News Round-Up: Monday 27th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 27th Feb 2012

It's the time of the week when I share with you the news that picked my interest over the last seven days. This time, there are the following goodies on offer: a cool making of from Framestore, some great new tutorials, a trailer of Pixar's "Brave", a new trailer for Spiderman and lots of education news related to Michael's latest announcements regarding education reforms.

'Hugo' Beats Out 'Harry Potter' For Visual Effects Oscar
from MTV
Capping a night that was all about celebrating the past, The Artist was named best picture at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The first silent movie in 83 years to claim top honors, it pays tribute to old Hollywood, and Hollywood returned the compliment by handing it four other trophies, including those for best director to Michel Hazanavicius and best actor to Jean Dujardin.

"The Artist" Wins at the Oscars
from Reuters
"The Artist," filmed in black and white, is the tale of a silent movie star whose career plummets when he refuses to embrace the advent of talkies in the late 1920s.

ZBrush 4R3 is coming!
from 3D Artist Magazine
ZBrush 4R3 is set to hit desktops worldwide next week, with new updates and features aplenty to expand on version 4R2b, which already includes the exciting capabilities of FiberMesh and MicroMesh.

Watch a sneak peek video of Pixar’s Brave
from 3D Artist Magazine
You can now catch a two-and-a-half-minute clip of Pixar’s next blockbuster online — is it enough to get you hooked?

New modelling plugin: Form for 3ds Max
from 3D World Magazine
One-man 3ds Max developer powerhouse, Marius Silaghi, has released a new modelling system that allows you to quickly and easily create models

Framestore creates chaos in Axe spot ‘The Chain’
from 3D World Magazine
Find out how Framestore created bedlam with Houdini and Maya as we go behind the scenes of the latest spot for Axe – The Chain. Watch the commercial here too.

FMX to Spotlight VFX of ‘Hugo,’ ‘Game of Thrones’
from Animation Magazine
Some of the programming highlights for the 17th edition of the FMX conference in Stuttgart, Germany were announced today. The global confab on animation, effects, gaming and transmedia discoveries will include panels devoted to Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated feature Hugo, as well as TV shows such as HBO’s multiple-Emmy-winning Game of Thrones and Fox’s long-running show Bones.

Michael Rose Discusses ‘The Gruffalo’s Child,’ ‘Chico & Rita’
from Animation Magazine
About seven years ago, Aardman veteran Michael Rose set up Magic Light Pictures, a London-based indie production company with Martin Pope. Rose, who produced the Oscar-nominated The Gruffalo (2009) and this year’s BAFTA-nominated The Gruffalo’s Child, is also one of the producers of the acclaimed feature Chico & Rita, which is one of the five titles nominated for an Oscar this year for Best Animated Feature.

Best British Animated Character Race Is On
from Animation Magazine
Wallace & Gromit, Paddington Bear and The Snowman are some of the popular animated characters competing against each other in a national poll to discover Britain’s Favorite Ever Animated Character as part of this year’s British Animation Awards (BAAs).

Autodesk Maya Technology Preview: Animation
from CG Record
Autodesk has posted some Autodesk Maya Technology Preview videos included Maya nHair and Maya Viewport 2.0 and today They has shown a new video about Animation.

Houdini 12 Release candidate...
from CGSociety
H12 release candidate is ready for AUP customers along with their H12 upgrades - the beta stage is winding down - H12 will be gold soon!

Houdini Shading with Mantra Surface Shader - free video tutorial
from CGSociety
At almost 2 hours long this video tutorial is focused on shading and shading only. Using just the parameters that are exposed by default in the standard Mantra Surface Shader I’m going to create 26 materials representing different types of surfaces: wood, metal, glass, plastic, concrete, paint, etc.

New trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man
from Den of Geek
An old face returns in The Amazing Spider-Man, and he’s feeling a little horny…

52 films unfairly rated lower than 6 stars on the IMDb
from Den of Geek
Democracy is a flawed concept. Here are 50 films that the IMDb voters would unfairly have you believe are worth no more than 5.9/10…

MPC brings Ambrosius Bosschaert masterpiece to life for Rob and Nick Carter film
from Digital Arts
Leading VFX firm MPC has animated the Dutch Golden Age master, Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder’s Vase With Flowers in a Window, to create an film directed by artists Rob and Nick Carter.

New book lets kids learn about colours using Pantone swatches
from Digital Arts
Pantone colours may ensure you get what you want from your printer, but they can also be used to teach pre-school kids their first words.

'The Artist' wins best picture at Cesar awards
from Variety
B&W silent pic takes best film, director and 4 other prizes.

Plans announced for film academy
from the BBC
A new film academy which will help train the next generation of British movie-makers is to be launched.

Postgraduate study is 'neglected'
from the BBC
Universities warn of a postgraduate education crisis, saying it has been neglected by successive governments.

Degree courses 'cut by a quarter'
from the BBC
There has been a 27% drop in the number of full-time undergraduate degree courses offered at UK universities over the past six years, data shows.

Visa rules 'may deter students'
from the BBC
New visa rules mean the UK's top universities and schools are in danger of losing their appeal to foreign students, according to a report.

Michael Gove: Get set for new age of exam failures
from the Independent
More teenagers will fail their GCSEs and A-levels after a radical toughening of the examinations system, the Education Secretary declared yesterday.

Michael Gove in education reform warning
from the Independent
Education Secretary Michael Gove provoked an outcry from teachers today after warning his reforms would lead to fewer pupils passing exams and more headteachers being sacked.

I'll get places for the poor, says new university access watchdog
from the Independent
The new university access watchdog intends to seek wider-ranging powers to penalise universities which fail to meet targets for recruiting more disadvantaged students

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