Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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Faceware Technologies

Faceware Bows New Software, Turnkey Systems in Time for GDC

In advance of the Game Developers Conference (GDC), Faceware Technologies announced new software updates and pricing — including a free Personal Learning Edition (PLE) of its software — and debuted new turnkey facial-capture hardware, its first designed for use without … more »

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Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3.3 for Maya

Chaos Group said artists and designers can expect speed boosts of between 20% and 50% in V-Ray 3.3 for Maya, a free update for existing users that brings it to feature parity with the 3ds Max version. New in this … more »

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ILM VFX Supe Patrick Tubach on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

To say that director J. J. Abrams’ film Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens is a success is an understatement. The film has earned more than $2 billion to date and now ranks third behind Avatar and Titanic for … more »

Richard McBride on The Revenant VFX

VFX Supervisor Richard McBride on The Revenant

Writer-director-producer Alejandro González Iñárritu’s intense survival film The Revenant has been nominated for 12 Oscars. Among those in contention are Leonardo DiCaprio, who has the lead role of Hugh Glass, a fur trader in the 1820s, who is attacked by a bear — a … more »

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 »

Academy’s Sci-Tech Awards Honor SMPTE

On Saturday night, Feb. 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 33 individuals at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards. AMPAS also honored the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers on … 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 »

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 »

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Optimus Creates a Stunning All-CG Opener for Creative Convention

What do you do when an assignment comes along that’s like no other you’ve received? You find the tools necessary, buckle up and get to work. That was the task at hand recently for Donnie Bauer of Chicago-based Optimus Design when … more »

Star Wars VFX supervisor Roger Guyett

ILM VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Roger Guyett should have been stressed and exhausted, but he showed no signs of it when we met at Industrial Light & Magic in San Francisco shortly before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. As we walked down the hall … more »