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Bill Kovacs Passes Away

by malducin

Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, VFXWorld and other are sadly reporting that CG pioneer Bill Kovacs has passed away at the age of 56. Bill Kovacs was a programmer at Abel's for the production of Tron, one of the cofounders of Wavefront in 1984 and in 1997 received a SciTech Award for the development of Advanced Visualizer.

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Arthur Widmer Passes Away

by malducin

It's sadly being reported that Arthur Widmer, a pioneer in the area of optical composting and bluescreen technology, has just passed away at the age of 92. He was recognized in 2005 with a SciTech for his contributions.

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Michael Bay Buys Digital Domain

by malducin

Digital Domain has announced that it has been acquired by Wyndcrest Holdings LLC, an investment group led by director Michael Bay and investor John Textor. Scott Ross, the former head of ILM and CEO of Digital Domain is stepping down, though he will remain as consultant.

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SGI Files Chapter 11; RIP Richard "Dr." Baily; Disney Finalizes Pixar Purchase

by malducin

The Wall Street Journal has reported that SGI has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In very sad news Richard "Doc" Baily, a pioneering CG artist that contributed to such films as Fight Club and Solaris, unexpectedly passed away April 20, 2006. And Pixar takeover by Disney has been finalized.

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King Kong Wins Best VFX

by malducin

Joe Letteri, Brian Van't Hul, Christian Rivers and Richard Taylor from Weta Digital and Weta Workshop have just won the 2005 Academy Award for Best VFX for their work on King Kong.

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Disney Acquires Pixar

by malducin

Most news outlets reported that Disney bought Pixar for U$7.4 billion on January 24, 2006. Steve Jobs becomes Disney largest single shareholder. Ed Catmull will become President and John Lasseter will become Chief Creative Officer of the combined animation studios.

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The Orphanage Creates Animation Studio

by malducin

The Orphanage, founded by former ILM members Jonathan Rothbart, Scott Stewart, and Stewart Maschwitz, recently announced the creation of Orphanage Animation Studios and have hired acclaimed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky to lead it.

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Autodesk Buys Alias and Fire at Aardman Studios

by malducin

CGSociety and other sites are reporting that Autodesk has acquired Alias $182 million cash in a totally surprising move. In other news, BBC, CNN and other news outlets have reported that a fire has completely destroyed a warehouse where Aardman Animations stored most of theatrical props.

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Jim Henson's Creature Shop to Close Doors

by malducin

VFXWorld and C21Media.net are reporting that the Jim Henson's Creature Shop is closing its doors, although TV and film projects would not be affected.

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Spider-Man 2 Wins Oscar for Best VFX of 2004

by malducin

The winner for the Academy's Best VFX of 2004 was Spider-Man 2. John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier took the big prize of the night. Pixar's The Incredibles took Best Animated Film while Chris Landreth won for Best Animated Short for Ryan.

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The Day After Tomorrow Wins BAFTA for Best VFX

by malducin

The Day After Tomorrow won the BAFTA for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects with Overall VFX Supervisor Karen E. Goulekas, practical FX Supervisor Neil Corbould, Hydraulx VFX Supervisor Greg Strause and The Orphanage VFX Supervisor Remo Balcells receiving the honors.

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MPC Sold to Thomson; Hoyt Yeatman to Direct G-Force

by malducin

CGNetworks is reporting that premier VFX company The Moving Picture Company has been sold to Thomson. In other news Hoyt Yeatman, cofounder of Dream Quest Images, will make his directorial debut with G-Force.

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ESC Scales Back Operations

by malducin

Sadly The Hollywood Reporter and VFXWorld are reporting that ESC, the revolutionary VFX facility that worked on the Matrix sequels, will be scaling back to a skeleton crew but hope to be in full swing by the Fall.

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Lucasfilm Animation Singapore Announced

by malducin

Lucasfilm has put a press release announcing the creation of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. Gail Currey, who is Vice President and Executive in Charge of Production at ILM, will be Vice President and General Manager of Lucasfilm Animation. The new studio will create digital animated content, including films, television and games.

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In Memory: Donald Trumbull

by malducin

It is with great sadness, that The Hollywood Reporter has announced that VFX pioneer Donald Trumbull passed away June 7. Donald Trumbull was one of the original members of the Star Wars crew and received 3 Sci-Tech awards from the Academy for his contributions to the field.

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Hoyt Yeatman Back in Action

by malducin

Last week industry trade magazine Variety reported that VFX Supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, cofounder of Dream Quest Images, has formed Whamaphram Productions, which will make animated films. Joining him will be David James, former VFX Producer at DQI, ILM and The Secret Lab and Ed Kashiba.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Wins VFX Oscar

by malducin

The winner of the 76th Academy Award for Best VFX is the team from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Alex Funke and Randall William Cook. Andrew Stanton of Pixar won for Best Animated Film.

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Pixar Leaves Disney

by malducin

In some sudden news (though maybe not unexpected to some) courtesy of CNN/Money, Pixar Animation Studios have decided to end their partnership with Disney. Pixar will look for a new deal at another studio. There are still two films yet to be released on the current deal, Brad Bird's The Incredibles and John Lasseter's Cars.

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VFX Supervisors Peter Donen and Guy Hudson Pass Away

by malducin

VES, VFXPro and Cinefex recently reported on the passing away of independent VFX Supervisor Peter Donen, who was finishing Ladder 49 for Disney. Cinefex also reported the passing away of VFX Supervisor Guy Hudson while working on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Variety Comments on VFX Bake-Off Finalists

by malducin

Trade paper Variety is running an article on the recently announced VFX Bake-Off finalists, which shockingly didn't include The Matrix Revolutions. It includes some speculation and comments on the process. ILM President Jim Morris also comments on having a few ILM projects being among the finalists.

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