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Special Effects News - 19 February 2007

Narnia Sequel Starts Shooting
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN, the second live-action/CG movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved series of literary classics, began principal photography Feb. 12 on location in Auckland, New Zealand.

Disney VFX Pioneer Peter Ellenshaw Passes Away
Peter Ellenshaw, the Oscar-winning visual effects pioneer and matte artist who worked his inventive magic on such classic Disney live-action films as MARY POPPINS, 20000 Leagues Under The Sea, etc.

Zoic wins at VES Awards for Battlestar Galactica
Congrats to all the Winners of the 2007 VES awards. The work of one of the many winners is profiled here, just to show the detailed work that goes into winning a VES award. Zoic won for their work on the series Battlestar Galactica. Contains complete list of winners from Sunday night.

Academy Salutes Tech Achievements
Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal presented the first Oscar statuette of the year to Ray Feeney when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presented him with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Scientific and Technical Awards on Feb. 10, 2007, at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Disney Confirms Partial 2D Rebirth & Toy Story 3 For 2009
Refuting months of speculation that Walt Disney Feature Animation would be retooled and rebranded exclusively for 2D, Ed Catmull, president of Pixar and WDFA, revealed plans for merely a partial return to 2D last week at the 2007 Investor Conference.

Digital-Tutors Releases Maya Modeling & XSI 6 Training DVDs
Digital-Tutors, an Autodesk Certified Publisher, announced the availability of INTRODUCTION TO MODELING IN MAYA, the newest release in an expanding library of interactive video-based training for emerging digital artists learning Maya 8.5, the award-winning 3D modeling, animation, effects and rendering solution.

Boxx Helps VFX Industry Transition to Microsoft Windows Vista
BOXX Technologies Inc., has a plan to provide users with a smooth transition to Microsoft Windows Vista by fully testing and certifying all BOXX Workstations and renderBOXX products for use with Vista.

James Cameron Talks More Avatar
James Cameron provided additional casting and production details concerning AVATAR in an interview with AIN'T IT COOL'S Harry Knowles. Sigourney Weaver, Wes Studi, Peter Mensah, Joel David Moore, C.C.H. Pounder are among the new cast members...

Skymatter Announces Free Trial of Mudbox 1.0.4
Groundbreaking 3D Sculpting Software Delivers Unprecedented Level of Control and Ease-of-Use.

NAB2007 To Feature 6th Annual Digital Cinema Summit
Technical, creative and business issues raised by the digital cinema rollout will be the focus of the Digital Cinema Summit at NAB2007, it was announced by conference partners NAB, the Entertainment Technology Center at University of Southern California (ETC@USC) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). 

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