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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... »

Cannes Winners Chose FilmLight Finishing

July 3, 2019 | By
Cannes Winners Chose FilmLight Finishing

Two of the top prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival have gone to movies which relied on FilmLight colour science for the finishing look. Parasite, from Korean director Bong Joon Ho, took the Palme d’Or, while director Mati Diop won the Grand Prix for Atlantique (Atlantics), the first black female director to take... »

Visual Effects Society Awards Winners

February 9, 2019 | By
Visual Effects Society Awards Winners

The Visual Effects Society announced the winners at their annual VES Awards ceremony on February 5, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The VES Awards recognizes and honors the most outstanding visual effects work of the year and honors the artists who created them. The artistry, ingenuity and passion of visual... »

OSCAR CONTENDER – Avengers: Infinity War

January 2, 2019 | By
OSCAR CONTENDER – <em>Avengers: Infinity War</em>

In Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, the visual effects department was tasked with creating unique worlds, characters, and effects unlike those previously seen on film. For overall visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, visual effects supervisor at ILM, and Digital Domain visual effects supervisor Kelly Port, the challenges were multifold, but working for... »

The “B” in NAB

May 3, 2018 | By
The “B” in NAB

It’s truly the “B” in NAB that signals how much the recently concluded annual event in Las Vegas has changed. Once “broadcast” shifted to also mean “streaming,” and since that includes everything digital, NAB has become a show that’s now about, well, almost everything. Everything at least, that you’d see or hear through a... »

Production Designer Paul Harrod’s Journey to Isle of Dogs

April 9, 2018 | By
Production Designer Paul Harrod’s Journey to Isle of Dogs

  As a teen, Paul Harrod felt destined to enter the world of animation. A co-production designer along with Adam Stockhausen on Wes Anderson’s stop motion feature, Isle of Dogs, Harrod’s youthful Super 8 vignettes led him to a career in prop building and miniature-making. “I tried my hand as an animator,” said Harrod.... »

Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

March 6, 2018 | By
Oscars 2018: Some Swarthy Badasses And Only A Few Surprises

  If you bet on every favorite in your office’s Oscar pool this year, you did quite well. It was a year of very few surprises, and stood in stark contrast to last year’s “wow finish” –to borrow a line from the movies. And yet those who won were very thoughtful about their craft–both... »

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... »

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