The film production company FutureWork has opened a training program called the FutureWorks Academy in Chennai, India. As demand for high end visual effects work continues to rise and the industry is facing a critical skills shortage, FutureWorks Academy provides entry-level artists a clear path to success by offering the opportunity to learn from senior level professionals and work on live projects in a structured, supportive environment.
Fancy House of Visual Effects in New York has appointed two highly accomplished visual effects veterans to its senior team. Janine Conway joins the studio as senior producer, helping to oversee production and business development. Chris Green becomes compositing supervisor, focusing on visual effects for features and television.
The London-based visual effects studio Milk has appointed VFX industry veteran Steve MacPherson as chief technology officer. In the newly created role, MacPherson will be responsible for all of Milk’s technology strategy and operations including systems, pipeline, editorial and research and development, to support the studio as it takes on an expanding roster of premium film and episodic projects.
Access:VFX an industry-led non-profit coalition of leading visual effects, animation and games studios, has launched its European chapter. With the help of new sponsorship from Netflix, the organization is building upon its mission to promote diversity within the VFX industry by expanding into Europe. The aim of the new chapter is to provide practical tools for up-and-coming creators across Europe that are essential to succeed in the industry, including mock interviews, reel reviews, virtual events, and e-mentorships.
Award-winning London-based visual effects studio Milk announces that it has acquired the independent, BAFTA-Award winning VFX studio Lola Post Production.
VFX Legion, the Los Angeles, and British Columbia-based global visual effects company, recently delivered two dozen key shots for the first episode of NBC’s new series, Quantum Leap, creator Donald P. Bellisario’s revival of the '90s sci-fi cult classic.
In its second outing with the wildly popular superhero drama The Boys, developed by Eric Kripke and based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, Rising Sun Pictures delivered more than 100 visual effects shots for the show’s eight-episode third season. The studio’s contributions included a jaw-dropping sequence that opens the first episode, depicting the spectacular, near total destruction of New York City.
The Fuse Group, parent organization of Rising Sun Pictures, among other companies, has announced the appointment of long-term executive member Jennie Zeiher to the role of president of Rising Sun Pictures.
From children of the 1980s to teenagers and everyone in between, the Netflix series Stranger Things has connected with audiences worldwide. The fourth season features superpowered showdowns, exploding helicopters and sinister vine attacks. These episodes presented Scanline VFX with many opportunities to create a number of new and exciting effects. “The visual effects work in previous seasons was stellar, but this season was more like nine blockbuster movies,” says Justin Mitchell, visual effects supervisor at Scanline VFX. “We were given some huge sequences and complex effects to work on across eight of the episodes.”
Loud Minds has partnered with the award-winning visual effects studio Milk to create many of the effects on the newly commissioned eight-part NBC series, Surviving Earth. A co-production between UK Indie Loud Minds and Universal Television Alternative Studio, the documentary series promises an incredible journey into prehistory to learn the lessons from past mass extinctions. The partnership will see Milk develop and create all the digital environments, landscapes and creatures that will bring the series to life.