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New MochaBlend C4D Plug-in bridges 2D to 3D Effects Workflow
News: New MochaBlend C4D Plug-in bridges 2D to 3D Effects WorkflowInnovative new plug-in for Maxon C4D imports mocha data into 3D space for exciting new VFX and motion graphics workflows.
Innovative new plug-in for Maxon C4D imports mocha data into 3D space for exciting new VFX and motion graphics workflows.


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Reel FX Adds Director Elliot Dillman
News: Reel FX Adds Director Elliot DillmanDigital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica has signed director Elliot Dillman for U.S. commercial representation. With a diverse directorial background spanning commercials, branded content, music videos and multi-camera live events, Dillman has a natural talent for honing in on the broad scope of a project to deliver dynamic footage that enhances the storytelling. He has worked on national campaigns for top agencies including GSD&M, CP+B, Leo Burnett, Y&R and BBDO, among others. His directorial sensibilities have earned him awards and nominations for Cannes Lions, Addys and Webbys for his work for top clients including Dominos Pizza, Pacifico Beer and Kraft Mac and Cheese. Prior to signing, Dillman collaborated with Reel FX on a number of projects, including a recent spot for Hasbro.
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Zoic Opens New York Studio, Adds EP Colleen Bachman
News: Zoic Opens New York Studio, Adds EP Colleen BachmanEmmy-winning visual effects house Zoic Studios has opened its new New York studio, led by veteran VFX producer Colleen Bachman as Executive Producer. The 3,000 square foot Hell’s Kitchen facility will handle VFX and flame finishing for projects across TV, commercials, films, games and experiential. The studio will leverage Zoic’s robust in-house pipeline to collaborate with both the Los Angeles and Vancouver offices. Upcoming projects through the commercial division include campaigns for Grey and Hasbro. The episodic division is working on a diverse slate of series, including the Season 4 of Cinemax’s “Banshee,” the debut season of the Cinemax drama “Quarry” and NBC’s new drama series “Blindspot.”
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Sony Pictures Post Production Services Talent Garner MPSE and CAS Nominations for Sound
News: Sony Pictures Post Production Services Talent Garner MPSE and CAS Nominations for SoundSony Pictures talented nominated in six categories for MPSE Golden Reel Awards, and eight CAS Awards
Sound artists from Sony Pictures Entertainment are among the nominees for 2016 Motion Picture Sound Editor Golden Reel Awards and the 52nd Cinema Audio Society (CAS) Awards. Sony Pictures talent are nominated in six categories of the MPSE Golden Reel Awards for work on the films Southpaw and Hotel Transylvania 2, and the television series Homeland, Saints and Strangers and True Detective. Sony Pictures talent received eight nominations for CAS Awards for work on the film The Hateful Eight and Hotel Transylvania 2, and the television series True Detective and Silicon Valley.
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Super Bowl 50 Gold Shines On Timber; Up-Start Studio Provides VFX/Post for 3 Super Bowl SPots
News: Super Bowl 50 Gold Shines On Timber; Up-Start Studio Provides VFX/Post for 3 Super Bowl SPotsDesign & digital production studio Timber, headed by Creative Directors/Partners Jonah Hall & Kevin Lau and brand-new EP Sabrina Elizondo, has provided VFX and post for three Super Bowl 50 commercial spots for Hyndai, Buick and T-Mobile. Right on the heels of CBS’ incredibly successful promo campaign “Witness Greatness,” encouraging viewers to tune-in for “The Grammy’s” and the “Super Bowl” in February, via TBWA/Chiat/Day; the Timber team has seen the Super Bowl 50 gold shine on them three times. (www.timber.net)
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Torque Launches in Northeast as New VFX, Animation, Motion Studio for Commercial, Entertainment and Television Clients
News: Torque Launches in Northeast as New VFX, Animation, Motion Studio for Commercial, Entertainment and Television ClientsNew Studio's First Project is "Keep Moving" Spot for Orthopedic Associates of Hartford
Award-winning digital artists Lawrence Jones and Jason Vega have launched a new content creation studio in Hartford, CT, called Torque. The new company specializes in the creation of visual effects, animation, motion graphics, and VR experiences for the commercial, entertainment, broadcast, cable and streaming television industries.
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The Third Floor Honored with VES Award on Game of Thrones Team
News: The Third Floor Honored with VES Award on Game of Thrones TeamPrevisualization Supervisor Eric Carney Among Recipients of Visual Effects Society’s Top Award in TV
International visualization studio THE THIRD FLOOR, Inc. has received a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for Outstanding Photoreal Episode as part of the Game of Thrones team. Previsualization Supervisor Eric Carney joined visual effects supervisor Joe Bauer, visual effects producer Steve Kullbeck, CG lead supervisor Derek Spears and special effects supervisor Stuart Brisdon in taking home the organization’s top television award for Episode 9 “The Dance of Dragons” from Season 5.
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Rodeo FX Wins VES Award for Game of Thrones: City of Volantis
Montreal Studio Delivered Over 200 VFX for Season 5 of Hit TV Show
Rodeo FX has won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for its work on Season 5 of Game of Thrones. The award for Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode honoured the studio’s creation of the city of Volantis. Rodeo FX received the award last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and can add it to the VES Award it won last year for its work on Birdman.

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Mixtape Club Welcomes Sallie Moore & Eric Korte
News: Mixtape Club Welcomes Sallie Moore & Eric KorteIntegrated creative studio Mixtape Club has welcomed Sallie Moore as Executive Producer; Music and Eric Korte as Head of Production; Music & Sound. The hires round out a momentous company expansion that also includes doubling its studio space and merging with the composer’s collective Huma-Huma, which has become the Mixtape Club music department.
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Visual Effects Society Announces Winners of the 14th Annual VES Awards
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Leads Feature Film Wins with 4 Awards; The Good Dinosaur is Top Animated Film Winner; Games of Thrones and SSE Lead in Broadcast and Commercial Wins
Kate Mara, Zack Snyder, Michael Pena, Terry Crews, Portia Doubleday and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Join Overflow Crowd of VFX Artists, Innovators and Industry VIPs
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Cogswell College Students Release Second Batch of 3D Animatable Rigs
News: Cogswell College Students Release Second Batch of 3D Animatable RigsCogswell 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 released a second batch of 3D animatable rigs -- depicting two original “human” digital characters -- through the school’s in-house character program “Project Avatarah.”
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Platinum Platypus Uses Quantum StorNext Pro Studio to Accelerate
Video and Motion Graphics Firm Realizes Immediate Gains in Efficiency and Capacity While Building Foundation for Fluid, Economical Growth
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that Platinum Platypus, creator of video, motion graphics and animation for both media and corporate enterprises, has implemented Quantum StorNext® Pro Studio to realize faster, more scalable storage and sharing of high-resolution video content. Quantum's workflow-optimized StorNext Pro™ Studio solution provides high-performance storage that Platinum Platypus can expand smoothly and economically to accommodate its rapid growth and its work with ever-larger media files. The complete storage solution from Quantum supports an efficient and agile workflow in which creatives can quickly and simultaneously access and edit video. Connecting to a Scalar® LTO library, StorNext Pro Studio also facilitates archive and protection of older projects while keeping them available for the creative team.
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The 33rd Annual Miami International Film Festival | Full Program Release
News: The 33rd Annual Miami International Film Festival | Full Program ReleaseRunning March 4–13, 2016, Filmmakers from 40 CountriesProudly Exhibit 129 Feature, Documentary, and Short Films
Monica Bellucci, Iciar Bollaín, Gavin Hood,
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Three of Change partners with National Geographic Education to animate their new “Learning Framework.”
News: Three of Change partners with National Geographic Education to animate their new “Learning Framework.”THREE OF CHANGE produces the new “National Geographic Learning Framework” video animation.
Three of Change partners with National Geographic Education to animate their new “Learning Framework.”
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JELD-WEN leverages 2016 HGTV Dream Home sponsorship with national spots from Wondersmith
JELD-WEN and CMD Leverage Brand's 2016 HGTV Dream Home Sponsorship with National TV Spots from Wondersmith, Directed by Andrew Hardaway
A new cinematic spot produced by creative production company Wondersmith for JELD-WEN and CMD has just debuted nationwide. Entitled "Beat," this and an earlier campaign spot entitled "Beauty Throughout" were directed by Andrew Hardaway specifically to leverage JELD-WEN's sponsorship of the 2016 HGTV Dream Home. Both spots can be viewed at http://wondersmith.tv.
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MAXON announces update to Cineware for Adobe After Effects CC
The Cineware Live 3D pipeline first introduced in After Effects CC offers improved workflow and greater performance. OpenGL rendering is now available within the Cineware effect, providing increased speed and higher quality results than the software render option. Users can now choose to automatically sync the After Effects and Cinema 4D time sliders. The new Cinema 4D Take System, introduced in R17, the latest Cinema 4D release, is also supported: After Effects artists can now choose to render specific Takes in a Cinema 4D project file.
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Interstate Welcomes Directing Duo TOMAT
News: Interstate Welcomes Directing Duo TOMATAward-Winning Brazilian Team Brings Their Comedy and VFX Chops to Directors’ Group
Award-winning directors’ group Interstate has signed Rio De Janeiro-based directing duo TOMAT for exclusive US representation.
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Zoic Adds Executive Producer Blythe Klippsten
News: Zoic Adds Executive Producer Blythe KlippstenCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has added Blythe Klippsten as Executive Producer. Klippsten has nearly 15 years of experience in the VFX industry, previously working with top studios including Psyop, MassMarket, Stardust Studios and Ntropic. After beginning her career as a VFX Producer at Zoic from 2006 – 2008, she returns as Executive Producer for Series.
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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2016 Golden Reel Nominations
News: Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2016 Golden Reel NominationsThe Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) today announces nominees for the 63rd 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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Lily Tomlin to Receive ICG Publicists Lifetime Achievement Award
News: Lily Tomlin to Receive ICG Publicists Lifetime Achievement AwardComedienne Lily Tomlin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd Annual International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) Publicists Awards Luncheon to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 26.
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2016 AICP Show Chairperson Announced
News: 2016 AICP Show Chairperson AnnouncedMatt Miller, President and CEO of the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) announced today that Jules Daly, President of RSA Films, will serve as Chairperson of the 2016 AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial. The AICP Show is one of the tent-pole events of AICP Week, which also includes the debut of the AICP Next Awards, as well as various educational sessions at the AICP Week Base Camp. AICP Week will take place in New York from June 7, 2016 – June 9, 2016.
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Frankie powers The Master Chief’s inaugural adventure
News: Frankie powers The Master Chief’s inaugural adventureFrankie powers The Master Chief’s inaugural adventure in Halo: The Fall of Reach
In the world of fan-favorite AAA game franchises, building on blockbuster experiences of the past comes with big expectations – and a lot of vigilant scrutiny from overprotective fans. So, when tasked with telling the origin story of gaming’s number one FPS protagonist in the medium of fully-animated 3D, The Sequence Group knew it had something of a significant task on its hands.
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Houdini Training at RSP
News: Houdini Training at RSPKurt Debens, Benjamin Holen and Nick Beins Use UniSA/RSP Media Placement as a Springboard to Professional Careers
Houdini, Side Effects’ 3D animation software, is a principal tool at Rising Sun Pictures and at other visual effects studios (VFX) worldwide engaged in feature film and high-end television VFX. The software is valued for the flexibility of its procedural design and robust capabilities in modeling, animation, character rigging and lighting.
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Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's Comedic Multi-Platform Campaign Featuring Keegan-Michael Key Taps The Colonie’s Editorial + VFX Talent
News: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid's Comedic Multi-Platform Campaign Featuring Keegan-Michael Key Taps The Colonie’s Editorial + VFX TalentToyota RAV4 Hybrid's Comedic Multi-Platform Campaign Featuring Keegan-Michael Key Taps The Colonie’s Editorial + VFX Talent
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It’s Not Rocket Science launches with The Foundry software
Commander Chris Hadfield’s animated series teaches science through comedy
The new comedy science animation show—It’s Not Rocket Science—is a 10-episode series that has been developed using solutions and tools from leading creative software developer The Foundry. Created by retired Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, together with his son Evan, the series seeks to address current issues and misunderstood science topics, from vaccinations to climate change. An animated Commander Hadfield and his space pug Albert will use humorous narrative and anecdotes to educate viewers of all ages. The series was animated by D.C. Turner and Tracy King, the team behind the viral sensation Tim Minchin’s Storm, using a number of solutions from The Foundry. Mischief, a pen-based sketching application was used for all the concept drawing, storyboarding, mind mapping and music planning, while FLIX, The Foundry’s visual story development tool was used to create the storyboard build. Turner and King also used MODO, the 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering package, and NUKE, a node-based digital composting application.
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The Foundry honored in annual Scientific and Technical Awards
MARI 3D texture painting system recognized by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
The Foundry, leading creative software developer, has announced that its MARI development team will be honored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Saturday, February 13. The awards recognize individuals that have added value to the filmmaking process. For their contributions to MARI’s development, Jack Greasley, Kiyoyuki Nakagaki, Duncan Hopkins and Carl Rand from The Foundry will receive an Academy Plaque in the Scientific and Engineering Awards category at the ceremony to be held at the Beverley Wiltshire in Beverly Hills.
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PULL Takes Their Music To The Streets For Nike’s ‘FootballX Skills’ Branded Content Series
News: PULL Takes Their Music To The Streets For Nike’s ‘FootballX Skills’ Branded Content SeriesCrafty soccer moves are no longer an international secret, courtesy of an intriguing new branded content online video series for Nike called “FootballX Skills,” created by agency AKQA and paced perfectly thanks to original scores from the New York City-based music company Pull and composer Mitch Davis.
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ArsenalCreative Names Andy Bate As Head Of 2D And Lead Visual Effects Supervisor
News: ArsenalCreative Names Andy Bate As Head Of 2D And Lead Visual Effects SupervisorArsenalCreative, a leading visual effects and design studio, has announced an expansion of its creative team with the addition of award-winning artist Andy Bate as the head of 2D and lead visual effects supervisor. Formerly a senior flame artist at a52, Bate will lead and continue to elevate the heart of the ArsenalCreative brand with his exceptional talents and industry knowledge.
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Visual Effects Society (VES) Manages VES Awards Production With Shotgun Software
News: Visual Effects Society (VES) Manages VES Awards Production With Shotgun Software
From Submission to Entry Vetting and Voting, Shotgun Is the Center of Awards Tracking and Management Process
Every winter visual effects practitioners around the world compile best-of reels showcasing impressive feats of animation, compositing and VFX in hopes of a nomination for the industry's coveted VES Award. The Visual Effects Society (VES) goes to great lengths to ensure that hundreds of entries are qualified and vetted as part of a submission process with seemingly countless moving parts. This process, run by an awards committee made up of VFX professionals around the world, is connected and managed via Shotgun, the scalable software platform for production tracking, review and asset management.
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Visual Effects Society Announces Nominees for the 14th Annual VES Awards
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Leads the Feature Film Nominations; The Peanuts Movie is Top Animated Film Contender; Game of Thrones Leads the Broadcast Field and Scores Most Nominations Overall
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, announced the nominees for the 14th 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 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 2nd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Animated Storyboards Opens Toronto Office
News: Animated Storyboards Opens Toronto OfficeInternational animatics shop Animated Storyboards has launched a new office in Toronto. Maria Hanafy will lead the new studio as Managing Director, along with four additional staffers - a Director, Producer, Marketing Associate and Animator/Editor. This marks the 10th office for Animated Storyboards, with current offices running in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, São Paulo, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The 4,300 square foot office will closely collaborate with all existing Animated Storyboards offices, whose global infrastructure currently includes nearly 300 full time in-house illustrators, designers, directors, producers and 2D and 3D artists. The facility includes three edit suites, a state-of-the-art audio studio, a conference room and a spacious lobby area for client use.
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Animated Storyboards Opens Toronto Office
News: Animated Storyboards Opens Toronto OfficeInternational animatics shop Animated Storyboards has launched a new office in Toronto. Maria Hanafy will lead the new studio as Managing Director, along with four additional staffers - a Director, Producer, Marketing Associate and Animator/Editor. This marks the 10th office for Animated Storyboards, with current offices running in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, São Paulo, Bangkok, Tel Aviv, Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The 4,300 square foot office will closely collaborate with all existing Animated Storyboards offices, whose global infrastructure currently includes nearly 300 full time in-house illustrators, designers, directors, producers and 2D and 3D artists. The facility includes three edit suites, a state-of-the-art audio studio, a conference room and a spacious lobby area for client use.
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TEDx Organizers For Vail, Co, And San Francisco Events Turn To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Audiovisual Animation Projects
News: TEDx Organizers For Vail, Co, And San Francisco Events Turn To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Audiovisual Animation ProjectsStudents within Cogswell College’s innovative MediaWorks program were recently hired by organizers behind two TEDx Conferences to develop and produce original, short animated audiovisual communication projects promoting those two events.
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Media 100 Announces El Capitan Support
Fast, Professional, Easy-to-Use Video Editing for Mac OS X. Try it Free for 60 Days.
MacVideo Promo, a publishing and promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, announces Media 100 Suite Version 2.1.7 - fast, professional, and easy-to-use video editing software for Mac OS X. The v2.1.7 release adds support for Mac OS X 10.11 (“El Capitan”) and is available for $99 USD.
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Art Directors Club names ADC 95th Annual Awards Advertising and Digital juries
News: Art Directors Club names ADC 95th Annual Awards Advertising and Digital juries29 creative jury members, split equally between men and women, from 15 countries to judge the best in global Advertising and Digital work based on excellence in idea and craft.
The Art Directors Club, one of the first non-profit organizations in the world to champion commercial creativity and the artists who create it, today announced the complete Advertising and Digital juries for the prestigious ADC 95th Annual Awards, which is open for entries at http://adcglobal.org/awards/adc-annual-awards/.
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INK explores high-tech simulations with RADO
News: INK explores high-tech simulations with RADOAward-winning production studio INK has released three stunning shorts that showcase RADO’s latest watch collection.
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TEDx Organizers For Vail, Co, and San Francisco Events Turn To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Audiovisual Animation Projects
News: TEDx Organizers For Vail, Co, and San Francisco Events Turn To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Audiovisual Animation ProjectsStudents within Cogswell College’s innovative MediaWorks program were recently hired by organizers behind two TEDx Conferences to develop and produce original, short animated audiovisual communication projects promoting those two events.
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GPL Technologies Builds Flexible IT Infrastructure for Moonbot Studios
News: GPL Technologies Builds Flexible IT Infrastructure for Moonbot StudiosShreveport, Louisiana is the home to Moonbot Studios, a 6-old-year multimedia production studio with a knack for creating storytelling magic. Founded by filmmakers William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs, the company won an Academy Award in 2012 for the whimsical animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Currently boasting a staff of 50 artists, producers and support personnel, Moonbot has also produced feature-quality animation for television, games, apps, branded entertainment and a myriad of other mediums. Along the way, it’s filled its trophy rack with four Emmys, 12 Clios, 14 Cannes Lions and five Webby Awards.
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Digital Domain - Dan Rosen Named Vice President of Technology at Digital Domain
News: Digital Domain - Dan Rosen Named Vice President of Technology at Digital DomainAcademy Award winning Visual Effects studio, Digital Domain, announced today that Daniel Rosen has joined its ranks in the position of Vice President of Technology. A recognized expert in strategic technological design, development and implementation, the addition of Dan comes as Digital Domain intensifies its pursuit of innovation and the latest in Visual Effects technology. Dan will report to O.D Welch, President, Digital Domain.
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yU+co. Turns Downtown Los Angeles into a Mammoth Digital Playground for Grand Park and The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A.
News: yU+co. Turns Downtown Los Angeles into a Mammoth Digital Playground for Grand Park and The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A.In a first-of-its-kind immersive spectacle, dazzling digital imagery will appear to “bounce” between City Hall, the County Hall of Records and The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as Los Angeles counts down to 2016.
On New Year’s Eve, three iconic buildings in downtown Los Angeles will provide the canvas for a projection mapping display unlike anything seen before. Part of the 3rd annual Grand Park + Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A., the breathtaking spectacle of morphing light, color, shape and sound will envelop—and sometimes appear to travel between—the facades of City Hall, the County Hall of Records and The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and celebrate Los Angeles as it joins other cities around the globe in ringing in the New Year.
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SMPTE and NAB Renew Technology Summit With 2016 'The Future of Cinema Conference'
News: SMPTE and NAB Renew Technology Summit With 2016 'The Future of Cinema Conference'SMPTE® and NAB Renew Technology Summit With 2016 'The Future of Cinema Conference'; Registration Opens Dec. 21. The 2016 NAB Show's 'Future of Cinema Conference: The Immortal Movie,' Produced in Partnership With SMPTE, Will Feature Future-Facing Perspectives on the Technology of Storytelling.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that the newly crafted NAB Show's 'The Future of Cinema Conference: The Immortal Movie,' produced in partnership with SMPTE, will explore how content creators and storytellers combine artistry with motion-imaging technology to thrive today — and especially into the future. Scheduled for April 16-17 during the 2016 NAB Show, the refocused technical conference will examine this topic with an emphasis on the work and inspiration of the industry's newest generation of filmmakers. Registration for the conference opens on Dec. 21.
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Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio Now Available in Mac App Store for US$499
The full version of its professional editing and color correction software, is now available in a Mac only version in the App Store for Mac OS X for only USD$499
Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio Now Available in Mac App Store for $499 12 Studio, the full version of its professional editing and color correction software, is now available in a Mac only version in the App Store for Mac OS X for only USD$499.
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Blackmagic Design Announces Fusion 8 Studio Public Beta is Now
Blackmagic Design today announced the public beta of Fusion 8 Studio, the full version of the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.
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Martell Cognac - Full of Character - 40 second TV commercial Directed by Will MacNeil MPC - Motion Design Studio
News: Martell Cognac - Full of Character - 40 second TV commercial Directed by Will MacNeil MPC - Motion Design StudioMPC is an international creative studio. We make everything from visual fx for blockbuster films like The Martian to mobile apps. I work in our motion design studio, which is a team of about 20 artists, mainly doing animation for TV and online advertising.
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Redshift renders Blue Zoo’s hilarious Christmas short
News: Redshift renders Blue Zoo’s hilarious Christmas shortAward-winning animation studio Blue Zoo has rendered its brilliant Christmas short using Redshift as its backbone.
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Cutting Edge Turns Out “Powers” VFX with Two Synched Render Farms and Qube!
Australian Sites Chop Render Hours on Marvel Project with Single Submission Tools and Detailed Log Tracking
When many studios are limited to one facility and a small bank of computers, Australia’s Cutting Edge was sitting on a gold mine – two big VFX studios and all the hardware that came with them. Two times the resources doesn’t mean two times the efficiency, though, especially when your farms don’t talk to each other. To create that bridge, the team invested in PipelineFX’s Qube!, a render farm management tool tailored to the needs of big VFX projects.
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12th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival
News: 12th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival12th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival Announces Winners 3-D SPACE, Stereo Sisters, and the LA 3-D Club are pleased to announce the winners of The 12th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival. The festival’s mission is to showcase the best independent stereoscopic 3-D filmmaking from around the world. This year’s fest took place on Dec 12th-13th, 2015 at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles. The festival featured over 30 independent 3-D short films, 14 student produced films, 5 stereoscopic feature motion pictures, including the world theatrical premiere of the 3-D Film Archive’s digital restoration of 1954 war drama DRAGONFLY SQUADRON, an Emerging Technologies and Virtual Reality showcase, and the 56th Hollywood International Exhibition of Stereoscopic Photography.
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HOLIDAY NEWS--The STUDIO Crafts Elegant Holiday Video Card With Chartable Message
News: HOLIDAY NEWS--The STUDIO Crafts Elegant Holiday Video Card With Chartable MessageStunning Tracking Shot Immerses Viewers In Animated Winter Wonderland
The STUDIO has a present for you, but you won’t find it under any Christmas tree. Rather the creative design/animation studio led by Founder/Creative Director Mary Nittolo, has crafted an elegantly-designed holiday video card that features a meticulously animated tracking shot that pulls viewers into a lush winter wonderland.
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Adidas and ESPN Films Release Short Documentary Series Produced by Process
News: Adidas and ESPN Films Release Short Documentary Series Produced by ProcessProcess, a NYC-based film and branded content production company, recently collaborated with Adidas and ESPN Films to create “Pioneers,” a series of three cinematic short documentary films. Each film highlights a professional sports figure and debuts today on ESPN.go.com with The Mark Gonzales Ride, here, directed by Marah Strauch (Sunshine Superman). Gonzo will also air on SportsCenter on Friday, December 18th in the 6-7PM EST segment.
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2015 National Film Registry: "Ghostbusters" Gets The Call
“Top Gun,” “L.A. Confidential” and Edison’s “Sneeze” Among Film Additions
Acting Librarian of Congress David Mao announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. These films, which epitomize the diversity and richness of the nation’s cinematic heritage, have been identified as motion pictures that deserve to be preserved because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.
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MAXON Cinema 4D Fires-up Cantina Creative VFX Workflow on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
News: MAXON Cinema 4D Fires-up Cantina Creative VFX Workflow on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2Acclaimed 3D Toolset Delivers Powerful Capabilities for Key Hologram Sequences in Blockbuster Sci-Fi Film Finale
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced that Culver City-based design and visual effects studio Cantina Creative relied on its acclaimed 3D software solution, Cinema 4D, as a central digital content creation tool to generate 120 visual effects shots and 30 hologram shots ranging from holograms, animated posters, monitor shots and user interface (UI) graphics that appear throughout the Lionsgate sequel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.
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Cinegy announces new partnership with Gencom Technology
News: Cinegy announces new partnership with Gencom TechnologyCinegy, which develops and produces software technology for digital video processing, asset management, video compression, animation and effects, today announced a new partnership with Auckland, New Zealand-based Gencom Technology, a leading provider of integrated media technology solutions.
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Awesome Inc & Bluetube Create New Adult Swim ID "Evolving Thoughts"
News: Awesome Inc & Bluetube Create New Adult Swim ID "Evolving Thoughts"“Evolving Thoughts” is a new Adult Swim ID sprung forth from the imaginations of Awesome Inc and featuring music and sound by Bluetube. The first in a series of three IDs by Awesome and Bluetube, the project is the result of the network’s ongoing call to creativity – one that encourages companies to artfully visualize the Adult Swim identity. “Evolving Thoughts” features morphing objects in a stream of consciousness dreamscape.
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Public Company Corning Turns To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Video
News: Public Company Corning Turns To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional VideoStudents within Cogswell College’s innovative MediaWorks program were recently retained by the Silicon Valley research group of one of America’s largest corporations, Corning, to develop and produce an original short video describing the operations and opportunities to work with the Corning West Technology Center (CWTC.)
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Sarofsky scales its editorial and VFX powers for "Ant-Man" Main-On-End Titles
News: Sarofsky scales its editorial and VFX powers for "Ant-Man" Main-On-End TitlesMarvel's "Ant-Man" directed by Peyton Reed released this week on Blu-ray and video-on-demand, featuring main-on-end titles created by design-driven production company Sarofsky. Today, company principal and executive creative director Erin Sarofsky and her colleagues are very proud to detail their work on the project.
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"Halo 5: Guardians" Game Cinematic created by Axis Animation with Fusion Studio
News: "Halo 5: Guardians" Game Cinematic created by Axis Animation with Fusion StudioBlackmagic Design today announced that BAFTA award winning animation company Axis Animation has used Fusion Studio to complete compositing work on the opening cinematic for Microsoft’s new “Halo 5: Guardians” Xbox game in collaboration with 343 Industries.
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King and Country Creates New On-Air Identity For Chiller
News: King and Country Creates New On-Air Identity For ChillerKing and Country (K&C), a full-service, design-centric production company has created the new on-air identity for horror network Chiller. The visually arresting rebrand package emphasizes Chiller's new mainstream horror/thriller content with the promise of compelling, high-quality entertainment – while still honoring the classic tagline, “Scary Good.”
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Digital Domain Announcement - Erika W. Burton Named Executive Vice President/General Manager.
News: Digital Domain Announcement - Erika W. Burton Named Executive Vice President/General Manager.Erika W. Burton Named Executive Vice President/General Manager of Digital Domain
Academy Award winning Visual Effects studio, Digital Domain, announced today that Erika W. Burton has joined its ranks in the position of Executive Vice President/General Manager. As Digital Domain continues to bolster its executive ranks, Erika joins the team working on long term company goals and new initiatives, with her primary focus on production, sales and marketing. Erika will report to O.D Welch, President, Digital Domain.
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Microsoft's 343 Industries Deploys OptiTrack Mocap for 'Halo 5: Guardians'
News: Microsoft's 343 Industries Deploys OptiTrack Mocap for 'Halo 5: Guardians'OptiTrack Tech Tapped for Character Animation and Camera Tracking
Microsoft Studios’ 343 Industries, the leading force behind the wildly popular ‘Halo’ franchise, recently released “Halo 5: Guardians” to widespread critical acclaim. In preparation for the development of the latest installment, 343 Industries built out a new 50’ by 50’ motion capture stage outfitted with a state-of-the-art OptiTrack motion capture system. 50 Prime 41 cameras captured the live human performances and delivered the digital character animation data for in-game action and interactive cut-scenes.
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Speed Is King – rendering at Outpost VFX
News: Speed Is King – rendering at Outpost VFXFinding the right renderer is more about creating stunning visuals – it’s about streamlining production and giving artists the space to explore their creativity. For the Bournemouth-based Outpost VFX, Redshift is the solution that meets those needs and more.
Outpost VFX is a visual effects vendor with a difference. This growing company isn’t located in the bustling hub of Los Angeles or nestled somewhere in the heart of London’s vibrant West End. Instead, Outpost rests on the far more relaxing southern shores of England, calling coastal beach town Bournemouth its home. It’s a far more tranquil way of life – not to mention a cheaper one.
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ManvsMachine & MAXON explore creativity and technology
News: ManvsMachine & MAXON explore creativity and technologyNew videos from MAXON reveal how CINEMA 4D empowers the creative community
Leading 3D software developer MAXON has released a new video showcasing the high-end work being completed at award-winning London design studioManvsMachine.
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Cinnafilm Hires M&E and Virtualization Technology Expert Aaron Estrada to Head New Cloud-based Strategies
News: Cinnafilm Hires M&E and Virtualization Technology Expert Aaron Estrada to Head New Cloud-based StrategiesCinnafilm is proud to announce the recent hire of Aaron Estrada as VP of Applied Technologies. Aaron brings a unique blend of expertise in IT virtualization and post production workflow design, both essential components for Cinnafilm’s emerging cloud strategies.
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Method Studios Creates Abstract Cinematics for "Call of Duty: Black Ops III"
News: Method Studios Creates Abstract Cinematics for "Call of Duty: Black Ops III"Supports Award-Winning Development Team at Treyarch to Further Immerse Players in the Series' Most Ambitious Narrative Available on Next Generation Platforms
The latest entry in award-winning developer Treyarch's blockbuster 'Black Ops' franchise, "Call of Duty®: Black Ops III," is set in a future world dominated by cutting-edge technology, where bio-technology and cybernetic enhancements have given rise to a new breed of Black Ops soldier. Method Studios collaborated with Treyarch to deliver state-of-the-art cinematics across 12 different scenes, each with an individual look and feel, as featured in the game’s story mode that’s available on next generation platforms.
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SMPTE and HPA Announce Winners of Inaugural SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival
Held During SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2015), Film Festival Featured 12 Official Selections From Around the World
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), a leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, and the Hollywood Post Alliance® (HPA®), the organization serving the professional community by providing expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, and multiplatform content, have announced the winners of the inaugural SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival.
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Twist Director Matt Pittroff Goes For The Win With Associated Bank & The Green Bay Packers
News: Twist Director Matt Pittroff Goes For The Win With Associated Bank & The Green Bay PackersTwist Director Matt Pittroff sets a winning tone for Associated Bank’s new commercial. “Practice Leap” features enthusiastic fans receiving a Green Bay player as he leaps into the stands. However, with an empty stadium and pre-recorded cheers, the joyous moment is revealed to be practice in preparation for a real touchdown. Only the best effort is accepted to get ready for game day! Since 1919, Associated Bank has been trusted by the Green Bay Packers. Now fans can get ready for game day with the Green Bay Packer card. Pittroff and Associated Bank reminds the audience there is now more ways to go when you “Go Pack Go!”
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Alkemy X Signs International Director Bernie Roux To Company's Diverse Roster of Talents
News: Alkemy X Signs International Director Bernie Roux To Company's Diverse Roster of TalentsAlkemy X has welcomed international Director Bernie Roux to the company’s expanding roster of creative talent. Roux won a Bronze Lion earlier this year at the 2015 Cannes Advertising Festival for his breakthrough Samsonite campaign. Alkemy X represents Roux on the east coast and in the Midwest.
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Rising Sun Pictures/Arnold renderer
Rising Sun Pictures Standardizes on Arnold as its Primary Production Renderer
Solid Angle SL announced that Australian visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) has standardized on Arnold as its primary production renderer. The studio made the move to Arnold after realizing a dramatic increase in production efficiency and improvement in image quality while evaluating the software in production on a major feature film.
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Autodesk Launches 3ds Max 2016 Extension 2
News: Autodesk Launches 3ds Max 2016 Extension 2Today, Autodesk launched Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Extension 2 for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. Building on strong 3ds Max 2016 and Extension 1 releases unveiled earlier this year, Extension 2 expands the software’s capabilities with new tools and workflow improvements that simplify and accelerate the creation of 3D assets for design visualization and content creation professionals.
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Post23 gets a heroic boost from ftrack
News: Post23 gets a heroic boost from ftrackKids’ minds seem to race at a million miles per second, so catching their attention with something like yogurt – even a delicious, fruit-flavored drink version – is surely challenging. But in Europe, Danone has been able to spice up its Actimel for Kids brand with the introduction of Team Actimel, a trio of super-powered heroes that fight aliens and injustice.
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Dneg uses Clarisse on Mockingjay
News: Dneg uses Clarisse on MockingjayEarlier this month, the Isotropix Team attended Siggraph Asia, where we had the opportunity to have Eric Vezinet, Rendering Supervisor atDouble Negative, among our speaker lineup. In addition to his presentation, Eric took some time to answer our questions and kindly shared with us his experience with Clarisse in production at Double Negative Singapore.
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VFX Legion and the New Wave of Worldwide VFX
News: VFX Legion and the New Wave of Worldwide VFXVFX Legion is a post-production facility unlike any other in that, strictly speaking, there is no actual facility. Read on to learn how the world’s first fully remote visual effects vendor operates, and how tools like cineSync ensure a harmonious workflow, no matter the geographical distance.
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Oishii Creative Designs Vibrant On-Air Package For Sprout Brand Refresh
News: Oishii Creative Designs Vibrant On-Air Package For Sprout Brand RefreshNew Look Combines Live-Action & Animation to Celebrate Everyday Childhood Moments
Creative solutions company Oishii Creativerecently contributed to the brand refresh of preschool television network Sprout, whose new brand identity is highlighted by the tagline, “Free to Grow,” with a vibrant on-air look that combines live-action and motion graphics. Oishii Creative produced more than 60 promotional elements for the network refresh, including live-action spots, lower thirds, bumpers, IDs, end pages, transitions and promo toolkits.
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Poser 11 and Poser Pro 11 Released
Digital Artists Create Hyper-Realistic 3D Effects Faster and Easier with Smith Micro’s New Poser Pro 11 Streamlined workflow and powerful new rendering engine make Poser Pro 11 design and animation software a “content creator’s dream”
For twenty years, digital artists around the world have used Poser® design and animation software to create 3D illustrations, animations, and content of every imaginable type. Today Smith Micro (NASDAQ: SMSI) raised the bar once again with the release of new Poser Pro 11, making it faster and easier to create hyper-realistic 3D characters and scenes. Designed to simplify usage, streamline workflow, and put more power at the artists’ fingertips, Poser Pro 11 turns a sophisticated, fully featured character animation system into a must-have productivity tool for illustrators, design houses, game developers, and more.
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The Colonie’s Award-Winning Editorial & Graphic Design Talent Takes The Spotlight
News: The Colonie’s Award-Winning Editorial & Graphic Design Talent Takes The SpotlightTop Honors Along With Multiple Wins At The AICE Camp Kuleshov Competition, And The Midwest Independent Film Festival
Since its inception in 2008 The Colonie has evolved from a resource for award-winning creative editorial talent best known for its work in the commercial arena – into a seamless, full-service company with a diverse team of top-caliber editorial, visual FX and design talent attracting a mix of work – from spots and digital content to emerging media and films.
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Alex4D Animation Transitions Released on FxFactory
News: Alex4D Animation Transitions Released on FxFactoryIndependent developer, Alex Gollner introduces Alex4D Animation Transitions, his brand new plugin pack for Apple's Final Cut Pro X video editing software. Alex4D Animation Transitions is a kit that editors can use to instantly animate video clips, graphics, pictures and text. It allows users to use animation add character to logos, titles and other story elements in the Final Cut Pro X timeline. Alex4D Animation Transitions comes with 120 plugins and available on FxFactory.
Independent developer Alex Gollner has introduced Alex4D Animation Transitions, his brand new plugin pack for Apple's Final Cut Pro X video editing software. Alex4D Animation Transitions is a kit that editors can use to instantly animate video clips, graphics, pictures and text. It allows users to use animation add character to logos, titles and other story elements in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.
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Brickyard VFX Boston Moves Into New Digs
News: Brickyard VFX Boston Moves Into New DigsBrickyard VFX Boston has moved into a new 8,000-square foot studio near downtown Boston in the Leather District. The ‘new’ home is in a 100-year old factory that was stripped to the studs and retrofitted with Brickyard’s collection of vintage doors, furniture, walls, windows, and floors--including an 1890s carved oak bar and glass studded sidewalk from an old industrial neighborhood in Fitchburg, Mass. Brickyard was founded in 1999, and this marks the company’s third location, moving from its previous Newbury Street home.
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Darin Grant Joins Solid Angle as VP of Engineering
News: Darin Grant Joins Solid Angle as VP of EngineeringVeteran Technology Exec To Focus on Scaling Development Efforts, Cloud Rendering Strategy
Solid Angle SL, developer of the Arnold advanced image renderer, announced that Darin Grant has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Former CTO at Digital Domain and Method Studios and having held senior technology roles at DreamWorks Animation and Google, Grant will help the company scale development operations as its customer base continues to grow, and lead its cloud rendering initiative.
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Reel FX Adds Creative Director Colin McGreal
News: Reel FX Adds Creative Director Colin McGrealDigital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica has added Colin McGreal as Creative Director. McGreal is a versatile creative director and designer with over two decades of branded content experience working with such top clients as Verizon, American Express, Ford, Samsung, Wendy’s, Goodyear, Toyota and Time Warner Cable, among numerous others. Fusing a vast knowledge of filmmaking and technical processes, he is capable of both leveraging his background to collaborate with creative teams and fully executing projects from start to finish. McGreal most recently worked as Creative Director on Reel FX’s Hunger Games VR Experience for Lionsgate/Samsung, which launched during NY Comic-Con. His other Reel FX VR work includes the “You vs. Sharapova” Virtual Reality experience for American Express, which launched at the 2015 US Open, and the Pacific Rim Jaeger Pilot VR Experience for Legendary Pictures.
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Quantum StorNext Pro Solutions Storage System Boosts Power and Agility for Motion Design Studio
Swordfish Slashes Time Required to Render and Play Back Massive Files, Resulting in New Avenues of Growth
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced that San Francisco-based motion design studio Swordfish is using the StorNext Pro™ Foundation shared storage system to take on cutting-edge projects involving massive high-resolution media files. Supplied by Advanced Systems Group LLC, a systems integrator specializing in media and entertainment, the Quantum solution provides the high-performance storage and workflow efficiency the Swordfish team needs to manage its video content, including stereoscopic 4K and heavy 3D renders of high-resolution content up to 27K.
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M&C Saatchi LA Launches Fighting Fitness Brand Gloveworx USA
News: M&C Saatchi LA Launches Fighting Fitness Brand Gloveworx USADesign, Technology, and Social Unite To Pack A Punch
M&C Saatchi LA has partnered with Leyon Azubuike & Nick Henry to launch Gloveworx USA, Santa Monica, a place for people to get Fighting Fit. Working closely with the founders on the complete experience since 2014, M&C Saatchi LA built a comprehensive brand identity, apparel, and interior design elements for the Gloveworx brick & mortar location. M&C Saatchi LA's R&D team is designing a proprietary boxing based wearable technology to set this fitness studio apart; providing customers the ability to measure how well they are doing in real-time and receive tips for improvement on-site from the Gloveworx coaches.
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MAXON participation at After Effects World
Leading Creative Professionals Share 3D/2D Tips and Techniques to Showcase Seamless Integration and Optimized Workflow Between MAXON Cinema 4D and Adobe Creative Cloud
MAXON, leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering software solutions, is pleased to announce participation at After Effects World taking place November 19 – 22, in San Jose. The conference, being held this year in conjunction with Premiere Pro World under the umbrella of Adobe Video World, aims to gather complementary post-production communities together to focus on one or both software platforms and features educational sessions from the world's leading 2D/3D motion graphics and VFX artists and visual communicators who will share best practices and techniques to inspire user creativity.
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Pixel Magic Lights Up the Crowds in "My All American"
Pixel Magic announced that it recently created all of the visual effects for "My All American". The movie, directed by Angelo Pizzo, (writer of RUDY and HOOSIERS), opens in theaters on November 13, 2015.
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We Are Royale Creates Twitter-Based Game #PositivATI For New Above the Influence Campaign
News: We Are Royale Creates Twitter-Based Game #PositivATI For New Above the Influence CampaignOnline Game Empowers Teens to Infuse Positive Messages in Social Media
Concept-oriented design & digital production studio We Are Royale recently collaborated with ad agency Hill Holliday on a Twitter-based game called #PositivATI.
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Roger Designs Family Jr. Brand with New Logo & On-Air Package
News: Roger Designs Family Jr. Brand with New Logo & On-Air PackageCanadian Children’s Network Gets a Smart, Playful Look Inspired by Imagination
Creative production studio Roger has rebranded the new Canadian preschool network Family Jr., part of DHX Television’s suite of channels. The realigned network and its French-language counterpart, Télémagino, are geared towards children ages two to five.
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"Lemony Snicket" Author Dan Handler to Judge National Literary Competition Presented by Cogswell College's New Multimedia Publication "COG"
News: "Lemony Snicket" Author Dan Handler to Judge National Literary Competition Presented by Cogswell College's New Multimedia Publication "COG"Winning Entry Will Become Animated Film, Graphic Novel or Art Series
Cogswell College, an historic, 600-student educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has announced the launch of “COG”-- a multimedia publication launched yesterday by noted writer and Cogswell Professor Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and the students who comprise her English 299STHA publishing course. Please see: www.cogzine.com
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MAXON Joins the Khronos Group
Developer of Cinema 4D Brings 3D Know-how to International Consortium for Open Standards
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce it has joined the Khronos™ Group industry consortium. By joining the Khronos Group, MAXON reasserts its ongoing commitment to support the development of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of 3D graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. MAXON will work intensively on the definition and implementation of open exchange and render formats.
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Zoic Adds Executive Producer Jeff Blodgett
News: Zoic Adds Executive Producer Jeff BlodgettCulver City-based visual effects house Zoic Studios has added Jeff Blodgett as Executive Producer. Blodgett has over two decades of experience as an Executive Producer in VFX/Animation, with lengthy stints at top studios Sight Effects, Radium/Reel FX and Brickyard VFX. Blodgett joins currentvCommercial Division Executive Producers Ian Unterreiner and Matt Thunell. Over the past two years, Zoic has gained traction and put considerable resources into experiential work and advanced visualization research and development. The addition of Blodgett comes at a time of growth and further diversification of the studio that has offered award-winning visual effects and design for film, television and advertising since 2002.
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NEW WORK: Tom De Nolf & Reel FX Take on the Many Facets of Lifelong Love For Kay Jewelers
News: NEW WORK: Tom De Nolf & Reel FX Take on the Many Facets of Lifelong Love For Kay JewelersDirector Tom De Nolf and digital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica, offer a fresh perspective on being in love in the charming new :60 “Hit the Road” for Kay Jewelers, out of Stern Advertising, Inc. The spot, directed by frequent Reel FX collaborator Tom De Nolf, features a myriad of couples equally immersed in their friendships as their romantic love for each other, sharing both everyday and poignant moments while forming a deep everlasting bond. Executive Producer Steve Johnson produced the shoot for Reel FX. In “Hit the Road”, we see a vibrant young couple enjoying a picnic in the park, a family of four enjoying a cozy movie night at home, a sleepy couple enduring a lovable daily blanket struggle and an older pair comforting each other through a somber moment. The spot debuts the jeweler’s exquisite Ever Us Two-Stone Diamond Ring via the young man proposing to his girlfriend while enjoying their afternoon in the park, touting, “One diamond for your best friend. One diamond for your true love. One ring forever.”
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Cogswell Student-Design App "WeR Cubed - Tango Edition" Named "BEST IN SHOW" by Google's "Project Tango Developer" Contest
News: Cogswell Student-Design App "WeR Cubed - Tango Edition" Named "BEST IN SHOW" by Google's "Project Tango Developer" ContestCogswell College, a historic, 600-student educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, is very pleased to announce that an original app designed by students of the school was just named “BEST IN SHOW” by Google’s 2015 “Project Tango Developer” Contest.
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Stop-Motion Animated Film "Mermaids on Mars" From Athena Studios Wins "Best Animation Award" At The 2015 Carmel International Film Festival
News: Stop-Motion Animated Film "Mermaids on Mars" From Athena Studios Wins "Best Animation Award" At The 2015 Carmel International Film FestivalAthena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based company specializing in animation, is pleased to announce that the studio’s original, stop-motion animated short film, "Mermaids on Mars," was named Winner of the “Best Animation” Award for 2015 during the just concluded Carmel International Film Festival. See: www.carmelfilmfest.com.
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Iron Claw Welcomes Brian Butcher As Executive Producer
News: Iron Claw Welcomes Brian Butcher As Executive ProducerProduction studio Iron Claw has hired Brian Butcher as Executive Producer. An Emmy-nominated producer with more than a decade of experience across a range of leading-edge media, Butcher will work closely with Founder/Executive Creative Director Sean Koriakin in building the company’s repertoire of work in commercials, main titles, video games, broadcast and experience design.
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Calabash “Runs” With New Kid Cuisine Ad Featuring Updated Brand Character K.C. Penguin And “Hotel Transylvania 2” Tie-In
News: Calabash “Runs” With New Kid Cuisine Ad Featuring Updated Brand Character K.C. Penguin And “Hotel Transylvania 2” Tie-InStudio Teams With Agency Nickelodeon Creative Advertising, Directors Docter Twins And Post House Northern Lights For Entertaining New Spot For Popular Kids Meals
Whether it’s hungry kids or the creepy cast from “Hotel Transylvania 2” (Sony Pictures Animation), K.C. Penguin, the brand icon for KidCuisine kids meals, just can’t seem to get away.
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David Bates Returns to Reel FX as General Manager
News: David Bates Returns to Reel FX as General ManagerFormer Head of Production returns to lead Commercial and VR divisions
Digital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica has brought back former Reel FX Head of Production David Bates as General Manager. Bates spent nearly eight years with Reel FX from 2002-2010, and will leverage his recent executive experience curating talent for creative roles at a wide range of companies to assemble top tier in-house teams for projects across Reel FX’s short form and VR divisions. This hire comes on the heels of the recent success of Reel FX's virtual reality division, Reel FX VR. After opening in September 2014, the division has continued to expand and innovate, with an impressive slate of immersive experiences, including a recent The Hunger Games 360-degree narrative experience exploring key moments from throughout Katniss' journey across all films, a fully-integrated recruiting experience for the U.S. Air Force out of GSD&M and an impactful VR experience for AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign with BBDO New York.
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World Famous Animates Original Short For Six-Year-Old Cancer Fighter
Seattle-based production studio World Famous has proudly partnered with Make-A-Wish® Alaska and Washington to grant an unprecedented wish for six-year-old Alexis, who recently battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Alexis wished to create a cartoon that would tell her own story in a way her friends could understand and bring awareness to pediatric cancer.
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NEWS: Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Filmmaker-Producer Sir Ridley Scott Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award
News: NEWS: Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Filmmaker-Producer Sir Ridley Scott Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement AwardToday, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named multiple award-winning director-producer Sir Ridley Scott as the recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 14th Annual VES Awards on February 2, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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AJA Ki Pro Rack Helps Journalists Boogie w/ the Peanuts Gang On-Camera at TIFF
Entertainment journalists got a chance to boogie with the Peanuts gang this fall during Fox's press screening of "The Peanuts Movie" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Los Angeles based visual effects company BlueScreen LLC, working with Junket Productions and Fox, oversaw the on-site shoot, which captured 60 journalists dancing on-camera to Meghan Trainor's new song from the movie's soundtrack "Feels Better When I'm Dancing." The footage was composited live with a CG scene featuring a Soul Train dance line style of Peanuts characters, played back via AJA Ki Pro Rack. Each take was then recorded to CF cards, which Fox sent to press ahead of the film's debut for use in on-air segments about the movie.
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Milan Expo 2015 says “Si” to AV Stumpfl
News: Milan Expo 2015 says “Si” to AV StumpflMultimedia and show control technology installed throughout
Over eighty solid-state FHD Media Players and 10 Wings Engine media servers were deployed in over seven Pavilions at Milan Expo 2015.
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The Refinery AV Adds Matthew Hunt As VP of Games/Creative Director; Celebrates Big Night with Clio Key Art Award Wins
News: The Refinery AV Adds Matthew Hunt As VP of Games/Creative Director; Celebrates Big Night with Clio Key Art Award WinsAward-Winning Marketing Agency To Expand Its Gaming Footprint
The Refinery AV has added Matthew Hunt as VP of Games/Creative Director, a newly created position within the marketing agency. The announcement comes on the heels of The Refinery’s feted showing at the Clio Key Art Awards last night. The agency took home Silver honors for its short-form campaign for “Taken 3,” as well as five Bronze awards in various categories.
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Mixtape Club Puts A Ring On It; Expands Studio
News: Mixtape Club Puts A Ring On It; Expands StudioCreative Studio Bolsters Capabilities with Expanded Space & In-House Original Music and Licensing Arm
Integrated creative studio Mixtape Club has undergone a sweeping expansion that includes enlarged facilities and a newly forged partnership with longtime sister company Huma-Huma. The announcement comes on the heels of a benchmark year, including a slew of work with Google, as well as collaborations with ESPN, MoMA, and a music video for They Might Be Giants.
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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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