VFX

Fast & Furious Live to premiere in London on 19 January, 2018

Fast & Furious Live to premiere in London on 19 January, 2018

VFX
Universal Brand Development, Fast Live Productions and tour producers Live Nation Entertainment have announced that Fast & Furious Live will premiere in London at the world famous O2 on 19 January 2018. It will then head for places across Europe for the first six months of 2018 as the first leg of the global arena tour. The action and excitement from one of the most popular and enduring film series of all-time will come to life in this ground-breaking, live show. Creative director and executive producer, Fast & Furious Live, Rowland French said, “It’s been years in the making, and we are beyond excited to finally show fellow fans what we have been creating in order to bring Fast & Furious Live to the global stage. With this mix of extraordinary stunts, special effects, cut
The Rookies release Global Rankings report

The Rookies release Global Rankings report

VFX
The Rookies, an annual awards and mentor platform sponsored by Autodesk for young creatives, has released its Global Rankings Report: Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools in the World 2017. Got together with the help of Oscar-winning judges like Joe Letteri from Weta Digital and 60 more equally influential industry veterans from around the world, the report ranks schools across five categories: Best Animation Schools; Best Digital Illustration Schools; Motion Graphics Schools; Game Design & Development Schools and Visual Effects Schools. The report’s findings are based on a methodology that assesses the quality of work and performance of students who enter The Rookies. “We feel that traditional school rankings that include peer and employer reviews, faculty-to-student rat
MarVista Entertainment named intl. producer of Dream Street

MarVista Entertainment named intl. producer of Dream Street

VFX
MarVista Entertainment, a leading independent studio that produces, acquires and distributes premium film and television content, has been named as the exclusive international distributor of Dream Street, the innovative BAFTA-nominated pre-school series created by Nigel Stone, producer and CEO of Platinum Films. It will debut 65 x 10’ episodes to worldwide buyers for the first time at the upcoming MIP Jr. market. Dream Street incorporates core learning principles that parents and caregivers most value, such as play, friendship, problem solving, and social awareness that encourage independence, social interaction, respect, and empowerment. The gentle pace of the show and narrated storytelling is specifically developed to appeal to pre-schoolers. Capturing all of the joy, excitement a
Mondo TV gets into first-ever live-action show with Heidi Bienvenida a Casa

Mondo TV gets into first-ever live-action show with Heidi Bienvenida a Casa

VFX
Mondo TV, one of the largest European producers and distributors of animated content, has debuted into its first-ever live-action production in Europe and the Middle East where it recently launched on major channels in Russia and Israel. Heidi Bienvenida a Casa, a comedy-drama for teens follows the adventures of a happy, carefree girl who leaves her beloved mountain home to live in the big city was launched on the Russian free-to-air youth drama and reality programming channel CTC LOVE on 19 August.The 60 x 45’ show airs on Saturdays and Sundays at 9 am. More recently, the show launched on Yes KidZ Israel on 3 September. The show is shown from Sunday to Thursday at 1.30pm.  Yes KidZ is an Israeli television channel for children that started broadcasting on yes, the sole direct broadc
Disney announces completion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Disney announces completion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Headlines, VFX
Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi is officially complete. So said Rian Johnson, the film’s writer-director on Instagram saying that the eighth chapter in the Star Wars Saga has been officially wrapped up along with the post-production stint. Now  the publicity campaign will start and s also a tour for everyone involved with the next big step being the film’s second trailer which is said to launch on October 9th. In a related news, though not unsurprising, actor and filmmaker Andy Serkis spoke about his time working on the film as the villain Supreme Leader Snoke and confirmed he doesn’t share any scenes with the late Carrie Fisher in the movie. “I had no scenes with Carrie but I did get to know her a little bit. She was an incredible human being with a wonderful personality and she’
James Cameron confirms start of Avatar shooting from September 25

James Cameron confirms start of Avatar shooting from September 25

VFX
Filmmaker James Cameron has confirmed that that he would start filming the Avatar sequels with a September 25th start. The films have been delayed several times, but now, after years of pre-production and preparation and months of rehearsals on the virtual sets the shoot is finally set to happen. The announcement was made at a special ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day” screening by Cameron where he revealed that Linda Hamilton is returning to the Terminator franchise. Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, and Stephen Lang are also coming back and are being joined by Oona Chaplin and Cliff Curtis. The film with the first slated to open in December 2020.
Chaos Group releases V-Ray 3.6 for Maya

Chaos Group releases V-Ray 3.6 for Maya

VFX
Chaos Group has released V-Ray 3.6 for Maya, a major update to its Academy Award-winning production renderer. Used on television and film projects like Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Stranger Things, this update introduces a new hybrid rendering system that maximises GPUs and CPUs on high-end VFX productions. “High-performance CPUs and GPUs can be limiting if they don’t work together,” said Vlado Koylavoz, Chaos Group co-founder. “With V-Ray Hybrid, artists can maximize their GPUs and CPUs in studio or in the cloud, putting their entire machine to use, so everything you pay for is always working to your advantage,” he added. V-Ray’s new hybrid rendering technology adds CPU support to its NVIDIA CUDA-powered GPU renderer. Now, with V-Ray Hybrid artists will hav
Fox’s Gotham laps up statuette for outstanding special visual effects

Fox’s Gotham laps up statuette for outstanding special visual effects

VFX
The Television Academy presented the second of its two 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies honouring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in television last Sunday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony, which continues the 69th Emmys, awarded below the line talent in craft categories ranging from cinematography and editing to title design and visual effects. In the visual effects categories, Fox’s Gotham received the statuette for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role for the episode Heavydirtysoul while HBO’s Westworld was recognized for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for the episode The Bicameral Mind. The Handmaid’s Tale won the award for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary or Fantasy Program (One
Tado, Mike and Katie create a stop-motion film Hello Kitty

Tado, Mike and Katie create a stop-motion film Hello Kitty

VFX
Sheffield-based creative threesome Tado, Mike and Katie have created a stop-motion film for everyone's favourite expressionless Japanese cat character-fronted brand Hello Kitty. Interestingly, all the characters are hand-made – fashion in wood, painted and engineered to move by Mike and Katie. The two made most of the film in over two to three months with Gavin Strange (who has a day job at Aardman) providing a helping hand. The piece promotes merchandising on the Hello Sanrio website where one can pick up everything from clothing to home wares featuring Hello Kitty and associated characters. As one would except, the film is bright, colourful, simple and without narrative. A large part of Hello Kitty's appeal is that they don't have stories or even personalities attached to them beyo
Sydney-based VFX house Heckler teams up with Brooklyn Whelan

Sydney-based VFX house Heckler teams up with Brooklyn Whelan

VFX
Almost crossing the boundaries where art and technology clash, Sydney-based post-production and VFX house Heckler has teamed with Australian contemporary artist Brooklyn Whelan. This is to bring fine art to Virtual Reality life for a collaboration between agency Secret Sounds Connect and Samsung at this year’s Splendour In The Grass music and arts festival. To promote Samsung’s new S8 handset offering at Splendour in The Grass, the agency approached Heckler with the brief to create an on-site experience that would drive festival goers inside the art world of Samsung #ToTheMakers artist and brand ambassador Brooklyn Whelan. Coming up with a narrative that would keep viewers focused and entertained for the entire virtual experience, Heckler VFX supervisor Tom Corbett were determined t