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The Aptera electric car is so futuristic-looking, it’s been seen on the set of the new Star Trek movie.

The Aptera was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, and later as an extended range electric vehicle. After building the proof-of-concept Mk-0, [they] hired the automotive design firm, &39;, to help further develop the concept vehicle. The &39; team … made great strides in the development of the Aptera’s body styling, interior design, and structural engineering. [They] refined the Aptera’s shape to maximize efficiency using Computational Fluid Dynamics, developed and built advanced suspension and drivetrain components, and integrated a strong yet lightweight composite shell.

After announcing it would create a new Center for Animation, Brigham Young University celebrated with the president of Pixar Thursday and presented a five-minute animated short created by BYU students.

The animation center will be housed within the Fulton College of Engineering and Technology. The animation major will remain within the College of Fine Arts and Communications.

Brent Adams, faculty member in the BYU School of Technology, will serve as the animation center director. He said the center will “allow us to develop more product, have a better experience for students and faculty, and explore other areas in animation and visualization that we haven’t been able to do before.”

Legendary Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award

Visual Effects Society Awards to Air on HDNet – Wednesday, April 2

DALLAS, March 27 /PRNewswire/ –

WHAT:  The Visual Effects Society Awards are known in the industry as the
Oscars of visual effects, and HDNet was there to cover the 6th
annual awards celebration, held at Kodak Theatre Grand Ballroom in
Hollywood.

The sold-out event, which took place on February 10, 2008,
attracted more than a thousand visual effects and animation
artists, dozens of nominees and members of the film, television,
commercial and video game industries.

ACM SIGGRAPH announces Ed Catmull, a pioneer in the entertainment and film industry and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, as one of the featured speakers at SIGGRAPH 2008, the 35th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Catmull, President of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, has played a major role throughout the past 30 years in the invention of some of today’s most fundamental computer graphics practices used widely across the motion picture industry. He is one of the original architects of the RenderMan rendering software system, which has been used to create blockbuster animated hits such as Toy Story and Finding Nemo, as well as 44 of the last 47 Visual Effects nominations to the Academy Awards®.

As rumoured a couple of months back, Disney is dusting off “The Lone Ranger” as a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced vehicle that “Pirates of the Caribbean” scribes Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot look set to write.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the scuttlebutt today, indicating that it’s full-speed ahead on the return of the “Ranger”.

The hero’s origin story begins with a group of Texas Rangers chasing down a gang of outlaws led by Butch Cavendish. The gang ambushes the Rangers, seemingly killing them all. One survivor is found, however, by an American Indian named Tonto, who nurses him back to health. The Ranger, donning a mask and riding a white stallion named Silver, teams up with Tonto to bring the unscrupulous gang and others of that ilk to justice.

Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Kevin Durand and Willa Holland will join Paul Bettany in “Legion,” the Screen Gems thriller that marks the feature directing debut of Scott Stewart.

Shooting is about to get under way in New Mexico. David Lancaster and Michel Litvak produce through their Bold Films banner, and Gary Michel Walters is exec producer.

Scripted by Stewart and Peter Schink, the thriller casts Bettany as the archangel Michael, the only one standing between mankind and an apocalypse, after God loses faith in humanity. Man’s lone hope rests with a group of strangers who must deliver a baby they realize is Christ in his second coming.

    
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