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    New TV spot for TRANSFORMERS – THE LAST KNIGHT: The VFX are made by: Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisors: Jason Smith and David Fogler) Base FX MPC (VFX Supervisor: Sheldon Stopsack) Atomic Fiction (VFX Supervisor: Wayne Brinton) Scanline VFX…
    - 3 hours ago28 May 17, 1:00pm -
  • Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D – Season 4: VFX Reel by CoSA VFX
    Check out this VFX breakdown by CoSA VFX about their work on the fourth season of Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2017The post Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D – Season 4: VFX Reel by CoSA VFX appeared firs…
    - 1 day ago27 May 17, 12:00pm -
  • ALIEN – COVENANT: Ferran Domenech – VFX Supervisor – MPC
    Few months ago, Ferran Domenech explained to us in detail about the MPC's work on A MONSTER CALLS. He also took care of the visual effects of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM. Today, he talks to us about his work on ALIEN: COVENANT.The post A…
    - 2 days ago26 May 17, 2:00pm -
  • LIFE: The first 10 minutes
    Sony Pictures have released the first 10 minutes of LIFE featuring the beautiful continuous shot made by Industrial Light & Magic and another sequence with the work of Double Negative: WANT TO KNOW MORE? ILM: Here is my interview of Mark Bakowski, VF…
    - 2 days ago26 May 17, 12:00pm -
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: Jelmer Boskma – VFX Supervisor – Scanline VFX
    In October 2016, Jelmer Boskma told us about the work of Scanline VFX on MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. He speaks to us today about his return to the Marvel universe.The post GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: Jelmer Boskma – VFX Superv…
    - 3 days ago25 May 17, 3:00pm -
  • GAME OF THRONES Season 7
    Here is the first trailer for the Season 7 of GAME OF THRONES: The Production VFX Supervisor is Joe Bauer and the VFX Producer is Steve Kullback. Release Date: July 16, 2017 (HBO) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2017The post GAME OF THRONES S…
    - 4 days ago24 May 17, 8:00pm -
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2: Simone Kraus (Animation Supervisor) & Alessandro Cioffi (VFX Supervisor) – Trixter
    Simone Kraus has more than 18 years of experience in animation and visual effects. She is the co-owner of Trixter and has worked on a large number of projects such as CLOUD ATLAS, THE AVENGERS, IRON MAN 3 and the CAPTAIN AMERICA trilogy. She is at th…
    - 4 days ago24 May 17, 3:00pm -
    Excellent final trailer for VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS! The VFX are made by: Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor: Philippe Rebours) Weta Digital (VFX Supervisors: Joe Letteri & Martin Hill) Rodeo FX (VFX Supervisor: Francois Dum…
    - 4 days ago24 May 17, 1:00pm -
    Here is a new trailer for SPIDER-MAN – HOMECOMING: The VFX are made by: Cantina Creative Digital Domain (VFX Supervisor: Lou Pecora) Industrial Light & Magic Iloura, Sydney Sony Pictures Imageworks (VFX Supervisor: Theo Bialek) Luma Pictures Method…
    - 4 days ago24 May 17, 8:30am -
  • ALIEN – COVENANT: Brendan Seals – VFX Supervisor – Luma Pictures
    Brendan Seals is working at Luma Pictures since several years. He has worked on many films such as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, DEADPOOL and DOCTOR STRANGE.The post ALIEN – COVENANT: Brendan Seals – VFX Supervisor – Luma P…
    - 5 days ago23 May 17, 3:00pm -



  • An Effects-Laden Solution to an Icy Problem
    Great headline, I thought. This is my breakdown of Digital Domain’s Houdini fx work for The Fate of the Furious, published on Side Effects Software’s website. Incredible work.
    - 2 days ago27 May 17, 12:38am -
  • De-ageing Ego, and other Ego fx
    I thought the Ego-related vfx in Guardians Vol 2 were fantastic, especially the youthenisation work by Lola, the dioramas by Animal Logic and Ego’s destruction by Weta Digital – find out more at VFX Voice.
    - 4 days ago24 May 17, 10:08pm -
  • How practical and digital combined on Alien: Covenant
    I talked to MPC vfx supe Charley Henley in London about the use of on-set suits and performers for the Xenomorph and Neomorphs in Alien: Covenant. Check it out on Cartoon Brew.
    - 4 days ago24 May 17, 9:15pm -
  • Luma Pictures had to look at some pretty horrible ear canal reference for their ‘Alien: Covenant’ effects
    For Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s newest deep dive into his Alien universe, Luma Pictures was called upon to create visual effects for several sequences. The studio researched and realized the tiny spores that inhabit some of the characters, incl…
    - 5 days ago23 May 17, 10:04pm -
  • Lose a limb. Get it back.
    That’s what happens to Emily Browning’s character on American Gods, and i wrote about how they did it for Thrillist.
    - 6 days ago22 May 17, 10:27pm -
  • ‘The Lost World’ turns 20: Animation director Randal M. Dutra reflects on those early days of the digital age
    How Steven Spielberg came to adopt CGI dinosaurs for 1993’s Jurassic Park is an often-told story, including in several interviews I’ve done recently. Ultimately, the move from stop-motion to digital dinos paved the way for an explosion in CG char…
    - 7 days ago21 May 17, 10:50pm -
  • Let’s talk about those crazy ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ warp shots
      A stand-out moment in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 occurs when Yondu, Kraglin, Rocket and Baby Groot jump through several space portals causing their faces to warp and distend in almost grotesque ways. Trixter pulled off the scen…
    - 10 days ago19 May 17, 1:57am -
  • Can we animate in VR yet?
    Limitless thinks we can, and they’re already doing it. I talked to Tom Sanocki at FMX about where their software is up to. Here’s the story at Cartoon Brew.
    - 10 days ago18 May 17, 11:04pm -
  • Rocket, fractals and 3D Artist
    Always a lot of fun writing for 3D Artist magazine – love their spreads. Latest issue covers the work by Framestore and Weta Digital for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
    - 11 days ago18 May 17, 1:36am -
  • There’s something about Groot
    In the opening to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Groot steals the show, mostly because he doesn’t care that a giant alien creature is on the attack behind him while he’s dancing. Framestore pulled off this sequence and I wrote about it for Carto…
    - 11 days ago17 May 17, 8:32pm -

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  • newPost-VF “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Updates
    In the wake of the Vanity Fair pictorial earlier this week and the recent licensing expo, several more minor details about Rian Johnson’s upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”. Johnson confirms to Reddit that the character of Supreme Leader Snoke…
    - 2 hours ago28 May 17, 2:30pm -
  • newGadot, Jenkins On “Wonder” Sequel Possibilities
    The world premiere of “Wonder Woman” took place last night at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The film’s director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were on hand to greet fans, photographers and more on the red carpet – including giving some…
    - 2 hours ago28 May 17, 2:19pm -
  • new“Game of Thrones” Regulars Get More Screentime
    Despite the upcoming seventh season of HBO’s big-budget fantasy feature being reduced to just seven episodes, many of the key regulars in the series are finding themselves with a much larger share of character time than they’ve been used to in re…
    - 2 hours ago28 May 17, 2:16pm -
  • newFall 2017’s Most Anticipated TV Series
    In the wake of the TV upfronts the other week, analysis firm Civic Science has conducted a psychographic-based web and mobile survey measuring audience interest in fourteen new broadcast shows across five networks scheduled to premiere in the coming…
    - 2 hours ago28 May 17, 2:14pm -
  • “Friday the 13th” Game Is Too Popular
    An often automatic, and wrong, the assumption is that video game companies are all alike. They’re either a massive studio with dozens of employees or just one or two guys in a bedroom somewhere. Many though are just small-medium organisations, such…
    - 12 hours ago28 May 17, 4:17am -
  • “King of Kong” To Become A Stage Musical
    Filmmaker Seth Gordon, currently doing press rounds for the “Baywatch” film which he helmed, has confirmed he’s adapting his 2007 documentary “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” into a stage musical. The doco explored the rivalry betw…
    - 12 hours ago28 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Trailer: DCAU’s “Batman and Harley Quinn”
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment have premiered the first trailer for “Batman and Harley Quinn” which teams up the Caped Crusader with the Joker’s girl in order to take stop a threat posed by the plans of Poison Ivy and the…
    - 13 hours ago28 May 17, 3:48am -
  • Aaron Jeffrey To Play Chopper Read
    Logie winner Aaron Jeffery (“Wentworth,” “McLeod’s Daughters”) has been confirmed to be playing Mark ‘Chopper’ Read in “Underbelly Files: Chopper,” a new mini-series based around the famed Australian hitman. Then TV comedian Eric Ba…
    - 13 hours ago28 May 17, 3:47am -
  • “Baby Driver” Stunt Driving Featurette
    Along with being one of the Summer’s few original films, Edgar Wright’s action thriller “Baby Driver” is also notable for being one of the few that doesn’t rely on much in the way of FX enhancements. Instead, it’s good, old-fashioned, oft…
    - 15 hours ago28 May 17, 1:14am -
  • “Covenant” Plummets At Box-Office

    - 16 hours ago28 May 17, 12:48am -
  • There’s No Sixth “Pirates” Without Depp
    Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is now open worldwide and sees Johnny Depp’s return to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow after a six year gap. There’s certainly audience interest in the film even as the critics ha…
    - 2 days ago27 May 17, 2:06am -
  • Jenkins Talks Frustrating DC Movie Rumor Mill
    A few months back came reports that Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” film was a mess, a report that seemed highly dubious at the time and – for the most part – was reported that way. Reviews for the film aren’t out yet but early reaction fro…
    - 2 days ago27 May 17, 1:50am -

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  • 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 -
  • 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 -