News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

News Round-Up: Monday 6th Feb 2012

There's all sorts of goodies in this week's edition of my News Round Up: we have free sofware from DAZ3D, some cool VFX breakdowns, the usual Oscar related stories, and lots of lots of news on the state of the UK education system. Hope you enjoy it, and as usual, I welcome your feedback.

Free 3D software from DAZ3D!
from 3D Artist Magazine
DAZ3D announces the immediate availability of $800 worth of 3D software, including DAZ Studio 4 Pro, Bryce 7 Pro, Hexagon 2.5, and 3D Photoshop Bridge

Animation: The Artists
from 3D World Magazine
Find out how 3D animation The Artists was created using 3ds Max, Photoshop, Flash, After Effects and Premier as Sean Mullen, director of Giant Creative, shares the inside story.

Five Animated Projects Up for French Cesar Awards
from Animation Magazine
In what signals the health of the animation industry in France, five animated projects (two shorts and three features) have been nominated for the Cesars, that country’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Smith Micro and Wacom Partner to Bring Affordable Multi-Touch Functionality to Animators and Artists Everywhere
from Renderosity
New Anime Studio 8.1 Becomes the World's First Animation Software to Support Wacom Multi-Touch Tablets

CoreCG Launches MentalCore, Breakthrough Solution for Optimizing the Maya and mental ray Workflow
from Renderosity
New Plugin Eliminates CG Pipeline Bottlenecks and Accelerates Rendering

US Camry 2012 VFX Breakdown
from CG Record
Motion Designer and Compositor based in Sydney, Australia: Benjamin Nichols shows a quick breakdown of some of the stages between pre viz, lighting, comping and graphics for the Camry demo videos.

2012 GRAMMY spot: Skrillex by Pixomondo
from CG Record
Pixomondo and TBWAChiatDay Los Angeles have created an abstract dance-infused spot for the 2012 GRAMMY awards show featuring electronic musician and Best New Artist nominee Skrillex.

Technicolor Buys French Post Facility Duboi
from Studio Daily
Expanding its digital filmmaking operations in Europe, Technicolor has purchased Paris digital post house Duboi...

Autodesk Selects Dot Hill Storage for High-end Post-Production Solutions
from Studio Daily
Dot Hill Systems Corp., a leading provider of Unified Virtual Storage and SAN storage solutions, announced it has entered into a supply agreement with Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software...

The Moving Picture Company and A Game of Shadows
from Death Fall
Visual Effects Supervisor Seth Maury talks about the visual effects on Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Harrison Ford in talks for new Blade Runner movie?
from Den of Geek
Could Harrison Ford be joining up with Ridley Scott again for the new Blade Runner film?

Top 50 modern day low budget movies
from Den of Geek
We salute 50 of the finest contemporary films with budgets of less than $10million. Did your favourite make the list…?

On Location: Oscar contender 'The Artist' gives shout-out to L.A.
from LA Times
As a front-runner to win top honors in the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, “The Artist” is a rarity.

Titanic cameraman dies in crash
from the BBC
Award-winning underwater cameraman Mike deGruy, who worked with Titanic director James Cameron, has died in a helicopter crash in Australia.

UK box office takes £1bn in 2011
from the BBC
UK cinema box office takings passed the £1bn mark for the first time last year, according to the British Film Institute (BFI).

Films bring £20m boost to Glasgow
from the BBC
Hollywood films and other productions boosted Glasgow's economy by £20.15m last year, according to new figures.

Scorsese dog set for awards nod
from the BBC
Hugo star Blackie the Doberman is expected to secure a nomination at this year's Golden Collar Awards after a campaign by Martin Scorsese.

'IPhoneography' course launched
from the BBC
A college is planning a new evening course entirely devoted to taking better photographs on an iPhone.

Dickens 'beyond' modern children
from the BBC
Leading Charles Dickens biographer Claire Tomalin has said children are not being taught to read with the attention span necessary to appreciate the novelist's works.

Pupils learn how to 'fail well'
from the BBC
A top girls' school is planning a "failure week" to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes.

Universities warned over access
from the BBC
Universities that fail to recruit more students from poor backgrounds should be heavily fined, the man ear-marked as the head of fair access has said.

University places go to colleges
from the BBC
The "excessive" use of vocational equivalents is "inflating" the results of England's academy schools, analysis of league table data suggests.

Most new apprentices are over 25
from the BBC
More than two-thirds of the apprenticeships created in England in the past five years were taken by the over-25s, says a spending watchdog.

University applications down 9%
University applications from UK students for the first year of higher tuition fees are down by 8.7%, according to figures from the admissions service.

Universities set to lose £5.6bn as overseas applications plummet
from the Indenpendent
Britain is gaining a reputation abroad for being a "no-go" zone to international students – risking the loss of billions of pounds both to the economy and to universities reliant on foreign students for the higher fees they pay.

Government shake-up for vocational qualifications
from the Indenpendent
Just 70 vocational qualifications will count towards a school's GCSE performance in league tables in future - a cut from more than 3,000 under the current system.

Teenagers turn their backs on a university education
from the Indenpendent
Universities have suffered the steepest fall in applications since records began, with the total number of students seeking places this autumn plummeting by 8.7 per cent as the true impact of tuition fee increases is felt.

Party over: Student life is serious business
from the Indenpendent
As official figures reveal that fees of £9,000 have created a record slump in applications, Richard Garner discovers how economic reality is already transforming universities.

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