19th February 2009

The NFB or Draw me a picture

National Film BoardMontreal – Torill Kove, who won an Oscar in 2006 for her animated short The Danish Poet, has come to the defence of the National Film Board (NFB). In a video unveiled today by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-FTQ), the filmmaker makes a plea for maintaining the NFB’s expertise in film animation. The video is available on YouTube.

“It’s where I trained as an animator really,” Torill Kove explains. Over the years, NFB artists have become experts in film animation, a sector that has greatly contributed to the institution’s worldwide reputation. “They just took you under their wings and looked after your talent … in a little cocoon of creativity… (where) you don’t have to deal with the business of film making,” notes the filmmaker. She stresses the contribution and the support of the NFB staff whose years of experience make a world of difference to the artists. But Torill Kove is worried about the future of the NFB: “The National Film Board is being asked to do a lot for less and less resources… but you can only spread yourself so thin…”

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19th February 2009

It Came From The 3d Dimension…..

3d DimensionSalmon Arm BC – Canada’s first digital 3D film festival is set for a classic movie house in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Askew’s Foods and Pepsi are proud to present the world’s largest digital 3D film festival ‘It Came From The 3d Dimension’ on the shores of the Shuswap Lake in the interior of British Columbia. The festival will feature eleven digital 3D films over a two week period playing at the Salmar Classic Theatre, March 13th to 26th, 2009.Salmar Community Association

Shawn Greek, the event’s organizer, believes people will share in his enthusiasm for this fantastic new way to see movies. “This isn’t your grandfather’s 3D,” Greek says. “Comparing this 3D to the old style with red and blue glasses is like comparing a scooter to a Ferrari. It’s an immersive experience of unparalleled quality, and you really do have to see it to believe it. What’s more, most people have never appreciated these movies in their native format, digital 3D, and most of these films may never be seen again on the big screen”.
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19th February 2009

Seven Group Digital Media and 3Vis Announce Partnership

Seven Group Inc Vancouver Seven Group Inc., the leader in digital media technology, is very pleased to announce a strategic partnership with 3vis to serve the digital media market.

Since its creation in 2002, Montreal-based 3vis has specialized in 3D software sales for the video game, film, television and architecture industries. Included in the wide range of Autodesk products it carries, 3vis offers 3dsMax, Maya, Toxik, Autocad, Revit and the recently added XSI Softimage solutions as well as other 3D products such as PFTrack by PixelFarm, boujou by 2d3, Toon Boom and Massive. 3vis is also an Autodesk Premier Solutions Provider (PSP), the top tier of the Autodesk reseller channels, and provides specialized solutions and adapted services including software implementation and installation, technical support and pipeline consulting for its clients. 3vis is now the largest M&E Autodesk reseller in Canada and the only reseller with a Canada-wide coverage model, with sales outlets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, enabling them to provide top advice and products to digital media companies in animation, gaming, special effects, design and art.

This partnership rounds out a complete solution set offering for Seven Group’s valued clients, and is looking forward to bringing this combination of industry and product knowledge, technological know-how and experience to their market.

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19th February 2009

10 Years and Running: PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run Reaches Milestone

Investing in the Future of BC’s Science and Technology Industry

PMC - Sierra Vancouver – The PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run celebrates its 10th anniversary of building BC’s future by supporting science and technology education. The Fun Run is the largest timed 5K race in BC and is one of the technology industry’s biggest fundraising events. All proceeds from this Science Fair BCevent go to The Dr. Michael Smith Science Fair Endowment to support the promotion and development of Science Fair programs throughout the province. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place on Sunday, May 31, 2009, at TELUS World of Science.

“Without funds from events like the PMC-Sierra Science Fair Fun Run, 60,000 students who participate in local fairs across BC each year would not have the opportunity to advance their projects and develop important skills like entrepreneurship, creativity and confidence,” says Patti Leigh, executive director of the Science Fair Foundation of BC. “Given the economic climate, it’s even more important to invest in our future, and we’re doing that by helping students become the great minds that will drive BC’s innovation economy into the future.”

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19th February 2009

Solace Systems and GigaSpaces Enable Globally Scaleable Distributed Applications

Joint Solution Facilitates Synchronization of Applications Across Geographically Distributed Computing Clusters

Solace SystemsOttawaSolace Systems, the leader in hardware-based messaging middleware infrastructure and GigaSpaces Technologies, a leading provider of a new generation of application platforms for Java and .Net environments, announced today a joint “space bridging” solution that can coordinate interactions between applications across multiple clustered computing environments. Benefits include the ability to move data faster, superior application performance and better business continuity during disaster recovery scenarios. The solution’s value is highest in industries where information is exceptionally time-sensitive, because database-centric solutions simply can’t handle the requisite rate of data transfers over wide area networks (WANs). Examples include financial services, GigaSpacestelecommunications, cloud computing, logistics, government and online gaming.

Solace’s innovative hardware-based middleware augments GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform’s (XAP) native functionality with the ability to share information and resources between multiple XAP clusters across the WAN in real-time. This is generally called space bridging, and it lets enterprises and cloud computing providers deploy XAP clusters anywhere in the world with the confidence that the right information and resources will always be available to the right application at the right time.

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19th February 2009

Ludia Serves up Hell’s Kitchen Game for iPhone and iPod Touch

LudiaMontreal – Interactive entertainment company Ludia today announced the launch of its Hell’s Kitchen game for iPhone and iPod touch on the Apple App Store. Based on the Granada America television phenomenon, iPhone and iPod touch owners can now feel the show’s pressure-cooker atmosphere anytime, anyplace along with the acerbic commentary of Gordon Ramsay who judges and rates player performance at each stage of the game. Players can also unlock recipes from the show as a reward for progress in the game.Hell's Kitchen

“Hell’s Kitchen viewership has grown each season and fans of both the show, and of Gordon Ramsay, have become increasingly dedicated,” said Katrina Moran, executive vice president for Digital Media, Granada America. “We are pleased that new and existing fans can now enjoy a Hell’s Kitchen experience on-the-go via the revolutionary iPhone and iPod touch.”

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19th February 2009

Critically Acclaimed Skate 2 Recreates Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Plaza

Black BoxVancouverElectronic Arts Inc. and Black Box announced today that gamers will be able to extend their Skate 2 experience with the download of Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Plaza, starting today in the PLAYSTATION® Store for $5.00 in North America and on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 400 points. The downloadable content features Rob Dyrdek’s new skate plaza, the centerpiece of his MTV show, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, as well as the surrounding downtown Los Angeles area. Fantasy Factory

“I’ve been involved with the Skate franchise since the very beginning and each game has been able to perfectly capture the culture and feel of skateboarding,” said skateboarder entrepreneur, Rob Dyrdek. “I can’t wait to give players a taste of the Fantasy Plaza, my dream skateboarding space. The team at Black Box has recreated the plaza in Skate 2, complete with all the ledges, gaps and rails. On top of all that, there’s still a lot more surprises outside the park that both gamers and skaters will enjoy.”

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19th February 2009

Warhammer 40 000 Dawn of War 2 Ships for Windows PC

THQ and Relic Entertainment’s Highly Anticipated Sequel Redefines Real Time Strategy (RTS) Genre with Intimate, Tactical Gameplay and Stunning Cinematic Visuals

Relic EntertainmentVancouverTHQ Inc. today announced that Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War® II, sequel to Relic Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War®, has shipped for Windows PC. Set in the 41st Millennium amidst the chaos of relentless warfare, Dawn of War II offers innovative, tactical gameplay, stunning visuals and destructible environments throughout a non-linear single-Dawn of War 2player experience and features a fully cooperative multiplayer campaign via Microsoft’s free Games for Windows® – LIVE service. Based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 Games Workshop table-top war game, Dawn of War II is now available at retail and online outlets in the US for the suggested retail price of $49.99.

“Relic Entertainment is a premiere RTS developer and a driving force for innovation in the genre,” said Kevin Kraff, vice president of global brand management, THQ. “With Dawn of War II, the studio has once again redefined the core foundations of the genre, replacing base building and massive armies with intimate, tactical gameplay and a customization-driven single-player experience.”

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