The Axis group in the UK well known for its animated narrative content
created for games has announced new projects in new directions at two
of its studios, Axis Animation and Flaunt.
Adobe Animate CC 2015.1, replacing Flash Professional CC, integrates
Creative Cloud Libraries, has improved onion skinning, stage scaling,
HTML5 Canvas and a new Paintbrush tool.
Cinesite is investing in a new animation studio in Montréal, intending
to launch nine animated feature films into production, potentially
employing 500 permanent staff by 2020.
Inertial motion capture systems like Xsens MVN Biomech accurately
record althlete’s performances, plotting natural motion in real places
to visualize aspects of how people move.
Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 5 updates the preparation of pre-production
pipelines for CG, live action and games cinematics, including 3D workflows
and integration with editorial.
Blending complex imagery with dance, 3D printing and Xsens motion
capture, ‘The Inheritance’ is a performance in which dancers interact
with live 3D projections to tell their history.
C-Motion’s biomechanical modelling, analysis and reporting software,
Visual3D can now access inertial motion capture data from Xsens MVN
BIOMECH gear for measurement and analysis.
SIGGRAPH 2015 has announced the winners of the annual Computer
Animation Festival. More than 100 of the nominees will be shown during
the event Festival coming to LA in August 2015.
Head of 3D Matthias Winckelmann describes how ManvsMachine studio’s
team used CINEMA 4D with high-res scans to morph, pull apart and explore
Nike Air Max shoes in extreme detail.
Animal Logic is expanding its animation production relationship with
Warner Bros. Pictures, and signed a three picture deal to set up a
second animation studio in Vancouver, Canada.
Athena Studios in California has won the Best Animation Award at the
2015 Carmel International Film Festival for their original stop-motion
animated short, ‘Mermaids on Mars’.
Cloth Cat completed 52 episodes of a new kid’s animated TV series
in just over a year, keeping to schedule by integrating ftrack project
tracking software into their 2D animation pipeline.
IKINEMA, specialists in real-time inverse kinematics, has shown at
SIGGRAPH 2015 a new way to create and record animation by using
descriptive commands based on everyday language.
5D Global Studio has created real-time visualization for the Al-Baydha
sustainability project with USC’s World Building Institute and OptiTrack
motion capture, to be shown at FMX 2015..
Pixar Animation Studios is licensing a suite of NVIDIA systems related
to image rendering, which is anticipated to accelerate its production of
Cinesite is joining forces with training company iAnimate on a new
animation apprenticeship combining online training with a two-year
contract as a trainee animator at Cinesite.
Toon Boom and The Foundry are integrating Storyboard Pro and
FLIX, which includes building a new workflow introduce studios to
advantages of using FLIX with Storyboard Pro.
Brett Ineson and Bruno Sargeant at Animatrik talk about new directions
in motion capture and uses for motion data, illustrated by recent work
with MPC on the action film ‘American Sniper’.
Vicon Vantage intelligent camera platform makes motion capture
accessible to a wider range of applications and adds a new remote
Control tablet app. Tracker 3 improves data quality for VR.
2D animation software Toon Boom Harmony v12 is now compatible
with the Unity game engine, integrates 2D and 3D animation styles,
including lighting, and supports OpenFX plug-ins.