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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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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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Shade VFX Expands to New York City

Santa Monica-based Shade VFX will take advantage of post-production incentives in New York by opening a 4,000-square-foot space on Park Avenue South in Manhattan. A company representative told StudioDaily that around 15 staff and contract artists will be working from … 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 Supervisor Christopher Townsend on Iron Man 3

Christopher Townsend’s Oscar nomination for Iron Man 3 is his first. Townsend’s entry into feature film visual effects was as a digital artist at Industrial Light & Magic on Congo. He followed that with credits on Mission: Impossible, The Lost … more »

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Weta Digital’s Joe Letteri on The Desolation of Smaug

Joe Letteri, Weta Digital’s senior visual effects supervisor and studio director, extends his long list of awards with his eighth Oscar nomination, this for supervising the visual effects in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, an MGM production … 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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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 »

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Visual Effects Society Names 2014 Officers of Its Board of Directors

Jeffrey A. Okun was re-elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Visual Effects Society (VES) at the January 2014 VES board meeting. This will mark Okun's sixth one-year term heading up the professional honorary society's board. His resume … more »

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VFX Breakdown: The Wolf of Wall Street

There's a story that has George Lucas visiting one of the massive sets built for Martin Scorsese's 2002 Gangs of New York and remarking, "You know, Marty, you could have done this with computers." Eleven years later, Scorsese has succumbed, … more »