Trailering Avengers: Age of Ultron


Get a glimpse of Joss Whedon's darker and more disturbing Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1, 2015) in the first teaser trailer. As Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark nervously proclaims, "It's the end -- the end of the path I started us on." SHIELD must regroup to fight

The Foundry Offers Nuke 9 with Nuke Studio


The Foundry unveiled Nuke 9, which includes the brand-new addition of Nuke Studio. The new offering brings powerful node-based VFX, editorial and finishing into a new single studio application, as well as provide core upgrades to the advanced compositing workflows of

USC 5D Returns with Rilao Science of Fiction


After last year's successful "The Science of Fiction: World Building in Action,” USC 5D returns with "The Rilao Project" at the 2014 Science of Fiction Festival on Saturday, spearheaded by award-winning production designer and USC School of Cinematic Arts

Animation

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Goes Blu

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

As good as Captain America was, The Winter Soldier is even better, thanks to the conspiracy thriller component added by the Russo brothers, and the Blu-ray/DVD set from Disney looks and sounds stellar. It’s a wildly fun and exciting mash-up. Read more

VES Offers 2nd Edition of VFX Handbook

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Books, Movies, Tech, TV, VES, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released the 2nd edition of The VES Handbook of Visual Effects, edited by VES chair Jeffrey A. Okun and VFX producer Susan Zwerman. Read more

Sneaking Big Hero 6 From Disney

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

The timing for Big Hero 6 couldn’t be better for Disney. It’s not only completely different from Frozen but also captures the holy grail for animation in tapping the superhero genre. In fact, it shares a common theme with Marvel’s latest hit, Guardians of the Galaxy: the loss of a loved one as social misfits team up to thwart a mysterious baddie. This should resonate strongly as Disney flexes some new animation muscles. Read more

Tomm Moore Talks Song of the Sea

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Animation, Below the Line, Festivals, Movies, Oscar, Tech, Trailers, VFX | Leave a comment

Tomm Moore follows up his Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells with an even more ambitious Irish folk tale, Song of the Sea, which plays Toronto on Saturday. Produced by the Ireland-based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, and distributed by Gkids, Song of the Sea (opening Dec. 19th) looks to be a sure Oscar contender for its exquisite hand-drawn beauty and stirring story about the last Seal-child trapped between two worlds. Read more

Clipping The Boxtrolls and Nature of Creation

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Movies, Oscar, previs, Production Design, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Enter the world of Laika and watch how they bring the elements to life for The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26) in “The Nature of Creation” featurette. Read more

Clipping More Big Hero 6

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

Watch a new clip from Disney’s Big Hero 6 (Nov. 7), introducing the soft, hilarious, Pooh-like robot, Baymax. Read more

Frozen Returns with a Fever Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Music, Oscar, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

While there’s no feature sequel yet for Frozen, the gang will return in the Frozen Fever short, which will debut spring 2015.

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Clipping Meet the Boxtrolls

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

Before seeing The Boxtrolls on Sept. 26,  learn more about Laika’s lovable stop-motion creations in this new featurette, “Meet the Boxtrolls.” Read more

Talking Rocky and Bullwinkle Short

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Movies, Shorts, Tech, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn’t make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her iconic squirrel but the lovable moose (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star, getting hoodwinked into marrying a robot controlled by Boris (Robert Cait). Like Peabody & Sherman, it captures the zany spirit of Jay Ward only the CG animation is fittingly less refined and more squashy and stretchy. Read more

Clipping Lava from Pixar

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

Watch the first clip from Pixar’s next short, Lava, a Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy, which will play in front of Pete Docter’s highly-anticipated Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Read more