The ‘Love Has No Labels’ PSA, now a viral YouTube video, employs
a new pipeline using wireless motion capture and puppeteering to
animate 3D characters with live motion data in real time.
Passion Pictures signed LA-based director Joshua Harvey. Specialising
in animation, he has co-led, designed and animated award-winning
films for clients including MTV, Honda and Telstra.
Golaem Crowd 4.0 improves its animation system and controls over
the simulation, enabling users to create more sophisticated shots
through faster iteration and easier previsualisations.
Animation and film production company Passion Pictures has opened
a new office in Melbourne to work with advertising clients in Australia
and New Zealand.
Production company Sarofsky animated the story of mike's Hard
Lemonade in a world based entirely on 2D vector artwork, populated
by a crowd of characters brought to life with IK rigging.
Facial animation software company faceshift have hired Nico Scapel as
their new Creative Director in London. He has previously held animation
roles at Framestore and Dreamworks.
The iPi Motion Capture v3.0 markerless system is updated with distributed
recording support for more cameras and sensors, recording to several PCs
during a single motion capture session.
After working on virtual reality developments with Samsung and
Oculus, Reel FX animation studio has set up a specialised team to
handle a growing number of virtual reality projects
Polygon Pictures in Tokyo manages the internal compute resources
and render farm for their animation production schedules using
Thinkbox Software’s Deadline.
Cinesite and 3QU Media have announced a deal in which Cinesite
visual effects company will create a series of family-targeted animated
feature films, the first of which will be ‘Charming’.
BUTCHER in LA created two title sequences for upcoming thriller, ‘The
Guilty Innocent’. Editor David Henegar handled the full project from
concepting and motion graphics to sound design.
Two artists talk about using digital techniques to enhance traditional
skills and produce work with distinctive looks, taking new approaches
to software, digital capture and computing power.
iPi Motion Capture v3.0 supports the new Microsoft Kinect 2 sensor with
higher tracking speed and a simpler calibration process. Subscription
payment is now available, with various options.
Golaem Crowd 3.3 now supports blend shapes on crowd characters,
functionality that can open the potential for muscle systems, corrective
blend shapes and other facial animation tasks.
Xsens MVN motion capture systems are now easier to set up, able produce
data suited to production previs and animation. Pipeline integration is also
extended to more 3D applications.
Animal Logic Entertainment and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment have
announced plans to develop and produce Betty Boop’s first feature-length film.
Blur Studio took over the world of Skylanders for two :30 spots, creating
CG sequences that give the game’s young audience an entirely new way
to look at the characters and what they can do.
At Chapman University’s College of Film & Media Arts, students produced
a live action-CG short comedy, an official selection at the 2014 Comic-Con
festival, with Xsens’ motion capture suit.
Mixamo and Adobe have added support for 3D animated characters
in the new release of Photoshop CC. Photoshop CC users can now import
animated 3D characters in COLLADA format.
OptiTrack motion capture is now at the heart of character animation for
several different productions and applications, from games and movies
to university research projects.