J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award


The Visual Effects Society is wasting no time honoring J.J. Abrams with its prestigious Visionary Award in anticipation of Star Wars: Episode VII (Dec. 18, 2015). The award will be presented at the 13h Annual VES Awards on Feb. 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton

Bond 24 Gets Start Date and Cinematographer Hoytema


The week that Goldfinger celebrated its 50th anniversary, there were major announcements for Bond 24: it starts shooting on Dec. 6 and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema replaces Roger Deakins. Considering how Hoytema is such a thinking person's DP and has created

Shooting A Walk Among the Tombstones


For cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr., A Walk Among the Tombstones, now in theaters, represents his first atmospheric thriller as well as his first experience shooting in New York City. Of course, in discussing the visual style with writer-director Scott Frank, they

Animation

ILM Introduces Muse Facial Capture on TMNT

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Clips, Movies, performance capture, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Industrial Light & Magic has a new facial capture system that was unveiled on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. According to ILM, it represents the most flexible capture system to date. Read more

Maxon Offers Cinema 4D Release 16

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Maxon unveiled Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next-gen version of the company’s industry-leading 3D motion graphics, visual effects, visualization, painting, and rendering software application (which will release in September). In addition to various workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers a modeling PolyPen “super-tool,” a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage, and a Reflectance material channel that allows for multi-layered reflections and specularity. Read more

Clipping Opening of Star Wars Rebels

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Last night Disney XD previewed the first seven minutes of Star Wars Rebels after Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars and now you can watch it here. Read more

Framestore Animates Rocket for Guardians

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Framestore animated the badass Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) as well as his arboreal companion, Groot (Vin Diesel), in footage spanning 40 minutes and 633 shots of Disney/Marvel’s box office smash, Guardians of the Galaxy. Read more

Filoni and Kinberg Talk Star Wars Rebels

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Prior to next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII, we get the animated series Star Wars Rebels as a bridge between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope (premiering in October on Disney Channel as a one-hour special before commencing on Disney XD). I spoke with exec producers Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Simon Kinberg (The X-Men and the upcoming Fantastic Four) at Comic-Con. Read more

Johnson and Parsons Talk Home from DreamWorks

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DreamWorks gets a little sci-fi trippy with Home (March 27, 2015), a new animated take on alien invasion and buddy comedy. Last week at Comic-Con, I spoke with director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon), who plays the banished Oh, who teams up with the resourceful human, Tip (Rihanna). Read more

MPC Sprouts Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

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MPC delivered 857 VFX shots for Marvel/Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy, including the lovable Groot. Guardians rocketed with an estimated $37.8 million on Friday night. Read more

Gunn Talks Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy is the most irreverent Marvel departure so far, and, thanks to comedy writer-director James Gunn (Slither, Super), we’re reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What’s old is new again. But even though it wasn’t his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it’s an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their heads. Read more

Trailering Star Wars Rebels

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Coinciding with its Comic-Con activities, Disney/Lucasfilm has released an extended trailer for the animated Star Wars Rebels. Read more

Abrams Shows Off Star Wars X-Wing in Video

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On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of his movie. Read more