Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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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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Lightcraft and SolidAnim Join Forces on Virtual Production Tools

U.S.-based Lightcraft Technology and French motion-capture and 3D VFX company SolidAnim have entered a partnership to offer their combined optical and markerless tracking technology — and thus a complimentary and more comprehensive toolset for real-time pre-viz of visual effects on set — to … more »

Facial Mocap Gets Easier as Faceware Integrates with Vicon’s Cara

Facial performance capture gets a little more flexible with news of a new global partnership between Vicon and Faceware Technologies. The deal makes it easy to process and use data from Vicon's head-mounted Cara rig, a sophisticated new system for … 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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Building Poetic Images and Exotic Locations in John Robson’s “Epoch”

Over the past decade, John Robson has built a reputation for his visual effects work on projects ranging from TV series to features such as Pacific Rim and Superman Returns. But when he’s not working as an independent CG artist, … more »

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Hazel Baird on Shifting Perspectives in World War II from Space

Hazel Baird, director of motion graphics for History Channel's World War II from Space, had never designed a show before that had so much CG in it. But Baird, a freelance motion graphics designer for Prime Focus, was hardly daunted by the challenge … more »

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HP’s Z1 G2 All-in-One Workstation Adds Thunderbolt 2 Capability

At CES, HP updated the tightly packed Z1 all-in-one pro workstation it launched back in 2012 with the new Z1 G2, which adds Windows 8 multitouch capability and Thunderbolt 2 — an optional module that fits into the side of … more »

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Review: Smith Micro Poser 10 and Poser Pro 2014

Poser began its development life in 1997, when Fractal Design released Poser 1 and 2. Originally, the idea was to provide artists with a sort of digital maquette to serve as reference for drawing the human figure.  Poser was acquired … more »