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  • Autodesk demos improvements to 3ds Max September 21, 2018
    SAN RAFAEL, CA — Autodesk 3ds Max 2019.2 focuses on further improving fluids while adding data channel support for Autodesk Arnold, the ability to load multiple simulations simultaneously, and the ability to process specific parts of a simulation. 
  • Andrew Morley named head of VFX at Outpost September 21, 2018
    BOURNEMOUTH, UK — Visual effects supervisor Andrew Morley, known for his contributions to Avengers: Infinity War and  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is set to join Outpost VFX as the studio’s head of VFX. He will work with all artists at Outpost VFX’s 80-seat facility in Bournemouth.
  • Chimney grows remote color grading network via EngineRoom partnership September 21, 2018
    BOSTON — Chimney ( has expanded its remote color service to Boston through a new partnership with post house, EngineRoomEdit. A full-service production and post production company, Chimney has offices in 14 cities in nine countries worldwide, serving as home to more than 450 artists. EngineRoomEdit has been in business since 2005 and has worked […]
  • GoPro introduces new Hero7 Black; announces 'Million Dollar Challenge' September 20, 2018
    SAN MATEO, CA — GoPro ( has introduced the all-new Hero7 Black ($399), featuring HyperSmooth video stabilization. The in-camera stabilization designed to eliminate the need for a gimbal. Hero7 Black can shoot 4K/60 or 1080p/240 quality video. The camera is waterproof to 33 feet, has voice control, a touch screen, 8x slow motion, HDR and […]
  • Yu+Co creates <I>Crazy Rich Asians</I> end titles September 20, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — In 1993 Garson Yu, founder/creative director of Yu+Co (, was a young designer with design studio R/GA LA, working on his first title sequence for the film The Joy Luck Club. The film marked the first Hollywood feature with an all-Asian cast. Flash forward 25 years to 2018 and the release of  Crazy […]
  • Student Academy Award winners named September 19, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — The Academy ( has voted 19 students as winners of the Student Academy Awards 45th competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by Academy members. The 2018 winners join the ranks of […]
  • Emmys: Peerless recognized for <I>The Alienist</I> VFX September 19, 2018
    LONDON — VFX studio Peerless won a Creative Arts Emmy at the recent ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Emmy award for outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role went to The Alienist (Paramount TV / TNT). The project was led by VFX supervisor Kent Houston (pictured) and VFX producer Wendy Garfinkle.
  • 70th Emmy Awards presented in Los Angeles September 18, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — The Television Academy celebrated the 70th Emmy Awards last night, recognizing excellence in primetime programming and individual achievement for the 2017-2018 television season. The 70th Emmy Awards were broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on NBC. Hosted by Colin Jost and Michael Che and produced by Lorne Michaels with […]
  • Academy reveals Nicholl Fellowship recipients September 18, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — Three individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 8th, […]
  • The Mill partners with 3008 to expand remote color grading network September 18, 2018
    LOS ANGELES — The Mill ( is pleased to announce the addition of editorial company 3008 to its remote color grading network. The network currently includes more than 20 facilities around the world and now enables clients in the Dallas area to collaborate in realtime with any of The Mill’s colorists in London, New York, […]

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  • Quality Scores for Queries: Structured Data, Synthetic Queries and Augmentation Queries July 30, 2018
    Augmentation Queries In general, the subject matter of this specification relates to identifying or generating augmentation queries, storing the augmentation queries, and identifying stored augmentation queries for use in augmenting user searches. An augmentation query can be a query that performs well in locating desirable documents identified in the search results. The performance of an […]
  • Learning to Rank July 16, 2018
    My last Post was Five Years of Google Ranking Signals, and I start that post by saying that there are other posts about ranking signals that have some issues. But, there are other pages that you may want to look at while you are learning to rank webpages, and I didn’t want to turn people […]
  • Five Years of Google Ranking Signals June 22, 2018
    Organic Search Google Ranking Signals 1. Domain Age and Rate of Linking 2. Use of Keywords 3. Related Phrases 4. Keywords in Main Headings, Lists, and Titles 5. Page Speed 6. Watch Times for a Page 7. Context Terms on a Page 8. Language Models Using Ngrams 9. Gibberish Content 10. Authoritative Results 11. How […]
  • Google Patent on Structured Data Focuses upon JSON-LD June 17, 2018
    Search Using Structured Data Structured Data is information that is set out in a way which makes it easy for a search engine to read easily. Some examples include XML markup in XML sitemaps and schema vocabulary found in JSON-LD scripts. A search engine that answers questions based upon crawling and indexing facts found within […]
  • Schema, Structured Data, and Scattered Databases such as the World Wide Web June 14, 2018
    Visiting Seattle to Speak about Structured Data I spoke at SMX Advanced this week on Schema markup and Structured Data, as part of an introduction to its use at Google. I had the chance to visit Seattle, and tour some of it. I took some photos, but would like to go back sometimes and take […]
  • Google to Offer Combined Content (Paid and Organic) Search Results June 7, 2018
    Google Introduces Combined Content Results This new patent is about “Combined content. What does that mean exactly? When Google patents talk about paid search, they refer to those paid results as “content” rather than as advertisements. This patent is about how Google might combine paid search results with organic results in certain instances. The recent […]
  • PageRank Updated April 24, 2018
    PageRank Updated by Google A popular search engine developed by Google Inc. of Mountain View, Calif. uses PageRank.RTM. as a page-quality metric for efficiently guiding the processes of web crawling, index selection, and web page ranking. Generally, the PageRank technique computes and assigns a PageRank score to each web page it encounters on the web, […]
  • 3 Ways Query Stream Ontologies Change Search March 5, 2018
    How Query Streams Might be Used to Build Ontologies What are query stream ontologies, and how might they change search? Search engines trained us to use keywords when we searched – to try to guess what words or phrases might be the best ones to use to try to find something we are interested in. […]

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