Polygon Pictures in Tokyo manages the internal compute resources
and render farm for their animation production schedules using
Thinkbox Software’s Deadline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dynamixyz Performer Suite facial performance capture system has a new
version with multiple view face tracking, plus updates to its tracker and
retargeter for speed and accuracy.
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
Animation studio Je Suis Bien Content and Toon Boom customized a
Harmony pipeline for an animated feature film bringing comics artist
Jacques Tardi’s characters to animation.
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’.
At the University of Portsmouth in the UK students are working on a
full CG feature length film, learning all stages of development through
to render management on PipelineFX software.
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.
UK media IT integrator ERA designed an Adobe Flash-based pipeline
for Cosgrove Hall Fitzpatrick for production of a new children’s
animation, ‘Pip Ahoy!’, debuting on Channel 5.
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.
The Solid State production and post studio continues to work with The
Smith Family’s 'Tales of the One in Ten' animated web series, raising
awareness of the lives of disadvantaged children.
Animal Logic Entertainment and Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment have
announced plans to develop and produce Betty Boop’s first feature-length film.
iPi Biomech is an add-on tool developed to extend the functionality iPi
Soft markerless motion capture for applications in biomechanical analysis
and visualisation of human motion.