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February 25, 2016
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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 01, 2016
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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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.
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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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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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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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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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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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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
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…
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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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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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In Depth Adriene Hurst

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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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.
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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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
In Depth Adriene Hurst

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,…

SKYFALL RENDEZVOUS

Nov 29, 2012
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MPC took over 007’s fiery showdown at Skyfall, with a helicopter crashlanding, night…

The Wolverine Lives Forever

Nov 21, 2012
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Three Australian studios – Rising Sun Pictures, Method Studios and Iloura - put an array…

Snow White: Dark Magic

Jul 28, 2012
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Double Negative’s team battled the Dark Fairies with intensive R&D and ventured into the…

Snow White - Mirror Man

Jul 27, 2012
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The Mill developed an elegant simulation, precise witness camera system and subtle…

Titanic Rules the Waves

Jun 28, 2012
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‘Titanic’, a four part TV series, was created to mark the 100th anniversary of the…

WRATH OF THE TITANS

Jun 06, 2012
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Visual effects supervisor Olivier Dumont coordinated the work of Method in London and LA…

UNDERWORLD AWAKENS

Feb 15, 2012
‘Underworld: Awakening’, the fourth film from the dark and dangerous realm of…

LEADER OF THE PACK

Jan 26, 2012
Tippett studio’s shots in ‘Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1’ were at the heart of two…

PUSS TAKES THE SPOTLIGHT

Jan 23, 2012
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Head of Lighting for ‘Puss in Boots’, Mark Fattibene describes his team’s work on the…

The Cup - AGAINST THE ODDS

Jan 02, 2012
In 2002, Damien Oliver lost his brother in a tragic racing accident. Only one week later…

ANONYMOUS

Dec 27, 2011
Director Roland Emmerich’s decision to accurately reveal London as it was at…

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

Dec 26, 2011
Mr X met a formidable visual FX challenge in ‘The Three Musketeers’, building assets with…

CAPTAIN AMERICA JOINS UP

Nov 08, 2011
Thirteen visual effects teams and VFX Supervisor Chris Townsend were recruited for…

THE BIRTHDAY GIFT

Oct 22, 2011
Director and producer Di He at AIVFX in Canada explains the value of computer science and…

SALT - SALT OF THE EARTH

Oct 22, 2011
‘Salt’ made an exciting debut into feature films for Framestore’s New York facility.…

TREE OF LIFE

Oct 10, 2011
Director Terrence Malick uses the visual effects in ‘Tree of Life’ to express his ideas…

HANNA - YOUNG & DEADLY

Oct 10, 2011
Mr X provided invisible effects for the exotic sci-fi thriller ‘Hanna’, giving the young…

KUNG FU PANDA’S WORLD

Sep 09, 2011
Head of lighting and digital effects supervisor at DreamWorks, Dave Walvoord came to…

PAUL - THE ALIEN WITHIN

Sep 02, 2011
For such a small, affable personality, Paul was a surprisingly challenging characterfor…

PRINCE OF PERSIA

Aug 17, 2011
Jumping from Ubisoft’s video game, the characters and creatures in 'Prince of Persia'…

ROBIN HOOD - REBEL WARRIORS

Jul 27, 2011
Ridley Scott’s ‘Robin Hood’ brings the legendary hero with his band of rebels homefrom…

IRON MAN - HEAVY METAL

Jun 29, 2011
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The visual effects team at Double Negative completed a complex sequence set in Monaco on…

EXIT - NO WAY OUT

Jun 28, 2011
‘EXIT’ is the first feature film by director Marek Polgar. The film has been shot over…

OSCAR WINNING SHORTS

Jun 20, 2011
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Short filmmakers have only a limited time to tell their story and make an impact. All…

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

Jun 15, 2011
Simon Otto, Animator Simon Otto worked for three and a half years on ‘How to Train Your…

RANGO GOES WEST

Jun 05, 2011
From ILM Singapore, Creature Simulation Supervisor Eric Wong and Compositing Supervisor…

BACK TO NARNIA

Mar 15, 2011
Narnia is a place where stars fall to earth to share their magic, mice are fencing…

SAVING ENYO’S PLANET

Jan 18, 2011
‘Legend of Enyo’ is an animated television adventure series for children aged 8 to 12,…

TRON - 21ST CENTURY TRON

Jan 18, 2011
Pulling together the many layers of assets, lights, explosions and visual effects that…

POST PRODUCTION SPECIAL

Jan 18, 2011
Post production facilities across Australia have had an active year, taking on…

DAWN TREADER INSIDE OUT

Jan 18, 2011
Art Director Jacinta Leong’s renders, drawings and animations communicate set designs…

DIRTGIRL’S WORLD

Jan 18, 2011
Dirtgirlworld, a TV series for children, combines live-action and animation to create…

WHITE TIGER LEGEND

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

LET ME IN

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

DORIAN GRAY - MORAL DECAY

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

MOON

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

MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

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

The Road - End of the Road

Apr 18, 2010
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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
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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
Although ‘The Box’ presents viewers with a tough moral question, their biggest…

STAR TREK RISES AGAIN

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

9 - BUILDING THE WORLD OF 9

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

SHERLOCK HOLMES EXPLODES

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

AWAKEN - WAKE UP CALL

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

INSEPARABLE COIL Part 2

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

Kids Stuff

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

UP UP and AWAY

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

Primevil - Magical Menagerie

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

Resin Production Studio

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