5th June 2009

G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra Looks Explosive

GI JoeVancouver – I saw the movie trailer for G.I. Joe The Rise of Cobra for the first time today, and I have to say that it looks very impressive. This is a movie that we will be sure to catch on the big screen, because all of those visual and CG effects look incredible. I went and checked to see who was behind all of those great effects, and I wasn’t surprised to see a few Vancouver companies listed – with a few from that other movie place further south along the coast and some on the other side of the Atlantic.

It would appear that CIS Vancouver, Stan Winston Studio both contributed to those disintegrating buildings, massive traffic problems, huge explosions and more that we will get to experience this August when the film is released. Two other studios with Vancouver locations are also listed in the credits, but according to MPC’s site, it was the London studio which worked on Rise of Cobra. The Frantic Films web site does not list the movie at all, although they are heavily listed in the show’s info page on IMDB, so at the time of this writing I am unaware of which Frantic Films studio produced the assets.
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5th June 2009

The Week in Review

Canada Vancouver – It’s been a somewhat busy week as I’ve tried to keep up with all of the news from our Canadian developers and industry representatives down at E3 – and I have decided that next year I am going to the expo. Once everyone has returned from their E3 adventures, I hope to be able to sit down with them and get their views in a look back at this year’s event.

Tuesday evening we attended Launch Party 7, where we met up with a few friends and met a few new ones. It’s always interesting to find out what projects are being worked on in the city, as we have such a vibrant development community. I found out about this event when we attended the recent Digital Kung Fu event presented by MDM during Vancouver Digital Week, and I believe Launch Vancouver is an event which we will be attending more often. Some of the interesting people we met include the Twitter Boot Camp instructor Gregg Scott, who will be leading a soldout boot camp session tomorrow.

We also listened to a very interesting presentation by Nick Bouton about his site, Protaganize. This site is an interactive community for writers and aspiring writers, supporting “addventures” which is an “add-your-bit” style of story writing that the whole community can participate in. The site also supports linear story writing and allows authors to both give and get feedback on their writing efforts.

Tynt Tracer was the winner of the “Startup Most Likely To Succeed” presentations for this event, winning over both the judges and the attendees. Tynt Tracer is a Calgary-based referral tracker, which lets you know when and where your site’s content is being copied. Tynt has received funding from iNovia and AVAC to develop its product. Read the rest of this entry »

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5th June 2009

Intrinsyc Appoints Tracy Rees as President and Chief Executive Officer

IntrinsycVancouver – The Board of Directors of Intrinsyc Software International, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions for mobile devices, today announced that Mr. Tracy Rees was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company Tracy Reeseffective immediately. Mr. Rees has been serving as interim Chief ExecutiveOfficer since November 2008.

“Tracy has proven himself to be the right person to lead Intrinsyc into the future,” said Mr. Philip Ladouceur, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Intrinsyc. “Since his appointment as interim Chief Executive Officer, Tracy has led the significant improvement in the company’s bottom line performance; dramatically reducing operating expenses, and setting the stage for future growth with new major customer wins, and the development and launch of new product offerings for mobile device development, and navigation and location based services.”
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