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NEW DEAL STUDIOS WINS 2008 VES AWARD - 02/13/08

NEW DEAL STUDIOS WINS 2008 VES AWARDFOR HALO 3 BELIEVE COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNMarina Del Rey, CA (February 12, 2008) New Deal Studios received a 2008 VES Award from the distinguished Visual Effects Society for their contribution to the Halo 3 Believe commercial campaign. The award was announced at the VES Awards Dinner held on February 10, 2008 at the Kodak Grand Ballroom in Hollywood.New Deal Studios Matthew Gratzner, Co-Founder/Visual Effects Supervisor for the company accepted the award, which recognized:Outstanding Models or Miniatures in a Broadcast Program or CommercialHalo 3 Believe Campaign - John 117 Monument MiniatureMatthew Gratzner - Visual Effects SupervisorAlan Scott - Figures... Read Full Story

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars In Theaters and on Television - 02/12/08

A new era of Star Wars entertainment begins in 2008 when Star Wars: The Clone Wars, from creator George Lucas, premieres as an all-new feature film in August, followed by the television series debut in the fall, in a partnership announced today between Lucasfilm Ltd., Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. Produced by Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes audiences on incredible new Star Wars adventures, combining the legendary storytelling of Lucasfilm with an eye-popping, signature animation style. Star Wars: The Clone Wars will open in North American theaters Friday, August 15. International release dates will be announced soon. "I f... Read Full Story

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Visual effects company Digital Domain Files for IPO - 01/08/08

Digital Domain, a 14-year-old, Venice, California based visual effects and animation company, filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. It has been a long time coming from Digital Domain - they were planning an IPO in 1999 but the IPO market dried up. It is always nice to see IPO opportunities bubble up again. In 2006 the company was acquired by private investment firm Wyndcrest Holdings, a group led by movie director Michael Bay (Pearl Harbor) and investor John Textor. The award-winning company has produced computed generated special effects for films and other media. They also maintain a strong position in media convergence with online branding... Read Full Story

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Assemble Is Flush With Animated Creativity - 10/09/07

Animated, megalomaniacal germs voiced by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry are just part of what drew creative boutique Assemble to the recent Domestos campaign. Charged with directing and producing spots for eleven markets, Assemble attacked the project with the intensity of the product advertised, albeit with an appropriate dose of humor. From the in-person pitch to Lowe Worldwide and Unilever, to production and delivery of the completed spots, the process was a sparkling success. To view:http://www.assembleco.com/video/domestos/domestos_castle_pr_092807_medium.movThe scope of the project was vast in part because the agency was willing to let us embellish and enhance the presentation, and to ... Read Full Story

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CUT + RUN - 08/16/07

Red Bees acclaimed director Steve Cope has crafted an exuberant spot for Guinness that is guaranteed to excite audiences in the US, Europe and Japan. The film unites stunt men, an expressive drum and horn soundtrack, striking visual effects and hand animation in an uber-modern expression of a Busby Berkeley extravaganza in a glass. To view the spot, click here: http://www.beam.tv/beamreels/beamreel.php?yfZzxCsbxDTim Hardy, who collaborated with Steve Cope on the multi-award winning Elvis BBC promo and on the recent Bob Monkhouse PSA, edited the commercial, which fittingly ends with the tagline Its Alive Inside.The spots production included a multi-camera, four-day shoot with stuntmen and ... Read Full Story

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Lightborne Creates Psychedelic Heartless Bastards Video - 05/16/07

To view the Heartless Bastards music video, please go to: http://client.light-borne.com/client/heartless_bastards/HB_AllThisTime.movShowing off its conceptual, directorial and design prowess, Lightborne has created a quirky, psychedelic and inventive music video for Fat Possum recording artists Heartless Bastards. All This Time is a powerful declaration of loyalty and affection by vocalist Erika Wennerstrom to her partner and fellow bassist, Mike Lamping. "We all really liked the idea to begin with and getting to see the final result was pretty amazing," comments Wennerstrom. The video takes Wennerstrom on an Alice in Wonderland-like scavenger hunt put on by her bandmates... Read Full Story

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INTERspectacular GETS PLAYFUL; For VOLVO - 05/15/07

INTERspectacular GETS PLAYFUL; For VOLVOWell-known for its irreverent sense of humor and innovative creativity, the team at concept/design studio INTERspectacular was called on recently by ad agency Euro RSCG to infuse a carefree, playfulness into their new, 30-second commercial entitled World of Fun for  Volvo.To view the new spot, go to: http://www.interspectacular.com/pages/volvo/The spot begins with the sporty Volvo S40 hitting the road as animated robot arms try to block its path. Our hero zips past giant dancing robots, barely avoiding their gigantic feet. Then, spunky robot-controlled airplanes try to overtake the S40, which continues to hold the lead. Finally, whimsical, jet ... Read Full Story

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Production/Animation Label, Ffake, Launched By Paul Golden - 05/10/07

NEW PRODUCTION/ANIMATION LABEL, FFAKE, HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY INDUSTRY LUMINARY PAUL GOLDENFFAKE, a new production and animation production company, has been opened by industry leader Paul Golden. The FFAKE talent roster includes such well-known animation directors as Carl Willat, Nicholas Weigel and the Maverix Art Collective, which includes Ed Bell, Robert Valley, Tom Rubalcava and Charlie Canfield. Also included on FFAKEs roster are up-and-coming talents: David Lobser, Peter Richardson and Ben Meinhardt. FFAKE is represented for commercial projects in the East by Perry Schaffer and Corey Rogers of SchafferRogers/New York.I decided to open FFAKE because I saw a real opportunity in this ev... Read Full Story

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Edge Creative Unveils New VP and New HQ in Burbank - 05/10/07

EDGE CREATIVE WELCOMES NEW VP OF CREATIVEDAVID HERSHEY; UNVEILS COMPANYS NEW HQ IN BURBANKEDGE Creative has welcomed David Hershey as the companys new Vice President of Creative. Hershey joins EDGE from the owned & operated CBS Television Stations in Dallas, where he's been the Director of Creative Services for both KTVT CBS 11 and TXA 21 since 2003. Hersheys arrival also coincides with EDGE Creatives move into their new headquarters in Burbank, California.David has a genuine thirst for great creative and new ideas; and that's what EDGE is all about, says EDGE Creative President/Owner Jim Barrett. Weve also known each other for 20 years, and actually had the same high school mentor in... Read Full Story

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Spy Post Contributes VFX To Quirky Grizzly Bear Music Video - 03/01/07

To view the Grizzly Bear music video, please go to: http://ftp.spypost.com/publicity/grizzly_bear/SPY POST CONTRIBUTES VFX TO QUIRKY GRIZZLY BEAR MUSIC VIDEOIn the latest music video for Grizzly Bear, Spy Post partnered with Encyclopedia Pictura to create bizarre visual effects for the sci-fi inspired film.Set in the desert, Read Full Story

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Troika Design Group creates new ID for "NFL Total Access" - 01/10/07

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CA Square Adds New Dimension to TVN'S Sopot Package - 09/18/06

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Shilo puts a new spin on illustration for Gap - 07/24/06

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A52 earns first AICP Visual Effects honors for "Kid Tiger" - 06/13/06

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Michael Bay buys Digital Domain - 05/16/06

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - George Lucas has Industrial Light + Magic, Peter Jackson has Weta, and now Michael Bay has Digital Domain. The "Pearl Harbor" director and private investment firm Wyndcrest Holdings, in which Bay is a principal, are set to announce Tuesday the acquisition of the 13-year-old visual effects studio. Financial terms were not disclosed. Bay broke the news to Digital Domain's 475 artists Monday during a staff meeting at the Venice, Calif.-based studio. "My simple goal is to make Digital Domain an effects powerhouse," Bay said in an interview after the meeting. "I think we can utilize this platform here to exp... Read Full Story

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King Kong Wins Best Visual Effects Oscars - 03/06/06

New Zealand's Weta wizards added another Oscar to their collection at the 78th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, for best visual effects on the movie King Kong.Weta Workshop boss Richard Taylor won, along with Weta Digital's Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul and Christian Rivers. It is the fifth Oscar for Taylor.Actor Ben Stiller presented the award, dressed in a green jumpsuit to mimic those worn by set crews and actors working on sets with visual effects.In his acceptance speech, Letteri paid tribute to director Peter Jackson, and screenplay writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens."It's a thrill to create such a character as King Kong," he said.The other nominees were The Chronicles of... Read Full Story

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Nissan Murano Campaign Soars, Courtesy of Stardust Studios - 02/21/06

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It's Official: Disney to Acquire Pixar - 01/24/06

Long-time Creative Partners Form New Worldwide Leader in Quality Family Entertainment Ed Catmull Named President of the Combined Pixar and Disney Animation Studios and John Lasseter Named Chief Creative Officer; Steve Jobs to Join Disney's Board of Directors Disney Increases Stock Repurchase Authorization Burbank, CA and Emeryville, CA (January 24, 2006) Read Full Story

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Lucasfilm opens animation studio in Singapore - 10/27/05

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Jesse Clemens writes about the RhinoFX Mental Ray pipeline - 11/03/05

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Cinesite opens 2011 Inspire Program to help grow next generation of VFX talent - 01/18/11

Cinesite opens 2011 Inspire Program to help grow the next generation of VFX talent Successful visual effects internship program returns for a second year   London, UK, January 17, 2011 – Cinesite, one of the world’s leading film visual effects houses, is now receiving applications for its 2011 internship program, Inspire, which helps develop young visual effects talent. Following the success of the 2010 program which has seen both of last year’s winners, Chris Mulcaster and Alex Betancourt, go on to work on the upcoming blockbusters Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and John Carter of Mars at the company, Cinesite has brought the internship program back... Read Full Story

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Solid Creates Bold Graphic Music Video For David Guetta Featuring Rihanna - 03/07/11

Creative concept studio Solid recently completed a new music video for “Who’s That Chick?”, an electro-dance track produced by David Guetta and featuring Rihanna. The song originally made its debut last fall as part of the much-buzzed-about Doritos “Late Night” online global music event. Two videos provided contrasting views of Rihanna’s persona: a vibrant, playful one for day and a darker, grittier version for night.Currently airing online, the latest version of “Who’s That Chick?” is a space-age fantasy directed by Jonas Åkerlund, a Lady Gaga favorite who has also worked with Madonna and Britney Spears. Long-time Åkerlund... Read Full Story

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Cinesite announces four winners of its 2011 Inspire internship program - 06/01/11

Cinesite announces four winners of its 2011 Inspire internship program   London, UK, June 1, 2011 – Cinesite, one of the world’s leading film visual effects houses, today announced that it has awarded places on its 2011 Inspire internship program to four exceptional candidates – Luke Armstrong, Ruairi Twohig, Eleanor Bond and Tom Flavelle. The winners were chosen from more than 200 applicants for their exceptional compositing, modeling and texturing skills. The placements will commence in June and run for six weeks.   Luke Armstrong is from Reading, Berkshire, and is graduating from Portsmouth University this summer after studying for a Bachelor of Science ... Read Full Story

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Cinesite launches its 2012 Inspire Internship Program - 10/19/11

Cinesite launches its 2012 Inspire Internship Program New technical effects placement added to develop the next-generation of VFX programmers   London, UK, October 19, 2011 – Cinesite, one of the world’s leading film visual effects houses, today opened pre-registration for its highly successful annual internship program, Inspire. New to this year’s initiative is a separate technical effects strand, which specifically targets graduates with an interest in computer programming or technical effects – in direct response to what Cinesite sees as a distinct lack of skilled programmers coming into the VFX industry.   “We’ve had great success ov... Read Full Story

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Cinesite opens its 2012 Inspire Internship Program for entries - 01/11/12

London, UK, January 11, 2012 – Cinesite, one of the world’s leading film visual effects houses, today announced that it’s now accepting applications for its highly successful annual internship program, Inspire. Now in its third year, a new technical effects strand has been added to Inspire, which specifically targets graduates with an interest in computer programming or technical effects. Antony Hunt, managing director, added the new placement to encourage a new-generation of skilled programmers to consider the VFX industry as a viable option for their skills, and to help budding effects artists demonstrate their technical ability.   Cinesite’s visual effect... Read Full Story

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Cinesite announces the winner of its 2012 Inspire Internship Programme - 07/13/12

Cinesite, one of the world’s leading digital visual effects houses, today announced that Firtina Ozbalikci, a second year computer science student from the University of Bath, is the winner of its 2012 Inspire Internship programme. Firtina is the winner of Inspire’s first technical effects internship which was launched this year to encourage skilled computer programmers to consider a career in the visual effects industry.   Firtina was chosen from hundreds of applicants. “Firtina’s application showed a real determination to investigate graphics programming beyond what he’d been taught in his computer science course,” said Alexander Savenko, head ... Read Full Story

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Superlux Designs A 3D/Live Action Broadcast Package For TNT-LA’s 55th Grammy Aw - 08/28/13

Superlux captured the attention of millions of viewers in 17 Latin-American countries with a provocative Grammy Awards package driven by bold, colorful 3D graphics that interact with live performance clips from TNT Latin America’s global broadcast. The boutique conceived, designed, created visual effects and edited the complex mix of footage and graphics, which mirrors the palette and pace of the clips, to create a broadcast package that maintains the coherent stylized look of the Grammy broadcast, while bringing Superlux’s exuberant aesthetic to the music industry’s biggest event. “When working with TNT-LA we always design five or more concepts,” says creat... Read Full Story