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Rodeo FX Uncovers ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and How to Build Them

Arnaud Brisebois at Rodeo FX talks about extending and improving the creature pipeline they started building for ‘Tarzan’ to tackle a line up of fantastic beasts for a new adventure movie.
January 06, 2017
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ZERO VFX Moves Mountains behind ‘The Magnificent Seven’

ZERO VFX Moves Mountains behind ‘The Magnificent Seven’ The story of the most recent version of ‘The Magnificent Seven’, directed by Antoine Fuqua, unfolds surrounded by the sweeping mountain landscapes of New Mexico, but the production took place in the…
December 19, 2016
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One of Us Creates a Crowning Glory for ‘The Crown’

One of Us Creates a Crowning Glory for ‘The Crown’ ‘The Crown’ is a Netflix original series giving audiences a view of the life and world of Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed, faced with the prospect of leading her country’s monarchy following…
December 09, 2016
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Ben Gervais Walks the Line for 120P 4K Master on ‘Billy Lynn’

Ben Gervais Walks the Line for 120P 4K Master on ‘Billy Lynn’ Director Ang Lee employed extreme cinematic techniques to tell the story of a soldier who returns to the USA psychologically and emotionally damaged by his time in Iraq. ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime…
December 05, 2016
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Mocap Innovation Captures the Spirit of Ariel in ‘The Tempest’

Mocap Innovation Captures the Spirit of Ariel in ‘The Tempest’ The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has been collaborating with The Imaginarium Studios and Intel on a new production of Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’, which opened on 18 November 2016 and will…
December 02, 2016
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Iloura Fights Fire with Fire on 'Deepwater Horizon'

Iloura Fights Fire with Fire on 'Deepwater Horizon' In 2010, one of the world’s largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The film ‘Deepwater Horizon’ is a tribute to the people on board whose efforts saved…
November 23, 2016
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Hitting the Marks with Motion Graphics

Hitting the Marks with Motion Graphics Raoul Marks is an award winning motion artist who lives in Sydney, Australia and works for Elastic studio in Los Angeles. Raoul and his team, led by creative director Patrick Clair, are responsible for some of the most…
October 08, 2016
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Animatrik Sets Madness to Motion in ‘Suicide Squad’

Animatrik Sets Madness to Motion in ‘Suicide Squad’ ‘Suicide Squad’ may give audiences a view of the dark side of being a superhero, but it doesn’t lack for fast-paced fight scenes – albeit with an edgier tone than usual. While deciding who the bad guys…
October 06, 2016
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Framestore Catches Jungle Fever for ‘Tarzan’

Framestore Catches Jungle Fever for ‘Tarzan’ Framestore created jungle environments, digital doubles and detailed creature animation for over 700 shots on ‘The Legend of Tarzan’. The movie is based on the novel written in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose…
September 01, 2016
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VFX Photography Takes a New Angle with the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

VFX Photography Takes a New Angle with the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K In this article, VFX supervisor Douglas Hans Smith contrasts the use of today’s high-resolution, wide dynamic range cameras and other modern techniques used to capture VFX elements, one of…
August 05, 2016
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‘Independence Day’ Resurges with Courageous VFX

‘Independence Day’ Resurges with Courageous VFX When audiences rejoin the INDEPENDENCE DAY story in ‘Resurgence’, countries around the world are at work on an immense defense program to protect the planet against the return of the alien invaders they drove…
July 11, 2016
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Mapping a New Face with CONNECTED COLORS

Mapping a New Face with CONNECTED COLORS In early 2016, visual design studio WOW in Tokyo produced ‘Connected Colors’, a project combining animated 3D graphics, projection mapping and live performance. The video was made for a global Intel promotion titled…
July 09, 2016
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Sarofsky Goes Wild on ‘Animal Kingdom’ Main Title

Sarofsky Goes Wild on ‘Animal Kingdom’ Main Title Production and design company Sarofsky has created the main title sequence for the new US family crime drama ‘Animal Kingdom’ for TNT, which debuted in mid-June. Five years earlier, designer and director Erin…
June 28, 2016
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Gramercy Park Creates a Smashing Campaign for Big Brother’s Return

Gramercy Park Creates a Smashing Campaign for Big Brother’s Return Channel 5 has partnered with Gramercy Park Studios (GPS) to create a series of VFX-driven promos for the return of reality TV show Big Brother. It stars the show’s presenters, Emma Willis and…
June 26, 2016
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Outpost VFX Reveals the Beauty within the Brain

Outpost VFX Reveals the Beauty within the Brain Outpost VFX in the UK has produced visual effects for the Netflix Original production, ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’, released last month and currently showing on demand. The film is the story of Lotje Sodderland,…
June 20, 2016
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Cinesite Creates a Great Escape for X-Men: Apocalypse

Cinesite Creates a Great Escape for 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Cinesite’s VFX supervisor Nicolas Chevallier and a team of 20 artists were assigned a fast-paced chase sequence from Marvel's latest film 'X-Men: Apocalypse' in which the heroes escape from Alkali Lake,…
June 08, 2016
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RSP Turns Up the Speed for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

RSP’s VFX supervisors Tim Crosbie and Dennis Jones talk about their return to hyperspeed with Quicksilver and working with Cyclops in Marvel’s new film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’.
June 03, 2016
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MPC Transforms Butterflies and Dalmations for Sky Arts

MPC and Sky worked together on a series of new idents for the Sky Arts channel’s rebrand that centres on the transforming power of colour, from ordinary to extraordinary.
May 09, 2016
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FuseFX Turns the Tide of Revolution for ‘TURN’

FuseFX VFX supervisor Jon Massey talks about the realistic and historically accurate visual effects their team created for American Revolutionary War drama ‘Turn: Washington’s Spies’.
April 08, 2016
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Framestore Races to the Finish for Channel 4’s F1 Coverage

For Channel 4’s new Formula 1 deal, the Design Studio at Framestore left traditional ideas about racing broadcast titles in the dust - but kept the speed, glamour and intense competition of F1.
March 30, 2016
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MPC Rides the Storm for ‘The Finest Hours’

MPC’s VFX supervisor Seth Maury and the team at MPC Vancouver created the massive seas and storm sequences driving the true story behind the film ‘The Finest Hours’.
February 25, 2016
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Rodeo FX Sets Sail ‘In the Heart of the Sea’

Francois Dumoulin talks about recreating 19th-century Nantucket for ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ with concept art, large scale set extensions, CG water and matte paintings for 260 VFX shots.
February 18, 2016
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Rushes’ Screen Graphics Monitor the World of SPECTRE

From pre-production to post, Rushes created motion graphics for more than 300 screens on set, appearing in 23 scenes ranging from Q’s lab at MI6 to inside the villain Oberhauser’s lair.
February 18, 2016
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Rushes’ Screen Graphics Monitor the World of SPECTRE

From pre-production to post, Rushes created motion graphicsfor more than 300 screens on set, appearing in 23 scenes rangingfrom Q’s lab at MI6 to inside the villain Oberhauser’s lair. Rushes’ Screen Graphics Monitor the World of SPECTRE A fascinating side of…
February 06, 2016
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From ‘Goosebumps’ to Dream Cars, MPC Creative Makes It Virtually Real

MPC Creative’s Mike Wigart and Dan Marsh tell what creating imagery for VR viewing means for production and post teams, and describe their approaches on two very different projects.
February 01, 2016
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Cinesite Puts Up a Fight for ‘The Revenant’

Cinesite VFX studio contributed to major sequences in ‘The Revenant’, helping the director build up the experiential nature of the film with perfect shot transitions and invisible effects.
January 17, 2016
In Depth Adriene Hurst

Sarofsky Scales up the Marvel Universe for ‘Ant-Man’ Titles

Sarofsky created and delivered the main titles sequence for ‘Ant-Man’ Sarofsky -Ant-Man6at 4K resolution, in 3D stereo and 2D versions, from high above Earth and descending down to the subatomic realm.
December 15, 2015
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IO Entertainment’s Previs Goes Undercover for ‘Spectre’

IO Entertainment worked with director Sam Mendes, DP Hoyte van Hoytema and crews working on VFX, SFX, production design, art, stunts and locations, as sole previs provider on ‘Spectre’.
December 04, 2015
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MPC LA Seizes Glory for ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’ Trailer

Paul O’Shea at MPC LA describes working inside the world of Black Ops for the game’s new trailer, scouting elaborate sets, handling photoreal zombies and robots and choreographing FX.
November 23, 2015
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Gramercy Park Studios Takes Flight through the Louvre Museum

Gramercy Park Studios worked with film and installation artist Mark Lewis to deliver VFX and virtual camera moves for scenes inside the Louvre Museum in Paris in his film ‘Invention’.
November 21, 2015
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A Massive Team

a52 created VFX for a dramatic, slow-motion spot for FOX Sports 1, capturing the competitive spirit in performances of athletes on the field.
November 21, 2015
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Reach for the Stars

Eden FX created original digital sequences and animations for films displayed at the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at Kennedy Space Centre.
November 21, 2015
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Placebo Live at RAK Studios

James Tonkin from Hangman Studios and director Charlie Target Adams shot and produced a live studio session of Placebo’s album ‘Loud Like Love’ at RAK Studios, London.
November 21, 2015
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A Hero’s Post

Nvizible VFX and Molinare post joined forces to give ‘Kick-Ass 2’ an exciting cinematic look and develop an efficient, new VFX-to-DI workflow.
November 21, 2015
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METALLICA - Heavier Metal

‘Metallica: Through the Never’ in 3D combines fantasy with a full Metallica concert. Opus VFX seized a chance to contribute particle and electrical effects.
November 21, 2015
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BLACK ANGEL

Athena Studios led a detailed digital restoration of ‘Black Angel’, a long lost short film made by ‘Star Wars’ art director Roger Christian. BLACK ANGEL A short film titled ‘Black Angel’ made in the late 1970s as the directorial debut of ‘Star Wars’ art…
November 21, 2015
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GRAVITY - Down to Earth

RSP’s all-CG shots for ‘Gravity’ bring astronaut Ryan Stone tumbling back down to earth in a glowing space capsule. Gravity - Down to Earth Rising Sun Picturescontributed two and a half minutes of entirely computer generated footage to the final sequence of…
November 21, 2015
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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – A Pirate’s Life

Nvizible’s Adam Rowland and colourist Rob Pizzey talk about the subtle FX and grade that tell the story of the MV Maersk Alabama hijacking. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – A Pirate’s Life Visual effects house Nvizible worked on over 180 shots for ‘Captain Phillips’, the…
November 21, 2015
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Documentary Post – An Activist’s Life

Documentary feature on civil rights activist Joachim Prinz required comprehensive handling in post across multiple formats. DOCUMENTARY POST – An Activist’s Life Documentary feature film‘Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent’had its US premiere at the New…
November 21, 2015
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LAND OF QUATTRO

Director Yanni Kronenberg and digital production company Holler created a TV and online digital campaign for Audi Quattro in Australia. LAND OF QUATTRO Director Yanni Kronenberg and digital production companyHollerhave created a TV and online digital campaign…
November 21, 2015
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Racer’s Dream

To promote the super fast Maclaren P1 road-car, 76ltd's Dan Gifford directed a complex shoot and post at the famous Nürburgring race track. Racer’s Dream The new Maclaren P1 costs a million Euros, drives at 350kph and looks like a racer’s dream. Because…
November 21, 2015
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PLAYING WITH FIRE

Fuel VFX & Method Studios contribute to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, producing key FX from elusive holographic characters to Katniss Everdeen’s fiery dress. PLAYING WITH FIRE Fuel VFX and Method Studios played active roles in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching…
November 21, 2015
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PENNY – Turn Back Time

Adam Haywood of Final Focus employs the Blackmagic Cinema Camera & DaVinci Resolve to bring 1950s looks to his film ‘Penny’ at Melbourne’s Dromana 3 Drive-In. PENNY – Turn Back Time Adam Haywood is an independent filmmaker and co-owner of Final Focus…
November 21, 2015
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Sky Divers

Cutting Edge’s TVC for the Sony A7 camera takes four cosmonauts high into the stratosphere to watch the earth, weightless, from a new perspective. Sky Divers Cutting Edge produced Sony China’s recent TVC for the A7 camera with agency M&C Saatchi, who asked…
November 21, 2015
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BEYOND ATLANTIS

Vine FX handled all FX and animation across the first series of the BBC’s new show ‘Atlantis’, building fantasy CG creatures and 3D environments in over 1,000 shots. BEYOND ATLANTIS Vine FX in London worked with producers at Urban Myths Films on the new BBC…
November 21, 2015
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Japanese Western

Nicolas Aithadi tells how the team at MPC created environments, a fiery ambush, digital assets and animated photoreal CG characters for ’47 Ronin’. Japanese Western VFX supervisor Nicolas Aithadi and his team at MPC became involved with ’47 Ronin’ in 2012,…
November 21, 2015
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Brunelleschi’s Dome

Fernando G Baptista describes the research & techniques behind his beautiful graphics for National Geographic’s feature on Brunelleschi’s Dome in Florence. Brunelleschi’s Dome National Geographic’s February cover featurereveals the history and design of…
November 21, 2015
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The DJ’s Journey

Director Anatoly Ivanov explored the world of a well-known Russian Techno DJ for his first full-length documentary, titled ‘Kvadrat’. The DJ’s Journey French/Russian directorAnatoly Ivanovexplored the world of a well-known Russian Techno DJ for his first…
November 21, 2015
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Cops and Robots

Framestore and Method Studios talk about disassembling & assembling RoboCop, exploring the future of television and staging a robotic siege. Cops and Robots In the world of ‘RoboCop’, the US multinational corporation OmniCorp designs and builds robots of…
November 21, 2015
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‘The Railway Man’ Stays on Track with DDP & Method Studios

DDP Studios handled on-set data and dailies management, colour, post andmastering for ‘The Railway Man’. Method Studios, the movie’s sole VFX vendor,completed almost 150 shots. ‘The Railway Man’ Stays on Track with DDP & Method Studios DDP Studios completed…
November 21, 2015
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Proof Visualizes ‘Captain America’ from Previs to Postvis

Proof visualisation studio carried out previs and postvis services for MarvelEntertainment’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, planning the actionfor every major action and VFX scene. Proof Visualizes ‘Captain America’ from Previs to Postvis…
November 21, 2015
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LOOK Effects Takes a Trip to The Grand Budapest Hotel

LOOK produced environments, miniature integration, matte paintings,particle FX, stop-motion animation and 3D projections to bring real magicand fantasy to ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel ‘. LOOK Effects Takes a Trip to The Grand Budapest Hotel LOOK produced some…
November 21, 2015
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Sony Pictures’ Colorworks Builds a 4K Workflow for Spider-Man 2

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 came to life after a close collaboration betweenvisual effects, sound and post production teams from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
November 21, 2015
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CG Artist Alex Scollay Makes ‘Vicki’s Wish’ Come True

Alex Scollay, a CG and VFX artist, has developed a series of storyboardsas a graphic novel with CG imagery and cinema production values using3ds Max, V-Ray, Nuke and Thinkbox software. CG Artist Alex Scollay Makes ‘Vicki’s Wish’ Come True AlthoughAlex…
November 21, 2015
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Cantina Creative & Bandito Brothers Accelerate a True VFX/Editorial Workflow

Due to tight, creative collaboration with Bandito Brothers’ editorial team,Cantina Creative was able to complete 1,000 VFX shots for ‘Need for Speed’in only six months with a team of ten. Cantina Creative & Bandito Brothers Accelerate a True VFX/Editorial…
November 21, 2015
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Gramercy Park Raises the Stakes on Betfair’s Supercharged Horses

VFX artists at Gramercy Park Studios give racing a new twist forBetfair by putting race horses behind the wheel of a pair of rallycars splashing down a country road. Gramercy Park Raises the Stakes on Betfair’s Supercharged Horses Gramercy Park Studios and…
November 21, 2015
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Cinematographer John Seale Rolls Down ‘Fury Road’

John Seale ASC ACS and his intrepid crew followed Furiosa’s War Rigacross the Namibian desert to capture ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ with 6ARRI ALEXA cameras and 11 Codex onboard recorders. Cinematographer John Seale Rolls Down ‘Fury Road’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, the…
November 21, 2015
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Performance Capture Pioneers Collaborate on New Mocap Experience

Motion capture companies Animatrik Film Design and DimensionalImaging talk about working together to bring specialist facialperformance capture services to VFX and game productions. Performance Capture Pioneers Collaborate on New Mocap Experience Motion…
November 21, 2015
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WORLD WAR Z: Between Two Worlds

Cinesite sets loose a swarm of animated CG zombies into a photoreal Philadelphia cityscape in ‘World War Z’, wreaking havoc in the streets.
November 21, 2015
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Art Director Steve Lumley Takes 'Hotel Transylvania 2' to the Suburbs

Steve Lumley, Art Director on ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’, talks about his work with the team at Sony Pictures Animation to introduce some Transylvanian magic to the California suburbs.
November 21, 2015
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GRAVITY - Every Way is Up

Framestore’s VFX team ventures into space with new techniques for lighting, virtual cinema and photo-real CG. GRAVITY - Every Way is Up A primary challenge of making ‘Gravity’ was the director Alfonso Cuarón’s intention to tell an action story about human…
November 21, 2014
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Dvein - The Vein 'Magma'

'Magma' is Dvein studio's very first music video, made for The Vein's new single. It also won the Gold Music Video Award at the 2013 AEAF.
November 21, 2014
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Digital Domain Captures Pixie Dust for ‘Maleficent’

VFX supervisor Kelly Port and digital FX supervisor Darren Hendlershare details of animating pixies, building a fairy’s wings and flyingthrough clouds for Disney’s fantasy, ‘Maleficent’. Digital Domain Captures Pixie Dust for ‘Maleficent’ Digital…
November 21, 2014
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MPC Makes Worlds Collide for ‘Maleficent’

VFX supervisor Seth Maury at MPC Vancouver reveals the inner magic thatmakes the two worlds of ‘Maleficent’, their fairies, creatures and enchantedeffects all come to life. MPC Makes Worlds Collide for ‘Maleficent’ MPC handled a huge range of tasks for…
October 08, 2014
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Double Negative Builds Legendary Creatures for ‘Hercules’

Ryan Cook and Julian Foddy from Double Negative’s VFX team talk aboutwrangling the heroic beasts of the 'Hercules' legend, refining their in-housetools, creature FX and animation. Double Negative Builds Legendary Creatures for ‘Hercules’ Double Negative’s…
September 30, 2014
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Concept Artist Richard Anderson Brings Studios’ Visions to the Screen

Richard Anderson’s experience as a concept artist spans games, featurefilm pre-production and visual effects. Here, he talks about building hiscareer within this competitive industry. Concept Artist Richard Anderson Brings Studios’ Visions to the Screen…
August 21, 2014
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Nvizible Takes a Leap for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

VFX supervisor Matt Kasmir of Nvizible shares the challenges of creatingand animating the legs of the graceful but deadly Gazelle in excitingfight sequences for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’. Nvizible Takes a Leap for ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Among the…
August 21, 2014
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Method Touches the Stars for ‘Jupiter Ascending’

Method Studios’ Simon Carr and VFX team tell about building vast newworlds, robotic characters and zero gravity FX for sci-fi fantasy feature‘Jupiter Ascending’. Method Touches the Stars for ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Contributing to the science fiction fantasy…
August 21, 2014
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Framestore Brings Light, Life & Motion to 'Jupiter Ascending'

Framestore’s motion capture and light played fascinating roles in theproduction and post of the science fiction fantasy ‘Jupiter Ascending’. Framestore Brings Light, Life & Motion to 'Jupiter Ascending' Framestore's London and Montreal teams delivered over…
August 21, 2014
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Framestore Brings Light, Life & Motion to 'Jupiter Ascending'

Framestore’s motion capture and light played fascinating roles in theproduction and post of the science fiction fantasy ‘Jupiter Ascending’. Framestore Brings Light, Life & Motion to 'Jupiter Ascending' Framestore's London and Montreal teams delivered over…
August 21, 2014
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SpongeBob Squarepants Jumps to Life in 3D with Iloura

For ‘The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’, animators and VFXartists at Iloura re-created and animated SpongeBob and his friends as3D CG characters in a live action world. SpongeBob Squarepants Jumps to Life in 3D with Iloura AEAF ENTRY View in Online…
August 21, 2014
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Fixafilm and Digital Vision’s Nucoda Rescue Phoenix from the Ashes

Fixafilm post in Warsaw has re-constructed and digitally restored AndrzejWajda’s classic film ‘The Ashes’ with Digital Vision’s Nucoda Film Mastergrading system and DVO restoration tools. Fixafilm and Digital Vision’s Nucoda Rescue Phoenix from the Ashes…
August 21, 2014
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Planetarium Studio Powers Renders for Digital Dome Visualisations

Rendering high resolution content for the Academy of Sciences Planetarium’sall-digital dome requires hundreds of render nodes and high-speed storagewithin a dedicated IT infrastructure. Planetarium Studio Powers Renders for Digital Dome Visualisations…
August 21, 2014
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Performance Capture Pioneers Collaborate on New Mocap Experience

Motion capture companies Animatrik Film Design and DimensionalImaging talk about working together to bring specialist facialperformance capture services to VFX and game productions. Performance Capture Pioneers Collaborate on New Mocap Experience Motion…
August 21, 2014
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Art Director Steve Lumley Takes 'Hotel Transylvania 2' to the Suburbs

Steve Lumley, Art Director on ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’, talks about hiswork with the team at Sony Pictures Animation to introduce someTransylvanian magic to the California suburbs. Art Director Steve Lumley Takes 'Hotel Transylvania 2' to the Suburbs WhenSteve…
August 21, 2014
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One of Us Reaches the Summit for ‘Everest’

One of Us completed two sequences at the summit of ‘Everest’, extendinga huge 360° green screen set, and creating atmospheric particle effectsand dramatic storm cloud environments.. One of Us Reaches the Summit for ‘Everest’ One of Usworked on two sequences…
June 21, 2014
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Cinesite Builds a Robotic Boot Camp on ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Cinesite built robotic aliens and a training range where the hero of ‘Edgeof Tomorrow’ hones his battle skills, and created a time slice shot combiningmotion control and post camera moves. Cinesite Builds a Robotic Boot Camp on ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ As the pace…
June 21, 2014
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Shane Hurlbut ASC Captures Movie Action, Light and Looks

Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, talks about cameras and whathe has been learning from his experiences shooting and lighting forfeature films, working both on film and digitally. Shane Hurlbut ASC Captures Movie Action, Light and Looks Cinematographer…
June 21, 2014
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Proof’s Previs & Postvis Charts the Galaxy for Marvel’s Guardians

Proof visualisation house created previs and postvis services for someof the most complex and exciting action sequences in Marvel’s galacticadventure ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Proof’s Previs & Postvis Charts the Galaxy for Marvel’s Guardians…
June 21, 2014
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Rodeo FX Takes Lucy on a Collision Course

Rodeo FX staged a harrowing car chase through Paris with director LucBesson’sfearless heroine ‘Lucy’ at the wheel, visualising her gifts ofx-ray vision and ability to see mobile device signals. Rodeo FX Takes Lucy on a Collision Course VFX studioRodeo FXin…
June 21, 2014
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Concept Artist Richard Anderson Brings Studios’ Visions to the Screen

Richard Anderson’s experience as a concept artist spans games, featurefilm pre-production and visual effects. Here, he talks about building hiscareer within this competitive industry. Concept Artist Richard Anderson Brings Studios’ Visions to the Screen…
June 21, 2014
In Depth Adriene Hurst

Double Negative Builds Legendary Creatures for ‘Hercules’

Ryan Cook and Julian Foddy from Double Negative’s VFX team talk aboutwrangling the heroic beasts of the 'Hercules' legend, refining their in-housetools, creature FX and animation. Double Negative Builds Legendary Creatures for ‘Hercules’ Double Negative’s…
February 21, 2014
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Method Unravels the Maze with a New Creature Pipeline

VFX supervisor Sue Rowe and animation director Erik de Boer atMethod Studios take on environments, complex simulations andvicious Grievers for ‘The Maze Runner’. Method Unravels the Maze with a New Creature Pipeline Method Studios’ Vancouver studio handled…
February 21, 2014
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Spin VFX Makes a Splash with Water, Light & Creature FX for ‘Dolphin Tale 2’

VFX supervisor Colin Davies from Spin VFX talks about building andanimating photoreal 3D dolphins and the light and water interactionsthat bring them to life alongside live dolphins. Spin VFX Makes a Splash with Water, Light & Creature FX for ‘Dolphin Tale 2’…
February 21, 2014
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Réka Bucsi Animates Oscar-shortlisted Film ‘Symphony no. 42’

Réka Bucsi is the creator and director of ‘Symphony no. 42’, one of10 animated short films shortlisted for an Oscar in 2014. Here, shetalks about her animation techniques, process and inspiration. Réka Bucsi Animates Oscar-shortlisted Film ‘Symphony no. 42’…
February 21, 2014
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Framestore Finds the Creature within for ‘Dracula Untold’

Framestore’s Glen Pratt in London and JP Li in Montreal talk about buildingTransylvania, flying with bats and revealing the inner creature on‘Dracula Untold’. Framestore Finds the Creature within for ‘Dracula Untold’ Digital Media World had the chance to…
February 21, 2014
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BlueBolt Plays ‘The Imitation Game’

BlueBolt worked as the sole visual effects vendor on ‘The Imitation Game’,creating realistic, invisible VFX for shots depicting U-boats, aircraft, tanksand streets during wartime in WWII. BlueBolt Plays ‘The Imitation Game’ BlueBoltcame on board as the sole…
February 21, 2014
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Proof’s Previs Artists Spend a Night at the Museum

Proof Inc created previs and postvis services for ‘Night at the Museum:Secret of the Tomb’, wrangling fantastic digital creatures, miniaturizingthe heroes and staging the action. Proof’s Previs Artists Spend a Night at the Museum Proof Incvisualization house…
February 21, 2014
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Athena Studios Animates Stop-Motion Adventure, ‘Auntie Claus’

Jon Peters of Athena Studios tells about their upcoming project, a 90-minute,stop-motion feature film based on ‘Auntie Claus’, from the Christmas-themedseries of children’s books. Athena Studios Animates Stop-Motion Adventure, ‘Auntie Claus’ Athena Studiosin…
February 21, 2014
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3D character Artist Piotr Rusnarczyk in Poland talks about freelancin

MPC takes viewers on a fast paced, first-person POV ride with anambitious Virgin Atlantic customer, encountering tigers, CG crowds,airliners and clouds. MPC Lets It Fly for Virgin Atlantic MPCworked with director Sam Brown from Rogue Film and agency…
February 21, 2014
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3D Character Artist Changes the Game with Light & Inspiration

3D character Artist Piotr Rusnarczyk in Poland talks about freelancingfor games studios, managing model rendering, and navigating thecyberpunk world through his own projects. 3D Character Artist Changes the Game with Light & Inspiration Piotr Rusnarczykis a…
November 21, 2013
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MAN OF STEEL: Heart of Steel

MPC’s VFX team come eye to eye with Superman in ‘Man of Steel’, taking flight with the classic superhero behind a new virtual camera.
October 21, 2013
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The Great Gatsby – Dream Team

The Bazmark internal VFX team describe techniques and processes that brought the world of ‘The Great Gatsby’ from a vision to the screen.
October 21, 2013
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The Great Gatsby – Deconstructing New York

Animal Logic brought The Great Gatsby’s New York City to life, from Times Square to lavish parties to a flight over Manhattan.
July 12, 2013
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WORLD WAR Z - Crowd Source

VFX supervisor Jessica Norman describes how MPC’s team created and animated vicious crowds of zombies rampaging into Jerusalem in ‘World War Z’. WORLD WAR Z - Crowd Source Part 1 of Digital Media World'stwo-part featureon the VFX of 'World War Z' MPC's first…
July 10, 2013
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THE GREAT GATSBY in Living Colour

Cutting Edge carried out the DI colour grade and traditional film-style opticals for ‘The Great Gatsby’. Cutting Edge Transforms ‘Gatsby’ into Living Colour Cutting Edge carried out the digital intermediate colour grade and traditional film-style opticals for…
July 03, 2013
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SPARTACUS

Cause+FX handled compositing and shot finalling on ‘Spartacus’, working with all vendors to create looks and environments to match the TV series’ heroic battles. SPARTACUS ‘Spartacus’has been among the TV series making the most extensive use ever of visual…
June 24, 2013
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OBLIVION: MOTION GRAPHICS

A team of motion graphics artists created the expressive, intuitive HUDs and Light Table animations appearing in ‘Oblivion’. Two of them describe their process. OBLIVION: MOTION GRAPHICS Lead Graphic DesignerBradley Munkowitzexplained that his team’s…
June 11, 2013
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IRON MAN 3: Brave New World

Cinesite, Method LA and Cantina Creative populated Iron Man Tony Stark’s new world with photoreal environments and bold visual effects. Part 2 seeIron Man 3 part 1 IRON MAN 3: Brave New World Method LA was called on to work on ‘Iron Man 3’ quite late into…
June 11, 2013
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IRON MAN 3: MAN MACHINE

Framestore and Trixter talk about work on ‘Iron Man 3’, perfecting the new Mark 42 suit and getting the heat pumping behind Extremis. Part 1 seepart 2 IRON MAN 3: MAN MACHINE Trixter had very early design involvement with Iron Man’s latest suit, the Mark 42…
May 21, 2013
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AEON – A Life in a Day

The DMCI’s AEON follows a lifetime of seasons using 3D animation and light at TEDxSydney. AEON – A Life in a Day Design and director collective, The DMC Initiative was chosen to participate at the annual ideas festivalTEDxSydney, held at Sydney Opera House on…
May 15, 2013
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MPC – Still Life Animation

MPC animated a decomposing classical still life painting in real-time, recreating a Dutch painter’s brush strokes and realistic behaviour of flies and maggots. MPC – Animating Still Life Following their ‘Transforming Still Life Painting’ project made in 2012,…
May 08, 2013
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Psyop Battles Toxic Trash

Psyop applied their 3D animation skill to a PSA raising awareness and encouraging the public to think about tobacco trash in a new way. Psyop Battles Toxic Trash Psyop and agency The Butler Bros developed a set of Earth Day Public Service Announcements for…
April 29, 2013
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STARFLIGHT: Phasers On Stun

Daniel James Cox talks about directing, art directing and designing VFX for Starflight’s music video debut ‘Phasers on Stun’. Starflight: Phasers On Stun Daniel James Cox is a visual effects art director based in Sydney. Jib Khan and Damo Spanjer recently…
March 28, 2013
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WARM BODIES – Good to the Bone

200Look-Effects-warm-bodies1 LOOK Effects created frightening animation for the Boneys in ‘Warm Bodies’, and take viewers on a flight through a digital cityscape. WARM BODIES – Good to the Bone‘Warm Bodies’ combines humour, romance and horror into a movie set…
March 20, 2013
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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Method Studios' effects for ‘Beautiful Creatures’, from magical to photoreal, include a mile-wide tempest and animated transitions. Beautiful Creatures Method Studios in Los Angeles began working on ‘Beautiful Creatures’ in mid-August 2012 after post…
March 14, 2013
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THE IMPOSTER – Colour of Deception

Colourist Rob Pizzey of Company 3 talks about grading ‘The Imposter’ to combine elements of truth and deception, film noir and documentary. THE IMPOSTER – Colour of Deception ‘The Imposter’ is a documentary following the story of Frédéric Bourdin, a 23 year…
March 06, 2013
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Alternate Universe

MPC integrated hybrid and full-CG characters into live action footage to bring a graphic novelist’s story to life on board a commuter train. MPC Powers Inspiration behind an Alternate Universe for Dell MPC created, animated and integrated hybrid and full-CG…
February 18, 2013
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Les Misérables – REBEL SONGS

VFX teams at The Mill and Double Negative created environments and enhanced camera work to support the performances of ‘Les Misérables’. Les Misérables – Rebel Songs Director Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of the musical ‘Les Misérables’ focuses on its famous…
February 13, 2013
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STEALING SECRETS

Framestore visualised the dramatic internet activity behind WikiLeaks, creating rendered effects and motion graphics for Alex Gibney’s documentary. STEALING SECRETS Alex Gibney’s documentary feature ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks’ employs motion…
February 05, 2013
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High Frame Rates

David Stump ASC talks about high frame rate shooting for movies, and Qube Cinema’s CTO Rajesh Ramachandran explains HFR projection in cinemas. Fast Frames – HFR through the Camera’s Eye After working on numerous movie and TV productions as DP, visual effects…
January 22, 2013
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EYE OF THE STORM

‘Life of Pi’ was a chance for MPC in Vancouver to design two massive storms from the inside out. VFX Supervisor Guillaume Rocheron describes the team’s R&D. EYE OF THE STORM VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron at MPC Vancouver started to work on ‘Life of Pi’ in…
January 05, 2013
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THE GUARDIAN EFFECT

‘Rise of the Guardians’ gave DreamWorks’ FX team a fantastic chance to help character performances come to life on screen. The Guardian Effect ‘Rise of the Guardians’ represented a chance for the effects team at DreamWorks to become integrally involved with…
December 14, 2012
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SKYFALL STATION

NEW IMAGESCinesite’s VFX team takes 007 on a chase through the London Underground and brings him face to face with a Komodo dragon in ‘Skyfall’. Skyfall Station After the main shoot for ‘Skyfall’ got started in November 2011, Cinesite’s VFX Supervisor Jon…
December 12, 2012
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Convenient Education – SBS Interactive

Convention Education is an interactive, online documentary on Australia’s international education industry that reaches viewers through multiple screens. Convenient Education – SBS Interactive The three young filmmakers and co-directors of this documentary,…
November 29, 2012
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SKYFALL RENDEZVOUS

MPC took over 007’s fiery showdown at Skyfall, with a helicopter crashlanding, night chase over the moors and 360° highlands environment. SKYFALL RENDEZVOUS ‘Skyfall’, the 23rd film in the James Bond series of thrillers, is Director Sam Mendes’ first action…
November 21, 2012
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The Wolverine Lives Forever

Three Australian studios – Rising Sun Pictures, Method Studios and Iloura - put an array of VFX techniques to work to bring this classic superhero’s story to life for ‘The Wolverine’.
November 21, 2012
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Prime Focus Handles Stereo Conversion for Edge of Tomorrow

Senior stereo supervisor Richard Baker Talks about the challenges thePrime Focus World team encountered as sole stereo conversion vendoron ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. Prime Focus Handles Stereo Conversion for Edge of Tomorrow Prime Focus World was the sole stereo…
October 12, 2012
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TOTAL RECALL - Tomorrow’s Memories

The Senate VFX and LipSync Post talk about their creative designs and FX behind the exciting 3D graphics and futuristic devices in ‘Total Recall’. TOTAL RECALL - Tomorrow’s Memories The bold exciting cityscapes of ‘Total Recall’ are full of 3D graphics and…
October 08, 2012
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KON-TIKI – Crossing the Pacific

Fido visual effects studio in Stockholm has brought realism and natural wonder to ‘Kon-Tiki’, a new Norwegian feature on Thor Heyerdahl’s ocean voyage. KON-TIKI – Crossing the Pacific Fido visual effects studio in Stockholm has brought realism and natural…
October 02, 2012
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Betting On McLean’s Money

Cinematographer Ben Allan ACS shows how a well-designed workflow and his own post-production skills took a feature film to completion with a minimal crew and budget. DP Ben Allan has now made three, small budget feature films with director, writer and…
September 22, 2012
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Ted – The Bear Essentials

Teams from Tippett Studio and Iloura skilfully coordinated efforts to create and animate Ted, the badly behaved Teddy bear, and composite him into Seth MacFarlane’s comedy, 'Ted'. Production VFX supervisor Blair Clark from Tippett Studio devoted nearly two…
September 10, 2012
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The Borgias – Tale of Treachery

SPIN VFX in Toronto is contributing major 2D and 3D environmental work to all three series of ‘The Borgias’ from Showtime. The second series has been nominated for four Emmy Awards this year, including one for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series…
August 21, 2012
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Prometheus - Highway to the Stars

Fuel VFX put their expert design skills to work on the Orrery, the star spangled 3D hologram the Engineers of ‘Prometheus’ used as their map through the universe. The team atFuel VFXwas responsible for designing and creating a series of alien and futuristic…
August 20, 2012
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THE GATE – A RISKY BUSINESS

AEAF WINNER - SHORT FILMDirector, writer and digital artist Matt Westrup talks about making his short film, ‘The Gate’, from concepts through the shoot and detailed post production. ‘The Gate’ is a science fiction short film describing a series of alarming…
August 15, 2012
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PROMETHEUS – ENGINEER’S PLANET

AEAF WINNER - FEATURE FILM VFXMPC’s VFX supervisors Charley Henley and Richard Stammers describe their work on the Prometheus, Juggernaut and the cold, beautiful world the mysterious Engineers left behind. The visual effects team at MPC started work on…
July 28, 2012
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Snow White: Dark Magic

Double Negative’s team battled the Dark Fairies with intensive R&D and ventured into the the Dark Forest in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. Double Negativehandled two major sequences for ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’. The most challenging of these appears at…
July 27, 2012
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Snow White - Mirror Man

The Mill developed an elegant simulation, precise witness camera system and subtle animation to bring evil Queen Ravenna’s Mirror Man to life in 'Snow White and the Huntsman'. The MillLondon started work on the Mirror Man effect and sequence about a year…
July 13, 2012
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Men in Black 3: Uneasy Riders

Animation Supervisor Spencer Cook led the team at SPI animating treacherous aliens, photoreal digital doubles and fantastic hybrids of live actors wearing animated digital extensions in 'Men in Black 3'. Spencer Cook was one of the first members of the SPI…
July 02, 2012
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Men in Black 3 – The Sky’s the Limit

Digital effects supervisor Ken Hahn tells how SPI’s digital teams sent Agents J and K back through time and to the top of the Apollo 11 lunar mission in ‘Men in Black 3’. Sony Pictures Imageworks started work on Men in Black 3 in June 2010. Their initial…
June 28, 2012
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Titanic Rules the Waves

‘Titanic’, a four part TV series, was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous maritime disaster in April 1912. Spin VFX created the Titanic asset of over 1TB and 4,000 parts, delivering 55 shots. The series sets out to tell the story…
June 13, 2012
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Killer Elite - Classic Thrills

With a shoot spanning three continents, ‘Killer Elite’ was an 18-month production and post-production project for Iloura's VFX team. VFX supervisor Julian Dimsey supervised on set at all locations. Starting with nine weeks of filming in Melbourne, Iloura’s…
June 07, 2012
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Hunger Games - Playing To Win

Rising Sun Pictures took on major action sequences and environments in ‘The Hunger Games’, creating and animating elements from the all-digital Capitol City to the vicious Muttations. On set in North Carolina, VFX supervisor Dennis Jones from RSP in Adelaide,…
June 06, 2012
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WRATH OF THE TITANS

Visual effects supervisor Olivier Dumont coordinated the work of Method in London and LA on ‘Wrath of the Titans’. The two teams constructed the complex, cavernous environment and fiery volcanic effects of the underworld, Tartarus, and built and animated the…
June 05, 2012
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John Carter: Martian Chronicles

To span the tremendous scope of work Cinesite were charged with on ‘John Carter of Mars’, Senior VFX Supervisor Sue Rowe led four teams of artists to design and build the environments, cities and aerial battles of Mars. Cinesite’s scope of work, on over 800…
June 04, 2012
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Method of Invisibility – ‘J Edgar’ and ‘Dragon Tattoo’

Method Studios artists in Vancouver and LA have developed VFX techniques that work silently behind the scenes, giving realism and atmosphere to the historical drama ‘J Edgar’ and thriller ‘Dragon Tattoo’. Method Vancouver was responsible for set extensions to…
April 07, 2012
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John Carter and the Creatures of Mars

‘John Carter of Mars’ is the largest creature project Double Negative has ever undertaken, requiring two and a half years of work. Updating the facility’s pipeline to meet the demand resulted in an exciting new Creature FX division. Double Negativestarted…
March 07, 2012
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JOURNEY 2 – ISLAND OF DREAMS

'Journey 2' takes a trip through a hurricane to an island no one has ever seen but surely wantsto visit. Production VFX supervisor Boyd Shermis, the DFX supervisor at RSP and VFX supervisorat Method Studios discuss the birds and the bees and the lost City of…
February 29, 2012
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HUGO’S MIGHTY MINIATURES

VFX supervisor Matthew Gratzner at New Deal Studios in Los Angeles led his practical effectscrew in the construction and destruction of the magnificent Montparnasse Railway Stationin ‘Hugo’ – all at 1:4 scale. Working on ‘Hugo’ meant another opportunity for…
February 24, 2012
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SUPER BOWL 2012 - SUPER TVCs PLAY TO WIN

The Super Bowl’s 2012 broadcast featured fantastic TVCs that competed with gridiron action forattention. The Mill, ATTIK, Method Studios and MPC talk about their VFX and animation work onspots surrounding the big game. NFL ‘Timeline’ – The MillDirected by…
February 22, 2012
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CHICO & RITA INTEGRATES SEVEN STUDIOS

‘Chico & Rita’, 2012 Academy Award Best Animated Feature Nominee, was completed at sevenstudios around the world using a customised workflow between a HoBSoftautomation system and Toon Boom Harmony. ‘Chico & Rita’ is a dramatic love story set in the world of…
February 15, 2012
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DIGITAL PULSE DAZZLES 12TH ARAB GAMES WITH INTERACTIVE ANIMATION

Australian digital design and production specialists Digital Pulse in Sydney has producedspectacular content to complement David Atkins Enterprises’ visual narrative for the openingceremony of the 12th Arab Games in Doha in December. ‘Journey to Light’ was a…
February 15, 2012
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UNDERWORLD AWAKENS

‘Underworld: Awakening’, the fourth film from the dark and dangerous realm of ‘Underworld’, findsterrifying new creatures wreaking havoc on the human race, thanks to the work of Luma Pictures,Spin VFX, Fido and Company 3. Luma Pictures’ involvement in…
February 09, 2012
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WAR HORSE -FRAMESTORE GOES TO BATTLE

VFX supervisor Ben Morris leads the Framestore team to create invisible effects, 3D CG andanimation for Steven Speilberg’s romantic film ‘War Horse’ about a heroic young boy and hishorse Joey who together survive the violence of WW1. Production Designer Rick…
February 08, 2012
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BARTON DAMER – PERPETUAL MOTION

Barton Damer, motion designer, digital artist and first-prize winner of Veer’s Creative Catalyst:Design for Change Competition in January, talks about his journey from video and graphicdesign into 3D motion. Barton recently won first prize at the ‘Creative…
February 04, 2012
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Yanyuwa Countrylines Online

A venture between Monash University’s Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Information Technology ishelping to preserve the history of Australia’s Indigenous population through animation. When English ships first arrived in Sydney Cove 222 years ago, 250 languages…
January 26, 2012
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LEADER OF THE PACK

Tippett studio’s shots in ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1’ were at the heart of two of major sequences featuring members of the film’s werewolf tribe, all of whom were digitally designed, built and animated at Tippett. Tippett has been creating the wolf…
January 23, 2012
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PUSS TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT

Head of Lighting for ‘Puss in Boots’, Mark Fattibene describes his team’s work on the movie, and shares insights into DreamWorks’ research on lighting stereo 3D projects and recent changes to their lighting pipeline. The lighting team for ‘Puss in Boots’ was…
January 02, 2012
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The Cup - AGAINST THE ODDS

In 2002, Damien Oliver lost his brother in a tragic racing accident. Only one week later he overcame his loss and won the Melbourne Cup horse race in one of this event’s most celebrated victories. John Francis at Surreal World took on 'The Cup' as a one-man…
December 27, 2011
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ANONYMOUS

Director Roland Emmerich’s decision to accurately reveal London as it was at Shakespeare’s time in his film ‘Anonymous’ became an opportunity to use new visual effects techniques to rebuild the city from the ground up in vivid detail. VFX supervisors Marc…
December 27, 2011
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MONSTER OF NIX - BRAVE NEW WORLD

The people and creatures of ‘The Monster of Nix’ inhabit a world governed by its own laws of physics, from the enchanted forest to stormy skies to the cluttered village. During the project’s six year development, character animation evolved from stop motion,…
December 26, 2011
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THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Mr X met a formidable visual FX challenge in ‘The Three Musketeers’, building assets with millions of polygons, full CG shots in stereo 3D and perfecting light and textures on water and digital doubles. Digital FX Supervisor Eric Robinson and Lighting…
November 23, 2011
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DIGITAL AND FILM CINEMATOGRAPHY

An important part of cinematography is choosing media for projects. The advent of digital formats has continued to expand the options and potential for digital cinematography every year while film, and especially the look of film, continues to be the choice…
November 16, 2011
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UNDERBELLY - COLOUR OF CRIME

VFX Supervisor Soren Jensen and Colourist Dwaine Hyde from Digital Pictures joined forces with DP Mark Wareham to give ‘Underbelly: Razor’ its period looks, de-constructing the Sydney Harbour Bridge and creating the underworld of 1920s Sydney. VFX Supervisor…
November 16, 2011
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THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE - REAL MAGIC

The sorcerers have descended on New York, and suddenly no one knows what will happen next. VFX Supervisor Adrian De Wet at Double Negative describes some of the magic behind the spectacle in the ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’. As Double Negative completed close…
November 08, 2011
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CAPTAIN AMERICA JOINS UP

Thirteen visual effects teams and VFX Supervisor Chris Townsend were recruited for ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. Chris and three of these teams - Fuel VFX, The Senate and Method Studios - talk here about creating photorealistic environments with 2D…
October 22, 2011
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THE BIRTHDAY GIFT

Director and producer Di He at AIVFX in Canada explains the value of computer science and programming in developing customized render and production pipelines for animation. He and his team recently produced ‘The Birthday Gift’, a prizewinning animated short…
October 22, 2011
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SALT - SALT OF THE EARTH

‘Salt’ made an exciting debut into feature films for Framestore’s New York facility. Evelyn Salt is a dangerous and mysterious CIA agent in a story that gives an emotional, human aspect to her character with uncertainty over her identity, driving the script,…
October 10, 2011
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TREE OF LIFE

Director Terrence Malick uses the visual effects in ‘Tree of Life’ to express his ideas about the origins of life and time. VFX Supervisor Dan Glass and FX teams around the world built the shots using a spectacular mix of animation, image capture and…
October 10, 2011
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HANNA - YOUNG & DEADLY

Mr X provided invisible effects for the exotic sci-fi thriller ‘Hanna’, giving the young lead character her extreme strength and endurance and heightening the sense of danger and mystery. VFX supervisor Brendan Taylor led the team on 200 shots, handling…
October 07, 2011
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HARRY POTTER AND THE Deathly Hallows Part 2

Through to this final film, the world of Harry Potter has been a magic place for VFX artists to test their talentsand achieve some of their best work. Cinesite and Double Negative discuss dragons, wand duels and infinitestaircases for 'Harry Potter and the…
October 07, 2011
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS

Interview with FRAMESTORE’S DALE NEWTON. The full feature article is in the latest isue of Digital Media World Print edition. Framestore was fortunate to be assigned a sequence in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsPt 1’ that is completely new and original,…
October 06, 2011
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INCEPTION - Architecture of Dreams

Double Negative created all of the visual effects for ‘Inception’, roughly 500 shots in the final film. According to VFX Supervisor Paul Franklin, nearly all of them required tight collaboration between the special effects and visual effects teams.From…
September 20, 2011
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Cinesite’s Antony Hunt Looks Back at Harry Potter – and Beyond

Cinesite’s Managing Director Antony Hunt has served as Executive Producer on all eight HarryPotter Films, giving him an interesting perspective on the effect the series has had on visualeffects vendors in London. When the first film came to the UK only a…
September 20, 2011
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I.E. Effects Gets Immersed in the World of Harry Potter

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is the only film in the Potter franchise to be releasedin stereo 3D, although it was not captured stereoscopically. I.E. Effects contributed to the2D-to-3D conversion, and shared details of their techniques and…
September 20, 2011
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Cinesite’s Antony Hunt Looks Back at Harry Potter – and Beyond

Cinesite’s Managing Director Antony Hunt has served as Executive Producer on all eight HarryPotter Films, giving him an interesting perspective on the effect the series has had on visualeffects vendors in London. When the first film came to the UK only a…
September 14, 2011
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SOUTH SOLITARY - SOUTHERLY BUSTER

The post production team on ‘South Solitary’ faced technical challenges when the weather at the shoot location turned too sunny to suit the story’s dark stormy skies. It had also been shot on 16mm film, requiring de-graining and sharpening at the DI…
September 09, 2011
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Griff The Invisible - INVINCIBLY INVISIBLE

Before ‘Griff The Invisible’, FSM’s effects work on feature films has been the seamless, ‘invisible’ type. Interestingly, this project about a would-be superhero who dreams of achieving invisibility and using it to fight crime, gave the team a chance to…
September 09, 2011
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KUNG FU PANDA’S WORLD

Head of lighting and digital effects supervisor at DreamWorks, Dave Walvoord came to ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ having worked on the first Kung Fu Panda movie. Although the lighting team had done much of the groundwork on that first production, they weren’t…
September 07, 2011
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TOY STORY 3 - TOYS ON THE LOOSE

The third film in the Toy Story series may be the last, but it bursts with new characters, sometimes loading dozens of toys and children into a single shot. Animator Simon Allen from Pixar tells how the team met the challenge.From Digital Media World Magazine…
September 06, 2011
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Framestore Prepares for the New Harry Potter Generation

As the Harry Potter series comes to an end, Framestore’s team takes a magical splash into theChamber of Secrets, and briefly follows Harry into the afterlife and back again.More HarryPotter FX- See the Cover Feature in DMW No 136 'Dragons Live Forever'. VFX…
September 05, 2011
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The team at Cinesite opens ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ with a thrilling chase through the streets of old London, led by VFX Supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp. At ILM Singapore, VFX Supervisor Mohen Leo’s team gave Blackbeard his ability to…
September 04, 2011
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Baseblack Brings Ghostly Magic to Harry Potter

Baseblack produced intriguing and beautiful effects in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt 2’ -from the ghostly Grey Lady to the Golden Snitch to the demise of Bellatrix LeStrange - helping tobring the series to a dramatic finish.More Harry Potter FX-…
September 02, 2011
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PAUL - THE ALIEN WITHIN

For such a small, affable personality, Paul was a surprisingly challenging characterfor the team at Double Negative to create and animate. Animation Supervisor AndersBeer describes the process behind the friendly alien in director Greg Mottola’s film…
September 02, 2011
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SPARTACUS - GODS OF THE ARENA

VFX Art Director Daniel James Cox talks about the look development process behind cinema quality visual effects delivered on a fast-turnaround HD green screen series on a limited budget. Close collaboration and a well-planned workflow were major factors in…
August 17, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

PRINCE OF PERSIA

Jumping from Ubisoft’s video game, the characters and creatures in 'Prince of Persia' inhabit a mythical world of adventure and romance. Indepth interviews with artists from four major VFX houses reveal the diverse new tools and techniques used to skilfully…
August 03, 2011
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

Nightmare on Elm Street - Only a Dream

Freddy Krueger’s infamous face has now become even spookier 16 years after the original ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ was released. Method Studio jumped at the chance to rebuild the face in Samuel Bayer’s ‘Nightmare’, fit to frighten a new generation of…
August 01, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

THOR - WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

When Thor is banished from heaven, he leaves behind a world of monsters, magic and powerful gods. Kelly Port from Digital Domain talks about the Jotunheim Battle and Paul Butterworth at Fuel VFX describes the Bi-frost effect that brings Thor to earth. Digital…
July 27, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

ROBIN HOOD - REBEL WARRIORS

Ridley Scott’s ‘Robin Hood’ brings the legendary hero with his band of rebels homefrom battling the French to confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprisingagainst the crown. VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers led the VFX team at MPC tocreate the…
July 25, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

SUCKER PUNCH - TOMORROW’S GIRLS

Baby Doll built her imaginary worlds from nightmares, memories and fantasies. It took four VFX teams each a year or more to reconstruct them in CG. Three VFX artists talk about the R&D and look development behind the environments, assets and characters they…
July 13, 2011
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

CLASH OF THE TITANS - CREATURE CLASH

‘Clash of the Titans’ tells a tale based on classical Greek mythology. Artists from Cinesite and MPC share the development stories behind the city of Argos and the fantastic CG creatures that populate the movie, bringing drama and excitement to the…
July 08, 2011
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

KICK ASS - ALIVE AND KICKING

Although ‘Kick-Ass’ is fast-paced and stylish, its visual effects rely mainly on 2D techniques - with interesting exceptions. It was an approach that Director and co-scriptwriter Matthew Vaugan and VFX Supervisor Mattias Lindahl agreed on from the start to…
June 29, 2011
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

IRON MAN - HEAVY METAL

The visual effects team at Double Negative completed a complex sequence set in Monaco on the racing circuit at the Grand Prix for ‘Iron Man 2’. It gave the artists a chance to show their skill in everything from on-site supervision to CG environments and 3D…
June 28, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

EXIT - NO WAY OUT

‘EXIT’ is the first feature film by director Marek Polgar. The film has been shot over three years on the RED ONE camera. Cail Young at Inspiration Studios, who carried out post production, talks about his workflow and taking advantage of RED’s colour…
June 22, 2011
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

NANNY MCPHEE IF PIGS COULD SWIM

The CG animals that VFX Supervisor Christian Manz and his team at Framestore created for ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ may not seem remarkable to look at – a perfectly realistic baby elephant, some piglets and a jackdaw. But their fantastic performances set…
June 20, 2011
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

OSCAR WINNING SHORTS

Short filmmakers have only a limited time to tell their story and make an impact. All means of expression are important, including the DI, colour grade and visual effects. Joachim Back's ‘The New Tenants’ won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film this…
June 15, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

Simon Otto, Animator Simon Otto worked for three and a half years on ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, the story of a young Viking, Hiccup, who teaches his fellow Vikings to stop battling dragons and start making friends with them. The result is a world of dragons…
June 05, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

RANGO GOES WEST

From ILM Singapore, Creature Simulation Supervisor Eric Wong and Compositing Supervisor Mark Hopkins describe the roles they played to give ‘Rango’ its realistic, photographic look that tempts the audience’s eyes to believe in the characters and environments…
May 30, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

BATTLE LOS ANGELES - city under seige

VFX Supervisor Ben Shepherd led his team at Cinesite into ‘Battle Los Angeles’ to create one of the movie’s signature looks, distinctive smoke rings signalling the airstrikes of an alien army laying siege to Los Angeles, fleets of military vehicles and a…
May 03, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

GRADING - THE COLOUR CHALLENGE

New developments in DI and colour grading have been emerging at two Australian facilities recently, thanks to R&D carried out for recent feature film projects, "Tomorrow When the War Began' and 'Say Nothing'. Their research looks set to pave the way for…
April 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

SANCTUM - GOING UNDERGROUND

The effects team at Iloura built a cavernous underground world for 'Sanctum', Producer Andrew Wight's story of danger and adventure. VFX Supervisors David Booth and Peter Webb with editor Ben Joss talk about their own adventures taking the movie, shot in…
April 06, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

RED HILL - FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Director Patrick Hughes started production on ‘Red Hill’ with no distributor, a small budget and little planning for visual effects. His post team consisted of an editor, a VFX Supervisor, a DI colourist and a few effects artists located in different cities.…
March 15, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

BACK TO NARNIA

Narnia is a place where stars fall to earth to share their magic, mice are fencing champions and treacherous mists prey on the dreams of heroes. The Senate VFX, Cinesite and MPC describe their adventures through ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the…
February 22, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

SCOTT PILGRIM - IF LOOKS COULD KILL

Bringing Scott Pilgrim’s story from comic book to screen demanded effects from complex blue screen composites to integrating on-screen graphics and 3D CG. CG Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst at Double Negative talks about the intense look development and new…
January 22, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

GREEN LANTERN - HEROES UNDER THE SKIN

Several characters in ‘Green Lantern’ have been created from mixture of CG and live action elements, animated by preserving as much of the actor’son screenperformance as possible. The result is a truly hybrid super hero. Senior Animation Supervisor David…
January 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

SAVING ENYO’S PLANET

‘Legend of Enyo’ is an animated television adventure series for children aged 8 to 12, centred on a tribe living in a prehistoric world that is slowly dying, and their struggle to survive as they travel to reach a safe haven in a Hidden Valley. Developed and…
January 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

TRON - 21ST CENTURY TRON

Pulling together the many layers of assets, lights, explosions and visual effects that make the fantastic universe of ‘TRON: Legacy’ was no small task. To achieve the director’s vision, Compositing Supervisor Paul Lambert at Digital Domain worked with a team…
January 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

POST PRODUCTION SPECIAL

Post production facilities across Australia have had an active year, taking on challenging work that has stretched their skills and adding new services including, stereo 3D, feature film and TV capabilities. Here, you can take a look at some of their recent…
January 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

DAWN TREADER INSIDE OUT

Art Director Jacinta Leong’s renders, drawings and animations communicate set designs from the Director and Production Designer to virtually every team member on a production. Here, she talks about her work, and her part in creating the ‘Dawn Treader’ set for…
January 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

HARRY POTTER - A MAGICAL ENDING

For the effects teams involved with the Harry Potter films, each new film has to shine a little brighter to keep dazzling the fans’ eyes. VFX artists at Cinesite, Rising Sun Pictures and Framestore talk about their work on the latest, penultimate Harry Potter…
January 18, 2011
In Depth Adriene Hurst

DIRTGIRL’S WORLD

Dirtgirlworld, a TV series for children, combines live-action and animation to create characters. Dirtgirl and her friends promote sustainable living in a vibrant environment populated with 2D and 3D assets. In 2010, the series has received a BAFTA Children’s…

WHITE TIGER LEGEND

Jan 11, 2011 1259
Visual effects artist Kory Juul is directing, producing and performing in his animated…

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE’

Dec 21, 2010 1921
Animal Logic flew into new territory for this project, thierfirst animated…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows THE TALE OF THE THREE BROTHERS

Dec 17, 2010 728
Interview with FRAMESTORE’S DALE NEWTON. The full feature article is in the latest isue…

THE LOST THING - LOST AND FOUND

Dec 14, 2010 1934
A small, dedicated team headed by Lead 2D/CG Artist & CG Supervisor Tom Bryant and…

LET ME IN

Dec 14, 2010 559
‘Let Me In’ shows the power of visual effects over an audience’s response to characters.…

BENEATH HILL 60 - GOING UNDERGROUND

Jun 08, 2010 1655
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'Beneath Hill 60’ is the exciting story behind the Battle of Messines Ridge in 1916…

THE PRICE OF HAPPINESS $9.99

Jun 08, 2010 838
When Director Tatia Rosenthal captured a story with her special stop motion technique,the…

DORIAN GRAY - MORAL DECAY

Jun 07, 2010 1774
MPC provided essential post-production work and visual effects for the film ‘Dorian…

MPC: FROM BABIES TO BOOT CAMP

Jun 07, 2010 730
The Moving Picture Company post production studio in London has recentlycreated some…

MOON

Jun 07, 2010 1124
Usually, ‘seamless’ describes effects that are invisible to viewers and result…

MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

Jun 07, 2010 518
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While covering the Iraq War, reporter Bob Wilton meets Special Forces officer Lyn Cassady…

DEAD BORING - Drama in Stereo 3D

Jun 01, 2010 797
Director Dave Edwards with DP Rob Morton have produced a live action dramatic short film…

THE WOLFMAN - Company of Wolves

Jun 01, 2010 1649
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‘The Wolfman’, a remake of the 1941 horror film, brings a classic character back to…

SHUTTER ISLAND - ISLAND MAGIC

Jun 01, 2010 2173
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New Deal created over 120 shots featuring miniatures, additional photography and digital…

Alice in Wonderland - Alice's Animals

May 17, 2010 1135
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Some of the most memorable characters in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ are…

LAW ABIDING CITIZEN - CRIMES OF PASSION

May 04, 2010 545
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The detailed, gruesomely realistic VFX required for ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ weredivided…

The Road - End of the Road

Apr 18, 2010 1578
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The director of ‘The Road’, John Hillcock, originally expected Dive Visualwould have to…

3d Cane Toads:The Conquest

Apr 08, 2010 1757
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Filmmaker and director Mark Lewis of Radio Pictures in Mullumbimby NSWhas produced one of…

OUT OF THE BOX

Apr 07, 2010 504
Although ‘The Box’ presents viewers with a tough moral question, their biggest…

STAR TREK RISES AGAIN

Mar 30, 2010 1568
Matte painter Max Gabl worked with CBS Digital over nearly two years to restoreand update…

2012 - CHOREOGRAPHY OF CHAOS

Mar 24, 2010 481
VFXSupervisors Marc Weigert and Volker Engel orchestrated their effects in‘2012’ with…

9 - BUILDING THE WORLD OF 9

Mar 19, 2010 532
After four years spent developing concept, designing and animating his short film, ‘9’…

SHERLOCK HOLMES EXPLODES

Mar 15, 2010 528
The number of effects shots in ‘Sherlock Holmes’ is surprising for a movie that…

The Hurt Locker - Digital War Zone

Mar 08, 2010 1506
The Hurt Locker from Director Kathryn Bigelow portrays the tense reality of life for…

AVATAR - Pandora’s Tool Box

Mar 05, 2010 2221
James Cameron’s Avatar has sparked new ways of thinking about software, hardwareand…

Phill Tippett Talks CG Wolves

Feb 23, 2010 2949
Phil Tippett and Susan MacLeod reveal how ‘New Moon’ delivers its mix of romanceand…

ZEKE’S PAD’ DRAWS AFI NOMINATION

Feb 15, 2010 2321
Avrill Stark Entertainment was recently nominated for an AFI Award for the 3Danimated TV…

HOUDINI 10’S PYRO FX: FIRE CONTROL

Feb 09, 2010 1822
In this series of software reviews, Allan McKay has been comparing industry-proven…

AWAKEN - WAKE UP CALL

Feb 09, 2010 1659
‘Awaken’, an animated short, was filmmaker David Gould’s first screenplay and is…

Sweeney Todd - VFX Team Adds Fire

Sep 09, 2009 1623
As sole VFX vendor, London’s Moving Picture Company made award-winning use of their…

Storyboard Part 1 Director’s Roadmap

Aug 09, 2009 2476
What is the biggest star of any production? According to storyboard artistDavid Russell,…

INSEPARABLE COIL Part 2

Aug 07, 2009 820
Apart from writing and directing, David was art director, script supervisor and set…

Gallipoli 1916 - The ANZACS First Day

Jul 02, 2009 1563
In November last year, faced with a deadline of April 2009, Creative Directorand Producer…

Kids Stuff

Jun 09, 2009 1794
Whether or not you are a Muppets fan, the most recent addition to their ranks, Sid the…

UP UP and AWAY

Jun 07, 2009 1286
Scott Clark at Pixar headed the character animators working on the forms andfaces for…

COLOUR AND LIGHT FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL KATE’

Jun 07, 2009 1361
One of Australia’s most successful films this year, ‘Beautiful Kate’ was shot onFujifilm…

DISTRICT 9 - WALKING WITH ALIENS

Jun 07, 2009 525
Trent Opaloch’s first feature as DOP sent him to South Africa with nine RED ONE cameras…

Sixty40 -Battlestar Pioneers Low-Fi 3D

Jun 07, 2009 839
Sixty40 Production Studio has produced a music video for recording artist Harmonic 313…

Drag Me to Hell - To Hell and Back

Jun 07, 2009 2616
Australians are preparing to be horrified in July when Sam Raimi’s latest movie ‘Drag Me…

Primevil - Magical Menagerie

Jun 06, 2009 477
‘Primeval’, ITV's hit adventure series, returned to UK audiences at the end of March. The…

Aliens Mix it with HP’s Monsters

Jun 05, 2009 737
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As ‘Monsters vs Aliens’ opens at cinemas worldwide, HP technology and DreamWorks’…

Resin Production Studio

Mar 07, 2009 544
Resin production studio in Adelaide integrates live action production and direction, 3D,…