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Filmmaker Nick Tomnay Returns To Wild(child) Editorial For Spot Representation - 09/20/11

New York:  Wild(child) Editorial has signed alumnus  Nick Tomnay for commercial representation in the US. The Aussie native, who did a four-year stint at the NY-based spot house, reconnects with Wild(child) after moving to LA in 20010 to direct and edit his debut feature film, The Perfect Host, starring David Hyde Pierce. Tomnay, who also wrote the script for the film, recently returned to New York to cut a spot for Wild(child), rekindling his love of the city and passion for the commercial genre. Yvette Pineyro, owner of Wild(child) Editorial, a 100% minority woman-owned company, helms her Flatiron-based boutique’s team of in-house editors, as well as the select roster o... Read Full Story


Apologue's Tali Krakowsky to Speak at FITC Toronto 2011 - 04/29/11

Tali Krakowsky, founder of experience design studio Apologue, will be speaking at the 10th annual conference of FITC in Toronto. Her session, presented with Branden Hall of Automata Studios, will explore the behind-the-scenes of Apologue’s new permanent media installation for the cultural institution, LA Plaza, in Downtown LA. New forms of display technology, together with innovations in cloud computing and the possibilities of generative code, have inspired a different approach to digital storytelling for media installations. Krakowsky and Hall will discuss the inner workings of this unique, self-choreographing, generative show control system that embodies ideas around the presen... Read Full Story


Studio108 SignsTyler Snidow, Former Martin Agency VP, As Head of Biz Development - 02/16/11

Richmond, VA: Studio 108 has signed Tyler Snidow as head of client services and business development for the hybrid production, visual effect, editorial and audio company, which is slated to add digital media capabilities to its roster of services this spring.  Formerly a VP at The Martin Agency, Ms. Snidow’s knowledge of the infrastructure of advertising agencies, as well as the production process, gives her the insights to anticipate and respond to the industry’s ever-changing needs, as she takes Studio 108’s client services to the next level and expands its client-base. “Tyler sees the creative process from the multiple perspectives of the agency, the cl... Read Full Story


5D Presents "Algorithmic Anthologies" Panel At FITC San Francisco - 07/23/10

5D | The Future of Immersive Design, a global community of creative thinkers, presents the “Algorithmic Anthologies” panel at FITC San Francisco, a design & technology conference, on August 18th. Curated by Tali Krakowsky, Founder of Apologue, the panel will examine the impact of infinite digital data and processing power on narrative and design thinking, and the possibilities that lie ahead of us. “Algorithmic Anthologies”: In the 20th Century, libraries and ink were the primary expression of the imagination in the form of storytelling. Today ink has been replaced by the kinetic abilities of the digital, the sentence has been replaced with the algorithm, and... Read Full Story


The Field Signs Editor Barrett Heathcote - 07/13/10

Editing and graphic design company The Field ( is excited to announce that it has signed editor Barrett Heathcote for exclusive US representation. The signing marks the London-based editor’s official foray into the US market. “Barrett is an incredibly talented editor, who is also a powerful and accomplished sound designer,” says The Field founder/Executive Producer Michael Porte. “He represents the next gen editor with his vast knowledge of post, effects and audio, and experience in both advertising and indie film. He’s also an exceptionally positive and collaborative individual.”“I met with Michael at The Field’s n... Read Full Story


Apologue Founder Tali Krakowsky to Speak at Flashbelt Conference 2010 - 06/01/10

APOLOGUE FOUNDER TALI KRAKOWSKY TO SPEAK AT FLASHBELT CONFERENCE 2010 Apologue Founder Tali Krakowsky will be presenting at the Flashbelt Conference in Minneapolis, MN taking place from June 13th – 16th. The event, established in 2004, brings together new media designers, developers and enthusiasts. Titled “The Truly Delicious,” Krakowsky's presentation will explore how design, storytelling and technology create new ways for us to experience the world. The Truly Delicious: When you place chocolate in your mouth and feel it crumble or burst or melt, you can't separate the sensation of its texture from that of its taste or smell. The experience is multi-sensor... Read Full Story



San Francisco  &  Los Angeles, CA - (November 9, 2009) -- Visual effects company Ntropic is excited to announce that Creative Director/VFX Supervisor Simon Mowbray has joined the company. Formerly the co-founder of Radium, Mowbray freelanced at Ntropic on projects for Sprint, Coinstar and Oracle before making it his official home."I am excited to bring existing and new clients to Ntropic to experience the great atmosphere and culture here," says Mowbray. "Any project that comes here is handled by an extremely dedicated, senior team dedicated to quality and client service."Mowbray began his career in 1987 in Sydney, working at several pioneering CG and design studios in the early days of C... Read Full Story



Minneapolis, MN - (November 2nd, 2009) -- Leading visual effects supervisor and digital artist Randy Gackstetter has joined VOLT Studios. Gackstetter brings a high-end design sensibility and expansive visual effects experience to VOLT Studios, expanding the company's core creative offerings."I was well into my search for the right Creative Director/Flame Artist when I decided to call Randy. I knew it was a long-shot as he was well established in the market, but I told him that I wasn't going to leave any stone unturned," recalls Steve Medin, VOLT Studios' Co-Founder. "We had coffee one day, and we didn't stop talking until he came onboard. Turns out, he was the perfect guy all along.""Ran... Read Full Story



Hollywood, CA -  (October 6, 2009) -- Visual effects and design company Engine Room has tapped consultant Peter Ware of Warecrest Entertainment to offer strategic guidance and boost brand awareness for the boutique company. Ware brings extensive experience as a visual effects producer and former president of Stargate Digital to his role at Engine Room. His latest credit was that of Visual Effects Producer/Supervisor on Warner Premier's "Scooby Doo: The Mystery Begins.""Engine Room is Hollywood's best kept secret and I intend to change all of that," says Ware. "They have amazing talent and provide exceptional service to clients, not to mention beautifully executed effects and design for fe... Read Full Story



Los Angeles, CA – (Wednesday, September 30, 2009) -- At this year’s motion09 ( held October 11-14, 2009, Zoic Studios’ Executive Creative Director/VFX Supervisor Andrew Orloff will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.” An entertaining examination of present-day creative and past inspiration, “Giants” is part of a weekend-long event that unites professionals and students from the design and effects community.  Emmy-nominated for his work on JJ Abrams “Fringe” (for which he also earned a 2009 VES award), "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and "Jericho", Andrew Orloff’s television credits also include HBO’s “True Blood,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigati... Read Full Story


Bitfilm Award Show in Tel Aviv - 09/29/09

The 10th International Bitfilm Festival for Digital Film will reach its climax on October 1st when the award ceremony will take place at the Cinematheque Tel Aviv.For six weeks internet users from all over world could vote for the 66 nominated films which competed for a total prize money of 10,000 Euros and the Bitfilm robot trophies. Bitfilm's director Aaron Koenig will disclose the winners in a public award show in Israel's economic and cultural metropolis. The show will start at 9 pm. If you want to register, please send an e-mail to 5 most popular films from each of the four competiton categories will be screened. A Balkan Jazz trio will accompany the show wi... Read Full Story


DJ Hauck Joins VICON House of Moves as Technical Supervisor - 09/01/09

Mocap Pioneer Spearheads Pipeline DevelopmentVICON, developer of Academy Award(r)-winning motion capture systems, announced today that DJ Hauck has signed on as Technical Supervisor at the company's Los Angeles motion capture studio, VICON House of Moves. Hauck has had a long career in motion capture that includes innovative pipeline development solutions for such features as "Beowulf," "Monster House" and "The Polar Express.""DJ brings a vast wealth of knowledge about mocap workflows to House of Moves, and we couldn't be more ecstatic about his return," said Brian Rausch, Vice-President of Production, VICON House of Moves. "He'll have the same title, but it's a very different po... Read Full Story


Guru grows, adds Susan Ma and Skye Bjarnason as Producers - 02/26/07

GURU GROWS, ADDS SUSAN MA AND SKYE BJARNASON AS PRODUCERSToronto, Canada (February 26, 2007) Read Full Story


Hurricane Katrina victims need our help - 09/01/05

Hurricane Katrina has left many cities in the Southern United States completely destroyed.  These cities are having to be evacuated and the people will not be able to return for months.  In the areas like the superdome where people have been sent to there is not enough food, water, or medical supplies and people are dying in the streets while waiting for help.  There are also thousands missing throughout the states and people are stranded.This is one the most devistating disasters our country has even seen.  These people need our help.  Please give anything you can.  Below is a list of charities you can give to:American Red Cross: tels. (800) HELP-NOW, for an... Read Full Story



Los Angeles, CA - (July 20, 2009) - Managing Director/Producer Matthew McManus and Creative Director/Flame Artist Andrew MacDonald -- award-winning talents and long-time collaborators -- have joined forces to launch KILT. A digital studio with a focus on visual effects and postproduction, the new company is positioned well for the changing production landscape and new economy.Additionally, KILT has just finished its premiere project; a commercial for 2K Sports which launched earlier this month. To view the new commercial and KILT's company reel, go to: www.kiltstudios.comAccording to McManus, the company philosophy is "rooted in the belief that a small, flexible highly-talented,... Read Full Story


The Making of "9" and The Art of "9" Sept 5th - 08/27/09

Join Gnomon School of Visual Effects and the VES for an evening of "9" events, the new animated feature film directed by Gnomon’s current Resident Artist Shane Acker. Sit in for The Making of "9" event at 6:00, then The Art of "9" gallery opening at Gnomon Gallery at 8:00. 6:00 pm - 6:30 pmMeet and Greet 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmThe Making of "9" at Gnomon School of Visual Effects With Shane Acker (Director) and Joe Ksander (Animation Director) This exclusive event will focus on the behind the scenes making of "9". The presentation will go over how the feature was created with incredible efficiency, as well as the design constraints the team had and how that affected their appr... 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


VES Awards Winners Announced - 02/13/08

Los Angeles, February 11, 2008 The VES Awards were given out last night during the Visual Effects Societys (VES) sixth annual gala event at the Kodak Theatre Grand Ballroom in Hollywood. The sold-out event attracted more than a thousand visual effects and animation artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television, commercial and video game industries. During the evening, filmmaker Steven Spielberg received the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the art and science of visual effects.The work we celebrated tonight is a testament to the crucial role the talent, knowledge and experience visual effects artists play in the storytelling process. ... Read Full Story


A52 Creates Elements for RPA's $12 Million Pioneer Campaign - 09/15/06

Andy Hall Directs HD Commercials Created Entirely in CGI, Oversees Design of Campaign's Print/Online Elements   HOLLYWOOD Read Full Story


A52 Creates Effects for All Seasons for Olivier Gondry - 03/24/06

A52 Creates All-Season Effects for Partizan Director Twist Gondry Read Full Story


Shane Acker, Director from the Upcoming Feature Film "9" Joins Gnomon Staff - 08/20/09

Shane Acker, Director from the Upcoming Feature Film "9" Joins Gnomon Staff Famed Director and Artist, Acker Joins Gnomon School of Visual Effects as Newest "Artist in Residence." HOLLYWOOD, CA August 12, 2009 The Gnomon School of Visual Effects is proud to announce the addition of Shane Acker, who is joining the staff as the newest Resident Artist. Mr. Acker is widely known for his Academy Award nomination in 2006 (in the Best Animated Short Film category) for writing, directing and animating the 11-minute short film 9. 9 garnered Acker critical acclaim around the globe, screening at over a dozen film festivals and picking up several awards along the wa... Read Full Story


Academy of Art University Grads Land Jobs at Pixar, Blizzard, ILM & More - 03/12/09

Academy of Art University Grads Land Jobs at Pixar, Blizzard, ILM & MoreGraduates of Academy of Art Universitys School of Animation and Visual Effects are snagging jobs at top film and game studios, including Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks and Blizzard. Located in San Francisco with several premiere studios at its doorstep, the animation school blends precise technique, digital expertise and real world experience to ensure that students are prepared for their dream careers.    The animation school offers AA, BFA and MFA degrees. Students can take classes in San Francisco, through the online animation program or, for the greatest flexibility,... 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


SIGGRAPH 2007 SVC Now Accepting Applications - 12/06/06

The SIGGRAPH 2007 Student Volunteers Committee is now accepting applications for the Student Volunteers Program for SIGGRAPH 2007 in San Diego. Interested students can find the application form at The deadline for applications is 11:59pm PT, February 25, 2007. Student Volunteer positions are open students from all disciplines and universities/faculties, including some online schools such as Animation Mentor.Should you have any questions, please send us an e-mail at or visit our website at The FAQs ( and Qualifications ( Read Full Story


Siggraph 2009 NOLA Call for Submissions - 05/26/09

Autodesk SIGGRAPH 2009 Show Reel Call for Submissions SIGGRAPH is just around the corner and Autodesk is seeking fresh and exciting new work for its Best of the Best Animation Show Reel, which will be showcased during SIGGRAPH 2009 in New Orleans, LA from August 4-6.   Anything from video game cinematics, short films, feature films, commercials, broadcast design, music videos, or episodic projects created with 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, MotionBuilder, Toxik or Mudbox is welcome. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to show off your work. The reel will be featured in Autodesk's booth, on the exhibition floor and streamed live from the AREA. &nb... Read Full Story


Visual Effects Society announces Nominees for the VES AWARDS - 01/08/08

The Visual Effects Society (VES) today announced the nominees for the 6th Annual VES Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects in over a dozen categories of film, television, commercials and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 5, 2008 by numerous panels of VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank.We received hundreds of submissions from around the world and we are proud to present nominees that push the boundaries of how visual effects can enhance the storytelling process, says Jeff Okun, VES Chair. Looking at the level of complexity and creativity of this years nominees, it is clear that the VES is the single... 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


Winners of the 'Design Your Dream House' Contest - 08/30/05

3DAllusions is proud to announce the winners of the 'Design Your Dream House' Contest! Read Full Story


2009 RED STICK International Animation Festival - 03/03/09

2009 RED STICK International Animation FestivalThe Red Stick Animation Festival is an exciting community event that converges the world of technology, art, entertainment and exploration Artists draw and paint with computers, and scientists convey their complex theories in color and motion. The 2009 Red Stick International Animation Festival highlights this convergence celebrating art, motion, and exploration in downtown Baton Rouge April 22-25, 2009. The movement toward convergence highlights not only the new set of technical skills that artists employ, but likewise the artistic vision that scientists are embracing. The worlds of the artist and scientist are folding in on one anot... Read Full Story



Imaginary Forces Director of Experience Design Tali Krakowsky will be presenting at the Flashbelt Conference in Minneapolis, MN taking place from June 8th – 11th. The event, established in 2004, brings together new media designers, developers and enthusiasts.Titled “The Science & Fiction of Experience Design,” Krakowsky's presentation will provide an introduction to Experience Design, and how it impacts design thinking and branding. Fiction meets science when emerging media, interactive content, cinematic storytelling and architecture come together to create Experience Design. Re-imagining both media content and screens, Experience Design challenges traditiona... Read Full Story


SOMERsault hires new CGI Supervisor, Chad Ashley - 12/06/05

SOMERsault hires new CGI Supervisor Chad AshleyChicago -  Chad Ashley has been brought on board as CGI Supervisor for SOMERsault, a leading motion graphic design and visual effects company based in Chicago.  Chad will be the lead CGI artist, supervise productions, develop visual effect shots, and oversee a department of CGI artists. 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


Mad & Bad - 03/15/07

Introducing "Mad & Bad", a new 3D animation mini-series of the craziest classical cartoon tradition.Who's bad and who's mad? Or are they both very bad and very mad? Find out at www.madandbad.comEl Viaje Imposible film production company specializes in the creation of new animated content and audiovisual services. We have developped "Mad & Bad" as well as other animation-related series, short films and feature film projects. Read Full Story


SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 - 11/17/08

For Immediate Release First SIGGRAPH Asia sees significant participation from the regions talents Half of entries at Computer Animation Festival as well as those showcased in the Art Gallery are from Asia Singapore, 10 November 2008 Recognizing Asias rising importance in the computer graphics and digital media industries, the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) is bringing the highly regarded SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques to the region this year the first time an Asian version of the SIGGRAPH Conference is to be held in its 34-year history. The inaugural SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 will be held from December 10th... Read Full Story


Christian Lorenz Scheurer at Gnomon Gallery Dec. 5th - 7pm - 12/03/08

Christian Lorenz Scheurer at Gnomon Gallery Dec. 5th - 7pm"For universe designers in particular, it is important to have a largeknowledge base. It is often not enough to simply know how things look. It iscrucial to understand how they work. Personally, I am also very interestedin anthropology. I love to study cultures - their social, political,economic and spiritual backgrounds. I found out one of the best ways oflearning is by traveling. For my more personal work such as painting,sketching or writing, I am trying find a way back to the lucid dreaming ofmy childhood. Painting and drawing are more and more turning into a processof active meditation in which I try to combine the consci... Read Full Story


Stardust Creates Stylized Nevada Desert for Springs Preserve - 06/08/07

Stardust Creates Stylized Nevada Desert in Animated Spot for Las Vegas Springs Preserve Destined for Regional Cinemas, Broadcast Outlets and Video Installations   HOLLYWOOD Bicoastal creative production company Stardust Studios ( has created a new :30 spot promoting the Las Vegas-based Springs Preserve ( via Montreal-based advertising agency Sid Lee (  The spot debuted in Las Vegas area theaters on May 4 ahead of screenings of "Spider-Man 3," and will continue airing in regional cinemas over the weeks ahead.  It also made its broadcast debut this week, and will eventually be featured in video inst... 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



Visually Compelling Teaser Is Part Of Launch For RE: GENERATIONS, Remix Album Of Nat King Cole Tracks New York, NY – (April 9, 2009) -- EMI Records recently tapped Company X to produce a promotional music video for RE: GENERATIONS, a remix album featuring modern interpretations of jazz legend Nat King Cole’s indelible work. Performing alongside Cole’s virtual croon, the album features a diverse cast of artists including daughter Natalie Cole,, Bebel Gilberto, Stephen and Damien Marley, The Roots, and TV on the Radio, among others. Company X and its production arm, Detox, directed, edited and animated the video, which includes 2D stop-motion, 3D and After Effe... Read Full Story


Alias Celebrates Six New Maya Masters - 09/07/05

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Los Angeles, CA – (June 4, 2009) -- Zoic Studios confirmed today that it is welcoming visual effects luminary Syd Dutton to help helm the company’s digital matte painting and feature film endeavors. Zoic Studios’ relationship with Syd began during Zoic’s filming of the feature film Serenity and the founders of Zoic have always been fans of Syd and his incredible body of work. “Zoic is very fortunate to have this opportunity,” says Zoic CEO/Creative Director Chris Jones. “Syd is a wonderful artist who also loves to share his talents with those around him. As a mentor he will be able to bring classic ideas and techniques to a whole new guard of vis... Read Full Story