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MELS Launches New Virtual Production Stage in Montreal with Solotech

October 22, 2020 | By
MELS Launches New Virtual Production Stage in Montreal with Solotech

The latest word in production technology these days is the “virtual production studio,” essentially where film and television productions can film against an LED wall that allows real-time virtual backgrounds and environments created using Epic Games‘ Unreal Engine. MELS has announced the launch of its own virtual stage in Montreal in collaboration with Solotech. This follows the... »

Pixomondo Begins Construction on Virtual Production Studio in Toronto

October 13, 2020 | By
Pixomondo Begins Construction on Virtual Production Studio in Toronto

Visual Effects company Pixomondo (PXO) has announced that it has begun construction on what will be one of Canada’s first virtual production studios based in Toronto. Scheduled to be completed by year’s end, it is expected to be the largest studio of its kind in the world, and it will be overseen by PXO Toronto/Montreal... »

Ray McIntyre Wrangled Myriad Visual Effects for Raised by Wolves

October 12, 2020 | By
Ray McIntyre Wrangled Myriad Visual Effects for <em>Raised by Wolves</em>

Although he supervised all the numerous visual effects on the HBO Max series Raised by Wolves, Ray McIntyre actually represented the third visual effects team to be on the show, which is produced by Ridley Scott’s company, Scott Free. After the first collection of craftspeople worked from January to May of 2019, a new group... »

Artist Spotlight: Weta Digital’s Anders Langlands on the VFX for Mulan

October 5, 2020 | By
Artist Spotlight: Weta Digital’s Anders Langlands on the VFX for <em>Mulan</em>

There’s a lot of reasons to be impressed by Disney’s recent live-action Mulan adaptation, directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider), but the visual effects used to create the medieval Chinese setting and make it so huge and epic, as well as to create some of the film’s magical elements, tend to be front and... »

Timber Does Design and VFX for Buick and Mazda Commercials

October 2, 2020 | By
Timber Does Design and VFX for Buick and Mazda Commercials

Timber‘s visual effects and design team worked with Leo Burnett/Detroit for the recent “New Alexa” commercial for the Buick Encore GX SUV with built-in Amazon Alexa with the spot scheduled to view in the fall. (But you can watch it below.) Timber also recently worked with the agency creatives at Garage Team Mazda for the recent “Fireflies” spot, which... »

Ghost VFX Opens Vancouver Facility, Names Gillian Pearson as Studio Manager

September 29, 2020 | By
Ghost VFX Opens Vancouver Facility, Names Gillian Pearson as Studio Manager

Visual effects house Ghost VFX are opening a new studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, and VFX expert Gillian Pearson has been named as the site’s Studio Manager. Ghost VFX currently has facilities in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, London and Manchester, making the Vancouver studio its fifth facility. Pearson’s extensive career in the entertainment industry includes co-founding the Lost Boys: School... »

Making the Scene: Weta’s Anders Langlands on Mulan Transformation Sequence

September 28, 2020 | By
Making the Scene: Weta’s Anders Langlands on <em>Mulan</em> Transformation Sequence

Below the Line has a fairly extensive interview with Weta Digital VFX Supervisor Anders Langlands, who recently supervised the visual FX for Disney’s Mulan. We wanted to give you a little taster for that upcoming interview with a fairly lengthy description of one particular scene that Weta made happen. One of Mulan’s two primary antagonists... »

SMPTE Hollywood Features VFX Producer Brooke Noska on “Ask a Hollywood Expert”

September 23, 2020 | By
SMPTE Hollywood Features VFX Producer Brooke Noska on “Ask a Hollywood Expert”

SMPTE Hollywood has announced the next entry in its Career Advice: Ask a Hollywood Expert webinar series, scheduled for October 1 at noon PDT, which will be Emmy-nominated VFX Producer Brooke Noska. Some of Noska’s recent credits include Netflix‘s Ratched, Ryan Murphy‘s previous FX series American Horror Story, and The Orville for Fox. During the webinar, hosted by SMPTE Hollywood manager Kylee Peña, Ms.... »

Rokoko Introduces New ‘Smartgloves’ Hand and Finger Tracking Solution

September 16, 2020 | By
Rokoko Introduces New ‘Smartgloves’ Hand and Finger Tracking Solution

Today, award-winning motion capture creator Rokoko, introduces its Smartgloves, a hand and finger tracking solution that captures every nuance of a hand in the most affordable way possible. Durable enough for fight scenes, but precise enough for individual fingers, the Smartgloves can capture the full spectrum of an actor’s hand performance, giving VFX, VR,... »

Rising Sun Pictures’ Tim Crosbie on Visual FX for The Eight Hundred

September 2, 2020 | By
Rising Sun Pictures’ Tim Crosbie on Visual FX for <em>The Eight Hundred</em>

Since it opened in Asia on August 21, The Eight Hundred has earned close to $300 million. On its second weekend, it out-grossed Tenet‘s global opening weekend of $53 million. Directed and co-written by Guan Hu, it is the first Chinese feature shot in digital IMAX. In commanding detail and intensity, the movie plays... »

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