Disney to Have Annecy Feast with New Short


Feast, a new Disney short from Patrick Osborne, head of animation for the Oscar-winning Paperman, will have its world premiere at Annecy June 10. Boasting a simple and pretty look, Feast is the story of a man's love life from the POV of his dog, Winston. Feast will

Landau Talks Avatar Sequels at FMX


Producer Jon Landau gave a sneak peek behind the tech of the upcoming Avatar sequels on Wednesday at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. James Cameron is currently working with three teams of writers while Weta Digital has been improving its pipeline. The trio of films is

Scott Peterson Talks Dragon 2 VFX at FMX


Scott Peterson of DreamWorks provided a VFX sneak peek of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at FMX in Stuttgart on Tuesday, and showed the first five minutes, which you can watch below. It's all about fire and ice in Dragon 2. The opening provided a glimpse of director

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VES Launches YouTube Channel

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

Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES) launched its new YouTube channel, providing unique access to the world of visual effects and the artists who create them.  The channel is designed to showcase outstanding examples of visual effects artistry and innovation from around the world, practical skills demonstrations, insights from leading practitioners and original content from VES signature events, workshops and forums.  The VES YouTube Channel is now live with an initial 100+ videos. Read more

Gravity, Frozen Big VES Winners

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As expected, Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar-contending Gravity dominated the 12th annual VES Awards, grabbing six trophies at the Beverly Hilton Wednesday night, including outstanding visual effects-driven feature, while Disney’s Frozen juggernaut went four for four, including outstanding animated feature (a first for the studio). Read more

Does the Academy Need a Visual Imaging Category?

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

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

Gravity, Frozen, The Croods Top VES Nominations

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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.

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Gravity Set for Jan. 17 Re-Release

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Gravity, which has already grabbed $255 million domestically and $670 million worldwide, will get a final Oscar push when Warner Bros. re-releases the space thriller nationwide on Jan. 17, a day after the nominations are announced.

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Cuaron to Receive VES Visionary Award

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Alfonso Cuarón will receive the Visionary Award in recognition of the extraordinary Gravity as well as his consummate artistry and use of VFX throughout his career at the 12th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Watch new “From Script to Screen” making of featurette below. Read more

VES Launches Open Source Camera Initiative

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

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has worked for more than a year with data management specialists Shotgun Software and 5th Kind and leading VFX companies to standardize data fields and specify data transfer formats to create a new universal system for providing reliable camera sheets and metadata.  The format is open sourced and is available with no fees or restrictions. As a result of this effort, the VES has now released a standardized interchange for camera reports, allowing essential VFX information to be better captured and transferred through production into post.

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VES Summit: Contemplating a New Reality

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Is it time for the visual effects industry to change its name to digital production to face the changing paradigm shift? And should the Academy Awards consolidate cinematography and VFX into a visual imaging Oscar since virtual production has blurred them? These were topics discussed yesterday at the fifth annual VES Summit at the W in Hollywood. Read more

Dykstra to Receive VES Lifetime Achievement Award

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Emmy and Academy Award-winning VFX pioneer John Dykstra is the latest recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented at the 12th Annual VES Awards on Feb. 12, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read more

VES Summit 2013 Offers New Reality

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

The VES has announced its TED-like rountable format for the fifth annual summit,  ”A New Reality: Content Creation and Distribution,” Oct. 26, at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Read more