Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed stop-animation studio Laika. The end credits sequence is always special in a Laika film and this one, which offers a glimpse of all the work that went into the making of the film, is no exception.
The Arc/k Project, a new nonprofit focused on digital preservation, has developed a unique plan for creating three-dimensional records of the world’s most endangered cultural assets while providing Hollywood filmmakers with a new and better way to incorporate exotic locations and artifacts into their productions. Employing the latest photogrammetric imaging technology, the Arc/k Project is constructing precise 3D models of landmarks and historically valuable objects, many of which are under imminent threat from terrorist activity, global warming, environmental degradation and other factors.
Quantum today announced a new animation and visual effects workflow reference architecture built on the company's Xcellis shared storage system. This robust and exceptionally flexible architecture delivers optimal storage capabilities for animation and editorial operations, thereby streamlining workflows and boosting overall efficiency and productivity.
Design-driven production company Sarofsky delivered the 3D elements in the main-on-end title sequence in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. Under the direction of company principal and executive creative director Erin Sarofsky, together with executive producer Steven Anderson, creative director and designer John Filipkowski, and other Sarofsky artists, the Chicago-based creative team worked directly with Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War VFX supervisor Dan DeLeeuw and VFX producer Jen Underdahl to create a fully composited and rendered two minute MOE title sequence that blends CG-based and photo-real elements.
Autodesk has acquired Solid Angle, developer of Arnold, an advanced, ray-tracing image renderer for high-quality 3D animation and visual effects creation used in film, television and advertising worldwide. Acquisition terms were not disclosed.
Disney’s The Jungle Book is the first film released in the U.S. in Dolby Vision 3D and is available at two Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations: Empire 25 in New York City and Hawthorn in Chicago. In this video director John Favreau shares how the movie sets a new bar for beautiful visuals and the 3D movie-going experience. “Whatever hesitation people might have in going to see a 3D movie I think completely goes away,” he says, “because the brightness of the image, the quality of the lenses and the fact that…the glasses just disappear and you’re watching a crystal clear image where you feel like you just climb onto the screen is a game changer.”
Laika was honored at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Scientific & Technical Awards on Saturday, February 13 in Beverly Hills, California. Brian McLean and Martin Meunier received the Scientific and Engineering Award for Laika’s pioneering use of rapid prototyping for character animation in stop-motion film production. Laika, the animation studio located just outside Portland, Oregon, has produced three films, all of which have earned Oscar nominations for Outstanding Animated Film.
Autodesk has launched Autodesk 3ds Max 2016 Extension 2 for 3D modeling, animation and rendering. Building on 3ds Max 2016 and Extension 1 releases unveiled earlier this year, Extension 2 expands the software’s capabilities with new tools and workflow improvements that simplify and accelerate the creation of 3D assets for design visualization and content creation professionals.
yU+co’s main-on-end title sequence for the Walt Disney Pictures movie Tomorrowland presents a series of mesmerizing portraits of the future as imagined by visionaries of the past. The 3D animated sequence, which delivers the movie’s end credits, takes audiences on a breathtaking tour through a vast metropolis whose various iterations show the “world of tomorrow” as envisioned by successive generations of “dreamers.”
Autodesk Memento, previously available as an Autodesk Labs technology preview, is now available as a free public beta.