spain virtual technology studio

What will the movie industry look like after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Disney+’s The Mandalorian and its cutting-edge Stagecraft system, which uses a rear-projected LED screen to create a reactive environment, may give us a vision. And already foreign production studios are taking The Mandalorian up on that vision.

A new Spain-based virtual production facility, Orca Studios, is installing the LED volume technology inspired by the game-changing tech used by ILM on its Stagecraft system for The Mandalorian. And with coronavirus precautions limiting crew and overseas shoots, we can likely expect this technology to be used by many more production studios in the future.

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wallace and gromit the big pick-up

The clumsy inventor Wallace and his loyal dog Gromit have been gracing our screens for more than 30 years. Aardman Animation’s crowning achievement, Wallace & Gromit feel like it’s been a part of our cultural landscape forever, due in part to the unchanging stop-motion animation and the classic slapstick situations the duo put themselves in. There’s something so reliable about Wallace & Gromit — the duo always look the same, in their doughy claymation style and early 20th century sweater vests; they always get into outsized scrapes involving Wallace’s latest Rube Goldberg invention; and they always come out of their latest misadventure all right.

But Aardman is changing things up in a big way for Wallace & Gromit. The studio is introducing the first Wallace & Gromit augmented reality adventure with Wallace & Gromit: The Big Fix-Up. That’s right, Wallace’s Rube Goldberg devices are about to get interactive.

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avatar 2 concept art

The first Avatar pushed the limits of 3D, and the second will seek to do the same with motion-capture technology. Avatar 2 is set to hit theaters more than a decade after James Cameron’s record-setting blockbuster, a delay that is partially due to the cutting-edge motion-capture technology that Cameron developed to depict a new underwater world. Now, a new behind-the-scenes Avatar 2 image has been released showing the cast of the sci-fi action film using that very technology.

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disney immersive experiences

Fans of Disney’s most beloved films have already had the chance to experience parts of those worlds in the company’s theme parks — going on theme park rides set in the Star Wars universe or taking pictures with their favorite Avengers characters. But entertainment company Secret Cinema is hoping to make the most “iconic” Disney movies even more immersive. Walt Disney has signed a multi-title agreement with Secret Cinema, the company behind immersive movie-based experiences, to adapt popular Disney films like The Pirates of the Caribbean, Tron, Avengers and Star Wars into immersive experiences.

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the rise of skywalker leia flashback

The team behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker took careful consideration to ensure that Carrie Fisher, who tragically passed three years ago, would remain a pivotal part of the film without sullying her memory. That meant repurposing leftover footage from previous movies to insert into The Rise of Skywalker. But the entirety General Leia’s arc couldn’t be pulled off with old Force Awakens footage. The VFX team would have to turn to dailies from the original Star Wars trilogy films and a very fitting body double.

Spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follow.

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digital resurrection

When you’ve garnered the disgust of everyone on the planet by digitally resurrecting one of the most beloved Hollywood legends, the only thing you can do is double down on being terrible. The team behind the controversial digital resurrection of James Dean for a new Vietnam War movie is forming a new company with the express aim of digitally exhuming even more Hollywood legends.

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cgi james dean

Finding Jack directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh believed they had struck gold. Unable to find the perfect actor for a role in their Vietnam War drama, they decided to use cutting edge technology to resurrect one of Hollywood’s greatest legends, James Dean. Using digital technology, the co-directors would cast a CGI James Dean in a major supporting role in their adaptation of the novel by Gareth Crocker. Then, the backlash started to roll in: It’s a dishonor to Dean’s legacy, cinematic sacrilege, critics cried. And Ernst and Golykh were somehow baffled.

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Apple TV 4K Discount Price

Today brings the seemingly unceremonious launch of Apple TV+, the new streaming service from the tech company who is probably hoping that they didn’t just release the streaming equivalent of the Newton. Apple is hoping to get as many customers as possible to sign up for the service for just $4.99 a month, and AT&T has just made it a little easier for you to make that happen.

If you head to the AT&T online store, you can snag an Apple TV 4K for $90, which is half off the usual $180 price tag. The good news is that you don’t need to be an AT&T customer in any capacity to take advantage of the deal. And even if you’re not thinking of signing up for Apple TV+, this deal is a steal, because the Apple TV is one of the best streaming devices on the market, especially for this price. Read More »

Spider-Man VR Game

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to swing through the streets of New York City as its friendly neighborhood web-slinger, a new Spider-Man VR game is here to approximate that experience. I say “approximate” because this is far from a perfect recreation of Spidey’s abilities or the city in which he operates, but considering it’s a free VR game, beggars can’t exactly be choosers. For a slightly more high quality experience, you can take a closer look at Peter Parker’s Spidey suits in an augmented reality app that gives you a window into Peter’s social life. Learn more about both below. Read More »

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Apple TV Updates - New Home Screen

Since we’re in the heart of Peak TV right now, there are far too many entertainment options at our disposal. It’s hard to keep up with all the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Epix and the inevitable McDonald’s streaming service that will probably happen at some point. But Apple and Netflix have a solution that is coming this fall.

First, when the new tvOS software update comes to Apple TV this fall, the revamped Apple TV app will allow users to have picture-in-picture functionality, giving them the ability to stream two different programs at the same time. One will take up the entire television screen while another will sit in the corner and play something else. However, not everything will be available for the Apple TV picture-in-picture mode.

Meanwhile, Netflix is testing a picture-in-picture feature that customers could use on the desktop version of Netflix, which will be perfect for everyone trying to waste time at work but still look like they’re getting something done. Find out more below. Read More »