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March 12, 2019

Game of Thrones ‘Dragonmaster’ Traces the Evolution of the Show’s Dragons

Bringing the dragons to life is no easy feat. The team behind the dragons consists of 30 to 40 artists. (Comic Book Resources)

FMX 2019 Adds First Man, Alita & Dumbo to VFX Track

New ‘Rapture of the Deep’ trailer, created by students at the Filmakademie‘s Animationsinstitut for the FMX Immersive Media track, is now online. (Animation World Network)

Blizzard Hit With 209 Layoffs as Part of Activision Blizzard Restructuring

More than a quarter of the roughly 800 people expected to be laid off from Activision Blizzard as part of its sweeping reorganization worked in the Blizzard side of the company (Variety)

New ‘Cartoonist-Driven’ Looney Tunes Shorts To Debut At Annecy International Animation Film Festival

It’s a fitting place to launch them since the first announcement about this innovative project happened last year at the festival. (Cartoon Brew)

Will the Introduction of Nintendo Labo: VR Kit See the Mass Market Appeal the VR Industry Needs?

Or does holding a Nintendo Switch to your face seem off-putting? (VR Focus)

We Need More Women in VFX : An Approach to Encouraging Diversity in Film

Lauren McCallum, Global Managing Director, Mill Film: “Before we could establish our goals we needed to research what diversity could mean within Visual Effects” (LinkedIn)

Female VFX Talents Celebrate International Women’s Day in the Age of #MeToo

A diverse group of nine female creative professionals working at Pixomondo share their career histories, motivations and insights from navigating a male-led industry. (Animation World Network)

Could Artificial Intelligence Start Making the Movies We Love?

Computer-related tasks in the animation and visual effects industry that have been moved over to machine learning, simply because the technology is more efficient. (Financial Review)

How Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse‘s Animation Style Came To Be

“Push things to the point where they’re no longer working, then push further, and see if there’s something special in that” (Forbes)

Inside The Gifted‘s Visual Effects: Which Powers Crush the Budget?

Among all the whiz-bang visual effects on display in any given episode of the Fox/Marvel drama, we had to wonder: Which come with the biggest price tag? (TV Line)

People on the Move

VFX Supervisor Ross Denner Appointed Head of 3D at Artjail

Creative VFX boutique Artjail has added Ross Denner as head of 3D, working out of its Chinatown studio. Denner is an award-winning VFX supervisor with over a decade of experience in visual effects. (Post Magazine)

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