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Syd Mead to deliver keynote address at VES Summit

Syd Mead to deliver keynote address at VES Summit

VFX
The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced that well-known visual futurist and VES Visionary Award honoree Syd Mead would deliver the Keynote address at its 9th annual Summit Inspiring Change: Building on 20 Years of VES Innovation. Other featured speakers will include president of IMAX Home Entertainment Jason Brenek and renowned online security expert and founder of SSP Blue Hemanshu Nigam. The interactive forum on October 28th will celebrate the Society’s milestone 20th Anniversary and will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and the VFX industry landscape in a TED Talks-like atmosphere. Syd is an acclaimed visual futurist and conceptual artist whose career spans
animago awards in Munich on September 7 and 8

animago awards in Munich on September 7 and 8

VFX
In today’s world, visual effects and digital editing are part of almost every film, advertisement, interactive production, computer game and virtual reality production. In fact, the work of digital artists is required in a wide variety of industries over and above film, games and advertising. As a matter of  fact, digital production continues to play an increasingly key role in a number of other industries ranging from architecture and automobile manufacturing to medicine. At the animago award & conference that runs on September 7-8, VFX experts from all over the world will gather in Munich for two full days to focus on 3D animation, stills, visual effects, visualizations and design. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the events in the Gasteig Cultural Center in Mun
Blackmagic Design launches latest motion graphic software Fusion 9

Blackmagic Design launches latest motion graphic software Fusion 9

VFX
Blackmagic Design has launched Fusion 9, a major update to its visual effects, compositing, 3D and motion graphics software. Fusion 9, that has been designed to support the latest workflows, features new VR tools, entirely new keyer technology, planar tracking, camera tracking, multi user collaboration tools and more. Fusion 9 is a massive new release with a VR toolset that makes it indispensable for virtual reality projects. Customers get a full 360º true 3D workspace, along with a new panoramic viewer and support for popular VR headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Working in VR with Fusion is completely interactive. GPU acceleration makes it extremely fast so customers can wear a headset and interact with elements in a VR scene in realtime. Fusion 9 also supports stereoscopi
VFX boutique Lexhag used Fusion Studio to help create main title sequence of Riviera

VFX boutique Lexhag used Fusion Studio to help create main title sequence of Riviera

VFX
Blackmagic Design has announced that London-based visual effects boutique Lexhag used Fusion Studio, the world’s most advanced compositing software to help create the main title sequence for Riviera, Sky Atlantic’s new 10 part drama series that stars Julia Stiles as the wife of a billionaire who uncovers the dark truth behind her opulent lifestyle. Led by visual effects director Alexis Haggar, the Lexhag team was tasked with delivering the winning pitch for the sequence by capturing the show’s glitz and glamor through a vibrant, kaleidoscopic effect. Using Fusion Studio, the team generated and animated the kaleidoscope using imagery from the show as a source ensuring hints to the storyline were woven in to allow audiences to understand more as the drama evolved. “We were approached by
With Game of Thrones bowing out, it’s time for a new visual effects winner to come in

With Game of Thrones bowing out, it’s time for a new visual effects winner to come in

VFX
After being beaten by Boardwalk Empire at the series award for Best Visual Effects in 2011, Game of Thrones has had a stranglehold on it for the last five years in a row. However, with the show and its dragons sitting out of the Emmys this year, one of the earlier nominees among Black Sails, The Man in the High Castle or Vikings could finally get in. But to do so, that particular show will have to best two strong newcomers namely American Gods and Westworld. The historical saga Vikings is still in the hunt for its first Emmy win after three earlier failures. On the other hand, the swashbuckling adventure Black Sails which lost the race in the last two years running, submitted the episode XXIX. It did win Best Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role for its first season (20...
FTII to start foundation course on visual effects and finishing soon

FTII to start foundation course on visual effects and finishing soon

VFX
The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) has announced a 12-week residential foundation course on visual effects and finishing. Designed to meet the industry requirements, the full-time course has an intake of only 10 and will be conducted on the Pune campus from September 18. "Visual effects and animation have become an inseparable part of films, television and internet as it makes the platform more interesting, informative and effective. This requires aesthetic skills, visual sense and knowhow of software to handle high-end equipment, which this course will provide. Besides the strong content packed into this course, a unique feature is the practical experience of pre-production, production and post-production that participants will be exposed to. Regular and frequent mentor
JonFavreau is the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award

JonFavreau is the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award

VFX
The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society has named writer-director-producer-actor JonFavreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. “I’m so honored to join such an esteemed list of past recipients,” said Jon Favreau. “The Visual Effects Society represents the wizards of our industry. I am extremely pleased and moved by their recognition.” The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the VES board of directors recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry. VE
Shotgun Software announces winners of Pipeline awards

Shotgun Software announces winners of Pipeline awards

Animation, VFX
Shotgun Software has made public the winners of its fourth annual Pipeline Awards that recognises outstanding achievement in pipeline tool development. This year’s winners showed innovation in overcoming common challenges faced by VFX and animation studios, efficiency in scaling to meet the demands of large-scale projects and generosity in making their tools open source to be leveraged by the wider community.   This year’s winners are: DreamWorks Animation for the DWATV Credits Tool: Originally designed to streamline credits by tracking and spell checking the names and titles of thousands of people who work across DreamWorks Animation, this tool grew to also track approvals and revision history, and connects to Shotgun. It’s now one of the studio’s most widely-used tools,
Luc Besson’s plan for Valerian and The City has enabled top VFX artists to bring to digital life his vision of an alien-filled epic for the ages

Luc Besson’s plan for Valerian and The City has enabled top VFX artists to bring to digital life his vision of an alien-filled epic for the ages

VFX
Luc Besson’s plan for Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets has enabled top VFX artists to bring to digital life his vision of an alien-filled epic for the ages. Besson is ready to introduce the world to a new kind of comic book hero with the release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, July 21 a lush, effects-packed sci-fi feature adapted from the French director’s favorite childhood comic. For Besson, director of some iconic features as The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, the movie was a labour of love that he began working on in 2000, hiring ten artists to come up with designs for a movie that didn’t even have a script. “I wanted creativity totally without frontier,” says Besson. “I wanted them to come back with the weirdest things they can (create). And
Weta Digital starts VFX work of Avatar sequels

Weta Digital starts VFX work of Avatar sequels

Headlines, VFX
Visual effects studio Weta Digital has started work on the four sequels of James Cameron’s Avatar, one of the highest-grossing films ever. The Wellington, New Zealand-based Weta Digital was very recently in the limelight for its motion-capture work on War for the Planet of the Apes. “What Joe Showtime, CBS Television Studios Letteri and Weta Digital bring to these stories is impossible to quantify,” said Cameron, referring to Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor. “Since we made Avatar, Weta continued to prove themselves as doing the best CG animation, the most human, the most alive, the most photo-realistic effects in the world,” he added. “The depth of talent at Weta is impressive and the culture of excellence is one that matches how we do things at Lightstorm,” observe