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The Visual Effects of Godzilla vs. Kong Part 1: VFX Supervisor John “D.J.” DesJardin

April 14, 2021 | By
The Visual Effects of <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> Part 1: VFX Supervisor John “D.J.” DesJardin

Over the next week, Below the Line will be taking a deep dive into the visual effects necessary to bring Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla vs. Kong to enormous life on screen. In case the title seemed vague, Godzilla vs. Kong brings together two of the biggest movie monsters for the first time... »

A.I. Specialist DGene Launches in Hollywood

April 8, 2021 | By
A.I. Specialist DGene Launches in Hollywood

DGene, a Silicon Valley and Shanghai-based developer of AI technology, has launched operations in Los Angeles. The company is creating software and services that leverage artificial intelligence and computer vision for entertainment content creation. DGene offers proprietary solutions for virtual production, visual effects, digital restoration, volumetric and holographic capture, and the creation of virtual... »

Soul, The Mandalorian and Netflix Big Winners at 19th Annual VES Awards

April 6, 2021 | By
<em>Soul</em>, <em>The Mandalorian</em> and Netflix Big Winners at 19th Annual VES Awards

The 19th Annual VES Awards, presented by the Visual Effects Society (VES), were handed out on Tuesday night, April 6, 2021, to celebrate the outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life. The Visual Effects Society... »

93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Visual Effects

April 6, 2021 | By
93rd Annual Oscars Spotlight on Visual Effects

For the first time that I can remember, the Visual Effects category is not populated by the big, epic sci-fi/fantasy/superhero entries that are the usual fare. Thanks, Covid! So no Marvel movies, no DC, no Star Wars, no flights, no tights, no nothing. It’s a shame, really, and I’ve been lamenting the fact for... »

MARZ VX Supervisor Ryan Freer on Envisioning a Different New Look for WandaVision

March 25, 2021 | By
MARZ VX Supervisor Ryan Freer on Envisioning a Different New Look for <em>WandaVision</em>

With the growing number of VFX-heavy television series and movies coming around, there’s a similarly growing and abundant need for more VFX houses to complete that work. It’s an industry that is booming. Toronto’s MARZ (an acronym for “Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies) is one of the newer VFX studios in Toronto where shows like... »

Marvel Studios Supervisor Tara DeMarco on WandaVision

March 22, 2021 | By
Marvel Studios Supervisor Tara DeMarco on <em>WandaVision</em>

It might be hard to determine exactly how big a hit Marvel Studios’ first Disney+ series, WandaVision, is, it seems like the only thing anyone was talking about for the last two months, maybe because it was the first anything from Marvel Studios anyone had seen since July 2019. The series stars Elizabeth Olsen and... »

The Weta Digital VFX Team on Finishing Zack Snyder’s Justice League

March 18, 2021 | By
The Weta Digital VFX Team on Finishing <em>Zack Snyder’s Justice League</em>

It seems like over the past three years, a topic of conversation superhero fans always return to is the constant urging for Warner Bros. to release “The Snyder Cut” aka director Zack Snyder’s original version of Justice League that the filmmaker had to walk away from before its November 2017 release. The film was... »

VES Names VFX Supervisor Robert Legato for VES Creative Excellence Award

March 16, 2021 | By
VES Names VFX Supervisor Robert Legato for VES Creative Excellence Award

The Visual Effects Society (VES) Board of Directors has bestowed VFX Supervisor Robert Legato with its VES Award for Creative Excellence, recognizing individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by uniquely and consistently creating compelling and creative imagery in service to story. The Society... »

19th Annual VES Awards Nominees Announced – Virtual Ceremony on April 6

March 2, 2021 | By
19th Annual VES Awards Nominees Announced – Virtual Ceremony on April 6

The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the nominations for its 19th annual VES Awards, celebrating the outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life. The Mandalorian received the most nominations and leads the broadcast... »

Craft Spotlight: Matt Kasmir on the VFX for George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky

February 24, 2021 | By
Craft Spotlight: Matt Kasmir on the VFX for George Clooney’s <em>The Midnight Sky</em>

George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky, adapted from Lily Brooks-Dalton’s 2016 apocalyptic novel, Good Morning, Midnight, is the type of movie where you would expect there to be a lot of VFX. From the harsh, windy and snow-swept Arctic environment where Clooney’s lone scientist Augustine is stationed, to the spaceship Aether, where some of the... »