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SMPTE Hollywood to Explore the Impact of Machine Learning on Visual Effects

January 20, 2022 | By
SMPTE Hollywood to Explore the Impact of Machine Learning on Visual Effects

On January 26, SMPTE Hollywood and the Visual Effects Society (VES) will cohost a virtual meeting exploring the current and future impact of machine learning on visual effects. Autodesk‘s Will Harris, Foundry‘s Mathieu Mazerolle and Unity Technologies‘ Brian Gaffney will discuss how their companies are incorporating machine learning into software tools to make higher... »

Last Night in Soho VFX Supervisor Tom Proctor on Seamlessly Mixing London’s Past and Present

January 18, 2022 | By
<em>Last Night in Soho</em> VFX Supervisor Tom Proctor on Seamlessly Mixing London’s Past and Present

If you’ve seen Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, you may have been at least slightly impressed by some of the more elaborate setpieces, including a few featuring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy as the former’s character Ellie is magically transported back to the London Soho district of the ‘60s where she encounters the latter’s Sandie. This... »

VES Awards: Dune, Encanto and Loki Lead This Year’s Nominees

January 18, 2022 | By
VES Awards: <i>Dune</i>, <i>Encanto</i> and <i>Loki</i> Lead This Year’s Nominees

The Visual Effects Society has unveiled the nominees for the 20th Annual VES Awards, which still does not have an official date on the calendar yet after going virtual last year. WB/Legendary’s Dune and Disney’s animated movie Encanto led all nominees with six nods apiece, while Marvel’s Disney+ series Loki was the most honored... »

Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

December 21, 2021 | By
Oscars Shortlists: Academy Unveils Contenders in 10 Categories Including Score, Sound and VFX

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its shortlists in 10 awards categories on Tuesday, including potential nominees in crafts categories such as Sound, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling. The Academy also whittled down the list of contenders in the Documentary Feature and International Feature categories, as well as all three... »

MARZ Raises $6.5 Million to Scale Operations and Meet Demand for VFX Services

December 2, 2021 | By
MARZ Raises $6.5 Million to Scale Operations and Meet Demand for VFX Services

Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (MARZ), the technology and visual effects (VFX) startup helping Hollywood studios deliver feature-film quality visual effects on television timelines, today announced that it has raised CAD$6.5 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by Round13 Capital with participation from Rhino Ventures and Harlo Equity Partners, digital transformation company... »

Netflix Buys Scanline VFX

November 22, 2021 | By
Netflix Buys Scanline VFX

Netflix has bought visual effects studio, Scanline VFX, which has provided visual effects for most of the biggest movies of the year, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Godzilla vs. Kong, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Free Guy, and many others. More importantly, Scanline worked on scenes for Netflix’s current sci-fi action series, Cowboy Bebop, as well as did... »

Visual Effects Society Bestows Honors Upon Cinema’s Legendary Craftspeople

November 22, 2021 | By
Visual Effects Society Bestows Honors Upon Cinema’s Legendary Craftspeople

In a lavish November 2 ceremony and after-party at the Skirball Cultural Center in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Los Angeles-based Visual Effects Society (VES) offered top recognitions to a group of heralded craftspeople who have been responsible for unprecedented success in the overall cinematic field. While the VES—established in 1997—offered honorary memberships to... »

2021 HPA Awards Awarded in Creative Categories in Post

November 19, 2021 | By
2021 HPA Awards Awarded in Creative Categories in Post

On Thursday, November 18, the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) announced the winners for the 2021 HPA Awards in the Creative Categories, which celebrate exceptional work in color grading, sound, editing, and visual effects in commercial, episodic, and feature projects. The awards were presented at a live ceremony at the Hollywood Legion Theater with presenters that included Barry Meyer, Karol... »

Full Sail University to Build Cutting-Edge On-Campus Virtual Production Studio

November 12, 2021 | By
Full Sail University to Build Cutting-Edge On-Campus Virtual Production Studio

Full Sail University unveiled its plans to build a state-of-the-art Virtual Production Studio on its 210+ acre campus located in Winter Park, FL. The Virtual Production Studio’s use of Unreal Engine (originally used to create real-time 3D environments for games), live event production, and various aspects of filmmaking, artfully demonstrates the intersections between innovative... »

Invasion Special FX Heads Mark Bero and Devin Maggio Shake Up Earth And Space

November 3, 2021 | By
<em>Invasion</em> Special FX Heads Mark Bero and Devin Maggio Shake Up Earth And Space

When an alien species makes a surprise visit to Earth, threatening humanity’s existence, things get shaken up as events unfold in real-time across the globe in Invasion, a new series on Apple TV+. Set across multiple continents, the human cast of characters are a team of Japanese astronauts from JASA and a ground crew, a group... »