Craft-Talking The Theory of Everything


James Marsh's The Theory of Everything brilliantly turns Stephen Hawking's life into a metaphysical love story about the collision of macro and micro Big Bangs. The film's Oscar-buzzy crafts convey thought-provoking metaphors, not the least of which is how his mind

Craft-Talking the Sight and Sound of Interstellar


Composer Hans Zimmer, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, sound mixer Gregg Landaker and costume designer Mary Zophres talk bringing Christopher Nolan's space odyssey to life. While Matthew McConaughey bends space-time in the black hole to get back home in

Assessing the Animation Oscar Race


With Pixar sitting this year out, the animation Oscar race is not only totally wide open but there's still no clear frontrunner among the big studio three (Disney's Big Hero 6, DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie). That leaves The

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Alonso Promotes Story, VFX at Marvel

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At last week’s 6th annual Visual Effects Society Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Marvel’s Victoria Alonso stressed the importance of “filling the gaps,” in her keynote, whether it’s related to storytelling or VFX. In fact, according to the exec producer/exec VP of visual effects & post-production, maintaining an outside-the-box mentality has been the key to Marvel’s success. Read more

Alonso Highlights VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso described “filling the gap” as the key to storytelling and VFX success at Marvel at yesterday’s 6th annual VES Summit at the W Hotel in Hollywood, while VFX specialist Ben Grossmann, production designer Bo Welch, and DP Dion Beebe discussed the need for VFX to evolve into a more front-loaded collaborative workflow. Read more

Alonso of Marvel to Keynote VES Summit

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Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of visual effects and post production, will keynote the 6th annual VES Summit, titled “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution.”  The interactive forum will take place on Oct. 18 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more

Enter Autodesk-Sponsored VES Student Award

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Autodesk Inc.is once again supporting the Steven Spielberg-inspired award for “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” for the 7th year in a row. Read more

VES Taking Awards Submissions

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The Visual Effects Society is currently accepting submissions for the 13th Annual VES Awards (Feb. 4, 2015) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award

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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 Hotel. Read more

VES Offers 2nd Edition of VFX Handbook

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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

VES Launches VFX Reference Platform

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The Visual Effects Society (VES) has released The VFX Reference Platform, a set of tools and library versions to be used as a common target platform for building software for the industry. The purpose is to minimize incompatibilities between different software packages, ease the support burden for Linux-based pipelines, and encourage further adoption of Linux by software vendors. The Reference Platform is updated annually by a group of software vendors in collaboration with the VES technology committee. Read more

Hogarth and Blanchard Launch Conduit Seminars

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Industry insiders Pam Hogarth and Debra Blanchard Knight have launched Conduit Seminars to help production professionals find jobs and enhance their skills. The first session,  ”Job Hunting in Creative Industries,” will take place on Saturday, July 26th,  1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at Otis College of Art and Design (9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles). Read more

Harrison Ford Sought for Blade Runner Sequel

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Ridley Scott wants Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard in his Blade Runner sequel and Alcon Ent. has confirmed that an offer is out to the 71-year-old actor, who is also returning as Han Solo in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

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