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February 20, 2019

Inside Cinesite with New London Head of VFX Caroline Garrett

Caroline Garrett, Head of VFX at Cinesite London, on the fast-changing landscape of VFX (VFX Voice)

A Hollywood VFX Veteran Breaks Down CGI Myths Like The Nonexistent ‘Dinosaur Button’

To help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about the world of VFX, we got Chris LeDoux on the phone. (Forbes)

Christopher Robin‘s Pooh & Friends Looked So Real Because Puppeteers Played With Real Stuffed Animals on Set

When you’re bringing an imaginary creature to life through CG, you can make it move however you want. But when you’re bringing a toy millions of kids spent their childhoods with to the big screen, you need to use every trick to make them move as believably as possible (Gizmodo)

Motion Design Studio Antenna Creative Launches in Hollywood

Antenna Creative, a motion design studio for feature films, TV, commercials, branded content, video games and experiential attractions, has launched as a stand-alone company in Hollywood. (Animation Magazine)

U.K. Animation Studio Jelly Launches In U.S.

Scorsese hit upon the idea of using cutting-edge technology to de-age actors (SHOOT Online)

How Alita is Paving the Way for James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels

Complements your color correction arsenal by providing unique new ways to manipulate contrast, saturation, and exposure to create super sharp imagery even from video that might be considered unusable (Los Angeles Times)

How the Immersive VR film Tree was Created

New Reality Company worked across games development and video effects to bring about a virtual reality immersive experience (Computer Weekly)

VFX-laden Short Films That Had Us on the Edge of Our Seats

Many of us aren’t aware that there is a section of cinema which is dedicated to making high-budget VFX-heavy content, setting high standards for the way short films are made. (Animation Xpress)

How the Digital Era Is Changing How Directors Interact With Actors

Whether it’s superhero epics such as Aquaman and Venom or period fantasies including Mary Poppins Returns and Christopher Robin, today’s directors frequently find themselves trying to help actors elicit convincing performances as they talk to tennis balls representing CG characters to be added later (Variety)

How To Train Your Dragon Series Director Dean DeBlois On Being Blown Away By The Advancement Of Animation Tech

The technology available at Dreamworks Animation to Dean DeBlois for the 2010 release of How to Train Your Dragon, which DeBlois directed with Chris Sanders, was a far cry from where it is today. (Cartoon Brew)

Brexit Countdown: UK VFX Powerhouse at Risk, Say Leading Post Houses

Deal or no deal, the UK visual effects sector is facing almost certain loss of mid to long-term competitiveness under the high costs and red tape of visa proposals post-Brexit. (Screen Daily)

Machine Learning Saves Avengers VFX Artists Time

For visual-effects artists, time is always a struggle. When the call comes in to create something spectacular, artists and supervisors have to calculate how much run-way they have to get from the point of the idea for the VFX to the deadline. (Variety)

Disney Animation Archive Founder Dave Smith Dies Age 78

Dave Smith, author, historian and founder of the Walt Disney Archives, died Friday in Burbank, California at age 78. Smith was the studio’s Chief Archivist from the inception of the Archives in 1970 through to 2010, serving as a consultant to the company after his retirement (Animation Magazine)

People on the Move

Holly Edwards Promoted to President, Skydance Animation

Replacing Bill Damaschke, animation veteran to serve as newly-hired division head John Lasseter’s right hand. (Animation World Network)

 

Former Paramount SVP Joins DNEG in L.A. as Head of Production

Visual effects, animation and stereo conversion company DNEG has hired Corey Turner, former SVP post production at Paramount Pictures, to head up the film team at its Los Angeles facility. (SHOOT Online)

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