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The Myriad Animation Styles Within Wolfwalkers

January 8, 2021 | By
The Myriad Animation Styles Within <em>Wolfwalkers</em>

Wolfwalkers is the latest animated film from Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The animated movie follows Robyn (voiced by: Honor Kneafsey) as she and her father are charged to eliminate the last wolf pack in Ireland. An unexpected encounter with a wild girl Mebh (voiced by: Eva Whittaker) that changes into a wolf... »

Filmmakers Embrace the New Wave of Virtual Production

December 23, 2020 | By
Filmmakers Embrace the New Wave of Virtual Production

A new wave of filmmaking is entering Hollywood by way of virtual and remote production. Disney’s The Mandalorian exposed wider audiences to virtual filming aesthetics by pulling back the technological curtain through a series of popular behind-the-scenes videos. Educators at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) introduced their recent graduates to this new game engine... »

Pace Pictures Uses Virtual Production for Sean McGinly Indie Match

December 21, 2020 | By
Pace Pictures Uses Virtual Production for Sean McGinly Indie <em>Match</em>

Full-service sound and picture finishing facility Pace Pictures recently hosted Director Sean (The Great Buck Howard, Silver Lake) McGinly‘s feature length romantic comedy Match, using Pace’s groundbreaking virtual production technology, something that has become more common in the age of COVID. Match is an adult take on intimacy and isolation in the modern world through the lens of online dating, starring Austin Nichols (Ray Donovan, The... »

Visual Effects Society Sets Virtual Date for VES Honors 2020

December 9, 2020 | By
Visual Effects Society Sets Virtual Date for VES Honors 2020

The Visual Effects Society (VES) will be celebrating distinguished VFX professionals at the VES Honors 2020 – Gone Virtual on Tuesday, December 15 at 5pm PST. The event will spotlight this year’s exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual effects. This year’s event pays tribute to: Founders Award Recipients: Ray Scalice; Lifetime... »

Crafts Spotlight: The VFX for Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2

December 8, 2020 | By
Crafts Spotlight: The VFX for Netflix’s <em>The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2</em>

Kurt Russell returns as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2, Netflix’s follow-up to Chris Columbus’ 2018 film about the Spirit of Christmas and Santa Clause “true believers.” In this film, which features a more prominent role for Russell’s wife Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, a disgruntled elf known as Belsnickel (Julian Dennison) plots... »

Rising Sun Pictures Wins Australian Academy Award for The Eight Hundred VFX

December 1, 2020 | By
Rising Sun Pictures Wins Australian Academy Award for <em>The Eight Hundred</em> VFX

On Monday, Australia’s Rising Sun Pictures won the 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award for Best Visual Effects for their VFX work on the Chinese World War II epic, The Eight Hundred. Based in Adelaide, the VFX house helped recreate the 1937 Battle of Shanghai in director Guan Hu‘s film, a climactic scene where... »

Rising Sun Pictures Training Program Provides Mike Ring with New Career

November 27, 2020 | By
Rising Sun Pictures Training Program Provides Mike Ring with New Career

Australian FX house Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) has shared one of the success stories from their 12-week intensive visual effects training program, Adelaide native Mike Ring, who left his good job at a financial services firm in Melbourne six years ago to go back to school. Ring was looking for something more creative to do, so after... »

Academy of Art University Hosting VFX Webinar about The 24th

November 25, 2020 | By
Academy of Art University Hosting VFX Webinar about <em>The 24th</em>

The Academy of Art University’s School of Animation & Visual Effects will be hosting  an exclusive live webinar on December 3rd, 7 pm PST, with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Willmott and Lead Actor, Co-Writer and Producer Trai Byers to discuss the filmmaking and visual effects process behind their recent historical film, The 24th. Directed by Willmott and... »

Rising Sun Pictures Gets on the Virtual Production Train with Demonstration

November 24, 2020 | By
Rising Sun Pictures Gets on the Virtual Production Train with Demonstration

Everyone has been jumping onto the “virtual production” train this year, maybe because it’s the type of technology that can greatly speed up production and save costs by combining real-time visual FX into the actual shoot, rather than the traditional process of shooting everything on green screen and then sending footage to visual FX houses to... »

Gods of Mars Becomes First Feature Film to Embrace Virtual Production

November 16, 2020 | By
<em>Gods of Mars</em> Becomes First Feature Film to Embrace Virtual Production

It’s very likely you’ve been hearing a lot in recent months about  “virtual production,” a way that television shows have been creating real-time VFX environments using Unreal Engine technology. A few months back, Below the Line spoke to  Production Designer James Pearse Connely, who specializes in such production, while VFX companies like MELS and Pixomondo have either built or are in the process... »

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