Archive for December 3rd, 2008

Craft Animations Announces Free Real-time 3D Tools

4w_free_box_200px.jpgBroadening its already widespread FreeWare catalog and extending real-time 3D animation to the masses, Craft Animationsâ„¢ today announced free light versions of its highly regarded Craft Director Toolsâ„¢ . Created to introduce users of Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya to the benefits of Craft Director Tools, Craft 4-Wheeler Free, Craft ObserverCam Free and Craft Airplane Free all utilize cutting-edge research in advanced control systems to drastically reduce traditional animation processes without compromising quality. more

Immediate Music Launches “IM Bands” Division to License Music from Hot Bands to TV & Film Projects

early-dmn-mm-mix_small.JPGSanta Monica, CA, Dec. 3, 2008 – Immediate Music, Hollywood’s preeminent supplier of original music for high profile, major studio feature film trailers and television projects, has launched a new division. Entitled “IM Bands,� the division will license music from hot, contemporary bands, as well as from previously notable ones, for film, TV, videogame and TV commercial projects. Immediate Music co- founders/composers/producers Yoav Goren and Jeffrey Fayman made the announcement. more

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new-picture-1.pngSANTA MONICA, CA—Therapy, an editorial, finishing, design and audio house, relied on its Quantel iQ to finish “Dust to Dust,” an original web series co-produced by director Sam Raimi’s production company Ghost House Films and directed by Ben Ketai, for The six-part “Dust to Dust” is a post-quel to vampire fright-film “30 Days of Night,” and follows on the heels of Therapy’s successful work on Ghost House Films’ “Blood Trails,” the web-based prequel to the feature film, and a huge success on more

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Cine-tal’s Cinemage Display Aids Dailies Workflow

cine-tal-logo_jpg.jpgINDIANAPOLIS-Cine-tal Systems’ Cinemage monitor is currently being used as an integral part of a unique dailies processing workflow in the production of television projects. Cinemage is being employed in tandem with Iridas’ SpeedGrade On Set software to apply color looks set by a show’s director of photography to select dailies. The process both speeds post production work and allows a show’s producers to better monitor its progress. more

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Nicktoons Network Taps SUSPECT To Design Creative For Nicktoons Network Animation Festival

New York-based conceptual design, animation and VFX studio SUSPECT recently completed an outstanding collaboration with Nicktoons Network on a fully integrated design campaign.

Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation channel, approached SUSPECT to execute the creative for this year’s fifth annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival – the first and only multiplatform animation festival of its kind, and the largest animation festival in North America. more

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maui-chopper-1.jpgNEW YORK, NEW YORK – For truTV, which is set to launch the high-impact, “actuality� series Maui Chopper, Blue Room has once again designed and produced a classic show package including a full graphic open (with a 3D chopper), logo, and a variety of show elements including lower thirds, bumpers, animated transitions and sponsor identification. Maui Chopper, about rescue helicopter pilots working over the wind-swept Hawaiian island, premieres on Monday, December 8th at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) more

Escape Studios Launches First Online ZBrush Course

LONDON – Dec. 3, 2008 – Escape Studios, the number one source for developing a successful career in the CG industry, today announced the launch of its new online ZBrush Foundation course. Comprised of over 11 hours of HD video tutorial content created by industry experts, ZBrush Foundation enables artists of all levels to grasp the incredible power of Pixologic’s industry standard sculpting tool. Delivered through Escape’s proprietary online learning system, ZBrush Foundation provides students with a comprehensive learning experience and the ability to ask questions of Escape’s industry professional tutors, using the system’s unique Q&A feature. For more information on Escape’s ZBrush Foundation course, please visit more


scott-stewart-speakeasyfx-owner-and-exec-dir.jpgWestfield, NJ – To better serve their existing and future clients, animation studio SpeakeasyFX, dedicated to creating high-end computer generated character animation and visual effects for the broadcast, feature film, and commercial industries, has expanded to larger quarters. The SpeakeasyFX team has moved into 2000 square feet at 222 North Avenue West, second floor, Westfield, NJ 07090. more

Indie Filmmaker, Founder of Launches New Online Film School

Innovative Online Format Provides New Filmmakers Inexpensive, Yet Comprehensive Lessons on Creating and Marketing Their First Film

Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2008) — Independent filmmaker and founder of, David Basulto, announced today the launch of his new online film school, FilmSchoolOnDemand ( With the launch of this innovative and comprehensive online curriculum, Basulto is fulfilling a life-long passion for sharing his talent and expertise by creating an inexpensive forum for new filmmakers to learn the most current technologies and techniques for not only creating new films, but also for successfully marketing and selling films in today’s highly competitive market. more

Fox Soccer Report scores big with Full Mental Jacket virtual set

Full Mental Jacket has recently completed a redesign of the Fox Soccer Channel’s FOX SOCCER REPORT. The series, which offers daily updates, world news, highlights, analysis, stats and more, needed a new on-air look to mimic a big budget, big studio look while shooting in a small physical space on a modest budget.

After researching their options, Fox Soccer Channel’s producer decided on a virtual set as the best way to bring their wish list into reality. “FSN is a fast paced, highlights driven sports program that caters to a soccer crazed fan base, the hour is simply jam packed with highlights, scores and news from the international soccer community. The set simply has to keep up with the content and we decided early on that Virtual was the way to go. Full Mental Jacket delivered a VR product that met these demands” said Gerry Belec Director, Technology and Design Global Television

The set utilizes numerous video screens, exciting graphics and space for live commentators to react to on field action as games and highlights are presented. FMJ Creative Director Ronen Lasry designed the space using the network’s colors of gold, silver and brown and arranged components in order to take advantage of Fox’s trademark rapid-fire graphics.

“Fox has pioneered a look that makes informational programming interesting to watch�, said Lasry. “I wanted our work for the Soccer Report to reflect that overall sense of visual urgency.�

The new FMJ set is flexible from a production standpoint, allowing anchor teams to expand beyond their traditional two and three person configurations. The set includes areas for both desk centered and stand up reportage, plus foreground elements that can be moved quickly to create dramatic shots and angles.

About FSR
The Fox Soccer Report brings you the best soccer news and analysis from across the globe seven nights a week. The Report airs Monday through Sunday at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.

About FMJ
Full Mental Jacket is the world’s leading design company creating virtual sets and realtime graphics for news, entertainment, simulation and corporate training applications.


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