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January 31, 2019

Mike Chambers Re-Elected As Board Chair Of Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has elected its 2019 Board of Directors officers. (SHOOT Online)

MARY POPPINS RETURNS – and So Do Old-School Effects

MARY POPPINS RETURNS Visual Effects Supervisor Matt Johnson on honoring the original film’s timeless analog qualities (VFX Voice)

Google Cloud, Sony Pictures Imageworks Collaborate on Open-Source OpenCue

Open-source, high-performance render manager based on Sony’s in-house queuing system, Cue 3, is purpose-built for the needs of the visual effects and animation industry. (Animation World Network)

How Avengers: Infinity War VFX Teams Brought Josh Brolin’s Thanos to Life

Creating the 8-foot-tall archvillain required the work of two visual effects houses, Digital Domain and Weta Digital, which each took a slightly different approach (The Hollywood Reporter)

Oculus Debuts Two VR Experiences at Sundance

The Under Presents and Traveling While Black were both presented at the festival. (VR Focus)

Vancouver-based Imagination Park Adding AR Interactions to UltraStar Center

The AR campaign is designed to further enhance the consumers’ experience by using their phones to look at logos, posters, signs and landmarks to see coupons, messages, videos, etc. (MobileSyrup)

Former Sony Imageworks Exec Joins Black Panther & Aquaman VFX Outfit Luma Pictures

Former Sony Pictures Imageworks executive Shauna Bryan, whose credits include The Meg, Suicide Squad and Thor: The Dark World, has joined U.S. and Australia-based firm Luma Pictures to lead business development as Executive Producer of VFX. (Deadline)

How Production Designers Are Adapting to World of VFX

Many of today’s movies are shaped as much by visual effects as by physical design. It’s a development that has driven some production designers to stay involved in a production well beyond the shooting stage — even without pay — so that they can provide input on the effects that form a film’s final look. (Variety)

Oscars: Maxon’s Per-Anders Edwards to receive Sci-Tech Award

Maxon software architect, lead developer and designer Per-Anders Edwards is among the individual recipients being honored this year with an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award. (Post Magazine)

Will Alita Emerge As A Breakthrough Manga Movie?

The manga movie Alita: Battle Angel has been 20 years in the making, and producer Jon Landau thinks it will finally represent the breakthrough success in Hollywood for a genre which has proved problematic. (SHOOT Online)

Marcus Taormina On Creating The VFX Behind Bird Box

VFX Supervisor Marcus Taormina nominated for a VES Award talks about how there were 520 visual effects shots in the final cut of the film. (Awards Daily)

People on the Move

VFX Supervisor João Sita Joins Framestore Montreal

Veteran artist previously earned VES Award and Primetime Emmy nominations for work on Netflix series Lost in Space. (Animation World Network)


Heath Kenny Appointed Chief Content Officer of Mercury Filmworks

As Chief Content Officer, Kenny will work in collaboration with Popowich, as well as Director of Development Travis Williams and Vice President of Original Series and Co-Productions Chantal Ling, to identify and develop original properties as well as secure financing and greenlight productions. (Animation Magazine)


Legend 3D Makes Key Hires: Post Director Meetal Gokul, VFX Supe Jay Mehta

Legend 3D welcomes two multiple award-winning creatives to key positions in its global organization, with the addition of Meetal Gokul as Director of Post Production and Senior Colorist in its Hollywood facility, and Jay Mehta as VFX Supervisor at its Pune, India studio. (Animation Magazine)


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