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    New trailer for GOOSEBUMPS: The VFX are made by: MPC (VFX Supervisors : Pete Dionne & Robert Winter) The Production VFX Supervisor is Erik Nordby Director: Rob Letterman Release Date: 16 October 2015 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
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  • newENTRE AMIS: VFX Breakdown
    Really nice water simulations work by CGEV in this VFX breakdown for ENTRE AMIS: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
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  • newVIEW Conference 2015: ILM and Imageworks
    Excellent news! VIEW Conference will welcome more great VFX speakers! Daniel Kramer, VFX Supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, will talk about PIXELS. The team of Industrial Light & Magic will have two conferences, one about the 40 years of the stu…
    - 10 hours ago3 Sep 15, 11:30am -
  • newOUTCAST: VFX Breakdown by MELS
    MELS (formerly known as Vision Globale) have published this nice VFX breakdown of their work on OUTCAST: WANT TO KNOW MORE? MELS: Dedicated page about OUTCAST on MELS website. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 12 hours ago3 Sep 15, 9:31am -
  • HALO 5: GUARDIANS Opening Cinematic
    Impressive opening CG cinematic created by Axis Animation for HALO 5 – GUARDIANS: WANT TO KNOW MORE? Axis Animation: Official website of Axis Animation. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
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    Brand new trailer for MACBETH: The VFX are made by: BlueBolt (VFX Supervisor : Rupert Davies) Director: Justin Kurzel Release Date: 2 October 2015 (UK) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
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  • GAME OF THRONES: Drogon animation by Rhythm & Hues
    In this new making of, Rhythm & Hues talks about Drogon animation for GAME OF THRONES: WANT TO KNOW MORE? Rhythm & Hues: Dedicated page about GAME OF THRONES on Rhythm & Hues. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 2 days ago2 Sep 15, 7:17am -
    Here is a sneak peek for THE 5TH WAVE: The VFX are made by: Clearcut FX (VFX Supervsior: Christian Boudman) The Embassy FX (VFX Supervisor: Winston Helgason) Mammal Studios (VFX Supervisor : Gregory D. Liegey) Method Studios (VFX Supervisor: Sue Rowe…
    - 2 days ago1 Sep 15, 5:00pm -
    Really cool CG trailer for SUPERNOVA created by Axis Animation: WANT TO KNOW MORE? Axis Animation: Dedicated page about SUPERNOVA on Axis Animation website. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
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  • OASIS “Fruit Race”: Making Of
    Mathematic have just published this cool making of about their work on OASIS “Fruit Race”: OASIS “Fruit Race” © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 2 days ago1 Sep 15, 11:00am -



  • Fancy a miniature for your mantelpiece?
    Propstore is hosting an entertainment memorabilia auction on 23 September. Amongst the many props, replicas, wardrobe items and movie history are several effects miniatures and VFX pieces. One item I love is this Martian Giant Robot CGI Texture Refer…
    - 7 days ago28 Aug 15, 6:00am -
  • Thrill of the chase – The Man From U.N.C.L.E
    The Man From U.N.C.L.E. offers up some great action scenes, and plenty of seamless visual effects work thanks to overall supe Richard Bain and teams at RiseFX, Cinesite and BlueBolt. I found out how three of the best chase scenes in the film were mad…
    - 7 days ago28 Aug 15, 5:52am -
  • Trojan Horse Was a Unicorn – what is that?
    That’s what I said to myself the first couple of times I heard about this seemingly obscure art/design/vfx conference in Portugal. But now about to hit its third year, Trojan Horse has in fact become one of the most sort out events of the year. In…
    - 8 days ago27 Aug 15, 3:41am -
  • Masters of FX: How the BAT from Dark Knight Rises was made
    In my new book Masters of FX I profile 16 of the world’s best effects supervisors. One of the greats is special effects supe Chris Corbould, a veteran of the Bond franchise and Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy and Inception. Chris had worked on…
    - 13 days ago22 Aug 15, 12:41am -
  • How one VFX artist made these 3 minutes of madness
    Visual effects artist Alf Lovvold has made an incredible CG short pretty much on his own and rendering it all on the GPU. I asked him about the process. Includes some neat befores and afters and videos.
    - 15 days ago20 Aug 15, 4:14am -
  • Masters of FX, the book!
    Focal Press and Ilex will be publishing my first book, Masters of FX, in August. This 192 page book, which includes forewords by director James Cameron and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, features interviews with 16 of the world’s best visual effe…
    - 19 days ago16 Aug 15, 8:27am -
  • fxphd – post SIGGRAPH special
    Most people will know I work for fxguide, but you might not know about fxguide’s sister company fxphd which offers visual effects training. The concept is: online video tutorials and access to the people (vfx industry pros) via forums and discussio…
    - 19 days ago16 Aug 15, 8:27am -
  • fxguide SIGGRAPH 2015 coverage
    If you didn’t make it SIGGRAPH this year, don’t despair because the guys from fxguide have daily reports and an fxguidetv ep to share. Almost too much to mention, but the highlights seemed to OTOY, Pixar’s User Group and the many VFX production…
    - 19 days ago16 Aug 15, 8:26am -
  • Witcher 3 cinematic success
    Sometimes you never know which stories will be popular on fxguide. I talked to Digic Pictures about their great Witcher 3 cinematic, and they provided us with an insane amount of breakdown pics and videos. The result was a lot of reads – love the d…
    - 19 days ago16 Aug 15, 8:23am -
  • Game of Thrones – season 5’s VFX
    My two favourite GOT eps this season were Hardhome and The Dance of Dragons, which also just happened to be the ones I could speak to HBO’s visual effects team about. Mike Seymour also presented a new WIRED DesignFX video on Rhythm & Hues’ great…
    - 19 days ago16 Aug 15, 8:22am -

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  • new"Spectre" Gets A Spooky Poster
    The artwork for the Daniel Craig-era of the James Bond film series has usually been pretty simple and clean, the previous one was simply the man himself in a blue tuxedo on the ground firing his gun - it was iconic and highly memorable.That makes t…
    - 7 hours ago3 Sep 15, 2:34pm -
  • newFukunaga Gets Frank About "It" Departure
    One of the saddest pieces of entertainment news to report this year was the departure of "True Detective: Season One" and "Jane Eyre" director Cary Fukunaga from the upcoming two-film adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel "It".Fukunaga came on…
    - 7 hours ago3 Sep 15, 2:32pm -
  • newFilming Wraps On "The X-Files" Revival
    The upcoming six-episode event series revival of "The X-Files" on Fox is wrapping production after three months of filming in Vancouver.YVR says actor David Duchovny finished his scenes last night and there remains just one more overnight shoot lef…
    - 7 hours ago3 Sep 15, 2:31pm -
  • newMiller, Skrein Talk Flash & Ajax Costumes
    Actors Ezra Miller and Ed Skrein have spoken this week about the superhero costumes they'll be sporting in upcoming tentpole films.Miller is playing DC Comics hero The Flash in several DC Cinematic Universe films with the character rumored to be ma…
    - 7 hours ago3 Sep 15, 2:29pm -
  • newNetflix Renews "Narcos" For A Second Season
    Netflix has officially renewed its Pablo Escobar-themed drug drama "Narcos" for a second season. Wagner Moura plays the Medellin Cartel head in the series which premiered on the service on August 28th and has so far received very good reviews. Sc…
    - 7 hours ago3 Sep 15, 2:23pm -
  • new"Force Awakens" New Toys & Banner Unveiled
    With the last of the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" related toys currently being unveiled to the public online, Disney and Lucasfilm have also released a new poster for the J.J. Abrams-directed film which blends a previously released still and an Emp…
    - 8 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:55pm -
  • newHulk WAS In "Civil War" But Not Anymore?
    Though he has been rumored for the movie, and actor Mark Ruffalo has been spotted hanging around the same locales as the production crew, no-one has officially acknowledged or been seriously able to confirm if The Hulk will make an appearance in next…
    - 9 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:40pm -
  • newIdris Elba Talks Those James Bond Rumors
    In the wake of Daniel Craig's comments to Esquire this week suggesting a present reluctance to return to the role of James Bond for a fifth outing (though he's under contract), talk of another actor to take over the role has surged this week with nam…
    - 9 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:39pm -
  • newEmma Thompson Not A "Spider-Man" Fan
    The always fun Emma Thompson has weighed in on the debate over "superhero fatigue," an ongoing debate that has this week seen the likes of Steven Spielberg offering his thoughts.In a new interview with Vulture, Thompson was asked about the superher…
    - 9 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:36pm -
  • newSimone Missick To Play Missy In "Luke Cage"
    Simone Missick has scored the younger female lead role in Netflix's Marvel series "Luke Cage". Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson and Theo Rossi also star in this third of Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. Missick will play Missy,…
    - 9 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:35pm -
  • newDan Radcliffe In "Gamechangers" Trailer
    The first trailer has arrived for "The Gamechangers," the Daniel Radcliffe-led upcoming BBC telemovie about a legal battle over the biggest franchise in video gaming - "Grand Theft Auto". "The Gamechangers" will debut on BBC Two on September 15th.…
    - 9 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:34pm -
  • new"Goosebumps" Sequel Already In The Works
    Sony Pictures is already in the process of developing a sequel to the yet to be released film version of R.L. Stine's beloved "Goosebumps" novels according to The Tracking Board.The first family horror-comedy film hits cinemas mid-October and stars…
    - 9 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:33pm -


  • newNew Spectre Poster Lands
    Look out for that skull, 007!Fashion lore across the pond runs that it’s unacceptable to wear white after Labor Day, which falls on September 7 this year. So here comes Daniel Craig's Bond, sneaking in before the deadline in the new poster for Spe…
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  • newMark Ruffalo Says The Hulk Was Cut From Captain America: Civil War
    No room for a Brucie bonus after a script changeGiven how many characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe show up in Captain America: Civil War, it’s perhaps not that surprising there was little room left for one of the biggest. According to Mar…
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  • newGerard Butler Finds The Headhunter's Calling
    Business whizz meets personal crisisTaking a break from his run of guns and gung-ho action thrillers and dramas, Gerard Butler is tackling something a little more low-key. He’s signed on to star in The Headhunter’s Calling. Though it sounds like…
    - 5 hours ago3 Sep 15, 4:11pm -
  • newNew Trailer For The Lobster Simmers Online
    Colin Farrell makes an excellent choiceRecently following tortuous clues on TV as a True Detective, Colin Farrell also has an equally strange but slightly lighter movie incoming. He stars in Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster, as a man…
    - 8 hours ago3 Sep 15, 1:36pm -
  • Edward Ashley Heads For The Lost City Of Z
    Joining his In The Heart Of The Sea co-star Tom HollandRecently keeping afloat in Ron Howard's In The Heart Of The Sea, Edward Ashley will be following his shipmate Tom Holland to his next project. He's just joined James Gray's historical adventure T…
    - 12 hours ago3 Sep 15, 8:58am -
  • Scott Cooper In Talks To Direct American Wolf
    Leonardo DiCaprio wants him to tackle the story of a hunter and his accidental actHis latest film, real-life mobster drama Black Mass, brings us a terrifying Johnny Depp. But director Scott Cooper is now being courted to tackle a story that also feat…
    - 13 hours ago3 Sep 15, 8:27am -
  • Cary Fukunaga Explains His Exit From It
    'We didn't want to make the same movie...'Having delivered the masterful first season of True Detective and completed his hotly anticipated Beasts Of No Nation, Cary Fukunaga's next project was, for a time, set to be a two-film adaptation of Stephen…
    - 13 hours ago3 Sep 15, 8:11am -
  • Theo Rossi Cast In Marvel/Netflix's Luke Cage
    Sons Of Anarchy actor may be ShadesHe spent years with the tough bikers of Sons Of Anarchy as Juan Carlos “Juice” Ortiz, so Theo Rossi should fit right in with the hard-bitten world of Hell’s Kitchen that has being cooked up by the likes of Dar…
    - 20 hours ago3 Sep 15, 1:13am -
  • Cate Blanchett Will Be Lucille Ball
    In a new biopic written by Aaron SorkinHere’s an enticing prospect: Cate Blanchett starring as Lucille Ball? It could happen, as production company Escape Artists is looking to put together a biopic package that includes Blanchett starring as the e…
    - 20 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:58am -
  • Pilou Asbæk Will Be Game Of Thrones' Euron Greyjoy
    The Danish actor will appear in season sixAs Game Of Thrones’ TV adaptation ventures into somewhat uncharted territory for its sixth season, more cast members are being added. But the show isn’t straying completely away from the books, and one ch…
    - 21 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:42am -
  • Uzo Aduba Joins American Pastoral
    David Strathairn and more also aboard Ewan Mcgregor's filmWith Ewan McGregor busy preparing to make the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral as his directorial debut, he’s adding more cast members to the ensemble. In his latest round of hires,…
    - 21 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:42am -
  • Ansel Elgort Finds Code Name Veil
    Starring in the CIA dramaThough he’s more often been found in the teen-targeting titles such as the Divergent series and The Fault In Our Stars, Ansel Elgort is switching things up with a variety of projects. He’s now attached to star in CIA dram…
    - 21 hours ago3 Sep 15, 12:42am -

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  • 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 -
  • Francis L. Camacho Memorial Fund
    VFX artist Francis L. Camacho recently passed away in Montreal. His family has created a memorial fund that you can donate to.–X00.facebook While I didn’…
    - 10 Feb 15, 9:30pm -
  • VFX Artists Pen Piece Claiming Industry Discriminates Against Women
    TechCrunch posted an article by VFX artists Sonya Teich and Raqi Syed entitled Visual Effects: The Gender Bias Behind The Screen. The authors present a case that the reason for the low participation rate of women in the visual effects industry and…
    - 4 Feb 15, 11:10am -
  • The Irony As DreamWorks Closes PDI & Sheds 500 Jobs
    In the same week that ADAPT announced an end to its legal effort, DreamWorks Animation announced the closure of PDI and the shedding of 500 jobs. Sad news and you could cut the irony with a knife. ADAPT’s legal effort to mitigate the use of subsidi…
    - 23 Jan 15, 4:47am -
  • ADAPT Legal Effort On Subsidies Ends
    For the past year, Scott Ross and I (Daniel Lay), as well as others that cannot be named, have been lobbying the Visual Effects industry along with others to support the formation of ADAPT, a trade organization as well as a legal case that would pena…
    - 19 Jan 15, 8:48pm -
  • Keep Digging
    I was contacted by some in the media. The reporter admitted they lack the technical abilities which many of you VFX pros have to actually find out what’s out there in the Sony hack. This made me realize something: VFX pros are the only ones in the…
    - 6 Dec 14, 8:24pm -
  • Sony Hack Reveals Croner VFX Animation & Games Industry Wages
    Yesterday 25GB of data in the sony hack was made available for download. The data unfortunately contains extremely sensitive and personal information. If you worked at Sony it’s pretty safe to say your private information including your ssn have b…
    - 4 Dec 14, 6:08am -
  • Sony Hack May Reveal Sensitive Imageworks VFX Info
    Just arrived back to the US after a trip to Australia and as many of you know, there was quite a big story concerning a data security breach at Sony Pictures. A text file was released containing a huge list of names of file the hackers claimed to…
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