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November 1, 2018

Bringing to Life Stephen King’s Cursed Fictional Town in CASTLE ROCK

Castle Rock Visual Effects Supervisor Jason Piccioni on bringing to life Stephen King’s interconnected literary world. (VFX Voice)

Disney Bought Lucasfilm Six Years Ago and has Already Recouped its $4 Billion Investment

The four Star Wars feature films Disney has released since 2015 have grossed more than $4.8 billion at the box office. (CNBC)

Small Screen Gamble Pays Off for DreamWorks Animation

Behind the scenes at DreamWorks Animation Television, which has become a significant driver of profits for NBCUniversal’s filmed entertainment business. (Los Angeles Times)

VFX Studio Axis Launches Debut VR Film The Bond

U.K. visual effects and animation group Axis Studios has made its first foray into owned IP as well as the new frontiers of VR with the launch of The Bond, written and directed by Olly Reid. (Animation Magazine)

Chaos Group Launches V-Ray Next for Maya

Chaos Group releases V-Ray Next for Maya, a new version of its Academy Award®-winning renderer that brings the power of scene intelligence, faster production rendering, and streamlined Maya workflows to high-end VFX and animation projects.(Creative Cow)

The Animation Guild Ratifies Three-Year Contract with AMPTP

New pact improves coverage of productions made for streaming services, preserves members’ health and pension benefits, and raises wage minimums for covered work. (Animation World Network)

Sony Announces Patent Agreement With Lenovo For VR Headsets

The Lenovo Mirage Solo headset might be getting a redesign thanks to a patent licensing agreement. (VRFocus)

Vicon’s Origin System Helps Power Next-Level Virtual Playgrounds at VR Arcade

Two new Origin systems will power one of the largest virtual arcades in Europe; additional locations planned throughout The Netherlands and beyond. (Animation World Network)

Editorial/VFX Company Nomad Opens Tokyo Office

Creative editorial/VFX company Nomad has opened its new space in Tokyo, adding to a network that also includes offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. (Shoot Online)

People on the Move

VFX Legion Signs Trio of Lead Artists To Its Team

VFX Legion recently signed Lead Matte Painter Marc Adamson, Head of Simulation and Dynamics Eric Ebling, and Lead Lighter Bryan Shepperd to its team. (Creative Content Wire)


Marci Proietto Named EVP Animation for 20th Century Fox TV

20th Century Fox Television has appointed veteran executive Marci Proietto to the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Animation. (Animation Magazine)


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