effects MTL17: International Conference for Visual Effects & Animation

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

International Conference for Visual Effects & Animation
Montréal, Canada

Effects MTL17 is the 3rd edition of the conference and expo. Following the success of effects MTL16, the 2017 edition returns on September 6th and 7th at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal (QC, Canada). It includes two days of exciting expo, sessions, master classes, job fair, and networking opportunities.

  • 1100 Attendees
  • 200 Business Lounge
  • 266 Companies
  • 60 Exhibitors and Sponsors
  • An expo zone: showcase your products/services
  • Top quality sessions: benchmark with your peers, keep up to date with industry news/developments & strengthen your knowledge by learning new practices and new approaches using the latest technology available
  • A business lounge: for qualified meetings with potential partners and clients (all arranged in advance using our specialized Meeting App – making your time on-site extremely efficient)
  • Networking: grow your business network, catch up with existing contacts and cement relationships while having a ton of fun in great venues around Montréal
  • Job fair: recruit the best talent for your company

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NatGeo and Airbnb will send two people to view the eclipse from a private jet

Two lucky people will get to view the August 21st solar eclipse from a private jet above the clouds thanks to Airbnb and National Geographic, proceeded by a night in a geodesic dome in the Oregon wilderness. The experience is being offered by the two companies in the form of a contest, which you can enter now on Airbnb’s website. Those who go on the private flight will be among the first to see the solar eclipse.

According to Airbnb, the night before the eclipse will be spent in the geodesic dome located near hiking and rock-climbing destination Smith Rock in the Oregon wilderness. The duo will be accompanied by Yale University astrophysicist Dr. Jedidah Isler and National Geographic photographer and science journalist Babak Tafreshi.

An observation deck on the dome includes multiple telescopes, and as you gaze at the heavens Isler will answer questions related to astrophysics while Tafreshi teaches you how to photograph the night sky… not bad. But that’s not the best part.

On August 21st, the two winners, Isler, and a crew will take off from the Redmond Municipal Airport and fly two hours west, at which point the flight will turn around and head back toward land along the Path of Totality, giving everyone onboard an extended, unique view of the total solar eclipse.

Anyone 21 years old or older from the U.S. or Canada can enter the contest. Winners will need to travel to Seattle, Washington on August 20, and must have passports that are valid for at least six months following the date of the adventure. The full list of rules and conditions are listed on Airbnb’s website.

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Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles | CG in Canada

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Siggraph 2017, Los Angeles, takes place this week, July 30 to August 3. The CG in Canada event takes place Thursday, August 3, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Los Angeles Convention Center, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, South Lobby.

This session reviews the state of CG and entertainment technology in Canada, focusing on the country’s two big 2017 anniversaries: Montréal (375) and Canada (150). Prominent events and ongoing projects are reviewed. Refreshments provided.

For more information, visit the SIGGRAPH Events section at

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 USA


South Hall H/J
Tue, 1 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Wed, 2 Aug, 9:30 am-6 pm
Thu, 3 Aug, 9:30 am-3:30 pm

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Hands on Field Test of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

By Canon Rumors The folks at The Camera Store in Calgary, Canada have completed their hands-on field test of the brand new Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Description: The original Canon 6D was the entry to full-frame shooting for many photographers, but it’s been getting a little long in the tooth. The new version brings a number of … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Nikon marks 100th anniversary with new scholarship program

Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for ‘future visual creators’ in the USA and Canada.

The scholarship will consist of two programs: ‘The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship’ will award ten college students with academic scholarships of $10,000. In addition, Nikon will identify rising stars on digital platforms and recognize them as a part of a curated ‘Nikon100 List.’

Criteria for consideration will be announced later this year, and submissions will be reviewed, selected and awarded prior to the 2018-2019 school year.

Press Release:


Imaging Leader Allocates $100,000 in Scholarship Funds to invest in Next Generation of Students Pursuing Photography, Film, Journalism, Visual and Fine Arts Degrees

NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new programs to recognize and support the next generation of visual creators. “The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship” will award ten college students with academic scholarships of $10,000. Additionally, Nikon Inc. will identify rising stars on digital platforms and recognize them as a part of the curated “Nikon100 List.”

“For the past 100 years, Nikon has been at the forefront of optical innovation and exploration,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director; Marketing, Communications & Planning, Nikon Inc. “We have never been more excited about the future of imaging and are committed to supporting the next generation of photographers and creators that are eager to capture and share their world.”

This fall, Nikon will announce the criteria for students throughout the United States and Canada to be considered for the scholarship program. Submissions will be reviewed, selected and awarded prior to the 2018-2019 school year. Recognizing the value of education and creative collaboration, → continue…

From:: DPreview

Behind the shot: A mother grizzly and her cub go salmon fishing

A sow and her cub walk across a log on a small creek in Yukon, Canada, searching for salmon. Photo © Peter Mather

Wildlife and nature photographer Peter Mather had been photographing this creek in Yukon, Canada for years before he had an idea: set up a camera trap on a fallen tree. He figured grizzly bears would use the tree for salmon fishing, and thought it would be worth seeing what his remote camera could capture.

But even at his most optimistic, he didn’t expect to capture a shot this good. A photo of a sow and her cub that would earn him recognition from National Geographic and a spot as one of the best wildlife images and a top spot in the Big Picture Natural World Photography Competition.

Mather tells DPReview the story behind the photo, in his own words:

For 3 years, I had been photographing salmon in this small creek that flows into the Yukon River. I was trying to get an over/under night photo of king salmon spawning under the northern lights, so I was out all night, every night in this salmon infested creek for a week.

I’d seen one grizzly in the creek. A young shy male. I figured that there weren’t many bears around, because the salmon stocks are plummeting and the area has been heavily hunted for bears. I knew of this great tree that fell on the side of the creek located 5 minutes downstream from where I was trying my salmon and northern lights photo, and I figured bears would use it to fish off, so I set up a motion detecting camera trap on it.

I left the camera for 3 days, when I returned I was ‘over the moon’ ecstatic to find → continue…

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