Watch this wild and whimsical mock-making-of featurette for The LEGO Movie (Feb. 7). Read more
January 25, 2014
in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, Oscar, performance capture, Shorts, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production
Quite simply, if the CG Mickey couldn’t match the hand-drawn model refashioned to look like the 1928 original, the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse! short wouldn’t have worked. And that was the responsibility of CG supervisor Adam Green (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), who worked side-by-side with 2D supervisor Eric Goldberg. Indeed, Green was mentored by Goldberg during this unique production that brilliantly encapsulates the history of Mickey and Disney. Read more
January 25, 2014
in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Oscar, previs, Tech, VES, VFX, Virtual Production
With VFX taking a much more prominent role in the virtual lighting of hybrid movies, the question of who’s responsible for cinematography in evaluating Oscar contenders has prompted the Academy to consider a new visual imaging category. Obviously the discussion has intensified with Gravity’s Emmanuel (“Chivo”) Lubezki being the frontrunner this year. He would be the second cinematographer in a row to win the Oscar for predominantly virtual work and the third in Academy history. Read more
cineSync video review software from Cospective played a key role in Rising Sun Picture’s VFX pipeline for Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-contending Gravity. Read more
January 18, 2014
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As anticipated, Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster Gravity dominated the Oscar nominations this week with 10 (tied with American Hustle), of which seven were craft-related (VFX, cinematography, production design, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score). Meanwhile, best picture frontrunners 12 Years a Slave (which was re-released theatrically along with Gravity) and American Hustle each scored three craft noms.
January 18, 2014
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Disney, DreamWorks, and Universal/Illumination are the big contenders, while Pixar and the NFB get snubbed. Read more
January 17, 2014
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Here’s a snapshot of what a few VFX and animation pros said about being nominated for an Oscar by the Academy.
January 16, 2014
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The popular Gravity grabbed 10 Oscar nominations along with American Hustle (including best picture, best director for Alfonso Cuarón, and best actress for Sandra Bullock), and dominated the crafts (production design, cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing and mixing and original score). Disney’s Frozen and Get A Horse! Micky Mouse short were both nominated, but Pixar’s Monsters University was shut out for only the second time in its history. Read more
There’s a new trailer and clip for DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman (March 7), and it’s all about Jay Ward’s extraordinary canine dad (voiced by Modern Family’s Ty Burrell).
The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced its nominees for the 12th annual VES Awards (held Feb. 12 at the Beverly Hilton), with Gravity leading the way with eight nominations. The space blockbuster was joined by Iron Man 3, Pacific Rim, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for outstanding VFX.