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  • SPIDER-MAN – HOMECOMING: Lou Pecora – VFX Supervisor – Digital Domain
    In 2014, Lou Pecora explained to us about the work of Digital Domain on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. He speaks to us today about his work on SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.The post SPIDER-MAN – HOMECOMING: Lou Pecora – VFX Supervisor – Digital Domain a…
    - 16 hours ago21 Jul 17, 3:00pm -
    Really cool trailer for BRIGHT, the new movie by David Ayer: The VFX are made by: Iloura (VFX Supervisor: Jason Billington) Mammal Studios (VFX Supervisor: Gregory D. Liegey) Ollin VFX Pixel Playground (VFX Supervisor: Don Lee) Director: David Ayer R…
    - 21 hours ago21 Jul 17, 10:00am -
    Here is a promo video “Join the Jaeger Uprising” (created by Elastic) for PACIFIC RIM – UPRISING: The VFX are made by: Double Negative The Production VFX Supervisor is Peter Chiang. Director: Steven S. DeKnight Release Date: 23 February 2018 (U…
    - 1 day ago20 Jul 17, 8:30pm -
    Excellent trailer for ONLY THE BRAVE: The VFX are made by: ILM The Production VFX Supervisor is Eric Barba. Director: Joseph Kosinski Release Date: 20 October 2017 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2017The post ONLY THE BRAVE appeared fir…
    - 1 day ago20 Jul 17, 7:00pm -
    Brand new trailer for KINGSMAN – THE GOLDEN CIRCLE: The VFX are made by: Sony Pictures Imageworks (VFX Supervisor: Mark Breakspear) Framestore (VFX Supervisor: Chris Lawrence) BUF (VFX Supervisors: Pierre Buffin and Geoffrey Niquet) MPC Milk VFX (V…
    - 2 days ago20 Jul 17, 1:00pm -
    Here is a new featurette about THE DARK TOWER: The VFX are made by: MPC RISE Visual Effects Studios Pixel Playground The Production VFX Supervisor is Nicolas Aithadi. Director: Nikolaj Arcel Release Date: 4 August 2017 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The A…
    - 2 days ago20 Jul 17, 10:00am -
  • OKJA: Erik-Jan de Boer – VFX Supervisor – Method Studios
    Erik-Jan de Boer began his career in the VFX at MPC in 1989. He then worked at Rushes before joining Rhythm & Hues in 1996 where he worked more than 16 years as an animation supervisor. In 2013 he won an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects f…
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:00pm -
    Here is the trailer for THE SHAPE OF WATER, the new movie by Guillermo del Toro: The VFX are made by: Mr. X The Production VFX Supervisor is Dennis Berardi. Director: Guillermo del Toro Release Date: 8 December 2017 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art…
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 3:00pm -
  • MERCEDES BENZ – First Of A New Kind: Making Of by Sehsucht
    German studio Sehsucht presents their work on this beautiful MERCEDES BENZ commercial: MERCEDES BENZ – First Of A New Kind WANT TO KNOW MORE? Sehsucht: Dedicated page about “Mercedes-Benz X-Class: First of a new kind” on Sehsucht website. CREDI…
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • animago AWARD 2017: the nominees
    The nominees for the animago AWARD 2017 have been announced. Congratulations to Pixomondo and Rodeo FX for their nominations! Here is the press release: Here are the nominees for the 2017 animago AWARDS / 962 Submissions from 58 Countries Munich, 14…
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 9:00am -


  • newHalon Previs War for the Planet of the Apes at Comic-Con
    Halon presents the PreVis and PostVis for War for the Planet of the Apes, done in UE4.
    - 11 hours ago21 Jul 17, 7:56pm -
  • The big and the ‘tiny’ of SIGGRAPH 2017. The insider’s guide
    The insider's guide to SIGGRAPH 2017 with Conference Chair Jerome Solomon.
    - 2 days ago20 Jul 17, 7:52am -
  • A Fortnite at Epic
    Exclusive Siggraph Preview: Strange things are afoot at the DurrrBurger, ...we talk to Directors and the team about their Fortnite UE4 short film. And do a deep dive in the Cool Tech of a real time rendering, animated short film.
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 4:52pm -
  • MeetMike
    Each day at SIGGRAPH Mike will meet industry legends from Pixar, Weta Digital, Magnopus, Disney Research, Epic Games and leading researchers from around the world in VR using new Digital Human Avatar technology.
    - 4 days ago17 Jul 17, 11:31pm -
  • Having a Pig of a Time
    Method Studios delivers beautifully crafted character animation and creature work for Netflix's Okja.
    - 4 days ago17 Jul 17, 8:00pm -
  • Spider-Man: by Sea and by Air
    We talk to Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks about their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and his two biggest battles.
    - 5 days ago17 Jul 17, 5:12am -
  • 69th Emmy Nominations
    The 69th Emmy Nominations have been announced
    - 9 days ago13 Jul 17, 3:52pm -
  • Making Mummy
    The Mummy re-animates to life thanks to companies such as MPC and ILM.
    - 10 days ago12 Jul 17, 2:40pm -
  • The complexity of re-colouring photos
    The science and art of re-colouring photographs. A deep dive into this craft with some excellent examples.
    - 10 days ago11 Jul 17, 9:29pm -
  • ILM Material X
    ILM takes MaterialX open source.
    - 11 days ago11 Jul 17, 4:15pm -
  • Autodesk’s Virtual Production Vision
    Virtual Production is a hot topic, we examine Autodesk's vision looking forward.
    - 12 days ago10 Jul 17, 11:56am -
  • RED Holographic (Lightfield?) Hydrogen Phone
    RED Cinema Android OS Hydrogen Phone has been announced.Firstly, we'll look at the facts and then we'll dive into what it might mean and ask if it can work?
    - 15 days ago6 Jul 17, 11:48pm -


  • Behind the boldness of Bad Ape
    Weta Digital had to tackle a new hilarious character for War for the Planet of the Apes in Steve Zahn’s Bad Ape. Here’s how they did it, over at VFX Voice.
    - 1 day ago20 Jul 17, 11:19pm -
  • The social (VFX) lives of Hollywood
    One of the toughest things about covering visual effects can be getting great VFX imagery to display with a story. There’s often a lengthy approvals process, and sometimes film and TV distributors just want to keep certain things under wraps. That…
    - 2 days ago19 Jul 17, 8:23pm -
  • From capture to creature: Weta Digital
    For Cartoon Brew, I ran down how Weta Digital takes the on-set performance capture and pushes it through different departments to produce ape animation. It’s an incredible, artistic and technical process. Hope you enjoy the read.
    - 3 days ago19 Jul 17, 12:42am -
  • Randal M. Dutra on ‘RoboCop’ and the stop-motion ED-209
    Recently on vfxblog, I was able to speak to former ILM animation supervisor Randal M. Dutra about his work on The Lost World: Jurassic Park for that’s film’s 20th anniversary. I invited Dutra back to talk about his stop-motion contributions to Ro…
    - 5 days ago17 Jul 17, 12:02pm -
  • Plane crazy
    Imageworks took on the visual effects for the final third act in Spider-Man: Homecoming, from the factory battle, to the plane fight and the beach confrontation. Here’s a look at how they did it, at Spark CG Society.
    - 6 days ago15 Jul 17, 10:18pm -
  • Scott Farrar on the legacy of ‘Transformers’
    I talked to ILM’s Scott Farrar about the history of the Transformers franchise, what some of the initial challenges were (their first bot designs didn’t work), and how that has changed leading up to Transformers: The Last Knight. Check it out at…
    - 8 days ago13 Jul 17, 8:11pm -
  • Visiting Weta Digital
    I had a chance to pop over to Wellington recently to chat to the team at Weta Digital on the new, and incredible, War for the Planet of the Apes. You’ll see some coverage coming out over the next few days, but here’s a hint at the first piece, f…
    - 9 days ago12 Jul 17, 11:15pm -
  • How one of the coolest shots in ‘Baby Driver’ was pulled off
    Last night in Sydney I got to watch Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver for a second time, and see a post-film Q&A hosted by director George Miller. The Q&A was fantastic, diving into Wright’s directing choices, musical influences and juicy details about…
    - 9 days ago12 Jul 17, 9:33pm -
  • How the beach scene in ‘Contact’ went down to the wire
    Yesterday I posted an interview with Contact’s visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston about his work on the film, which is now 20 years old. This included the incredible mirror shot, and for that high speed compositing supervisor Sheena Duggal also…
    - 10 days ago11 Jul 17, 7:46pm -
  • Behind the scenes of ‘Okja’
    I talked to Method Studios visual effects supervisor Erik De Boer about Okja – and how the team gave a personality to the CG super-pig. Check it out at Cartoon Brew.
    - 10 days ago11 Jul 17, 7:41pm -

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  • newNew Trailer & Poster: “The LEGO Ninjago Movie”
    Warner Bros. Pictures has premiered the new trailer and poster for “The LEGO Ninjago Movie,” the upcoming animated adventure based on the toyline. The story follows young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are…
    - 3 hours ago22 Jul 17, 4:01am -
  • new“Vikings” Fifth Season Trailer & Date Set
    HISTORY has announced a November 29th premiere date for the two-hour, fifth season premiere of its historical drama series “Vikings”. The date was announced during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this evening where an exclusive…
    - 3 hours ago22 Jul 17, 3:56am -
  • newCharlize Theron Guests On FOX’s “The Orville”
    In a surprise announcement, actress Charlize Theron will reunite with her “Million Ways to Die in the West” director and co-star Seth MacFarlane for a guest starring role on the sci-fi comedy series “The Orville”. The “Star Trek” spoof bo…
    - 3 hours ago22 Jul 17, 3:48am -
  • newComic Con 2017 Promo: “Marvel’s The Defenders”
    Following its panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con tonight, Netflix and Marvel Television have brought online the full trailer for its upcoming event series “Marvel’s The Defenders”. Following a screening of the entire first episode of the se…
    - 4 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:39am -
  • newComic Con 2017 Promo: “Game of Thrones”
    HBO has released the new Comic-Con trailer for the remaining episodes of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones”. The clip is mostly an extended trailer for this coming weekend’s second episode ‘Stormborn’ but offers glimpses at further epi…
    - 4 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:35am -
  • new“Middle-Earth” Game Trailer Teases Shelob
    Following its debut at a San Diego Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have released a new trailer for the upcoming “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” game. The trailer puts the focus on the infamous spider…
    - 4 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:34am -
  • newNew Season Trailers For “Walking Dead”
    Following their panels today at San Diego Comic Con, AMC have released the new trailers for the eighth season of “The Walking Dead” and the second half of the third season of “Fear the Walking Dead”. The former contains around five minutes of…
    - 5 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:24am -
  • newComic Con 2017 Promo: “Preacher”
    Following its panel at San Diego Comic-Con, AMC has released a new trailer for the remaining episodes of the second season of “Preacher” with a further teases of the villains Herr Starr and the Saint of Killers. The series follows a Texas preache…
    - 5 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:19am -
  • newBlumhouse To Produce “Spawn” Reboot
    Talk of a live-action “Spawn” reboot has been floating around in the two decades since the last time a shot at a big screen version was taken. The comic follows a slain marine who, following a deal with the Devil, is returned to Earth five years…
    - 5 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:16am -
  • newComic Con 2017 Promo: “The 100”
    The CW has unveiled a new San Diego Comic Con promo for the upcoming fifth season of “The 100” to premiere early next year. The fifth season will follow on directly from the fourth’s end, taking place six years after the world’s reactors have…
    - 5 hours ago22 Jul 17, 2:04am -
  • newX-Men Series “Gifted” Gets A Comic Con Trailer
    Following the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, FOX has released a new trailer for their “X-Men” spinoff series “The Gifted”. Bryan Singer helms the pilot episode of the show which follows two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker)…
    - 6 hours ago22 Jul 17, 1:23am -
  • Nolan Likes Idea Of Tom Hardy As Bond
    “Dunkirk” and “Inception” director Christopher Nolan recently indicated that if he were to direct an entry in the James Bond franchise, it would likely be when a new actor takes on the role as opposed to a returning Daniel Craig. Now, speakin…
    - 12 hours ago21 Jul 17, 6:30pm -

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  • VFX pro to testify for trade action on VFX subsidies in NAFTA renegotiations
    Update: You can donate to Eric here: Huge thanks to all of you who helped contribute to comments on NAFTA renegotiations. VFX professional Eric Rosenthal left a comment in the previous post that he might…
    - 24 days ago28 Jun 17, 8:15am -
  • The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) seeks comments on digital trade issues and potential remedies for NAFTA negotiations
    Statement from Daniel Lay, Co-Founder of the Association of Digital Artists, Professionals, and Technicians In 2013 Daniel Lay, the writer behind the industry blog VFX Soldier started ADAPT to help fund and direct a trade effort to curtail the use of…
    - 49 days ago3 Jun 17, 2:34am -
  • Soldier On Ron Thornton
    Hollywood Reporter: Ron Thornton, an Emmy-winning visual effects designer, supervisor and producer who worked on such shows as Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Voyager, has died. He was 59. Variety: Thornton is best known for bringing computer-generated imag…
    - 23 Nov 16, 7:29pm -
  • Guest Post: My Experience as a Female Artist in the VFX Industry
    Today is my last day in the visual effects industry. It’s an industry that I’ve spent nine years of my life completely dedicated to, so it’s a bitter sweet kind of day. My love for animation and film began at 4 years old, when I saw the Lion Ki…
    - 12 Oct 16, 6:08pm -
  • Veteran VFX Supe Ron Thornton Hospitalized
    I came across a post on Facebook by one of Ron Thornton’s friends that the veteran VFX supervisor has been hospitalized. While I don’t have all the information a gofundme page has been set up to help pay for medical expenses. If you can please he…
    - 16 Sep 16, 4:42am -
  • Will #Brexit Lead To A #VFXit?
    Tonight a majority UK voters chose to leave the European Union which as of this writing is leading to a meltdown in financial markets and wild drops in foreign currencies agains the US dollar. There’s been a bit of chatter amongst many in VFX as to…
    - 24 Jun 16, 6:43am -
  • Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animation
    Are people still reading this thing? Well, It’s been a year since I’ve posted on this blog and after the end of the ADAPT effort I took a long hiatus. As disappointed as I was, the post-VFX life has been great. New opportunities, I got a home, a…
    - 2 May 16, 5:43am -
  • Wikileaks Creates Searchable Database For Sony Leaks
    From the press release: Today, 16 April 2015, WikiLeaks publishes an analysis and search system for The Sony Archives: 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and 173,132 emails, to and from more than…
    - 16 Apr 15, 6:16pm -
  • Why The VES Should Recognize Scott Ross For VES Fellow
    The other day I got an email from the VES asking members to suggest nominees for title of VES Fellow: The Visual Effects Society is asking for your suggestions for nominees for title of VES Fellow, which is a member who has maintained an outstanding…
    - 14 Apr 15, 8:41pm -
  • Quebec Government Says Bon Voyage To Film Subsidies
    I haven’t posted much on this blog but some recent news caught my eye: Last week’s Godbout Commission report sent shivers up the spines of Quebec’s film and television production industry. The Quebec Taxation Review Committee, chaired by econom…
    - 23 Mar 15, 10:57pm -