South African production and post company Embassy recently completed three TV commercials for the South African theater chain, Ster-Kinekor.
The TEDx Sydney conference on April 26 will feature a breakthrough film by Kate Kazokas and Lucy Adelaide. Titled John Was A Good Man, the short film features actors from across Australia including Jane Caro, Dr Karl, Paul McDermott, Matt Moran, Andrew O’Keefe, Turia Pitt, Jessica Tovey, Urthboy and Fred Nile. Each of the participants tells a short eulogy of their lives to date, using the third person and with video images of themselves being projected onto their own faces to heighten the sense of self-analysis.
Autodesk unveiled the latest version of Smoke 2015 earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. In addition to significant new creative tools andperformance enhancements, Smoke 2015 will soon be available as a Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time.
Visualization house Proof provided extensive pre vis and post vis services to the new Marvel Entertainment motion picture Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Proof’s creative director/founder Ron Frankel made the announcement. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios last month and shows the benefits of using pre and post vis on a major effects-heavy film.
The Foundry introduced Nuke Studio at last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. The company says that Nuke Studio gives users the ability to do VFX, editorial and finishing in one single application and will be available later this year.
The Devil & Demon Strategy today announced the availability of what the company is calling super-computers for everyone. The new product line of Devil supercomputers and Demon workstations will be on display at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas next week. At the show Devil & Demon systems will be running a variety of software including Autodesk’s VRed simulator, Chaos Group’s VRay RT and Digital Vision’s Nucoda, as well as Survios’ VR game Zombies On The Holodeck.
The Chaos Group has announced V-Ray 3.0 for Maya. Included in the initial round of enhancements will be a new Progressive Rendering Engine, support for several open source technologies, and up to 5x faster ray tracing and rendering performance.
Katy Perry's latest music video for the hip hop-infused hit single Dark Horse is a bold, Egyptian-themed cinematic epic created by storytelling studio Mirada. Starring Katy-Pätra, the video is a larger-than-life tale that follows the legendary Queen of Memphis as a parade of would-be suitors vies for her heart.
Imagineer Systems will give attendees of the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas April 7-10 a technology preview of new capabilities planned for the next release of mocha Pro and mocha AE planar motion tracking and visual effects software.
In Annapurna Pictures’ Her, director Spike Jonze tells a story, set in the slight future, of Theodore, a complex, soulful man who becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system that promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, and featuring the voice of Scarlett Johansson, the film has attracted extraordinary critical praise as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Score and Best Original Song.