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January 24, 2019

Visual Effects Society Names Chris Meledandri Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Oscar-nominated producer and Illumination CEO to be awarded at 17th Annual VES Awards on February 5. (Animation World Network)

Breaking Down THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS

THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS VFX Supervisors Alex Lemke and Michael Huber on environment effects, blood and gore, digital animals, and even a legless, armless man (VFX Voice)

Adobe Buys 3D Textures and Materials Specialist Allegorithmic

Adobe has acquired French software vendor Allegorithmic, with plans to incorporate the company’s Substance tools for 3D content creation into its Creative Cloud offerings. (Studio Daily)

Sony Pictures Creates 360 Ad Campaign For Psychological Thriller Escape Room

To promote the film, SPE has teamed up with VR/AR ad platform OmniVirt and creative agencies Pretty Big Monster and Stradella Road, for a 360-degree advertising campaign. (VR Focus)

Riot Video Series Offers an Introduction to Creating Game Art

Curious about careers as a video game artist? The League of Legends dev breaks down the jobs. (PC Gamer)

Oscar Nominations 2019: The Complete List

The Academy Awards will air live Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on ABC. (Variety)

Coco, Toy Story 3 Director Lee Unkrich Trading Pixar for Personal Life

Director Lee Unkrich has announced he is leaving the company and stepping away from the Hollywood animation game. (Animation Magazine)

Oscars: How Into the Spider-Verse Co-Director Peter Ramsey Made History With His Nomination

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-director Peter Ramsey on Tuesday became the first African-American nominated for a best animated feature Oscar. (The Hollywood Reporter)

James Frawley, The Monkees and The Muppet Movie Director, Dies at 82

The veteran Hollywood film and TV director over a five decade career became known for his on-set cry, “Cut, print, yes!” (The Hollywood Reporter)

People on the Move

Lighthouse Studios Names Claire Finn Managing Director

Experienced media creative combines decades of content development and advertising experience in driving expansion for full-service animation studio formed by Canada’s Mercury Filmworks and Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon. (Animation World Network)

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