Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Maxon, Side Effects Software Working on Houdini Engine Plug-in for C4D

As the annual FMX animation and effects conference got under way yesterday in Stuttgart, Germany, Maxon said it will partner with Side Effects Software to develop a Houdini Engine plug-in for Cinema 4D. The plug-in will give C4D artists direct … more »

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ILM VFX Supervisor Russell Earl on Building a Career

In high school shop class where most kids build cutting boards, bookshelves, and little wooden boxes, Russell Earl built a Queen Anne highboy, a Queen Anne lowboy, and a serpentine-front desk. Today, Earl is a visual effects supervisor at Industrial … more »

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The Future of GPU Render Appliances at VFX Studios

Damien Fagnou, a stereographer and digital supervisor at London's MPC who has worked on films like the Harry Potter franchise and Prometheus, was recently made the company's global head of VFX operations after a short tenure as global head of … more »

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) finds himself the chief suspect behind the shocking disappearance of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), on their fifth anniversary.  Photo credit:  Merrick Morton | TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.  All rights reserved.  Not for sale or duplication.

Creative Cloud Updates on Tap As David Fincher Adopts Premiere Pro

Adobe has announced the next slate of feature upgrades for its Creative Cloud video applications, including a new workflow allowing text in After Effects compositions to be edited from Premiere Pro, new effects to help users pull better keys in … more »

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How They Did It: Divergent’s Mirror Room Sequence (and More)

Do you call a film with more than 1000 visual effects a visual-effects film? Probably not, if you don’t notice the effects. That's the case with director Neil Burger’s Divergent. “It’s a big visual-effects film, but it’s not VFX-driven,” says … more »

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Nvidia Rolls Out Pascal Architecture, Titan Z Dual-GPU Card, Iray VCA

At Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in San Jose today, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang laid out his company's development roadmap for the "coming era of unified simulation and computer graphics," unveiling a suite of new technology and products that the company says … more »

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Autodesk Details 2015 Releases of 3D Animation Tools

Autodesk said the new versions of 3ds Max, Maya, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, and Softimage, along with the 2015 Entertainment Creation Suite, will be released on April 14. "Our strongest releases in many years, the 2015 versions put more creative power back … more »

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Red Giant Launches Cloud-Based Universe Platform

The latest cloud-based subscription model for video and VFX tools arrives from Red Giant, which just launched its Universe platform. Membership in Universe, described by Red Giant as a "community" of editors, VFX artists, and motion designers, is free, although … more »

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Elastic Director Patrick Clair on True Detective’s Title Sequence

In HBO's breakout winter hit, True Detective, helmed episode-to-episode by film director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) and novelist/screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto, metaphysics, metafiction and true crime become strange yet cozy bedfellows. With the season hurtling toward its end this … more »

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Autodesk to Discontinue Softimage with 2015 Release

Confirming rumors that started spreading in late February, Autodesk announced today that it will ship the final version of its 3D modeling and animation application Softimage in April. Autodesk said it will support Softimage, including offering hot fixes and service … more »