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How the Virtual Star of Ted Showed Up at the Oscars

The virtual star of “Ted” presented at the 2013 Academy Awards in Los Angeles, with co-star Mark Wahlberg. Credit: Universal Pictures/ Tippett Studio So how does an animated character “appear” at the Oscars? Dell Precision’s Scott Hamilton interviewed Scott Liedtka, visual … more »

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Skirting the Studio System

It seems everyone wants to make a studio-financed film, but for most of us that isn't working out very well. However, if you can manage to make your own movie that stimulates a lot of interest, you actually could end up … more »

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Shoot Like Kubrick with These Rare Zeiss f/0.7 Lenses

If you know much about Stanley Kubrick's methodology, you've probably heard about the special, super-fast lenses that he used to shoot candlelit scenes in Barry Lyndon (1975) — they were Zeiss f/0.7 lenses originally developed for a NASA project to take … more »

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Six Things You Might Not Know About Avid’s New CEO, Louis Hernandez Jr.

When Avid Technology CEO Gary Greenfield resigned on February 11, Avid's board appointed Louis Hernandez Jr., one of its own, to the company's top spot. Hernandez, the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Open Solutions, a technology provider … more »

I went green to support the VFX industry's efforts to improve the plight of the houses and the workers.

Getting Our Piece of the Pi…for Real

I've been fairly silent on the VFX situation amid all the hubbub lately and I think I'm going to catch a lot of heat for this post. But I have to say it like I see it. I'm not happy … more »

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Ansel Adams in the Mind’s Eye

Ansel Adams would have turned 111 today. In 1983, a year before the legendary photographer died, he caught a glimmer of the coming digital revolution. "I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I … more »

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Unused “Ridley-grams” from Alien

If you read Barbara Robertson's most recent interview with Prometheus VFX supervisor Richard Stammers, you know about the "Ridley-grams" that director Ridley Scott would use to communicate his visual ideas with the film's crew. He’s an incredibly visual director. He’s … more »

Kappa Studios and Annoying Orange

Kappa Studios switches from Avid to an all Adobe workflow for the production of Cartoon Network's new hit show Annoying Orange. This animated series originated online and when viewership broke a billion views it was time to take the production … more »

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Climbing Barefoot Up the Razor Edge of Application Updates

I'm going to talk about how to stay on top of your key applications as they evolve. Our main software tools now have a significant number of updates and upgrades each year. This can be disconcerting, especially with interface changes … more »

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What Cameras Did Sundance Filmmakers Use?

Indiewire posted an article this morning listing a bunch of films from Sundance 2013 sorted by the cameras they employed. It's definitely not a comprehensive list (it seems to be limited to the filmmakers that Indiewire got face time with … more »