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November 29, 2018

RenderMan at 30: A Visual History

VFX Voice looks back at 30 years of Pixar’s RenderMan software. (VFX Voice)

The Lion King Remake’s Trailer Confuses the Internet: Just What is ‘Live Action’ Anymore?

How will movie jurors classify a creative animal like The Lion King, which is due out in July? (The Washington Post)

VFX Studio Pixomondo Announces New Advertising Division in North America

North American Advertising Division joins the already thriving advertising divisions in Pixomondo’s Germany and China locations (PR.com)

Interview with Framestore President James Razzall

There are very few companies that straddle feature, VFX, television, immersive entertainment and brand work as comprehensively as Framestore.” (Reel Chicago)

Render Legion Releases Corona Renderer 3 for 3ds Max

Faster interactive rendering, improved displacement, and new AI denoising bring even more power to artist-friendly renderer. (Animation World Network)

Foundry Introduces V.3.1 of Katana Look Development Tool

Foundry has announced updates to Katana, its flagship look development and lighting tool. Version 3.1 incorporates a range of updates that will enable artists to achieve more complex and creative results faster. (Post Magazine)

The Sky’s the Limit When it Comes to Visual Effects: Tim McGovern

Noted American Visual Effects supervisor Tim McGovern talks about the evolution of visual effects in cinema while touching upon the latest trends and possibilities (The Hindu)

From Jurassic Park to Fallen Kingdom: The Visual Effects Evolution of the Franchise’s Dinosaurs

“It was like a huge dinosaur jigsaw puzzle,” says VFX supervisor David Vickery of one of the ILM-created creatures — a 3D-printed T-Rex. (The Hollywood Reporter)

How One Researcher Is Using VR to Help Our Eyes Adapt to Seeing in Space

Katherine Rahill is using virtual reality to simulate the way objects appear on the surface of the moon, and to measure the way people perceive things like slope angles and distance. (Singularity Hub)

SpongeBob Creator Stephen Hillenburg Dies at 57

Stephen Hillenburg, the brilliant creator of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, died on Monday at age 57. (Animation Magazine)

People on the Move

Director/VFX specialist Alejandro Damiani joins Gloria

Gloria, the Los Angeles- and Mexico-based branded entertainment production company, has strengthened its roster by signing filmmaker and VFX specialist, Alejandro Damiani. (Post Magazine)


Folks Appoints VFX Supe Laurent Spillemaecker Head of 2D

In his new role, Spillemaecker will lead the development growth of the 2D department, manage production and mentor the compositing team, as well as adding his expertise to the executive team. (Animation Magazine)


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