Recently Allegorithmic spoke with Theory Studios and Barnstorm VFX, about their visual effects work on the TV series, The Man in the High Castle. You can read the full interview on the Allegorithmic blog.
New features in 3d-io's unwrapping and UV packing plugin for 3DS Max and Maya include: flatten unwrap mode, new UV tile creation process that allows to easily control the number of UV tiles, automatically generate material IDs for each UV tile or unwrap the UV tiles according to material ID settings. Plus speed, stability and performance boosts, and a simplified licensing system. Unwrella supports Max 2010-2017 and Maya 2010-2017. A trial version is available for download. More on Unwrella's website.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison led by Leigh Orf are using computer models to study the genesis of tornadoes. Using real-world observational data, the team was able to recreate the weather conditions present at the time of the storm and witness the steps leading up to the creation of the tornado. More on the University of Wisconsin–Madison's website.
FXGuide recently interviewed Bogdan Mihajlovic who works at QLBEANS, a Serbian-based studio that specializes in camera and object tracking. You can read the full interview that discusses QLBEANS workflow and toolset, on the FXGuide website.