Animation Festival 2019

Animation Festival 2019

Saturday, June 15 Noon – 2pm Westphal Annex Screening Room 3401 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Join us for the 2019 Animation Festival at the Westphal College of Media Art & Design’s Annex Screening Room on June 15, from noon to 2pm! This...
Video-Game Engines Help Create VFX on Movie Sets in Real Time

Video-Game Engines Help Create VFX on Movie Sets in Real Time

Over the past few years, ILM has been developing a suite of virtual production tools that embraces a range of real-time technologies. Dubbed Stagecraft, these tools encompass the entire production process, from early set design with the help of VR headsets to visual...
Digital Media Showcase 2019

Digital Media Showcase 2019

Sunday, June 2 Showcase 2pm-4pm Expo 4pm-6pm International House Ibrahim Theater 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA Get ready for this year’s presentation of senior projects and graduate research at the Digital Media 2019 Showcase & Exhibition Sunday, June...
Realtime Raytracing with nVidia & Unity

Realtime Raytracing with nVidia & Unity

Reality vs Illusion To show off new lighting technology, Unity took on the challenge to match a CG Unity-rendered BMW to a real BMW 8 Series Coupe that was filmed in a warehouse. The final project incorporated both the live interactive demo and a pre-rendered 4K...
$50million Philly E-Sports Arena Planned

$50million Philly E-Sports Arena Planned

Comcast is planning to build the arena to house the Philadelphia Fusion, the team they built to compete in the Overwatch League. The new venue, Fusion Arena, will span 60,000 square feet and seat up to 3,5000 guests. Comcast expects Fusion Arena to host a variety of...
Alumni on Panel Talk at SXSW

Alumni on Panel Talk at SXSW

Alumnus Girish Balakrishnan (2012) talks on a panel at SXSW 2019. The panel focused on Simulating Reality: The Future of Film Production. Game engines have evolved into true “Reality Engines” and cinema will never be the same. The filmmaking tools of tomorrow stem...
Time VR Producing “The March”

Time VR Producing “The March”

The centerpiece of The March will be the first-ever digital performance of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which will be produced using several state-of-the-art production technologies. The VR project will bridge the physical and the virtual – using...
Alumni Work on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Alumni Work on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Dreamworks Animation’s feature film How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World features the work of Drexel Alumni: Evan Boucher (2011) — Animator / Character Technical Director: Dreamworks Animation Jake Nichols (2012) — Lead Lighter, Lighting Development:...

DU/CHOP-OPTIMISM Privacy

DU/CHOP-OPTIMISM App Privacy The DU/CHOP-OPTIMISM App was developed by a Westphal students and faculty within our VR & Immerisve Media program in partnership with staff at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), as a way to share engaging,...
How Pixar Helped Win 27 of the Last 30 Oscars for Visual Effects

How Pixar Helped Win 27 of the Last 30 Oscars for Visual Effects

You may not have heard of RenderMan, but you’ve definitely seen the incredible effects it has made possible. From Star Trek to Star Wars, from the Abyss to Terminator 2, and across all of Pixar’s animated features — RenderMan has changed the world of...
NETFLIX: A Robust Provider of ‘Upper-Tier’ VFX

NETFLIX: A Robust Provider of ‘Upper-Tier’ VFX

One only has to look at the 2018 Emmy Awards to recognize Netflix’s rapid ascension and its importance to the film and TV industries, including those people working in the VFX domain. HBO previously garnered 23 Emmys for 16 years straight, but this past year Netflix...
A Look at the VFX for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

A Look at the VFX for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Andy Serkis’ Mowgli, a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 “The Jungle Book” is a tapestry of digital animation, performance capture and visual effects. Framestore’s Nigel Denton-Howes oversaw production visual effects client-side, leading...
Behind the Scenes at SIGGRAPH Asia’s REAL TIME LIVE

Behind the Scenes at SIGGRAPH Asia’s REAL TIME LIVE

For the first time, Real Time Live (RTL) was included in SIGGRAPH Asia. The event was slightly different from the main North American conference as the event was by invitation and the curated content included some projects that had already been shown in Vancouver. The...
Google Earth Studio Is A New Animation Tool

Google Earth Studio Is A New Animation Tool

While many people already use Google Earth imagery in animated content by capturing screen recordings, Earth Studio is a keyframe-based tool that allows animators to take full advantage of Google’s massive store of satellite and aerial imagery. This data includes not...
Drexel Launches the Immersive Research Lab

Drexel Launches the Immersive Research Lab

        Drexel Launches the Immersive Research Lab Located in the heart of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s URBN Center, the Immersive Research Lab (or IRL) is a lab space dedicated to the study and research of immersive media including VR, AR,...
Alumni Work on The Gifted & Fear of the Walking Dead

Alumni Work on The Gifted & Fear of the Walking Dead

Drexel Alumni Eric Hiller and Jay Hiller have been busy working at AlkemyX in New York City on visual effects for a variety of television series, including “The Gifted” and “Fear of the Living Dead”. Additional series work one or both alumni...
Disney Directors Visiting Drexel

Disney Directors Visiting Drexel

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION AND Q&A WITH DISNEY DIRECTORS RICH MOORE & PHIL JOHNSTON! PLEASE RSVP! … Bit.ly/RalphPhilly Wednesday, November 7th 7:00 PM Drexel University LeBow Building GHALL 031 3220 Market St. Please join us for a special...
Alumni work on Red Dead Redemption II

Alumni work on Red Dead Redemption II

Disney’s 2016 live action feature film The Jungle Book features the work of Drexel Alumnus: Glenn Winters (2013) — PREVISUALIZATION SUPERVISOR & MOTION CAPTURE SPECIALIST: Rockstar Games...