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Rising Sun Pictures’ Huan Luong Helps Teach Future VFX Artists

February 18, 2021 | By
Rising Sun Pictures’ Huan Luong Helps Teach Future VFX Artists

Huan Luong, a junior paint and roto artist at Rising Sun Pictures in Adelaide, South Australia is also one of the studio’s teaching assistants, having gone through the FX studio’s program himself. In a statement, Loung spoke about his experience: “I tell students that, if they are serious about becoming professionals, the best thing they can... »

The Academy Announces 9 Oscar Shortlists, Including Makeup/Hair and Visual Effects

February 10, 2021 | By
The Academy Announces 9 Oscar Shortlists, Including Makeup/Hair and Visual Effects

We’re roughly a month away from the Oscar nominations period opening, but before we get there, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) released its nine shortlists in categories where the number of candidates has already been parsed down to a smaller amount for voters in each branch to watch before filling out their... »

Weta’s Dan Macarin and Stephen Clee on VFX for Robert Rodriguez’s We Can Be Heroes

February 9, 2021 | By
Weta’s Dan Macarin and Stephen Clee on VFX for Robert Rodriguez’s <em>We Can Be Heroes</em>

For nearly three decades, New Zealand’s Weta Digital has established itself as a go-to FX house, partially due to the work done there by co-founder filmmaker Peter Jackson since its formation in 1993 but also other projects that’s helped the company garner 6 Visual Effects Oscars, 7 VES Awards for Visual Effects, 10 Academy Science... »

Mank Co-Producer Peter Mavromates on the Film’s VFX and Post

February 8, 2021 | By
<em>Mank</em> Co-Producer Peter Mavromates on the Film’s VFX and Post

There are many reasons why there’s a general wave of excitement whenever there’s a new David Fincher movie. That’s particularly been the case with Mank considering the six-year gap since Fincher’s last film Gone Girl, roughly half that time in which Fincher was making the series Mindhunter for Netflix. Most of Fincher’s fans within and... »

Moving Target Used Blackmagic Design’s Fusion Studio VFX for Robin Wright’s Land

February 5, 2021 | By
Moving Target Used Blackmagic Design’s Fusion Studio VFX for Robin Wright’s <em>Land</em>

Blackmagic Design has shared that the L.A.-based VFX company Moving Target used the company’s Fusion Studio VFX and motion graphics software on Robin Wright’s feature directorial debut, Land, which just had its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival last weekend. The movie tells the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh... »

Craft Spotlight: The Stunning Visual FX for Disney’s One and Only Ivan

February 3, 2021 | By
Craft Spotlight: The Stunning Visual FX for Disney’s <em>One and Only Ivan</em>

For director Thea Sharrock, The One and Only Ivan wouldn’t work unless its combination of live action, animation, and special effects were “seamless.” Based on an award-winning novel, the Disney production recounts the true story of a silverback gorilla living in a shopping mall near Tacoma, Washington. Speaking on a Zoom conference call, Sharrock... »

Blackmagic Design Powers More than 35 Sundance Projects

February 1, 2021 | By
Blackmagic Design Powers More than 35 Sundance Projects

Speaking of the Sundance Film Festival, Blackmagic Design announced that more than 35 projects at the festival were created using Blackmagic Design products. The company drew attention to Rebecca Hall‘s Passing, for which DP Eduard Grau, ASC and DIT Zack Sainz used a range of Blackmagic Design gear on set during production, and VFX Supervisor Alex Noble of Wild Union Post... »

Lisa Cooke Elected Board Chair as Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors

January 21, 2021 | By
Lisa Cooke Elected Board Chair as Visual Effects Society Announces 2021 Board of Directors

The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced its 2021 Board of Directors officers comprising the VES Board Executive Committee elected at thes January 2021 Board meeting. Lisa Cooke was elected as the Board Chair, becoming the first woman to hold this role in VES history with the five officers coming from all sections of the... »

Ncam and Disguise Announce Virtual Studio Tech Partnership

January 21, 2021 | By
Ncam and Disguise Announce Virtual Studio Tech Partnership

The evolution of gear available for Virtual Production continues with the announcement that Ncam and disguise will be joining forces to unite Ncam’s real-time camera tracking system with the disguise xR in order to create “an intuitive blend of LED technology, real-time rendering and point cloud tracking for high-end virtual productions.” This is the same tracking tech already... »

The Myriad Animation Styles Within Wolfwalkers

January 8, 2021 | By
The Myriad Animation Styles Within <em>Wolfwalkers</em>

Wolfwalkers is the latest animated film from Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. The animated movie follows Robyn (voiced by: Honor Kneafsey) as she and her father are charged to eliminate the last wolf pack in Ireland. An unexpected encounter with a wild girl Mebh (voiced by: Eva Whittaker) that changes into a wolf... »