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CG specialty shop Eden FX has expanded its operations into the feature film realm. Complementing the company’s existing broadcast unit, the new feature film unit will be headed up by Emmy Award winning visual effects supervisor Laurel Klick. Since its founding in 2000, Eden FX has primarily served the television [...]
London visual effects facility The Mill, which contributed greatly to the effects in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is leaving the feature film industry to focus exclusively on its core advertising business. Mill Film was set up as a division of The Mill in 1997 and went on [...]
Pixar Animation Studios has released RenderMan 11, the latest version of its Academy Award-winning visual effects software. New features include global illumination and deep shadows. RenderMan 11, which has already been used to put the finishing touches on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, promises to enhance effects [...]
Motion graphics and editorial design studio AvatarLabs has opened for business in Encino, Calif. Under creative director, producer, and designer Rex Cook, the company’s initial efforts are servicing the CBS-TV series Still Standing, the Discovery Channel special James Cameron’s Expedition: Bismarck, and a TV trailer promoting the indie feature film, [...]
San Francisco-based media technologies company Pulse has begun shipping Pulse Veepers 3.0. The virtual human creation software promises quicker and easier authoring of more realistic virtual characters for use in e-marketing and other communications arenas. Pulse Veepers 3.0 allows users without 3D modeling, rendering and animation expertise to take single [...]
The SOFTIMAGE®|XSI v.3.0 3-D nonlinear production software is the market’s first digital content creation application to incorporate Cg, a high-level programming language NVIDIA developed in close collaboration with Microsoft Corporation. A spokesperson for SoftImage says use of the C-like language, compatible with Microsoft’s HLSL for DirectX 9.0 and the OpenGL [...]
Alias|Wavefront announces the upcoming release of Alias SketchBook Pro with a free introductory version now available for download. Designed specifically for the Tablet PC, the intuitive software tool transforms the device into a mobile digital sketchbook for sketching, image annotation and presentation. Supported by a gesture-driven user interface, SketchBook Pro [...]
Gentle Giant Studios, the 3D scanning team behind blockbusters such as Spider-Man, Star Wars Episode II and The Lord of the Rings, has incorporated InSpeck’s 3D Full Body system into its data-acquisition arsenal. The compact full body scanning system was immediately put to use in Australia, where the Gentle Giant [...]
Softimage Co., a subsidiary of Avid Technology Inc., announced the availability of version 3.0 of its nonlinear 3D production software, SOFTIMAGE|XSI. Beta versions of SOFTIMAGE|XSI 3.0 have already been used in productions by companies like French post-production facility la maison and Oscar-winning special effects house, The Mill. Softimage reports favorable [...]
Cinesite (Europe) Ltd. has completed nearly all of the digital effects for the new James Bond film Die Another Day. The film, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and directed by Lee Tamahori, features the largest number of digital effects shots in a James Bond film to date. [...]