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Awards: ADG Awards coverage


By Jack EganProduction design in films ranging from the light fantastic to the hyper-real earned top awards from the Art Directors Guild at its ninth annual awards ceremony in early February for work done in 2004.Rick Heinrich won the ADG’s award for Excellence in Production Design for a period or fantasy film for his wide-ranging work on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.Alex McDowell won for Best Art on a Contemporary Film for his spot-on airport arrival-departure facility for The Terminal.For 2004 achievement in television, ADG president Thomas Walsh won for Best Production Design on a Single-Camera Television Series, for his work on Desperate Housewives, the “Ah but Underneath” episode.Glenda Rovello, who does the production design for Will & Grace, received top honors for a multi-camera television series, and was cited for the “Queens for a Day” episode.Herbert Pinter got the prize for Best Production Design on a Television Movie or Mini-Series for And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.Production designer Roy Christopher was honored for The 76th Academy Awards in the Variety, Awards Show, Music Special or Documentary category.In a new category, Excellence in Production Design for Commercials, Lauryn LeClere won the prize for Ignoring the Storm,an ad for a government client, the Federal Emergency Management Agency).

Written by Jack Egan

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Vicon Introduces Mobile Mocap at SIGGRAPH

Motion capture systems developer Vicon is previewing a futuristic new “Mobile Mocap” technology at SIGGRAPH 2011 in Vancouver. Moving mocap out of the lab and into the field, Vicon's Mobile Mocap system taps several new technologies, many years in the making. At the heart of Mobile Mocap is a very small lipstick-sized camera that enables less obtrusive, more accurate facial animation data. The new cameras capture 720p (1280X720) footage at 60 frames per second. In addition, a powerful processing unit synchronizes, stores, and wirelessly transmits the data, all in a tiny wearable design.

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