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COMPUTER GRAPHICS WORLD 16 NOV/DEC 2013 | VOL. 36 | NO. 7 22 40 on the COVER 8 WINTER WONDERLAND Disney Animation set its latest princess movie in a fairy-tale land of ice and snow, requiring the studio to devise some digital magic of its own in the form of simulation systems and other technology. 2 EDITOR'S NOTE MAKING A LIST The Oscar race is heating up – which VFX and animated films will make the nominee list? SEE IT IN D E PA R T M E N T S 4 6 32 F E AT U R E S 16 SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTS NewTek's LightWave 11.6, Nevron plug-in • Dell's M3800 mobile workstation • Side Effects' Houdini 13 • Adobe/Maxon's Cineware NEWS RTT acquires Bunkspeed Gravity: Keeping astronauts "grounded" in space Ender's Game: Going weightless in the battle room 22 THE GOLD STANDARD The road heading into the 86th annual Academy Awards is nearing its end. Here, we take a look at the likely contenders in the visual effects and animated feature races, with industry experts weighing in. 40 BIRDS OF A FEATHER Reel FX Animation Studios' first animated feature has turkeys as the centerpiece, requiring the studio to devise a robust feathering system. EDUCATION How schools are helping their graduates find employment 44 PORTFOLIO Dana Berry 46 REVIEWS Next Limit's RealFlow, HP's Z620 48 BACK PRODUCTS Recent software and hardware releases GRAVITATIONAL PULL Two films face the challenge of animating in zero gravity. | REEL FX'S FREE BIRDS | ALFONSO CUARÓN ON GRAVITY | PICTURE & SOUND RESTORATION 44 C G W N ove mb e r / D e c e mb e r 2 013 ■ 1

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