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  • MAZE RUNNER – THE SCORCH TRIALS: Making of by Wired
    Really cool video by Wired about the work of Weta Digital on MAZE RUNNER – THE SCORCH TRIALS: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 70 days ago20 Sep 15, 3:42pm -
  • VFX Studios for VALERIAN
    Luc Besson have announced yesterday that Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic and Rodeo FX will create the VFX for his adaptation of VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS! © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 71 days ago19 Sep 15, 11:02pm -
  • GAME OF THRONES – SEASON 5: Making of by Pixomondo
    Really nice making of by Pixomondo about their Dragons work on Season 5 of GAME OF THRONES: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 72 days ago18 Sep 15, 1:37pm -
    More action and VFX shots in this new trailer for THE LAST WITCH HUNTER: The VFX are made by: Cinesite (VFX Supervisor : Stephane Paris) Image Engine (VFX Supervisor : Mathew Krentz) Luma Pictures (VFX Supervisor : Vincent Cirelli) Rodeo FX (VFX Supe…
    - 72 days ago18 Sep 15, 12:00pm -
    Second trailer for POINT BREAK with more extreme sports and VFX shots: The VFX are made by: Image Engine (VFX Supervisor : Andrew Chapman) Scanline VFX Spin VFX The Production VFX Supervisor is John Nelson. Director: Ericson Core Release Date: 25 Dec…
    - 73 days ago17 Sep 15, 11:00am -
    Brand new trailer for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA with many new VFX shots: The VFX are made by: Double Negative (VFX Supervisor : Sean Stranks) Rodeo FX (VFX Supervisor : François Dumoulin) Luma Pictures (VFX Supervisor : Vincent Cirelli) Scanline VFX (…
    - 74 days ago16 Sep 15, 9:00am -
    New trailer for THE HUNGER GAMES – MOCKINGJAY PART 2 based on Prim: The VFX are made by: Double Negative (VFX Supervisor : Adrian de Wet) MPC (VFX Supervisor : David Seager) The Embassy (VFX Supervisor : Winston Helgason) Lola VFX The Production VF…
    - 74 days ago16 Sep 15, 7:00am -
    Here is a first teaser for THE DIVERGENT SERIES: ALLEGIANT: The VFX are made by: Luma Pictures The Production VFX Supervisor is Stefen Fangmeier. Director: Robert Schwentke Release Date: 18 March 2016 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2015
    - 75 days ago15 Sep 15, 8:15pm -
  • Mr X Updated Showreel 2015
    Mr X have updated their reel with more shows and with their new logo! They have also a brand new website: WANT TO KNOW MORE? POMPEII: My interview of Chris MacLean, CG Supervisor. ROBOCOP: My interview of Craig Calvert, Previs Lead & CG Supervisor. R…
    - 75 days ago15 Sep 15, 1:38pm -
    Impressive first teaser trailer for THE JUNGLE BOOK: The VFX are made by: MPC (VFX Supervisor : Adam Valdez) Weta Digital (VFX Supervisor : Dan Lemmon) The Production VFX Supervisor is Robert Legato. Director: Jon Favreau Release Date: 15 April 2016…
    - 75 days ago15 Sep 15, 10:00am -


  • Walter Murch on the path to digital
    Legendary editor Walter Murch shares his thoughts on the advent of digital editing systems in this special fxinsider interview.
    - 5 days ago25 Nov 15, 1:23am -
  • fxguidetv #206: Flame 2016 X1
    The industry's venerable software Flame has been unchained from its hardware purchase requirement. We check out the latest 2016 release from the team in Montreal.
    - 5 days ago24 Nov 15, 3:34am -
  • fxpodcast #297: Masters of FX, the book!
    fxguide writer Ian Failes has written a book profiling 16 superstar effects supervisors, called Masters of FX. We find out what's inside.
    - 6 days ago23 Nov 15, 5:00am -
  • Crafting the hero moment
    ILM animation supervisor Glenn McIntosh discusses Jurassic World's final heroic scenes in this special fxinsider interview.
    - 9 days ago20 Nov 15, 2:14am -
  • the vfx show #204: Spectre
    Mike Seymour, Matt Wallin and Todd Scholton decide whether the world is enough in the new Bond film, Spectre.
    - 9 days ago20 Nov 15, 2:14am -
  • Spectre-acular effects
    Spectre - breaking down five of the biggest effects, one a record breaking explosion. We talk directly to the VFX & SFX teams about brain drills, one-take explosions and filming with 2,500 extras.
    - 13 days ago16 Nov 15, 11:45pm -
  • Gnome way out
    How MPC took on Goosebumps' VFX challenges, gnome matter what was thrown at them.
    - 13 days ago16 Nov 15, 5:06am -
  • How Cinesite keeps on track
    Cinesite reveals how ftrack helped plan and track the studio's visual effects for The Last Witch Hunter.
    - 17 days ago12 Nov 15, 11:41pm -
  • Alex Mahon joins The Foundry as CEO
    EXCLUSIVE interview with new The Foundry CEO Alex Mahon and former CEO Bill Collis who will now be the company's President.
    - 19 days ago10 Nov 15, 12:05pm -
  • The tech of the art of The Peanuts Movie
    Hand-drawn motion blur, specialized rigs, ghost limbs and a UV approach for facial features - just some of the solutions Blue Sky Studios came up with for bringing 2D to 3D for The Peanuts Movie.
    - 20 days ago9 Nov 15, 10:36pm -
  • Inside a scene in Inside Out
    In this fxinsider story for our valued subscribers, we talk to Pixar's director of photography (lighting) Kim White about a scene from Inside Out.
    - 20 days ago9 Nov 15, 4:41am -
  • It’s Guitar Hero, but not as you know it
    The new Guitar Hero Live was filmed with a high speed Bolt Cinebot, while Framestore helped flesh out up to 12,000 frame effects-heavy scenes for the game.
    - 21 days ago8 Nov 15, 11:34pm -


  • Spectre’s big – very big – effects
    Steve Begg, Chris Corbould and more from the effects teams on Spectre, here at fxguide.
    - 11 days ago18 Nov 15, 4:00am -
  • The tech behind Blue Sky’s Peanuts Movie
    Blue Sky strove to retain the 2D aesthetic and the warmth of the characters in the new Peanuts Movie. Here’s some of the tech innovation behind the animated film.
    - 19 days ago10 Nov 15, 6:35am -
  • Re-thinking Guitar Hero
    Love the way Freestyle Games re-thought the Guitar Hero experience for Guitar Hero Live – something that then required a heap of clever VFX work from Framestore.
    - 19 days ago10 Nov 15, 6:33am -
  • Ride faster & furious-er

    - 19 days ago10 Nov 15, 6:32am -
  • Cinematics matter
    I love cinematics. They seem to offer a way to go further into a game, and especially help tell the game’s story. I recently covered two cinematic/trailers, one for Halo 5: Guardians by 343 and Axis Animation and the other for the upcoming Mafia II…
    - 30 days ago30 Oct 15, 4:59am -
  • It’s what makes time travel possible!
    So excited to be able to interview Wes Takahashi – the effects animator at ILM behind some of the coolest work in the Back to the Future franchise.
    - 35 days ago26 Oct 15, 1:58am -
  • Walking The Walk
    I had a great time chatting to Kevin over at Atomic Fiction about their stunning work for Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk. Check out the article at fxguide.
    - 45 days ago15 Oct 15, 3:56am -
  • Motion control Heaven
    If you want to see the capabilities of motion control, and learn about implementing VFX in and around it – check out the new term of VFX training at fxphd. Seriously, check out some of these pics from our moco shoot already.
    - 53 days ago8 Oct 15, 1:26am -
  • Genndy’s style
    I’m a big fan of Genndy Tartakovsky’s style of animation, and he’s back with Hotel T 2. The guys at Sony Pictures Animation were generous enough to talk about the challenges that style has for their work in sims and animation generally – chec…
    - 53 days ago8 Oct 15, 1:23am -
  • Out of this world: VFX of The Martian
    After many hours of interviews and transcribing, here’s fxguide’s coverage of the incredible VFX in The Martian. Really enjoyed this film – and the effects work is great.
    - 55 days ago5 Oct 15, 9:58am -

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  • newTom Holland Talks His "Spider-Man" Preparation
    Not surprisingly, Marvel Studios have kept Tom Holland's appearance as Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War" right out of that film's first trailer. It's a surprise that will likely be kept under wraps as much as possible, not unlike that of Th…
    - 9 hours ago29 Nov 15, 5:04am -
  • newMcAvoy On How Professor X Goes Bald
    Scottish actor James McAvoy appeared on "The Graham Norton Show" this weekend in the UK to promote the release of "Victor Frankenstein" and talk of his role as Professor Charles Xavier in the "X-Men" films came up.As we know, next year's "X-Men: Ap…
    - 9 hours ago29 Nov 15, 4:51am -
  • newMore "Flash"/"Supergirl" Talk, Budget Concerns
    Earlier in the week came a report suggesting two exciting possibilities for the onscreen DC TV universe that both "Arrow" and "The Flash" are a part of. The first is that characters from "The Flash" would pop up in CBS' "Supergirl" series towards…
    - 9 hours ago29 Nov 15, 4:39am -
  • new"Walking Dead," "Doctor Who" Finale Teases
    The mid-season finale of the sixth season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" airs this weekend, but ahead of that broadcast two of the show's stars are promising some seriously dark and intense storytelling for the remaining eight episodes early next year.…
    - 10 hours ago29 Nov 15, 4:32am -
  • newJanet Montgomery Joins Bloom In "Romans"
    Janet Montgomery ("Salem") has been cast opposite Orlando Bloom in the psychological drama "Romans" which just began shooting in the United Kingdom.Bloom plays a man trying to come to terms with repercussions resulting from childhood sexual abuse a…
    - 10 hours ago29 Nov 15, 4:30am -
  • 2015 Amazon Black Friday Sales Items (Updated)
    Today kicks off our annual collection of the film, TV and game related bargains and sales on over the biggest shopping period of the year - the Black Friday sales weekend. The biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ra…
    - 1 day ago28 Nov 15, 5:48am -
  • "Force Awakens" Lightsaber Battle Differences
    One of the most promising things about the promos for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" so far have been how spare it is. There's much more of a reliance on practical than most modern blockbusters, and the style certainly harkens back to the classic tr…
    - 1 day ago28 Nov 15, 5:40am -
  • "Batman v Superman" Novel Cover Artwork
    The Amazon Black Friday sales have revealed one new surprise - new photos of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in costume from "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". The shot comes from "Cross Fire," a companion novel by Scholastic that tells an origina…
    - 1 day ago28 Nov 15, 5:39am -
  • "Batman v Superman" Sneak Peek On Monday
    FOX have announced that a special sneak peek of Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," likely the debut of the new trailer that is supposed to premiere before year's end, is set to take place on Monday.Specifically the "sneak peek" cli…
    - 2 days ago27 Nov 15, 6:05pm -
  • "Gods of Egypt" Director Talks Film's Diversity
    Various Hollywood films set in famous time periods of history have often been criticised for their lack of historically accurate racial diversity. Last year for example, Ridley Scott came under fire when his Ten Commandments epic "Exodus: Gods and K…
    - 2 days ago27 Nov 15, 6:04pm -
  • "Gremlins" Sequel To Be An Actual Sequel?
    Following in the wake of films like "Jurassic World" and "Tron: Legacy" - it seems the long rumored "Gremlins" reboot won't be a reboot after all - rather a continuation decades after the franchise began.Speaking at a Q&A following a screening of t…
    - 2 days ago27 Nov 15, 6:03pm -
  • Warners Considering A "Teen Titans" Film?
    Following on from their recent "Aquaman" rumors, JoBlo claims to have some more information about other projects in the works as a part of Warner Bros. Pictures' DC Extended Universe initiative.First up, they report that a potential "Teen Titans" f…
    - 2 days ago27 Nov 15, 6:02pm -


  • 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…
    - 31 days ago29 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…
    - 31 days ago29 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…
    - 31 days ago29 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…
    - 31 days ago29 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…
    - 31 days ago29 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…
    - 31 days ago29 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…
    - 32 days ago29 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…
    - 32 days ago28 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…
    - 32 days ago28 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…
    - 32 days ago28 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…
    - 32 days ago28 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…
    - 32 days ago28 Oct 15, 5:56pm -

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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…
    - 3 Dec 14, 3:13am -