Animate BootCamp, a creative innovation company, has launched in Syracuse with a mission to provide education and workforce development initiatives, offering professional level training in animation and visual effects. Co-founder and key mentor Dean Lyon has relocated to Syracuse to lead the program.
The visual effects company VFX Legion created a mix of digital effects for HBO Max’s dystopian miniseries, DMZ. Produced by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Ava DuVernay, and Emmy nominee Roberto Patino, DMZ is based on the DC comic book series of the same name. Set in the not-to-distant future during the Second Civil War, the drama unfolds in New York City, a demilitarized zone abandoned by the country and ravaged by violence.
The Oscar-winning visual effects studio Digital Domain has announced the creation of Zoey, which it says is the world’s most advanced computer-generated human-like figure. Powered by machine learning and created using an advanced version of the technology and process that helped bring Thanos to the big screen, the photorealistic Zoey can engage in conversations with multiple participants at once, remember people, access the internet to answer questions and more, paving the way for the next step in the evolution of artificial intelligence. My question isn’t just what does Zoey mean for the cinema business; my question is what does Zoey mean for society?
Zeiss has introduced CinCraft Mapper, a new digital service that quickly and easily provides frame-accurate lens distortion and shading data for the visual effects industry. This data is essential for digital compositing to achieve a cinematic result that is as realistic and precise as possible.
Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street film series have been haunting horror film lovers for forty years. One of the people behind this successful iconic movie was Bill Terezakis, the visual effects master who created the Freddy Krueger double full body burn and the claw gloves among many other things.
Emmy Award-winning visual effects supervisor David W. Reynolds has joined the creative team at Break+Enter, a Nice Shoes company. A 20-year industry veteran, Reynolds brings top-level experience across features, television, and advertising, including such notable projects as Jessica Jones, The Tick, Joker, The Get Down and Boardwalk Empire. In his new role, Reynolds will oversee film and television visual effects from inception through delivery, supervise teams of artists, and provide on-set visual effects supervision.
Ian Cope, senior visual effects producer at Australia’s Rising Sun Pictures recently celebrated his 20-year anniversary at the company. A significant accomplishment in any career, Cope’s longevity is especially impressive for someone in the visual effects industry, where employment at one studio is often measured in months, not years. And, in that time he has worked on a long list of successful films, including Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Gravity, Ford v Ferrari, and Spiderman: Far from Home, to name just a few.
Benefitting from a worldwide boom in film and series production, Adelaide-based Rising Sun Pictures has opened a visual effects production studio in Brisbane. Visual effects supervisor Marc Varisco and compositing supervisor Matt Greig are leading the studio’s artist team. Veteran visual effects producer Jayne Herrmann is overseeing production.
Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: Cinema’s Creative Legacy opens April 20th at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, Florida. The exhibit honors the unsung heroes who created these monumental canvases for the camera, going back almost 100 years. These artists were the backbone of the film industry. This is the first museum show dedicated to Hollywood’s painted backdrops, the grandest illusions ever created for the movies. These rarely seen masterpieces were never meant to be viewed by the public this way. They were kept secret by the Hollywood studios, meant only for the eye of the camera lens.
Fancy VFX, a sister company to Goldcrest Post, New York, recently teamed with the advertising agency BBDO and production company Biscuit to tell the fictional story of an NFL star who unwittingly turns a small business into an overnight sensation in a new spot for FedEx.