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

Pfister Talks Analog vs. Digital in Transcendence


Wally Pfister not only adores film but also vinyl. That's because they both embody "the breath of life," analog beauty that's at the heart of Transcendence. Indeed, the Oscar-winning cinematographer (Inception) and Christopher Nolan's former right hand man couldn't

Tech Talk at the Transcendence Press Conference


You can always bet on a lively press conference with Johnny Depp, but a recent Los Angeles tech talk about Transcendence and the inevitability of uploading human consciousness into a super computer brought out his more vulnerable side. Depp admitted, among other

Scott Peterson Talks Dragon 2 VFX at FMX

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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. Read more

Pfister Talks Analog vs. Digital in Transcendence

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Wally Pfister not only adores film but also vinyl. That’s because they both embody “the breath of life,” analog beauty that’s at the heart of Transcendence. Indeed, the Oscar-winning cinematographer (Inception) and Christopher Nolan’s former right hand man couldn’t have found a more personal statement for his directorial debut than a cautionary tale about uploading human consciousness into a super computer (the same conceit, incidentally, used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier). It’s the dark side of Her, and what could be a more terrifying threat to humanity? Read more

Tech Talk at the Transcendence Press Conference

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You can always bet on a lively press conference with Johnny Depp, but a recent Los Angeles tech talk about Transcendence and the inevitability of uploading human consciousness into a super computer brought out his more vulnerable side. Depp admitted, among other things, that he’s too clumsy when it comes to texting and that his role as an AI scientist-turned megalomaniac was difficult without a flamboyant mask to hide behind. Read more

Book Review: Lightning Strikes for Bruckheimer

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While Johnny Depp steps away from his usual flamboyance with Transcendence, it’s a good time to assess the arresting coffee table book, Jerry Bruckheimer: When Lightning Strikes|Four Decades of Filmmaking  (Disney Editions) by historian/unit publicist Michael Singer. Read more

Clipping Maleficent: The Legacy

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Angelina Jolie gives us a sneak peek of her eponymous role in the upcoming Maleficent (May 30), directed by Oscar-winning VFX supervisor/production designer Rob Stromberg. Read more

VES Launches YouTube Channel

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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

Moonbot to Develop Olivia Kidney Feature

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Moonbot Studios is getting closer to making movies, acquired the rights to the Olivia Kidney trilogy of young adult books by award-winning author Ellen Potter (Philomel). Moonbot plans to develop Olivia’s Alice in Wonderland-like adventures as a live-action film with significant animation sequences.  Read more

Maya LT 2015 Gets Some Steam

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Autodesk Maya LT 2015 is coming to Steam, Valve’s popular entertainment platform, helping more than 65 million gamers, developers, and artists to personalize their games and bring them into popular Steam titles such as Defense of the Ancients 2 (DoTA 2). Read more

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.

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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

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