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Emilia Clarke Feature "Voice From The Stone" Turns To SPLICE® For Editorial & Post
News: Emilia Clarke Feature "Voice From The Stone" Turns To SPLICE® For Editorial & PostDirector Eric D. Howell, best known for “Ana’s Playground” and “Strangers,” has wrapped principal photography on his feature film, “Voice From the Stone.” Starring Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones” and “Terminator Genisys”), the film was shot in Italy in Fall 2014, and since then Howell has turned to long-time post partner SPLICE®.
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iAnimate at Cinesite“ Gives Boost to Promising Feature Animation Talent
News: iAnimate at Cinesite“ Gives Boost to Promising Feature Animation TalentVisual Effects and Animation studio Cinesite has joined forces with leading online training company iAnimate to offer a new animation apprenticeship. “iAnimate at Cinesite” will foster new talent entering into the thriving Canadian visual effects and animation industry.
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SNS Introduces enhanced EVO integration with Adobe Creative Cloud
News: SNS Introduces enhanced EVO integration with Adobe Creative CloudSNS EVO ShareBrowser Client Update Provides Metadata Export and Cloud Integration for Latest Release of Adobe Creative Cloud
Studio Network Solutions (SNS), manufacturer of shared storage solutions for film, video, VFX, graphic animation and audio workgroups, today announced new integrations for Adobe(R) Creative Cloud(R) users with EVO ShareBrowser. New features provided increased portability of custom metadata tags in ShareBrowser and a dedicated workspace for Adobe Creative Cloud user storage.
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The Foundry Delivers NUKE Non-commercial
Industry Standard for VFX, Editorial and Finishing Free for Non-commercial Use
It’s known in the industry as the most powerful solution for compositing, used for everything from major motion pictures, including the Oscar® winning Gravity, episodic and commercials, to immersive live action content in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR). In fact, since 2008, every film nominated for an Oscar® for Best Visual Effects has used The Foundry’s solutions.
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Autodesk Tech Helps Immerse Viewers in Björk's 'Black Lake' at MoMA
Director Andrew Thomas Huang, Wolf & Crow and xRez Studio Use Autodesk Maya, Flame, Mudbox, ReCap and Memento to Create a New CG Landscape and VFX for Short Film
Björk's "Black Lake" multimedia experience debuted at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on March 2 with ethereal CG and visual effects (VFX) created with Autodesk Maya 3D animation software, Flame creative finishing software, Mudbox digital sculpting software, reality capture solutions ReCap and Memento for the first time.
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PR: NAB 2015: Autodesk Announces 2016 Media & Entertainment Software
2016, A Big Year for Autodesk Media & Entertainment Software as Maya, 3ds Max and Flame Premium Deliver Unparalleled Quality, Collaboration and Efficiency
As teams become more dispersed geographically, and the data used in entertainment creation is growing in both size and complexity, Autodesk provides complete solutions to help streamline creative, collaborative workflows that will allow for greater experimentation with new cloud and mobile technologies.
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Adobe Reveals Updates for Creative Cloud Video Apps at NAB 2015
Adobe Creative Cloud and Primetime Take Center Stage at NAB 2015: Coen Brothers, Major League Baseball and “Over-The-Top” Content Providers Adopt Adobe Video Platform
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) is showcasing advances to its complete lineup of video technologies and services that radically improve how broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals create, collaborate, deliver and monetize content across multiple screens. NAB will mark the first public preview of major updates to Adobe Creative Cloud video tools, including a revolutionary new color panel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC for instant color corrections and Morph Cut, which easily removes unwanted pauses and jump cuts for a more polished edit sequence as well as new Adobe Character Animator capabilities for Adobe After Effects CC that bring two-dimensional characters to life.
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Breaking NAB News: Archion Features New 'Collaborate' Appliance for Adobe Creative Cloud Workflows at NAB 2015
Innovative Solution Provides Continuous Adobe ID or Current User Local Sync Point Access for All Adobe Creative Cloud Content Creators To Share, Collaborate and More
Archion, a global leader in providing networked storage solutions for media workflows, is featuring its new Collaborate appliance for Adobe® Creative Cloud® at NAB 2015. Collaborate makes sharing and working together easy, efficient and secure for all Adobe Creative Cloud users by providing management of Adobe Creative Cloud sync points while enabling continuous high-speed access to the world of Adobe Creative Cloud assets, Archive, Libraries, files and tools. Adobe Creative Cloud provides access to Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC and many more apps. Archion will be demonstrating Collaborate in Booth SL16011 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 13-16, 2015.
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Telestream to Unveil Episode 6.5 at NAB
News: Telestream to Unveil Episode 6.5 at NABTelestream®, the leading provider of digital video tools and workflow solutions today announced that it will unveil the latest version of its multiformat video encoding software Episode 6.5 at NAB 2015 on booth SL3305. Scheduled for release later in Q2 2015, version 6.5 will feature support for closed captions, new formats, multi-bitrate encoding, and multi-track audio.
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Image Engine Tames “Chappie” Renders with PipelineFX’s Qube!
News: Image Engine Tames “Chappie” Renders with PipelineFX’s Qube!No Crashes and Customized Render Farm Management Tools Efficiently Produce 500K+ Render Jobs for the Film
How many CPU minutes does it take to make 1,000 VFX shots for “Chappie”? Over 95 million – or, put another way, the equivalent of one computer working non-stop for 2,000+ years. With numbers like these, it’s no wonder VFX houses like Image Engine refuse to leave their render farms to chance. Major movie projects and custom pipelines require something more, and for Image Engine, that something is PipelineFX’s Qube! – the most trusted render farm manager for VFX.
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Humble Acquires Paranoid US; Launches Sister Shop Postal for VFX, Design, Edit New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
Bicoastal integrated content studio Humble today announced a significant expansion with the acquisition of Paranoid US. Paranoid was recently named one of the world's most-awarded production companies in 2014 by The Gunn Report. Paranoid's Executive Producers Claude Letessier and Dawn Fanning Moore will join Humble's executive team, bringing directors Thierry Poiraud, Nieto, Francois Vogel, Planktoon, and Peter Szewczyk. Moore will be based in Humble's Los Angeles office while Letessier will split time between LA and Paris, planning a future European outpost for Humble. To oversee this increased volume, Harrison Elkins is also joining Humble as Head of Sales.
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Humble Acquires Paranoid US; Launches Sister Shop Postal for VFX, Design, Edit
Bicoastal integrated content studio Humble today announced a significant expansion with the acquisition of Paranoid US. Paranoid was recently named one of the world's most-awarded production companies in 2014 by The Gunn Report. Paranoid's Executive Producers Claude Letessier and Dawn Fanning Moore will join Humble's executive team, bringing directors Thierry Poiraud, Nieto, Francois Vogel, Planktoon, and Peter Szewczyk. Moore will be based in Humble's Los Angeles office while Letessier will split time between LA and Paris, planning a future European outpost for Humble. To oversee this increased volume, Harrison Elkins is also joining Humble as Head of Sales.
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MAXON Congratulates Imaginary Forces on Winning SXSW 2015 "Title Design Awards"
News: MAXON Congratulates Imaginary Forces on Winning SXSW 2015 "Title Design Awards"Jeremy Cox, Imaginary Forces Art Director, to Appear at MAXON NAB 2015 Exhibitor Booth to Showcase Cinema 4D Creative Workflow on WGN America’s Historical Drama
MAXON extends heartiest congratulations to Imaginary Forces, a preeminent creative studio and production company, on winning the 2015 SXSW “Excellence in Title Design Award” for the WGN America network’s “Manhattan” TV series.
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Roger Welcomes CD Dane Macbeth; Promotes Brandon Stevenson to Head of Production
News: Roger Welcomes CD Dane Macbeth; Promotes Brandon Stevenson to Head of ProductionMixed-media production studio Roger continues its mission to grow its senior leadership by welcoming Dane Macbeth as Creative Director and promoting Producer Brandon Stevenson to Head of Production. The appointments come as Roger continues expanding its creative footprint in broadcast while adding content creation to its menu of services.
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Xsens and Mindride Help “Love Has No Labels” PSA Reach Over 85 Million Viewers
News: Xsens and Mindride Help “Love Has No Labels” PSA Reach Over 85 Million ViewersViral Ad’s X-Ray Skeleton Effects Brought to Life with Wireless Motion Capture System
With 85 million views and counting, “Love Has No Labels” is a bonafide hit. While its message of unbiased love helped make this video go viral, the technical effects were just as potent. Pairing people with Xsens mocap sensors, experiential design firm Mindride was able to take their 3D skeletons out for a live event. No strings, no wires, no problem.
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Chainsaw Adds Colorist Kim Schneider
News: Chainsaw Adds Colorist Kim SchneiderContinuing to build its resources for scripted television, Chainsaw, a SIM Group company, today announces the hiring of veteran colorist Kim Schneider. Schneider arrives with more than 20 years of experience in television post production, including a 7-year run as final colorist for AMC’s Sons of Anarchy.
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Xsens and Mindride Help “Love Has No Labels” PSA Reach Over 85 Million Viewers
Viral Ad’s X-Ray Skeleton Effects Brought to Life with Wireless Motion Capture System
With 85 million views and counting, Love Has No Labels is a bonafide hit. While its message of unbiased love helped make this video go viral, the technical effects were just as potent. Pairing people with Xsens mocap sensors, experiential design firm Mindride was able to take their 3D skeletons out for a live event.
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RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 for Resolve, HitFilm, Natron and Nucoda and Twixtor 6 for Hitfilm, Natron and Nucoda
RE:Vision Effects releases ReelSmart Motion Blur 5 for Resolve, HitFilm, Natron and Nucoda and Twixtor 6 for Hitfilm, Natron and Nucoda. RE:Vision Effects, acclaimed effects plug-in industry leader and makers of Academy Award winning software, announces the release of Twixtor® v6 and ReelSmart Motion Blur™ v5 with GPU support for FXHOME™ HitFilm™, Digital Vision Nucoda™, and Natron. Furthermore ReelSmart Motion Blur is now supported for Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve. Both products continue to be available for Adobe® After Effects®; Apple®; Final Cut Pro®; Avid® Media Composer®, Symphony® and Newscutter®, The Foundry Nuke™, Adobe Premiere Pro®, Assimilate Scratch®, Blackmagic Fusion Studio, Autodesk®
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LAIKA picks The Foundry’s FLIX for Kubo and The Two Strings and Future Animated Features
LAIKA, the award-winning animation studio behind The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman and Coraline, has chosen The Foundry’s web-based FLIX software solution to enhance its pre-production and storyboarding process for animated features. LAIKA is using FLIX for its latest animated film project, Kubo and the Two Strings, which uses a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid technique to tell the story of a sweeping, swashbuckling adventure set in a mythical ancient Japan and is set for release on August 19, 2016.
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Timber Expands, Welcomes Digital Effects Supervisor Nicholas Hiegal & West Coast Rep with Reber Covington
News: Timber Expands, Welcomes Digital Effects Supervisor Nicholas Hiegal & West Coast Rep with Reber CovingtonDesign and digital production shop Timber celebrates its first anniversary with the addition of Digital Effects Supervisor Nicholas Hiegel, west coast representation Reber Covington, and a move into a new and expanded studio in the heart of Santa Monica’s creative community. Timber is an artist owned, design-driven company that provides 360 production solutions from animation and live action to VFX and finishing for branded projects.
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Cogswell College to Host Wajid Raza, A Lighting Technical Director at Industrial Light & Magic, for Special Guest Lecture March 25th
News: Cogswell College to Host Wajid Raza, A Lighting Technical Director at Industrial Light & Magic, for Special Guest Lecture March 25thCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum of Digital Art & Animation, Digital Audio Technology, Game Design & Development, Digital Media Management, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation, will host Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) Technical Director Wajid Raza for a Special Guest Lecture. Karen Keister, Cogswell’s Program Director and Assistant Professor in the school’s Digital Arts & Animation Dept., made the announcement. Keister’s department regularly features one guest speaker each semester who has prominently established him/herself within the entertainment and digital arts industry.
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World Famous Welcomes EP David Kleinman; Kelly Green as Head of Production
News: World Famous Welcomes EP David Kleinman; Kelly Green as Head of ProductionWorld Famous, a creative collective of directors, designers, editors, writers and artists, is pleased to welcome David Kleinman as Executive Producer and Kelly Green as Head of Production. Kleinman and Green bring nearly four decades of combined experience producing award-winning content for advertising, broadcast and entertainment clients. The announcement comes on the heels of a big night at the recent Seattle ADDY Awards. Four projects created by World Famous took home Silver honors for its agency partners.
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Jiangye Technology Park Makes PipelineFX’s Qube! Primary Render Manager for 100 Companies
In an effort to spur economic growth, China’s Jiangye District government has purchased 400 licenses of PipelineFX’s Qube! to manage the rendering needs of 100 companies currently residing in its new Jiangye Newtown Technology Park and a recently announced joint venture with Original Force that will provide renders, motion capture, color grading and 3D scanning to customers across the globe.
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Wondersmith brings home eleven top 2015 Charlotte ADDY awards...
On the night of Thurs., March 5, Wondersmith's principals Joe Murray and Thom Blackburn had a lot to celebrate, bringing home eleven top honors at the annual Charlotte ADDY Awards ceremony.
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FuseFX Adds VFX Supervisor Ted Rae
News: FuseFX Adds VFX Supervisor Ted RaeFormer Emmy nominee, known for “Apocalypto,” “Beetlejuice” and “Stargate SG-1,” will supervise VFX teams for “Scorpion” and “Stalker.”
Ted Rae, an Emmy and BAFTA nominated Visual Effects Supervisor whose credits span feature films, episodic television and commercials, has joined Los Angeles-based FuseFX. Rae is currently leading FuseFX visual effects teams for the CBS series Scorpion and the WB series Stalker. He is also assisting with several projects through FuseFX’s new Vancouver facility.
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Juniper Jones Creates New On-Air Identity For Spike
News: Juniper Jones Creates New On-Air Identity For SpikeBranding and creative agency Juniper Jones has completed the new on-air identity in concert with the creative team at Spike. The entertainment cable network unveiled its new look - and tagline "Spike: The Ones To Watch" - at its annual upfront presentation on March 3rd, the same day it went live on-air.
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Bob Ackerman Cuts Joe Pytka's Gritty, Urban McDonald's Spot - Delivering A Compelling Cinematic-Style Story
News: Bob Ackerman Cuts Joe Pytka's Gritty, Urban McDonald's Spot - Delivering A Compelling Cinematic-Style StoryThe Colonie Editor Bob Ackerman Cuts Pytka’s New McDonald’s Spot
Burrell Communications Taps The Full Service Company’s Editorial, VFX And Finishing Services For
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SolidAnim Introduces SolidTrack at CABSAT 2015
Innovative, markerless camera tracking and previz solution for real time visual effects & on-set visualization
SolidAnim, a leader in virtual production products, will introduce the latest version of its SolidTrack solution for the film and broadcast industries at CABSAT 2015.
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PR: Shotgun Announces New $30 Pricing; Will Include RV in April
News: PR: Shotgun Announces New $30 Pricing; Will Include RV in AprilShotgun Software, the leading developer of cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games, announced today a new pricing model and the upcoming inclusion of RV within the Shotgun toolset. The price of Shotgun is now $30 per account/per month with "Awesome" support, or $50 per account/per month with "Super Awesome" support, and the RV image and sequence player will be included in the next major release of Shotgun in April.
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Allegorithmic Goes Rent-to-Own with Substance Live
New Service Lets Users Pay for Substance Products in Monthly Installments with No Feature Limitations or Subscriptions; Previewing New Product Line at GDC Booth 212
Today, Allegorithmic solves the subscription or buy debate by offering a better way: rent-to-own. With Substance Live, users can now get the complete Substance toolset for $19.90/month with no feature limitation. Each payment goes towards a full license and the plan can be paused at any time, providing maximum flexibility for professional texture artists.
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Autodesk to Preview Game Engine @ GDC 2015
Previews Stingray Game Engine, Announces Maya LT 2016
Rounding out its collection of game development tools, Autodesk, Inc. is previewing its new Stingray Game Engine this week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The company is also launching Autodesk Maya LT 2016, the latest release of its 3D animation and modeling software for professional indie game developers.
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Technicolor Montreal goes further with Baselight
News: Technicolor Montreal goes further with BaselightDoubling of FilmLight grading suites meets increasing demand for film and television finishing in the city
Technicolor, a world leader in production and post-production services, blends innovative technologies with award-winning colourists at its global post facilities, each bringing their own unique approach to the creative process. In support of its commitment to cutting-edge technologies, the Montreal location recently streamlined its service offering by making significant investments in infrastructure and technology to provide a more seamless post offering.
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NAB Show Technology Summit on Cinema to Focus on Building the Future of Storytelling
Summit Draws Industry Experts to Discuss Current and Emerging Technologies and Their Impact on the Art and Science of Storytelling
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® , the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the 2015 NAB Show's Technology Summit on Cinema (TSC), produced in partnership with SMPTE, will be dedicated to exploring the technical and creative innovations that will define the cinema experience of tomorrow. The two-day summit, titled "Building the Future of Storytelling," will take place April 11-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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Shotgun Provides Plug-and-Play Production Tracking and Review for Indie Stop Motion Short “Mermaids on Mars”
Athena Studios is an Emeryville, Calif-based full service production and animation studio. The studio has been creating films, video and multimedia projects for over 20 years, and is currently producing a stop-motion short called Mermaids on Mars. The short is based on a book by Nancy Guettier, directed by Jon V. Peters and features the work of artists whose credits include stop motion films Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
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Committee Films Calls On SPLICE® Creative Team For New ABC Docudrama Series "In An Instant"
For its newest television series, “In An Instant,” a two-hour, docudrama premiering on ABC on March 6th, COMMITTEE FILMS takes on breathtaking stories of the profound will to survive when people are staring death in the face. COMMITTEE called on long-time post-production partner SPLICE® to collaborate on the new series. “In An Instant” premieres on Friday, March 6th (9:00-11:00 pm ET) and then moves to its regular timeslot on Saturday, March 7th (9:00–11:00 pm ET) on the ABC Television Network. “In an Instant” is Executive Produced by Maria Awes and Andy Awes for COMMITTEE FILMS in association with ABC’s Lincoln Square Productions.
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Cogswell College Students Develop and Create 3D Animatable Rigs for 12 Unique Digital Characters
News: Cogswell College Students Develop and Create 3D Animatable Rigs for 12 Unique Digital CharactersCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has announced that students within its Digital Art & Animation program have developed and created 3D animatable rigs depicting 12 original digital characters, through the program’s in-house character project: “Avatarah.”
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Jordan Brand Teams With Stardust & AKQA For "Last Shot" Immersive Experience at "All Star Weekend"
Jordan Brand Teams With Stardust & AKQA For “Last Shot” Immersive Experience at “All Star Weekend”
Jordan Brand teamed with Creative Shop Stardust and Innovation Agency AKQA, to create “The Last Shot,” an Immersive Experience which marked one of the pinnacle events at this past month’s “All Star Weekend” in New York City. The creative team at Stardust collaborated closely with the brand and AKQA to deliver an experiential re-creation of two of Michael Jordan’s most memorable “Last Shots,” as well as a third, unique future-facing shot.
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Cogswell College Students Develop and Create 3D Animatable Rigs for 12 Unique Digital Characters: Several of These New Characters will be Available to the General Public Through Open Source
News: Cogswell College Students Develop and Create 3D Animatable Rigs for 12 Unique Digital Characters: Several of These New Characters will be Available to the General Public Through Open SourceCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has announced that students within its Digital Art & Animation program have developed and created 3D animatable rigs depicting 12 original digital characters, through the program’s in-house character project: “Avatarah.”
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The ‘Pay’ Forward – CABSAT 2015 Conferences To Boost Regional Media Companies’ Revenue Potential
Enhanced Knowledge Exchange Formats to Deliver Regional and Global Expertise on Product Innovation and Monetisation Opportunities:
Mega Studios, Brands and Media and Content Houses Include Al Jazeera, the UK’s Channel 4, Coca Cola Co., Comedy Central, The Creative Grid, Ericsson Media Room, Fox International, ESPN, Huffington Post, icflix, ITV UK, MBC, MTV, NBA, Netflix, Nickelodeon, OSN, Paramount, Piksel, Rotana, Scribble Live, Selevision, VIACOM, Yahlive and Zee Entertainment
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GDC 2015: Autodesk Spotlights New Tools and Leading Developers
As Game Developers Conference 2015 draws near, Autodesk is gearing up to unveil the latest updates to the award-winning game creation tools, including an exclusive technology preview. Throughout the show, Autodesk will also highlight developers behind some of 2014’s most popular AAA and indie titles with customer presentations and a gaming-themed Design Night featuring guest speakers, a pop-up arcade, 3D-printed swag and more.
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NEW HIRES: The Academy signs Cub Studio
News: NEW HIRES: The Academy signs Cub StudioSeattle-based animation studio The Academy has signed London based animation and graphics shop Cub Studio for U.S. commercial representation. Cub Studio is founded by design industry veterans Fraser Davidson and Ben Skinner, whose broad backgrounds in animation and online marketing fuse together a team of talented artists and producers to craft innovative designs for commercials, broadcast promos and branded content. With previous campaigns for such top brands as Vodaphone, Twitter, Mercedes-Benz, ESPN, Bose, GE and BBC, their work has garnered numerous awards including a BAFTA Award as part of the Hat Trick team that produced the BBC’s “The Revolution Will Be Televised” in 2013. Known for their comedic animation work and sports branding, their recent work for ESPN gives a crash course on the history of Cricket just in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
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Autodesk & Shotgun Play a Supporting Role for Academy Award Nominees
It’s Academy Awards Season - Great Artists with Great Technology Are Creating Great Movies : Autodesk and Shotgun Software Are CG Tools of Choice for All 5 Best VFX and 7 Best Picture Academy Award Nominees
The role of technology in the service of great storytelling continues to evolve, and this year's Academy Award nominees reflect the impressive artistry of the global computer graphics industry. From Best Pictures and VFX, to Best Cinematography, Animated Features and Shorts, Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) media and entertainment software played a supporting role in the creation of many of this year's most acclaimed movies. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also recognized Autodesk technology with a Scientific and Technical Achievement Award (Sci-Tech Award).
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LightWave 2015 Get the Love Crossgrade Launches
News: LightWave 2015 Get the Love Crossgrade LaunchesFor a limited time, add the powerful, easy-to-use modeling, rendering and animation tools in LightWave 3D to any creative pipeline at an exclusive price
The LightWave 3D® Group, a division of NewTek, Inc., is offering a $695 crossgrade price for a full license of LightWave 2015 software to current owners of all other 2D and 3D software programs for only $695, a savings of $300 over the current $995 (USD) retail price of LightWave. The $695 crossgrade offer is set to end February 20, 2015. Details of the offer are available at www.lightwave3d.com/crossgrade_promo.
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Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Present the 2015 Golden Reel Awards
News: Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Present the 2015 Golden Reel AwardsMotion Picture Sound Editors Present the 2015 Golden Reel Awards
(Hollywood, California--February 16, 2015) The Motion Picture Sound Editors today presented the 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards at a black-tie ceremony at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Golden Reel Awards recognizing outstanding achievement in sound editing were presented in 20 categories encompassing feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation, documentaries and other media. Supervising Sound Editor Craig Henighan presented the annual MPSE Filmmaker Award to Darren Aronofsky. Re-Recording Mixer Greg Orloff presented the Career Achievement Award to Supervising Sound Editor Skip Lievsay.
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THREE OF CHANGE partners with the Peabody Award winning team behind 180 Days to design the second series, “180 Days: Hartsville”
News: THREE OF CHANGE partners with the Peabody Award winning team behind 180 Days to design the second series, “180 Days: Hartsville”THREE OF CHANGE partners with the Peabody Award winning team behind 180 Days to design the second series, “180 Days: Hartsville”
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2015 Marks Significant VFX Expansion For SPLICE®; Creative Studio Welcomes VFX Artist Chris Rainey
News: 2015 Marks Significant VFX Expansion For SPLICE®; Creative Studio Welcomes VFX Artist Chris RaineyIn addition to the recent expansion of its visual effects capabilities, the award-winning creative studio SPLICE® is responding to increased demand for its VFX services by adding to its roster of the best and brightest. The latest addition to the team is VFX Artist Chris Rainey.
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Brickyard VFX Breathes Life into Disneyland Short
News: Brickyard VFX Breathes Life into Disneyland ShortBoutique visual effects, animation and digital production studio Brickyard VFX recently completed animated short film "Soar" for Disney Parks in collaboration with director Claire Jantzen of Adolescent Content. The short, via ad agency mcgarrybowen Chicago together with Disney's in-house agency Yellow Shoes, is slated to air in theaters as well as on the Disney Channel.
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MAXON Congratulates Dutch Filmmaking Trio for its Oscar® Nominated Short Film “A Single Life”
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced that its industry-leading 3D software solution, Cinema 4D, was the primary tool used to create “A Single Life”, an Academy Award® nominee in the Animated Short Film category. Created by Job, Joris & Marieke, a Netherlands-based creative studio, “A Single Life” relied extensively on Cinema 4D as its central application to handle the complexities of 3D content creation including modeling, rigging, character animation, lighting, rendering and more.
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Autodesk acquires Tweak Software; Team joins with Shotgun
News: Autodesk acquires Tweak Software; Team joins with ShotgunTweak Software, developer of RV, an image and sequence playback tool, has been acquired by Autodesk and will be joining forces with Shotgun Software. Effective immediately, the Tweak and Shotgun teams will be working together to advance review and collaboration technology to equip visual effects, games and animation artists and supervisors with the tools they need to do their best work in a rapidly changing industry.
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NEWS: Zoic Teams up with Industrial Toys for the Launch of Mobile Shooter 'Midnight Star'
News: NEWS: Zoic Teams up with Industrial Toys for the Launch of Mobile Shooter 'Midnight Star'For the launch of the highly anticipated mobile sci-fi shooter Midnight Star, Culver City-based visual effects shop Zoic Studios has partnered with independent game studio Industrial Toys to enhance the visual experience for this immersive adventure. This is Industrial Toys’ debut title, having launched by Bungie co-founder Alex Seropian in 2012 to create great mobile games for core gamers.
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Thinkbox Launches Beta for XMesh NUKE Loader
News: Thinkbox Launches Beta for XMesh NUKE LoaderThinkbox Software today released a beta version of the XMesh loader for NUKE, supporting versions 7 and up of The Foundry’s NUKE. XMesh is a production-proven geometry caching plug-in designed to streamline animation and visual effects pipelines that is currently available off-the-shelf for Autodesk 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya. The XMesh NUKE loader allows NUKE users to load saved XMesh data from 3ds Max or Maya into NUKE for rendering.
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Logan & Sons Signs Director Christian Alexander Holm-Glad
News: Logan & Sons Signs Director Christian Alexander Holm-GladLogan & Sons, the live-action division of bicoastal content creation studio LOGAN, signs internationally renowned director Christian Alexander Holm-Glad to the their roster of talented filmmakers. A visionary storyteller, Holm-Glad lends his versatile skillset to the Logan & Sons team and will focus on commercials, television series, feature films, and music videos.
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Frankie helps Qoros cars take centre stage in Chinese desert
When your Los Angeles base of operations sits just off the world famous Hollywood Boulevard, you don't need to go far to get the best possible locations for your projects. Even so, Ingenuity Engine opted to take their project for Qoros Automotive to the car company's homeland of China.
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Cinegy announces new partnership with Rahul Commerce
Cinegy, which develops and produces software technology for digital video processing, asset management, video compression, playout and automation, today announced a new partnership with Rahul Commerce, one of India’s leading distributors of multimedia technology in India.
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Ravensbourne Students to Support Live BVE Broadcasts
News: Ravensbourne Students to Support Live BVE BroadcastsAt BVE 2015, taking place at ExCel London from 24-26 February, nine students from London’s Ravensbourne undergraduate Broadcast Engineering, Film, and TV courses will gain first-hand experience in live production by assisting in the daily show live from the BVE show floor.
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Modern VideoFilm Provides Color Grading and Editorial Services for Golden Globe Nominee "The Book of Life"
News: Modern VideoFilm Provides Color Grading and Editorial Services for Golden Globe Nominee "The Book of Life"Senior Supervising Colorist Dave Cole collaborates with Director Jorge R. Gutierrez to help bring a breathtaking animated adventure to life.
Final post production work for 20th Century Fox’s and Reel FX Animation Studios’ The Book of Life, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, was completed at Modern VideoFilm. The months-long effort involved an intense collaboration between Modern’s team, led by Lead Digital Colorist/Supervising Digital Colorist Dave Cole, Director Jorge R. Gutierrez, VFX Supervisor Augusto Schillaci and Art Director Paul Sullivan from Reel FX. Modern VideoFilm’s work encompassed DI color grading in 2D and 3D, editorial conforming in 2D and 3D, and the production of deliverables and marketing media.
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Year Old Full Service VFX/Design Company Artemple-Hollywood Now Working on "Entourage," Names Karin Levinson EVP, Features and TV, and Enjoys Long-Standing Working Relationship with Award-Winning Director David Fincher
News: Year Old Full Service VFX/Design Company Artemple-Hollywood Now Working on "Entourage," Names Karin Levinson EVP, Features and TV, and
Enjoys Long-Standing Working Relationship with Award-Winning Director David FincherArtemple-Hollywood, a high-end, full-service Visual Effects and Design company specializing in the art of seamless and “invisible” visual effects work for feature films, television, commercials, themed entertainment, special venue projects, and original content creation, is marking its one year anniversary having produced visual effects work for one of last year’s most successful films, is currently producing visual effects for an upcoming studio feature, is commencing work on new projects, and has hired a noted industry executive.
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HOLLYWOOD COSTUME Exhibition Shines with ARRI L-Series
News: HOLLYWOOD COSTUME Exhibition Shines with ARRI L-SeriesARRI is proud to support the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' groundbreaking multimedia exhibition HOLLYWOOD COSTUME in Los Angeles with over 25 L-Series LED Fresnels. Curated by costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, the show takes visitors on a journey that tells the story of costume design from early Charlie Chaplin to MAN OF STEEL. Lighting Designer Trevor Stirlin Burk was tapped to enhance the exhibition by illuminating the costumes and environment. Watch this video for an exclusive look at HOLLYWOOD COSTUME and listen to Burk explain how it was lit with the ARRI L-Series.
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Wondersmith launches as creative production company serving agencies and brands worldwide.
Two accomplished creative industry executives are very proud to announce the official launch of their new creative production company that's focused on serving agencies and brands worldwide.
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Visual Effects Society Announces its 2015 Board of Directors Officers; Mike Chambers Elected as Board Chair
News: Visual Effects Society Announces its 2015 Board of Directors Officers; Mike Chambers Elected as Board ChairMike Chambers Elected as Board Chair
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced its 2015 Board of Directors officers. The officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, were elected at the January 2015 Board meeting. The officers include Mike Chambers, who was elected as Board Chair.
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Cogswell College's Star Thief Studio Produces Original Short Animated Film and Interactive iPad Book App Entitled "Drawn Home"
News: Cogswell College's Star Thief Studio Produces Original Short Animated Film and Interactive iPad Book App Entitled "Drawn Home"Cogswell College's Star Thief Studio Produces Original Short Animated Film and Interactive iPad Book App Entitled "Drawn Home"
Cogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has announced that senior class students participating in the school’s “Star Thief Studio” project have created and produced an original short animated film and interactive iPad book app.
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Vicon's Motion Capture Bears Fruit For New Paddington Film
News: Vicon's Motion Capture Bears Fruit For New Paddington Film Vicon T40 cameras enable Framestore to carry out quality pre-visualisation for marmalade loving bear, Paddington
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced that its T-Series motion capture cameras were used on the recent feature film version of Paddington.
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Director Eric D. Howell's Short Film, "Strangers" Wins "Best Drama Award" at Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF); "Strangers" Features Editorial & Post-Production By SPLICE®
News: Director Eric D. Howell's Short Film, "Strangers" Wins "Best Drama Award" at Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF); "Strangers" Features Editorial & Post-Production By SPLICE®Director Eric D. Howell’s short film, “Strangers,” won the “Best Drama Award” at the Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF).
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Rising Sun Pictures Shares Academy Award Nomination for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"
News: Rising Sun Pictures Shares Academy Award Nomination for "X-Men: Days of Future Past"Studio’s work on the film’s Quicksilver “Kitchen” scene also garners BAFTA, VES and AACTA nominations.
Rising Sun Pictures Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Crosbie is part of the team nominated for an Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Crosbie supervised the team of RSP artists involved in creating the film’s exuberant “Kitchen” scene where time appears to stand still as the speedy Quicksilver darts about the Pentagon cafeteria to foil guards attacking a group of mutants. Also named in the nomination are Richard Stammers, Lou Pecora and Cameron Waldbauer.
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
News: Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2015 Golden Reel NominationsThe Motion Picture Sound Editors today announces nominees for the 62nd MPSE Golden Reel Awards. Nominees represent the work of the world’s most talented sound artists and their contributions to the past year’s most outstanding feature film, television, animation and computer entertainment productions.
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The Mill Announces Move And Expansion For Its Chicago Studio
News: The Mill Announces Move And Expansion For Its Chicago StudioWorld leading VFX studio The Mill has announced that it’s Chicago based studio is moving to its own premises in the West Loop area of Chicago during Q3 of 2015.
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NEWS: Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for 13th Annual VES Awards
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Leads the Feature Film Nominations; Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls are Top Animated Film Contenders; Game of Thrones Leads the Broadcast Field
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, announced the nominees for the 13th Annual VES Awards, the prestigious yearly celebration that recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on-the-keys artists who bring this work to life. Nominees were selected by VES members via events hosted by its nine sections - Australia, Bay Area, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, New Zealand, Toronto and Vancouver. The VES Awards will be held on February 4th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Press Release: Big Block and Digitas Go On The Road for GMC.com
News: Press Release: Big Block and Digitas Go On The Road for GMC.comBig Block Brings Innovative Design and Filming Techniques To Digital Launch of 2015 GMC Sierra HD
Big Block and Digitas Boston were in high gear for the online launch of GMC’s 2015 Sierra 2500 Denali HD truck. It was essential that the design and content of their collaboration on GMC’s digital marketing for the Denali HD capture the attitude, refined luxury and powerful capabilities of this upper echelon brand for a sophisticated buyer demographic.
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Christopher Webb illuminates BMW i8 with in-camera VFX
Christopher Webb captured the essence of the BMW i8 with the mood film
i8 Illumination. This 60-second film was realized entirely with in-camera visual effects without any computer-generated imagery.
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Director Eric D. Howell’s Short Film, “Strangers” Screens at Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF); Featuring Editorial & Post-Production From SPLICE®
News: Director Eric D. Howell’s Short Film, “Strangers” Screens at Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF); Featuring Editorial & Post-Production From SPLICE®Director Eric D. Howell’s short film, “Strangers,” has been selected to screen at the Santa Monica Film Festival (SMFF) this weekend. The film features Editorial by Clayton Condit and post-production by SPLICE®.
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Muse VFX Installs Fusion 7 Studio in Its Hollywood Pipeline
News: Muse VFX Installs Fusion 7 Studio in Its Hollywood PipelineBlackmagic Design today announced that Muse VFX has expanded its Fusion pipeline to include Fusion 7 Studio. Fusion 7 Studio will be used for VFX on all of Muse VFX’s projects, including CBS’s “NCIS” and “NCIS: New Orleans,” as well as MTV's “Teen Wolf” hit television shows.
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Brewster Parsons Takes On "Brave Frontier" For Gumi & Ignited
News: Brewster Parsons Takes On "Brave Frontier" For Gumi & IgnitedBrewster Parsons, the award-winning visual effects, CG & design studio, launched a new 30-second commercial for gumi Inc.’s hit mobile role-playing game (RPG) “Brave Frontier.” Collaborating closely with both ad agency Ignited in Los Angeles and client gumi Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, the team at Brewster Parsons stretched creatively to design a unique “Western Anime” look for the new project.
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Shade VFX Signs Camille Geier as Executive Producer in NY
News: Shade VFX Signs Camille Geier as Executive Producer in NYGeier Will Oversee All Work in the Newly Expanded New York Studio
Bryan Godwin, CEO shade VFX, announced today that visual effects producer Camille Geier has joined shade VFX as Executive Producer in the New York studio as of January 5th. An ILM alum, Geier has resided in New York for the past 10 years and will oversee shade’s feature and television New York slate including work on Marvel’s Netflix series – Daredevil. To accommodate the company’s growth, shade has expanded into a new 5000 square foot location housing over 25 artists with the ability to project up.
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MakerBot and The Foundry Unveil MakerBot Kit for MODO
News: MakerBot and The Foundry Unveil MakerBot Kit for MODOPartnership Delivers First-Ever MODO 3D App That Uses the MakerBot Thingiverse API and MakerBot Cloud Library API
MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, and The Foundry, a global provider of award-winning creative software, introduced the MakerBot® Kit for MODO at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Shows.
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HP Introduces Industry's Thinnest and Lightest Workstation Ultrabooks
New ZBook Workstations Extend World's Thinnest and Lightest Business-Class Notebook Status Held by HP
HP (NYSE: HPQ) today introduced the industry's thinnest and lightest workstation Ultrabooks™ (1), the HP ZBook 14 and 15u. HP also announced its next-generation virtual workstation and enhancements to its Remote Graphics Software.
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Proof Visualization House Provides Extensive Previs and Postvis Services for "Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb"
News: Proof Visualization House Provides Extensive Previs and Postvis Services for "Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb"Proof Inc., one of the film industry's leading visualization houses, provided extensive previs and postvis services to “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” it was announced today by Proof’s Creative Director/Founder Ron Frankel. The film was released by 21st Century Fox Studios on December 19th.
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NEWS--For iPi Soft 2014 Proves A Banner Year
News: NEWS--For iPi Soft 2014 Proves A Banner YearMarkerless Motion Capture Software Developer Continues to Gain Worldwide Momentum From Visual Effects and Creative Studios
iPi Soft, LLC, today announced that momentum in 2014 for the company’s flagship software, iPi Motion Capture, continues to be strong among visual effects and creative studios worldwide, including industry leaders like Rodeo FX, Big Lazy Robot, The Sequence Group and Ghost Town Media. For iPi Soft, 2014 was a year filled with many high-points ranging from the launch of iPi Motion Capture V 3.0, to advancements in the bio mechanical market, increased visibility at key industry events and an expanding customer base of creative professionals that continue to push the software into groundbreaking directions.
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Athena Studios Signs Nate Hopper as Co-Producer of Upcoming Stop Motion Animation Project "Auntie Claus"
News: Athena Studios Signs Nate Hopper as Co-Producer of Upcoming Stop Motion Animation Project "Auntie Claus"Just in time for the 2014 Christmas holiday, Athena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based studio specializing in animation for film and multimedia clients, has signed Nate Hopper as Co-Producer of the company’s original, currently in development, stop-motion animation feature film project “Auntie Claus.” The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, Founder of Athena Studios.
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yU+co Creates 22-Story Projection Mapping Spectacular for Grand Park's N.Y.E. L.A.
News: yU+co Creates 22-Story Projection Mapping Spectacular for Grand Park's N.Y.E. L.A.Groundbreaking display will envelop City Hall in sound and 3D imagery in the culmination of The Music Center’s annual New Year’s celebration.
On New Year’s Eve, Los Angeles residents will have an opportunity to witness one of the largest 3D digital mapping displays in Los Angeles history. As part of The Music Center’s 2nd Annual Grand Park’s N.Y.E. L.A. event, L.A.’s historic City Hall will be transformed into a towering digital sculpture. With content conceived by Garson Yu, artistic director of the award-winning design studio yU+co, in collaboration with the Grand Park team, the spectacular multimedia display will combine cutting edge 3D projection mapping, interactive sound, and a powerful narrative celebrating Los Angeles, its culture and its people.
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THREE OF CHANGE Produces “What is 3D Printing” Video Animation Set to Premier at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show
News: THREE OF CHANGE Produces “What is 3D Printing” Video Animation Set to Premier at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics ShowTHREE OF CHANGE produces “What is 3D Printing” video animation set to premiere at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show.
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DOS CORAZONES wraps production on animated feature MAX & ME
News: DOS CORAZONES wraps production on animated feature MAX & MEProduction wrapped today in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ much anticipated animated feature “Max & Me.”
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Sarofsky Corp.'s mastery of details shines in "Guardians of the Galaxy" main titles...
News: Sarofsky Corp.'s mastery of details shines in "Guardians of the Galaxy" main titles...The top U.S. box office film of 2014, Marvel Studios' blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy" launched on digital platforms on Nov. 18 and became available on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 9. While the multi-talented designers, animators and producers of Sarofsky Corp. are accustomed to seizing big-screen and television spotlights with their masterful main title projects, the group's contributions to "Guardians" required a different type of artistic and production expertise.
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Seth Green and Robot Chicken studio's animations camp NOW LIVE on Vimeo
News: Seth Green and Robot Chicken studio's animations camp NOW LIVE on VimeoToday, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the studio behind the longest running stop-motion show on television, Robot Chicken, introduced “Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animation Camp,” a first-of-its-kind stop-motion character animation course.
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Stop Motion Animated "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" Marks Biggest Project for Screen Novelties
News: Stop Motion Animated "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" Marks Biggest Project for Screen NoveltiesStop motion animation specialists Screen Novelties, have produced and directed the upcoming, one-hour NBC TV special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas,” on behalf of the company’s client Warner Bros. Animation. The new special marks the biggest project in the eleven-year history of Screen Novelties.
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Press Release: SolidAnim Races with "The Crew"
SolidAnim, a company specializing in 3D animation for visual effects for film, television and video games, announced its motion capture technology was utilized for Ubisoft's latest video game, The Crew.
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MAXON to Showcase Cinema 4D R16 at CTNX Expo November 21 – 23, 2014
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, invites members of the press and show attendees to visit its exhibitor booth (B16/Hall A) at Creative Talent Network Animation eXpo (CTNX), November 21-23, in Burbank, Calif. CTNX is an animation convention that focuses on putting "the talent" center stage. The event brings together creative professionals from the digital and traditional worlds of animation and features workshops and educational sessions, artist and vendor demos, and networking events.
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Unified Pictures Goes I/O with Bluefish444 on Independent Films
News: Unified Pictures Goes I/O with Bluefish444 on Independent FilmsUnified Pictures operates as an independent film production and distribution company dedicated to the development, financing, production and distribution of top-tier filmed entertainment. With several cutting-edge and artistically innovative films, Unified Pictures has established an impressive presence in a wide variety of film genres.
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Three of Change Produces the “What to Expect From Your Baby’s First Test” Video Animation
News: Three of Change Produces the “What to Expect From Your Baby’s First Test” Video AnimationThree of Change Produces the “What to Expect From Your Baby’s First Test” Video Animation.
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MAXON Announces Grand Prize Winner in Inaugural “WinC4D” Challenge
Jeremy Mansford Leverages Cinema 4D Lite and Adobe After Effects CC Toolsets to Take Top Honors in Themed Animation Contest
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D software solutions for modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, congratulates Australian-based digital artist and motion designer Jeremy Mansford on winning the grand prize in the first MAXON “WinC4D.com”animation contest for his entry entitled Titan Smash. Launched earlier this year in July, WinC4D is a new competition and contest site sponsored by MAXON that invites digital artists to submit original10-second themed animation content utilizing Adobe® After Effects® CC and Cinema 4D Lite to showcase the innovative ways creative professionals can use the two programs to create compelling digital content.
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Blur Studio Brings Skylanders Trap Team™ to Life in New 72andSunny Campaign
News: Blur Studio Brings Skylanders Trap Team™ to Life in New 72andSunny Campaign“Inside the Trap” and “Trapping Kaos” Highlight Latest Installment of Activision’s Popular, Award-Winning Skylanders® Franchise
The characters and world of Skylanders received the Blur Studio treatment in two new :30 commercials produced by critically-acclaimed ad agency 72andSunny for Activision. With CG sequences helmed by Blur's Oscar-nominated director Jeff Fowler, "Inside the Trap" and "Trapping Kaos" feature an exciting new visual scope to bring Blur's special brand of high-octane storytelling to the imaginative world of Skylanders.
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MAXON Announces Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16
Enhancements Include Improvements to Interactivity, Workflow and Compatibility with Recently Released Cinema 4D R16
News from MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions:
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Calabash Animation Captures 3D Magic For Flutterbye
News: Calabash Animation Captures 3D Magic For FlutterbyeAward-Winning Animation Studio Blends CG With Live Action To Capture Fairytale World Of Popular Line Of Girls Toys
For toys as unique as the Flutterbye flying fairies, an equally dramatic ad is as important as double AA batteries. That’s why Spinmaster, makers of Flutterbye, reteamed with Calabash Animation to make “The Magic Is Brighter” – a new :30 ad that expertly blends CG animation and live action in a whimsical new spot aimed at girls whose eyes still widen at the thought of fairies and pixiedust.
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Renegade Animation Goes Retro in Animated Campaign for Wienerschnitzel
News: Renegade Animation Goes Retro in Animated Campaign for WienerschnitzelDGWB’s cleverly quirky, music-driven spots parody westerns, beach movies, Hollywood musicals and more!
Renegade Animation takes Wienerschnitzel back to the ‘60s in a new, animated advertising campaign for the restaurant chain. Conceived by Orange County, California agency DGWB, the commercials use retro animation and jingles to evoke Wienerschnitzel’s 1961 origins.
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Cogswell College in Silicon Valley Hosts 16th Annual "Animation Show of Shows" Event
News: Cogswell College in Silicon Valley Hosts 16th Annual "Animation Show of Shows" EventCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique, project-based curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, hosted the 16th Annual Animation “Show of Shows” event at its campus on Sept. 25th.
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Zac Cavaliero's Animated Short Wins Reel 13 National Competition - Earning It A Broadcast Debut on Thirteen-WNET
News: Zac Cavaliero's Animated Short Wins Reel 13 National Competition - Earning It A Broadcast Debut on Thirteen-WNETAs A Growing Number of Feature Films Continue to Tap His Talent As A Previz Artist, Shot Designer, FX Artist and Modeler, The Young Filmmaker Continues To Evolve As A Multi-Disciplined Talent
Zac Cavaliero's short film, 'The Frank Job,’ showcasing the cinematographer's skills as a character animator was Reel 13's voters' choice this week, earning it a slot on national broadcast television on Thirteen-WNET's Saturday evening line up. The film's storyline is a new twist on the classic tale of 'Frankenstein,' with the lead character, an inept yet determined mad scientist, artfully crafted by Cavaliero into an animated character with features befitting his eccentric personality.
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Reel FX Hits 4.5 Million Render Jobs Using PipelineFX’s Qube!
News: Reel FX Hits 4.5 Million Render Jobs Using PipelineFX’s Qube!Leading Render Farm Management Software for VFX Currently at Work on New Guillermo Del Toro Production, “The Book of Life”
The tools that last are the ones that can roll with the punches. For Dallas, TX and Santa Monica’s Reel FX, one tool has helped them manage 4.5 million render jobs in the most efficient way possible. Now in its 11th year of use, PipelineFX’s Qube! plays the guardian role for a production queue riding high on the success of “Free Birds” and the impending release of the new Guillermo Del Toro-produced feature with 20th Century Fox, “The Book of Life.”
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IBC 2014: Shotgun Software Expanded Engineering Team Is on Fire
Autodesk Introduces Shotgun to Flame Family
At IBC 2014, Autodesk unveils Flame 2015 visual effects software Extension 2, with included support for Shotgun Software, a cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management platform.
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Athena Studios Currently in Production on New Stop Motion Animated Short Film "Mermaids on Mars"
News: Athena Studios Currently in Production on New Stop Motion Animated Short Film "Mermaids on Mars"Athena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based company specializing in animation for film and multimedia clients, is currently in production on a new, stop-motion animated short film entitled “Mermaids on Mars.” The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, Founder of Athena Studios and Director of the new film.
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Sarofsky Corp. Proudly Presents Celebrated "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Main-On-End Titles Responsible for Catapulting Growing Company into Marvel Universe and Beyond
News: Sarofsky Corp. Proudly Presents Celebrated "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Main-On-End Titles Responsible for Catapulting Growing Company into Marvel Universe and BeyondFive years ago, Sarofsky Corp. president and owner Erin Sarofsky launched her own shop in Chicago, the city she loves, aiming to provide her patent, design-driven production services to leaders in the advertising and entertainment industries worldwide. Over the years, both her reputation and her business have grown, as she has seized opportunities to collaborate with the likes of Anthony and Joe Russo, for whom her first project was creating the main titles for their hit TV series "Community" back in 2009.
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yU+co Crafts Thoughtful Yet Provocative Title Sequence For HBO’s “The Leftovers”
News: yU+co Crafts Thoughtful Yet Provocative Title Sequence For HBO’s “The Leftovers”Religious Symbolism Subtly Plays Out Over A Fresco Painting In Enticing Animated Show Open To New, Thought-Provoking Series
The new HBO series “The Leftovers” asks many big questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God and the future of the human race. Likewise for the show’s main title sequence in which show creators Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) and writer Tom Perrotta turned to the award-winning creative studio yU+co. and Creative Director Garson Yu to create a concept that matched the ambitions of the show.
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