Multimedia industry – SAMT 2010 http://samt2010.org/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 21:21:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://samt2010.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-1-32x32.png Multimedia industry – SAMT 2010 http://samt2010.org/ 32 32 CBS Unveils First Look at Holiday Original ‘Reindeer in Here’ https://samt2010.org/cbs-unveils-first-look-at-holiday-original-reindeer-in-here/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 21:21:08 +0000 https://samt2010.org/cbs-unveils-first-look-at-holiday-original-reindeer-in-here/ Families can add to their holiday season celebrations with a new CBS Original animated special: reindeer here. The hour-long event will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT), immediately following the Rankin/Bass stop-motion classic Rudolph the red nosed reindeer (8-9 p.m., ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand […]]]>

Families can add to their holiday season celebrations with a new CBS Original animated special: reindeer here. The hour-long event will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT), immediately following the Rankin/Bass stop-motion classic Rudolph the red nosed reindeer (8-9 p.m., ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Based on the award-winning Christmas book and plush set created by Adam Reed and written for the screen by Greg Erb and Jason Oremland, reindeer here is the heartwarming story of how Blizzard (Blizz), a young reindeer living in the North Pole who has an unusual trait – one antler much smaller than the other – and his unique group of friends band together to save the world. future of Christmas. In doing so, they unknowingly create a magical holiday tradition like no other.

“I fell in love with this project the moment I read the script and immediately got the message ‘different is normal,'” said executive producer and director Lino DiSalvo (Playmobil: The Film), who, as the former animation director of Walt Disney Animation Studios, helped Frozen, Tangled and Lock on the big screen. “I love that Blizzard, our hero character, no matter the situation, has confidence in him, even when others might not, despite his differences.”

In the special, Blizz just wants to show Santa that his quirky inventions can make Christmas even better. Theo, a lonely 10-year-old boy, is the new kid in town who yearns to make friends. When a mysterious villain sweeps away the magic snow globe that holds the wishes of every child in the world, these two unlikely heroes become Santa’s only hope to save Christmas. Blizzard and Theo can’t save Christmas on their own, so they enlist the help of their trustworthy friends.

Their journey features a cast of unique, quirky, and lovable characters, including Candy, the oversharing Snowgirl; Pinky, the only all-pink reindeer at the North Pole; Hawk, the silly and endearing Mohawk polar bear; Bucky, the nervous reindeer with big teeth; the lovable and hilarious Smiley the Elf, who has been Santa’s harassed HOHO (Holiday Operations Manager) for the past 500 years; and Isla, Theo’s brilliant classmate.

The first image released today features Blizz, Smiley, Santa, and Candy.

“As Blizzard tells Theo, ‘don’t hide what makes you unique,’ and this happy hour of family-friendly television celebrates just that,” said Reed, executive producer of the special. “Reindeer here is a story that not only encourages us to accept our differences, but also to celebrate them. It’s a story filled with laughter, joy, friendship and heart that we hope will join the list of holiday classics that families watch together year after magical year.

Launched in 2017, reindeer here sold out on Amazon in less than two hours and became a new release and an instant Amazon #1 bestseller. The book has since won 12 major awards, including creative child magazine’s book of the year, a Gold Mom’s Choice Award, and the prestigious National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Reed originally created reindeer here for his own children due to what he saw as a lack of positive holiday tradition brands on the market that also didn’t stress parents in the process.

Reed also runs the Emmy-nominated production company Thinkfactory Media. He has produced over 1,000 hours of television, including Gene Simmons family jewelrythe Marriage boot camp franchise, Hatfield and McCoy, Rat in the kitchen and mom june. He is also an accomplished commercial director, having been shortlisted at the Cannes International Advertising Festival.

The reindeer here special is created and produced by Reed, produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions. Erb and Oremland (The Princess and the Frog, Monster High: The Movie) are executive producers and writers. Jonathan Koch and Sander Schwartz are executive producers and DiSalvo is director and executive producer. Animation production is handled by Ottawa’s JamFilled; The executive producers of JamFilled are Jamie Leclaire, Phil Lafrance and Kyle Mac Dougall.

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Award-winning Israeli animator Gil Alkabetz dies at 65 https://samt2010.org/award-winning-israeli-animator-gil-alkabetz-dies-at-65/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 19:40:52 +0000 https://samt2010.org/award-winning-israeli-animator-gil-alkabetz-dies-at-65/ Gil Alkabetz, Israeli-born, award-winning freelance animator and teacher, has died aged 65. Her friends confirmed the sad news on social media earlier today (September 15). Alkabetz was best known for his witty, intelligent, and thought-provoking animated shorts that commented on the follies of life, politics, and human nature. Born in 1957 in Kibutz Mashabei Sade […]]]>

Gil Alkabetz, Israeli-born, award-winning freelance animator and teacher, has died aged 65. Her friends confirmed the sad news on social media earlier today (September 15). Alkabetz was best known for his witty, intelligent, and thought-provoking animated shorts that commented on the follies of life, politics, and human nature.

Born in 1957 in Kibutz Mashabei Sade in Israel, Alkabetz studied graphic design at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. His first animated short film Bitzbutz, quickly became a festival favorite. During the mid to late 1980s, he worked at the Jerusalem studio Frame by Frame as an animation director, as well as a freelance illustrator, comic artist, animation director, and teacher. He made his second short film Swamp at the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart.

In 1995, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany, and worked with studio Film Bilder on commissioned projects for SDR, Nickelodeon, and MTV, as well as his favorite festival shorts. Yankale (1996) and Rubicon (1997). In 2000, he founded his own studio, Sweet Home Studio, with his wife Nurit Israel in 2000. He also taught animation at Konrad Wolf University in Babelsberg and offered workshops at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, and Lucerne School of Art and Design. He was also a visiting professor at the Konrad Wolf Film University in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

His lovely 2005 short film Morir de Amor, about two caged parrots reminiscing about past memories, was another huge festival hit and won top awards around the world. Other successful shorts include the Ottawa Film Festival award winner Swamp (1992), trip to china (2002), Cutting time (2002) Wolmond (2009) The Da Vinci Time Code (2009), 1+1 (2015) and A stormy night (2019). Alkabetz was also the animation designer for Tom Tykwer’s hugely influential and innovative 1998 German feature film. Run Lola Run.

Morir de Amor

“I would love to know where my ideas come from, but I have no idea,” Alkabetz said in an interview with Film Court. “Each film starts from nothing and my experience does not help me either. When I make a film, I can’t say that I learned something for the next one. It’s like I always have to start from scratch. I feel like every movie I make is the first and the last. I never believe I can make another one.

We send our condolences to Gil’s family and all his friends. The global animation community shares your grief. We will update the story as we learn more about this loss.

Gil Alkabetz and clockwise from top, “Rubicon”, “Morir de Amor” and “Swamp”. Photo: Renaud Fang

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Watch Yankalé:

Here is the animated trailer directed by Gil Alkabetz for Anima Festival 2021:

One of his last works was the award-winning 2020 music video “Good or Better”.

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Robert Zemeckis joins the VIEW 2022 lineup https://samt2010.org/robert-zemeckis-joins-the-view-2022-lineup/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 18:53:00 +0000 https://samt2010.org/robert-zemeckis-joins-the-view-2022-lineup/ VIEW Conference 2022 announced that director Robert Zemeckis will join Kevin Baillie in a virtual discussion about the making of his latest film, Disney’s Pinocchio. The upcoming 23rd edition of Italy’s premier conference on animation, visual effects, games and computer graphics will take place October 16-21 in Turin, Italy. The VIEW 2022 Conference Program is […]]]>

VIEW Conference 2022 announced that director Robert Zemeckis will join Kevin Baillie in a virtual discussion about the making of his latest film, Disney’s Pinocchio. The upcoming 23rd edition of Italy’s premier conference on animation, visual effects, games and computer graphics will take place October 16-21 in Turin, Italy.

The VIEW 2022 Conference Program is available to browse by topic or speaker.

Here are some highlights from the presentation:

Industry leaders discuss the future of storytelling and other cutting-edge topics:

  • James Knight, AMD Global Head of Media and Entertainment/Visual Effects
  • Faik Karaoglu, Executive Vice President of Brand Operations at Wacom
  • Marc Petit, vice president and general manager of Epic Games Unreal Engine
  • Steve May, Pixar CTO
  • Rob Bredow, CCO at Industrial Light & Magic
  • Ramsey Naito, President of Nickelodeon/Paramount
  • Kristine Belson, President of Sony Pictures Animation
  • Peter Ramsey, director at Netflix Animation (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse / ollie lost)
  • Rob Hoffmann, Global Director of Media and Entertainment at Lenovo
  • Cathal Loughnane, Head of Aston Martin Partnerships at Aston Martin Lagonda

Exciting panels exploring virtual production, including:

  • Steve Griffith, Executive Producer Virtual Production at DNEG
  • Paul Debevec, director of research at Netflix
  • Janet Muswell Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Visual Effects at HBO
  • Roslyn Aronowitz, Senior Producer for Virtual Production at ILM
  • Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage

In-depth presentations on the latest creative triumphs, including:

  • Love, Death + Robots: Night of the Dead Minis with BUCK’s creative directors, Robert Bisi and Andy Lyon
  • The sand man – with Raphaël Letertre, Rodeo FX CG Supervisor
  • Return – Sharman Jagadeesan and Risto Jankkila of Housemarque
  • entergalactic –David Prescott, Archie Donato and Kapil Sharma of DNEG

The full list of speakers is available here.

Moreover, look Jurassic World Dominion; Thor: Love and Thunder; Westworld; Light year; turn red; The beast from the sea; and My Father’s Dragon.

The VIEW conference invites students and professionals to the career fair – an opportunity to showcase talent to major game and movie studios, share reels, and meet mentors. Recruiters include Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Alps Studios, Trixter, Axis Studios, El Ranchito and Rotomaker.

Get your tickets here.

Source: VIEW 2022

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Nothing, just Kapil Sharma looking dashing in a slow-motion video on the streets of Melbourne; LOOK https://samt2010.org/nothing-just-kapil-sharma-looking-dashing-in-a-slow-motion-video-on-the-streets-of-melbourne-look/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 12:35:43 +0000 https://samt2010.org/nothing-just-kapil-sharma-looking-dashing-in-a-slow-motion-video-on-the-streets-of-melbourne-look/ Kapil Sharma is one of the most versatile and talented actors in the entertainment industry. There’s nothing he can’t do, from hosting, to singing, to acting, to acting, and more. The actor enjoys a huge number of fans for his excellent reception in the best entertainment show The Kapil Sharma Show. The actor recently toured […]]]>

Kapil Sharma is one of the most versatile and talented actors in the entertainment industry. There’s nothing he can’t do, from hosting, to singing, to acting, to acting, and more. The actor enjoys a huge number of fans for his excellent reception in the best entertainment show The Kapil Sharma Show. The actor recently toured Australia with his teammates. He uploaded photos and videos to social media to give his fans a virtual tour.

In the recent post shared by the actor, he is seen walking the wide and busy roads of Melbourne. He looks dapper in the beige jacket and jeans. He also wore sunglasses as he walked in style. Kapil shared in the captions, “Street walk #melbourne”

Several fans of the actor dropped fire emoji on the post. A few also dropped comments like “Sher.. Super se bhi upar mere bhai”, “Looking smart”, “Awesome”, “Handsome kapil”, “Love you paji” and more.

Meanwhile, the first guest of the new season of Kapil Sharma Show was Akshay Kumar, who graced the show to promote his upcoming film “Cuttputtli”. He was accompanied by his co-stars Rakul Preet Singh, Sargun Mehta and Chandrachur Singh. The episode was a huge hit and the audience enjoyed the comedy.

New comedians Sidharth Sagar, Gaurav Dubey, Ishteyak Khan and Srikant Maski have joined the show and will be seen in various roles ranging from Kappu’s brother-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law to his friend Maski, Chandan’s wife. Ghazal (Srishty Rode) is ‘mohalle ki raunak (splendour of locality)’, Sunder Das is Kappu’s father-in-law, and Gharchoddas is ustaad ji in the series.

Also Read – The Kapil Sharma Show Review: Kapil With Akshay Kumar Deliver A Fun Episode 1: Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Were Missed

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Animation One-To-Ones Episode #15 – Peter Sohn (Lightyear, Elemental) https://samt2010.org/animation-one-to-ones-episode-15-peter-sohn-lightyear-elemental/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 11:38:03 +0000 https://samt2010.org/animation-one-to-ones-episode-15-peter-sohn-lightyear-elemental/ Animation One-To-Ones Episode #15 – Peter Sohn (Lightyear, Elemental) September 12, 2022 // Individual animations Welcome to another episode of Animation One-To-Ones where Ryan Gaur talks to Peter Sohn, the voice of Sox in Pixar’s latest feature. Light year which is streaming on Disney Plus now. Lightyear Review: The Final Frontier For Pixar Legacy Characters […]]]>

Animation One-To-Ones Episode #15 – Peter Sohn (Lightyear, Elemental)


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Welcome to another episode of Animation One-To-Ones where Ryan Gaur talks to Peter Sohn, the voice of Sox in Pixar’s latest feature. Light year which is streaming on Disney Plus now.

Lightyear Review: The Final Frontier For Pixar Legacy Characters

The feature shares the origins of Buzz Lightyear’s character in a time-consuming adventure as Buzz tries to save his people from the evil Emperor Zurg. In addition to voicing the robot companion Sox, Peter Sohn has played a key role in Pixar productions in the past, not only behind the microphone voicing Emile in Ratatouille and Squishy in monster universitybut also behind the scenes, the staging The Good Dinosaur and he is currently working on Pixar’s next feature Elemental which is slated for 2023.

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Guest: Peter Sohn
Presented, edited and produced by: Steve Henderson
Editing assistant: Aaron Wood
Interview by: Ryan Gaur
Music and graphics: Ben Mitchell
Excerpts courtesy of Disney

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Walt Disney Animation’s 2023 Film Announced at D23 Expo Has a Huge Connection to Disney History https://samt2010.org/walt-disney-animations-2023-film-announced-at-d23-expo-has-a-huge-connection-to-disney-history/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 04:38:22 +0000 https://samt2010.org/walt-disney-animations-2023-film-announced-at-d23-expo-has-a-huge-connection-to-disney-history/ Next year is a massive year for the history of The Walt Disney Company. After all, it was in 1923 that Walt and Roy O. Disney founded the studio, making 2023 the 100th anniversary of the massive conglomerate. Naturally, there will be plenty of celebrations in many different forms – but one special way to […]]]>

Next year is a massive year for the history of The Walt Disney Company. After all, it was in 1923 that Walt and Roy O. Disney founded the studio, making 2023 the 100th anniversary of the massive conglomerate. Naturally, there will be plenty of celebrations in many different forms – but one special way to mark the occasion is on the big screen with the release of Walt Disney Animation Studio. To wisha new movie that was just announced this afternoon at D23 Expo 2022.

While waiting for the arrival of the latest Walt Disney Animation Studios film (strange worldwhich will be released in November), creative director Jennifer Lee took the stage in Hall D23 at the Anaheim Convention Center today to announce what’s coming from the legendary brand in 2023. The film will be called To wish as it’s inspired by the long history of Disney characters wishing for a star, and it will be directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn. You can discover a first preview of the film via the Tweeter from Disney Animation below:

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Arcane wins big at the Creative Arts Emmys https://samt2010.org/arcane-wins-big-at-the-creative-arts-emmys/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 19:20:00 +0000 https://samt2010.org/arcane-wins-big-at-the-creative-arts-emmys/ Last Saturday and Sunday marked the annual Creative Arts Emmys, two evenings of celebrations honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in various television program genres, guest performances in weekly series, and outstanding work in the animation, reality and documentary categories. . Among many other categories, the Emmys won in animation and visual effects, with the […]]]>

Last Saturday and Sunday marked the annual Creative Arts Emmys, two evenings of celebrations honoring outstanding artistic and technical achievement in various television program genres, guest performances in weekly series, and outstanding work in the animation, reality and documentary categories. .

Among many other categories, the Emmys won in animation and visual effects, with the popular Netflix series, Esoteric the big winner, taking home four awards, followed by the Netflix animated anthology Love, Death + Robots with two. Additionally, Chadwick Boseman received a posthumous Emmy for his character voiceover work in the Disney+ animated series. What if…?

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers won Best TV Movie, the first time an animated film has won this category.

Here’s a roundup of the award-winning animations and visual effects at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmys events:

Winner: Outstanding TV Movie

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers -Disney+, Mandeville Films

  • Alexander Young, executive producer; Tom Peitzman, executive producer; Todd Lieberman, producer; David Hoberman, producer

Winner: Outstanding Animation Program

Esoteric: “When these walls come down” – Riot Games and Fortiche Production for Netflix

  • Christian Linke, Executive Producer/Story of; Marc Merrill, executive producer; Brandon Beck, executive producer; Jane Chung, executive producer; Thomas Vu, executive producer; Jerôme Combe, co-executive producer; Melinda Wunsch Dilger, co-executive producer; Pascal Charrue, Co-Executive Producer / Directed by; Arnaud Delord, Co-Executive Producer / Directed by; Alex Yee, co-executive producer / Written by / Story by; Ash Brannon, co-executive producer/History of; Conor Sheehy, story of; Barthélémy Maunoury, animation director; David Lyerly, voice director

Winner: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation

Esoteric: “The Boy Savior” – Riot Games and Fortiche Production for Netflix

  • Awarded to: Anne-Laure To, Color Script Artist

Esoteric: “Happy Progress Day!” – Riot Games and Fortiche Production for Netflix

  • Attributed to: – Julien Georgel, Art Direction

Love, Death + Robots: “Jibaro” – Netflix

  • Awarded to: Alberto Mielgo, character designer

Boys Present: Devilish: “Boyd in 3D” – Prime Video

  • Awarded to: Lexy Naut, Storyboard Artist

The House -Netflix

  • Awarded to: Kecy Salangad, Animator

Winner: Outstanding Short Form Animation Program

Love, Death + Robots: “Jibaro” – Netflix

  • Blur Studio for Netflix; David Fincher, executive producer; Tim Miller, executive producer; Jennifer Miller, executive producer; Joshua Donen, executive producer; Sergio Jimenez, executive producer; Victoria Howard, supervising producer; Jennifer Yuh Nelson, supervising director; Alberto Mielgo, screenwriter/director

WINNER: Outstanding character voice-over performance

What if…?: “What if… T’Challa becomes a Star-Lord ?” -Disney+, Marvel Studios

  • Chadwick Boseman as Star Lord T’Challa

Winner: Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or Movie

Boba Fett’s Book -Disney+

  • Lucasfilm LTD, Richard Bluff, Visual Effects Supervisor; Abbigail Keller, visual effects producer; Paul Kavanagh, animation supervisor; Cameron Neilson, Assoc. Visual effects supervisor; Scott Fisher, special effects supervisor; John Rosengrant, Legacy Effects Supervisor; Enrico Damm, ILM visual effects supervisor; Robin Hackl, Picture Engine Visual Effects Supervisor; Landis Fields, Virtual Production Visualization Supervisor

Winner: Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited or Anthology Series, Movie or Special

Moon Knight “Gods and Monsters – Disney+, Marvel Studios

  • Bonnie Wild, co-supervised sound editor; Mac Smith, co-supervising Sound Editor; Kimberly Patrick, sound editor; Vanessa Lapato, sound editor; Matt Hartman, sound editor; Teresa Eckton, sound editor; Tim Farrell, sound editor; Léo Marcil, sound editor; Joel Raabe, sound editor; Ian Chase, sound editor; Anele Onyekwere, music editor; Stephanie Lowry, music editor; Carl Sealove, Music Editor; Dan O’Connell, sound engineer; John Cucci, MPSE, sound engineer

The two-night celebration footage will be condensed and released September 10 on FXX. The program will then air on Hulu from September 11-17.

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5 Essential Books on Animation Design https://samt2010.org/5-essential-books-on-animation-design/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 23:48:57 +0000 https://samt2010.org/5-essential-books-on-animation-design/ Have you ever watched cartoons and animated movies and wondered about the design work behind them? Here is a list of books that take a look at animation design. Animator’s Survival Kit Author: Richard Williams The book is written by Canadian-British animator Richard Williams, who is best known for his work in ‘Who Framed Roger […]]]>

Have you ever watched cartoons and animated movies and wondered about the design work behind them? Here is a list of books that take a look at animation design.

Animator’s Survival Kit

Author: Richard Williams

The book is written by Canadian-British animator Richard Williams, who is best known for his work in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’. It is based on his master classes, which took place in the United States and throughout Europe. Here, he explains the principles of animation that every designer/animator, beginner or expert, should know. He encourages his readers to invent while being credible. The book includes illustrations of the points it develops. The author shares many tips, tricks and techniques used in animation.

Animation time

Authors: Harold Whitaker and John Halas

The book explains that timing is important in animation, as is giving it enough space, understanding how long each drawing should last for dramatic effect, among other techniques. Many vital techniques used by animators around the world have been explained here with illustrations and simple instructions. The latest edition includes an overview of digital production timing, digital storyboarding in 2D and 3D.

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

Authors: Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston

The authors of this book, Frank and Ollie, created animated masterpieces like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Bambi” and “Pinocchio”. This book examines how the duo was instrumental in transforming Walt Disney Studios into a powerhouse and the highest level of animation. Using simple language and avoiding jargon, the book examines the 12 rules of animation created by the duo, where the emphasis is on the realism of the characters, while having their own essence.

This illustrated book is not just a “how to” guide. It impresses with original historical drawings of characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Snow White and Bambi, among others. The book also examines how certain realistic animation effects were achieved in Disney’s most popular films.

Crash course in character animation!

Author: Eric Goldberg

It’s written by Eric Goldberg, whose work in films like “The Princess and the Frog,” “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Hercules” has garnered worldwide attention. The book is accompanied by detailed texts and drawings. It sheds light on the characters’ strong personalities and how to make the characters stand out on the page.

The book is easy to read, despite the important animation techniques it shares.

Anime frames: building culture and image

Author: Tze–yue Hu
This book delves into the world of anime. Rather than a guide, it delves into the history of the popular form of Japanese animation.

The author used a variety of research methods, including interviews with expert anime animators, while examining a nine-year period that included extensive fieldwork conducted in Japan and other parts of the Asia.

*These books are available online

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Chaos releases V-Ray 6 for Maya https://samt2010.org/chaos-releases-v-ray-6-for-maya/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 18:39:00 +0000 https://samt2010.org/chaos-releases-v-ray-6-for-maya/ The latest version of chaos‘ The Oscar/Emmy award-winning production renderer V-Ray 6 for Maya is now available, with expanded features including geometric tiling, procedural clouds, and a new profiler shader. New systems and updates improve the tools needed to monitor and optimize projects and include: VRayEnmesh repeats geometry on an object’s surface and allows artists […]]]>

The latest version of chaos The Oscar/Emmy award-winning production renderer V-Ray 6 for Maya is now available, with expanded features including geometric tiling, procedural clouds, and a new profiler shader.

New systems and updates improve the tools needed to monitor and optimize projects and include:

VRayEnmesh repeats geometry on an object’s surface and allows artists to treat geometry like texture to create patterns ready to be matched, both with optimal memory efficiency.

Procedural clouds are now part of the V-Ray Sun and Sky system, allowing artists to customize scenes and take advantage of ray-traced lighting, ground shadows, and volumetric effects when animating them.

V-ray profiler introduction allows artists to track the render time of shaders and volumes in a scene, allowing them to locate hotspots and optimize pipelines for faster rendering.

V-Ray 6 for Maya additional updates and features include:

  • USD improvements: V-Ray 6 supports the latest version of MayaUSD and includes improvements for OpenVDB volumes and exporting V-Ray hardware for easier interchange with Solaris and USD-powered pipelines.
  • Performance improvement: 30% faster rendering for environment fog and up to double rendering speed for translucent layer in V-Ray material, as well as improved memory efficiency for scenes with thousands of instances.
  • Improved ceiling light – New Finite Dome mode allows users to control the physical size of their light based on radius and height, allowing objects such as cars to be rendered with appropriate size and scale relative to the lighting image-based (IBL).
  • Thin-film materials: The new thin layer has been added to the V-Ray material, making it easier to create iridescent materials like soap bubbles and oil spills.
  • Chaos-cloud collaboration: Added push-button cloud collaboration for Chaos Cloud project review shares via the V-Ray Frame Buffer (VFB). Clients/Teams can now add comments and annotations and view panoramic views remotely.
  • Background submissions: Users now have uninterrupted access to Maya when submitting to Chaos Cloud Rendering, preserving their iterative cycle.
  • Decal Offset: VRayDecal now adds displacement to any surface, bringing more realism to cracked walls, rocks, and raised letters.
  • More specific thoughts: With the new energy compensation updates, metals and rough surfaces look more realistic.
  • Lightweight Cache in IPR: The output of V-Ray’s Interactive Production Render (IPR) is identical to the production render, which provides flexibility.
  • V-Ray frame buffer upgrades: Added to the VFB are a panorama viewer, an aspect ratio guide layer for composition development, and a flip button to help designers make decisions when evaluating their work.
  • New Chaos Cosmos assets: Chaos Cosmos has expanded the world of visual effects in accelerated preview work and added over 1,500 assets since V-Ray 5, including detailed vegetation, urban textures, and photorealistic materials.
  • V-Ray GPU enhancements: Support is available for most of the new features in V-Ray 6, and with a new, faster lightweight cache and device selector, users can now assign devices to tasks.

Check out Chaos’ video on the release of V-Ray 6 for Maya:

More information about V-Ray 6 for Maya is available here.

Source: Chaos

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The next step for DALL-E and Midjourney is animation — Quartz https://samt2010.org/the-next-step-for-dall-e-and-midjourney-is-animation-quartz/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://samt2010.org/the-next-step-for-dall-e-and-midjourney-is-animation-quartz/ New tools like DALL-E 2 and OpenAI’s Midjourney allow anyone to type in a series of prompts (“a bird sitting in a tree on a sunny day in the style of Rembrandt”, for example) and output an image which illustrates the text that the user enters. The disruptive effect these tools have on graphic art […]]]>

New tools like DALL-E 2 and OpenAI’s Midjourney allow anyone to type in a series of prompts (“a bird sitting in a tree on a sunny day in the style of Rembrandt”, for example) and output an image which illustrates the text that the user enters.

The disruptive effect these tools have on graphic art is already fueling debate among mainstream artists about the impact this might have on the future of fine art. Logically, one of these potential short-term futures of technology are systems that then animate these artificially generated images.

“Many academic institutions are working on animations,” David Holz, founder and CEO of Midjourney told Quartz. “It’s a bit pricey and the quality isn’t there yet, but we’ll definitely see some crazy things over the next few years.”

AI Animation Could Disrupt the Entire Animation Industry

One of the first technological changes in hand-drawn animation was rotoscoping. It’s the process of tracing over live action footage and helped animators make character movements more realistic. Despite its use in classic Disney movies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and innovative films like Ralph Bakshi’s animated film the Lord of the Rings and Richard Linklater waking lifesome animators still despise rotoscoping.

In recent years, motion capture has become one of the most popular ways to animate 3D character models to shorten production time and make animations more realistic. Some of the best examples of the technique are on display in Netflix Love, Death + Robots series.

Using art history to preview the future of AI art

Some compare the use of AI to generate art to that of an artist like Andy Warhol, whose workers produced silkscreen and lithograph images in his name, often based on pop culture references. and pre-existing photos that he did not take.

Strange Adario/Midjourney

An image created using Midjourney using the “Superman meets Spider-Man” prompt

“The reason I paint this way is because I want to be a machine,” Warhol said of his factory process. Sol LeWitt, a concept artist who gave detailed instructions to assistants on how to create a work, believed that when “all the planning and decisions are made in advance…the execution is a superficial affair”.

In this regard, automation in art has been a glimpse of the rise of AI in art, with code now replacing teams of assistants.

Motion capture has optimized animation production work, AI footage could be next

Even with industry skepticism, rotoscoping and motion capture were eventually widely adopted as acceptable tools of the animation business. However, in both cases, a human hand was always directly involved in the production of visuals. With AI-generated imagery, the animation process can scale to require only human input into the main algorithm and front-end prompts to dictate a scene.

Some see the use of AI art generation tools as a natural evolution of software like Photoshop and Procreate. Others see image-generating AI as a force that could displace thousands of humans who support their families as professional illustrators. In the case of animation, this change could eventually cost the jobs of more than 62,000 animators and special effects artists working in the United States.

Still, given the rapid progress of these AI art systems, it probably won’t be long before they’re powerful enough to produce some form of animated movies, essentially turning screenwriters into art directors and ushering in a strange new phase of animation. .

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