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SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Focus on Cybersecurity at November Meeting
SMPTE® Hollywood Section to Focus on Cybersecurity at November MeetingThe Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® , the organization whose standards work has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, today announced that its November meeting will focus on cybersecurity. Today, Hollywood faces growing and increasingly complex security threats. “New digital workflows and the expanding use of cloud-based storage, mobile devices, and social media have changed the way entertainment industry companies conduct business, and they have also made these companies more vulnerable to cyber-attack, whether for financial gain or political motivations,” said Marty Meyer, chair of the SMPTE Hollywood Section. “It is imperative for engineers to develop and implement effective security strategies proactively.”
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Vicon Motion Capture Technology Gives Doctor Strange The Magic Touch
Vicon Motion Capture Technology Gives Doctor Strange The Magic TouchVicon’s outstanding accuracy and clarity supports Framestore capture scenes for Marvel’s latest comic book superhero Doctor Strange
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced that award-winning UK visual effects company Framestore used Vicon motion capture cameras for Marvel Studios latest superhero film Doctor Strange.
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Augusto Schillaci Joins Reel FX Directorial Roster
Augusto Schillaci Joins Reel FX Directorial RosterDigital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica has added award-winning Director and VFX Supervisor Augusto Schillaci to its directorial roster. Schillaci will be making his feature debut as director on The Mischievians, an animated feature film in development based on the book by William Joyce. He has over two decades of experience as a director and VFX Supervisor, organically transitioning his extensive talents and expertise in animation and visual effects to the role. He has lent his directorial skills to game cinematics for Transformers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and is currently directing a number of commercial projects.
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Victoria Alonso, EVP Marvel Studios, Will Be Featured Speaker at Women In Technology Luncheon
Victoria Alonso, EVP Marvel Studios, Will Be Featured Speaker at Women In Technology LuncheonMarvel Studios Physical Production Executive VP Focuses on Opportunity
Victoria Alonso, executive vice president of Physical Production for Marvel Studios, will appear in a featured conversation at the annual Women in Technology luncheon on 24 October, presented by Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Women in Post and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®). The luncheon will be held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2016) and will take place at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California. The conversation with Alonso will be moderated by Kari Grubin, co-chair of HPA Women In Post and Vice President, Mastering at The Walt Disney Studios.
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Emmy-Nominated VFX Producer Sean Tompkins Joins FuseFX
Emmy-Nominated VFX Producer Sean Tompkins Joins FuseFXVFX Producers Danielle Beemis and Miles DeLong also added to Los Angeles staff.
In a further strengthening of its Los Angeles production staff, FuseFX has added three veteran visual effects producers. They include Sean Tompkins, a two-time Emmy nominee who previously served as Associate Head of Production at Zoic Studios.
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VIEW Conference 2016 - Complete Program
VIEW Conference 2016 - Complete ProgramVIEW Conference 2016, Italy’s largest animation, games, VFX and computer graphics conference has finalized its most robust schedule of keynotes, speakers and workshops ever for the October 24-28, 2016 event. Including key creative talent from five of the top six worldwide grossing films of 2016, the conference showcases the best in animation, games, visual effects, computer graphics and more. New additions to the schedule include:
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View Conference 2016 Announcing A Rich Slate Of Industry Speakers, Keynotes And Award Competitions
VIEW Conference 2016, Italy’s largest computer graphics and digital media conference will swing into action October 24, showcasing the largest and most diverse cross-section of industry professionals in animation, visual effects, virtual reality and digital design in the conference’s 17-year history. The renowned Turin, Italy confab spans five days of talks, workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions and awards presented to an expected audience of 6,000 students and professionals. This year, VIEW is headlined by three exciting Keynotes:
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Shotgun Recognizes Pipeline Heroes at SIGGRAPH 2016
Shotgun Recognizes Pipeline Heroes at SIGGRAPH 2016Shotgun Software today announced the winners of the third annual Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH in Anaheim. The Pipeline Awards recognize tools and individuals who exhibit excellence in pipeline tool development and are pushing the industry forward by making laborious processes better and faster for studios of all sizes.
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Picturemill Creates Opening Titles Sequences for AMC
Picturemill Creates Opening Titles Sequences for AMCPicturemill, the Content and Production division of Eclipse Advertising, recently created opening sequences for two new, high profile AMC television series.
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Shotgun Software Customer Straighface Studios: Relies on Shotgun for Quick, Easy Production Management
Shotgun Software Customer Straighface Studios: Relies on Shotgun for Quick, Easy Production ManagementSeattle-based animation, motion graphics, and VFX shop Straightface Studios relied on Shotgun Software to simplify project management on an all-CG animation for the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker.’ The Ballet completely re-concepted the show for the first time in over 30 years, including sets and costumes, calling on Straightface to develop a three-minute animated opening overture that would set the tone for the new show. The animation shows a village inspired by mid-19th century New England, traversing over 372 square miles in 3D before giving way to the physical set. This content replaced a traditional painted curtain, giving the show a more modern feel and helping audiences become more immersed in the show’s new environment.
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Nomad Welcomes Editors/Partners Jim Ulbrich & Adam Scwartz To New York Team
Nomad Welcomes Editors/Partners Jim Ulbrich & Adam Scwartz To New York TeamNomad Editing Company's New York office continues to expand its roster and change the landscape of the New York post production market with the addition of Editor/Partners Jim Ulbrich and Adam Schwartz. They follow EP/Partner Jennifer Lederman and AICE Award-winning Editor/Partner Jai Shukla, who joined the company earlier this year.
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Nomad Welcomes Editors/Partners Jim Ulbrich & Adam Scwartz To New York Team
Nomad Welcomes Editors/Partners Jim Ulbrich & Adam Scwartz To New York TeamNomad Editing Company’s New York office continues to expand its roster and change the landscape of the New York post production market with the addition of Editor/Partners Jim Ulbrich and Adam Schwartz. They follow EP/Partner Jennifer Lederman and AICE Award-winning Editor/Partner Jai Shukla, who joined the company earlier this year.
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Entertainment Marketing Agency Eclipse Advertising Names Leila Amirsadeghi as VP, Client Development
Entertainment Marketing Agency Eclipse Advertising Names Leila Amirsadeghi as VP, Client DevelopmentEclipse Advertising, an award-winning, independent advertising and marketing agency is expanding its Brand Strategy and Marketing team. Concurrently, Eclipse has named Leila Amirsadeghi as Vice President, Client Development. The announcement was made today by Steve Dubb, CEO/President, Eclipse.
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Vicon Launches Two New Cameras to Boost the Flexibility of Motion Capture
Vicon Launches Two New Cameras to Boost the Flexibility of Motion CaptureVero and Vue harness Vicon’s industry-leading technology to offer users even more value
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced the launch of two new cameras, Vero and Vue. The new cameras will join Vicon’s flagship camera, Vantage, to form a new product family. Vero is an optical high-resolution camera range, offering a new level of power, performance, flexibility and value for money in the motion capture market. Vue is the industry’s first full High Definition synchronised video camera, providing clear and precise video footage in the mocap volume.
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Shawn Dunn Joins Original Force, LTD as CTO!
Shawn Dunn has joined Original Force, LTD as Chief Technology Officer, it was announced today by Harley Zhao, president and founder of Original Force.
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Arcade's Paul Martinez Edits New Justin Timberlake Video "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
Arcade Editor Paul Martinez has just collaborated closely with Director Mark Romanek on the new Justin Timberlake music video, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” The official music video for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming feature film release, “Trolls,” the new clip dropped nationwide last week.
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Nomad Editor/Partner Jai Shukla Takes Home 2016 AICE "Best of New York" Award
Nomad Editor/Partner Jai Shukla Takes Home 2016 AICE "Best of New York" AwardNomad Editor/Partner Jai Shukla won the 2016 AICE Award for “Best of New York” at the AICE Awards ceremony held last week in Chicago. The award recognized Shukla for his editing of the IBM spot “Runkeeper,” which he collaborated with The Barbarian Group and director, Tucker Walsh. Shukla was welcomed to Nomad earlier this year as an Editor and a company Partner.
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Cleveland Cavaliers Team Up With Reel FX on Innovative Playoff Content
Cleveland Cavaliers Team Up With Reel FX on Innovative Playoff ContentGolden Globe-nominated digital studio Reel FX has teamed up with the Cleveland Cavaliers to take the Cavs fan experience to the next level with all new player introduction video specifically created for the Cavs 2016 NBA Playoff run. The new video debuted at Game 1 of the first round of the Cavs vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Playoff series on Sunday, April 17th.
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Reel FX Creates VFX and Titles for Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some!!'
Reel FX Creates VFX and Titles for Richard Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some!!'Digital studio Reel FX (Dallas/Santa Monica) revisits college life in 1980 for Paramount Pictures, Detour Filmproduction and Annapurna Pictures’ feature film, Everybody Wants Some!! The film, a “spiritual sequel” to 1993’s Dazed and Confused is directed and written by Oscar-nominated writer/director (and fellow Texas filmmaker) Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Dazed and Confused), and stars Blake Jenner, Ryan Guzman, Tyler Hoechlin, Wyatt Russell and Zoey Deutch. Everybody Wants Some!! hit theaters April 1, 2016.
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Nomad Signs Editor Jai Shukla to National Roster; Welcomes Him As Company Partner
Nomad Signs Editor Jai Shukla to National Roster; Welcomes Him As Company PartnerRight on the heels of adding new EP/Partner Jennifer Lederman to lead the New York office, Nomad is proud to announce the hiring of Editor Jai Shukla to its roster of talents and welcome him to the company as a Partner.
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Reel FX Adds Jim Riche as Head of Production
Reel FX Adds Jim Riche as Head of ProductionDigital studio Reel FX Dallas/Santa Monica has added Jim Riche as Head of Production for the studio’s commercial division. Riche is an innovative producer and VFX specialist with a lengthy track record of curating and managing production teams, artists and supervisors in major studios and boutiques alike. He has over 30 years of experience in production management and consulting for feature films, commercials, visual effects, live action, dark ride production and design/graphics. He has lent his talents to such top industry shops as Ntropic, Digital Domain, Troika, Nice Shoes, LoyalKasper and Blur Studio, among others. Riche will report to David Bates, General Manager of the Commercial Division.
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Lebanon Valley College Bolsters Audio & Music
Lebanon Valley College Bolsters Audio & MusicWith increasingly specialized recording programs springing up throughout the country, Lebanon Valley College, or "LVC," sets itself apart by combining a traditional liberal arts based education with a "professionally oriented" Audio & Music Production Program, a formula that has been successful for the school's students since the late 1980s.
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Nomad Welcomes New EP Jennifer Lederman As Company Partner To Lead New York Office
Nomad Welcomes New EP Jennifer Lederman As Company Partner To Lead New York OfficeIndustry vet brings agency experience at FCB and J. Walter Thompson, as well as tenure at well-known post production company, Red Car
Nomad Editing Company (www.nomadedit.com) has welcomed Executive Producer and newest company Partner Jennifer Lederman to lead and expand the New York office. Lederman joins Nomad from BlueRock, where she served as Vice President/Managing Director. She brings with her agency experience at FCB and J. Walter Thompson, as well as tenure at well-known post production company, Red Car.
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Visual Effects Society Announces its 2016 Board of Directors Officers
Mike Chambers Re-Elected as Board Chair
Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, announced its 2016 Board of Directors officers. The officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, were elected at the January 2016 Board meeting. The officers include Mike Chambers, who was re-elected as Board Chair.
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Vizrt and Vicon partner to bring a powerful new broadcast To BVE North.'
Vizrt and Vicon partner to bring a powerful new broadcast tracking solution to BVE 2016
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist, today announced a strategic partnership with Vizrt, the leading provider of production tools for the digital media industry. The Vicon tracking solution for integration with Viz Virtual Studio will be demonstrated on the Vizrt stand at BVE 2016 (stand P10). It allows production teams to quickly deploy virtual sets with its precise camera lens calibration and accurate tracking abilities.
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Cogswell College Board of Directors Member Richard Chuang Wins Second Academy Award
Cogswell College Board of Directors Member Richard Chuang Wins Second Academy AwardRichard Chuang, a distinguished member of the Cogswell College Board of Directors, a true Pioneer of Digital Animation, and the co-inventor of one of the very first Digital Animation Pipelines, has just received (on Feb. 13th) his second Academy Award® for his groundbreaking design work of the PDI/DreamWorks Animation Media Review System.
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Reel FX Adds Director Elliot Dillman
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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Cogswell College Students Release Second Batch of 3D Animatable Rigs
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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VICON and ARTANIM announce strategic partnership to bring forward the next era of Immersive Virtual Reality combining VR glasses with motion capture.
VICON and ARTANIM announce strategic partnership to bring forward the next era of Immersive Virtual Reality combining VR glasses with motion capture
Artanim today announce that it has developed and is delivering a new technology allowing users to experience, physically interact, and collaborate in a virtual 3D environment using Vicon motion capture technology.
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Top Talent Joins The Mill in Los Angeles
Top Talent Joins The Mill in Los Angeles2015 was a time of remarkable work for the CG department at The Mill in Los Angeles. High profile projects included Google Spotlight Stories – Help, Coca-Cola – Torch Bear, and the Game of War campaign. In response to this, Heads of 3D John Leonti and Robert Sethi have grown the award-winning team, adding a combined 75 years of industry experience to the department.
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Visual Effects Society (VES) Manages VES Awards Production With Shotgun Software
Visual Effects Society (VES) Manages VES Awards Production With Shotgun SoftwareFrom 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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TEDx Organizers For Vail, Co, And San Francisco Events Turn To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Audiovisual Animation Projects
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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TEDx Organizers For Vail, Co, and San Francisco Events Turn To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Audiovisual Animation Projects
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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Digital Domain - Dan Rosen Named Vice President of Technology at Digital Domain
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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Public Company Corning Turns To Cogswell Mediaworks Students To Conceive And Produce Promotional Video
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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Digital Domain Announcement - Erika W. Burton Named Executive Vice President/General Manager.
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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Cinnafilm Hires M&E and Virtualization Technology Expert Aaron Estrada to Head New Cloud-based Strategies
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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Darin Grant Joins Solid Angle as VP of Engineering
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
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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"Lemony Snicket" Author Dan Handler to Judge National Literary Competition Presented by Cogswell College's New Multimedia Publication "COG"
"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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Former Shine CEO joins leading design and visual effects software business, The Foundry
Alex Mahon, the former CEO of Shine Group, has joined the leading design and visual effects software firm, The Foundry, as Chief Executive.
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New Chicago Studio Almost Gold Shines Brightly; Founder & Creative Director Linas Jodwalis Joins Forces with Director Matt Egan and EP Tom Leonard
New Chicago Studio Almost Gold Shines Brightly; Founder & Creative Director Linas Jodwalis Joins Forces with Director Matt Egan and EP Tom LeonardCreative Director Linas Jodwalis has staked a claim with Almost Gold, a new design-driven production studio featuring Director Matthew Egan. Tapping Tom Leonard as Executive Producer, the Chicago-based shop is positioning itself to provide concept-to-completion creativity for the advertising and entertainment industries.
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NEW WORK: Tom De Nolf & Reel FX Take on the Many Facets of Lifelong Love For Kay Jewelers
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
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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Actor Gerald Auger cast in Australian production LOST FACE and Russian production PETERSBURG, A SELFIE
Actor Gerald Auger cast in Australian production LOST FACE and Russian production PETERSBURG, A SELFIEHe produced and starred in BOHEMIAN BLOOD in The Frightening 48 Hour Film Challenge in Northern Alberta
Gerald Auger – actor, producer, writer, entrepreneur and motivational speaker of Woodland Cree descent from Alberta, Canada has a busy fall with roles in three short films: “Lost Face”, “Petersburg. A Selfie”, and an independent short film “Bohemian Blood” for The Frightening 48 Hour Film Challenge. This is a man on a mission and his characters capture the essence of his talent.
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David Bates Returns to Reel FX as General Manager
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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Arclight Productions Welcomes Daniel Sollinger As Head Of Development
Sollinger’s Appointment Coincides with Launch of Arclight’s New Film for Annenberg Space for Photography “LIFE” Exhibit – Opening October 24, 2015
Daniel Sollinger, a prolific and well-respected producer with over 15 years of experience in feature films, television and commercials,has joined Hollywood-based Arclight Productions as Head of Development. The newly created position and Sollinger’s appointment were announced by Arclight president Steven Kochones. Sollinger will lead the company's sales, marketing and development team to generate new business in film, TV and digital media, expand production and post-production capacities, secure strategic partnerships, and produce special projects exclusively for Arclight.
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Historic Cogswell College Welcomed to the City of San Jose by Mayor Sam Liccardo During Ribbon Cutting Event
Historic Cogswell College Welcomed to the City of San Jose by Mayor Sam Liccardo During Ribbon Cutting EventCollege, an historic digital art, engineering and entrepreneurship school, celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in North San Jose, serving its 600 students and Academy Award-winning alumni, on Wednesday, October 14 during a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the school’s new campus.
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Synthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie Directs NFL Star J. J Watt
Synthetic Pictures' Justin Corsbie Directs NFL Star J. J WattDirector Justin Corsbie of Synthetic Pictures Tackles the Legend of J. J. Watt for Ford Trucks
Did he wrangle a marlin onto his boat with his bare hands? Is he sculpted like a super hero? Did Sasquatch really say that he saw him once, trumping through the brush? These are all questions asked by a range of people in a series of new comedy TV spot for Ford’s F-series trucks from Team Detroit directed by Synthetic Pictures’ Justin Corsbie, and the person they’re asking about is J. J. Watt, the popular, high-voltage defensive end for the NFL’s Houston Texans.
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VIEW 2015 ANNOUNCES CELEBRATION OF LAIKA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF VIDEOGAMES
VIEW 2015 ANNOUNCES CELEBRATION OF LAIKA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF VIDEOGAMESREMARKABLE TALENT GATHERING FOR THIS YEAR’S VIEW PROMISES BEST CONFERENCE EVER
VIEW 2015 has added a special Celebration of Laika’s 10th Anniversary, and also several special presentations about the Future of Videogames, to this year’s extraordinary gathering of talent. “This year’s VIEW Conference will be, without question, the best one we’ve ever presented!” says Professor Maria Elena Gutierrez, Executive Director. “I can’t wait for this year’s conference to begin.” VIEW 2015 takes place in beautiful Torino, Italy October 19 to 23.
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Shotgun Software Hires Rob Di Figlia as Senior Business Development Manager
Shotgun Software Hires Rob Di Figlia as Senior Business Development ManagerShotgun Software, developer of the cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games announced today that Rob Di Figlia has been hired to lead their Studio Pipeline Initiative. Working out of the company’s Venice, CA office, Rob will partner with new and existing Hollywood Studio clients to drive product development and implementation.
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GPL Technologies Welcomes Scott Ballard as VP of Software Development
GPL Technologies Welcomes Scott Ballard as VP of Software DevelopmentGPL adds pipeline development offering to their extensive list of services
GPL Technologies, a leading provider for IT services for companies in the media and entertainment industry, announced today that Scott Ballard has joined its expanding team as the VP of Software Development. Ballard is set to head the company’s new pipeline consulting division, Pipeline Now, which will provide production pipeline architecture, development, support and training. He will oversee Pipeline Now’s strategic planning, develop new workflows, and manage talent acquisition.
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View Conference 2015 Names Keynote Speakers: Mark Osborne, Randy Thom, Jorge Gutierrez and Shannon Tindle; Italy's Premiere Computer Graphics Conference to be Held October 19-23 in Turin
View Conference 2015 Names Keynote Speakers: Mark Osborne, Randy Thom, Jorge Gutierrez and Shannon Tindle; Italy's Premiere Computer Graphics Conference to be Held October 19-23 in TurinThe 16th annual VIEW Conference, Italy’s premiere annual gathering of industry professionals presenting the latest news and trends across all areas of the digital arts, including Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, Gaming and VFX, has announced this year’s stellar lineup of Keynote Speakers. Please see: http://www.viewconference.it/
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TWO ORIGINAL COGSWELL STUDENT- DESIGNED APPS NAMED AS FINALISTS IN GOOGLE’S “PROJECT TANGO DEVELOPER” CONTEST
TWO ORIGINAL COGSWELL STUDENT- DESIGNED APPS NAMED AS FINALISTS IN GOOGLE’S “PROJECT TANGO DEVELOPER” CONTESTRoom Modes Calculator” and “We Are Cubed” Among Only 48 Finalists Out of Hundreds of Submitted Entries
Cogswell College, a historic, 600-student educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, is very pleased to announce that TWO original apps designed by students of the school have been named as Finalists within Google’s 2015 “Project Tango Developer” Contest. These two projects, which are now competing for Grand Prizes against professional developers and companies, were selected among only 48 finalists chosen from hundreds of submitted entries.
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Artbeats Launches Affordable Stock Media Subscription Model
The stock footage and media revolution is now live at ArtbeatsExpress.com.
Artbeats, a stock footage company founded in 1989 and known for pioneering the royalty free stock footage business, has today launched a new sales platform via a fresh and modern website: ArtbeatsExpress.com. The site offers individual downloads of 4K versions of Artbeatsą most popular categories of royalty free stock footage including establishments, aerials, nature, backgrounds and effects. ArtbeatsExpress.com will differ from Artbeats.com in that it will be subscription only with plans ranging from 5 downloads for $79/month up to 25 downloads for $249/month.
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Shotgun Announces New Review & Pipeline Features at SIGGRAPH 2015
Shotgun Announces New Review & Pipeline Features at SIGGRAPH 2015New Review Functionality and Cloud-Powered Shotgun Panel in Maya, Nuke and Other Tools Will Help Artists Go Faster
Today at the SIGGRAPH 2015 conference in Los Angeles, Calif, Shotgun Software announced a new set of features and updates, that will make it easier for teams to review, share and provide feedback on creative projects. The upcoming Shotgun release will include new review and approval features and an updated Client Review Site to streamline collaboration and communication within teams, across sites and with clients. Shotgun's Pipeline Toolkit is also being updated with the Shotgun Panel, which will let artists communicate directly with other artists and see only the information relevant to their tasks directly inside creative tools like Autodesk Maya and The Foundry's Nuke, along with a refreshed Workfiles tool to find and navigate to relevant files more quickly.
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Mammal Studios Standardizes on Shotgun for Production Management, Tracking, and Review
Mammal Studios Standardizes on Shotgun for Production Management, Tracking, and ReviewBoutique Los Angeles-based visual effects shop Mammal Studios recently standardized on Shotgun Software for efficient production management, tracking and review. All thirteen of Mammal’s staffers, from artists to supervisors, use Shotgun for shot review to delivery and many things in between. Mammal Studios partner and VFX supervisor Gregory Liegey credits Shotgun as a key component of the company’s success as a newer boutique studio aiming to support sustainable visual effects production in Hollywood.
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Vicon Vantage Debuts in the US at SIGGRAPH 2015
Attendees will see Vantage in action, presentations by Vicon customers, including ILM, Digital Domain and Epic Games, and virtual reality demos powered by Vicon systems
Vicon, the motion capture (mocap) technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life sciences industries, today announced that it will showcase its new intelligent flagship camera platform, Vicon Vantage, for the first time in the U.S. at SIGGRAPH 2015. Vicon will also host a series of customer presentations, in-booth demonstrations and workshops at its booth (#729), and power virtual reality applications at the event taking place on August 10-13 in Los Angeles, California.
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Cogswell College Releases its First-Ever Student-Created IOS Mobile APP Game "Tangram Jam," Now Available at Apple Store
Cogswell College Releases its First-Ever Student-Created IOS Mobile APP Game "Tangram Jam," Now Available at Apple StoreCogswell College, a 600-student educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, proudly announces the release of the school’s first student-created iOS game: “Tangram Jam.”
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VR Shader Simplifies 360-degree Review
VR Shader Simplifies 360-degree ReviewNew Shader Available in RV v6.2 to Benefit all RV Users
To accelerate the unique pipeline on “HELP” – the recent 360-degree Google Spotlight Story directed by Justin Lin – The Mill developed a custom VR Shader within the RV image and sequence player enabling filmmakers to review scenes for 360-degree and virtual reality projects. The VR Shader, dubbed the LatLong Viewer, is now also available to all Shotgun RV users with the version 6.2 release, playing back all image formats supported by RV regardless if the image was stitched together from multiple cameras or rendered in CG.
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Shotgun RV Custom Shader Developed by The Mill to Simplify 360-Degree and VR Review
Shotgun RV Custom Shader Developed by The Mill to Simplify 360-Degree and VR Review New Shader Available in RV v6.2 to Benefit all RV Users
To accelerate the unique pipeline on “HELP” – the recent 360-degree Google Spotlight Story directed by Justin Lin – The Mill developed a custom VR Shader within the RV image and sequence player enabling filmmakers to review scenes for 360-degree and virtual reality projects. The VR Shader, dubbed the LatLong Viewer, is now also available to all Shotgun RV users with the version 6.2 release, playing back all image formats supported by RV regardless if the image was stitched together from multiple cameras or rendered in CG.
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Academy Award Winning Animation Director Patrick Osborne to Deliver Keynote Address During Cogswell College Commencement Ceremonies, May 16
Academy Award Winning Animation Director Patrick Osborne to Deliver Keynote Address During Cogswell College Commencement Ceremonies, May 16Cogswell College, a 600-student educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, will host Academy Award winning Animation Director Patrick Osborne during the school’s commencement ceremonies on May 16th. Commencement. The event begins at 11 AM, and will be held at Club Auto Sport, 521 Charcot Ave, San Jose, CA, 95131.
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Cogswell College to Host Wajid Raza, A Lighting Technical Director at Industrial Light & Magic, for Special Guest Lecture March 25th
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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Shotgun Brings VFX Artists Together for Open-Movie Project “Galactic Battles”
Shotgun Brings VFX Artists Together for Open-Movie Project “Galactic Battles”For visual effects artists in Vancouver, pros of all backgrounds and experience levels flock to the VanCG Meetup group for fostering a unified and supportive community. The non-profit organization, led by founder Nick Romick, offers popular monthly educational events, networking, and community-driven collaborative projects to let artists experiment with new techniques and tools outside the office. One such collaborative project currently in progress is “Galactic Battles,” a sci-fi short film featuring both live action and CG that pits the ships from beloved sci-fi franchises against each other in an all-out battle royale.
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PR: Shotgun Announces New $30 Pricing; Will Include RV in April
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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Cogswell College Students Develop and Create 3D Animatable Rigs for 12 Unique Digital Characters
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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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
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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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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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
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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Visual Effects Society Announces its 2015 Board of Directors Officers; Mike Chambers Elected as Board Chair
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"
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
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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Motion Picture Sound Editors Announce 2015 Golden Reel Nominations
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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Ease Entertainment Services Announces The Appointment Of Several New Executives And Names Craig Dougherty As Chief Financial Officer As Company Expands
Ease Entertainment Services Announces The Appointment Of Several New Executives And Names Craig Dougherty As Chief Financial Officer As Company ExpandsEase Entertainment Services, the industry’s fastest-growing payroll and software services firm, today announced the appointment of several key executives and team members, including naming Craig Dougherty as Chief Financial Officer.
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Shotgun rolls out Version 5.4 Release
Shotgun rolls out Version 5.4 ReleaseNew Update Dramatically Extends Workflow Flexibility and Adds Zoom and Pan of Images and Movies in Review Toolset
Shotgun Software the leading developer of cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games, today released Shotgun v5.4. The release includes numerous features to enable even more production efficiency, including support for zoom, pan and scan of stills and movies in review, support for different project workflows, smarter thumbnails, and powerful new ways to connect your data.
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Blur Studio Hires Greg Talmage as Executive Producer
Blur Studio Hires Greg Talmage as Executive ProducerDave Wilson, Kevin Margo and Jerome Denjean to Bolster Internal Leadership in New Roles
Greg Talmage has joined animation, VFX and design company Blur Studio as Executive Producer. An entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in creative services, Talmage comes to Blur from Iron Claw, an Emmy Award®-winning production company that he co-founded in 2008. Talmage will help guide the studio's continued growth in games, commercials, VFX and film projects, and drive opportunities for Blur's emerging pool of directors.
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NuContext Partners With Emmy Award-Winning Creative Director Kenny Rhodes; Launches New EPK Division
NuContext Partners With Emmy Award-Winning Creative Director Kenny Rhodes; Launches New EPK DivisionAfter a year of significant expansion including the opening of a New York office and the acquisition of a digital agency, NuContext Creative has expanded again. Led by company Founder/Executive Creative Director Angela Guice, NuContext Creative is partnering with Emmy Award-winning Creative Director/Writer/Director Kenny Rhodes on a brand-new EPK division.
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Cogswell College Student Wins "Best Horror Game Design" Contest Held By Ares Magazine
Cogswell College Student Wins "Best Horror Game Design" Contest Held By Ares MagazineCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique, project-based curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, has announced that one of its students was the winner of the “Best Horror Game Design” Award from Ares Magazine. A media vehicle for short stories in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, each issue of Ares Magazine is delivered to subscribers along with a new game.
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PING develops new G30 clubs with Vicon motion capture system
PING develops new G30 clubs with Vicon motion capture systemVicon T-Series system delivers speed and accuracy for golf club manufacturer
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced that PING deployed a Vicon motion capture system to help design its new G30 family of golf clubs. Using a Vicon T-Series system and Nexus software, PING was able to analyse in unmatched detail how a club behaves during a golf swing, helping the company produce the optimal design for the highly acclaimed G30 driver.
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Athena Studios Names Vince De Quattro Executive in Charge of Production
Athena Studios Names Vince De Quattro Executive in Charge of ProductionDe Quattro is Former 32TEN Studios and Academy of Art University Executive
Athena Studios, an Emeryville, CA-based company specializing in animation for film and multimedia clients, has named Vince De Quattro as the company's new Executive in Charge of Production. The announcement was made today by Jon V. Peters, Founder of Athena Studios.
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Debra Blanchard Knight to Take Part in VES Summit
BLANCHARD WILL MODERATE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS ON FREELANCING
Debra Blanchard Knight, President of Fringe Talent and Co-Founder of Conduit Seminars, is slated to moderate two roundtables at the VES Summit on Saturday, October 18th, at the W Hotel in Hollywood, CA.
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Codex Launches to International Space Station on SpaceX Rocket
Codex Launches to International Space Station on SpaceX RocketCodex, the industry leader in high-end digital recording and workflow equipment for motion picture and television production, is excited to announce that a 4K Codex recording system has been launched into space for a forthcoming IMAX production, and will orbit the Earth for the next twelve months.
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Cogswell College in Silicon Valley Hosts 16th Annual "Animation Show of Shows" Event
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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Camerimage Film Festival Reveals Juries for 2nd Annual 3D Films Competition
CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has assembled a distinguished roster of esteemed individuals from the world of cinema to serve as jurors in its 3D Films Competition category. The popular 3D Films Competition returns for the second year to the Festival, which takes place November 15th – 22nd in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
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Phosphene Partners with Cinemax to Create Visual Effects for Director Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” Starring Clive Owen
Phosphene Partners with Cinemax to Create Visual Effects for Director Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick” Starring Clive OwenFor the critically acclaimed Cinemax series, “The Knick,” helmed by Academy Award-winning and Emmy-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic,” “Side Effects,” HBO's "Behind the Candelabra") and starring Academy Award and Emmy-nominated actor Clive Owen (“Closer,” “Children of Men,” HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn"), Phosphene, the lead VFX house, created effects that ranged from complex character augmentation to detailed period set extensions, medical enhancements and period anachronisms.
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Reel FX Hits 4.5 Million Render Jobs Using PipelineFX’s Qube!
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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Cogswell College to Present U.S. Premiere of Siggraph 2014's Computer Animation Festival on Sept. 10
Cogswell College to Present U.S. Premiere of Siggraph 2014's Computer Animation Festival on Sept. 10Cogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique, project-based curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, in partnership with Silicon Valley ACM SIGGRAPH, will present the U.S. premiere of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival on Sept. 10th. The over two hour showcase will present dozens of the best computer animated films culled from around the world. The announcement was made by Jerome Solomon, Cogswell’s Dean of the College, and Director of Game Design & Development. Solomon was also the key volunteer in creating the festival itself as the Director of the Computer Animation Festival for SIGGRAPH 2014.
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Academy Award®-Nominated Director John Stevenson To Direct Animated Comedy Adventure Inspired By “Noah’s Ark” For Unified Pictures
Academy Award®-Nominated Director John Stevenson To Direct Animated Comedy Adventure Inspired By “Noah’s Ark” For Unified PicturesUnified Pictures announced today that Academy Award®-nominated director John Stevenson (“Kung Fu Panda”) will direct the company’s first CG-animated feature inspired by “Noah’s Ark,” which is slated for completion in 2016.
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Shotgun Recognizes Excellence with Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH
Shotgun Recognizes Excellence with Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPHAt the Shotgun User Group held during SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Shotgun Software held the first ever Pipeline Awards to honor excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering, and usage. Members of the Shotgun community from around the world submitted inventive tools for consideration, and four were recognized with Pipeline Shotty Awards, distinguishing them as the best pipeline tools of 2014. Shotgun also recognized four individuals as "Pipeline Heroes," leaders who have had a significant impact on the pipeline community through their technical contributions and commitment to sharing ideas and best practices.
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Cogswell College's Unique MediaWorks Initiative Marks One Year Anniversary with Completed AV Projects for Real-World Clients
Cogswell College's Unique MediaWorks Initiative Marks One Year Anniversary with Completed AV Projects for Real-World ClientsCogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Digital Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, is marking the one-year anniversary of its highly successful MediaWorks initiative. MediaWorks is a project-based learning course in Cogswell’s Digital Audio Technology (DAT) program. MediaWorks produces short audiovisual pieces in collaboration with students of the Digital Art & Animation (DAA) program, for various real-world businesses and organizations based in Silicon Valley and beyond.
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Shotgun Launches iPhone Review App, Shotgun Desktop, and MARI Integration at SIGGRAPH 2014
Shotgun Launches iPhone Review App, Shotgun Desktop, and MARI Integration at SIGGRAPH 2014New review and pipeline tools geared for artists and supervisors help creative companies work faster and more efficiently
Shotgun Software, developer of cloud-based production tracking, review & approval, and asset management tools for film, TV and games, delivered three major releases today to help creative companies streamline processes and go faster. The company launched a mobile app that brings the power of Shotgun Review to the iPhone; Shotgun Desktop, a native app shelf that gives artists fast access to productivity tools; and integration with The Foundry's MARI 3D paint software, which helps speed up the workflow for texture artists.
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Vicon redefines motion capture with unprecedented new products at SIGGRAPH 2014
Vicon redefines motion capture with unprecedented new products at SIGGRAPH 2014Launches new retargeting and solving tool and latest version of Blade software
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, today announced the launch of two new products, Pegasus and Pegasus Advanced, a new set of retargeting and solving tools developed with IKinema, as well as Blade 3, the newest version of its industry-leading capture and data processing software at SIGGRAPH 2014 (booth #733). The products offer a new level of flexibility, accessibility and increased value for money in motion capture.
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Reel FX Grows Commercial and Interactive Sales Department
Reel FX Grows Commercial and Interactive Sales DepartmentSummer Whitley, Will Andeer and Tina Ghezzi Join the Digital Studio
Digital studio Reel FX, Dallas/Santa Monica is bolstering their Commercial and Interactive Sales Department with the additions of Summer Whitley, who will handle Commercial West Coast/Texas Sales; Will Andeer, who will handle Commercial Midwest Sales; and Tina Ghezzi, who will serve as an Interactive Account Director.
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NuContext Creative Signs Award-Winning, Comedy Writer-Director Vinny Lopez to Expanding Roster of Talent
NuContext Creative Signs Award-Winning, Comedy Writer-Director Vinny Lopez to Expanding Roster of TalentAward-winning, comedy Writer-Director Vinny Lopez has been welcomed to the team at NuContext Creative. Led by company Founder/Executive Creative Director Angela Guice, NuContext has signed Lopez to the company’s expanding Directorial roster for national representation in television promos, commercials/advertising, and branded content.
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Vicon Gives Cara a Facelift at SIGGRAPH 2014
Vicon Gives Cara a Facelift at SIGGRAPH 2014New Version of its Pioneering Facial Mocap System to Feature Hardware Improvements and Updates to CaraLive and CaraPost for Faster, More Efficient Facial Tracking
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the entertainment, engineering and life science industries, will launch a series of updates to Cara, the world’s first out-of-the-box facial motion capture system for film and games production, at SIGGRAPH 2014 next week. The latest version boasts significant quality enhancements that accelerate facial capture workflows for fast-paced performance capture productions, right out of the box.
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Shotgun Software Keeps Projects Flowing at Milk
Shotgun Software Keeps Projects Flowing at MilkRising VFX Studio Establishes Pipeline Around Shotgun
Independent visual effects company Milk has standardized on Shotgun for production management and tracking. Based in London, the boutique studio that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary focuses on delivering high end VFX for television and film. Milk positioned Shotgun at the heart of its workflow when establishing a VFX pipeline, and continues to increase the level of integration. Nearly all of Milk's 80 staff members use Shotgun daily particularly across production, administration and pipeline teams.
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Cogswell College Game Studio Student to Present School-Developed, Mobile App Game "Tangram Jam" During SIGGRAPH 2014's "Appy Hour" on August 13
Cogswell College Game Studio Student to Present School-Developed, Mobile App Game "Tangram Jam" During SIGGRAPH 2014's "Appy Hour" on August 13Cogswell College, a leading educational institution offering a unique curriculum fusing Art, Engineering and Entrepreneurship, will have a student from its Game Studio present a newly produced, school-developed, mobile app game during the 2014 SIGGRAPH Conference’s “Appy Hour” showcase in Vancouver. The announcement was made by Jerome Solomon, Cogswell’s Dean of the College & Director of Game Design & Development program.
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Shotgun Keeps This Summer’s Big Movies On Track
Shotgun Keeps This Summer’s Big Movies On TrackLeading Production Management Software Drives VFX Pipelines at Top Studios
Shotgun Software, developer of the cloud-based collaboration platform for creative companies (recently acquired by Autodesk), was integral to the production of over a dozen of this summer’s tentpole films. Used by visual effects studios worldwide, Shotgun played a key role in keeping artists and shots on track at facilities such as Digital Domain, Milk VFX, Framestore, Method Studios, Double Negative, Atomic Fiction, Image Engine, Rodeo FX, Factory VFX and more, for films including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Giver, Hercules, Lucy, The Maze Runner, and others.
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Riding Shotgun at SIGGRAPH 2014
Shotgun Software is gearing up for a lively week of events, education, new releases and more at SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver. Shotgun, the leading developer of cloud-based production tracking, review and asset management software for film, TV and games (recently acquired by Autodesk), will be exhibiting and announcing the details of their latest product releases at booth #741 from August 12-14 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Off the exhibit floor, also be sure to visit Shotgun at any of these events:
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