Art of VFX has posted an interview with Framestore Animation Supervisor, Arslan Elver, regarding the work they recently completed for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. You can read the full interview on the Art of VFX website.
The Blender Institute has released a three-minute teaser for a full-length animated feature based on the Agent 327 comic series by Dutch cartoonist Martin Lodewijk. The short was co-directed by Hjalti Hjalmarsson and former Pixar artist Colin Levy. Watch it on Agent 327's website.
For the Agent 327 movie itself, the Blender Institute is establishing Blender Animation Studio, a separate department devoted to feature animation, for which it aims to recruit a team of 80 artists and developers from its international network. To help raise the film's proposed budget of €14 million, the Institute has signed with leading talent agency WME, which represents Hollywood directors Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Michael Bay. (more...)
Next Limit has made available a point release of their fluid simulation software RealFlow. New features include enhancements to their multiphysics solver Dyverso which can now simulate both viscous materials such as honey as well as "viscoelastic" materials like foamy mattresses. Dyverso has also received some other smaller features such as vorticity boost that allows you to emphasize the vorticity movement in your simulation. To learn more about the new release, visit RealFlow's website.
Territory Studio was responsible for creating some of the motion graphics and UI elements in the recently released film, Ghost In The Shell. You can visit their Behance page to have a behind the scenes look at their work.