Category Archives: VFX

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Peter Plantec’s Entirely Biased Golden Pixie Awards, Part Three

I have always been a rule-breaker — as I believe many of you are. I follow civil rules, but tend to dislike doing things the way they've always been done. Thus you may have noticed I make up award categories … more »

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Peter Plantec’s Entirely Biased Golden Pixie Awards, Part Two

This is the second volley of awards. There are quite a few to give out this year because I've spent time researching and there is a lot of excellent out there. I'm also interested in your suggestions for Pixies. I … more »

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The Golden Pixie Awards

I know a lot of you are up to date on all the new 3D tools, but some of you are not. There are so many tools these days that it can be overwhelming. For example, when I first started … more »

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Opportunity Knocks at Zerply

You may have noticed that I've been presenting ground-floor opportunities lately. They all have certain risks, but the rewards of getting in early can be substantial. My latest discovery is Zerply. It's a unique employment agency focused on the VFX … more »

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Watch the 2014 SIGGRAPH Technical Papers Preview

In the spring, an industry's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … SIGGRAPH. With apologies to Tennyson, this week sees the release of the annual Technical Papers Preview trailer, which aims to whet your appetite for the real deal when … more »

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Shotgun: Should You Be Using It?

I'm not a pro filmmaker. I have no clue if Shotgun is any good or not. But I have friends and family who do make movies and do use Shotgun, so I asked around. And because my research didn't dig … more »

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The Future of VFX Work: Managing Remote Artists

Several of the large VFX and animation houses have developed online work environments that allow artists and supervisors to communicate in words and pictures. Some are cloud-based and some are simply Internet-linked real-time systems. And several work with Shotgun. They … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses, Part 3: Growing Opportunities

Here are two more cloud houses that are, indeed, quite different. One is based in Vancouver and another in Albuquerque. Yup…in old New Mexico. They each work with remote artists. Both work major motion pictures, commercials and music videos, etc. … more »

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VFX Cloud Houses, Part Two: Scarecrow and Legion

My stomach does a little cringe when I think about all the artists out there who are trying to keep their heads above water after the massive purge over the last year. The unstable houses have fallen, leaving literally thousands … 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 »