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Shotgun: Should You Be Using It?

I'm not a pro filmmaker. I have no clue if Shotgun is any good or not. But I have friends and family who do make movies and do use Shotgun, so I asked around. And because my research didn't dig … more »

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Larry Jordan on 7 Ways NAB 2014 Could Change the Way You Work

Some people attack NAB with a detailed plan and others simply let the undulating flow of traffic up and down the aisles guide them through the exhibition. Looking for a way to manage your days? We asked Digital Production Buzz's … more »

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The Future of VFX Work: Managing Remote Artists

Several of the large VFX and animation houses have developed online work environments that allow artists and supervisors to communicate in words and pictures. Some are cloud-based and some are simply Internet-linked real-time systems. And several work with Shotgun. They … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses, Part 3: Growing Opportunities

Here are two more cloud houses that are, indeed, quite different. One is based in Vancouver and another in Albuquerque. Yup…in old New Mexico. They each work with remote artists. Both work major motion pictures, commercials and music videos, etc. … more »

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When Time Is on Your Side, Go ADD with Red Dragon

Red Fire Chief Jarred Land (that title means "president," for those of you not in the know) took to the forums at RedUser.net again last night to update users on the shipping status of new cameras and upgrades featuring the … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses, Part Two: Scarecrow and Legion

My stomach does a little cringe when I think about all the artists out there who are trying to keep their heads above water after the massive purge over the last year. The unstable houses have fallen, leaving literally thousands … more »

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Behind the 2014 Sci-Tech Oscars: 6 Cool Facts

1) The Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards—also known as the Sci-Tech Awards—were part of the main Academy Awards ceremony (and handed out during the commercial breaks once the Oscars were televised) until 1959, when they were presented at the Governor's … more »

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Read the Oscar-Nominated Screenplays … and More Scripts from 2013 Films

One of the most welcome trends in recent Oscar seasons has been the decision by studios to publish screenplays for award contenders on the Internet. The scripts are ostensibly placed online so that Academy voters, guild members, and critics groups … more »

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2014 Oscar Nominations: 10 Fun Facts

1) According to Entertainment Weekly, director Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is "the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture." Ceding the crown? Director Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas. 2) You're not the only one who had never heard … more »

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Watch VFX Reels for (Almost) All of the Oscar-Shortlisted Movies

When the Oscar nominations come out on Thursday morning, only five of the 10 films shortlisted for the award will actually be left in the running for the Visual Effects Oscar. You can expect further coverage of the work that … more »