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VES 2018: Practical Magic

February 19, 2018 | By
VES 2018: Practical Magic

War for the Planet of the Apes took the upper hand – or, perhaps paw – heading into the Oscar VFX showdown with Blade Runner 2049, as it won the evening’s top prize at the VES Awards, for “Best Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature.” Indeed, the evening was marked with many instances to... »

Weta’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon React to their Oscar Nomination

February 2, 2018 | By
Weta’s Joe Letteri and Dan Lemmon React to their Oscar Nomination

  “We are immensely proud of this work and grateful to the Academy for recognizing War for the Planet of the Apes with a nomination,” said Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri. “This is the final film in the trilogy, and we’ve been really happy to see how audiences have been swept up by... »

Director Series: Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

January 22, 2018 | By
Director Series: Rian Johnson – <em>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</em>

When Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy enlisted director Rian Johnson to write and direct Episode VIII in the Star Wars nine-film franchise, Johnson merely had three smaller-scale critical successes behind him as both writer and director: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, and Looper. However, for part eight in the nonology, Kennedy knew she needed an adept... »

2018 VES Awards Nominations

January 17, 2018 | By
2018 VES Awards Nominations

  HBO’s stellar stalwart, Game of Thrones continues to show no mercy as it dominates with 11 nominations this year.   “The artistry, ingenuity and passion of the visual effects practitioners around the world,  have come together to create truly remarkable imagery in a variety of media,” said VES Chair, Mike Chambers. “We are seeing the... »

Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Writer-Producer-Director Jon Favreau Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award

August 7, 2017 | By
Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Writer-Producer-Director Jon Favreau Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named writer-director-producer-actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Lifetime... »

SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival Presents VFX, Animated, and Real-time Rendered Shorts, Debuts VR Theater

June 28, 2017 | By
SIGGRAPH 2017 Computer Animation Festival Presents VFX, Animated, and Real-time Rendered Shorts, Debuts VR Theater

SIGGRAPH 2017, the annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing computer graphics and interactive techniques, has announced that they will present student-produced work from around the world within its Computer Animation Festival. Also, for the first time, selected short films will be rendered in real time, and 2017 marks the debut of its VR Theater. SIGGRAPH... »

Marc Chu Joins Atomic Fiction as Animation Department Supervisor

June 19, 2017 | By
Marc Chu Joins Atomic Fiction as Animation Department Supervisor

Atomic Fiction has welcomed Marc Chu to lead the studio’s animation efforts across its Oakland and Montreal locations. Chu joins Atomic Fiction from ILM, where he most recently served as animation director, bringing more than 20 years of experience animating and supervising the creation of everything from aliens and spaceships to pirates and superheroes.... »

Bringing Stories to Life with Gary Brozenich, Visual Effects Supervisor for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

June 12, 2017 | By
Bringing Stories to Life with Gary Brozenich, Visual Effects Supervisor for <em>Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales</em>

Speaking from his base in England, visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich divulged his many hurdles on the new Disney sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. “We did over 2000 shots,” Brozenich said, noting that primary vendor Moving Picture Company created over 1200 of those shots. “MPC was doing the majority... »

FuseFX Provides VFX for John Ridley’s American Crime and Let It Fall

June 5, 2017 | By
FuseFX Provides VFX for John Ridley’s <em>American Crime</em> and <em>Let It Fall</em>

The FuseFX Los Angeles crew has announced that they have recently provided visual effects services for two projects by Oscar-winning writer/producer/director John Ridley— the anthology series American Crime and the feature-length documentary Let It Fall, which aired April 28. The studio served as the sole visual effects provider for the third season of American... »

Chris Townsend, Visual Effects Supervisor Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

June 2, 2017 | By
Chris Townsend, Visual Effects Supervisor <em>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</em>

In a film with 2360 total shots, and, out of those, 2301 shots which include visual effects, the project’s visual effects supervisor had one summary comment: “It’s fun.” For Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, visual effects supervisor Chris Townsend, with the daunting task of an unprecedented percentage of his film including visual effects,... »

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