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Autodesk’s Diana Colella to Lead Media & Entertainment Group

Autodesk’s acquisition of Discreet Logic in 1999 established its role as a major software provider to the media and entertainment industry. It also attracted talent, including Diana Colella, whose two-decade career at Autodesk has now reached a new level.…
January 11, 2021
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VFX Supervisor Artemis Oikonomopoulou Joins Cinesite London

Cinesite announced today that VFX Supervisor Artemis Oikonomopoulou has joined its London studio. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in film and comes to Cinesite after having just delivered sci-fi thriller ‘Infinite’. Prior to that she was…
December 19, 2020
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Skyhouse Scales Cloud Rendering on Digistor’s Onboarding Package

Skyhouse Studios animation and VFX facility opened at the start of 2020, and soon after decided to use cloud rendering to scale up their production capacity on demand. Skyhouse General Manager Lydia Grbevski said, “We had been interested in setting up AWS…
December 15, 2020
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V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D Improves Lights, Materials and GPU Rendering

Chaos Group’s V-Ray 5 for Cinema 4D is a large scale upgrade that packages all developments from V-Ray 5 and V-Ray Next into one renderer, and includes built-in compositing, interactive light mixing and scene intelligence tools. It also means that Chaos…
December 14, 2020
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Specialist VFX & Post Talent Agency Opens Up in London

The Crown, season 4 Harriet Donington spent 10 years nurturing and developing the careers of VFX and post talent at the Sara Putt Associates film and TV agency in London. She worked with the major networks and studios to secure an impressive credit list for…
December 14, 2020
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Mari 4.7 Adds New Procedural Workflows and Materials Controls

Foundry Mari 4.7 is released with updates improving efficiency and interoperability for artists working in texturing and look development. The release continues from the new Materials System introduced in Mari 4.5, and Geo-Channels added in 4.6. New…
December 11, 2020
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Maya 2020.4 Extends Bifrost Across Content Creation Pipeline

Autodesk Maya 2020.4 includes a major update to the Bifrost visual programming environment that is more deeply integrated with Maya and has a new user experience. Its new scattering, instancing, volumetrics and FX capabilities extend proceduralism in Maya…
December 07, 2020
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RSP’s Historic VFX on ‘The Eight Hundred’ Win AACTA Award

Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) in Adelaide won the 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation for its work on the Chinese World War II epic ‘The Eight Hundred’. The studio helped to recreate the 1937…
December 07, 2020
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Chaos Vantage Explores 100% Ray-traced 3D Scenes in Real-Time

Chaos Vantage makes it possible to explore 3D scenes in a fully ray traced, real-time environment, immediately on import. Without having to optimise geometry, bake lighting or unwrap UVs to prepare files, users can drag-and-drop a V-Ray scene into the…
December 05, 2020
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3ds Max 2021.3 Improves Remeshing Controls, Launches Retopology v1.0

Autodesk 3ds Max 2021.3 has new remeshing algorithms, faster GPU rendering with Arnold 6.1 and a security upgrade to improve workflows for artists working in design visualisation and media and entertainment environments. Autodesk has improved the software’s…
November 30, 2020
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Preymaker Welcomes Three New Hires to its Cloud-Native Studio

Following the launch of Preymaker studio in October, the studio announces three key hires – Jasper Kidd, Alan McSeveney and Jamie Scott. VFX artist Jasper Kidd most recently worked as VFX Supervisor on the fantasy drama film ‘Wendy’. Prior to that project, he…
November 26, 2020
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Keyshot 10 Powers Up Materials, Lighting, Animation for 3D Visualisation

Model: Cki Vang Version 10 of Luxion’s KeyShot visualisation renderer and 3D animation software focusses on material creation, lighting representation and the product visualisation workflow for 3D artists, designers and engineers. In particular, version 10…
November 19, 2020
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Boris FX Mocha Pro 2021 Adds Organic Warp Tracking and Alembic Exports

AdjustTrack interface Boris FX Mocha Pro 2021 continues to develop digital planar motion tracking for VFX artists, editors and colourists. The software supports new workflows using PowerMesh tracking, warped spline and warped stabilisation, built to produce…
November 16, 2020
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V-Ray 5 Benchmark Includes New NVIDIA RTX Testing Mode

Chaos Group’s V-Ray 5 Benchmark hardware testing application allows users to save scores directly in the Benchmark app, test NVIDIA RTX graphics cards and filter test results.
November 16, 2020
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DNEG Appoints Paul Salvini from SideFX and Christie Digital as Global CTO

DNEG has appointed Paul Salvini as Global Chief Technology Officer as part of the next stage of the firm’s global development. The company has expanded substantially in recent years, adding several new business lines, new facilities in North America and…
November 14, 2020
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Maxon Cinebench R23 Updates Computer Benchmarking for 3D Systems

Maxon’s Cinebench Release 23 is an update to its benchmarking application that developers, users and analysts use to evaluate hardware performance. The algorithms in Cinebench visualise and render a three-dimensional scene on a computer, which is then scored.…
November 07, 2020
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Folks VFX’s New Head of Studio Keeps Her Eye on the Future

'Legion' Folks VFX, a studio in the FuseFX family, recently hired Mihaela Orzea as its new Head of Studio in Toronto, one of FuseFX's seven studio locations in North and South America. Mihaela has spent 18 years working in the Toronto visual effects…
November 05, 2020
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Katana 4.0 Focusses on Interactive Renders, Lighting UX and USD

Artists can light multiple shots at the same time. Each shot can have global or precise per-shot changes. Foundry’s Katana 4.0 has a new lighting mode and user experience, and updated USD capabilities. A new set of rendering workflows called Foresight is the…
November 02, 2020
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Autodesk Flame 2021.2 Refines Keying, Timeline Navigation, Search

Autodesk’s Flame 2021.2 update integrates the finishing environment to make it more flexible and customisable, with better performance. A new object-based keyer identifies and generates a matte for major objects in a bounding box. This update also increases…
November 02, 2020
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Autodesk Arnold 6.1 Updates USD Support and Post-Processing Nodes

Autodesk Arnold 6.1 includes new post-processing nodes to use for exposure, colour correction and vignetting effects. It supports nested dielectrics, realistically rendering overlapping surfaces such as bubbles or ice blocks in a drink. This update also…
October 30, 2020
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The Mill New York Co-Founder Launches Cloud Native Preymaker Studio

Angus Kneale, former Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of The Mill New York, has launched Preymaker, a collective of creatives, technologists and producers. To innovate and create content for brands and companies, they use a custom cloud-based platform…
October 19, 2020
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Award-winning Executive VFX Supervisor Bryan Godwin Joins DNEG

Global VFX house DNEG has expanded it office in Los Angeles with the appointment of executive visual effects supervisor Bryan Godwin. The former founder and CEO of Shade VFX, Bryan has an impressive credit list of over a hundred shows to his name, including…
October 19, 2020
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Carbon Welcomes VFX Supervisor Tobey Lindback

VFX Supervisor Tobey Lindback has brought his skills and two decades of experience to our team at Carbon. He spent the last ten years at The Mill, Psyop and MPC, leading high profile creative work for Audi, Budweiser, Mercedes, Mountain Dew, Nike and…
October 06, 2020
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NVIDIA Opens Omniverse RTX-based 3D Simulation and Collaboration

The NVIDIA Omniverse platform is an RTX-based 3D simulation and collaboration platform capable of simulating photoreal 3D objects and scenes in real time. NVIDIA launched its open beta stage at the virtual GTC event this week. Using the platform, remote teams…
September 28, 2020
VFX Legion
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VFX Legion Signs CG Supervisor Blake Anderson to New Facility

VFX Legion Founder James David Hattin has announced the signing of CG Supervisor Blake Anderson to the company’s studio in British Columbia. The newest addition to the recently launched BC division’s leadership team, Blake brings a range of skills and…