Behind the High-Frame-Rate Oklahoma! Restoration


Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron's current embrace of high-frame-rate, there's an added importance to Fox's restoration of the roadshow Oklahoma!, which opened the TCM Classic Film Fest Thursday at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO

Book Review: Creativity, Inc.


Ed Catmull explores the secret of Pixar's success in Creativity, Inc. (Random House) with a managerial insight that's applicable to everyone. Reminiscent of John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," the Yoda of Pixar has presided over the industry's animation leader with a

Sergio Mendes Talks Rio 2


In Rio 2, musical legend Sergio Mendes helps expand the Brazilian flavor as the adventure continues in the Amazon. For director Carlos Saldanha, musically it's richer and more multi-layered, and, as the story progresses, the jungle offers its own vibe, and, by the

Behind the High-Frame-Rate Oklahoma! Restoration

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Given Peter Jackson and James Cameron’s current embrace of high-frame-rate, there’s an added importance to Fox’s restoration of the roadshow Oklahoma!, which opened the TCM Classic Film Fest Thursday at the TCL Chinese IMAX Theater. In addition to being shot in Todd-AO large format, the beloved 1955 musical from Rodgers & Hammerstein also experimented with 30 frames to solve the flickering problem and to better stave off competition from TV. The result is almost holographic. Read more

Book Review: Creativity, Inc.

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

Ed Catmull explores the secret of Pixar’s success in Creativity, Inc. (Random House) with a managerial insight that’s applicable to everyone. Reminiscent of John Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success,” the Yoda of Pixar has presided over the industry’s animation leader with a winning philosophy that delicately balances individual talent and chemistry with team leadership and a dynamic vision. Read more

Sergio Mendes Talks Rio 2

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

In Rio 2, musical legend Sergio Mendes helps expand the Brazilian flavor as the adventure continues in the Amazon. For director Carlos Saldanha, musically it’s richer and more multi-layered, and, as the story progresses, the jungle offers its own vibe, and, by the end, it’s a mixture of the two. Mendes tells what the musical journey has been like for him. Read more

Landau to Discuss Avatar Sequel at FMX 2014

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Producer Jon Landau will provide a sneak peek of the Avatar sequel at FMX 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany (April 22-25 ), and Warner Bros. animation/VFX president Chris DeFaria will join me in a discussion of the Oscar-winning Gravity with Framestore’s Tim Webber. This will be part of the virtual production track curated by David Morin (Autodesk) and Sebastian Sylwan (formerly Weta Digital’s creative technologist). Read more

Trailering More Daring Dragon 2

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The Empire Strikes Back analogy is even more evident in the third trailer for DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon 2  (June 13), which looks richer, more action-packed, and more dramatically ambitious than the original, thanks to director Dean DeBlois. Read more

Andy Serkis Coming to FMX 2014

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

Andy Serkis will deliver a keynote and show a sneak peek of Weta Digital’s performance capture work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes at FMX 2014 (April 22-25 in Stuttgart, Germany).

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Avid Unveils Artist Suite Updates

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In conjunction with NAB, Avid announced new updates for the Avid Artist Suite video creative solutions, focused on helping media organizations and creative professionals acquire, use, and deploy Media Composer video editing software “in more powerful, efficient, and profitable ways.” Read more

Claro Talks Lighting Nymphomaniac

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Cinematographer Manuel Claro calls Nymphomaniac the ultimate Lars von Trier movie (Volume II opened Friday), containing “a fuck you to film school energy that’s all over the place,” in which the director’s pessimism and optimism battle one another. However, after the in-your-face look of Melancholia, the opus about sex addiction starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgard was much simpler to light, despite the greater length and traipsing 55 days through Germany and Belgium. Read more

The Russos Talk Winter Soldier as Conspiracy Thriller

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

Thanks to sibling co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, adults can marvel in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s a wildly entertaining mash-up of the conspiracy thriller and superhero genres, in which Chris Evans’ World War II Marvel superhero not only finds himself trapped between two worlds but also opposing world views. Read more

Look Effects Adds to Noah VFX

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Look Effects contributed more than 300 shots to Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, including birds and environments such as the Garden of Eden. Read more

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