Video of the Day: Autodesk Helps Fido Unleash VFX for Kung Fury

Following a successful Cannes Film Festival premiere, David Sandberg‘s ’80s-inspired short film Kung Fury debuted online yesterday. Kickstarter-funded by 17,000 backers, the 30-minute film follows a Miami-based kung fu cop as he time travels from the ’80s to the ’40s on a mission to take out Adolf Hitler – a plotline augmented by 399 over-the-top VFX shots delivered by a 46-person crew at Scandinavian VFX house Fido. Using Autodesk 3D modeling, animation and digital sculpting systems, Fido created and refined dynamic 3D assets and scenes to bring Sandberg’s ’80s cop drama homage to life. […]


Director/Cinematographer TJ Derry Adopts AJA CION for Commercial Production

In a new spot directed by Toronto-based director and cinematographer TJ Derry, an elaborate photosynthesis experiment proves that Scotts EZ Seed fertilizer helps grass grow almost anywhere, including a basement. Shot on AJA’s CION at 4K in ProRes 444, with time-lapse footage captured on multiple Canon DSLRs, the spot showcases CION’s capabilities on a low light set. […]

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Cine Gear Panel to Explore ACES

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600), the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Technology Committee and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) will present a panel on ACES, the new Academy Color Encoding System at Cine Gear, June 6 from 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Sherry Lansing Theater at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. […]


Hula Post Production Teams with Editor Craig Alpert for Pitch Perfect 2

Los-Angeles-based Hula Post Production recently provided editorial systems and support to editor Craig Alpert and his crew for Pitch Perfect 2, the new musical comedy from Universal Pictures currently in theaters. Hula set up Avid workflows in Baton Rouge, La., where the movie was shot, and in Los Angeles where postproduction was completed. […]


LOGAN Launches VR Division

Creative studio Logan announced that it will launch a new standalone VR division. Led by Logan co-founder/director Ben Conrad, the new unit will focus on experiential and virtual reality projects for the advertising, entertainment and action sports industries. […]

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Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson Announce 15 Finalists for Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer Contest

Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games franchise), announced the names of 15 finalists in Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer contest. The contest, which drew a flood of submissions, encouraged people of all skill levels to turn their photos and video footage into movie trailers with titles, Hollywood-style voiceovers and epic soundtracks. […]


Director Alex Garland Probes the Limits of Artificial Intelligence in Ex-Machina

One of this year’s most successful independent movies, Ex-Machina is a stylish and edgy science fiction film that has captured the attention of audiences with its timely theme of Artificial Intelligence or AI. Basically a three-character film, it features three of Hollywood’s fastest-rising young actors – Oscar Isaacs, Dohmnall Gleeson and Sweden’s Alicia Vikander. It is helmed by English director Alex Garland who also wrote the screenplay. […]


The Sound of Tomorrowland

In this exclusive sound profile, SoundWorks Collection talks with sound designer Kyrsten Mate and re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom from Skywalker Sound about their work on Tomorrowland directed by Brad Bird. […]