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Google’s annual I/O developers conference gets underway

Google’s annual I/O developers conference gets underway

VFX
With a four-and-a-half-minute animated short film The Story of An Idea by director FX Goby of Nexus Studios, Google’s hotly anticipated annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco got underway. Premiering across three screens to a 7,000 strong audience, the short film was live-streamed to millions of viewers around the globe. The animation film by FX follows the story of Aye protecting and nurturing Idea until it evolves into something stellar. In order to relate the story, FX teamed up with creative studio Mighty Nice and reflected the evolution of animation itself. The film builds from hand-drawn 2D black-and white-animation to a full CG VFX heavy grand finale and is combined with a full soundtrack in surround sound for an advanced concert audio system. “It felt like all t
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Texas’ largest internet and gaming event, RTX Austin will take place at the Austin Convention Center from July 7 to 9. The organisers of the event have announced that actor Andy Serkis and WETA Digital’s Joe Letteri will be part of a special keynote panel at this year’s event on the opening day. The two will mark an epic collaboration between performance capture acting and visual effects that make the current Planet of the Apes franchise so visually and emotionally stunning. RTX Austin will also host a special early screening of War for the Planet of the Apes on July 7 at the Paramount Theater. Serkis and four-time Academy Award-winning Senior VFX Supervisor Letteri will host an exclusive Q&A after the screening. Now in its seventh year, RTX draws over 65,000 attendees to the Au
Encore using VFX for Legends of Tomorrow

Encore using VFX for Legends of Tomorrow

VFX
DC Entertainment’s Legends of Tomorrow boasts of VFX by Encore. Episode 207 of the series pits the legends against creepy aliens who are out to annihilate the Earth. It is aptly titled Invasion. The VFX for the series have been created by Deluxe's Encore and supervised by Armen Kevorkian. Six times Emmy nominated and winner for Banshee, Kevorkian has a long credit list in television VFX on shows such as Star Trek: Voyager, ‘Star Trek: Enterprise, Homeland, The Newsroom and Hawaii Five-0. Currently he is overseeing VFX for the DC comics superheroes: The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow at Deluxe's Encore. A show such as 'The Flash' typically runs 23 episodes. All the work for the show was completed in LA at Encore’s Burbank office. "Our team is about 150 people, with about
BGF invests £2m in Milk Visual Effects

BGF invests £2m in Milk Visual Effects

VFX
Business Growth Fund (BGF) has invested an initial £2m in Oscar-winning Milk Visual Effects, an independent visual effects company that creates innovative and complex visual effects for television and feature films. The fund receiving company will use the funding to expand its studios, invest in new technical equipment and R&D and hire the best industry talent, significantly increasing its capacity to work with the world’s leading feature film, high-end television and digital content producers such as Warner Bros., the BBC and Netflix. Milk was founded by five VFX supervisors and producers in 2013, including current CEO Will Cohen, and now employs 150 staff across its sites in London and Cardiff. The studio has won multiple awards for its creative work, including three consecutive
Watch The Sunset to premiere at Perth International Film Festival next month

Watch The Sunset to premiere at Perth International Film Festival next month

VFX
The highly anticipated Watch The Sunset will have its world premiere next month at this year’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Shot in just one take, the gritty crime drama of BarrLipp Productions follows an ex-bikie who is trying to reunite his broken family torn apart by his devastating drug addiction. The synopsis goes thus: Outlaw bikie member Danny Biaro wants to change his ways and start a new life with his estranged family. But his past quickly catches up to him and he is compelled to make a decision that will affect his life forever. Now he must race against the clock to save his family. Watch the Sunset has an underlying theme about effects of Crystal Meth or Ice which is very real contemporary Australian issue. The one shot concept of our film allows the viewer
Industry Creative calls upon Qube! for help in its full-CG animated ident

Industry Creative calls upon Qube! for help in its full-CG animated ident

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When one is working on a big job for one of his/her biggest clients, he/she need tools to trust upon. So when Amazon Studios commissioned Industry Creative, the theatrical division of the award-winning creative agency Ant Farm to produce a full-CG animated ident to play at the head of all of its future motion pictures, there was only one choice for the work: Qube! Qube! is an intelligent, mature and highly scalable render management solution backed by world-class technical support that can be quickly integrated into any production workflow. Qube! delivers intelligence to production pipelines by providing business-critical insight into render pipelines, maximizing investment in rendering infrastructure and automating manual processes. It works out of the box with all leading content...

Joe Letteri to present War for the Planet of the Apes at this year’s VIEW 2017

VFX
Organizers of Italy’s leading computer graphics, digital media and games conference VIEW 2017 have made it known that renowned Weta Digital senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri would present War for the Planet of the Apes at this year’s edition. At the conference, Letteri will discuss the evolution of visual effects technology and artistry behind the final film in the trilogy. This wide-ranging talk will not only cover the enhancements of the capture and animation technology, but will also detail the crucial changes introduced with the use of Weta’s Manuka renderer. The senior visual effects supervisor will also cover the complex simulation work for the big avalanche and battle sequences as well as Weta’s new full environment simulation tool Totara. At this point it may be k
One-stop VFX studio PHD launched

One-stop VFX studio PHD launched

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PHD, a one-stop shop founded by visual effects industry veterans John Hughes, Helena Packer and Kevin Donovan has been launched in Los Angeles. From a client’s perspective, what PHD does essentially is to provide all related services, including live-action production, all post-production, color grading, off and online editorial, visual effects, and final delivery. The new company from Hughes which takes its acronym PHD from the last names of its founders is a full-service post-production house working across the genres of VR/AR, independent films, documentaries, select TV projects including limited series and commercials. It will also offer live action production services to its clients. PHD is also based in Los Angeles and also has offices  in India, Malaysia and South Africa. PHD is
Kong: Skull Island on home video on June 20

Kong: Skull Island on home video on June 20

VFX
Hope many of you must have seen the Kong: Skull Island. No Then once Kong: Skull Island arrives on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital on June 20 on Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, you will get to see the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all. This compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong and they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Oscar-nominee Samuel L. Jack
Now, a media insurance policy for visual effects and post production houses

Now, a media insurance policy for visual effects and post production houses

Headlines, VFX
Given the regular cyber-attacks and security breaches, studios dealing with visual effects and post production have to go through a lot of stress and strain. Here, in India we don’t have any kind of cover  to look after these problems faced by such studios. But, this is not the scene in the UK. Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK), a London-based specialist insurance business has launched media insurance for people in the visual effects (VFX) and post production departments. TMK said its post-production media insurance offers flexible cover for companies specialising in online or offline editing and digital content. TMK’s new hybrid product, which combines traditional commercial insurance with cyber and reputational management cover has been designed to address these businesses’ need for insuranc