While few U.S. TV stations are opting for full-fledged virtual sets for their news operations, hybrid sets that combine real and virtual elements are rapidly finding adoption due to their versatility and cost-effectiveness.
News Cast Studio recently talked with FX Design Group Owner and Creative Director Mack McLaughlin about best practices, trends in the industry, virtual sets and LED lighting.
FX Design Group announced two appointments to enhance the creative team in both scenic design and motion graphics. Kevin Vickers, has been promoted to Design Director and Al Lagor to Managing Director of Motion Design.
FX Design Group, the leading set design firm serving U.S. television news affiliates, has re-launched FX University (FXU) – a section of the FX website, where the main purpose is to make the complicated process of creating custom news environments less daunting for news stations, provide them with insight into the process, and point out potential pitfalls they should avoid
When the WCCO-TV team contacted FX Design Group in early in January 2012 to begin brainstorming ideas for the new studio environments for their Plaza Studio and their Nicollet Studio, the FX design team saw the exciting possibilities.
Giant Octopus (GO), the motion design division of FX Design Group (FX), was chosen by Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Sports Division to assist them in their 2012 launch of a newly created comprehensive graphics package.
The Excellence In Journalism (EIJ) conference – a joint venture between the Radio and Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) http://www.rtdna.org/ and the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) https://www.spj.org/ will convene beginning on Thursday Sept 20th 2012 at the Harbor Beach Marriott.
During his days as the GM/VP of the Production Group at Universal Studios Orlando, Paul Meena helped Jeff Scheetz’s dream of starting a Digital Animation and Visual Effects (DAVE) School find a home at Universal Studios.
For the first time FX Design Group won an award for each of the categories its designs had been nominated. KJRH and KPIX won silver and bronze respectively in the Scenic – Set Design category. While motion design division Giant Octopus won in two categories. WABC News Talent ID’s won bronze in Image Promo and KXAN won silver for its News Graphics package.
PromaxBDA, an international association of design and marketing professionals in the entertainment industry, hosts the PromaxBDA Local Awards to celebrate best practices in promotion, marketing and design at local television news affiliates across the U.S. Local Award entries are submitted by news stations or producers of the end product.
FX Design Group and DeSisti Lighting have partnered together to present an Augmented Reality Set in the DeSisti booth C6037 at the NAB Show 2012. This Augmented Reality Set will feature a high-tech desk backed by a digital (static virtual) background designed by the FX to showcase both FX’s designs and DeSisti’s lighting gear.
The rate of change affecting the broadcast industry continues at a torrid pace, so the team at FX Design Group, led by CEO/Creative Director, Mack McLaughlin, constantly asks What’s Next? What’s Essential to the Audience? What does the Future Hold?
What began as a new set giveaway contest by FX Design Group over one year ago will appear on air as Western Kentucky University’s NewsChannel12 later this month. Winner of the 2010 Ultimate Newscast Makeover, students at WKU’s School of Journalism and Broadcasting say goodbye to their 20 year-old set and say hello to their brand new, state of the art news set, graphics and music package.
Designed for the Schieffer School of Journalism to give TCU News Now a studio lab featuring multifunctional components providing students and faculty alike with a flexible space to both teach and perform.
The acquisition by FX Design Group, LLC of Emmy award winning motion graphics designers Giant Octopus originally announced in October 2010 is finalized.
FX Design Group, the leader in broadcast news set design and fabrication, purchases Giant Octopus to focus on delivering singular design direction and a seamless interface of motion graphics.
A new interactive and educational exhibit highlighting a “day-in-the-life” of a weather forecaster is a big hit with local school groups! This fun and immersive exhibit is designed to teach the visitor what is required to become a meteorologist, introduce them to the tools used to deliver the daily weather forecast during the news broadcast, and let them deliver a weather forecast “on-air” just as the WFTV meteorologist would do.
Before the vacuum form machine was introduced, scenic elements would be more two dimensional which limited designers. In addition, fabrication required more time and labor in the company’s CNC router department. With the new vacuum form machine FX can create exact uniform copies of each element much more efficiently. The use of vacuum form materials will make a greener choice for FX clients.
FX Design Group delivers time and cost efficiencies to Raycom stations with a group-wide set design while retaining color, graphic and material individuality. With FX, Raycom streamlines each station’s involvement in the design and planning process as they move to an HD format, saving time and other costs associated with each new set project.