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Rodeo FX Turns To iPi Motion Capture to Create Key Scene In “Now You See Me” - 11/27/13

MOSCOW, RUSSIA  – The summer blockbuster “Now You See Me”, which has grossed more than $350 million USD worldwide since Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE (NYSE: LGF) company, released the film in the US, features several complex visual effects sequences created by Montreal-based studio Rodeo FX. But none proved more challenging than a key scene set at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – aided immeasurably by iPi Soft’s markerless motion capture solution iPi Motion Capture.“We had been experimenting with iPi Motion Capture and knew going into the project that we would use it for some of the crowd duplication and we definitely put the software through its p... Read Full Story


Animating Using the Kinect Point Cloud as Reference - 07/22/12

Using Kinect Point Clouds To Animate Figuresby Amid Amidi (Cartoon Brew)Brazilian artist Jomário Murta used multiple Microsoft Kinects to generate a sequence of point clouds (a set of points in 3D space) as reference for creating animation. The process is akin to motion capture, but not the same: This is something like animating over the videos. Just like we usually do as reference for timing and more complex movements. The difference is that I can animate three-dimensionally “inside” the video; the advantage instead of mocap is that the animation process is more free, where I can easily exaggerate the movements and play a lot with the poses without compromising my ... Read Full Story


3D Short Film - Devils, Angels & Dating - Released! - 01/04/12

After 5 Years of Development, 3 Years of Online Production by a Global Online Team, 2 Years of Animation, with a $0 budget. Devils, Angels & Dating is completed and released online. Creator Michael Cawood has been working on this film since 2006, and has been working with a online team from around the world. Be sure to watch the film and spread the message, you can also go behind the scenes and view the development process of the film. To watch the film go to: Read Full Story


Cinesite creates First Class visual effects - 06/10/11

Cinesite creates First Class visual effects   London, UK, June 10, 2011 – Cinesite, one of the world’s leading film visual effects houses, has completed more than 115 visual effects shots for Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class, which hit cinemas last week. Among the effects Cinesite created were a retro version of the Cerebro Room, Azazel’s fight sequences, a military parade in Red Square and Washington, DC devastated by nuclear war.   Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the prequel takes the viewer back to the beginning, before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) took the names Professor X and Magneto, and when they w... Read Full Story


Cinesite recreates 18th Century London in 3D for Pirates of the Caribbean - 05/26/11

Cinesite recreates 18th Century London in 3D for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides   London, UK, May 26, 2011 – Cinesite, one of the world’s leading film visual effects houses, has completed more than 300 stereoscopic visual effects shots for Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. For their first full stereo 3D project, Cinesite were tasked with creating large-scale photorealistic 3D environments for a dramatic carriage chase through London.   Directed by Rob Marshall, the fourth installment in the highly successful Disney/Bruckheimer series sees Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain... Read Full Story


PAUL 3D film trailer - 10/18/10

First trailer of "PAUL", the last Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's comedie who also made Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.VFX house: Double negative.Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, having already skewered the zombie horror and buddy cop genres with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, are teaming up once again to create Paul, a knock-about comedy about extraterrestrial encounters.Seth Rogen provides the voice of Paul, the diminutive alien whom comic book nerds Graeme and Clive (Pegg and Frost) encounter near infamous UFO hotspot, Area 51. Superbad director Greg Mottola’s the helmer, and Juno’s Jason Bateman plays the Special Agent on Paul’s trail.The script’s been penned by Peg... Read Full Story


Prime Focus transforms Voyage of the Dawn Treader into 3D - 12/17/10

Prime Focus transforms fantasy adventure The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader into stunning 3D Deploys Global Digital Pipeline to convert over 1,500 shots into 3D   London, UK, December 17, 2010 – Prime Focus, the global visual entertainment services company, has completed the full 3D conversion of the eagerly-awaited Christmas blockbuster The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which was released in theaters on Friday December 10. The film, directed by Michael Apted and starring Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and Will Poulter is the third film in The Chronicles of Narnia series, and is the industry’s biggest full 3D conversio... Read Full Story


yU+co. Re-teams With Director Davis Guggenheim On ''Waiting For Superman'' - 10/19/10

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Throughout the course of ''Waiting for Superman,'' the new documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim (''An Inconvenient Truth''), viewers are taken on emotional rollercoaster courtesy of the heart-wrenching case histories of five different families across the country struggling to give their kids a shot at a better education. When it came to the main-on-end title sequence though, Guggenheim entrusted yU+co., the design/visual effects studio led by Founder/Creative Director Garson Yu, to leave the audience with just one lasting impression: hope.''Garson and I knew we needed more in the end titles than inspirational words -- we were searching for a metaphor that moved the au... Read Full Story


SWAY Studio Creates Interactive, Online Films for Team Detroit & 2011 Ford Edge - 07/27/10

In anticipation of the launch of the 2011 Ford EDGE this fall, the agency creatives at Team Detroit called on the talent and proprietary Drive-A-Tron technology at SWAY for a series of computer-generated short films for the Ford Edge web site with the launch of the all-new Ford Taurus in fall 2009, the SWAY team was brought into the creative process early.  The creatives at Team Detroit called on SWAY during the conceptual phase to create storyboards and preview possible location concepts. SWAY worked closely with Team Detroit to design all of the environments and directed all the elegant, single camera moves.  They also created the CG animations and... Read Full Story


yU+co Makes Splash with Hot Tub Time Machine - 06/11/10

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- One of this year’s most successful comedies is Hot Tub Time Machine -- the story of four friends, all of them bored with their adult lives, who travel back to their heydays in the 80’s thanks to a time-bending hot tub. Digital content creation/production studio yU+co. added to the humor of the film with an opening title sequence that sets the perfect tone featuring a fast-paced photo collage of the history of hot tubs. yU+co. also created a closing title sequence that offers a pitch perfect parody of the classic Motley Crue music video ''Home Sweet Home,'' only with cast member Rob Corddy playing the part of lead singer Vince Neil.The History of Hot Tubs in Pi... Read Full Story


Last Chance the movie is released - 03/04/10

Last Chance - the movie is now online. The film is a collaboration between composer Andrew McCluskey and artist SAmi Nikki. Last Chance is a timeless piece about the importance of hope in our current environment. Through a tale of evolving consciousness it shows the viewer a simple beacon of happier times. The story is told through a series of paintings computer animation that is softer than other contemporary styles. Instead of aiming for a more realistic look, a subtler but more vivid style has been chosen. The movie can be viewed at:   Vimeo  &  Youtube The project features a production blog at : Read Full Story


RED GIANT STUDIOS Announces its 1st Animated Film - 05/01/09

San Francisco, CA  April 30, 2009 Red Giant Studios, LLC., a new animation and visual effects studio founded by Dalton Grant, Jr and Cindy Rangel, announces its plan to release it's first CG-animated short, The Way To Heaven, in July of 2009.   The film is the result of the collaboration between Red Giant Studios and that of Guilin Jieli Digital Animation, an offspring company from the founder of Jieli Publishing, which is one of the largest children's book publishers in mainland China. The Way to Heaven, which is Directed by Dalton Grant, Jr and Co-Directed/Executive Produced by Mier Tang, is a story for all ages and is told through both 2D and 3D animation techniques. T... Read Full Story


Award-Winning Director Marc Forster Teams With Cut + Run Editor James Nelson On New Swiss Air Film - 07/02/09

Flying – or modern day travel via air – evokes a variety of images but certainly rarely as beautiful or sublime as what unfolds in the new Swiss Air film directed by Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” “Finding Neverland,” “Monster’s Ball”). To help orchestrate and unite the myriad of elements involved, Forster turned to Cut + Run Editor Jay Nelson who worked hand-in-hand with the director and the effects production company MK12 on the project.  Nelson, who has significant experience working with voice over, was charged with cutting the project and recording Marc’s voice over for the script penned by the director. “We ... Read Full Story


Animators Are Some of the Happiest Workers in America, Survey Finds - 10/17/08

Animators Are Some of the Happiest Workers in America, Survey Finds Third-party survey commissioned by reveals career trends in the animation industry     Emeryville, CA October 16, 2008 (Animation Mentor), the leading online character animation school created by animators for animators, today unveils key findings from an animation industry survey that shows a vibrant and healthy workforce with a bright future. Animation Mentor commissioned independent research firm Knowledge Wave International to conduct the survey to gain insight into an insiders view on industry trends, job titles, job satisfaction and salari... Read Full Story


3D Short Film Contest invaZion'09 Challenge - 02/12/09

3D Short Film Contest invaZion'09 Challenge Top international jury selected Bruehl, Germany, Feb 9th, 2009. The invaZion '09 3D Short Film Contest is heading into the final straight with the announcement of the six international members of the jury: Contestants have until 31 March 2009 to submit their stereo 3D productions. The panel of judges is made up of high-calibre representatives of leading film and animation companies Dreamworks Animation SKG, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Industrial Light & Magic, Trixter, The Orphanage and ImageMovers Digital no less. The invaZion'09 contest will be hosted by more3D and their sponsors Adobe, Maxon, fmx/09 and Digital Production Mag... Read Full Story


Worms The Teaser is online. - 07/27/09

Worms, the Teaser is now online. Worms is the newest project of ANIMAKING, a feature stop-motion animation made for all ages, focusing on children spectators.ANIMAKING, the largest stop-motion animation studio in Brazil today, and has invited GLAZ ENTRETENIMENTO to produce the movie in a partnership mode. GLOBO FILMES and FOX FILMS joined the project afterwards. The film is also a co-production between Brazil and Canada, as the Canadians WIZZ FILMS and MOKKO STUDIO are in charge of it s post-production.Worms The Movie is the first full feature stop-motion animation movie produced in Latin America, and will be released in 2010.Access the blog from the movie to read more new ... Read Full Story


Animation Festival submission - Cineme? - 09/07/05

I've been looking into the possibility of submitting an animated short or two to this year's Cineme Festival. Acceptance of my work means exposure toanimation/film professionals acting as jurors aswell as having my piece(s) broadcast on televisionand distributed on a compilation DVD. As far as I can tell, submission is free. Sounds good so far.   What concerns me is the barrage of contractual legalesethat cineme makes you agree to for the submission. (Youcan find it at - scroll to the bottom and you'll see a series of windows with said verbiage.)   It seems like the agreement is to sign your life awayand seems excessive from my layman perspe... Read Full Story


ILM pulls back the curtain on Pirates 2 - 12/15/06

ILM launches a site devoted to their amazing work on Pirates of the Caribbean 2. Especially interesting is the viewer that allows you to see through the final shots to the footage as it was captured on set. You can also play "Real or ILM" where you have to choose whether ILM created the shot or it was captured live... Here's the link: Read Full Story


New CG Movie -Highly Realistic and Very Serious - 09/09/05

Well- this is the first time I've seen this type of film attempted in that, unlike Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, this is set in a very realistic historic context. It's somehow a cross-story between Anne Frank and Emily Dickinson (two very cheery subjects, no?). Anyway---from what I gather form the synopsis the overall treatment reminds me a little of the interconnected stories in The Hours. Aside form getting to cast a near replica of Anne Frank (because she's all CG) I don't entirely get why a film maker would want to do a project in this manner. Realistic humans have been almost universally doomed to failure in CG films (although Polar Express seemed to do pretty well this past Chr... Read Full Story


Frantic Films VFX Battles John Woo - 06/16/09

Epic Chinese-Language Film Features Massive Naval Battle Sequence Comprising 2,500 Boats Populated with an Army of 70,000Award-winning VFX studio Frantic Films VFX, a division of Prime Focus Group, has contributed a number of visual effects shots -- including one of the films key naval battle scenesfor the John Woo-directed epic, Red Cliff. The most expensive Chinese-language picture ever made, Red Cliff is a co-production of China Film Group, South Koreas Showbox Entertainment, Taiwans CMC Entertainment group and Japans Avex Entertainment, and hits Asian and European theaters in Jan. 2009.Red Cliff is based on the historic Battle of Red Cliffs and other events during the end of the Han D... Read Full Story


PARRY STUDIOS Announces its latest 3D Short Film - 07/01/09

Melbourne, Australia June 30, 2009 Parry Animation Studios, founded by Jack Parry and Marianna Parry, in association with Screen Australia has released its latest CG-animated short, Calypso.   The film is the result of the collaboration between Parry Studios and the multi-award winning Australian Animation/Director/Producer Sarah Watt, one of Australia's most celebrated animators.  Calypso, which is Directed by Jack Parry, and Produced by Marianna Parry is the story of an old man's escape from dying.   In the not-so-distant future our elderly are left to be cared for by machines.   George, an abandoned, terminally ill man, has been left to end his... Read Full Story


NVIDIA First to Offer Full Support for OpenGL 3.0 - 12/17/08

Further demonstrating its leadership and commitment to OpenGL and the standardization process, NVIDIA today released fully supported drivers for OpenGL 3.0 for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Linux on its select GeForce and Quadro solutions. These drivers enable software developers to take full advantage of all OpenGL 3.0 capabilities, accelerating their delivery of cutting-edge media platforms and applications.   Building on four months of public beta testing, NVIDIA is now the first hardware developer to offer full support of the Khronos Groups new cross-platform 3D graphics standard. The new drivers implement the OpenGL 3.0 API and the GLSL 1.30 shading language to offer devel... Read Full Story



Santa Monica, CA, February 18, 2009: Santa Monica/New York design/production studio Blind crafts origami out of human mannequins in new promos direct-to-client through The CW Network for “America’s Next Top Model” (ANTM), with the new season premiering March 4th.  The visually kaleidoscopic :30 reimagines photos from a Top Model shoot, creating a montage of moving-paper-cutout-patterns inspired by a fashion designer’s creative process.With a modest budget and existing photographs, Blind built and expanded upon an initial concept developed by Rick Frey, Chris Donovan, Jennifer Titus and Mark Evans of the CW Network to create an artful s... Read Full Story



Marina Del Rey, CA (February 11, 2009) New Deal Studios has received two award nominations from the prestigious Visual Effects Society (VES).  This 21st century studio has once again received acknowledgment from their peers for their outstanding miniature effects artistry within the feature film and commercial worlds.  Nods came for their work in the box office record breaker, The Dark Knight and a fast-paced commercial for New Balance athletic shoes, Anthem. The award winners will be announced at the VES Awards Dinner held on February 21, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.   New Deal Studios VES award nominations include:   Outstandi... Read Full Story


Against Another Short Movie - 05/12/09

Hello I'm Alex Barbulescu , i'm one the two fondators ,For the Against Another Project. This project is based on the Big Buck Bunny Project , made by Peach Team. Were Curently 1 month under development , so we don't have to much to show , but were working on it. Were a small team of freelancers , with no sponsors , gathered over the net to make this small movie. What we need for you guys is moral support , please tell your friends , your colleagues, and let the news spread ,olso if any of you are willing to donate for the project , you can find details on the site . and Visit and if you didn't seen Big Buck Bunn... Read Full Story


Maya 8, Max 9 Event LA -08.17.06 - 08/14/06

Didn't make it to Siggraph? Missed out on the User Group Party? Motion Media with Autodesk will be hosting a New Features event showcasing 3ds Max 9 and Maya 8 at Club Good Hurt in Southern California. The event is FREE, with food, drinks and prizes in a friendly club atmosphere. 21 and over only. Seating is limited. Reservations required. ... Read Full Story


D2 Software to Preview Next Version of NUKE at SIGGRAPH - 07/11/06

D2 Software to Preview Next Version of NUKE; Showcase High-End Compositing Pipelines at SIGGRAPH Booth workflow walk-throughs will feature NUKE compositing, Primatte keying, Qube! render farm management system, NVIDIA Quadro FX ultra high-end graphics, FrameCycler playback Venice, CA., July 10, 2006 Read Full Story


Escape Studios Launches First Online ZBrush Course - 12/12/08

Escape Studios, the number one source for developing a successful career in the CG industry, today announced the launch of its new online ZBrush Foundation course. Comprised of over 11 hours of HD video tutorial content created by industry experts, ZBrush Foundation enables artists of all levels to grasp the incredible power of Pixologics industry standard sculpting tool. Delivered through Escapes proprietary online learning system, ZBrush Foundation provides students with a comprehensive learning experience and the ability to ask questions of Escapes industry professional tutors, using the systems unique Q&A feature. For more information on Escapes ZBrush Foundation course, ... Read Full Story



DARWIN DIMENSIONS INTRODUCES evolver SOFTWARE ENABLING AUTOMATED CREATION OF 3D CHARACTER MODELSSet to Debut at SIGGRAPH 2006, evolver Delivers a Near-Infinite Variety of Character Models For Professional Animation PipelinesMontreal, CANADA (July 24, 2006) Read Full Story


On the edge - 01/14/08

15 frame animation studio has finished a 3d short animation 4 monthes ago. It has won prises and has been screened in a big number of festivals.   "This is a short about one figureman who fell down on training... His future flashed before his eyes like something horrible... What fantasy it was and what will he do to change it?"   Its about 6 min 20 secThere are two uploads: 50 Mb and 110 Mb                 Read Full Story



Marina Del Rey, CA – (March 9, 2009) – The much-anticipated release of Watchmen features high-tech mechanical and pyrotechnic effects created by New Deal Studios (NDS).  The award-winning effects team at New Deal engineered a water tower to collapse onto a burning miniature tenement rooftop, spilling water onto the fire and allowing a split second window for the superheroes to save the day.  A team of 60 artists from design, fabrication, effects photography, and digital combined their artistry to orchestrate the thrilling fire effects and bring the whole sequence to life. According to Ian Hunter, NDS Co-Founder/Visual Effects Supervisor, this sequence required exact... Read Full Story



Marina Del Rey, CA – (May 22, 2009) -- Award-winning New Deal Studios (NDS) wields creative ideas to produce amazing visual effects for two highly anticipated summer blockbusters, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Terminator Salvation.  “We live in a democratized visual effects world.  How do you differentiate yourself in today’s age of globalization, commoditization, ubiquity of effects tools and ‘free on the internet’ mentality?”  asks Shannon Blake Gans, managing partner at New Deal. “We are combating all these downward pressures by getting back to the basics and telling a compelling story fueled by passion for o... Read Full Story


Director of A Scanner Darkly talks about the procedure - 07/18/06

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Marina Del Rey, CA – (April 23, 2009) – New Deal Studios’ first co-production, “100 Feet,” a thriller starring Famke Janssen, Bobby Cannavale and Ed Westwick premieres on the Sci-Fi Channel this Sunday April 26th, followed by an exclusive DVD release through Hollywood Video on Tuesday, April 28th. “100 Feet” is the first project to be released under the production shingle of New Deal Studios. In “100 Feet” a woman, played by Famke Janssen, is put under house arrest for killing her abusive husband in self-defense.  While confined to a 100’ perimeter in her house, she discovers that the house is haunted by the ghost of her de... Read Full Story


Malaysia's first 3d animated feature film: Geng - 12/18/08

The long wait is over. Malaysia's first 3d animated feature film, Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula (or Geng: The Adventure Begins for the English version) has finally been completed and is set to be released on the 12th of February 2009 in cinemas across Malaysia. The 90-minute feature film is produced by Les' Copaque Production, an animation company based in Malaysia, with a budget less than USD2 million and a staff of 40 creative workers that took 2.5 years to complete. Geng: Pengembaraan Bermula is an action-adventure film targeted for children but made in a way that the whole family can enjoy together. The movie is unique in that it not only manages to capture the beauty of Malaysia's lush ... Read Full Story


NUKE Community Continues to Expand; Four Facilities Purchase - 07/28/06

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Digital skin drafting in compositing - 06/26/07

Digital Skin Grafting The technique behind Super Star Rajini's European complexion in the film 'Sivaji - The Boss' (Style Song) About the Film: The film "Sivaji The Boss" starring super star rajini is the costliest film made in india to date. Directed by S.Shanker, Cinematography by K.V.Anand, Music by A.R.Rahman, Produced by A.V.M Productions. About Rajini, hero of the film: He is well known actor worldwide. People call him Super Star because of his unique style. He is the 2nd highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie chan. In this film, director Shanker wanted to change Rajini's wheatish complexion to a white European complexion. As a visu... Read Full Story



New York, NY – (January 9, 2009) – Entertainment and design company Imaginary Forces (IF) recently completed the charming main titles for the romantic comedy “Bride Wars,” directed by Gary Winick and starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.  Opening today, “Bride Wars,” presented by 20th Century Fox and Regency Enterprises, features two best friends, Liv (Hudson) and Emma (Hathaway), who become rivals when their respective weddings are accidentally scheduled on the same date and time.  To view the main titles, please visit The title sequence captures the heart of the film's premise in whimsical fas... Read Full Story


From the Hoop - 3d Short film from Supinfocom - 04/15/09

From the hoop is a 3d short film was directed by 3 students (Anthony Arnoux, Dessinges Remi, Guillaume fesquet) and produced by Supinfocom Arles (3d animation school) .The story is inspired by the life of Earl Manigault (1944-1998), one of the greatest basketball player of his generation who lose everything in drugs.Official website : http://www.fromthehoop.comVimeo direct link : informations and "making-of" are available on our website Read Full Story



- Promoting Open Standards for Visual Effects -Seven companies joined forces at NAB last month to launch The Open Effects Association.  This non-profit, UK-based company aims to develop and promote open standards across the visual effects community. Founding members are Assimilate, Autodesk, Digieffects, FilmLight, The Foundry, GenArts and RE:Vision Effects. These companies have helped artists create ground-breaking VFX shots on just about everything that hits cinema screens.  The Associations initial focus is to improve the OFX image processing plug-in standard launched by The Foundry in 2004.  The goal for the OpenFX API is to reduce the level of development and support r... Read Full Story