Digital Visualization of Invisible Data Flow

"It looks a little like the low-res rendering of an urban center, complete with soaring skyscrapers and densely-spaced low-level buildings. But this picture depicts something altogether more fascinating: the SMS (short message service, or text message) traffic traveling through the air of Amsterdam at one specific time."


Motion Capture Camera <$2000.00

"The S250e boasts 250 FPS capture, SVGA resolution, expansive field of view, on-board image processing, software-controlled IR filter switching, and some of the most advanced M12 lenses in the world - all housed in a compact aluminum and soft-touch polycarbonate case."


Labor Dispute Forces Change of Venue for 9th Annual VES Awards Show.

"Due to a labor dispute between the hotel workers of LOCAL 11 and the Century Plaza Hotel, we have just changed the date and location of the 9th Annual VES Awards Show.


15 selected as semifinalists for VFX Oscar

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films have been selected as semifinalists for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 83rd Academy Awards®."


VES, the IATSE and a VFX Union

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Guillermo Del Toro opens VFX and Transmedia studio in Marina Del Rey

"he expects to use the venue as a home base and a way for him to embrace a transmedia future. Del Toro will run a lot of his projects through a facility that has the ability to handle everything from pre-visualization to animatics, story boarding and visual effects work." [via Twitter]

Representatives from the IATSE are planning a meeting of employees from [REDACTED] --ed.

"Thursday, December 9, at 7:30pm

O’Briens Bar and Restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica.

Reps from the IA, (who have been holding meetings with employees from several VFX companies), will be present to answer questions and disseminate information regarding their interest in representing VFX artists throughout the industry."


USC Opens Holodeck Training Facility In Playa Vista

"USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies just moved into a new 72,000 square foot facility in Playa Vista in late October. ICT is funded heavily by the military to not only develop realistic virtual reality training simulations, but also to help psychologists and military personnel deal with post-traumatic stress disorder afflicted soldiers. "


VFX Law reveals who the key decision makers are in VFX.

"An underlying concern for the industry is how our work gets split up and shipped off to various visual effects houses.  How does this actually happen though?  Who are the key decision makers?  Who decides what work goes to what studio?  How does it all work?"

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