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October 25, 2018

Storage: Savage VFX’s Multi-Locale Solution

Savage VFX on embracing its OpenDrives Summit storage product (VFX Voice)

Sony Pictures Entertainment/Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Bros. and Visual Effects Society Join Academy Software Foundation at the Linux Foundation

DreamWorks Animation’s OpenVDB Adopted as the Foundation’s First Project; Blender Foundation and Visual Effects Society Join as Associate Members. (Academy Software Foundation)

Jet Li Turned Down The Matrix Films Because He Didn’t Want Warner Bros. To Own His Mo-Cap Martial Arts

Actor and martial artist Jet Li was concerned over how Warner Bros. might use his motion capture performance in the future. (Cartoon Brew)

Samsung Announces New Version Of Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Samsung announces updated and improved version of Odyssey headset. (VRFocus)

Unity Technologies to Acquire Digital Monarch Media to Pioneer the Next Generation of Real-Time Filmmaking

Innovators harness the power of real-time to bring control and immediacy to the VFX pipelines for blockbuster films like Ready Player One, Blade Runner 2049 (Business Wire)

Pixar Co-Founder Ed Catmull, VES To Retire

Pixar co-founder and computer animation pioneer Ed Catmull, VES will retire next year after more than four decades working in the film industry. (Deadline)

(Read the VES Statement on the Retirement of Ed Catmull here)

New Holographic Content Push Planned by Endeavor Partnership

Light Field Lab is developing a holographic display system, with a long-term vision of creating a “Holodeck.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Five Questions: Zero VFX CEO Brian Drewes

Zero VFX CEO Brian Drewes on local markets, business challenges, and the future of media (Studio Daily)

People on the Move

Disney Television Animation Ups Jay Francis, Angi Dyste

Francis promoted to Vice President, Current Series and Diversity; Dyste upped to VP Production and Artist Management. (Animation World Network)

Borrowed Time Director Andrew Coats Joins Luma Pictures As Director

Andrew Coats, the former Pixar animator who co-directed the Oscar-nominated short Borrowed Time, has joined Luma Pictures as a director for its new live action and animation division. (Cartoon Brew)

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