Trailering More Intense Interstellar


The new trailer for Interstellar (Nov. 7) looks more intense and awe-inspiring. Engineer/pilot Matthew McConaughey leaves his kids behind to save the planet by exploring a new galaxy; co-pilot Anne Hathaway appears to have more doubts as they have difficulty

Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through The Boxtrolls


Oscar-winning composer Dario Marianelli (Atonement) didn't hesitate to work on the Victorian steampunk madness of The Boxtrolls. He loves the way the animators at Laika conjure "the surreal, the dark, the grotesque, and the comedic." "I wanted to run away with the

Knight Talks Laika and The Boxtrolls


When Laika first began nine years ago, its first two acquisitions wereCoraline and Here Be Monsters!. However, because of the tremendous scope and free-flowing narrative of Alan Snow's 550-page steampunk opus, it's taken a lot longer for The Boxtrolls to come

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J.J. Abrams to Receive VES Visionary Award

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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