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  • Mr. X Showreel 2016
    Brand new showreel by Mr. X featuring their VFX work on BEN-HUR, CRIMSON PEAK, VIKINGS, PENNY DREADFUL and many more: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post Mr. X Showreel 2016 appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 1 day ago26 Aug 16, 2:00pm -
  • GHOSTBUSTERS: VFX Breakdown by Iloura
    Iloura have released this VFX breakdown about their work on GHOSTBUSTERS: WANT TO KNOW MORE? Iloura: Dedicated page about GHOSTBUSTERS on Iloura website. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post GHOSTBUSTERS: VFX Breakdown by Iloura appea…
    - 1 day ago26 Aug 16, 8:00am -
  • SUICIDE SQUAD: Mark Breakspear – VFX Supervisor – Sony Pictures Imageworks
    After explaining to us about the work of Method Studios on THE GIVER in 2014, Mark Breakspear joined Sony Pictures Imageworks. He handled the visual effects of AMERICAN SNIPER and then SUICIDE SQUAD.The post SUICIDE SQUAD: Mark Breakspear – VFX Su…
    - 2 days ago25 Aug 16, 2:00pm -
  • FEARLESS: Opening Title by The Mill
    Beautiful opening title created by The Mill for Netflix’s FEARLESS: WANT TO KNOW MORE? The Mill: Dedicated page about FEARLESS on The Mill website. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post FEARLESS: Opening Title by The Mill appeared fi…
    - 3 days ago24 Aug 16, 9:00am -
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY – RESURGENCE: Matt Aitken – VFX Supervisor – Weta Digital
    In 2011, Matt Aitken explained to us the work of Weta Digital on THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN. He then supervised the visual effects of IRON MAN 3 and the trilogy of THE HOBBIT.The post INDEPENDENCE DAY – RESURGENCE: Matt Aitken – VFX Supervisor –…
    - 4 days ago23 Aug 16, 2:00pm -
  • animago AWARD: and the nominees are…
    The nominees for the animago AWARD have been announced! For the Best Visual Effects, the nominees are: Captain America – Civil War – RISE | Visual Effects Studios – Germany The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – RISE | Visual Effects Studios – Germany G…
    - 4 days ago23 Aug 16, 9:26am -
  • GUARDIANS (Zashchitniki)
    Excellent new trailer for GUARDIANS (Zashchitniki) with tons of VFX shots: The VFX are made by: Argunov Studio Director: Sarik Andreasyan Release Date: December 2016 (Russia) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015The post GUARDIANS (Zashchitnik…
    - 4 days ago23 Aug 16, 9:00am -
  • THE LEGEND OF TARZAN: François Dumoulin – VFX Supervisor – Rodeo FX
    Last year, Francois Dumoulin talked to us about the work of Rodeo FX on FANTASTIC FOUR. He then worked on IN THE HEART OF THE SEA. After THE LEGEND OF TARZAN which he explains his work today, he is now working on VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND P…
    - 5 days ago22 Aug 16, 2:00pm -
  • Sony Pictures Imageworks – 2016 Sizzle Reel
    New showreel by Sony Pictures Imageworks featuring their VFX work on SUICIDE SQUAD, GHOSTBUSTERS, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and many more: WANT TO KNOW MORE? ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: My interview of Jay Redd, VFX Supervisor. GUARDIANS O…
    - 5 days ago22 Aug 16, 9:56am -
    Beautiful pictures in this trailer of VOYAGE OF TIME by Terrence Malick: The VFX are made by: Locktix Method Studios One Of Us Director: Terrence Malick Release Date: 7 October 2016 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post VOYAGE OF…
    - 6 days ago21 Aug 16, 11:00am -



  • Going back to the early days of Weta
    It must have been an amazing time at Weta in the mid-90s. Here’s a piece I wrote for One Perfect Shot which looks at the making of The Frighteners with vfx supe Wes Takahashi, who got brought in from ILM to help Weta finish making the film. He and…
    - 2 days ago25 Aug 16, 10:21pm -
  • Seeing more
    It isn’t that long ago that the visual effects and animation industries were concentrated mostly in Los Angeles. For lots of reasons (ask me again sometime) the work is now spread throughout the globe. One outcome of this ‘globalisation’ of VFX…
    - 2 days ago25 Aug 16, 5:39am -
  • OK, what is this Megascans thing?
    A few months ago I started hearing about Swedish company Quixel’s Megascans and that it had been used by MPC on The Jungle Book for some of the intricate plant and jungle life textures on that film. But it was still unclear exactly what Megascans,…
    - 4 days ago23 Aug 16, 8:17pm -
  • Houdini. So hot right now
    SideFX asked me to find out what visual effects and animation studios were looking for in Houdini artists, and where they can learn more about the software, which I have to say is on something of a hot streak right now.
    - 5 days ago23 Aug 16, 12:14am -
  • Stop. Stop-motion.
    Laika’s work on Kubo was just incredible, and although it hasn’t been a huge success, it showed off the magic that still exists in stop-motion animation. So I took at look at some present and previous innovations in the field, for Inverse.
    - 5 days ago23 Aug 16, 12:11am -
  • From 20 years ago, Dr. Moreau
    This week will be the 20th anniversary of the release of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), a film plagued with problems. The original director Richard Stanley was replaced by John Frankenheimer, who then faced dealing with the eccentric stars Marlon B…
    - 5 days ago22 Aug 16, 7:04am -
  • ‘It seemed insane, so of course, we did it’
    That’s how Laika vfx supervisor Steve Emerson described the making and stop motion animation of the 16-ft Giant Skeleton for Kubo and the Two Strings. Check out my Cartoon Brew breakdown of how they did it.
    - 7 days ago21 Aug 16, 12:23am -
  • VFX_on_DVD: Warcraft
    There’s a couple of big films released recently that I think are going to have great Bluray and DVD releases. One of them is Warcraft, partly because of the opportunity to see some of the extensive art direction, production and visual effects that…
    - 8 days ago20 Aug 16, 4:31am -
  • The stuff you see at SIGGRAPH often becomes real tools one day
    Hoping this StyLit research, which I wrote about at Cartoon Brew, will do exactly that.
    - 10 days ago17 Aug 16, 9:19pm -
  • Facial tracking and AR about to get even more friendly
    I noticed researcher Hao Li was behind a new startup called Pinscreen which seemed to be doing some mysterious face tracking and AR app. So I talked to him about it for Inverse.
    - 11 days ago16 Aug 16, 9:09pm -

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  • “Thor” Set Pics Reveal A Mysterious New Face
    Though they were decked out in civilian garb for the first few days, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have been back in their regular Thor and Loki costumes in the past day or two whilst filming scenes in a cordoned off street on the set of “Thor…
    - 14 hours ago27 Aug 16, 3:14am -
  • Another Villain Coming To “Doctor Strange”?
    Earlier this week came the news that “Community” and “Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon had been hired to write some additional last-minute scenes for the “Doctor Strange” film which were shot recently. Now it appears that Harmon himself…
    - 15 hours ago27 Aug 16, 2:03am -
  • “Avengers” Helmer Raves About “Homecoming”
    More quotes keep coming from recent press interviews with Anthony and Joe Russo, the filmmakers behind “Captain America: Civil War” and the pair assigned to helm the highly anticipated “Avengers: Infinity War” saga. Right now the pair are in…
    - 18 hours ago26 Aug 16, 11:08pm -
  • James Gunn Explains That “Guardians” Art
    Filmmaker James Gunn has revealed that Star-Lord and his crew of alien misfits will take on an Abilisk in the upcoming Marvel Studios film “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”. During a Facebook Q&A, Gunn explained the circumstances behind the concep…
    - 18 hours ago26 Aug 16, 11:00pm -
  • “Gotham” Producer Not A TV Superhero Fan

    - 18 hours ago26 Aug 16, 10:59pm -
  • “Don’t Breathe” Reviews & Box-Office Look Great
    Sony’s horror thriller “Don’t Breathe” is looking to beat expectations this weekend with a gross of around $20 million, a very healthy sum for a film that cost less than $10 million to make. The film has already taken in $1.9 million in Thurs…
    - 19 hours ago26 Aug 16, 10:04pm -
  • Pasqualino, Laviscount To Lead “Snatch” Series
    Following his leading turn in “The Musketeers” series on BBC, Luke Pasqualino (“Skins,” “Snowpiercer”) has scored the lead role in the upcoming “Snatch” TV series currently in development for Sony’s streaming network Crackle. Lucien…
    - 19 hours ago26 Aug 16, 10:01pm -
  • Tom Holland Returns For “Rock Paper Dead”
    Tom Holland, not the young actor who plays the new Spider-Man but the famed horror film writer/director, is returning behind the camera for the new feature “Rock Paper Dead”. Holland first broke out in the mid-1980s as the writer of cult films li…
    - 19 hours ago26 Aug 16, 9:59pm -
  • Elizabeth Olsen Joins Road Trip Tale “Kodachrome”
    Elizabeth Olsen (“Avengers: Age of Ultron”) is set to join Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis in Mark Raso’s upcoming road trip drama “Kodachrome” at The Solution Entertainment Group and Motion Picture Capital. Jonathan Tropper’s script follows…
    - 19 hours ago26 Aug 16, 9:57pm -
  • 3D “Jason Bourne” Making Filmgoers Sick
    One of the very first lessons learned by filmmakers at the start of the modern wave of 3D features was that filming techniques such as handheld ‘shaky cam’ and quick cut editing should not be used because it would often result in audience members…
    - 22 hours ago26 Aug 16, 7:16pm -
  • VOTD: “Rogue Binks: A Star Wars Story”
    Following on from the much shared “Star Wars: The Binks Awakens,” the same team at Murdock Motion is back with a parody take on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. Gone is Jyn Erso, Jar Jar Binks is in her place and on a mission to retrieve the p…
    - 22 hours ago26 Aug 16, 7:03pm -
  • Harmony Korine To Helm Controversial “Tampa”
    Following his most talked about film yet with “Spring Breakers” and that Rihanna ‘Needed Me’ video, filmmaker Harmony Korine is getting back behind the camera for at least two new features. During a Q&A at the Miami Beach Cinematheque last ni…
    - 22 hours ago26 Aug 16, 6:54pm -


  • Natalie Dormer Finds New Thriller In Darkness
    She's co-written and will star in the tale of violence and vengeanceUsually to be found trying to finagle her way into power on Game Of Thrones, Natalie Dormer is working on something different for her next film, In Darkness.She’s co-written the s…
    - 29 Oct 15, 6:33pm -
  • Allison Janney Joins The Girl On The Train
    Playing a police detectiveEmily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux are already all aboard, but The Girl On The Train is still accepting more passengers. Allison Janney is the latest to join the ensemble cast for Tat…
    - 29 Oct 15, 10:37am -
  • Kristen Stewart And Chloe Sevigny Circling Lizzie Borden Biopic
    It's a trick - get an axe!Played just this year and last in a pair of campy Christina Ricci movies for the Lifetime Channel, famous axe murderer Lizzie Borden is also heading to the cinema screen in yet another project. Belgian director Pieter Van H…
    - 29 Oct 15, 10:37am -
  • Kristen Stewart And Chole Sevigny Circling LIzzie Borden Biopic
    It's a trick - get an axe!Played just this year and last in a pair of campy Christina Ricci movies for the Lifetime Channel, famous axe murderer Lizzie Borden is also heading to the cinema screen in yet another project. Belgian director Pieter Van H…
    - 29 Oct 15, 10:07am -
  • Empire Issue Preview: The Revenant, The Hunger Games and Oscars 2016
    The new issue hits newsstandsThis month's new issue sees Empire braving the spaces between Arkham Asylum's walls to get up close and personal with the supervillains from David Ayer's hotly-anticipated Suicide Squad. From Jared Leto's Joker to Will Sm…
    - 29 Oct 15, 10:07am -
  • New Look At Suicide Squad's Killer Croc
    And Amanda Waller takes a sinister bowWorld meet the Suicide Squad, Suicide Squad meet... okay, never mind. Empire’s December issue debuts some of the most twisted, antisocial bunch of psychopaths we've ever run into - to paraphrase Ralph Meeker in…
    - 29 Oct 15, 9:51am -
  • Oldboy's Pom Klementieff Cast In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    She's been hired for a mystery roleWriter/director James Gunn is in Atlanta preparing to start shooting the next Guardians Of The Galaxy. While we might expect to learn a lot of casting information from him via Facebook, the first piece has actually…
    - 29 Oct 15, 12:06am -
  • New Trailer For The Night Before
    Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get christ-mashedIt’s nearly November, so you’re in a Christmas mood, right? Even if not, you might be prepared to see the new – ish, there’s not a load of fresh footage – promo for Seth Rogen’s new sea…
    - 28 Oct 15, 11:51pm -
  • Peter Sarsgaard To Play Robert Kennedy In Jackie
    Starring opposite Natalie PortmanWe learned back in May of this year that Natalie Portman would be playing Jackie Kennedy in Jackie. Now we also know that Peter Sarsgaard is joining the film as Robert Kennedy.Jackie chronicles the four days in Kenne…
    - 28 Oct 15, 11:35pm -
  • Ash Vs. Evil Dead Scores A Second Season
    Before the first episode even arrivesAs Ash himself might say, “Groovy.” Mere days before it's set to premiere in the United States and a few other countries, Evil Dead TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been renewed for a second season by American…
    - 28 Oct 15, 11:35pm -
  • Michelle Rodriguez Starring In Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale
    Sigourney Weaver will be a knife-happy surgeonWalter Hill is tackling gender reassignment themes in his next film, albeit in the guise of an action thriller. Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver are on board to star in Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale…
    - 28 Oct 15, 5:56pm -
  • Exclusive: First Look At Will Smith’s Suicide Squad Cover
    Deadshot comes aliveDeadshot is the new American Sniper. Kinda. Will Smith’s troubled assassin is a marksman whose deadly aim is put into the service of Suicide Squad in David Ayer’s new comic-book movie, but a jutting-jawed patriot this guy emph…
    - 28 Oct 15, 5:56pm -

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  • 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…
    - 64 days ago24 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 -
  • 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…
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