Category Archives: VFX/Animation

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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 »

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Quick Pick: FxFactory Pro

The shooter-craftsman is the master of his or her domain. Since the impact of TV, cinema, web, and other programming is built primarily on the strength of the visual content, the ability of a shooter to serve up one compelling … more »

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Milk Visual Effects on Doctor Who‘s Epic 50th Anniversary Special

Last weekend's special 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, was a landmark for the long-running Brit-TV program. The 75-minute special, shot in stereo 3D, didn't break ratings records in the U.K., but it was simulcast … more »

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Venom Strikes Again in “Truth in Journalism”

For many Spider-Man fans, the most intriguing character in Spider-Man 3 was Venom, the extra-terrestrial monster into which photographer Eddie Brock is transformed. Attendees at this year’s Comic-Con got another taste of Venom: this time, in the form of a … more »

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Pixar Vets Enter Uncharted Territory with Motorola’s “Windy Day”

Owners of Motorola's Moto X Android-powered smartphones had a surprise last week, when a little red hat appeared on their home screen. That hat functioned as the start button for something completely new — an animated story where the virtual … more »

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Maxon Updates Cineware 3D Pipeline for Latest After Effects CC Upgrade

Following Adobe's first planned upgrade to After Effects CC earlier this fall, Maxon has announced updates to its Cineware live 3D pipeline that connects the Adobe software with Cinema 4D, now in version R15. Cineware lets users open any 3D … more »