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January 16, 2019

VES Awards Nominations: Avengers, Lost In Space Lead Pack

The Visual Effects Society has revealed nominations for the 17th annual VES Awards, which will recognize the best VFX artistry and innovation in film, animation, TV, commercials and video games. (Deadline)

FANTASTIC BEASTS 2: When Your CG Creature is a ‘Multi-Colored, Elephant-Sized Cat’

Animation Supervisor Nathan McConnel on how Framestore brought the Zouwu to life in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (VFX Voice)

Pixar Debuts Experimental Storytelling Initiative, ‘SparkShorts’

First three animated short films — ‘Purl,’ ‘Smash and Grab,’ & ‘Kitbull’ — to be presented for exclusive one-week run at the El Capitan Theater (Animation World Network)

Bumblebee Through the Eyes of an Animator

The film’s director, Travis Knight, used his background in animation to help shine a new light on a Transformers robot. (The New York Times)

Directing Duo Launches Design/Animation Studio Bullpen

Longtime creative partners Elliot Lim and Aaron Kemnitzer have teamed to launch Bullpen, a design and animation studio with bases of operation in Brooklyn, NY, and the Northern California community of Menlo Park (Shoot Online)

Jason Reitman to Direct Secret Ghostbusters Movie

Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the Ghostbusters franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman. (Variety)

Autodesk Introduces Maya 2019

Autodesk has launched Maya 2019, the latest version of its popular 3D animation, modeling, simulation and rendering software. (Animation Magazine)

18 Innovative VFX And Hybrid Films Coming To Theaters in 2019

Seven of the top ten films at the U.S. box office last year were VFX-driven films, and those numbers are unlikely to decrease in 2019. Legions of visual effects artists are working away right now on some of the most anticipated film releases of 2019. (Cartoon Brew)

RE:Vision Effects Releases RE:Lens Version 2

RE:Lens provides lens conversions, projections and stabilization for 360 and 180 VR and fisheye footage. (Creative Cow)

People on the Move

Margie Cohn named president of DreamWorks Animation

Margie Cohn was previously president of DreamWorks Animation Television, overseeing all television development and production, including the content for DWA TV’s multi-year deal with Netflix. (Post Magazine)

 

BlueBolt hires Jonathan Barson as COO

VFX house expands management team with newly created role. (Broadcast)

 

VFX Artist Betty Cameron Joins Significant Others’ LA Team

In New York, she worked as a lead artist on features, including Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk, Hearts Beat Loud and Gloria Bell. (Post Magazine)

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