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Week of July 16, 2018

BLACK MIRROR’S ‘USS CALLISTER’: Crafting Effects for a Modern-Day Sci-Fi Satire

Netflix’s fourth series of Black Mirror debuted with an episode that turned the typical sci-fi space adventure trope on its head.  (VFX Voice)

V-Ray Days SIGGRAPH Summons Thanos for a VFX Breakdown

Chaos Group announced the V-Ray Days line-up for SIGGRAPH 2018, featuring in-depth production talks on Black Panther, Deadpool 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War(Chaos Group)

Gradient Effects Adapts Stranger Things Upside Down Tech for New 8K Spec Short

The eery haze of the Upside Down rides again in Gradient Effects’ new short, Megan. Designed to test the LA studio’s new 8K infrastructure, Megan takes viewers deep into the heart of an alien hot zone, where monsters lay in wait in a spore-heavy world reminiscent of the one Gradient created for Stranger Things(Vimeo.com)

Lunar exploration becomes a (virtual) reality, in ‘A Moon For All Mankind’

Few in life get to walk on the Moon. Samsung says, do what you can’t. Working with creative agency Iris and engineering experts Mannetron, Framestore proudly joined Samsung’s mission to bring space travel to all (Framestore.com)

Rising Sun Pictures Expands Studios and Staff

Spurred by growth in international film production, improved local incentives and a strong pool of talent, Rising Sun Pictures has launched a major, new expansion effort.  (Creative Cow)

Mayfair Makes Majority Investment in ‘Game of Thrones’ VFX House Pixomondo

Mayfair Equity Partners has completed a majority investment in Pixomondo, the VFX house behind the Emmy-winning HBO series Game of Thrones and the Oscar-winning 2011 film Hugo. Founder Thilo Kuther will continue to lead the VFX operation. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Women in Animation Vancouver Hosting First-Ever Vancouver Summit

The Women In Animation Vancouver Summit will take place ahead of SIGGRAPH 2018 on August 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, and will be free to attend. (womeninanimation.org)

Comics Titan Grant Morrison Inks Deal To Create Content For Magic Leap AR Headset

Scotland-based AR company Square Slice Studios, co-founded by comic book titan Grant Morrison, has inked a creative partnership deal with Rony Abovitz’s billion-dollar tech startup Magic Leap to create content for the latter’s buzzed-about Magic Leap One AR headset. (Deadline)

The Mill Joins Forces with Sesame Workshop’s Sesame Studios

The Mill is excited to announce its first ever collaboration with Sesame Workshop’s digital platform, Sesame Studios, using real-time rendering. (YouTube)

Foundry Releases Nuke 11.2

Software developer, Foundry, has launched Nuke 11.2, bringing a range of exciting new features and updates to the industry-leading compositing toolkit. (Animation World Network)

People On the Move

VFX Supervisor Hubert Maston Joins Framestore Montreal

Industry veteran will focus on studio’s upcoming slate of feature film projects. (Animation World Network)

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