Trailering Star Wars Rebels


Coinciding with its Comic-Con activities, Disney/Lucasfilm has released an extended trailer for the animated Star Wars Rebels. Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope, which spans two

Abrams Shows Off Star Wars X-Wing in Video


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. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119

Clipping the Spiritual Awakening of I Origins


Watch these videos and trailer from Mike Cahill's sublime I Origins, opening this weekend, the first winner of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship at this year's Sundance Film Festival. In I Origins, a molecular biologist (Michael Pitt, Boardwalk Empire)

Animation

Sony Grabs Medusa Animation Pitch

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Bolstered by the success of Disney’s Maleficent,  Sony Pictures Animation will develop an animated feature based on the infamous snake-headed Medusa. The animated comedy pitch was by Todd Alcott and Holly Golden.  Emmy winner Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship) will direct Medusa. Read more

Sony Imageworks Talks Edge of Tomorrow Mimics

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For the first time, Sony Pictures Imageworks, which is moving its headquarters from Culver City to Vancouver to stay competitive, embraced gritty, CG photorealism for Doug Liman’s smart and trippy Edge of Tomorrow. Truly War of the Worlds meets Groundhog Day, with Tom Cruise caught in a nightmarish loop, the aliens he’s up against were a strange, tough animation challenge for Imageworks. Read more

DeBlois Talks How to Train Your Dragon 2

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is quite simply the best animated feature yet from DreamWorks, and the obvious frontrunner for the Oscar race. Dean DeBlois has therefore exceeded all expectations with an ambitious vision for Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless and the world they inhabit in Berk and beyond. It’s an important rite of passage as humans and dragons struggle to co-exist amid the forces of hatred and destruction. And DeBlois and I recently discussed his stunning achievement as first-time solo director. Read more

Joust Helps Final Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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Joust played an instrumental role in the workflow of Sunday’s final episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey  (9:00 pm/ 8:00 pm on Fox and Monday encore on the National Geographic Channel). Joust provided the ability to produce high quality VFX that distinguished and defined the series. Read more

Talking Maleficent Pixie Facial Animation

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

The major tech advancement of Maleficent is Digital Domain’s facial capture of the three flower pixies played by Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville, and Juno Temple, which required a more complex facial range and considerably more dialog than had previously been attempted. Video below produced by fxguide in partnership with Wired.

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Josh Trank to Direct Star Wars Standalone

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While Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directs the first Star Wars standalone, Josh Trank (The Fantastic Four) will helm the second. Read more

MPC Conjures VFX World of Maleficent

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MPC created a host of animated creatures and fairy world environments for Robert Stromberg’s directorial debut, Maleficent, under the supervision of Adam Valdez and Seth Maury, completing 875 shots. Read more

The Third Floor Previsualizes Summer Tentpoles

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The Third Floor has been instrumental in providing previs and postvis for Godzilla, The Amazing Spider-Man 2,  X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Maleficent. Read more

Robert Stromberg Talks Maleficent

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The path to directing from VFX and production design has certainly been a natural one for two-time Oscar winner Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Alice in Wonderland). And after re-imagining Disney’s iconic Sleeping Beauty with Maleficent, he not only wants to continue directing but also explore new tech frontiers. In fact, Stromberg has formed his own virtual company, Hydra (in partnership with The Third Floor and Maleficent production designer Dylan Cole) so he can be on the cutting edge of total cinematic immersion. Read more

Bill Plympton Talks Cheatin’

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After a successful opening in France and a slew of festival awards, Bill Plympton’s noirish Cheatin’ – his most daring feature to date — is still having a tough time getting theatrical distribution here at home. It just goes to show that there’s still a lot of prejudice against adult animation when it comes to American indies. Not that Plympton isn’t still hopeful about breaking the barrier, which we discussed after a successful screening at Cannes. Read more