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    5min trailer for INDEPENDENCE DAY – RESURGENCE: The VFX are made by: Cinesite Image Engine (VFX Supervisor : Martyn ‘Moose’ Culpitt) MPC (VFX Supervisor : Sue Rowe) Scanline VFX Trixter Uncharted Territory LUXX Studios Weta Digital The Producti…
    - 23 hours ago23 May 16, 3:00pm -
    Here is a teaser trailer for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: The VFX are made by: Digital Domain Framestore Director: Bill Condon Release Date: 17 March 2017 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post BEAUTY AND THE BEAST appeared first on The…
    - 1 day ago23 May 16, 1:07pm -
    New trailer for NINE LIVES: The VFX are made by: Effetti Digitali Italiani (VFX Supervisor: Gaia Bussolati) Method Studios (VFX Supervisor: Erik De Boer) Rodeo FX (VFX Supervisor: Patrick David) The Production VFX Supervisor is Craig Hayes and the Pr…
    - 2 days ago22 May 16, 7:00am -
    Excellent new trailer for STAR TREK BEYOND: The VFX are made by: Atomic Fiction (VFX Supervisor : Kevin Baillie) Double Negative (VFX Supervisor : Sean Stranks) Kelvin Optical (VFX Supervisor : Pauline Duvall) The Production VFX Supervisor is Peter C…
    - 3 days ago21 May 16, 12:00pm -
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR: Vincent Cirelli – VFX Supervisor – Luma Pictures
    Vincent Cirelli worked on many Marvel productions. In 2014, he talked to us about the Luma Pictures work on THOR: THE DARK WORLD. Then he worked on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN. He also oversaw the effects of IN THE HE…
    - 6 days ago18 May 16, 2:00pm -
  • DEADPOOL: VFX Breakdown by Image Engine
    Have a look at this VFX breakdown by Image Engine about their work on DEADPOOL: WANT TO KNOW MORE? Image Engine: Dedicated page about DEADPOOL on Image Engine website. © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post DEADPOOL: VFX Breakdown by Im…
    - 6 days ago18 May 16, 11:00am -
    Tons of new VFX shots in this featurette for WARCRAFT: The VFX are made by: Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor: Jeff White) Hybride (VFX Supervisor: Joseph Kasparian) Rodeo FX (VFX Supervisor: Arnaud Brisebois) The Production VFX Supervisor is…
    - 6 days ago18 May 16, 5:00am -
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR: Florian Gellinger – VFX Supervisor – Rise FX
    Last year, Florian Gellinger had explained to us the work on Rise FX on THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. He then worked on HITMAN: AGENT 47 and MANIFESTO. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CIVIL WAR is his second collaboration with the Russo brothers.The post CAPTAIN AME…
    - 7 days ago17 May 16, 2:00pm -
  • Image Engine – Showreel 2016
    Brand new showreel by Image Engine featuring their work on JURASSIC WORLD, POINT BREAK, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, CHAPPIE and many more: WANT TO KNOW MORE? CHILD 44: My interview of Bernhard Kimbacher, Compositing Supervisor. CHAPPIE: My intervie…
    - 7 days ago17 May 16, 10:57am -
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA – CIVIL WAR: Russell Earl – VFX Supervisor – Industrial Light & Magic
    In 2014, Russell Earl had explained to us the work of ILM on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. He then worked on another Marvel movie, ANT-MAN. Today, he talks about his new collaboration with the Russo brothers on CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR.The…
    - 8 days ago16 May 16, 3:00pm -



  • Translating ‘Angry Birds’ from app to film
    Here’s a new story in Cartoon Brew which looks at Imageworks’ animation for Angry Birds – a tough film to make to keep the characters simple and play homage to the mobile game app.
    - 14 hours ago23 May 16, 11:45pm -
  • ‘Mission: Impossible’: ILM’s pioneering vfx 20 years on
    1996 really was a big year in film releases and in vfx break-throughs. Mission: Impossible might not necessarily be thought of as a vfx blockbuster in the same vein as Twister or Independence Day from that year, but in many ways it ushered in se…
    - 1 day ago23 May 16, 5:40am -
  • How animators kept ‘Jungle Book’ real
    I explored with MPC how animators on The Jungle Book kept the animals real, in this piece for Cartoon Brew.
    - 2 days ago22 May 16, 10:45pm -
  • Simpsons live – what could go wrong?
    Here’s a tech piece at Cartoon Brew I wrote about the Simpsons live segment which utilised Adobe Character Animator and an extra keypad approach to adding animated elements.
    - 6 days ago18 May 16, 9:09pm -
  • Craving behind the scenes?
    Sometimes I will watch a film or see a game and really, really want to know what work went on behind the scenes. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have covered the film or game, sometimes there’s a great making of book. But often there isn’t. Enter…
    - 6 days ago18 May 16, 5:02am -
  • Top Gun turns 30
    It certainly doesn’t feel like it. Here’s a 2013 piece I wrote for fxguide on the film’s miniature jet effects and the stereo conversion for a cinema re-release.
    - 8 days ago17 May 16, 1:15am -
  • The Bare Necessities of VFX
    For One Perfect Shot, I took at look at how the VFX team from The Jungle Book made the Bare Necessities scene.
    - 11 days ago13 May 16, 10:35pm -
  • Fusion is free, and on Mac too
    For Cartoon Brew, I had a look behind Blackmagic Design’s release of Fusion compositing software for free and now for the Mac.
    - 13 days ago11 May 16, 11:36pm -
  • It’s been 20 years since ‘Twister’ brought us that flying cow
    How the visual effects of Twister started with a test and ended with a flying cow
    - 14 days ago10 May 16, 3:50am -
  • Inside Blur Studio
    For 3DArtist, I went behind the scenes of Blur Studio, famous for their cinematics work and the leadership of Deadpool director Tim Miller.
    - 15 days ago9 May 16, 2:16am -

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  • newJohn Carpenter To Produce "Halloween" Sequel
    For many years Dimension Films has been trying to get another "Halloween" film off the ground but ultimately in all that messing about, they lost the rights to the iconic horror series.Now, in an unexpected announcement at an event in Los Angeles t…
    - 9 hours ago24 May 16, 4:53am -
  • newGeoff Johns Explains His DC Films Role
    In the world of comics, no man is taking on more responsibility these days it seems than Geoff Johns. Already the CCO of DC Comics, a comic book retailer and writer, a TV writer and producer, and now the co-head of the newly formed DC Films division…
    - 9 hours ago24 May 16, 4:52am -
  • newNew Trailer: "Sing!"
    "Minions" creators Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released a new trailer for the animated feature "Sing" which hits cinemas on December 21st. The film boasts more than eighty-five hit songs and written and directed by Garth…
    - 9 hours ago24 May 16, 4:51am -
  • Trailer: McConaughey In "Free State of Jones"
    STX Entertainment has unveiled a new trailer for the Gary Ross-directed civil war drama "Free State of Jones". Matthew McConaughey leads the cast of this true story of a defiant Southern farmer named Newt Knight, who defected from the Confederacy an…
    - 14 hours ago24 May 16, 12:05am -
  • "Austin Powers 4" Still Under Consideration
    Almost fourteen years on from "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and talk of another film in Mike Myers' comedy series have varied between non-existent to mere rumblings. Jay Roach, out doing promotional rounds for the "All the Way" film which premiered…
    - 14 hours ago24 May 16, 12:04am -
  • What Villains Are Coming To "Gotham" S3?
    FOX hasn't been shy on introducing the rogue's gallery of villains to its Batman prequel series "Gotham" over the first two seasons, along with establishing their own baddies including Fish Mooney, Theo Galavan, and Jerome Valeska.Season one introd…
    - 14 hours ago24 May 16, 12:03am -
  • "Sausage Party" Promo Mocks Walt Disney
    Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have released a new promo video for the upcoming CG-animated R-rated comedy "Sausage Party". Seth Rogen, who co-writes and lends his voice to the film, stars in the promo which parodies the classic…
    - 14 hours ago24 May 16, 12:02am -
  • "Thrones" Star On Door Holding & Spoilers
    SPOILERS AHEAD FOR "GAME OF THRONES" EPISODE 6.05While there has been a few key revelations regarding "Game of Thrones" over the course of the season so far, it was last night's fifth episode and its revelations that have shaken the fanbase to thei…
    - 14 hours ago24 May 16, 12:01am -
  • Batman Interacts With Which "Squad" Members?
    Following his starring role in Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," Ben Affleck's take on Batman takes a backseat in the upcoming David Ayer "Suicide Squad" film - the character set to have a supporting part in the film of which the sp…
    - 20 hours ago23 May 16, 6:11pm -
  • "Black Panther" Supporting Characters Revealed?
    A potential casting call for Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther" film at Marvel Studios is floating around and lists both expected and unexpected new additions to the standalone feature film focusing on T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who was introduced in "C…
    - 20 hours ago23 May 16, 6:10pm -
  • Menzel Talks "Frozen" Elsa Girlfriend Campaign
    Several years on since the release of Disney's "Frozen" and a few fans have been taking their love of the franchise to an interesting place - creating a social media campaign with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend."Frozen" broke the mold, Elsa makin…
    - 20 hours ago23 May 16, 6:09pm -
  • Full CG Animated "Garfield" Film Coming
    Alcon Entertainment has secured exclusive rights to produce a new fully CG-animated feature based on the comic strip "Garfield" which would likely be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.The Garfield comic strip debuted in 1978 and follows a cynic…
    - 20 hours ago23 May 16, 6:08pm -


  • 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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  • 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…
    - 22 days ago2 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…
    - 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 -