Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX


For the third consecutive year, HBO's Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. A look at Scanline VFX's Wight Attack

Remembering Lord Richard Attenborough


By sheer coincidence, I interviewed Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday and the first thing we discussed was Gandhi and Lord Richard Attenborough. I explained that he was the first director I interviewed when I was still in college and how lucky I was to start off with this

Miller & Rodriguez Talk Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


It's hard to believe that it's been nine years since Sin City.  So much has changed and we're worse off, in many ways, which makes the timing just right to slip back into Frank Miller's deliriously noir hell hole. If anything, A Dame to Kill For is bolder yet more

Clipping Emmy-Winning Game of Thrones VFX

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For the third consecutive year, HBO’s Game of Thrones took The Creative Arts Emmy Award for VFX last week in LA. Here are two sets of breakdowns from Scanline VFX and Rodeo FX for their fourth season contributions. Read more

Remembering Lord Richard Attenborough

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By sheer coincidence, I interviewed Sir Ben Kingsley on Saturday and the first thing we discussed was Gandhi and Lord Richard Attenborough. I explained that he was the first director I interviewed when I was still in college and how lucky I was to start off with this prince among men. Although the interview was ostensibly about Magic,  Sir Richard regaled me with plans for his lifelong pet project, Gandhi, explaining how it starts off with this riveting scene in which the young British-trained lawyer is thrown off a train in South Africa for sitting in a first-class compartment, thus beginning his legendary path as the leader of Indian independence, and how this amazing young actor, Ben Kingsley, was going to dazzle us and become a major star. Read more

Miller & Rodriguez Talk Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Books, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nine years since Sin City.  So much has changed and we’re worse off, in many ways, which makes the timing just right to slip back into Frank Miller’s deliriously noir hell hole. If anything, A Dame to Kill For is bolder yet more cohesive and emotionally involving. It’s certainly more immersive in 3-D and it’s all green screen with no sets whatsoever. As a result, this dream-like world where Shock Corridor collides with Kiss Me Deadly seems even more tactile and surreal. Read more

Shotgun Celebrates Inaugural Pipeline Awards at SIGGRAPH

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Movies, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

At the Shotgun User Group held during SIGGRAPH 2014 in Vancouver, Shotgun Software held the first ever Pipeline Awards to honor excellence in pipeline tool development, integration, engineering, and usage. Members of the Shotgun community from around the world submitted inventive tools for consideration, and four were recognized with Pipeline Shotty Awards, distinguishing them as the best pipeline tools of 2014. Shotgun also recognized four individuals as “Pipeline Heroes,” leaders who have had a significant impact on the pipeline community through their technical contributions and commitment to sharing ideas and best practices. Read more

Trailering The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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Watch the trailer for The Tale of the Princess Kaguya from Studio Ghibli co-founder/director Isao Takahata. The Oscar contender from GKids opens Oct. 17 in an English-language version and makes its North American premiere at TIFF.

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Full Line of Nuke 9 Coming This Fall

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The Foundry will release version 9 of Nuke, Nukex, and Nuke Studio this fall. Nuke  users will be able to access open betas of all three applications in the coming weeks. Read more

Massive 7.0 to Ship in September

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Massive 7.0 (expected to ship in September)  offers more efficient character animation with Massive for Maya, big improvements in rendering, animation and user interface, Arnold support, 4x rendering speed up, V-Ray displacements and hair, and more flexible IK. Read more

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Soars Past $500 Million

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DreamWorks’ Oscar contending How to Train Your Dragon 2 has become the highest-grossing animated feature of the year, topping $500 million globally on  the heels of its $5.6 million opening in China. Read more

NVIDIA Untethers Virtual Camera at SIGGRAPH

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Cinematography, Events, Movies, previs, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

NVIDIA demo’d virtual camera technology at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver that allows a filmmaker, tablet in hand, to walk through a live-action set and record actors as they perform, while simultaneously seeing fluid updates of computer-generated elements within the shot. Read more

21 Considered for Academy Sci-Tech Achievement

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Events, Movies, Oscar, stop-motion, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production | Leave a comment

Tech from Digital Domain, DreamWorks Animation, ILM, Laika, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Weta Digital is in the running for Academy Sci-Tech achievement. Read more

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