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Bulltiger Productions and Randall Dark Join Forces for New Austin Studio

By Staff

Bulltiger Productions and 25-year industry veteran Randall Dark announced the launch of a new film studio based in Austin, Texas. The first phase of the new facility includes a 10,000 square foot sound stage, along with a 2,500 square foot greenscreen. »

The Nolan Brothers Discuss the Making of Interstellar

By Scott Essman

Set in a post-apocalyptic future earth in which the planet’s ecosystem is failing, warranting deep space exploration, director Christopher Nolan’s ninth feature film, the science-fiction epic Interstellar positions science as its key element in a manner unlike many studio films to date. Indeed, akin to the rare breed of sci-fi picture found in features... »

L.A. Television Production Numbers Surge in Q3

By Staff

FilmL.A. updated its regional on-location filming report yesterday, revealing strong growth in the television production category in Q3. Regional on-location television production increased 31.1% in the quarter over the prior year, totaling 5,363 PPD (Permitted Production Days) for 2014. »

Letter to the Editor: LOOK Effects Artists Left Holding the Bag

By Staff

LOOK Effects closed its doors earlier this week, however the company’s partners Henrik Fett and Mark Driscoll along with much of the staff have moved to commercial VFX company Mass Market, where they will head up a new feature VFX division, taking Look’s current projects with them. The VFX company, which recently worked on... »

Weta Delivers VFX for Dawn of the Planet of Apes

By Mark London Williams

It’s been quite the summer for bar-raising in the visual effects arena. Guardians of the Galaxy makes a racoon and a tree convincingly human characters – in space – while the unsung Snowpiercer shows an effectively rendered apocalypse-in-motion on a non-studio budget. Among the seasonal entrants boasting convincing otherworldly visuals, is the latest installment... »

Kodak in Talks to Save Film Factory

By Staff

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Kodak is currently negotiating with the big studios in an attempt to save the last Kodak factory that still manufactures film stock. With the advent of digital cameras, the company has seen film sales drop by 96% since 2006. »

HPA and SMPTE Announce Merger Plans

By Staff

According to reports in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) have announced a partnership with the intent of merging within a year. »

Sony Pictures Imageworks Moving to Vancouver

By Staff

In another major blow to California's beleaguered visual effects industry, Sony Pictures Imageworks announced that it will relocate its head office from Culver City, Calif. to Vancouver next year, moving into a new 74,000-square-foot headquarters that will accommodate up to 700 employees. »

Back From The Brink: The Saga of Richard Williams and his Masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler

By Scott Essman

As anyone who has undertaken a creative project inherently knows, the battle between art and commerce can often become unpleasant for artists if not outright unfathomable in extreme circumstances. Such is the case with animator Richard Williams’ personal project, the epic traditionally animated film The Thief and the Cobbler. At last, due... »

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