May 03

FIDO@FMX

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Fido and 3D supervisor Peter Aversten will be at the Foundry product session the 5th of May in Stuttgart.

Fido did for Sky’s 3D Channel on FLYING MONSTERS. Fido used MARI to create textures on huge dinosaurs and other wonderful prehistoric flying creatures on this project for Sky’s Christmas 2010 Stereo Special.

Apr 20

Chris Landreth in Trollhättan 27th of April

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Listen to Academy award winner and multiple nominee Chris Landreth at Högskolan i väst in trollhättan the 27th of April.

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Mar 24

Paul Debevec to give keynote at Digital Storytelling

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Paul Debevec keynote speaker at Digital Storytelling .

Academy Award winner Dr. Paul Debevec of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Oslo on April 13, with a keynote presentation on photoreal digital actors.

Debevec’s pioneer work in image-based lighting, and later development of a series of Light Stage devices for digitizing the shape and appearance of human faces, has been instrumental for the VFX of films such as “The Matrix”, “Spider Man 2”, “King Kong”, “Superman Returns”, “Spiderman 3”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Avatar” to name a few. In 2010 he received a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award with Tim Hawkins, John Monos, and Mark Sagar.

 

Mar 18

Digital storytelling 2011,13-15 of april

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Time to go west again to our brothers in Norway. Digital Storytelling seems to have a strong line-up for this years seminar and workshops in Oslo.

Digital Storytelling: World Building in a Digital Universe” is the sixth annual seminar on the creative use of technology in film, television and games, focusing on how visual effects and digital set design are used to advance storytelling and world building in feature film, television and games. Speakers from the Norwegian, Nordic and International film and games community gather in Oslo to present their work.

This year we have also included presentations from European game industry professionals, from motion capture actor Pascal Langlois (Ethan Mars in “Heavy Rain”), to film director working with motion capture John Dower (Xbox 360 “Milo & Kate”),  Matt Woodward from CCP Games (Eve Online) and Owen O’Brien from DICE (Mirror’s Edge). Norwegian character animator Arne Kaupang will present work on the sci-fi movie “Paul” on behalf of Double Negative, and the usual suspects from the top Norwegian and Swedish VFX studios are making a big VFX Omelette: Camera Magica, Gimpville, Storm Studios, Storyline Studios, Hocus Focus, Fido (Sweden), Qvisten Animation and Rune Spaans.

Digital Storytelling is arranged in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Institute and will take place in the Tancred Cinema at Filmens Hus, Oslo Norway on April 13th. The seminar is followed by the opening of “Visions for a Story World 2011″ an exhibition of concept art and design in film and games in collaboration with Grafill Animasjon. On April 14 and 15 two VFX workshops on NukeX for Norwegian visual effects and film professionals will be led by Matt Leonard of Sphere VFX. At the close of the seminar the Norwegian Society of Visual Effects (NFX) will present the 2011 Best Visual Effects Awards.

Nov 08

CVMP Conference | 17-18 November 2010, London

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Don’t miss out on this years CVMP.

2010 is the seventh in a series of events bringing together production and post-production specialists from the worlds of film, broadcast and games with imaging and graphics researchers. CVMP 2010 provides a European forum to discuss the latest research, advances and stat-of-the-art industry practices.

Some of the speakers:

Keynote speakers:
Dan Piponi, Senior Engineer at ILM
Prof.Marcus Gross Disney Research Zurich.
James Knight, Mo-cap and VFX

Inivited Speakers:

David Spilsbury, Head of Commercials Technology at Moving Picture Company
Bruno Nicoletti, CTO at The Foundry
Wolfgang Lempp, Co-Founder, FilmLight
Johannes Steurer, Principal Engineer, ARRI
John Fletcher, BBC

CVMP.

Nov 07

Workshop with Ed Hooks

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Don’t miss out on this workshop in Stockholm with Ed Hooks, acting coach for animators the 22-23th of November.


About Ed:

A major difference between acting theory for animators and for stage actors is that stage actors work “in the present moment”. Animators work with 24-frames-make-a-second, or an ILLUSION of a present moment. An animator does not need to be taught how to stimulate himself in the present moment the way that stage actors do. He only needs to understand the connections between thinking, emotion and physical action, scene construction, characterization, story telling.

Acting For Animators involves lecture/discussion, a few simple improvisations and deconstruction of scenes from live-action and animated films.

Subjects covered typically include:

* The Psychology of Physical Movement (movement as a result of

thought, emotion.)

* Negotiations within a Scene, Value of Conflict

* Playing Actions, Pursuing Objectives, Overcoming Obstacles

* Character Analysis

* Status Transactions and Power Centers

* Empathy — What It Is, Why It’s Important, How to Get It

* Psychological Gestures

* Comedy vs. Drama

* Heroes and Villains

* Discussion of Uncanny Valley

* Deconstruction of scenes from live action and animated films

Info:

22 – 23 November

9.30 – 17.00

Where:

Van der Nootska Palatset,

Biblioteket

S:t Paulsgatan 21

118 46 Stockholm

Price: 7500 SEK ex VAT. Register to: morgan@liquid.se or  070 – 497 28 78.

Arranged by Stefan and Morgan, great work guys!

Workshop med Ed Hooks.

Oct 02

Fredrikstad Animation festival 10-14th of November

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Don’t miss this years animation festival in Fredrikstad Norway the 10-14th of November. Read more

Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2010 runs from November 10th to 14th . Get ready for five days with a mix current Nordic and Baltic animation, international highlights, seminars, workshops and exhibitions. Welcome!

Fredrikstad Animation festival.

Sep 29

Fredrikstad Animation festival | preselections

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Two swedish contributions has been selected in the commercial competition of the animation festival of Fredrikstad 10-14th November.

It is Adam Marko-Nord with spice and Againstallodds with Victoria government. See previous post here.

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I wish you all the best of luck.

Fredrikstad Animation festival.

Sep 28

View Conference 2010 | CG Daily news

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Interesting speakers at the view conference for example:   How to Train Your Dragon, TIM JOHNSON. CG pioneer and innovator KEN PERLIN.PAUL FRANKLIN, visual effects supervisor for Inception. BRUCE HOLCOMB, who supervised the digital model making at Industrial Light & Magic for Iron Man 2. KIM WHITE, director of photography for lighting on Toy Story 3. HENRY LABOUNTA Senior Art Director on Need for Speed. PARAG HAVALDAR, software architect at Sony Pictures Imageworks, that leads the stereoscopic and performance capture technology group; DAVID SCHAUB, animation director at Sony Pictures Imageworks for Alice in Wonderland. ADAM AVITABILE of Look Visual effects, who brings VFX techniques practiced on the popular television series, LOST.
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Turin, Italy (26–29 October) – Once again Italy’s leading computer graphics symposium, has exceeded expectations by bringing together experts from around the world to inspire, engage, teach, and astound conference attendees. This year, key artists from Double Negative, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony Pictures Imageworks, PDI/DreamWorks, Moving – Picture Company, and Pixar reveal the techniques behind the films certain to be on the short list for a 2011 Visual Effects Oscar – Inception, Iron Man 2, and Alice in Wonderland – and for Best Feature Animation – Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon.

Keynoting the VIEW’s eleventh annual event is the award-winning director and executive producer of the critically acclaimed CG feature How to Train Your Dragon, TIM JOHNSON, whose career spans the length of CGI feature filmmaking. Johnson co-directed PDI/DreamWorks’ first animated feature, Antz, for which he received an Annie nomination in 1999. In 2006, he won the Annie for directing that studio’s film Over the Hedge.

“We are thrilled to have Tim Johnson with us this year,” says conference director Maria-Elena Gutierrez. “Tim is a director and a producer, and he has won awards for films and television productions, so he has a broad range of experience to share with us. The fact that he’s bringing us a world premiere of “Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special,” a 22-minute, fully CGI film that he directed, is a wonderful gift for our conference attendees.”

Also highlighting the conference is CG pioneer and innovator KEN PERLIN, director of the Games for Learning Institute at New York University. Perlin, who is a professor of computer science at NYU’s Media Research Lab, received a Technical Award in 1997 from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Computer Graphics Achievement Award from ACM SIGGRAPH in 2008.

Other can’t miss speakers: PAUL FRANKLIN, visual effects supervisor for Inception and cofounder of Double Negative, who received an Oscar nomination in 2009 for The Dark Knight;

BRUCE HOLCOMB, who supervised the digital model making at Industrial Light & Magic for Iron Man 2, as well as 18 other films at ILM including Avatar, Transformers, Star Trek, and Pirates of the Caribbean; KIM WHITE, director of photography for lighting on Toy Story 3, her sixth film at Pixar; HENRY LABOUNTA Senior Art Director on Need for Speed Hot Pursuit at Criterion Studios in Guildford, UK; PARAG HAVALDAR, software architect at Sony Pictures Imageworks, that leads the stereoscopic and performance capture technology group; DAVID SCHAUB, animation director at Sony Pictures Imageworks for Alice in Wonderland, VES award winner and member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; and ADAM AVITABILE of Look Visual effects, who brings VFX techniques practiced on the popular television series, LOST.

The VIEW has become Italy’s leader in bringing information about the technology and techniques for creating digital entertainment in stereo 3D and this year is no exception. The Foundry’s Chief Scientist SIMON ROBINSON explains how Nuke evolved to meet Avatar’s needs; Pixar’s SANDRA KARPMAN reveals the creative decisions behind the imaginative short film “Day & Night,” and Look’s DAN SCHRECKER talks about techniques behind “Step Up 3D.”

In addition to the speakers, the VIEW offers practical workshops geared toward professionals and aspiring professionals who want to perfect their craft. Pixar’s DYLAN SISSON returns with his standing-room only RenderMan workshops. PAM HOGARTH provides practical career advice. Imageworks’ DAVID SCHAUB offers a master class in the art and science of animating eyes. The University of Utah’s CRAIG CALDWELL offers 10 secrets in animation. TERRENCE MASSON, SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference Chair and director of creative industries at Northeastern University, shares his very eclectic production experience. And author ISAAC KERLOW talks about the art of 3D computer animation and effects. They join professors and artists offering classes in storytelling, character design, digital painting for comics and 3D CG, as well as ZBrush workshops, Google Earth, NVIDIA, Blender, and many others.

MPC RECRUITMENT ROADSHOW @VIEW IN TURIN, ITALY
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Aug 19

CVMP | Conference on Visual Media and Production

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For all you tech guys,CTO’s etc.

This year’s This year’s Conference on Visual Media and Production is taking place in London on November 17th and 18th. The event provides an outlet for production and post personnel to discuss the latest technology and research impacting the field. If you like geeking out about the tech side of things with research impacting the field and actual production techniques, this conference is for you.

There is an early-bird discount of £100 off the registration fee if you sign up before the 17th of October.

This year’s confirmed speakers include:

  • Dan Piponi of ILM’s R&D group
  • Mike Romney, ZOIC studios in Los Angeles
  • James G.H. Knight, motion capture project manager on Avatar
  • Wolfgang Lempp, a founder and director of FilmLight Ltd
  • Marcus Gross, Director of Disney Research Zurich
  • David Spilsbury, Head of Commercials Technology at MPC
  • Bruno Nicoletti, CTO at The Foundry
  • John Fletcher of the BBC

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