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MIB: International © 2019 Columbia Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Behind the Scenes of Men in Black: International

Men in Black: International didn’t only introduce audiences to a new set of agents, it opened the doors to the much larger world of MIB, including a few kick-ass female agents in Agents M and O (Tessa Thompson and Emma Thompson respectively).

While the women took control on screen, behind the scenes, the situation was much the same with women taking on key roles in the visual effects.

On Wednesday, 24 July 2019, join Bianca Gee, Animator, and Michelle Gao, Sr Lighting Technical Director, both of Sony Pictures Imageworks along with Janet Yale, VFX Producer, and Jennifer Meire, Compositing Supervisor, both of DNEG as the four women peel back some of the effects behind Men in Black: International. The evening will be moderated by Heather Zolis.

This event is free but space is limited so registration is strongly recommended! To reserve your spot and for more information, visit the event page.

When: Wednesday, July 24 @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: VFS Animation Campus
151 West Cordova Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: Free
Info & tickets: Event Website






Game & Film Converge with Unity

Tomorrow at 7 pm, join Alex Jenyon, Head of Environments & Digital Matte Painting, and John Vanderbeck, Software Developer, as they present some of the tools they have developed, the workflow that uses them, and the shows that have benefited from these new tools, including Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Online reservations for this free event close at midnight tonight. To reserve your spot and for more information, visit the event page.

A limited number of rush tickets will be released on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue tomorrow.

When: Friday, July 12 @ 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Where: VFS Digital Design Campus
420 Homer Street
Vancouver, Canada
Admission: Free
Info & tickets: Event Website






Sandro Cleuzo Masterclass Announced

On Saturday 14 September and Sunday, 15 September, join Sandro as he teaches the step-by-step process he uses to create his characters.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a student in training, this two-day masterclass will help any artist, giving attendees the opportunity to learn firsthand from an industry master who possesses the skills, experience, and inside track on “Injecting Personality Into Character Design & Animation.”

Tickets to this very special two-day event are only $150 ($135 for groups of five or more). Admission includes a box lunch on each day as well as all taxes and fees.

The event is more than 60% sold out so don’t delay! For more details on the program, schedule, and to purchase a ticket, visit the event page.

When: Saturday, September 14 & 15 @ 10:00 am (doors open at 9:15 am)
Where: Bosa Theatre
Nat & Flora Bosa Centre for Film & Animation
Capilano University
12055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, Canada
Admission: $150 // Groups (5+): $135*
* Group pricing only available through on-line advance sales.
Info & tickets: Event Website




Interview



© 2019 Larissa Baroboskin

A Lesson in Comedy

“If it gets long and tedious, just know there’s a free lunch coming, so at least that’s gonna be something to look forward to” he opens with, in brilliant deadpan delivery. If you weren’t already sold by the long list of accolades to his name, his humour and charisma takes hold of you within mere seconds. Welcome to the start of an incredibly entertaining day at Spark CG Society’s “Animating Comedy Characters” Masterclass with Tony Bancroft.

So who is Tony Bancroft? With nearly 30 years of animation experience, no bio would quite do him justice. Ever marvelled at the comedic charms of Cogsworth, Iago, Pumbaa, Kronk? Tony had a hand in all of them — as an animator on Aladdin and Beauty & the Beast, and as a supervising animator on The Lion King and The Emperor’s New Groove. He co-directed Mulan, was Animation Director for Stuart Little 2, started his own animation studio, was one of the animators brought back to do 2D animation for Mary Poppins Returns, and currently has two projects on the go.

With a wealth of knowledge, and a finite amount of time to impart it, Tony divided the day into four sections, starting with his background and influences.

Personally, I’ve always loved hearing people’s backstories and marvel at what twists, turns, challenges, and opportunities brought them to where they are now. Through humour, anecdotes, photographs and drawings, Tony weaves us his history. “That’s me on the right — yeah, I used to be skinny, and I used to have hair. I miss myself in a lot of ways” he quips, pointing to a teenage version of himself, next to his twin brother Tom. Enamored by comics, creative, smart, and industrious, they were joined at the hip for much of their lives. After meeting someone who did claymation, what had previously seemed like “some kind of rocket science, with higher math involved,” suddenly appeared achievable. This was their animation AHA! moment; they were officially hooked.

Continue reading Jessica Fernandes’ coverage of the masterclass here.




Community News




SIGGRAPH Asia 2019: Call for Submissions

Submissions are already underway for the 12th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia, taking place from 17 – 20 November 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

Each year, SIGGRAPH Asia showcases some of the most cutting-edge innovation and research by the industry through a wide range of programs available for submission. Your contribution is vital!

Submit here!

SIGGRAPH Asia’s programs are an excellent platform to spread your research, share your latest developments and help push the boundaries of what technology can do for the future.

Professionals in computer graphics, digital art, animation, visual effects, machine learning, artificial intelligence, immersive and mixed realities, scientific visualization, adaptive technology, and more, are welcome to enter your greatest work!

All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by a highly qualified and experienced jury comprising top practitioners and scholars across computer graphics, animation and interactive techniques specializations.

Important dates:
  • July 1, 2019 – Art Gallery/ Art Papers
  • July 1, 2019 – XR
  • August 12, 2019 – Doctoral Consortium
  • August 12, 2019 – Posters
  • August 12, 2019 – Real-Time Live!
  • August 12, 2019 – Technical Briefs
  • September 14, 2019 – Thesis Fast Forward
  • October 4, 2019 – Birds of a Feather

Note: The submission time for all deadlines is 23:59 UTC/GMT.

For more details on the festival and submission requisites, visit our submissions page for more information on each available program.




Festival News




SPARK ANIMATION 2019: Submissions Open

The Dam Keeper, We Can’t Live Without Cosmos, Borrowed Time, Garden Party; this is your chance to join the ranks of SPARK ANIMATION Festival Award Winners!

Submissions have officially opened for SPARK ANIMATION 2019, which is taking place October 24 to 27.

Whether you’re a student or polished filmmaker, working independently or a studio, SPARK is pleased to accept all types of animation and offer a wide range of categories for submission not to mention a Festival Jury made up of animation industry luminaries.

Important dates:
  • August 24, 2019 — Regular Submission Deadline
  • September 12, 2019 — Extended Submission Deadline
  • October 1, 2019 — Notification Date
  • October 24 — 27, 2019 — Festival Dates

For more details on the festival, submission details and to submit, visit our submission page.




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