Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Thinkbox Vero Wants to Demystify Your VFX Budget

Thinkbox Software, maker of the Deadline compute-management software widely used for render farms, is working with longtime VFX producer Joyce Cox (Avatar, The Dark Knight, The Jungle Book) on a new tool that may help studios keep visual effects budgets … more »

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Pixar Releases RenderMan v21

Rendering advancements first seen on screen in serious VFX pictures including The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are making their way into mainstream production as Pixar Animation Studios releases the latest version of RenderMan. Pixar said the newest revision to … more »

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Archion’s EditStor Omni Hybrid NAS Serves Both Editorial and VFX

Archion announced the EditStor Omni Hybrid, a new 4RU NAS server designed for VR, VFX, animation and motion graphics workflow. With a combined emphasis on throughput (up to 8,000 MB/second) for uncompressed 4K and 8K codec streaming and sheer speed … more »

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Pixar’s Ed Catmull on Animation Evolution, from Nemo to Dory

Dr. Ed Catmull co-founded Pixar Animation Studios in 1986 with Alvy Ray Smith, Steve Jobs, and John Lasseter, and it has become one of the world’s most successful studios. He is currently President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. … more »

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Already Been Chewed Gets a Different Perspective on Vans

Need to scratch that 3D itch? Cinema 4D maker Maxon and writer Meleah Maynard offered StudioDaily this close-up look at the creation of an anamorphic tableaux that reveals a classic Vans sneaker from exactly one angle. (Click on any image to see … more »

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The Mill’s Blackbird Is Any Car and Every Car, Whenever You Need It

The Mill said it's cracked the biggest problem in automotive advertising — the need to have a finished, physical car on location for your shoot. Blackbird is a blank, black car rig that can be modified on the fly to mimic … more »

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Ed Ulbrich to Lead VFX, VR Operations at Deluxe

Former Digital Domain CEO Ed Ulbrich has been named president and general manager of Deluxe Visual Effects, reporting to Deluxe CEO John Wallace. Deluxe said Ulbrich will "unify global VFX operations" — including Method Studios and Iloura — for the company … more »

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SolidAnim’s Camera-Tracking Software Now Works with Unity Engine

As VFX-heavy film projects hybridize live-action and CG production, the Unity Engine has come into its own as a tool for filmmakers. Riding the trend, SolidAnim said it has released SolidTrack Unity, a new version of its markerless camera-tracking system that works with … more »

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Making “Darth Maul: Apprentice”

io9 called this Star Wars film "amazing." The Independent called it "genuinely enthralling" and cited its "incredible lightsaber action." Nerdist said "This is exactly what we wanted." No, we're not talking about The Force Awakens. We're talking about a fan film: "Dath Maul: Apprentice." Cinema 4D maker … more »

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How Homer Simpson Appeared Live via Adobe Character Animator

Update 05/26/16: Since this story was published, we've learned that face-tracking was not used to automate facial animation for the live broadcast of The Simpsons. Adobe responded to our follow-up question with this clarification on the methodology: There was no camera or motion tracking … more »