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ILM VFX Supervisor Russell Earl on Building a Career

In high school shop class where most kids build cutting boards, bookshelves, and little wooden boxes, Russell Earl built a Queen Anne highboy, a Queen Anne lowboy, and a serpentine-front desk. Today, Earl is a visual effects supervisor at Industrial … more »

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Elastic Director Patrick Clair on True Detective’s Title Sequence

In HBO's breakout winter hit, True Detective, helmed episode-to-episode by film director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) and novelist/screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto, metaphysics, metafiction and true crime become strange yet cozy bedfellows. With the season hurtling toward its end this … more »

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DP Charles Papert on Pepsi Max’s Latest Hidden Camera Prank

Last May, Pepsi Max (tagline: "a zero-calorie cola in disguise") released a video online that purported to show an unsuspecting car salesman being taken for a wild ride by star NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon in fake facial hair and old-age … more »

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Ghost Town Media on Making Linkin Park’s “A Light That Never Comes”

Ghost Town Media collaborated with Linkin Park on an unconventional CG video that combines 3D scans of all of the band members with a massive CG cityscape. Cinema 4D maker Maxon and writer Meleah Maynard took us behind the scenes of … more »

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Perception’s John LePore on the World Through RoboCop’s Eyes

RoboCop is back, this time in a future not so far removed from our current computer-centric web of security-cam, drone and even social media surveillance. Sony Pictures Entertainment's remake of the Paul Verhoeven 1987 classic is directed by Brazilian José … more »

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VFX Supervisor Tim Alexander on The Lone Ranger

This year’s Oscar nomination is the first for visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander, although far from his first major award. Alexander received a BAFTA award in 2001 for The Perfect Storm followed by two BAFTA nominations for two Harry Potter … more »

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Zoic Tears Up London for 24: Live Another Day Super Bowl Spot

The Jack Bauer Power Hour will return! Fox made the point clear during last weekend's Super Bowl, with a series of teasers leading up to a :45 spot that showed 24 series regulars Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe O'Brian (Mary-Lynn … more »

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DP Andrew Shulkind on Demoing Kubrick’s f/0.7 Lens Kit

Glass is at the heart of cinematography. And while every lens on the planet may be unique, at least if you measure its optics to some sufficiently minute degree of accuracy, some lenses are more special than others. And cinematographer … more »

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Miky Wolf on Cutting HBO’s Six by Sondheim at Big Sky Edit

Few artists of any stripe have a career as fruitful and storied as the legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. A new HBO documentary, Six by Sondheim, which premiered last week, looks at the man's work by focusing on six … more »

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Shooting Belize: Challenges Amid Beauty

I spent this past winter producing, directing, and shooting a modest budget, super-mobile television program featuring the beautiful western Caribbean country of Belize. (I know – life is tough!) For those who don’t know, Belize is a small country nestled … more »