Last year, the Hilton in Las Vegas decided to close Star Trek: The Experience after a 10 year run when the contract between the hotel, CBS, Paramount, and Cedar Fair (which owns Star Trek: The Experience) ended without renewal.

This left the Star Trek exhibition which included a museum, themed restaurant, costumed characters, shopping, and amusement rides based on different timeframes within the Star Trek series, without a home and definitely without a future. Star Trek fans were naturally saddened by the shutdown as serious fans flocked to the “Experience” to immerse themselves into the Star Trek universe as much as they could.

Tweak Software, developers of RV, the image and sequence viewer for animation and visual effects, announced today the hire of visual effects industry veteran Alan Trombla. Trombla, who has worked at all levels of visual effects and digital animation production from writing software and managing large engineering teams to lighting shots and leading CG productions, joins Tweak Software as Director of Product Development.

Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that the state has offered economic assistance to a partnership between developers from California and Rhode Island who are proposing a high-tech film studio for a 61-acre parcel in South Windsor – a project that developers say has the potential to create more than 100 permanent positions and, depending on demand, as many as 1,500 production jobs.

Connecticut Studios LLC, a partnership between California-based Pacifica Ventures LLC and Rhode Island-based Halden Acquisition Group, plans to invest approximately $65 million to build eight sound stages totaling 150,000 square feet, four office buildings totaling 75,000 square feet, a prescreening/visitor center and an additional 100,000 square feet of storage. The complex would be located near the junction of Interstate 291 and Route 5.

From around the world, almost 20,000 people chipped in on a five-minute animated film that features a love story between a guitar and a violin. You could have been one of them. All you needed was a Facebook account and an itch for computer-generated animation. The Mass Animation project, led by Yair Landau, is showing how much further crowdsourcing can go, and how traditional production methods may get left behind.

While the standard for 3D on Blu-ray is still up for debate Panasonic could be working close with James Cameron on his “Avatar” as the first Blu-ray release to feature the company’s 3D technology.

“Avatar” will be released in theaters this December but industry insiders says that Panasonic could be involved in releasing a 3D Blu-ray version of the movie as early as Easter 2010. Lately Panasonic have been using clips from the SIFI epic when demonstrating their 3D capabilities in a possible upcoming home market.

TD-College, the (’self-proclaimed’) premier on-line CG and VFX school “for technical directors and by technical directors” – would like to announce it’s official soft launch.

TD-College is the first and only school that truly prepares you for the realm of CG-production by personally pairing you up with the artists and Technical Directors behind movies like The Lord of The Rings, King Kong, The Matrix and many many more. TD-College’s personalized mentor system puts each student 1-on-1 with mentors that have real production experience from major studios like ILM, Dreamworks, Weta Digital, Disney, Pixar, Animal Logic, Sony Imageworks, Tippett and Digital Domain. Mentors’ credits include all blockbusters in recent memory.

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