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World Animation & VFX Summit announces names of this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame awards

World Animation & VFX Summit announces names of this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame awards

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The 2017 edition of the World Animation & VFX Summit has announced the names of this year’s recipient of the Hall of Fame awards. This year’s honorees are: Actress Nancy Cartwright (iconic voice of Bart Simpson) — award presented by The Simpsonsexec producer Al Jean. Producer Lori Forte (Ice Age movies, Ferdinand) — award presented by Fox Animation Studio president Vanessa Morrison Animation director/writer Glen Keane (Dear Basketball, Disney movies) — award presented by director John Musker (Moana, Princess and the Frog, Hercules, Aladdin) French animation distributor PGS Entertainment’s Philippe and Guillaume Soutter (Miraculous, ALVINNN!!!!!! and The Chipmunks, The Little Prince) — Award presented by TV producer Tom Lynch (Scout’s Safari, The Secret World of Ale
ACE MADDOX schedules Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China for exclusive Xbox One download

ACE MADDOX schedules Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China for exclusive Xbox One download

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ACE MADDOX has confirmed that its air-combat action game Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China (FTSOC), based on the historical events of America's secret volunteer squadrons that helped defend China in WW2, is scheduled for an exclusive Xbox One digital download release. Published and developed by ACE MADDOX, Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China will be available on the Xbox Store in 12 languages: English, Spanish, French, Polish, German, Portuguese-Brazil, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Italian, Czech, Turkish and Japanese.   An Xbox One release date will be announced in the near future.   PRESS INFO & ASSET DOWNLOADS: XO Reveal Screens (PNG/JPG) EPK: FTSOC-Xbox-One-Reveal-EPK.zip XO Reveal Video (ESRB): FTSOC-Xbox-One-Reveal-Teaser-ESRB.zip XO...
VES honours Joe Lettari with VES Georges Méliès Award

VES honours Joe Lettari with VES Georges Méliès Award

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The Visual Effects Society (VES) has named Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Letteri as the next recipient of the VES Georges Méliès Award. Bestowed by the Board of Directors, the honour recognizes pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Letteri commented: “Being honored with the Georges Méliès Award means a great deal to me. I am proud to receive this award from the Visual Effects Society, a leading voice for an art form that continues to inspire me every year.” Previous recipients include Bob Abel, John Lasseter, Phil Tippett, Ed Catmull and Douglas Trumbull. Among Letteri’s many accolades are four Academy Aw
VES announces inaugural VES Hall of Fame; luminaries set for induction

VES announces inaugural VES Hall of Fame; luminaries set for induction

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To mark its 20th anniversary, the Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the inaugural VES Hall of Fame and so also the industry luminaries set for the first round of inductions. The honorees that include many acclaimed contributors to the fields of animation, concept/production art, technology among others will be recognized at the 9th Annual VES Summit on October 28 in Beverly Hills. “The VES Hall of Fame represents a class of exceptional artists and innovators who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects,” exclaimed Mike Chambers, VES Board Chairman. “We are proud to pay homage to those who have helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future generations of VFX practitioners,” he added. The inaugural list includes both living inductees and those b
Animator Jeca Martinez  creates stop motion ink drawings for Inktober

Animator Jeca Martinez creates stop motion ink drawings for Inktober

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Animator and illustrator Jeca Martinez has created a beautiful series of stop motion ink drawings for Inktober 2017. Inktober is an annual art challenge that encourages artists to create art using ink throughout the month of October. For Jeca, this meant a perfect opportunity to showcase the power of animation over static ink works. Thousands of artists take part in the challenge, 31 days of 31 drawings, and use it as a way to share their work on social media platforms. Inktober was created by artist Jake Parker as a challenge to improve inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. “As an animator I wanted to push the boundaries a little bit and create stop motion animation of animals using water and ink,” Jeca says. She has posted her process for each ink animal on her YouTu
Axis Studios  opens up a new studio at Hoxton, London

Axis Studios opens up a new studio at Hoxton, London

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Axis Studios that deals with both animation and VFX has officially launched its new location in Hoxton, London. It is located in a custom-built boutique space in the neighbouring London’s major tech and creative Old Street hub. The said unit will provide greater exposure for Axis Animation, Flaunt Productions and axisVFX across the U.K. capital. Acting as a branch of the Axis Studios HQ in Glasgow, Scotland, the London studio will house 10 to 15 per cent of Axis Studios’ 200-strong workforce. The London studio will enable clients and creatives of Axis Studios to collaborate from the U.K. capital delivering complex productions of any volume with the backing, experience and depth of the Axis Studios team across its other Bristol and Glasgow locations. Upcoming work at the London studio
MAXON releases new plugin Cineware for Illustrator

MAXON releases new plugin Cineware for Illustrator

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MAXON, the leading developer of the professional 3D modeling, animation, painting and rendering solution Cinema 4D, has released Cineware for Illustrator. This new plugin allows artists and designers to add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry-standard vector graphics application included in the Adobe Creative Cloud. Cineware uses the same powerful 3D engine as Cinema 4D, MAXON’s industry-leading, intuitive, professional 3D application. Users can import any Cinema 4D file and tweak the view, lighting and textures in order to integrate 3D elements with 2D designs or use 3D elements as templates when creating vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator. MAXON has partnered with Turbosquid, the leading online source for 3D models to provide Cineware for Illustr
Blackmagic Design’s switching, routing and monitoring being used as the backbone to a ship-wide AV solution

Blackmagic Design’s switching, routing and monitoring being used as the backbone to a ship-wide AV solution

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Blackmagic Design has announced that its infrastructure products for switching, routing and monitoring are being used as the backbone to a ship-wide AV solution for entertainment and leisure onboard AIDAprima and AIDAperla that includes a state-of-art broadcast gallery for content production. The installations aboard AIDA cruises’ two newest ships feature the ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K and ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel for vision mixing, Teranex Express for standards and frame conversion, as well as multiple Universal Videohub 288 routers to handle ship-wide signal management. Each day the on-board content teams produce and broadcast a host of daily programing, including live shows, cruise itineraries and event schedules, to television screens throughout both ships’ 1,643 cabins an

Students of Norwich University to work in tandem with students from the Met Film School in London

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  This autumn, students of Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) will travel to Ealing Studios to work with the students from the Met Film School in London. They will supply visual effects (VFX) to their counterparts on the Met Film’s six-month practical course. Course leader Saint John Walker said, “This collaboration is greater than the sum of its parts. NUA VFX students get to experience a professional film environment and how crucial planning is, and Met Film students get to expand their filmmaking vision and repertoire. This is all about VFX enhancing film storytelling.” The NUA course is relatively new, with its first crop of third year students due to graduate next summer. Guest lecturers so far have included Oscar winners and industry professionals  
3D featurette of Rajnikant’s 2.0 released

3D featurette of Rajnikant’s 2.0 released

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We all know that Rajnikant’s 2.0 is due to release next year. But it is not yet known that a short featurette on the 3D technology used in the film was released last Saturday adding to the buzz surrounding the movie. It features crew members of the movie talking about the 3D technology used and has actor Akshay Kumar, who plays the antagonist in the movie, sharing his experiences about working in a 3D film. Stating that they shot the film in 3D because the script demanded it, director Shankar made it clear in the video that there were a lot of visual effects and action scenes in the movie which the audience will enjoy. The featurette also has cinematographer Nirav Shah speaking about the technicalities of shooting in 3D and how the result was magical. In a voice-over, actor Rajinikan