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  • PIPER: Shot Breakdown by Variety
    Variety have released this shot breakdown from PIPER, the new short by Pixar (before FINDING DORY): © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post PIPER: Shot Breakdown by Variety appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 14 hours ago26 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • THE FLASH – Season 2: VFX Breakdown by Encore
    Encore presents their VFX work for the Season 2 of THE FLASH: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post THE FLASH – Season 2: VFX Breakdown by Encore appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 5:00pm -
    Lots of action and explosion in this first trailer for MECHANIC – RESURRECTION: The VFX are made by: Worldwide FX The Production VFX Supervisor is Ajoy Mani. Director: Dennis Gansel Release Date: 26 August 2016 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of…
    - 2 days ago25 Jun 16, 12:00pm -
  • BLACK SAILS – Season 3: Making of by Digital Domain
    Great making of by Digital Domain about their impressive work on the storm sequence for the Season 3 of BLACK SAILS: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post BLACK SAILS – Season 3: Making of by Digital Domain appeared first on The Art…
    - 2 days ago24 Jun 16, 3:30pm -
    New trailer for INFERNO: The VFX are made by: Double Negative (VFX Supervisor: Jody Johnson) Director: Ron Howard Release Date: 28 October 2016 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post INFERNO appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 5:00pm -
    New VFX shots in this featurette of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: The VFX are made by: Cinesite Double Negative Framestore Image Engine MPC Milk VFX Rodeo FX The Production VFX Supervisors is Tim Burke and Christian Manz. Director: David Y…
    - 4 days ago23 Jun 16, 1:00pm -
  • CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE: VFX work by Weta Digital
    Interesting video by Wired about the VFX work of Weta Digital on CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE: VFX work by Weta Digital appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 4 days ago23 Jun 16, 11:28am -
    Excellent first trailer for JACK REACHER – NEVER GO BACK: Director: Edward Zwick Release Date: 21 October 2016 (USA) © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 5 days ago22 Jun 16, 11:00am -
  • FAN: VFX Breakdown by Redchillies VFX
    Nice VFX Breakdown by Redchillies VFX about their work on FAN: © Vincent Frei – The Art of VFX – 2016The post FAN: VFX Breakdown by Redchillies VFX appeared first on The Art of VFX.
    - 5 days ago22 Jun 16, 10:03am -
  • ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Jay Redd – VFX Supervisor – Sony Pictures Imageworks
    Jay Redd started his career at Rhythm & Hues before joining Sony Pictures Imageworks in 1996 to work on CONTACT. As VFX supervisor, Jay took care of the effects of films like THE HAUNTED MANSION, MONSTER HOUSE or MEN IN BLACK 3.The post ALICE THROUG…
    - 6 days ago21 Jun 16, 2:00pm -



  • Old meets new: the vfx of Independence Day – Part 2
    Under the artful watch of visual and digital effects supervisors Volker Engel, Doug Smith and Tricia Ashford, a crack team of in-house effects artists and several post houses carried out the significant CG, matte painting and compositing duties for …
    - 2 days ago24 Jun 16, 3:59pm -
  • Old meets new: the vfx of ‘Independence Day’ – Part 1
    Roland Emmerich’s 1996 disaster blockbuster Independence Day is about to get a very new sequel which features the latest in cutting-edge digital visual effects. Twenty years ago the director and his prolific effects team were faced with the garg…
    - 3 days ago24 Jun 16, 6:19am -
  • Need a CG car in your spot?
    This Blackbird car rig from The Mill is almost too cool to talk about, so just watch the vid.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 4:24pm -
  • Tentacles, and everything else
    With Hank, Pixar’s creative and technical team has once again outdone itself. I talked to supervising technical director John Halstead about bringing the octopus to life, for OnePerfectShot.
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 9:28pm -
  • A long chat with a great vfx supe
    Bill Westenhofer is a great guy and a great vfx supervisor – so I really enjoyed finding out more about his experience on Warcraft. This is my first piece for MovieMaker magazine. Read it to find out which shot Bill did himself on the film – in B…
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 5:27pm -
  • The secrets behind Bad Robot’s vfx for ’10 Cloverfield Lane’
    A lengthy Q&A with Bad Robot/Kelvin Optical vfx supervisor Luke McDonald about 10 Cloverfield Lane.
    - 5 days ago22 Jun 16, 10:23am -
  • Animator Tom St Amand reflects on 25 years of ‘The Rocketeer’
    Joe Johnston’s The Rocketeer was released 25 years ago today – on 21 June, 1991. Tom St Amand was ILM’s stop motion animator on the film and responsible for bringing to life an armatured version of the flying character which would then be compo…
    - 6 days ago21 Jun 16, 8:00am -
  • Battle of the vfx
    Two of the nicest artists in vfx – Steve Kullback and Joe Bauer – are featured in this Variety video hosted by David Cohen on the Battle of the Bastards ep in Game of Thrones.
    - 6 days ago20 Jun 16, 2:59pm -
  • vfx_shot: Taking flight
    MPC CG supervisor James Rustad details the visual effects required for Angel and Archangel’s wings in X-Men: Apocalypse. For shots where the actor (Ben Hardy) had a leather jacket on, we had to completely add feathered wings onto him. We didn’t h…
    - 7 days ago20 Jun 16, 8:57am -
  • ‘A Surreal Lucid Nightmare’
    That’s a great way to describe anything, let alone a cinematic launch trailer. So when Axis Animation followed the idea for the new Dawn of War III, I had to to talk them – here’s the final piece for Cartoon Brew, with LOTS of behind the scenes…
    - 12 days ago15 Jun 16, 4:34am -

vfx world

  • Rendicity Launches Mac OS X Support
    Middleware solutions for more secure and faster rendering allow Apple users to enjoy the benefits of on-demand 3D rendering in the Cloud.
    - 2 days ago24 Jun 16, 10:16pm -
  • Cine Gear Announces 2016 Technical Award Winners
    Codex takes home the award in the post-production category for its Codex Production Suite solution to streamline and simplify workflows.
    - 2 days ago24 Jun 16, 9:42pm -
  • Adam Valdez Talks ‘The Jungle Book’
    MPC VFX supervisor describes the studio’s innovative efforts handling 1200 shots alongside Rob Legato on Disney and Jon Favreau’s blockbuster family adventure hit.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 10:50pm -
  • 8 Tips for Scaling Rendering to the Cloud
    PipelineFX co-founder and CEO Richard Lewis shares tips and tricks for scaling rendering workloads into the Cloud, including understanding data traffic patterns, matching hardware, and syncing data.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 10:35pm -
  • Unite ’16 Los Angeles Issues Call for Speakers
    Annual Unity Technologies User Conference running November 1-3 seeking artists, developers and publishers to share their knowledge of interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences and game creation with the largest global gathering of Unity developers.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 8:48pm -
  • MASTERSFX Expands into Toronto
    Thirty-year-old company opens studio in Toronto, adding to MASTERSFX’s existing array of full-service FX studios based in Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 8:34pm -
  • Fabric Software Releases Kraken 1.2
    New update to cross-platform, open-source rigging framework features an easy-to-use biped workflow and enables portable rigs across applications.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 7:55pm -
  • Cinesite Awarded Visual Effects for ‘American Gods’
    Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, Starz miniseries is written by showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green with David Slade set to direct the pilot and additional episodes.
    - 3 days ago23 Jun 16, 6:04pm -
  • ‘Boj’ Wins Big at BAFTA Cymru Games Awards
    Cardiff-based interactive design and development studio Thud Media receives three awards for its educational children’s game, ‘Boj Smoothies,’ featuring characters from the popular CBeebies series produced by Pesky Productions.
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 11:08pm -
  • ‘Star Wars’ Tops LIMA Licensing Awards
    Disney Consumer Products’ ‘Star Wars’ wins four awards at Tuesday night’s 2016 LIMA International Licensing Awards.
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 10:47pm -
  • Animaze 2016 Spotlighting Virtual Reality
    Animaze 2016 to present the Canadian premiere of immersive VR environment ‘APES,’ created by George Snow, and ‘Samskara,’ a psychedelic immersive digital art exhibit from ILM alum Android Jones.
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 9:24pm -
  • Luma Pictures Gears Up for ‘Captain America: Civil War’
    CG supervisor Oded Raz and assistant VFX supervisor Jared Simeth discuss the making of Iron Man’s new glove, the Stark Protective Gauntlet, and other visual effects work the Santa Monica-based studio handled on Marvel’s latest super hero blockbus…
    - 4 days ago22 Jun 16, 9:12pm -

digital arts

dark horizons

  • newRefn Keen To Do A "Batgirl" Movie
    "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn has previously expressed his interest in tackling a superhero film, and now it seems he may have staked his claim on a property - Batgirl.The Danish filmmaker, whose "The Neon Demon" ope…
    - 9 hours ago26 Jun 16, 5:06pm -
  • newRumors Of A Marvel and Fox Arrangement?
    Famously Marvel Studios doesn't own all its properties as Sony and Fox still have the rights to the "Spider-Man" and "X-Men"/"Fantastic Four" franchises respectively.Then the unexpected happened - Marvel and Sony came to a deal over Spider-Man whic…
    - 9 hours ago26 Jun 16, 5:05pm -
  • new"BFG," "Tarzan" Looking To Open Softly
    Early tracking figures are in for the next few weeks, and the Summer of soft openings for expensive tentpoles continues in this coming week it would appear.Three films opening wide for the July 4th weekend - "The Legend of Tarzan," "The BFG" and "T…
    - 9 hours ago26 Jun 16, 5:04pm -
  • newBoyega & "Block" Director To Re-Team?
    They both shot to prominence with the cult classic "Attack the Block," now filmmaker Joe Cornish and actor John Boyega may re-team again. On Saturday, Boyega tweeted: "Saw Joe Cornish the other day, Yes. We are brainstorming. #somethingnew".Boyega…
    - 9 hours ago26 Jun 16, 5:03pm -
  • newHawley Talks The Future Of FX's "Fargo"
    There was an eighteen month gap between the first and second season of FX's "Fargo" series which began airing April 2014 and October 2015 respectively. Showrunner Noah Hawley has confirmed that they are targeting a second half 2017 airing but hasn't…
    - 9 hours ago26 Jun 16, 5:02pm -
  • new"Dory" Beats "Resurgence" At Box-Office
    Roland Emmerich's sequel "Independence Day: Resurgence" proved a minor disappointment at the domestic box-office this weekend, but made up for the shortfall overseas.The sequel to the 1996 alien invasion tale grossed an estimated $41.6 million from…
    - 9 hours ago26 Jun 16, 5:01pm -
  • Tatum: There Will Be No Third "Magic Mike"
    There's many vocal fans out there of the two "Magic Mike" films with various debates about which one people prefer. This leads to the inevitable question - will star Channing Tatum and company make a third one to potentially break this deadlock?So…
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 3:06pm -
  • Justin Lin Courted For "Akira" Remake
    Warner Bros. Pictures have spent a long time developing a live-action feature adaptation of the acclaimed manga and its subsequent 1988 anime feature "Akira". Several different filmmakers have been attached at different points including Stephen Norr…
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 3:05pm -
  • Kellan Lutz Up For "He-Man" Reboot?
    Though talk of the "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" cinematic reboot has been going around for some time, there hasn't been much movement on the project in recent years beyond the attachment of McG ("Charlie's Angels," "Terminator Salvation")…
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 3:04pm -
  • "Thor: Ragnarok," "Deadpool 2" Set Dates
    Two Marvel films have released details of their production schedules with Taika Waititi's "Thor: Ragnarok" set to begin shooting in Australia next month on July 4th says a new report in the Gold Coast Bulletin.Shooting will take place at Village Ro…
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 3:03pm -
  • Lindelof Talks Ending "The Leftovers" S3
    Series producer Damon Lindelof has revealed that the third and final season of HBO's "The Leftovers" isn't likely to debut on the network until early 2017.The first two episodes of season three were reportedly shot in Texas, the remainder will shoo…
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 3:02pm -
  • Brexit Won't Impact "Game of Thrones"
    As the United Kingdom is still reeling from the vote this week to exit the European Union (aka. Brexit), many questions remain about the logistics of the announcement and how it will impact film and TV production in Blighty in coming months and years…
    - 1 day ago25 Jun 16, 3:01pm -


  • 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 -

vfx soldier

  • 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 56 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 -