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3D Print a Dancer

Posted by: admin | News | March 4, 2016
3D Print a Dancer
3D Print a Dancer

The Chemical Brother’s music video for their new track Wide Open, created by om&Nic, features a dancer slowly turning into a 3D printed version of herself. 

 The effect is quite fascinating and realistic, as well as a little creepy. For those of you wondering how they managed to pull it off, here’s a great video released by The Mill, explaining the effects used.

We really conceived this video as a dance film,” Dom&Nic said in an interview with Dezeen. “We wanted to make a piece of dance that could only exist on film and couldn’t be experienced live. The song is about loss and change, so the idea that the woman changes from flesh and blood to a 3D-printed lattice reflects this change, and subsequent loss of her old self.”

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Writing Contest

Posted by: admin | News | March 3, 2016
Writing Contest
Writing Contest

If you have a great idea for a TV series, you can apply for the New Normal Writing Contest, created by Project Greenlight Digital Studios and ColorCreative TV with the purpose of giving beginning writers a chance to show what they can do.

The theme for the contest is “trophy”, as explained by the contest’s website:

“What does “Trophy” mean, you ask? Well, what does it mean to be part of a team and to strive toward a common goal, while dealing with individual setbacks, success and everyday life? Or what does it mean to go it alone?

We’re looking for dramatic or comedic pitches that explore the idea of what it means to be a winner – whether solo or as part of an ensemble – and what lengths people go through to obtain a symbol of victory. Your pitch can be about any world you choose – competitive sports, work, beauty – anything. The setting is vague on purpose! We want you to be creative. It’s your voice, so make it your own.”

The tree top winners will all receive $5 000 as well as a partnership with a showrunner, a director, and a line producer in order to get a chance of making their idea reality. For more info, well google it…

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The Moomins Return

Posted by: admin | News | March 3, 2016
The Moomins Return
The Moomins Return

Tove Jansson’s classic Moomin characters are coming back in a new adaption created by Swedish studio Filmlance, directed and led by Academy Award winner Steve Box. The new adaption – one of a vast number of old ones – is created by Filmlande, a studio previously known for other Scandinavian projects, including The Bridge.

 “At Moomin Characters we are tremendously happy that we have been presented with this opportunity to work with Filmlance, Endemol Shine Group and such a fantastic creative team,” said Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson. “I am very confident that in their hands the Moomins will become something new and wonderful, created with great respect for Tove’s original stories and characters.”

The Moomin characters were first created by Tove Jansson in 1945, and in her lifetime Jansson produced a total of 13 books and 73 comic strips, which have been published in over 40 countries.

“The series will honour Tove Jansson’s original style of illustration, as well as the original stories, while utilizing the latest techniques and bringing those stories to present day,” creative director Marika Makaroff commented.

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StudioBinder 2.0

Posted by: admin | News | March 2, 2016
StudioBinder 2.0
StudioBinder 2.0

StudioBinder 2.0 is finally out, placing emphasis on robust contact management and file storage. The new product includes easy call sheet generation, automatically generated weather, 100 GB file storage, and a number of other features.

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Cinesite Opens in Montreal

Posted by: admin | News | February 19, 2016
Cinesite Opens in Montreal
Cinesite Opens in Montreal

London based VFX house Cinesite are opening up a new state of the art animation studio in Montreal, Quebec, with the intention of producing nine animated feature films in the next five year period. The new studio is located in downtown Montreal and features 54 000 square feet with 500 permanent staff by 2020.

“Cinesite is amongst the world leaders in the visual effects and animation industry,” Quebec’s Premiere Philippe Couillard said in a statement. “Our government supports this project’s realisation, which will promote the advancement in Québec of a leading-edge expertise in the production of animated films, a rapidly growing field at the moment. In doing this, my government is actively working to increase the competitiveness of Montréal. This investment acknowledges the talent, creativity and quality of Québec’s labor force and the importance of Montréal as a world player in this industry.”

“The support we received from the Premier of Québec, Mr. Couillard, along with the Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Investissement Québec, has allowed us to make this decision to invest, for ourselves and the city of Montréal,” said Cinesite’s board chairperson Peter Nagle. “Together we can use this investment to kick-start a world-class animation hub in one of the coolest cities in the world. This will also allow our award winning visual effects capacity to increase by 100 percent. This is very exciting and our Cinesite team is working alongside the founding members of Animate Montréal, which we also announced today. This initiative will help focus attention on what is needed to get Montréal animating; I expect we will all be busy.”

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YouTube Red

Posted by: admin | News | February 19, 2016
YouTube Red
YouTube Red

YouTube’s new subscription service – YouTube Red, which was released in October of last year – are now offering original programming to its patrons. One such example is the FundedByMe crowdfunded film “Lazer Team” by Michael “Burnie” Burns and his production company Rooster Teeth. The $2.5 million sci-fi comedy about a group of dolts bestowed with alien technology was released exclusively on YouTube Red on Wednesday, February 10th.

Apart from the original content, YouTube Red also provides ad-free access to their site as well as the music service Google Play Music – all in all $10 per month. They are not, however, seemingly trying to beat Netflix or Hulu, and they’re not going for the bigger budgets.

“They’re not trying to do something entirely different,” said Michael Burns. “They’re just taking YouTube to the next level.”

YouTube Red will also release a documentary about YouTube comedienne Lilly “Superwoman” Singh as she goes on a world tour, as well as the dance film “Dance Camp” starring young Internet personalities, and a reality series centering on top YouTube video gamers Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg living out his nightmares.

“It is very different, but it’s also very similar to what I do,” said Kjellberg, “I play horror games, and this is basically just taking that into the real world. It felt like a natural extension.”

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Adobe Animate CC

Posted by: admin | News | February 17, 2016
Adobe Animate CC
Adobe Animate CC

Adobe Animate CC, previously known as Flash Professional, will be released with an extensive list of new features, including improvements to pencil and art brushes as well as projector support and video export to a number of resolutions.

The name change has been announced previously, but it is now clear that beyond the name change, this will be a major change overall. Adobe has now released an extensive list of new additions and changes for the upcoming version:

 

Creative Cloud Libraries

Adobe Stock integration for high-quality images, illustrations, and graphics

TypeKit support for HTML5 Canvas document type

New vector art brushes

Improvements to pencil and art brushes

Brush Library panel

Tagged Swatches

Custom templates for HTML5 Canvas documents

OAM publishing support for AS3, WebGL, and HTML5 Canvas documents

Publish text as outlines in HTML5 Canvas documents

Projector support

Stage scaling

Rotate your stage

Import SVG files

Enhanced drawing object bounding box

Video export to multiple resolutions

Contents scale proportionately to stage size

Enhanced Onion Skinning

HTML5 Canvas improvements

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SohoCreate Connect

Posted by: admin | News | February 16, 2016
SohoCreate Connect
SohoCreate Connect

The latest SohoCreate Connect event, set to take place on February 25th, 2016, will look at the future of creative talent, helping you find the right people with the right skills. The event will feature Katie Lee, managing director of ad agency Gravity Road; Lee Schuneman, Microsoft Lift’s studio head; Amy Smith, global head of recruitment at Framestore, and Claire Anderson, The Mill’s group head of talent. These people and many more will will discuss what new roles, skills and demands are set on creative talent in 2016.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 25th at the Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LQ, starting at 6pm.

Tickets are free to SohoCreate Connect members, and £10 to non-members. For more information see the website:

http://sohocreate.co.uk/sohocreate-connect/

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RED’s Magnesium 6K

Posted by: admin | News | February 11, 2016
RED’s Magnesium 6K
RED’s Magnesium 6K

RED’s new 6K Weapon Magnesium camera is now shipping after an unbearable delay. The new camera is part of the WEAPON camera system, which includes three different models at the higher end of the new DSMC2 platform, in addition to the RAVEN and SCARLET-W cameras. All models in the series include 6K DRAGON sensors, but the actual cameras are made from different materials, correlating with the cost of the camera itself.

The Carbon Fiber models are also the only ones capable of producing 4K ProRes, whereas the Magnesium model is limited to just 2K ProRes. The flagship of the whole series – the 8K full-frame/Vista Vision WEAPON – is however taking a bit longer. 

The actual weight of the cameras is approximately the same, however the specifications result in a huge price difference. The Magnesium camera starts at around $30 000 with nothing included, and has the same cost for the upgrade package. The 4K ProRes Woven Carbon Fiver WEAPON is around $50 000 for the camera and as much for the upgrade. The main difference between the two is the Carbon Fiber model’s ability to take the 8K sensor, a side effect of which is 4K ProRes.

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VES Awards Winners

Posted by: admin | News | February 10, 2016
VES Awards Winners
VES Awards Winners

The Visual Effects Society has announced the winners of the 14th Annual VES Awards, featuring “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the big winner with four awards, closely followed by “The Revenant”, “The Good Dinosaur” and “Game of Thrones” receiving three awards each.

Winners of the 14th Annual VES Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett

Luke O’Byrne

Patrick Tubach

Paul Kavanagh

Chris Corbould

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

 

The Revenant

Rich McBride

Ivy Agregan

Jason Smith

Nicolas Chevallier

Cameron Waldbauer

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

 

The Good Dinosaur

Sanjay Bakshi

Denise Ream

Michael Venturini

Jon Reisch

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

Game of Thrones; The Dance of Dragons

Joe Bauer

Steve Kullback

Eric Carney

Derek Spears

Stuart Brisdon

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

 

Vikings; To the Gates

Dominic Remane

Bill Halliday

Paul Wishart

Ovidiu Cinazan

Paul Byrne

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

 

The Order: 1886

Nathan Phail-Liff

Dana Jan

Anthony Vitale

Scot Andreason

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

SSE; Pier

Neil Davies

Tim Lyall

Hitesh Patel

Jorge Montiel

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

 

Fast and Furious: Supercharged

Chris Shaw

Alysia Cotter

Ben White

Diego Guerrero

 

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

 

The Revenant; The Bear

Matt Shumway

Gaelle Morand

Karin Cooper

Leandro Estebecorena

 

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

 

Inside Out; Joy

Shawn Krause

Tanja Krampfert

Jacob Merrell

Alexis Angelidis

 

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

 

SSE; Pier; Orangutan

Jorge Montiel

Sauce Vilas

Philippe Moine

Sam Driscoll

 

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase/Graveyard

Yanick Dusseault

Mike Wood

Justin van der Lek

Quentin Marmier

 

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

 

The Good Dinosaur; The Farm

David Munier

Matthew Webb

Matt Kuruc

Tom Miller

 

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

 

Game of Thrones; City of Volantis

Dominic Piche

Christine Leclerc

Patrice Poissant

Thomas Montminy-Brodeur

 

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase/Graveyard

Paul Kavanagh

Colin Benoit

Susumu Yukuhiro

Greg Salter

 

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; BB-8

Joshua Lee

Matthew Denton

Landis Fields

Cyrus Jam

 

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

 

Mad Max: Fury Road; Toxic Storm

Dan Bethell

Clinton Downs

Chris Young

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur

Stephen Marshall

Magnus Wrenninge

Michael Hall

Hemagiri Arumugam

 

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

 

Game of Thrones; Hardhome

David Ramos

Antonio Lado

Piotr Weiss

Félix Bergés

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

 

The Revenant; Bear Attack

Donny Rausch

Alan Travis

Charles Lai

TC Harrison

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

 

Game of Thrones; Hardhome

Eduardo Díaz

Guillermo Orbe

Oscar Perea

Inmaculada Nadela

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

 

SSE; Pier

Gary Driver

Greg Spencer

Grant Connor

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

Citipati

Andreas Feix

Francesco Faranna

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Autodesk to Cut Staff

Posted by: admin | News | February 9, 2016
Autodesk to Cut Staff
Autodesk to Cut Staff

Autodesk has announced their plans to reduce near-term staffing levels by 10 per cent, approximately 925 positions, amidst restructuring their operations to transition into the cloud, utilising subscription plans. As such they seek to reduce expenses and get better at streamlining the core operations.

“As we progress through our business model transition, we continue to take a comprehensive look at our company to see where we can be more effective and efficient,” said Autodesk president and CEO Carl Bass. “To realize maximum value for both our customers and shareholders, and as a follow-on to previously discussed cost reduction actions, we are restructuring so we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud and transition to a subscription-based business.”

The plan is to reduce the staff by approximately 10 per cent, resulting in 925 positions, and the saved expenses are to be reinvested in areas “critical to its platform and business model transition”.

“To be clear, the restructuring announced today is not related to anything we are seeing in the macro-economic environment,” Bass said. “We ended fiscal 2016 on a high note with very strong fourth-quarter billings growth and continued demand for our subscription offerings. Solid revenues, coupled with continued cost-controls, led to better than expected non-GAAP EPS during the quarter. I’m pleased we were able to deliver these results at such a critical moment in Autodesk’s transition.”

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Stats on the Mobile Market

Posted by: admin | News | February 8, 2016
Stats on the Mobile Market
Stats on the Mobile Market

A new study performed by GfK and commissioned by Facebook shows quite interesting stats on what works, and what doesn’t work, on the mobile market. According to the study, more than 60 per cent of shoppers said they’d either plan to start making purchases with their mobile phone in the coming year, or they would increase how much they’re already buying. 

 The study included 2 400 adults who had used mobile phones, tablets, desktops, or laptop computers to research or buy items online in the past three months. The study looked in quite a detail on why shoppers chose to use their mobile devices, with 56 per cent saying it was simply because they already happened to be on the device. 55 per cent argued for the convenience of the platforms available.

The study also looked at obstacles in mobile shopping, with 70 per cent of mobile shoppers saying website and app experience can still be improved and 71 per cent saying the transactions themselves have yet to improve. Some points included making it easier to enter payment information and adding the possibility of shipping to multiple addresses, as well as making transactions without downloading the store’s specific app.

“Viewing the path to purchase through separate channels—mobile versus desktop versus offline—doesn’t reflect the way the world is changing,” study commissioner Facebook said in a blog post concerning the study. “The rise in m-commerce presents brands with a chance to rewrite the rules of success by adapting to change and building a future-ready business.”

Here’s a short breakdown of the statistics from the study.

 

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Freelance Accounts

Posted by: admin | News | February 5, 2016
Freelance Accounts
Freelance Accounts

We have finally recoded and made a total redesign of all our awesome members freelance accounts. When accessing your account it will now work much better and of course work on all platforms. The accounts have also been upgraded with some new funky stuff as well. Here is a list of some of the new features we have launched. Make sure to check them all out by signing in to your account here

  • Dashboard – See who is getting attention and what the hiring clients and your colleagues are upto.
  • Preview profile – Check out how your profile looks when colleagues and clients are accessing your CV.
  • Multiplatform – Now you can easily update your profile using iPhone, Android and other devices.
  • Browse members – Search for colleagues and friends and view full profiles.
  • Faster – We have cleaned up the code so now everything works much faster than before.
  • Contact – Need to get hold of us? We have included a contact form in your account

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The new dashboard

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Search for colleagues and friends and view full profiles

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Optimised for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

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Two Second Shots

Posted by: admin | News | February 4, 2016
Two Second Shots
Two Second Shots

Vashi Nedomansky has released a clip on Vimeo featuring five films with amazingly short average per shot – just two seconds. The clip serves to show how, if shot and edited well enough, films can actually decrease their shot length quite a lot and still make sense.

From Nedomansky:

“They are being played back in their entirety at 12X speed. The resulting video is 10 minutes long. Only one of these films remains comprehensible at this speed. You don’t have to watch the whole video…feel free to scroll through and view different sections and compare the films. You will see that the painstaking craftsmanship of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD survives the massive speed up.”

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Prius Backup Film

Posted by: admin | News | February 3, 2016
Prius Backup Film
Prius Backup Film

The first feature film shot entirely with a Prius backup camera has been shot, and it’s amazing. The film is directed by Mateo St. Portugal, who has now released a behind-the scenes look at the process, showing you how to frame shots from the backseat of a car and, well, how to avoid running over your own crew. The video is made by Mommy Comedy, a Los Angeles based sketch comedy group featuring Andrew Heder and Ryan Kelly.

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Punk London Festival

Posted by: admin | News | February 2, 2016
Punk London Festival
Punk London Festival

Punk London festival celebrates the 40th anniversary of the punk movement reaching British public consciousness. The festival is a year long series of events across London, celebrating different shapes and forms of punk culture, with different events and exhibitions celebrating both the music itself and the visual culture of punk.

The many exhibitions and events of the festival takes places at the Barbican, BFI Southbank, the British Library, the Design Museum and the Museum of London, as well as a number of other places. Smaller events are present throughout the capital, including venues where punk originated or places where it is assumed that the originators of punk would have been more comfortable, including more typical anti-establishment venues. This includes the ICA and the Print Space Gallery.

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VES Awards Nominees

Posted by: admin | News | January 21, 2016
VES Awards Nominees
VES Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 14th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards have been revealed.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

 

Furious 7

Mike Wassel

Karen Murphy

Martin Hill

Kevin McIlwain

Dan Sudick

 

San Andreas

Colin Strause

Randall Starr

Bryan Grill

Nordin Rahhali

Brian Cox

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett

Luke O’Byrne

Patrick Tubach

Paul Kavanagh

Chris Corbould

 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Andrew Jackson

Holly Radcliffe

Tom Wood

Dan Oliver

Andy Williams

 

The Martian

Richard Stammers

Barrie Hemsley

Matt Sloan

Chris Lawrence

Steven Warner

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

 

In The Heart of The Sea

Jody Johnson

Leslie Lerman

Sean Stranks

Bryan Hirota

Mark Holt

 

Bridge of Spies

Sven Martin

Jennifer Meislohn

Charlie Noble

Sean Stranks

Gerd Nefzer

 

The Walk

Kevin Baillie

Camille Cellucci

Viktor Muller

Sebastien Moreau

 

Everest

Dadi Einarsson

Roma O-Connor

Matthias Bjarnasson

Glen Pratt

Richard Van Den Bergh

 

The Revenant

Rich McBride

Ivy Agregan

Jason Smith

Nicolas Chevallier

Cameron Waldbauer

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

 

The Peanuts Movie

Steve Martino

Michael J. Travers

Nick Bruno

Scott Carroll

 

Inside Out

Michael Fong

Jonas Rivera

Victor Navone

Paul Mendoza

 

Anomalisa

Derek Smith

Rosa Tran

Joe Passarelli

John Joyce

 

Hotel Transylvania 2

Karl Herbst

Skye Lyons

Alan Hawkins

Genndy Tartakovsky

 

The Good Dinosaur

Sanjay Bakshi

Denise Ream

Michael Venturini

Jon Reisch

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project

The Order: 1886

Nathan Phail-Liff

Dana Jan

Anthony Vitale

Scot Andreason

 

Halo 5: Guardians

Nicolas Bouvier

Jon Wood

Brien Goodrich

Matt Aldridge

 

The Hobbit: A Thief in the Shadows

Alasdair Coull

Daniel Smith

Nick Donaldson

Tim Elek

 

Destiny: The Taken King

Michael Zak

Mark Noseworthy

Stephen Scott

Dave Matthews

 

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Thierry Dansereau

Francois Pelland

Marc-Andre Clermont

Mathieu Chouinard

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

 

Nezlamna; Sea Dogfight

Dmitriy Ovcharenko

Igor Klimovsky

Egor Borschevsky

Vladimir Mikheyenko

 

Childhood’s End; Night Three

Kevin Blank

Adica Manis

Niklas Jacobson

Glenn Melenhorst

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Arabella

Jean-Claude Deguara

Natalie Reid

Nicolas Hernandez

Sara Bennett

 

The Strain; Identity

Dennis Berardi

Luke Groves

Matt Glover

Trey Harrell

Warren Appleby

 

Game of Thrones; The Dance of Dragons

Joe Bauer

Steve Kullback

Eric Carney

Derek Spears

Stuart Brisdon

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial

 

Ikea; T-shirts

Diarmid Harrison Murray

Julie Evans

Tom Harding

Tim van Hussen

 

Halo 5; The Hunt Begins

Benjamin Walsh

Pip Malone

Brian Burke

Ian Holland

 

Audi; Birth

Andrew Proctor

Gemma Humphries

Mike Chapman

Gianluca Di Marco

 

SSE; Pier

Neil Davies

Tim Lyall

Hitesh Patel

Jorge Montiel

 

Game of War; Rooftop Alliance

David Lawson

Erin Hicke

Becky Porter

Krystal Sae Eua

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project

 

Goosebumps VR Adventure

Jason Schugardt

Mike Wigart

Alex Harding

Daniel Marsh

 

Nike; The Neymar Jr. Effect

Janelle Croshaw

Ian Markiewicz

Lou Pecora

Aruna Inversin

 

Kaka’s Great Adventure

Neelesh Gore

Rajiv Kessop

Amogh Vaidya

Shaffi Mahammad

 

Fast and Furious: Supercharged

Chris Shaw

Alysia Cotter

Ben White

Diego Guerrero

 

SpongeBob SubPants

Brent Young

John Kokum

Michael Smith

Timothy Williams

 

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

 

The Walk; World Trade Center

Jim Gibbs

Brian Flora

Laurent Taillefer

Pavel Kolar

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard

Yanick Dusseault

Mike Wood

Justin van der Lek

Quentin Marmier

 

Ant-Man; The Microverse

Florian Witzel

Taylor Shaw

Alexis Hall

Heath Kraynak

 

Jurassic World; Jungle Chase

Martyn Culpitt

Joao Sita

Yuta Shimizu

Michael Billette

 

Tomorrowland; Tomorrowland Center

Barry Williams

Greg Kegel

Quentin Marmier

Thang Le

 

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode

 

Vikings; To the Gates

Dominic Remane

Bill Halliday

Paul Wishart

Ovidiu Cinazan

Paul Byrne

 

Black Sails; XVIII

Erik Henry

Annemarie Griggs

Kevin Rafferty

Aladino Debert

Paul Stephenson

 

Penny Dreadful; And They Were Enemies

James Cooper

Bill Halliday

Sarah McMurdo

Mai-Ling Lee

 

Daredevil; Speak of the Devil

Bryan Godwin

David Van Dyke

Karl Coyner

Julie Long

Johan Kunz

 

Agent Carter; Now Is Not the End

Sheena Duggal

Addie Manis

Richard Bluff

Jayesh Dalal

Kenneth C. Clark

 

Outstanding Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Maz

Joel Bodin

Arslan Elver

Ian Comley

Stephen Cullingford

 

The Revenant; The Bear

Matt Shumway

Gaelle Morand

Karin Cooper

Leandro Estebecorena

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hulk

Jakub Pistecky

Lana Lan

John Walker

Sean Comer

 

Chappie; Chappie

Earl Fast

Chris Harvey

Mark Wendell

Robert Bourgeault

 

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature

 

The Peanuts Movie; Snoopy

Jeff Gabor

Joseph Antonuccio

Ignacio Barrios

Sabine Heller

 

The Peanuts Movie; Charlie Brown

Matthew Doble

Steve Vanseth

Stephen Gressak

Nikki Tomaino

 

Inside Out; Joy

Shawn Krause

Tanja Krampfert

Jacob Merrell

Alexis Angelidis

 

The Good Dinosaur; Spot

Ana Gabriela Lacaze

Jacob Brooks

Lou Hamou-Lhadj

Mark C. Harris

 

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature

 

The Good Dinosaur; The Farm

David Munier

Matthew Webb

Matt Kuruc

Tom Miller

 

Inside Out; Imagination Land

Amy L. Allen

Steve Karski

Eric Andraos

Jose L. Ramos Serrano

 

The Peanuts Movie; Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood

Jon Townley

Angel Camacho-Torres

Cleveland Hibbert

Ken Lee

 

Shaun the Sheep Movie; Under the Arches

Matt Perry

Charles Copping

Alfred Llupia Perez

Andy Brown

 

Outstanding Animated Performance in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

 

Game of Thrones; Mother’s Mercy; Wounded Drogon

Florian Friedmann

Jonathan Symmonds

Sven Skoczylas

Sebastian Lauer

 

Game of Thrones; Dance of Dragons; Drogon Arena Rescue

James Kinnings

Michael Holzl

Joseph Hoback

Matt Derksen

 

SSE; Pier; Orangutan

Jorge Montiel

Sauce Vilas

Philippe Moine

Sam Driscoll

 

Sainsbury’s; Mog

Sebastian Nino

Chris Hurtt

Joseph Henson

Gez Wright

 

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

 

Game of Thrones; City of Volantis

Dominic Piche

Christine Leclerc

Patrice Poissant

Thomas Montminy-Brodeur

 

Vikings; Paris

Paul Wishart

Karol Wlodarczyk

Tom Morrison

Matt Ralph

 

Game of Thrones; Drogon Arena

Rajeev B R.

Loganathan Perumal

Ramesh Shankers

Anders Ericson

 

Black Sails; Charles Town Harbor

Aladino Debert

Matt Dougan

Greg Teegarden

Ken Jones

 

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

 

Ant-Man; Macro Action

James Baker

Alex Kahn

Thomas Luff

Rebecca Baehler

 

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation; Underwater Torus Chamber

Vincent Aupetit

Margaux Durand-Rival

Christopher Anciaume

Robert Elswit

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard

Paul Kavanagh

Colin Benoit

Susumu Yukuhiro

Greg Salter

 

The Walk; Towers Walk

Shawn Hull

Suzanne Cipolletti

Laurent Taillefer

Dariusz Wolski

 

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project

 

SSE; Pier

Peter Agg

Sam Driscoll

Matthew Fuller

 

Halo 5: The Hunt Begins

Vladislav Tushevskiy

Tomas Zaveckas

Sho Hasegawa

Sergey Kosareff

 

Lipton; The Revolution in Tea

Jonathan -Wes- Westley

Tom Raynor

Christos Parliaros

 

Game of Thrones; Hardhome

David Ramos

Antonio Lado

Piotr Weiss

Félix Bergés

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

 

San Andreas; Los Angeles Destruction

Sandro Blattner

Hamish Schumacher

Nicholas Kim

Mario Rokicki

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Jay Cooper

Marian Mavrovic

Jean Lapointe

Alex Prichard

 

Tomorrowland

Francois Lambert

Jean Lapointe

Peter Demarest

Conny Fauser

 

Mad Max: Fury Road

Lindsay Adams

Matthew Wynne

Chris Davies

Phil Outen

 

The Revenant; Bear Attack

Donny Rausch

Alan Travis

Charles Lai

TC Harrison

 

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; BB-8

Joshua Lee

Matthew Denton

Landis Fields

Cyrus Jam

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hulkbuster

Howie Weed

Robert Marinic

Daniel Gonzalez

Myriam Catrin

 

Everest; Mt. Everest

Matthias Bjarnasson

Olafur Haraldsson

Kjartan Hardarson

Petur Arnorsson

 

Jurassic World; Indominus Rex

Steve Jubinville

Martin Murphy

Aaron Grey

Kevin Reuter

 

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature

Mad Max: Fury Road; Toxic Storm

Dan Bethell

Clinton Downs

Chris Young

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron; Hulk vs Hulkbuster

Michael Balog

Jim Van Allen

Florent Andorra

Georg Kaltenbrunner

 

San Andreas; Hoover Dam / San Francisco Tsunami

Joe Scarr

Lukas Lepicovsky

Yves D-Incau

Marcel Kern

 

San Andreas; Los Angels Destruction

Remy Torre

Marc Horsfield

Niall Flinn

Victor Grant

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Starkiller Base

Rick Hankins

Dan Bornstein

John Doublestein

Gary Wu

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Episode

 

Vikings; To the Gates

Ovidiu Cinazan

Olivia Yapp

Greg Lamar

Meng Angel Li

 

Game of Thrones; Hardhome

Eduardo Díaz

Guillermo Orbe

Oscar Perea

Inmaculada Nadela

 

Game of Thrones; Drogon Arena

Michael Crane

Travis Nelson

Joe Salazar

Beverly Bernacki

 

Game of Thrones; Drogon Lair

Travis Nobles

Mark Spindler

Max Riess

Nadja Ding

 

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

 

Inside Out

Amit Baadkar

Dave Hale

Vincent Serritella

Paul Mendoza

 

The Peanuts Movie

Alen Lai

Ilan Gabai

Chris Chapman

Douglas Seiden

 

The Good Dinosaur

Stephen Marshall

Magnus Wrenninge

Michael Hall

Hemagiri Arumugam

 

Home

Greg Gladstone

Michael Losure

Chris De St Jeor

Alex Timchenko

 

Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Commercial

 

SSE; Pier

Gary Driver

Greg Spencer

Grant Connor

 

Game of War; Rooftop Alliance

Becky Porter

Jeannie Huynh

Patrick Heinen

Don Kim

 

Halo 5; The Hunt Begins

Ian Holland

Brian Delmonico

Brandon Nelson

Nicholas Kim

 

Under Armour; Rule Yourself

Gavin Wellsman

Nathan Kane

Michael Smith

Ilia Mokhtareizadeh

 

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project

 

Skål

Marco Hakenjos

Christian Zehetmeier

Timm Wagener

Manuel Seifert

 

Jagon

Julian Weiss

Vincent Ullmann

Fabian Fricke

Yafes Sahin

 

Citipati

Andreas Feix

Francesco Faranna

Korser

Guillaume Menard

Vincent Desgrippes

Jessie Hereng

Tangi Vaillant

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Biggest CES Takeaways

Posted by: admin | News | January 20, 2016
Biggest CES Takeaways
Biggest CES Takeaways

Over 150 000 people met in Las Vegas to discuss new tech at the latest CES conference – these are the biggest takeaways according to nine agency executives queried by Adweek.

Wearables are still on the rise, but it’s important not to get too cocky – people will only use wearables, at least in the long term, if they actually need them, not just for the wow factor. Meanwhile, health tech is getting more and more professional, specialised and simply more advanced, and we’re closer and closer to being a real world example of the classic Star Trek tech which basically diagnoses any physical problem on the spot.

No one with an interest in tech has missed the coming virtual reality revolution, which is still trying for different markets. As Delphine McKinley of Droga5 noted, this isn’t for every brand, but “it is worth trying”. Tom Edwards of Epsilon also noted that what really is new with VR this year is the ecosystem: “There were a number of sensors to enhance interaction within the VR experience, suppliers that are focused on building VR communities, livestream VR-based events and connect music to virtually immersive experiences. One other VR-based trend that came through is empowering consumers to create VR experiences themselves through new cameras.”

Read the full list over at Adweek, covering everything from headphones to self-driving cars HERE.

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Kodak Revives 8mm

Posted by: admin | News | January 19, 2016
Kodak Revives 8mm
Kodak Revives 8mm

Kodak wants to revive the Super 8mm film format, the format once synonymous with home movies, with their new camera. The camera will combine analog film the digital format, adding a flip out LCD screen rather than an optical viewfinder as well as several digital connections. The camera is estimated to be released in the fall of 2016 with an estimated price tag of between $400 and $750, and will be followed by a cheaper model in 2017.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The first new Super 8, expected to arrive in a limited-edition version in the fall of 2016, was conceived with help from the industrial designer Yves Behar. It is likely to cost between $400 to $750, Mr. Clarke estimated. Processing the film should cost $50 to $75 a cartridge, he said.”

Specifications released by Kodak:

  • Film Gauge: Super 8 (Extended Max-8 Gauge)
  • Film Load: Kodak Cartridges with 50ft (15m)
  • Variable Speed (9, 12, 18, 24, 25 fps) all with Crystal Sync
  • Mount: C-Mount
  • Fixed Ricoh 6mm 1.2, Optional 8-48mm Zoom Lens
  • Manual Focus and Iris
  • Viewfinder: 3.5″ Display with Standard Definition Input & Swivels +/- 45 Degrees
  • Exposure Control: Built-in Light Meter for Supported Speeds of All Kodak Film Types, Manual Speed/Iris Settings
  • Integrated Battery and Charger via Standard USB Wall Adapter
  • Integrated Microphone
  • Control Panel: Via 3.5″ TFT LCD
  • Settings: Jog Wheel As User Interface
  • Price: First Limited Edition — $400 – $750, Cheap Version Coming Later
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GoPro 360 Degrees

Posted by: admin | News | January 18, 2016
GoPro 360 Degrees
GoPro 360 Degrees

GoPro have revealed their plans to release a new consumer camera with 360 degrees rotation, referred to as a “more casual” camera by CEO Nick Woodman. The camera was revealed in GoPro’s recent CES keynote, alongside several other interesting news, and although a release date is yet to be revealed, speculations are already aplenty.

Among other news, YouTube’s Robert Kyncl said that they would commence supporting HDR video, much like fellow streaming companies Amazon and Netflix. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and vastly improves subtle contrast changes, giving further image details. HDR support is increasing at a rapid pace with more and more 4K television sets being released onto the market.

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The Best Ads of 2015

Posted by: admin | News | January 16, 2016
The Best Ads of 2015
The Best Ads of 2015

2015 saw a number of great ads, displaying how well the medium develops with time. Here are some of the very best!

Women’s Aid — “Look At Me” 

A digital billboard uses high tech facial recognition software to recognise its audience. As more and more people pays attention, the model’s bruised face heals more and more in recognition of violence against women.

Extra Gum — “The story of Sarah and Juan” 

A beautiful love story featuring a cover of Elvis Presley’s classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, showing a young couple slowly growing older together.

Chevy – Super Bowl

Chevrolet managed to freak out a lot of people with their brilliant Super Bowl ad, featuring every sports fan’s worst nightmare – a broken TV.

Depaul — “There’s Another Side To The Story”

With a number of clever poster ads, Depaul managed to grab attention from plenty of pedestrians – showing there’s always another side of the story.

Volvo – “Live Paint”

Volvo shows a new invention in their ad “Live Paint”, allowing cyclists to stay safe with a reflective paint.

BuzzFeed/Purina — “Puppyhood”

This adorable ad spot features the touching relationship between a puppy dog and his owner, garnering over eight million views on YouTube.

Google — “Furever Friends”

According to ad tech company Unruly, Google’s new ad for their mobile operating system Android became the most shared ad not only of 2015, but of all time.

Fanpage.it — “Slap her”

This Italian public service announcement regarding domestic violence features boys aged 6 to 11 as they’re asked to hit girls.

Sport England — “This Girl Can”

This award winning ad, featuring Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On”, empowers plenty of women throughout the world to exercise.

The Spanish Lottery — “El Mayor Premio Es Compartirlo/The Greatest Prize Is Sharing”

A touching Spanish ad telling the story of a lonely security guard who passes his time by setting up factory mannequins in funny poses.

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Netflix and DreamWorks

Posted by: admin | News | January 15, 2016
Netflix and DreamWorks
Netflix and DreamWorks

Streaming network Netflix and animations studio DreamWorks have entered a new deal expanding their global relationship. The deal makes Netflix the global home of several new original series from the studio, and allows Netflix to stream DreamWorks entire library of films and kids’ series – including The Adventures of Puss in BootsDinotrux, and Dragons: Race to the Edge. The only country that is not included in the deal is China.

The deal also includes a number of new series from DreamWorks Animations, including a remake of Voltron and Guillermo del Toro’s new fantasy series Trollhunters.

“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix’ vice president of original series. “It’s with great pleasure that we expand on an already successful relationship with DreamWorks Animation to bring more premium kids and family television to Netflix members globally.”

“This agreement adds to the incredible foundation we’ve built together with Netflix over a number of years across both film and television,” said DreamWorks Animations president Ann Daly.  “We are proud to work closely with Netflix to continue delivering high-quality programming to audiences around the world.”

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UK VFX Unionising

Posted by: admin | News | January 14, 2016
UK VFX Unionising
UK VFX Unionising

Unionising is on the move in the United Kingdom, with BECTU – the Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union – recently having requested to represent the compositing department of MPC.

“Our view is that a properly managed company would be able to manage its staff”, BECTU’s Paul Evans said concerning paid overtime, one of their primary issue. He argues that any company must “allow [their employees] to have a work/life balance while getting the same level of productivity out of them.”

BECTU and Paul Evans have been holding weekly meet ups in the form of a Thursday lunch since June of 2015, and they’ve become quite successful – they report getting between twenty and thirty people showing up almost every week, and at one recent meeting the union saw over a hundred people show up.

 “When people are prepared to go this far, it’s because they care about something”, Evans continued. “The employers have simply brushed us aside for too long and said ‘yeah, no, we’re not doing anything about this, we don’t have to’ – they’ve brushed us off. The big issue for our members is they want to be heard, they want to have a dialogue, they want to have a voice, this isn’t about them going in and mugging the company. It’s about going in and knowing that the companies can’t just fob them off. We believe that the solution to this is that every vfx company in London be unionized and we’re urging every member, everybody who works in visual effects, to join BECTU now.”

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Millennials Back to TV

Posted by: admin | News | January 13, 2016
Millennials Back to TV
Millennials Back to TV

Vice has recently taken over the History offshoot H2, and they are now launching a new network – Viceland – in order to lure millennials back to television. The network was originally revealed as early as November, but the people in charge have managed to stay quiet about the details of the project for quite some time now.

“The channel is a collection of personal points of view,” he said. “We’re trying to make a channel that is personal, that is people trying to understand the world that we live in”, said Spike Jonze, creative director of Viceland. “The idea of a TV channel seems like a fun medium to explore and play with. We’re trying to make this organism that’s alive. You turn it on, and it comes into your house like water.”

A number of new shows have been revealed for the network, all clearly meant for the millennial crowd, including Weediquette, a show about cannabis culture; Flophouse, a reality show featuring up-and-coming comedians; F*ck That’s Delicious, following New York rapper Action Bronson and his crew touring around the world; and a lot more.

 

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Digital Video on the Increase

Posted by: admin | News | December 11, 2015
Digital Video on the Increase
Digital Video on the Increase

Digital video is on a clear increase, in a new study of how American adults spend their time. According to the study the time spent on digital video is now up to over an hour and fifteen minutes a day. Facebook has 8 billion views a day, and Snapchat has tripled its daily video viewership in the last six months, now up to 6 billion views a day.

With increased competition comes increased possibilities for the advertisers trying to break through to their audience, but it’s also important to understand the medium. While Snapchat’s new ad packages haven’t delivered as well as estimated, it seems it’s largely due to a misunderstanding of the medium – Snapchat users prefer vertical ads, and sit through them nine times more often than horizontal ones.

“Two to four minutes is what I consider the core of quality episodic content on the internet,” More Media CEO Samir Arora said, explaining how his company focus on videos that are much longer than the 10 seconds allowed on Snapchat and one minute, the average length of a Facebook video.

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Icona Pop in 360 Degrees

Posted by: admin | News | December 10, 2015
Icona Pop in 360 Degrees
Icona Pop in 360 Degrees

Samsung premieres the Swedish pop duo Icona Pop’s new single “F. U,” as a live 360 degrees interactive concert online. The concert can be seen here:http://www.samsung.com/se/circleofsound/

“With this project, we really wanted to highlight what Samsung’s 360 speaker can do”, says Dennis Phang at DDB Stockholm, who directed the campaign. “It’s a complete contrast to the experience of directional speakers which people are generally accustomed to. So, we figured the best way to demonstrate it was to let 360 people experience it from one angle each. The great thing is that speaker can be placed in the middle of a room which incites a new type of social listening. It becomes something to gather around. We wanted to create this intimate and social music experience online – one that generates a special bond between those who participate. It was nice to let Samsung treat music lovers with something special but also had the added bonus of being an exciting new project for me and my colleague Martin Runfors.”

Rebecca Jerndahl, account director at DDB Stockholm, added: “Together with Icona Pop we wanted to deliver music in a whole new way. Thanks to Samsung’s 360 speaker the audience got to experience the duo from all angles, each and every one of them with the same fantastic but unique sound experience. Now we’re releasing the interactive concert for everyone”

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MediaMonks Acquires Stopp

Posted by: admin | News | December 10, 2015
MediaMonks Acquires Stopp
MediaMonks Acquires Stopp

MediaMonks have purchased the Swedish production company Stopp, giving it access to the Los Angeles market. As a result of the deal Wesley ter Haard, founder and chief operating officer of MediaMonks, will move to Stopp’s Los Angeles office. Stopp’s managing director in L.A will run the MediaMonks L.A. office as managing director, with Olivier Koelemij as executive producer. Pasi Helin now becomes partner but will continues as chief creative officer of Stopp Stockholm, which changes its name to MediaMonks Stockholm.

“There is a push by brands for more global production and we will be able to offer both scale and quality,” Wesley ter Haard told Creativity.

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RSP Standardises Arnold

Posted by: admin | News | December 8, 2015
RSP Standardises Arnold
RSP Standardises Arnold

Australian visual effects studio Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) has decided to standardise on Solid Angle’s Arnold as its primary production renderer, with the change resulting in a dramatic increase in efficiency.

“We were having continual problems with render capacity,” Rising Sun president and head of production John Carey said. “Our load just kept going up and we were spending a lot of time and money optimizing renderers and buying more machines. We didn’t want to just throw money at the problem; we wanted to fix it. We brought Arnold in for an eval, right in the middle of production. In the end Arnold gave us exactly what we needed: performance, look, a rich set of shaders, and ease of integration into our pipeline.”

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Unscripted Shows Rule

Posted by: admin | News | December 4, 2015
Unscripted Shows Rule
Unscripted Shows Rule

Unscripted TV shows are doing phenomenally well – out of the top 50 entertainment telecasts on cable last quarter, 39 were unscripted. A number of reasons are given, both some somewhat easily guessed and some quite interesting. The biggest one, however, is simply getting good statistics and proper feedback as soon as possible after airing, and adjusting the shows thereafter. While scripted shows most often film all episodes in a block and release them one by one afterwards, unscripted shows more often than not film just before the release, allowing for more adjustments.

 “We try to understand the underlying motivations that people have when they’re watching television,” said svp of research and insights at Bravo and Oxygen Media, Dave Kaplan. “We try to suss out what those are, and if a show is delivering less on those things, it’s obviously an important note for production. The formula changes, and I think viewers evolve in terms of what they’re looking for out of unscripted shows”

Another reason is viewer loyalty to a certain network. As a network specialises in a certain area of unscripted television, it is easy to get a grip of a viewer who might not have a craving for a specific show, but rather a specific theme – which the network is known to deliver.

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MPC Remote Office

Posted by: admin | News | December 3, 2015
MPC Remote Office
MPC Remote Office

MPC’s recently expanded Amsterdam office is quite special – it functions fully remotely. With all of the studio’s hardware and equipment located at its flagship London office, the Amsterdam artists simply log onto a server to work.

 “Our technology team came up with the idea, they’re unbelievable”, MPC’s head of production Tim Phillips told Little Black Book in an interview. “Originally it was our aim to open an outpost in Amsterdam, no matter what. Within a few weeks of those plans the technology team had figured out how we could launch a remote facility. There are ‘off-the-shelf style products that offer remote grading technology but we’ve actually developed this technology ourselves. It runs wholly on our dedicated network so we don’t have to rely on the general Internet for it to function.”

Setting the Amsterdam office up as a remote office allows the company to minimise overhead costs, not needing engineers or bulky, expensive equipments. This might very well become the office of the future.

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India Boosting Up

Posted by: admin | News | December 2, 2015
India Boosting Up
India Boosting Up

India is trying to boost its international production profile, and is now launching a new government resource. The main goal is to make it easier to film in the country, following a number of cases in which foreign producers have faced problems, primarily due to bureaucracy and corruption. India has now launched the Film Facilitation Office (FFO), helping filmmakers shoot across the Indian states and union territories.

“The outcome of engaging NFDC is to utilise their expertise towards setting up this specialised single window clearance system, which in the long run will facilitate according permissions for shooting in India by filmmakers with a view to tap the vast talent available in the Indian film industry as well as promoting Indian locales,” India’s minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said.

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Apple Acquires Faceshift

Posted by: admin | News | December 1, 2015
Apple Acquires Faceshift
Apple Acquires Faceshift

Apple has acquired Swiss visual effects startup Faceshift, which played a key role in creating the new Star Wars film. The acquisition was revealed in a statement to TechCrunch, and comes not long after the tech giant purchased both augmented reality firm Mataio, facial recognition company Polar Rose, and 3D scanning house PrimeSense.

The company in question this time around is Faceshift, a Zurich based visual effects firm which specialises in real time, markerless motion capture, aiming to capture realistic facial expressions, as is to be displayed in the upcoming Star Wars film The Force Awakens, due for a worldwide December 18 release. As always, Apple is quite secretive about their intentions with the purchase, reciting the same standard line as always when asked – “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

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Star Wars

Posted by: admin | News | November 20, 2015
Star Wars
Star Wars

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will not be screening early for any guilds or critics groups, according to The Wrap. Disney and Lucasfilm have agreed to keep a lid completely, arguing that this is more important than receiving any rewards ahead of the December 14 release of the blockbuster.

Not showing the film ahead of time will result in not being able to make the nominees list for the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, or the Screen Actors Guild. While the facts are still somewhat unclear, it also seems that the film will not be shown to critics ahead of the release, and if critics are allowed to see it it will only be a few nights ahead of the release. If that is the case, we can’t expect any reviews or reactions before the Los Angeles world premiere on Monday, December 14.

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Eurobest Initiative

Posted by: admin | News | November 18, 2015
Eurobest Initiative
Eurobest Initiative

Eurobest are launching a new programme set to help their delegates produce better work. Eurobest Extra will run alongside the regular three-day programme of talks and content.

 “People attend eurobest to get inspired and meet like-minded people but the ultimate goal for everyone is to leave being able to do their job better”, said Louise Benson, festival director at Eurobest. “With the support of the City of Antwerp, as well as our jurors and speakers, we’ve been able to pull together a host of additional activities like Creative Safaris and Portfolio Reviews, which will offer heightened inspiration and career mentoring.”

This year’s Eurobest, the “European festival of creativity”, is set to take place December 1-3 in Antwerp in northern Belgium.

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Stinkstudios

Posted by: admin | News | November 17, 2015
Stinkstudios
Stinkstudios

Advertising and entertainment company Stink launches Stinkstudios, a new division set to “work closely with brands and agencies to distribute high-quality original content, offering strategy, creative and execution”. Their first client will be MediaCom Beyond Advertising.

“Stink has created world class content for many years”, said Global Head of MediaCom Beyond Advertising James Morris. “We are delighted to continue and accelerate our relationship with Stinkstudios on the diverse and innovative content solutions for our global clients.”

“Stink is essentially a content company”, said Daniel Bergmann, founder of Stink. “We have been making content in all forms, film, digital and experiential across all platforms since day one. We understand how to make a difference and how to reach and touch the audience with the power of storytelling. Our mission with ‘Studios’ is offering a specialized full-service partnership, providing one-stop solution delivering top quality branded content at exceptional value.”

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Biggest Film Explosion Ever

Posted by: admin | News | November 16, 2015
Biggest Film Explosion Ever
Biggest Film Explosion Ever

The new James Bond film “Spectre” is set to break a new Guinness world record – biggest film explosion ever. Thanks to a new video released by Sony Pictures, we get a rare inside look into the process of bringing forth such an amazing explosion. In order to create the explosion, the team used 8 418 litres of kerosene and 24 individual charges, lasting for 7.5 seconds – equivalent to 68.47 tonnes of TNT.

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Frank Budgen Passed

Posted by: admin | News | November 12, 2015
Frank Budgen Passed
Frank Budgen Passed

After passing at age 61, Frank Budgen is now being praised as “quite possibly the greatest commercials director the UK has ever produced”. Budgen, who died in his sleep after battling cancer for the past few years, is well known as a director of commercials from the late 1990s and forward. Budgen directed a number of ad spots, including the famous 1999 video “Double Life” for Sony’s PlayStation. Budgen continued his work well into his devastating illness, remaining active until last year.

Creative Review has gathered a tribute of Budgen’s, quoting a number of his coworkers. http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2015/november/frank-budgen-a-tribute/

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Activision Buys King

Posted by: admin | News | November 11, 2015
Activision Buys King
Activision Buys King

Activision Blizzard buys “Candy Crush Saga” creators King Digital Entertainment a sum of 5.9 billion dollars. The Activision stock opened lower on Tuesday morning as speculations emerged on whether it was such a wise move to buy King, whose primary asset has been dropping for several quarters in a row. The stock rallied, though, ending at 3.6 percent higher with a new all-time high of $35.82.

 “Candy Crush” has without a doubt been a huge success to King, but the company has had problems making up for its decreased income with new franchises such as “Bubble Witch” and “Farm Heroes”. Either way, Activision predicts that the purchase will increase their revenues with 30 percent next year, giving them access to more than 500 million users throughout 200 countries.

 “I think this is a deal which makes sense for investors and it makes sense from a strategic point of view for the business,” said Riccardo Zacconi, King’s chief executive in a statement.

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Flame Major Pricedrop

Posted by: admin | News | November 10, 2015
Flame Major Pricedrop
Flame Major Pricedrop

Autodesk has revealed new desktop subscription options for their Autodesk Flame software. The new pricing starts at $750 per month and is available at a quarterly subscription model at $2 000 per quarter ($667 per month) or annual at $6 000 per year ($500 per month). They also announced Flame support for OS X as of their November 2015 release.

“The changes we are making allow us to continue to provide our Flame users with the tools they need to grow and transform their businesses, now and in the future, as well as to ensure that our business continues to serve them. With the new Flame business model, it’s never been easier for artists and studios to access these powerful tools they need for the high-end finishing their customers demand,” said Marc Stevens, vice president of Film & TV at Autodesk. “Community feedback is vital to the future of Flame, and these changes reflect what our customers want; they’ll also allow us to meet the emerging needs of staff artists, freelancers and facilities by offering more choices, just like the rest of Autodesk.”

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Autodesk Games Reel

Posted by: admin | News | November 9, 2015
Autodesk Games Reel
Autodesk Games Reel

The Autodesk 2016 Games Reel call for submissions is now open, with the deadline set for Monday, December 14th. Autodesk is as of the games reel in search of recent video game cinematics, trailers, and in-game sequences created with Autodesk software. The reel itself is set to debut next year at GDC 2016, and will be available for viewing on AREA, Autodesk.com and the Autodesk YouTube channel. For more information and submission of content, visit http://area.autodesk.com/gamesubmission2016.

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Reel FX Sues Co-Founder

Posted by: admin | News | November 5, 2015
Reel FX Sues Co-Founder
Reel FX Sues Co-Founder

Dallas based studio Reel FX, who were behind last year’s critically acclaimed “The Book of Life”, is suing their co-founder Dale Carmen and other former employees. The lawsuit, filed on August 31st in Dallas County Court, accuses Dale Carmen, Gary Banks, Keith McCabe and Dan Ferguson of “abusing their positions of loyalty and trust in order to steal critical business opportunities [and] pocket over $2.6 million in revenue.” Carmen is co-founder of the company, while Banks has served as executive producer, McCabe as general manager of the commercial division, and Ferguson has served as director of digital interactive. The defendants have denied the allegations, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 28th. A trial date has been set for November of 2016.

Basically, the lawsuit claims that the defendants went after new accounts with the intent of funneling them into Carmen Industries, a company Dale Carmen started in 2011. The lawsuit claims that “in carrying out the scheme to steal the VR Opportunities, not only did defendants misappropriate and wrongfully disclose and use RFX’s confidential information, they also actively dissuaded RFX from pursuing the attractive VR Opportunities. Defendants’ motive for discouraging RFX from pursuing VR opportunities and for failing to apprise the board of these opportunities was revealed after their web of lies began to unravel.”

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SPI to Vancouver

Posted by: admin | News | November 4, 2015
SPI to Vancouver
SPI to Vancouver

Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) is the next large company to move to Vancouver. According to the company, there are a number of reasons for moving their corporate headquarter with 740 employees to a 74 000 square foot location in central Vancouver. Vancouver has gathered quite a reputation as a creative hub for video gaming and TV animation, while also working in the same time zone as Los Angeles, allowing for further streamlining and efficiency.

 “We’re starting to see over time [a strong cluster] helps to build up the quality of the talent base”, said Randy Lake, SPI’s executive vice president and general manager. “When there is more talent in the market and more projects being done in Vancouver, it really develops the level of experience that we expect and demand for the high-quality work that we deliver.”

But tax incentives also play a part in encouraging companies to move here, according to SPI. “Between the federal and provincial governments, the incentives in place have been a significant boon to the industry and a significant driver for why this growth is happening in Vancouver.”

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YouTube Red

Posted by: admin | News | November 3, 2015
YouTube Red
YouTube Red

Let’s dive right into YouTube Red – YouTube’s latest ad free subscription service. The new service started October 28th, at first just in the US and soon to be released worldwide, and it costs $9.99 a month. Red offers a number of perks in comparison to the regular, free version of YouTube, which will stay the way we know it – at least for now. The most glaring difference is the one everyone is talking about – all ads are removed. But that’s not all – Red also allows users to save videos for offline viewing, and allows users to view videos in the background on mobile while running other apps – like checking Facebook or Instagram.

The monthly fee also gives full access to Google Play Music, which today has the same fee – in other words, all users of Google Play Music can pretty much add Red for free. The final “perk”, which also seems to be the most controversial, is YouTube’s move to start putting videos behind a paywall, accessible only to users of YouTube Red.

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Houdini 15 Released

Posted by: admin | News | November 2, 2015
Houdini 15 Released
Houdini 15 Released

The new version of Side Effects’ Houdini, one of the most popular visual effects software programmes out there, is out. The new version has a number of new features, including onion skinning, new shader building tools, crowd ragdolls, and Houdini Engine 2.0.

Here’s a complete list of the new features, courtesy of fxguide.com:

Modeling: New tweak edit workflow, edge sliding, soft selection highlighting and new tools such as PolyBridge and PolyExpand 2D, plus ability to draw on top of high-res geo.

Rendering: Mantra renderer improved with better checkpointing and render view feedback. New shader library, re-built Shade FX 2.0 menu, layered materials and cartoon shader. Includes implementation of Disney’s physically-baed Principled Shader. RenderMan 20 and RIS shading support is also fully integrated into Houdini 15.

Animation: Now includes onion skinning, pose library panel, improved character picker panel and dope sheet enhancements.

Gaming: Houdini 15 includes texture baking and viewport support for UDIM textures, world-space normal maps, UV mesh boundaries and overlapping UV regions.

Crowd ragdolls: Crowd tools in Houdini now feature ragdoll dynamics with limb detachment, fuzzy logic and crowd behavior enhancements. Agent Cam tool included.

Effects: New viscous fluids: Lava, Melt Object and Emit Steam. New adaptive PBD allows artists to focus gain simulations on particles involved in collisions.

Houdini Engine 2.0: Houdini Digital Assets can be opened in Maya, Cinema4D, Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. Now Houdini Engine 2.0 separates API front end from compute back-end, which means multiple sessions per host, multiple threads and greater stability. For eg, an indie developer Hideki Suzuki has completed a 3DS Max plugin.

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Star Wars and Female Directors

Posted by: admin | News | October 29, 2015
Star Wars and Female Directors
Star Wars and Female Directors

Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, wishes to see female directors in the future of the Star Wars franchise. Currently, with three films scheduled for the coming years, all are directed by men – but Kennedy hopes to change that in the future, after discussing the situation at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington.

“There’s nothing we’d like more than to find a female director for ‘Star Wars’,” she said. “There is an assumption made that the people involved should predominantly be men. There are women who are ‘Star Wars’ fans. That’s what’s so insane.”

 The directors for the upcoming three films are all set – J.J. Abrams for “Episode VII,” Rian Johnson for “Episode VIII” and Colin Trevorrow for “Episode IX”, and “Rogue One” is also directed by a man, Gareth Edwards, and an upcoming Han Solo origin film will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord.

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‘Valerian’ VFX Choices Revealed

Posted by: admin | News | October 28, 2015
‘Valerian’ VFX Choices Revealed
‘Valerian’ VFX Choices Revealed

It’s quite rare to be able to hear about the choices of VFX studios well in advance of the film’s release, but that is apparently the case with Luc Besson’s cult comic book adaptionValerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. They have now signed on Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic and Rodeo FX for the visual effects. Sophie Leclerc, who previously worked with Besson on the film Lucy, is set to work as visual effects producer, while Scott Stokdyk is the overall VFX supervisor.

“The strength of the comicbooks is they were way ahead of their time,” says Besson-Silla, who is producing the film. “Mezieres and Christin had a futuristic vision and allowed so many things to happen in the story. Some of them are completely crazy, very modern.”

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Valiant Pictures Relaunched

Posted by: admin | News | October 28, 2015
Valiant Pictures Relaunched
Valiant Pictures Relaunched

Vincent Lin and Matthew D’Amato are relaunching Valiant Pictures with a full directing roster, after years of expanding their roster with multiple other projects with emerging directors. The new roster of directors include Lin as well as Masood Ahmed, Jess dela Merced, Good Content, Justin Meredith, Philippe Tremblay-Berberi, and Troy Word.

Lin and D’Amato have produced a number of projects to clients such as Amazon, Apple, HBO, Hulu, Facebook and Toyota.

 “2015 has been a great year for us,” D’Amato said in a statement, “there’s a lot of momentum around every one of our multitalented directors, so it’s a perfect time to expand our resources and pursue more of the opportunities coming our way.”

“Valiant is a company built on the talent of our roster,” said Vincent Lin, “new doors keep opening every day, and being able to team great talent with the right creative concepts to deliver top-notch, memorable, and effective campaigns is extremely exciting for us.”

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Apple 4K & 5K

Posted by: admin | News | October 27, 2015
Apple 4K & 5K
Apple 4K & 5K

Apple is updating its iMac lineup with new displays, offering 4K and 5K resolution. The 21 inch iMac is now available with 4K retina display with the same technology as the 5K iMac which was introduced earlier this year. Some lower end iMacs are still available with 1080p displays, but overall this clearly marks a shift towards 4K and 5K becoming the new standard for Apple’s computers.

 Meanwhile, the 27 inch iMac is now available with 5K retina display, making it the cheapest 5K Apple computer yet. While stripped down in some other terms, it is still a fairly amazing machine for its price, especially by Apple standards.

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4K Shot on iPhone

Posted by: admin | News | October 15, 2015
4K Shot on iPhone
4K Shot on iPhone

Get ready to check out the world’s first 4K short film shot entirely on an iPhone 6s, produced by the journalists of RYOT to test the new smartphone’s filming potential. You can watch the five minute short film, “The Painter of Jalouzi”, below.

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Network TV is Losing Millennials

Posted by: admin | News | October 14, 2015
Network TV is Losing Millennials
Network TV is Losing Millennials

Network TV is losing the millennial crowd at an alarming rate, with 18-49-year-olds down 25 percent from last year according to a new Nielsen report. The report is showing viewership of broadcast TV shows on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, the four largest American networks.

The trend is especially clear in the 12-17 and 18-24 groups, which now spends around 15 hours a week watching big broadcast television – the same numbers in 2011 were closer to 25 hours. The trend is quite clearly a result of new technology, which is especially popular in the younger age groups. This includes streaming services like Netflix and YouTube, but it seems to also go hand in hand with simply not watching as much television, but instead spending time with smartphone apps and social media like Facebook.

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Disney Films Announced

Posted by: admin | News | October 13, 2015
Disney Films Announced
Disney Films Announced

Disney has announced the dates of nineteen films to be released in the coming five years, including dates for a number of long awaited films such as the “Incredibles” sequel and “Toy Story 4”. While many films have set names as well, a number of them are simply titled things such as “Untitled Disney Fairytale Project” and “Untitled Marvel Project”.

The list in full reads:

October 16th 2015: “Bridge of Spies”

November 25th 2015: “The Good Dinosaur”

December 18th 2015: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

January 29th 2016: “The Finest Hours”

March 4th 2016: “Zootopia”

April 15th 2016: “The Jungle Book”

May 6th 2016: “Captain America: Civil War”

May 27th 2016: “Alice Through the Looking Glass”

June 17th 2016: “Finding Dory”

July 1th 2016: “The BFG”

August 12th 2016: “Pete’s Dragon”

November 4th 2016: “Doctor Strange”

November 23rd 2016: “Moana”

December 16th 2016: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

March 17th 2017: “Beauty and the Beast”

March 31st 2017: “Ghost in the Shell”

May 5th 2017: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″

May 26th 2017: “Star Wars: Episode VIII”

June 16th 2017: “Cars 3″

July 7th 2017: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”

November 3rd 2017: “Thor: Ragnarok”

November 22nd 2017: “Coco”

December 22nd 2017: Untitled Disney Fairytale Project (Live Action)

February 16th 2018: “Black Panther”

March 9th 2018: “Gigantic”

May 4th 2018: “Avengers: Infinity War – Part I”

June 15th 2018: “Toy Story 4″

July 6th 2018: “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

November 2nd 2018: Untitled Disney Fairytale Project (Live Action)

March 8th 2019: “Captain Marvel”

March 29th 2019: Untitled Disney Fairytale Project (Live Action)

April 12th 2019: Untitled DisneyToon Studios Project

May 3rd 2019: “Avengers: Infinity War – Part II”

June 21st 2019: “The Incredibles 2″

July 12th 2019: “Inhumans”

November 8th 2019: Untitled Disney Fairytale Project (Live Action)

March 13th 2020: Untitled Pixar Project

May 1st 2020: Untitled Marvel Project

June 19th 2020: Untitled Pixar Project

July 10th 2020: Untitled Marvel Project

November 6th 2020: Untitled Marvel Project

November 25th 2020: Untitled Disney Animation Project

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Vimeo Invests

Posted by: admin | News | October 12, 2015
Vimeo Invests
Vimeo Invests

Vimeo is building on the success of “High Maintenance” with an increase in original content. They’re backing a new season of “The Outs” by Adam Goldman, as well a short film and a stand up special, all premiering exclusively for customers of Vimeo’s on demand service. Vimeo is currently working on creating a online straming service comparable to YouTube and Netflix, working with filmmakers who put up their creations online, spending more on programming than ever before.

The main difference between Vimeo and other streaming services is how they treat commercia content, selling individual shows and episodes much like Apple’s iTunes store rather than selling site wide subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu.

“There is a global community of higher quality creators going direct to the audience,” Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor said in an interview. “We’re producing content that is a cut above that which you’d see on YouTube yet also different from what you’ll see on services distributing more typical studio and network content, meaning Netflix, Amazon or Hulu.”

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Cinema VR is Here

Posted by: admin | News | October 8, 2015
Cinema VR is Here
Cinema VR is Here

Virtual reality when it comes to media and television has been somewhat unclear for a number of years, but now several big name companies are apparently ready to take the next step. Three companies – Netflix, Hulu and 20th Century Fox, have all announced their plans in integrating VR in significant ways. Fox plans to integrate over a hundred titles to Oculus’ new virtual reality headset, which allows them to be viewed in “virtual reality cinema” using the Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR headset. This includes big films such as Alien, Gone Girl, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 28 Days Later, Die Hard, Predator, Office Space, and Birdman.

“VR cinema is a new way of presenting our movies, and has the opportunity to bring in mass market consumers to virtual reality”, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment president Mike Dunn explained in a statement. “With Oculus Video, we are leveraging the scale and flexibility of mobile, while continuing to deliver a powerful, emotional experience for consumers. We are just scratching the surface of how Hollywood and VR will revolutionize entertainment by exploring innovative ways to develop immersive experiences as a new storytelling medium.”

But Fox is far from alone. Two of the biggest streaming providers, Hulu and Netflix, have both announced their plans to launch new VR apps to “give users a 3D way to explore content.” The “Netflix Living Room” app is available now through the Samsung Gear VR headset, while Hulu plans to launch their app next autumn.

“Providing viewers with dynamic environments of their choice and themed around their favorite shows provides a whole new level of engagement, which together with our cinematic VR experiences makes Hulu an exciting VR destination”, Hulu’s VP of device platforms Julian Eggebrecht said.

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The Martian Hits $50 Mill

Posted by: admin | News | October 7, 2015
The Martian Hits $50 Mill
The Martian Hits $50 Mill

Matt Damon’s “The Martian” had its opening weekend at the box office last weekend, starting off with massive $50 million at 3 286 locations. The big film release coincided excellently with NASA’s recent discovery of water on Mars, and it is truly dominating the cinema scene for the time being. Ridley Scott’s action adventure is truly well planned, and is without a doubt grabbing quite a lot of attention.

 “Despite not being a sequel or a franchise film, it has truly captured the imagination of audiences and has clearly benefitted from the perfectly timed and thus serendipitous NASA news related to the discoveries on Mars just this week,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak. “Plus you have the Matt Damon drawing power, plus for the true film fans, director Ridley Scott perfectly in his wheelhouse (‘Alien,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ ‘Prometheus’).”

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Fake Viral Ads

Posted by: admin | News | October 7, 2015
Fake Viral Ads
Fake Viral Ads

Disguising ads as “real” videos is quite common – and there are plenty of ads which you probably think are real. Adweek has listed five of them, including the 2009 “Megawoosh” clip with the huge waterslide jump and the 2008 clip of “Bruce Lee” playing ping pong with nunchucks. Which ones fooled you?

 

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Jens Pohl Joins Mackevision

Posted by: admin | News | October 6, 2015
Jens Pohl Joins Mackevision
Jens Pohl Joins Mackevision

German animation and VFX studio Mackevision Medien Design increases the size of their global management team, appointing Jens Pohl as new Chief Operating Officer. Mackevision is a leading supplier of CGI solutions, with their clientele primarily being automotive manufacturers and production companies of film and television, and the position of Chief Operating Officer is now being constructed as part of their ongoing growth strategies.

 “Jens Pohl has vast experience and very good international contacts in the automotive industry which will remain our most important market” says Sander van Vreumingen, board member and partner at Mackevision’s investor Gimv. “Furthermore, he has a proven track record in setting up and enhancing business processes in growing companies. As a result, we’re delighted that we’ve persuaded him to take on the role of Mackevision’s Chief Operating Officer.”

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Cheap CC panel

Posted by: admin | News | October 1, 2015
Cheap CC panel
Cheap CC panel

Colour correction tools are a legendary hassle – the problem is we are in constant need of physical hardware, not mere software, and that hardware tends to be amazingly expensive. Lower end hardware tends to go for around $1 000 or more, while the more expensive types such as the DaVinci Resolve control surface is more like $30 000.

 The Tangent Ripple seems to be trying to change that, coming in at an expected price of $350. This clearly makes it one of the least expensive colour correction hardware ever, while it also keeps many features of more expensive hardware:

● 3 trackerballs with dials for masters.
● High resolution optical pick-ups for the balls and dials.
● Independent reset buttons for the balls and dials.
● Programmable A and B buttons.
● USB powered with integral cable.
● Light-weight compact size.

 The Tangent Ripple, which is due for release in early 2016, is also extremely compact – while many colour correction tools basically take up your entire desk, the Tangent Ripple is easily stashed away on the side of your desk when you don’t need it.

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Quebec cutting Tax Credit

Posted by: admin | News | September 30, 2015
Quebec cutting Tax Credit
Quebec cutting Tax Credit

The new Godbout Commission report recommends phasing out the Quebec Production Services Tax Credit beginning in 2020. Quebec currently offers 20 % rebates on all expenses incurred in the province, and alongside the 16 % credit provided for digital effects and computer animation work done in Quebec as well as federal tax breaks of up to 16%, Quebec has become quite a desirable workplace for Hollywood film and TV show production, marked by recent big films such as X-Men: Days of Future Past300Mirror Mirror andImmortals. It is clear that a number of films have landed in Montreal simply because of their favourable incentives for filmmakers. As one example, this became clear when German director Roland Emmerich decided to shoot his film Stonewall there - “I said, ‘Guys, let’s go to Canada, let’s get big tax rebates,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.

 Last year, 56 foreign film and television projects landed in Ontario, spending an estimated $504 million, while the domestic production accounted for $790 million.

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5 Second Sex

Posted by: admin | News | September 29, 2015
5 Second Sex
5 Second Sex

The cultural authorities of Vietnam are now considering a new rule forcing cinema sex scenes to last at its longest five seconds. The proposal was announced on a meeting in Hanoi last Friday by Ngo Phuong Lan, head of Vietnam’s national movie bureau.

Vietnam has a long history of extreme cinema censorship, especially when it comes to sex, and it all came to an end with the release of last year’s Fifty Shades of Grey, in which all sex – a whooping twenty minutes of its runtime – had been removed. It is still not clear, however, what exactly counts as sex – will they start removing any making out or petting that’s beyond five seconds, or is it just full on penetration?

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VIEW Conference

Posted by: admin | News | September 28, 2015
VIEW Conference
VIEW Conference

The VIEW Conference on computer graphics is coming up October 19-23, with quite an amazing set of speakers. We’re anticipating many great talks from many major VFX and animation houses, as well as a number of animation directors. The conference, which takes place in Torinoincontra, Turin, Italy on October 19 through 23, includes keynote talks fromThe Little Prince director Mark Osborne, The Book of Life director Jorge R. Gutiérrez, and Randy Thorn, director of sound design at Skywalker Sound, the latter talking about everything from Apocalypse Now to The Peanuts Movie.

VIEW is an annual conference on “Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, Gaming and VFX”, and this is the 16th annual event. According to VIEW’s website: “VIEW 2015 will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between real and digital worlds. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.”

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Technicolor – The Mill

Posted by: admin | News | September 25, 2015
Technicolor – The Mill
Technicolor – The Mill

Technicolor has announced the acquisition of Oscar awarded VFX house The Mill for a price tag of €259 million (about $293.4 million). The studio, which was founded in 1990, is famous for its work both in 1990s and early 2000s feature films such as The Gladiator, for which it was awarded an Academy Award, and for more recent commercials for companies such as Audi, SSE and DirecTV. With its headquarters in London, the studio also has operations in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago.

 “In acquiring The Mill, we are executing on our Drive 2020 strategic objective of enhancing our market position in visual effects while improving profitability and revenue growth concurrently with accelerating deployment of emerging technologies”, Technicolor CEO Frederic Rose said in a statement. “In The Mill, we have found a company that aligns with our focus on excellence in talent, technology and operational performance. It is a perfect fit.”

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RED’s New Camera

Posted by: admin | News | September 24, 2015
RED’s New Camera
RED’s New Camera

RED will reveal their new camera, named “Raven”, on Friday, September 25th. A picture teasing about the camera was released on Facebook September 15th, and some additional details have been revealed since – apart from the name, we also know that it will have built-in WiFi and will be capable of 4K up to 120 fps. Many online reviewers speculate wildly based on the little information we have so far, and among others No Film School argue that everything points to the camera (body only) will be available for under $10 000. Based on the released teasers, the camera will have a body similar to that of Weapon.

 Apart from showing the camera, one of the teasers in question is a short video released by RED’s president Jarred Land in which he lets Raven increase in frame rate up to the top of 120 fps.

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Ad Blocker Pulled

Posted by: admin | News | September 23, 2015
Ad Blocker Pulled
Ad Blocker Pulled

Ad blocker Peace was the top selling iOS app for just 36 hours before being pulled by its own creator. Creator Marco Arment explained in a blog post that “even though I’m winning, I’ve enjoyed none of it”. In his blog post, in which he discussed ad blockers in general and Peace more specifically, he among other things argue that “while they do benefit a ton of people in major ways, they also hurt some, including many who don’t deserve the hit.” He apologises to those who expected Peace to be available for longer than just two days, and suggests a number of competitors to use instead.

 “Ad-blocking is a kind of war — a first-world, low-stakes, both-sides-are-fortunate-to-have-this-kind-of-problem war, but a war nonetheless, with damage hitting both sides”, Arment writes. “I see war in the Tao Te Ching sense: it should be avoided when possible; when that isn’t possible, war should be entered solemnly, not celebrated. Even though I’m “winning”, I’ve enjoyed none of it. That’s why I’m withdrawing from the market.”

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Sam Mercer Joins ILM

Posted by: admin | News | September 22, 2015
Sam Mercer Joins ILM
Sam Mercer Joins ILM

Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, has announced film producer Sam Mercer joining as their new head of studio, reporting directly to Lucasfilm general manager Lynwen Brennan. Mercer will be in charge of the company’s operations in all ILM studios, covering San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver and London.

Mercer is choosing an excellent time to join ILM – with the upcoming new set of Star Wars films as well as the ongoing continuation of the Marvel Universe, a part of Lucasfilm due to their connection to Disney, they have quite an exciting decade ahead of them.

 “ILM is unparalleled in the industry in terms of their artistry and legacy of innovation,” Sam Mercer said in a statement. “Having worked with them on eight films, I know first hand the incredible talent at the company and from a filmmaker’s point of view they are one of the few companies that consistently delivers not only with regard to achieving the creative vision but from a scheduling and budgetary perspective as well.”

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Omnicom Creates Mega-Studio

Posted by: admin | News | September 17, 2015
Omnicom Creates Mega-Studio
Omnicom Creates Mega-Studio

The Omnicom Group has now revealed their plans to combine three studios into one mega-studio. The studios set to be combined are BBDO, DDB and TBWA, together forming a single entity called eg+.

 The merge will allow for greater efficiency and greater possibilities to focus entirely on the needs of the client. The headquarter, which is placed on Avenue of the Americas in New York City, is supplemented with a large range of offices in other countries. The plan is to use the merge to allow for quicker turnarounds and more flexibility, and Paul Hosea; CEO, said that “Global clients are requesting more channels, and we had to scale to distribute their messages in all mediums.”

 “We will work with the agencies to not produce commercials, per se, but to provide the distribution and applications of their messages both above and below the line,” Paul Hosea said. “We work across media—digital, print, moving images and ATL work.”

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MPC LA Expands

Posted by: admin | News | September 16, 2015
MPC LA Expands
MPC LA Expands

MPC LA is expanding their creative and production team, naming several new positions. Among these, David Hoogenakker is named Head of Business Development, Jeff Werner is Head of Production, Meghan Lang is Executive Producer, and Mike Wigart is being promoted to Executive Producer of MPC Creative.

 “It’s the right time for MPC to change its location and expand the team in LA,” Global MD MPC Advertising Graham Bird said in a press release. “These changes will reflect the needs of our business which today sees us partnering clients on VFX and experiential projects as well as wide ranging innovative creative technologies such as VR and AR. Culver City with its new transport links and more central location makes complete sense. We are proud to be in the position to make this move.”  

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Automatic Duck Is Back

Posted by: admin | News | September 15, 2015
Automatic Duck Is Back
Automatic Duck Is Back

Automatic Duck is being relaunched after a four year hiatus, and production and selling of new products have officially begun. The products are to be used for Final Cut Pro X and Adobe After Effects CC. Two new products are now being launched – Automatic Duck Ximport AE, which allows Final Cut Pro X timelines to be exported into Adobe After Effects CC, and Automatic Duck Media Copy, which is an update of the past software, used to collect and copy user media files from editing apps.

 The new Automatic Duck X Import AE has been in production for the past year following the recent surge in appreciation for the Final Cut Pro X software, and it’s available as a plugin for $199. Automatic Duck has now partnered with Red Giant Software to distribute their products. This will likely allow for more people to discover and purchase their software. Automatic Duck Media Copy is available for $99 at the Red Giant website.

 Automatic Duck are also reviving their classic products, for the first time completely free of charge. All three are released immediately. Check out their webpage for more info.

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GoPro And Apple Watch

Posted by: admin | News | September 14, 2015
GoPro And Apple Watch
GoPro And Apple Watch

Using a new app for the Apple Watch, it’s now a lot easier to track your GoPro drone. The new app, which was announced on Apple’s big September event, allows the user to use the Apple Watch as a viewfinder for their GoPro drone. You can also control recording and view the current resoultion of your GoPro.

 This new app certainly opens up a lot of new opportunities, especially for amateur film makers, even though more professional film makers might view the small screen as quite a disadvantage – nevertheless, this opens up for plenty new options, which is always go

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DaVinci Resolve 12

Posted by: admin | News | September 11, 2015
DaVinci Resolve 12
DaVinci Resolve 12

Blackmagic Design has revealed the new DaVinci Resolve 12 Beta 4. This is one excellent example of a software release where the betas are actually truly exciting, creating more and more excitement in time for the big release. The fourth beta is quite an improvement from number three, as expressed in the information from Blackmagic themselves:

 “The Beta 4 update includes new drag Video or Audio only to timeline from the source viewer or Media Pool, still frame mark I/O, a gray UI option in preferences, support for the ARRI SDK for full resolution debayer, improved VU meters as well as general performance enhancements. New features in Beta 3 include empty track deletion, timeline proxy mode and enhanced H.264.”

 The beta releases keep adding to themselves, including both bug updates as well as new features that weren’t ready for the original beta edition. The goal is of course to have everything tried and ready in good time for the big release.

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1stAveMachine London

Posted by: admin | News | September 10, 2015
1stAveMachine London
1stAveMachine London

Award-winning media production company 1stAveMachine has now launched a new office in London, their first in Europe. The new office will house their own set of UK-based creative personnel, with director / executive producer Isabella Parish leading the charge. Parish is a veteran in animation and production, having spent well over a decade at the production company Partizan.

 “I have always kept an eye over what’s been going on at 1stAveMachine,” Parish admitted in an interview. “When we met, immediately, it just felt right. Sam and Serge approached me with the idea, I loved it, and was excited for the challenge. We unintentionally turned a half hour meeting into one over two hours, there was just great chemistry.”

 According to partner Serge Patzak, the new London office is more than just a branch: “We have a permanent home in an amazing space in Soho and it is really important for 1stAveMachine London to have its own independent culture. The London marketplace has been changing pretty radically, so now is the perfect time to tell the 1stAveMachine story as people are enthusiastic about seeing something new.”

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Apple Original TV

Posted by: admin | News | September 9, 2015
Apple Original TV
Apple Original TV

Apple might be the next contender on the online streaming market to produce their own TV shows. While Apple have been in the streaming market for quite some time due to the iTunes Store, they haven’t yet taken the step to produce their own original TV content, like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. That might not be that far off, though, according to a new report by Variety.

 According to the report, “sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.”

As of late, Apple has started hiring more independent film content experts in order to excel the offerings by iTunes Movies, including exclusive films and broader content as well as films made available before or during their runs in theatre. Having more purely original content might very well be the next step.

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Hand-Cranked Film

Posted by: admin | News | September 8, 2015
Hand-Cranked Film
Hand-Cranked Film

Using a new Prolost Handcrank plugin, you can now make your modern footage look like hand-cranked film. The plugin is developed by Stu Maschwitz, author of “The DV Rebel’s Guide”, filmmaker and VFX artist, and it allows the footage to look just like old-time film.

 The plugin costs $11.99 and works with After Effects CS6 1.0 and up, including Creative Cloud. It automatically changes the speed and exposure of your footage in sync with the virtual frame rate, and it’s quite easy to adjust the amount of variation in the hand crank effect all by yourself, depending on what type of effect you want.

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R/GA New CSO

Posted by: admin | News | September 6, 2015
R/GA New CSO
R/GA New CSO

R/GA has appointed a new global chief strategy officer, parting ways with the New York managing director of planning. The new global chief strategy officer is veteran staffer Barry Wacksman.

“We are very happy to report that after 16 years as chief growth officer, Barry Wacksman has been named R/GA’s global chief strategy officer”, a spokesperson for the firm said, adding that the he is now “working with the strategy and planning teams across R/GA’s global network to further evolve the discipline and ensure that it continues to meet the rapidly changing needs of our clients.”

 Wacksman is well known as a published writer, who joined R/GA in 1999 when the then upstart had as few as fifty employees. He was the key architect behind their digital-first strategy “The Connected Age”, which led to the agency being named digital agency of the year in 2014 by Adweek. The strategy has been summarised as one which posits that today’s clients need “a connected ecosystem of products, services and communications”.

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Bait Studios Nominated

Posted by: admin | News | September 5, 2015
Bait Studios Nominated
Bait Studios Nominated

Bait Studios have been nominated for its work on Jack to a King: The Swansea City Storyand A Poet in New York. The Cardiff based studio is being recognised both for its visual effects and for its motion graphics work. The British Academy Cymru Awards annually honours excellence in broadcasting and production within the Wales film and television scene.

“We’re really thrilled with the nominations, alongside our production partners who are recognised for their success in the other categories”, Bait’s managing director Jon Rennie said. “Both as a BAFTA Cymru committee member and MD of Bait Studio, it’s great to see the Welsh industry thriving and celebrating its achievements.”

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Fusion 8 (Free)

Posted by: admin | News | September 4, 2015
Fusion 8 (Free)
Fusion 8 (Free)

Blackmagic Design’s new software Fusion 8 is now available for download as a public beta. This is the first-ever Mac compatible release, with the new version adding stereostopic 3D tools and with design for multi-user workgroups. The beta covers the free version of Fusion 8, and is available for Windows and Mac OS X. The paid version of Fusion 8 Studio will have its own beta, to be available soon, while current customer can download the free beta today. Apart from the free version of Fusion 8, the paid version – which goes for $995 – will also feature advanced optical flow image analysis tools for stereoscopic 3D work, retiming and stabilisation.

“Since we announced our plans to bring Fusion 8 to Mac OS X, we’ve had a massive response from the creative community,” Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty said. “This is something that animators, designers and visual effects artists have wanted on the Mac for a very long time. Because it was written specifically for Windows, bringing Fusion to Mac OS X wasn’t just a simple port. Our engineering team has been working tirelessly to rewrite parts of the Fusion code base so it runs incredibly well on Mac OS X, while also improving the Windows version. This new free version of Fusion 8 for Mac and Windows will make it accessible to many more users than ever!”

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Karate Kid gone bad

Posted by: admin | News | September 3, 2015
Karate Kid gone bad
Karate Kid gone bad

With some clever editing and convincing narration, “The Karate Kid” can be turned around completely. J. Matthew Turner recently changed the 1984 film around slightly to change the villain of the film from Johnny to Daniel – the main hero of the story. Daniel is seen as the bully who constantly escalates the situation, having no real business being in a karate tournament. It’s quite interesting to see how one can take a fairly clear story and completely turn it around on its head.

 

 

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Twitter Introduces In-App Ads

Posted by: admin | News | August 27, 2015
Twitter Introduces In-App Ads
Twitter Introduces In-App Ads

Twitter is now launching their new advertising service, allowing for ads inside other apps. The ads are promoted tweets and videos, appearing in apps other than your regular Twitter app. This is a brand new type of advertisement for the mobile phone market, which is otherwise used to seeing ads in their respective apps, usually promoting other apps which in turn rely on in-app purchases.

Twitter does this through their Twitter Audience Platform, facilitated by the purchase of mobile ad exchange company MoPud in September 2013. Twitter has long used promoted tweets as advertisement thrown into your regular Twitter feed, but this is a whole new venture in which they stretch these promoted tweets and videos to other apps as well.

 “Today when our clients when run ads on Twitter they can reach an audience of 300 million monthly active users,” said senior director of revenue products Ameet Randive. He added that now, advertisers “can reach over 700 million people” with promoted tweets and videos running on associated apps outside of Twitter. “We’re helping them with this trend where consumers are spending much more time on mobile, and spending more time within apps.”

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Brown Bag Films Acquired

Posted by: admin | News | August 26, 2015
Brown Bag Films Acquired
Brown Bag Films Acquired

9 Story Media Group has aquired the award winning animation studio Brown Bag Films, employing a total of 170 personnel in its studios in Dublin, Los Angeles and Manchester. The studio is best known for its work on animated children’s series such as OctonautsDoc McStuffins, Bing Bunny and Henry Hugglemonster. This is 9 Story Media Group’s first acquisition following an equity investment last year.

 “We’re absolutely thrilled to be joining horses with Brown Bag Films”, 9 Story Media Group’s president and CEO Vince Commisso said in a statement. “Cathal, Darragh and their team in Ireland have a well established track record and an outstanding reputation for producing high quality animation. This transformative transaction extends our footprint into Europe, broadens our content offering to distribution partners and audiences worldwide, combines best in class CGI and 2D, and optimally positions the company for tremendous growth. We look forward to having Cathal, Darragh and the Brown Bag team, join the 9 Story family.”

Brown Bag Films was founded in 1994 by Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell, and is well known for its 3D animation in kid’s shows shown across the world. 9 Story Media Group is best known for their work in 2D, having one of the largest studios in North America.

 Darragh O’Connell, co-founder and creative director of Brown Bag Films, said in a statement: “We are exceptionally proud of what we have built as an Irish company and for the next part of our journey; it makes total sense for us to join horses with 9 Story. The combined entity will give us a larger bandwidth and bigger global reach for getting our shows into production and watched by as many children as possible. This deal allows us to concentrate on what we have always done very well – making great shows for kids. We LOVE animation and now we will be able to make even more of it!”

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NUKE Competition

Posted by: admin | News | August 25, 2015
NUKE Competition
NUKE Competition

The Foundry has announced a new competition for those who have spent some time with the free version of NUKE. They have since a great surge in users from their recent free version, and they now want to use that to encourage increased use. Since the free version of the software only allows for non-commercial use, the competition now encourages non-commercial projects with some fancy awards.

Among the awards you can get Wacom tablets, graphics cards, memberships in fxphd and, of course, the full version of the NUKE software. The goal of the competition is to use a video released by The Foundry, add a HUD and a leopard, and then finish the scene any way you want using the non-commercial version of NUKE.

The competition has a number of awards for different accomplishments, including “Best Sequence”, “Best Shot” and “Judges’ Pick”, including awards for runners up. For more info click here

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MAXON Cinema 4D R17

Posted by: admin | News | August 24, 2015
MAXON Cinema 4D R17
MAXON Cinema 4D R17

MAXON has revealed their upcoming Cinema 4D Release 17, slated for release in September. It is seen as a new milestone in their well known software, which is often viewed as a cornerstone piece when it comes to 3D animation, graphics, VFX and rendering. One central part of the new release is the new Take System, which provides flexible scene handling to render layers and animation variations, as well as the new Lens Distortion tools and completely reimagined Spline Tools.

 “MAXON is committed to enriching user experience and productivity,” said Harald Egel, managing partner. “The robust new features and subtle refinements throughout Cinema 4D R17 make this a must-have release.”

The new release of Cinema 4D is a big milestone in the software, including many reworked and reimagined features as well as a large number of brand new tools.

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Cannes Winners

Posted by: admin | News | July 5, 2015
Cannes Winners
Cannes Winners

The TV award in the Film category went to F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Sao Paulo for Leica’s “100”, a retrospective film showcasing the camera brand’s history as they’re celebrating one hundred years. President of the jury Tor Myhren referred to the choice as a “no brainer”, arguing for the spot’s value as a “nearly perfect piece of filmmaking and unique visual storytelling”.

 The non-TV award went to The Martin Agency for Geico’s ad “Unskippable: Family”. According to Myhren, “This is a deceptively simple piece of communication, which breaks every single rule of filmmaking. It’s such an innovative way of using film in such an unsexy area.”

 The main Film Craft award was claimed by adam&eveDDB for John Lewis’ “Monty’s Christmas” in an unanimous vote. It also received a Gold Lion, as did Sport England’s This Girl Can, Leica’s 100, Honda’s The Other Side, Audi’s Birth, Conservation International’s The Ocean, Atlantic Group’s 37 Days, Samsung’s Every Day Is Day One, Diageo’s Piano, Mix Brazil’s Everyone Is Gay and Instituto Igarape’s War On Drugo.

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Patrick Clair

Posted by: admin | News | July 5, 2015
Patrick Clair
Patrick Clair

HBO’s critically acclaimed series “True Detective” is an anthology, with season two having a completely unique set of narrative arcs and locations. Stash Media has held an interview with Elastic director and designer Patrick Clair, discussing how this affects the season two titles, especially keeping in mind how the first title sequence won the prestigious Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Design.

Among other things, Patrick Clair discussed how to combine the need not to repeat the same techniques with the need to keep a similar style as so much of the show changes in the second season. The full interview can be found at Stash Media.

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Assistant Editor

Posted by: admin | News | July 5, 2015
Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

Some positions are simply impossible to understand unless you are right in the middle. This new song, written and performed by musician Mark Adams, hilariously explains the job of an assistant editor, arguing the importance of this strange title. The song, aptly named “The Assistant Editor Song”, might contain some harsh language, so you might want to be careful about playing it at your assistant editor workplace!

 

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360 VR Camera

Posted by: admin | News | July 5, 2015
360 VR Camera
360 VR Camera

Google and GoPro have combined their powers in creating a new, 360 degrees virtual reality camera. Google’s Jump is a sophisticated camera which captures the world in full circle, as revealed on their recent I/O conference. Although the camera is already in use in several countries, Google are now partnering with GoPro in commercialising the product for the broad market. GoPro are now manufacturing a new VR type camera with the Google Jump technology.

According to Clay Bavor, vice president of product management at Google, the program is “part of a broader effort to use immersive video to virtually transport people to places that otherwise might be out of reach”. Tying the new product to Google’s existing technology, the company will release Jump videos for the Google Cardboard, virtual reality hardware which uses a regular smartphone as the display.

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Digital Rosé Wine

Posted by: admin | News | June 25, 2015
Digital Rosé Wine
Digital Rosé Wine

Rosé Time, a new app for the Apple Watch, brings you rosé wine when you really don’t feel like fetching it yourself. The app was created for the 2015 Cannes Lions festival in order to showcase what’s possible with smartwatches.

The app was developed in cooperation by mobile tech company Urban Airship and digital agency Intergalactic, and uses beacon technology to connect with visitors at the Cannes Lions Beach VIP area. Those who download the app receive the simple message “Rosé Time?”, and after a “yes” click a glass of rosé wine swiftly arrives to their location.

“We wanted to be able to do more than just show up; we wanted to be able to inspire the global creative community with what’s possible in mobile,” said Urban Airships director of agency programmes Scott Townsend. “Our goal isn’t really to serve thousands of glasses of wine. Our goal is to show people what’s possible in mobile, open their eyes to a cool experience. That’s why we’re delivering it, because we want to see the looks on people’s faces and be able to ask them about the experience.”

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th1ng + Happycamper

Posted by: admin | News | June 24, 2015
th1ng + Happycamper
th1ng + Happycamper

British production collective th1ng has now announced that they’ve signed Stockholm based directorial group Happycamper for their US representation. Happycamper are primarily known for their animation and for the integration of live action and animation in creative pieces, and were recently acquired by Magoo. They now consist of president and CEO Anders Törnquist, head director Andrés Rosas Hott, and Magoo’s executive producer Henrik Jernberg.

“With this arrangement in place, Happycamper can utilize the resources of Magoo and th1ng to work effectively and efficiently in the US Market”, said Happycamper CEO Anders Törnquist in a statement.

“Bill Hewes and I are delighted to welcome Happycamper to the th1ng group in the USA”, said th1ng’s executive producer and founder Dominic Buttimore. “Their creative approach to a wide range of briefs is inspiring and adds another dimension to our highly talented roster in the US marketplace.”

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YouTube 8K

Posted by: admin | News | June 23, 2015
YouTube 8K
YouTube 8K

Just as the market is slowly starting to get used to 4K resolution video, YouTube opens up for 8K resolution. The video in question comes from Luke Neumann, and captures quite beautiful shots of a ghost town. Various commentators argue that having such a high resolution is quite ridiculous seeing as it requires a huge monitor for you even to spot the difference – the main practical difference from a 4K or even a 1080p resolution video really is the time it takes to load the clip.

Luke Neumann describes the process in the video description:

“Filmed on the RED Epic Dragon 6K in Portrait orientation and then stitched together in Adobe After Effects. Get one shot. Cut. Pan left. Get another. Pan Right. Get another.

Some shots simply scaled up by 125% from 6.1K to meet the 7.6K standard. Handheld stuff was just 6K FF. Scaled up by 125% and sharpened up a bit more than the others. The slider shots that had the secondary pan/tilts in them were also 6K FF.  The true 8K shots were the ones that just had pans or tilts or simple dolly moves with no pan/tilt action.”

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Minecraft HoloLens Revealed

Posted by: admin | News | June 22, 2015
Minecraft HoloLens Revealed
Minecraft HoloLens Revealed

E3 2015 brings out a lot of exciting new games, products and features. In one of the more exciting reveals, Microsoft has displayed their ongoing work with using HoloLens for playing the insanely popular block building game Minecraft. Microsoft’s HoloLens has been shown as it works in a number of ways concerning VR/AR/MR, but this is the first time they have revealed anything to do with Minecraft, which they acquired along with its creator Mojang last Autumn.

In the presentation, Microsoft showed a player viewing Minecraft through 3D glasses, controlling the game with voice and hand commands. Albeit a presentation and far from being a completed product, this is still an interesting step, and most definitely something to keep an eye out for in the future.

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Price of Lenses

Posted by: admin | News | June 17, 2015
Price of Lenses
Price of Lenses

Can one really tell the difference between a $150 lens and a $15 000 Ultra Prime one? One would think so, but it might not be as easy as it seems. RocketJump Film School put together a fantastic video showing a test of that very question, using a variety of lenses ranging in price from $150 to $15 000 and employing a blind test consisting of real world footage. One thing that makes the test stand out from other similar tests is the absence of focus charts, and the use of actual, real life footage.

 

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VFX Business Models

Posted by: admin | News | June 17, 2015
VFX Business Models
VFX Business Models

This year’s FMX conference saw an thought provoking panel discussing the future business models of the VFX industry, hosted by Weta Digital’s Dave Gougé and including Warner Bros. Studios’ Chris deFaria, Method Studios’ Marc Weigert and founder of DD and industry expert Scott Ross. The panel discussed a number of topics, but had especially interesting viewpoints when it came to business models.

Among other things, the panel discussed the rather new phenomenon of viewing certain VFX work as a general commodity with less need of talent, allowing it to be farmed out while keeping more specialised talent ready for the more high-end work within the same project. Chris deFaria was skeptical of this approach, arguing that for a VFX house to be profitable while solving the complex projects they generally also need the more mundane, lower grade jobs as well.

The panel also discussed the need for seeing VFX workers more like “talent”, with a studio treating them no different from how they treat actors and key creative workers. In general, a film can ride almost entirely on using a star actor, director or even executive producer, but VFX crew still aren’t well known enough to carry a film. It was argued that while films such as Gravity heavily marketed the breakthrough effects, it wasn’t the VFX team itself that helped in marketing.

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New Directors

Posted by: admin | News | June 17, 2015
New Directors
New Directors

It has been 25 years since Saatchi & Saatchi inaugurated the New Directors’ Showcase in 1991, and they are now planning to celebrate the anniversary as one of Cannes Lions’ most anticipated events, as they are looking back at some of the famous directors of the past.

The 25th anniversary event will showcase the result of inviting 25 NDS alumni directors back for an experimental film, set to be premiered in Cannes just prior to 2015’s reel. Building excitement for the event, Saatchi & Saatchi are now revealing the participating directors one by one in an advent calendar style showcase on their website.

“For the past decade I’ve been part of the team of Saatchi & Saatchi’s creative leaders”, said Andy Gulliman, curator of the NDS and Saatchi & Saatchi’s worldwide director of film and content. “This group selects the annual NDS Showreel, and I have curated the Showreel for the past two years. Reflecting upon the wealth of directing talent in an archive that goes back to 1991, it’s an amazing visual library with contributions from directors such as Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Dawn Shadforth, Jake Scott, Daniel Wolfe and Ivan Zacharias, who now are firmly enlisted in the directing hall of fame. Their directorial styles were an influence then, and continue to be an influence now. With the NDS 25 year anniversary, we would like to celebrate the rich archive and say a big thank you to all the directors who helped to make the event a must on the Cannes Lions calendar.”

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Art of Framing

Posted by: admin | News | June 17, 2015
Art of Framing
Art of Framing

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ is absurdly fast, but thanks to clever framing it still keeps the viewers oriented. The film uses extremely fast cutting, with an average of 2.66 seconds per shot, an average which is even shorter in the faster sections, such as the 45 minute chase scene. A new video now shows excerpts of the film overlaid with audio commentary from cinematographer John Seale ACS, displaying the technical cleverness which makes the viewer remain oriented throughout the two hour film. In short, it’s all about centering the important information in the same place, allowing the viewer to keep concentrating on pretty much the same place on the screen throughout the cuts

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Join Forces

Posted by: admin | News | June 3, 2015
Join Forces
Join Forces

Academy Award winning production studio Digital Domain has joined forces with Immersive Media to create IM360, a new joint venture with the goal of creating cutting edge interactive experiences. 

Digital Domain is best known for their in Hollywood blockbusters such as Iron Man 3Transformers, and Titanic, while Immersive Media has made themselves known for creating video experiences for companies such as Disney and ABC. The companies’ new partnership IM360 now aims to “change the landscape of visual content creation”. 

“New visual experiences are exploding across the world, impacting advertising, television, film and gaming, and Immersive Media have been at the forefront for years,” said Daniel Seah of Digital Domain. “To drive the content revolution, it’s crucial for us and our partners to be ahead of the curve. Immersive Media shares our vision of innovation, and this joint venture allows us to combine our unique complementary strengths.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the talented people at Digital Domain,” said Myles McGovern of Immersive Media. “It’s an exciting time for virtual reality and Immersive’s IP is essential in the growing VR space. The combination of these innovative companies will make immediate impact on the rapidly changing world of VR entertainment.”

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Grows into NLE

Posted by: admin | News | June 3, 2015
Grows into NLE
Grows into NLE

DaVince Resolve has steadily grown from a colour correction tool, and has now with its latest version received full NLE status. The past two versions have not been touted as much like a replacement NLE as they have been seen as a complimentary tool, allowing small editorial changes and exporting. Starting with version 12, the DaVince Resolve software is now seen as a full featured editing platform for any part of the editing process. The new version is set for a public release in July, available both for free as a limited version and as a full version for $995.

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Replaces Boring Ads

Posted by: admin | News | June 2, 2015
Replaces Boring Ads
Replaces Boring Ads

“The Ad Filter”, a new browser extension from D&AD, allows the user to replace boring ads with more interesting ones. The Ad Filter, available for Chrome and Firefox, simply blocks regular ads from your browser, and instead inserts D&AD winners, making the user get a new appreciation for quality advertisement. The browser extension was created by BETC Paris for D&AD with the purpose of “celebrating creativity by inspiring and stimulating people in the industry and beyond”.

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Final Cut Hires Dirk Greene

Posted by: admin | News | June 1, 2015
Final Cut Hires Dirk Greene
Final Cut Hires Dirk Greene

Final Cut’s post-production arm Significant Other has hired creative director Dirk Greene. Greene, who was previously worked for seven years as creative director with Absolute and for twelve years as senior flame artist and VFX supervisor with The Mill, will now work with overseeing Significant Other’s expected growth. Greene has previously contributed with visual effects for well-known ad spots for Levis, Nike, Adidas, Sony, BMW and Guinness, including a number of acclaimed Super Bowl ads. His first work with Significant Others is with a Samsung spot directed by Bradley G Munkowitz, known for his work on Tron and Oblivion. 

“Enlisting a creative director of this magnitude immediately elevates the quality of our work, and will propel Significant Others to the next level of creative artistry”, said Stephanie Apt, president of Final Cut/Significant Others. “Dirk’s hire is just the beginning of our continued effort to offer more complex solutions to clients with a full team of talent.”

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AICE Awards Winners Presented

Posted by: admin | News | May 29, 2015
AICE Awards Winners Presented
AICE Awards Winners Presented

Cut + Run editor Sam Ostrove won best in show at the recent AICE Awards for his work on Volvo’s ad “Vintersaga”, produced by Forsman & Bodenfors. The ad features a range of examples of Swedish life, alongside a performance of the song “Vintersaga” by singer-songwriter Amanda Bergman. The piece was awarded for both Best in Show and for best automotive ad. The ad focused a lot on Sweden, showcasing harsh and forbidding landscapes and a range of Volvo models.

The complete list of award winners:

Best in Show
Sam Ostrove, Cut & Run
Volvo V70, XC70, and XC60
“Vintersaga” 4:00
Forsman & Bodenfors

Alternative Media :90 and Under
Blake Bogosian, Beast
Johnny Random
“Bespoken” 1:07

Alternative Media – Over :90

Damion Clayton, Rock Paper Scissors
Beats by Dre
“The Game Before the Game” 5:03
RGA

Audio Mix
Steve Rosen, Sonic Union
Adidas
“Superstar” :90
Johannes Leonardo

Automotive
Sam Ostrove, Cut & Run
Volvo V70, XC70, and XC60
“Vintersaga” 4:00
Forsman & Bodenfors

Broadcast Promotion
Mark Tyler, Northern Lights Post
Bloomberg TV
“With All Due Respect” :60
Bloomberg TV

Color Grading
Adam Scott, The Mill
Axe White Label
“Hotel” 1:26
BBH

Comedy
Karen Kourtessis, Beast
Hello Flo
“Faked It” 2:20
Hayden 5

Design
Lisha Tan & Andrew Proctor, The Mill
Texas Lottery
“A Million Stories” :32
LatinWorks

Dialogue/Monologue/Spoken Word
Chris Franklin, Big Sky Editorial
American Express
“What’s Your 20?” :60
Ogilvy

Fashion/Beauty
Adam Pertofsky, Rock Paper Scissors
Levi’s
“Just Don’t Bore Them” :60
FCB West

Montage
Joe Guest, Final Cut
Lurpak Cooks Range
“Adventure Awaits” :60
Wieden + Kennedy

Music Video
Luis Moreno, jumP
Coldplay
“Magic Music Video (Official Video)” 5:16

National Campaign
Chris Franklin, Big Sky Editorial
E*Trade
Are You Type E?
“Buffet” :30
“Rock Climbing” :30
“Dance Lessons” :30
Ogilvy

Online Campaign
Nadav Kurtz, Cameron Yergler, Cutters
CVS No More Tobacco Sales
One Good Reason
Nadav Kurtz “Russell” 2:15
Nadav Kurtz “Tammy” 2:30
Cameron Yergler “Lisa” 2:28
BBDO

Original Music
Scot Stafford, Pollen Music Group
Google Mobile Interactive App
“Duet” 3:45
Google ATAP

Public Service
Graham Chisholm, Married to Giants
CIBC Run For the Cure
“In Her Shoes” 2:15
Cundari

Regional Campaign
Kelly Vander Linda, KVL Editorial
Group Health
“Bull Rider” :30
“The Wait” :30
“Questionable” :30
DNA

Sound Design
Evan Mangiamele, Heard City
Gillette
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Best of Los Angeles
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Best of New York
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“Superstar” :90
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Best of San Francisco
Doug Cox, Misfit
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Made in Under an Hour

Posted by: admin | News | May 28, 2015
Made in Under an Hour
Made in Under an Hour

In a stunt to inspire people to make the most of their lunch break, BBH London and KFC produced, shot and cut a music video in just 57 minutes. The music video was for UK rap artist Chip’s latest single “Feeling Myself”, featuring Kano and Wretch 32. The video was shot in a multi story London car park using a single drone camera. The four minute film was captured in just 50 minutes, leaving seven minutes for editing – 57 minutes in total for a process that usually takes weeks or more.

“With everything I do I work hard and try my best to bring unique creativity and great energy”, rapper Chip said. ”KFC’s collaboration with my company Cash Motto has all that to bring a vibrant visual. We’ve filmed, produced and edited my entire video for Feeling Myself in an hour to show our fans how much can be packed into 60 minutes. An hour is the time most people are given for lunch each day right? We wanted to show what an hour can offer when you seize the opportunity to do something creative.”

The video is part of KFC’s ”Pack More into Lunch” campaign which aims to open KFC for new audiences. It was directed by That Go and produced by Rachel Rumbold of production company Friend.

”This campaign was a great opportunity to expand upon the existing ‘Pack more into Lunch’ platform and open KFC up to new target audience”, said BBH creative director Hamish Pinell. ”Creating a music video in a lunchtime was an exciting challenge. Not only did we pull it off, we also set a new world record.”

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New UtopiaBook

Posted by: admin | News | May 27, 2015
New UtopiaBook
New UtopiaBook

Creative online recruiting platform UtopiaBook, a web application run by former talent agents UtopiaPeople, has announced their new pricing plan for members. The new changes reflect a 1000% price reduction and are accompanied by a brand new design and exciting new functions—as well as a new free account for hiring companies to try out their service for free. UtopiaBook is a world leading freelance recruiting platform in the creative and motion media industry and is now expanding into the advertising and gaming industries as well.

“We’re really excited by our new expansion because it’s going to allow us to offer even more unique features for our members,” says Stefan Strom, founder of UtopiaBook. “Our focus has always been connecting talent and companies within the VFX, film and TV industry and now we have the chance to cater to a whole new group of professionals.” According to Mr. Strom, UtopiaBook is a premiere web-application that helps VFX studios, TV channels, agencies and other creative organizations to quickly crew up productions and projects.

UtopiaBook gives professionals full access to thousands of talented freelancers from around the world and allows organizations the opportunity to post both freelance and permanent positions. Freelancers can also browse jobs and connect with other professionals in their industry to advance their careers.UtopiaBook is also announcing the launch of their unique press release widget that allows company members to send out press releases to over 500 selected magazines, blogs and news sites in the creative industry to help boost awareness about their work and presence.

“Today we are seeing a huge shift in the creative industry,” says Stefan Strom. “More and more people—especially younger generations—are choosing freelance work as opposed to full-time positions. They like the freedom to choose when and where they work. Also a lot of companies need to quickly reshape their workforce and using freelancers is of course a way to deal with this,” says Mr. Strong. “We are also seeing a shift of roles in the creative industry, because now you can have companies that offer both advertising and digital services (web) as well as video and film production along with postproduction. Some are even offering game production for all platforms. This is something we will definitely see grow in the future.”

Already the world’s largest database of motion creative professionals, recent studies have found UtopiaBook to be up to 400% more effective than traditional job-boards and social media solutions such as Facebook and LinkedIn, where people have traditionally posted their openings.

“We’ve adjusted our pricing so that everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of our incredible features at UtopiaBook.” Mr. Strom says. “It doesn’t matter if you are a small creative shop or a larger agency, we have solutions for all sizes—no matter where in the world you are located. Working with freelance talent minimizes the financial risks for our clients and finding top-notch talent within minutes is a real breeze using our system. We are also seeing that working remotely with talented and trusted freelancers is becoming more common with many projects. If you can book your flights and hotels on the Internet, you should be able to find great team workers there as well.”

UtopiaBook is now offering a new lower price at 99€ per month with no long-term contracts, allowing members to cancel their membership at any time. The new pricing model is effective as of May 20.

“This new change allows us to offer our membership to a wider range of customers and even allows us to offer a free option for smaller organizations.” Says Stefan Strom. “This allows them to issue two job offers per year at no charge whatsoever. It’s really a win-win for everyone.”

About UtopiaBook

UtopiaBook is the world’s leading website for connecting professional creative talent and production companies, businesses and visual effects studios. The web application was designed by professional creative agents and recruiters who have served clients in over 38 countries. Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, UtopiaBook is the world’s largest database of creatives. Among their clients you will find international studios as well as smaller boutique shops.

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Shawn the Sheep

Posted by: admin | News | May 26, 2015
Shawn the Sheep
Shawn the Sheep

New images have been released from the upcoming “Shawn the Sheep the Movie” feature film, set to be released on August 7. The film is produced by Aardman Studios, who have previously been behind films such as “Wallace and Gromit” and “Chicken Run”. The film, directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak, features the title character who was first seen in Nick Park’s Academy Award winning Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave”.

The film’s synopsis:

“When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for! Shaun’s mischief inadvertently leads to The Farmer being taken away from the farm, to the Big City… Join Shaun, Bitzer and The Flock on their hilarious, action-packed, big screen adventure as they make plans to rescue the missing Farmer. A story about how we sometimes forget to appreciate the things we have in life, and the people who love us.”

 

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B-Reel Signs Simon Cole

Posted by: admin | News | May 25, 2015
B-Reel Signs Simon Cole
B-Reel Signs Simon Cole

Swedish production company B-Reel has signed director Simon Cole for their global representation. Simon Cole has spent the past ten years at HSI Productions, originally as one half of the directing duo Joe Public alongside Adam Cameron, and later on his own at HSI. During his tenure with Joe Public he received two prestigious Director’s Guild of America award nominations.

Cole’s first project with B-Reel is a gun safety PSA called “Evolve”, for agencies Erwin Penland and Hill Holiday Boston.

“I approach every project with the same energy and feeling of dedication in finding what makes a commercial work”, Cole said. “B-Reel shares the same level of enthusiasm and approach to problem solving as me with each new project. They’re a new generation of commercial and digital content company, and being able to tap into that makes it a perfect marriage.”

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America Going Freelance

Posted by: admin | News | May 22, 2015
America Going Freelance
America Going Freelance

One third of Americans already classify as independent workers, and speculations are now ensuing concerning the benefits of employing a larger number of freelancers. Many gives reasons as decreasing costs for both the hiring party as well as the freelancer, increasing creativity, and having a more flexible workforce. We will sure get back with a more detailed post about this interesting fact later on.

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Animated Com Winners

Posted by: admin | News | May 20, 2015
Animated Com Winners
Animated Com Winners

Stuttgart Fest has now announced the winners to the 2015 Animated Com award. The main prize is awarded to French Arnaud & Jérôme for their work on “League of Legends: Warriors”.

“The trailer for the World Championship of Free2Play Games is a pure building of worlds!” said professor Thomas Hundt, creative director and CEO of Jangled Nerves GmbH and jury member. “Three minutes of a pulling effect with absolutely perfect images, movements and music transport the game’s and community’s fascination.”

The jury also included Martin Feyock (Munich), advertising CEO for the board of German Producers Alliance Film & Television; Kathi Käppel (Berlin), director and illustrator; Michael Preiswerk (Stuttgart), creative director and consultant; Florian Rederer (Stuttgart), CEO of Schokolade Filmproduktion GmbH; and Mate Steinforth (Berlin), CEO of Sehsucht GmbH.

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Ads Never Viewed

Posted by: admin | News | May 20, 2015
Ads Never Viewed
Ads Never Viewed

As much as 46% of web video ads never even reach the viewer, according to Google. Google’s own video service, YouTube, sees a much higher viewership rate of 91%, which is seemingly justified by the way it displays ads right in the main content area of the page – inside the video player. Out of the unseen ads, as much as 76% never even appeared on the screen, but were outside of the field of view. For the other 24%, the ads appeared in view but were scrolled by before showing more than two consecutive seconds.

Google didn’t break out separate statistics for ads in the video player and in-banner ads, which makes it a bit difficult to analyse the data.

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Tröll Pictures Launches

Posted by: admin | News | May 19, 2015
Tröll Pictures Launches
Tröll Pictures Launches

A new production company – Tröll Pictures – has launched, already signing directorial duo the Snorri Bros, Eidur and Einar Snorri. The company is based in Los Angeles and led by executive producer Peter Steinzeig and Brickyard VFX partners Dave Waller, Patrick Poulatian, Kirsten Andersen and Steve Michaels.

“Tröll is positioned to address the recent trend towards all-in commercial production, and with distinct creative talent such as the Snorri Bros, we can take any project from inception to completion,” Steinzeig said.

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NUKE Free Version

Posted by: admin | News | May 8, 2015
NUKE Free Version
NUKE Free Version

The Foundry has announced that they will release free, non-commercial and non-watermarked versions of their VFX software programmes NUKE, NUKEX, and NUKE STUDIO, designed for individuals interested in trying and learning more about their unique software.

NUKE STUDIO is well-renowned in the VFX world for its use as an all-in-one solution for modelling and editing all kind of projects, including animated films such as “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and live action films such as Academy Award winner “Gravity”. The free version will include limited functionality in a number of fields, and restrictions are to be placed on how it can be used, with a limited use for “personal learning, personal projects, experimentation and research.”

Free users will also not receive the same kind of technical support from The Foundry, and there are instead plans for setting up a new community as a self-evolving source of help and guidance.

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Milk Wins Second BAFTA

Posted by: admin | News | May 7, 2015
Milk Wins Second BAFTA
Milk Wins Second BAFTA

Independent VFX house Milk has brought home another BAFTA award for their work on British science-fiction series Doctor Who – their second such an award in a row. The award acknowledges their work on the episode “Deep Breath”, on which they contributed with replacing half of actor Peter Ferdinando’s head with a mechanical structure, showing internal workings reminiscent of that of a clock.

“We are honoured to be recognised by the Academy for our work on Doctor Who for the second year in a row”, said Milk’s CEO Will Cohen. “For a company set to celebrate its second year in business at the beginning of June this is another fairytale ending to the year for Milk! It is a privilege to work with Stephen Moffat and the BBC Wales team on Doctor Who and provides us with an opportunity as VFX artists to help push the boundaries of what can be done visually on television.”

 “Deep Breath” was Peter Capaldi’s debut episode as the Doctor, directed by Ben Wheatley. Milk were previously awarded for their VFX work on 2013’s Doctor Who episode “Day of the Doctor”.

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83 New Channels

Posted by: admin | News | May 6, 2015
83 New Channels
83 New Channels

Channel Frederator Network has had a busy month in March, adding a total of 83 new channels to their network, including TomoNews, CoyoteMation, Mellaveli, Morph, and a number of others. The network has also continued to increase its steady hold of the online animation market by increasing its total number of channels to 1 603. Their monthly views have accumulated to a total of 255 million, with 20 million regular subscribers.

Next Media Animation’s TomoNews is one of the major players out of the new channels. It has quickly grown famous for its unique style of displaying top headlines from all around the world in an animated fashion, featuring both breaking stories and crazy, zany headlines from the Internet. Next Media Animations were founded in 2007, and have already become one of the largest and fastest growing 3D animation studios in Asia. TomoNews can be viewed on both Channel Frederator Network as well as on YouTube and in the App Store and Google Play.

“Channel Frederator Network is clearly a leader at curating top notch animated content and working with the channels in their network to help them garner as much audience share as possible”, said Michael Logan, Content Director at TomoNews. “We are looking forward to being part of the Frederator family and working with them to introduce our programming to new viewers.”

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40% of LinkedIn’s Revenue

Posted by: admin | News | May 5, 2015
40% of LinkedIn’s Revenue
40% of LinkedIn’s Revenue

LinkedIn’s ad revenue in the first three months of 2015 were a solid $119 million, a 38% increase over the same period in 2014. But the outlook for the next quarter is looking weaker, and the site now focuses more on specific content marketing.

This first quarter marked the first time that traditional ads comprised of less than half of the total ad revenue, while LinkedIn’s “Sponsored Updates” comprised of over 40%, twice the share of the past year. According to Steve Sordello, chief financial officer, the site’s content marketing is set to continue to grow at a “healthy rate”.

 Advertisement is a fairly small portion of LinkedIn’s total revenue, a mere 19% of $638 million in the first quarter of 2015, while their main source of revenue continued to be employee recruitment and job searches, comprising of 60% of the total revenue. LinkedIn saw a net loss of $43 million in the first quarter, and a net income of $73 million when excluding amortisation and stock-based compensation, an increase from 2014’s $47 million.

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YouTube Celebrities

Posted by: admin | News | April 30, 2015
YouTube Celebrities
YouTube Celebrities

Only a few YouTube channels survive past a few weeks, and even fewer ever manage to make any real money – but the ones that do actually make quite a salary. YouTube advertisement is easily missed, but is quite a revenue for a large number of so called “YouTube celebrities”, who at the most manage to pull in six figure monthly salaries on simple shows on gaming or cooking.

When Outrigger Media summarise the numbers for the most popular beauty and cooking channels, the results are quite astonishing, with a monthly figure of as much as $127 777 for charliscraftykitchen, the most popular cooking show. In comparison, Jamie Oliver’s channel makes $32 261 on advertisement for his YouTube show, and the most popular beauty channel, Yuya, makes $41 475.

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China Surpasses US

Posted by: admin | News | April 29, 2015
China Surpasses US
China Surpasses US

China has now officially surpassed the United States as the number one market for iOS downloads – even though as much as three quarters of the 500 million smartphones on the Chinese market use Android as their operating system. Just by the sheer size of the Chinese population, even such a minority can still easily compete with a majority in smaller countries such as the United States. As a natural result, Asian companies are increasingly active in what were originally American markets.

Warner Bros’ Interactive’s senior vice president Greg Ballard are following the developments very closely:

“I believe, and I think we believe this as a company, that if you’re not a player in Asia right now you are by definition a regional player. The Asian companies are playing in our markets. Tencent is active in the US, Nexon is active in the US, and you can go on and on and on. They are global players, so to avoid being a regional player we now have to be in Asia as well. The opportunity is huge.”

Warner Bros’ Interactive are increasingly focused on the Asian markets, having developed dedicated branches in both Japan and Korea, to mention a few important regions. Facts remain, however, that American companies focus much less on Asian markets than Asian companies – especially Chinese – focus on American and European ones, with companies like Tencent standing out as good examples.

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Jesse Kurnit to Join MPC

Posted by: admin | News | April 28, 2015
Jesse Kurnit to Join MPC
Jesse Kurnit to Join MPC

Jesse Kurnit leaves Transistor Studios for MPC NY to join as their new head of production. He will now oversee their VFX work as well as help build their client base. Jesse has previously worked on a number of commercials for clients such as Pepsi, Budweiser and GE.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Jesse on board as we head into one of our most exciting creative periods,” said managing director Justin Brukman in a press release. “His extensive VFX background and tremendous leadership will be instrumental in ensuring exceptional quality across our work as well as grow our production capabilities.”

Jesse Kurnit, with a decade of production experience behind him, will be working closely with both Justin Brukman and executive producer Camila De Biaggi, and will be responsible for the VFX production as well as the establishment of new client ties.

“I am thrilled to be joining MPC, a company that year after year raises the global bar for cutting-edge visual effects work,” said Jesse. “I look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence and pushing the boundaries of our ever-evolving industry.”

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URSA Mini Announced

Posted by: admin | News | April 27, 2015
URSA Mini Announced
URSA Mini Announced

Blackmagic Design has announced their latest achievement – Blackmagic URSA Mini, the world’s lightest handheld Super 35 digital film camera. The camera is optimised for handheld use, with its light weight enabling the user to carry it throughout the entire work day. The URSA Mini features a 4.6K image sensor, switchable global or rolling shutter, up to 15 stops of dynamic range, dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders, and an impressive 5 inch viewfinder with a high resolution 1920 x 1080 colour OLED display.

“Building on the phenomenal success of URSA, we’ve miniaturized the camera, included all of the essential tools filmmakers need, and still managed to make it light enough to use all day”, said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “URSA Mini puts true Super 35 digital film quality in the palm of your hand and is, quite simply, the most exciting camera I’ve ever seen!”

The design allows for a resolution of as much as 4608 x 2592 pixels, and the global and rolling shutters achieves filming of 15 and 30 frames per second, respectively. The camera comes in four models, with the choice of 4.6K or 4K sensors and EF or PL mount. The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K model starts at $2995.

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Compulsive Pictures Signs Matt Lincoln

Posted by: admin | News | December 2, 2014
Compulsive Pictures Signs Matt Lincoln
Compulsive Pictures Signs Matt Lincoln

Compulsive Pictures has signed director Matt Lincoln for their New York branch, to work with representation for broadcast and digital advertising. Lincoln is probably best known for his work for AT&T, Lenovo, and Adobe, and he recently finished a project for Panasonic in which he focused on his main talent – a mixture of comedic storytelling and high-tech visual effects.

Jack Turney, executive producer at Compulsive Pictures, is very positive for getting to welcome Lincoln on board: “Matt fulfills our desire to offer our clients unique solutions to their digital and broadcast needs. His multi-disciplined approach, which encompasses writing, directing, special effects and editing, enhances our ability to offer engaging content and production for a variety of media.”

Lincoln has previously worked with a number of agencies every since graduating from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, including his more recent projects for major companies such as AT&T and Adobe. Lincoln is looking forward to working with Compulsive Pictures, and said in a recent statement: “I am thrilled to be on the Compulsive roster alongside directors I have such tremendous respect for and working with EP’s whose deep and diverse experience will be a great asset to my career. I’m really looking forward to the creative possibilities at Compulsive.”

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EA Celebrated for LGBT Equality

Posted by: admin | News | December 1, 2014
EA Celebrated for LGBT Equality
EA Celebrated for LGBT Equality

Video game publisher Electronic Arts has for the third year in a row been named one of the best places to work for LGBT equality. The outspoken company is being recognised by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a score of 100 on their “corporate equality index”. A score of 100 means that EA meets the requirements for “partner benefits, organizational competency on LGBT issues, a public commitment to the equality for the broader community, as well as equal employee benefits.”

Electronic Arts have long emphasised being outspoken on several social issues, including LGBT rights, and throughout the years they have been expanding both their internal systems as well as their external support of universal rights. As an example of the latter, EA have an annual appearance at Gay Pride Parades around the world, including North America with cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal, Austin, and Orlando, and Europe with cities like Stockholm and Madrid. EA has also sponsored events such as the 2014 Out for Undergrad Technology Conference and the first ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit.

Electronic Arts have worked a lot on improving their internal systems for welcoming diversity, and this isn’t the first time that they are being recognised for it – this past August, they won the 11th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Award from Diversity Journal for their new programmes aimed at creating a more diversified and inclusive workplace.

On being awarded the HRC recognition, Andre Chambers of EA’s Diversity & Inclusion department said: “We believe that fostering an inclusive environment helps us to create great games, and represent our diverse set of players and I’m proud to work at a company that has strong employee values.”

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Godzilla Visual Effects Breakdown

Posted by: admin | News | December 1, 2014
Godzilla Visual Effects Breakdown
Godzilla Visual Effects Breakdown

Visual effects house Moving Picture Company (MPC) has recently released a brand new four-minute clip showcasing many of the visual effects they created for Warner Brothers’ and Legendary Pictures’ 2014 Godzilla reboot. The film, which was released in May and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston, has been widely regarded as a much better reboot than the failed attempt of 1998, and one of the highlights has without a doubt been the special effects. At least two more sequels are already in planning, with the first one scheduled for release in 2018.

The video, which can be seen below, showcases a number of scenes from the film, including shots of airplanes and debris crashing in the storm surrounding a bridge, and giant monsters rising from the depths of the dark waters. Both Godzilla and his enemies were completely created in visual effects for the film, and the immaculate details involved are clearly showcased in the video clip.

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Coca-Cola to Use Crowdsourcing

Posted by: admin | News | November 30, 2014
Coca-Cola to Use Crowdsourcing
Coca-Cola to Use Crowdsourcing

The Chinese chapter of soda giant Coca-Cola has started gathering new marketing ideas using a crowdsourcing platform, simply asking creative contributors to do their best in describing “that Coke taste”.

The initiative comes from agency McCann Shanghai, and although Coca-Cola has used crowdsourcing as a means of marketing and market research in the past, this is quite an original version of it. Their question to the general public is quite simple, hopefully leading to more creative answers: “If you had to explain to an alien who has never tried it before, which particular element of the Coke taste experience would you talk about, and what creative expression would you show him to get him to crave a sip of that Coke taste?”

At the same time, the company is quite clear that they aren’t looking for fan submitted ads. On French crowdsourcing platform eYeka, where the whole competition takes place, they say that they are rather searching for a “creative point of view about the taste”. The competition asks for submitted videos of up to 40 seconds, either filmed or animated, and the price money for the winning applicant is at a cool €25 000. The eYeka campaign runs until mid-January and is open for applicants both within and outside of China.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Coke are searching for new ideas – in the past few years, their sales have been quite disappointing, and in the recently released statistics for 2014’s third quarter the global profits dropped another 14% in comparison to the same quarter in 2013.

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Rodeo FX to Win HPA Award

Posted by: admin | News | November 21, 2014
Rodeo FX to Win HPA Award
Rodeo FX to Win HPA Award

Montreal based firm Rodeo FX has been awarded the Hollywood Post Alliance Award for Outstanding Effects for their work on TV drama Game of Thrones. This is not the first time Rodeo FX has pulled in a prestigious visual effects award for their work on Game of Thrones, for which they created over 150 special effects shots over the last season. Earlier this year they received a sought after Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects, and since its first episode in 2011 Game of Thrones has been highly renowned for its excellent visual effects, produced both by Rodeo FX and other visual effects companies. In the fourth season, the show became HBO’s most popular TV show ever.

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YouTube Music Awards Return

Posted by: admin | News | November 21, 2014
YouTube Music Awards Return
YouTube Music Awards Return

Last year’s YouTube Music Awards saw an elaborate live event in Manhattan, with a diverse list of performers. YouTube has now reported that the Music Awards will return for a second year in March of 2015, but with a vastly different format. They are dropping the live aspects altogether, and will instead stream a list of music videos, allowing the viewers to help create them in some way that as of yet isn’t fully clear. Kia has signed on to return as sponsor.

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Apple Removes “Free”

Posted by: admin | News | November 21, 2014
Apple Removes “Free”
Apple Removes “Free”

Apple is following the road of Google’s Android OS, and are now replacing the word “free” in App Store with “get”. Apple has offered no official reasoning behind the decision, but it seems clear that it’s a result of the last few years’ constant debate on the ethics of “freemium” apps, a debate which has intensified in the last couple of months. As more and more apps are free to download but offers multiple items and features on sale in-app, the debate has circled around whether the apps actually can be considered “free”. Apple has now followed Google’s recent changes, simply labelling an app with “get” instead of “free”. The decision follows the scrutiny of a July verdict by the European Commission, in which Apple’s previous labelling was referred to as “regrettable”.

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Kenzo Digital

Posted by: admin | News | November 21, 2014
Kenzo Digital
Kenzo Digital

Entertainment and media company Alldayeveryday reports having signed director Kenzo Digital, who has previously worked with stars such as Beyoncé and Kanye West. Kenzo Digital is perhaps most famous for his work on the 2011 Billboard Awards and the United Nations Humanitarian Day, and has also worked with a number of large artists and companies such as Nike and Kenzo Paris. His work primarily focuses on uniting traditional storytelling with new forms of groundbreaking technology, and that work will now continue with Alldayeveryday.

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Reports of Merger Talks between DreamWorks Animation and Hasbro

Posted by: admin | News | November 18, 2014
Reports of Merger Talks between DreamWorks Animation and Hasbro
Reports of Merger Talks between DreamWorks Animation and Hasbro

Reports from Deadline claim that the two companies toymaker Hasbro and DreamWorks is in a potential deal for a merger. Get ready for a new line of toothless and hiccup dolls. Hasbro is also the owner of forty percent of the channel Discovery Family. This merger creates the only studio to actually own a business in toy production. This will occur in a market where typically, studios license their TV and film properties to Hasbro or Mattel, its rival. Currently, Hasbro produces toys for the Star Wars franchise of Lucasfilms, Marvel and Disney. DreamWorks Animation is reportedly asking for $35 per share in the deal with Hasbro. Over the closing price of the studio on Wednesday, this is a 56.6 per cent premium. The studio has taken a beating this year despite the success over the animation How to Train Your Dragon 2 sequel. After the company took write downs on Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Turbo and Return of the Guardians, the shares of DreamWorks Animation lost about thirty seven per cent of the company value. In another possible deal, the studio might also sell stakes of Awesomeness TV to Hearst Publishing for $81. 5 million. This would put the value of Awesomeness TV to $300 million, which is twice what was paid for it in October of 2013 by DreamWorks in October. The deal terms see $81.25 million paid by Hearst for a fourth of a stake on the company with 25 million used as investments in Awesomeness TV and 25 directly going to DreamWorks Animation.

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Test Tim Hamilton Joins ACNE

Posted by: admin | News | November 18, 2014
Test Tim Hamilton Joins ACNE
Test Tim Hamilton Joins ACNE

ACNE, the integrated production company has internationally signed awarded director for comedy, Tim Hamilton. Best known for his irreverent, dry sense of humor as some of his popular films exemplify, he has co-written and helmed Truth in Advertising, a selection at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as The Reel Truth, its sequel. A versatile director, Hamilton has worked around the globe on various mediums that include music videos, commercials, film and television.

He has extensive experience in commercial directing and has shot commercials by the hundred for world renowned brands like Verizon, Lexus and Bud Light, among others. Jesper Pallson, CEO of Us has noted that Tim is a super smart director and a brilliant person. For quite some time, Palsson has admired Tim’s work. He has a directing background for such noted actors like Diane Keaton, John Cleese and Jeff Daniels. Along with his playful, fun approach to his work, Palsson believes he wil be a benefit to ACNE. Everyone is excited for him to join the team. In his home country of Canada, Hamilton started his directing career working on local bands’ musical videos. His work has gotten him notable awards including several ADDYs, Cresta and Epica

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Sophie Gunn promoted

Posted by: admin | News | July 16, 2014
Sophie Gunn promoted
Sophie Gunn promoted

Agency, VFX and motion design veteran Sophie Gunn moves from MPC‘s Motion Design studio into the EP role at MPC Creative London, the company’s content production division..Agency, VFX and motion design veteran Sophie Gunn moves from MPC‘s Motion Design studio into the EP role at MPC Creative London, the company’s content production division..Agency, VFX and motion design veteran Sophie Gunn moves from MPC‘s Motion Design studio into the EP role at MPC Creative London, the company’s content production division..Agency, VFX and motion design veteran Sophie Gunn moves from MPC‘s Motion Design studio into the EP role at MPC Creative London, the company’s content production division..Agency, VFX and motion design veteran Sophie Gunn moves from MPC‘s Motion Design studio into the EP role at MPC Creative London, the company’s content production division..cdcdscdscds

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Matthieu makes the grade

Posted by: admin | News | July 16, 2014
Matthieu makes the grade
Matthieu makes the grade

MPC expands their color-grading team with the addition of veteran Matthieu Toullet who joins the London office via Digital District in Paris. the company’s content production division..

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Strange beast appoints new CD

Posted by: admin | News | July 16, 2014
Strange beast appoints new CD
Strange beast appoints new CD

Strange Beast director Adam Parry, aka Piccadilly Curtains, takes over as the design-focused prodco’s first ever creative director. the company’s content production division..

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Massmarker VFX App

Posted by: admin | News | July 16, 2014
Massmarker VFX App
Massmarker VFX App

In the world of visual effects, encountering unique circumstances and addressing particular requests is par for the course.the company’s content production division..

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Girl overboard floats in Venice

Posted by: admin | News | July 10, 2014
Girl overboard floats in Venice
Girl overboard floats in Venice

Longtime collaborators VFX super Ben Gibbs and VFX super/flame artist Jan Cilliers team with veteran EP Celest Gilbert to launch creative studio Girl Overboard in Venice, CA.

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