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13th April 2012

Goldtooth Creative Takes Up Residence In Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City

Goldtooth CreativeGoldtooth Creative brings its unique creative vision to Capcom Co. Ltd.’s storied Resident Evil™ game franchise with its terrifying take on Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City in the title’s first SPEC OPS Campaign gameplay trailer. Utilizing gameplay footage mixed with live action film and motion graphics to create the sense of danger and chaos awaiting those who venture into troubled Raccoon City after the deadly Tyrant virus outbreak, Goldtooth Creative has once again demonstrated how it continues breaking new ground for major game developers from around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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11th April 2012

Encore Announces New Vancouver Facility

encoreEncore, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, has announced the addition of a new facility in Vancouver, further expanding its established network of post production facilities dedicated to serving television clientele. Current Encore locations include Hollywood and New York as well as sister Deluxe television facility Level 3 in Burbank, California. These facilities share a common network that allows them to share media seamlessly, maximizing efficiency and capacity. Read the rest of this entry »

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3rd April 2012

VFX Pick of the Day

Today’s video pick is from 2010 and features the work of then-Vancouver Film School student Elena Topouzoglou, through the VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects program. Elena is currently working as a compositor at FrameStore in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st March 2012

Houdini 12 Now Available

side effects software3D animation and visual effects software developer Side Effects Software has announced the release of Houdini 12 with a wealth of new features and performance enhancements that make it easier for CG artists to accomplish more and iterate faster.  Read the rest of this entry »

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3rd February 2012

Digital Domain Recruiting Events

digital domainWith the opening of its new studio in Florida, Digital Domain is on the lookout for exceptional talent. Recruiters will be visiting Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver (as well as several locations across the USA). The Legend of Tembo is currently in pre-production at the brand new Tradition Studios, a state-of-the-art, 120,000 square foot facility in South Florida. Some of the job openings require immediate placement, while others need to be filled by summer and fall. On a side note, Digital Domain also has several career positions open in its Vancouver studio. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th December 2011

Goldtooth Creative Reflects On Banner Year

Goldtooth CreativeIt has been a banner year for Vancouver’s Goldtooth Creative Agency with accolades rolling in for the studio’s creative involvement in the CG game trailers and cinematics for the upcoming PROTOTYPE® 2  by Radical Entertainment and its award-winning game trailer marketing campaign for the best-selling Deus Ex: Human Revolution™.  The studio’s VFX work and musical score for the hit web series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy™provided yet another example of the range and depth of Goldtooth’s technical expertise.   Read the rest of this entry »

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28th November 2011

Visual Effects Veteran Art Repola Joins Gener8 Advisory Board

gener8Vancouver’s Gener8 Digital Media Corp., a rapidly growing company that is redefining the landscape of 3D film production, is pleased to welcome visual effects veteran and producer Art Repola to its advisory board. Repola’s insight and expertise will help shape the company’s direction and further evolve their groundbreaking G83D™ technology, which provides filmmakers with an entirely unique method for creating movies in stereoscopic 3D. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd September 2011

Limited Time Offers For VFX and Games Studios From Side Effects

side effects software3D animation and visual effects developer Side Effects Software has announced a new promotion for first-time users of their Houdini software. VFX, commercial and game studios looking for a new level of flexibility and control can now save money while enjoying the benefits of Houdini’s procedural node-based workflow.

The Houdini First-Timer promo includes either a workstation or network license of Houdini Master and one year on the Annual Upgrade Plan. This promotion is for freelance artists and studios that have never owned Houdini before, is limited to 2 licenses per studio and must be purchased within the month of October. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st September 2011

DHX Media Appoints Home Entertainment Partner For Rastamouse

dhx mediaHalifax studio DHX Media has appointed Universal Pictures UK as home entertainment partner for Rastamouse, the CBeebies stop-motion animated series, which is scoring high ratings on the UK channel and BBC iPlayer. Universal will release the first Rastamouse DVD on 3 October 2011. It will feature six episodes including Da Crucial Plan, Bakin’ an Breakin’, Mice Camera Action, Da Rhymin Teef, Pie Widout Cheese and Toots Re-routes alongside exclusive bonus content: three sing-along songs from Rastamouse & Da Easy Crew and fun printable activities. The Rastamouse DVD will retail at £12.99 and will be supported by a TV advertising campaign.

Jessica Horne, A & R Manager for Universal Pictures UK commented: “We’re delighted to be releasing Rastamouse rastamouseon DVD. In a crowded market, this is a pre-school series with a genuine USP. Rastamouse is the coolest licensed character on the market and the show’s humour and musical content really connect with pre-schoolers and their parents.”

Josh Scherba, SVP Distribution at DHX Media added: “There is a significant demand for Rastamouse DVDs in the UK and in Universal we feel that we have the right partner on board to handle the home entertainment element of the brand. With the album available via EMI and toys set to hit the market through Character Options in the Autumn, there is a growing consumer presence for the brand in the UK which is supported by a strong performance of the series on CBeebies.”

Rastamouse, the animated series based on the critically acclaimed books by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza, launched on CBeebies in January 2011 and has since engaged a following of preschoolers and parents alike. The series features Rastamouse, Scratchy and Zoomer of Da Easy Crew, the mystery-solving, reggae-playing band who always make a bad ting good and live by their motto “redemption, not retribution.”

A Rastamouse Company Production for CBeebies, Rastamouse is produced by Greg Boardman and Eugenio Perez of Three Stones Media, in association with Dinamo Productions, Little Roots and DHX Media, which handles worldwide TV sales (excluding the UK) and worldwide licensing and merchandising.  The production is supported by the Wales Creative IP Fund.

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23rd August 2011

James Stewart Pangea Exhibit Opens Next Month

All artists are observers of life, though it’s not every day you encounter an artist who has the official title of “creature supervisor.” But that is indeed the hat most often worn by Vancouver artist James Stewart, who created the lead character in The Chronicles of Narnia, and was responsible for creating the giant, prawn-like aliens in District 9.

Stewart’s successful career in the film industry has taken him to over 45 countries spanning four continents. Also an accomplished photographer, he has rigorously documented his travels and the thousands of lives that have touched his. These experiences find their way into his artwork. Most recently, he has returned home to create ‘Pangea,’ a series of beautiful and life-like bronze sculptures.

Pangea is the term for Earth’s landmass before it shifted to the continents we know today. It refers to a time when everything was together and connected. Stewart’s imagination is fuelled by his interest in other cultures, and his over-arching vision with this series, which is that our common roots speak about how we all remain connected. He maintains that connection can be seen clearly, even in our diverse cultures, if our observation is close and careful enough.

Stewart’s work, which is highly realistic and traditional, is also strikingly contemporary in how it is created. He imbues his figures with the subtlety of gesture, which brings them alive. While very familiar with working from a live model, Stewart created these works by referring to the exhaustive photographic records he takes while travelling. Working in front a large video screen and using multiple images, he re-creates his experiences in oil-based clay. He has been compared to a photojournalist who is reporting in 3-D.

Using the “cire perdue,” or lost wax method, Stewart works with the finest foundry, Artworks, to fabricate the bronze. This technique dates back to ancient Greece and was used by such renowned artists as Bernini and Rodin. The completed piece is then used to make a mould, which is used in the casting of the bronze artwork. Upon completion of the edition the artist will supervise the destruction of the mould.

Stewart’s incredible eye for detail (the kind most artists dream about) allows the viewer to enter his original experience. Looking at his sculptures induces an almost voyeuristic feeling. The eye can freely linger over intimate details — knock-kneed legs, poor teeth, wrinkled clothes, etc. — in a way that in real life would constitute staring. Here, it’s just close observation, a practice the artist would like to wholeheartedly encourage.

These sculptures, which represent the best techniques of the old and the new worlds, will be on display Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 6pm, from September 10th to October 2nd at 5 West Pender Street in Vancouver.

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