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Month: August 2016

The best of SIGGRAPH


I’ve just started writing for Digital Arts – what a cool publication. Here’s my first two pieces which are round-ups from SIGGRAPH 2016 and the best VR, VFX, real-time, gaming and the job market.

Massive’s Stephen Regelous on future AI, competition and a Massive app?


When Massive (Multiple Agent Simulation System in Virtual Environment) was first revealed to the world in 2001 as part of the release of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, it stunned audiences – and the visual effects community – with its use of fuzzy logic to aid in crowd animations. Developed at Weta Digital by Stephen Regelous, Massive then became a product on its own. Regelous has continued to build and grow Massive and recently at SIGGRAPH he showed off a new Parts Library and the new 3ds Max integration. vfxblog sat down for a demo of the latest software and a chat with Regelous about the state of AI and where Massive is ‘at’, particularly in an environment with new crowd simulation competitors and perhaps new opportunities away from film and TV.

A new trend?

Animal Logic just announced a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to start the UTS Animal Logic Academy. Personally I think it’s a great idea, but also part of a wider trend for VFX studios to help training institutions tailor their curriculum to what is required for a production environment. It’s also, frankly, a neat way to plan for potential employees. And there are other examples of VFX studios doing this, RSP has a relationship with UniSA, too, and perhaps so do plenty of UK VFX shops with institutions there. Check out the video embedded above for more on the Animal Logic move.



Last year I was asked to attend the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy. Put simply, it was incredible – an intimate group of presenters and attendees descending on the city and enjoyed several days of animation, VFX, sound and filmmaking in presentations and workshops.

And it’s on again this year, from 24-28 October, with another amazing line-up. Films like Zootopia, The Good Dinosaur, Storks, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Finding Dory and Kubo and the Two Strings will be on show.

Check back soon to vfxblog for more on the presenters at VIEW – there literally are going to be several superstar directors.