Tech and storytelling converged during a fascinating series of discussions at the Academy on May 15 about Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Star Trek Into Darkness, hosted by screenwriter John August.
After showing a funny collage of clips about ditching cell phones and
Epic is not only Blue Sky's best movie but also director Chris Wedge's most personal, too: a swashbuckling, samurai action/adventure that takes place in a lush, microscopic forest world. It beautifully translates N.C. Wyeth for Alice in Wonderland meets The Adventures
The official Planes trailer has taken flight, highlighted by Mark Mancina's majestic score, accentuating the connection to Cars.
There's bonding between cars and planes before Dusty the wily crop duster (Dane Cook) soars high above and far away from Radiator Springs
Kim Libreri, Lucasfilm’s chief strategic officer, played a reel showing mocap and real-time rendering of C-3P0, R2-D2, and stormtroopers in a desert setting that dazzled the FMX 2013 crowd two weeks ago in Stuttgart, reports fxguide. The way virtual production is evolving with VFX coming in earlier and previs becoming more integral, the new slogan is : “Fix it in pre.” Read more
Not surprisingly, talk of unionization and a trade association dominated the international Pi Day VFX town hall meetings on Thursday in LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin, Vancouver, and Wellington. Read more
Eric Roth, executive director of the Visual Effects Society, issued two calls to action in an open letter: to expand the tax incentive program for entertainment with a particular focus on VFX, and the organization of a VFX Congress as a forum for frustrated and angry artists to reach consensus. Obviously we’ve reached the tipping point. The big question now is: What can be done to change the business model for studio and VFX company alike in mutual best interest? Read more
The situation is getting worse at Rhythm & Hues. Deadline reports that after winning the BAFTA for Life of Pi’sVFX Sunday night, the financially strapped LA studio alerted employees and clients that it was filing for Chapter ll bankruptcy on Monday and that some jobs have been terminated. According to Variety, this was because the Prime Focus purchase had fallen through. Read more
Life of Pi clawed its way closer to VFX Oscar gold Tuesday night, powered by Rhythm & Hues and MPC, grabbing four prizes at the 11th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature; Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (R&H’s CG Bengal tiger, Richard Parker); Outstanding FX and Simulation Animation in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture (MPC’s Storm of God); and Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture (Storm of God). Read more
Image Engine provided more than 300 shots for the Oscar-contending Zero Dark Thirty, which has been nominated for a 2013 Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. This included creating the CG Stealth Hawk helicopters), as well as augmenting the bustling military encampments with computer-generated environments, digital soldiers, vehicles and FX. Read more
The Visual Effects Society announced the nominees for the 11th annual VES Awards, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey leading the way with seven, followed closely by The Avengers and Life of Pi with six. Meanwhile, ParaNorman grabbed five nominations in the animation category. The biggest surprise was that the under-performing Battleship was a nominee for ILM in the Outstanding Visual Effects-Driven category for movies. Read more
Digital Domain dominated the discussions at yesterday’s VES Summit 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey. Co-founder and former CEO Scott Ross implored the industry to get behind a trade association and stand up to the studios, while new CEO Ed Ulbrich discussed the reboot of DD 3.0, which he said was more like 1.0 so far.
Doug Trumbull’s in town for some sci-tech love. Last night he was honored by the VES with the Georges Méliès Award, and Saturday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will bestow the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. I spoke with the visionary for my TOH column at Indiewire about higher frame rates and virtual production. He aims to improve theatrical presentation and raise the level of showmanship for a new kind of outside the box cinema experience.