Author Archives: Bryant Frazer

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Ex Machina VFX

VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst on Ex Machina

First-time director Alex Garland’s quiet, low-budget sci-fi drama Ex Machina received Oscar nominations for visual effects and Garland’s screenplay, five BAFTA nominations (actress, screenplay, visual effects, outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer, best British film), and numerous film critics … more »

Raimi directs Chevy

Chevrolet: Available Safety Features

If this parody of contemporary horror-movie tropes is unusually savvy, there's a reason — it's directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man, Drag Me to Hell) himself. Chevy says it will get a wide release on 14,000 theater screens in the U.S. … more »

Magic Bullet Looks

Review: Red Giant Magic Bullet Looks

The problem is well recognized and longstanding, and from all indications, only getting worse: Indecisive directors who haven’t a clue but ‘know it when they see it’. This all-too-common affliction among mostly young, newbie directors can lend itself disastrously to … more »

Mad Max VFX

VFX Supervisor Tom Wood on Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller’s post-apocalyptic desert adventure Mad Max: Fury Road captivated audiences and critics with its exhilarating, relentless action and deranged visuals. The brutal extravaganza scored $375 million at the worldwide box office, and 10 Oscar nominations, including best picture, director, cinematography, film … more »

drones

Police Use Raptors to Attack Hostile Drones

Ever wonder how the FAA plans to keep scofflaw drone flights in check? Maybe they should take a cue from their European counterparts. Watch law enforcement in the Netherlands train birds of prey to snatch unauthorized drones out of the sky … more »

Panasonic VariCam LT

Panasonic Premieres Compact VariCam LT

Panasonic’s VariCam 35 was released to great acclaim in 2014, updating Panasonic’s flagship camera system for digital motion picture production. The VariCam 35 contains a Super 35mm-sized sensor and captures up to 120 fps 4K and raw 4K to a compatible Codex recorder. … more »

san-fran

San Francisco: Above the Clouds

If you want to take pretty pictures from 90,000 feet, it helps to fly with gear that's designed for low-light photography. Night Crew Labs built a balloon rig to take a Sony a7S hooked up to an Atomos external recorder into the … more »

PewDiePie

YouTube Cranks Up the Original Content for YouTube Red

YouTube Red took its line-up of original programming live today, launching three feature-length titles — A Trip to Unicorn Island, about a global tour by YouTuber Lilly Singh; Lazer Team, a sci-fi comedy from Rooster Teeth and Fullscreen Films; and Dance Camp … more »

The Martian VFX

VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers on The Martian

Director Ridley Scott’s film The Martian finds astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) stranded on the red planet with little more than his wits to keep him alive until NASA can rescue him. The film earned more than $500 million at … more »

first-down

The NFL’s Magic Yellow Line Explained

Without getting technical, Vox takes a look at the yellow first-down line superimposed on the gridiron for NFL games — including how it works and when it doesn't work — and other innovations in contemporary sports broadcasting.