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The 18th Annual VES Awards Winners

January 30, 2020 | By
The 18th Annual VES Awards Winners

Disney’s The Lion King came out on top at the 18th annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Awards, winning three trophies including the marquee Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature during Wednesday night’s ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. The Jon Favreau-directed “live action” remake of the cartoon classic also took the award for Outstanding... »

Oscar Contender: Visual Effects Avengers: Endgame

January 29, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em> Avengers: Endgame</em>

In undertaking a third Avengers film, Endgame, Marvel visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw relied on his previous experiences at Marvel Studios. “The Marvel system is that they bring you in and get you immersed,” DeLeeuw stated. “I started on second unit on Iron Man 3 and learned the system. Then, Joe and... »

Oscar Contender: Visual Effects Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

January 24, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em>Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker</em>

When visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett got the call to begin work on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the project was early in pre-production with two prominent challenges which would be unlike any in a previous Star Wars film. “The scene when Rey and Ren are fighting is a big water... »

Oscar Contender: Visual Effects The Lion King

January 21, 2020 | By
Oscar Contender: Visual Effects <em>The Lion King</em>

When visual effects supervisor Elliot Newman joined the team of The Lion King (2019), creating photorealistic hair for the numerous animals in the story was perhaps the most vital aspect of production. “It had been a year-and-a-half since Jungle Book, and, how do we do better?” Newman wondered about his previous film with The... »

Hollywood SMPTE: The Irishman

January 14, 2020 | By
Hollywood SMPTE: <em>The Irishman</em>

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will present The Irishman this Thursday, January 16th, 2020, at the historic Hollywood American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood to learn more about the innovative technologies and workflows deployed to create such stunning visuals for film, now with 10 Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Editing and visual effects. Faced... »

Contender: Gemini Man Visual Effects

January 13, 2020 | By
Contender: <em>Gemini Man</em> Visual Effects

In development for 12 years, Gemini Man presented visual effects artists with a definitive challenge: placing an actor 51-years-old in the same frame with his photorealistially 23-year-old self, but director Ang Lee was up for the task. “Not too long ago, I did the tiger in Life of Pi,” said Lee of an almost... »

Contender: Captain Marvel Visual Effects

January 12, 2020 | By
Contender: <em>Captain Marvel</em> Visual Effects

With Christopher Townsend as overall visual effects supervisor and Damien Carr as overall effects producer, 15 separate visual effects vendors brought Captain Marvel to life. “The way it starts is with the script,” said Marvel Studios’ additional visual effects supervisor Janelle Croshaw Ralla. “You start to break it down and realize how many thousands... »

Contender: Alita: Battle Angel Visual Effects

January 11, 2020 | By
Contender: <em>Alita: Battle Angel</em> Visual Effects

To create a photorealistic computer-generated character who must carry an entire film as its titular star, the filmmakers behind Alita: Battle Angel relied upon the performance capture footage shot by director Robert Rodriguez of leading actress Rosa Salazar on stage in Austin, Texas. “Rosa is the basis for Alita all the way through,” said... »

Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman Irishman

January 10, 2020 | By
Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Pablo Helman <em>Irishman</em>

In Martin Scorsese’s gangster epic, The Irishman, a key element to the story involved making the principal actors appear younger than their present ages for scenes set in the film’s past. Chief among the film’s main characters are Robert DeNiro as mob hitman Frank Sheeran, Joe Pesci as gangster Russell Bufalino, and Al Pacino... »

IATSE Offers Legal Support To MPC Vancouver Workers

December 14, 2019 | By
IATSE Offers Legal Support To MPC Vancouver Workers

MPC Vancouver, a visual effects company, closed its doors permanently on December 11. The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the Art Babbitt Appreciation Society (ABAS) has offered free legal support to workers from MPC Vancouver who were laid off just weeks before Christmas. Depending on the nature of the layoffs and... »

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