborative workflow Hasraf (HaZ) Dullul is a well-known visual effects supervisor in the motion picture industry. He began his career in video games and computer-generated sequences before moving into visual effects and compositing for feature films. As a visual effects supervisor and...
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Upping the HUD ante with Adobe After Effects
Cantina Creative creates next-generation heads-up display effects for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Stephen Lawes, creative director and co-owner of Cantina Creative and Cantina VFX Supervisor Venti Hristova raised the bar once again on the heads-up displays (HUDs) for Marvel’s Iron Man 3 , which premiered in May and released on...
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An editors thoughts on being a Maxon Cinema 4D newbie
Its a good thing I like learning new technology. Because over my career as an editor Ive had to learn lots of hardware and software. Thank goodness my brain knows how to forget the older stuff to make room for the newer stuff. Learning the edit system was initially my...
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Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART TWO
In this second part of a two-part tutorial on character animation lip-sync techniques, Andrew Devis shows how to build a simple rig to speed up your animation. Building on the basics of the first tutorial Andrew goes on to show how to set up the rig.
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Adobe After Effects Techniques: Animation Lip Sync PART ONE
In the first part of this two-part tutorial, Andrew Devis shows the basics of a character animation lip-sync technique in After Effects that uses time remapping to select which mouth shape to use at any time.
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IK Character Animation: Walk to the Beat 2: The Walk Cycle
In this second tutorial on animating an IK character Andrew Devis shows us how to create and refine a walk cycle with our IK controlled character such that it walks in time with the music we had set up in the previous tutorial.
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