Keynote at the World Animation & VFX Summit (Summit

Thu 30th Oct 2014 | News

MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce Paul Babb, president/CEO of MAXON US, will deliver the technology keynote at the World Animation & VFX Summit (Summit), Nov. 2 – 5, in Los Angeles. Heading into its third year, the Summit brings together studio executives, producers, agents, distributors and talent to discuss industry trends, the latest software and hardware technologies and production techniques that are shaping the future of the worldwide animation and VFX industry. This year’s Summit theme centers on “A Year of Reinvention and Renovation.”

Babb is a graphics software technology authority with more than two decades of direct industry experience in the 3D animation, visual effects and motion graphics industry. He is noted for his unlimited creative energy, progressive stance on product development and customer service, and support for education. At the Summit, he will share his thoughts on technology advances that are helping artists create cutting-edge 3D motion graphics, architectural and product visualizations, video game graphics and tips for how companies can stay competitive by engaging communities.

Session Highlight: Paul Babb, Technology Keynote

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 4, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m

MAXON Cinema 4D, the company’s powerful 3D software suite, is revered by artists around the globe for its spectacular image quality and an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that puts professional results within reach of artists at all levels of CGI experience. Brandon Reza Parvini, creative director and co-founder of Ghost Town Media, an LA-based interdisciplinary visual effects and design boutique, relies on Cinema 4D in its production pipeline to generate award winning work for various mediums including film, international branding, broadcast commercials and live-visuals for the world’s top performers and brands including Muse, Linkin Park, Mercedes, Absolut, and others. At the Summit, Parvini will join other creative luminaries in a panel exploring the VFX and animation technologies that are shaping the industry and foster the creative process.

Session: “21st Century Tools of the Trade”

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2:15p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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Ian McCaig confirmed for Trojan Horse was a Unicorn festival 2015

Thu 30th Oct 2014 | News

The Trojan Horse was a Unicorn (THU) team has today revealed the first speaker confirmed for the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn festival, taking place in Portugal from 16-19 September, 2015.

Ian McCaig is an internationally recognised and award-winning artist, as well as one of the motion picture industry’s leading conceptual designers. He is best known for his cover art for Jethro Tull’s ‘Broadsword and the Beast’, as well as for his Star Wars designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. His film work includes: Interview with the Vampire, Dracula, Terminator 2, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, plus many more classics.

First tickets to THU/2015 will be going on sale on 1 November at Two more speakers will be revealed on the THU Facebook Page between now and 1 November.

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BBC Lifetime of Original British Drama

BBC has launched “A Lifetime of Original British Drama”, a trailer promoting the 2015 drama season, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Benedict reads William Shakespeare’s monologue All the World’s A Stage, from As You Like It, as the trailer celebrates moments from seminal dramas past, present and future. The seven ages of human life are used as a framework: infancy, whining schoolboy, the lover, the soldier, the justice, old age and incapacity. The interactive version, online at, allows viewers to click on the hotspots to watch previews of upcoming dramas.

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Upcoming dramas in the trailer include The Casual Vacancy, Esio Trot, The Missing, One Child, The Interceptor, Wolf Hall, Banished, Strange And Norrell, and Poldark.

Dramas from the past include The Singing Detective; House Of Cards; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; This Life, Pride and Prejudice; Criminal Justice; Small Island; Spooks and Life On Mars, The 7.39; The Honourable Woman; Burton and Taylor; Our Zoo; The Shadow Line and Our Girl.

Current dama series highlighted in the trailer include Doctor Who, Last Tango in Halifax, Luther, Sherlock, Call The Midwife, Death in Paradise; Peaky Blinders; Line of Duty; The Fall; The Hollow Crown; EastEnders; and Happy Valley.

Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning says: “It’s a privilege to premiere a new trailer tonight that celebrates BBC Drama. Who better than Benedict Cumberbatch to narrate this special film that showcases the BBC’s unique role in nurturing talent and its powerful storytelling from the past, present and future.”

William Shakespeare’s As You Like it, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII.

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school.
And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow.
Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth.
And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part.
The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound.
Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

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