VFX

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
SIGGRAPH honours MAXON with industry awards

SIGGRAPH honours MAXON with industry awards

Animation, VFX
MAXON, that has released Cinema 4D, the next generation of its acclaimed 3D animation, graphics, VFX, and visualization software, has been honored at SIGGRAPH 2017 the leading annual conference and exhibition dedicated to computer graphics and interactive techniques – with two prestigious industry awards: the Computer Graphics World Magazine (CGW) and the Silver Edge Award. These awards are presented to companies with products or offerings that represent the best of show and have the potential to greatly impact the industry. This year marks the fifth time CGW has recognized MAXON with the award. MAXON is also a recipient of the postPerspective Impact Award that honours innovative products and technologies for the post-production and production industries that will influence the way p
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...