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  • Shooting The 3D Waterworld Of “Sanctum”

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    When Alister Grierson agreed to direct “Sanctum,” he inherited a bundle of overwhelming challenges.  In addition to the difficulty created by shooting a 3D epic in low-light conditions underwater with a tight budget and safety concerns restricting location shooting, a particular producer named James Cameron was overseeing the entire project.   “Jim wasn’t going to…

     

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  • “Avatar,” “Up” Big VFX Winners

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          It was a very blue year for visual effects.  Some would call it “Avatar” blue, others would say “Na’vi” blue, but either way, James Cameron and crew were the big winners at the 8th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards.   “Avatar” won six VES awards including the evening’s top prize, “Outstanding Visual Effects…

     

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  • Roger Corman Shares His Secrets With AFCI

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      At the beginning of November, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) held their annual conference.  The conference began with a keynote speech presented by independent producer Roger Corman. Corman, who will receive an Honorary Oscar this year, has produced over 350 films.  He opened his discussion with a film clip from the 1959…

     

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  • ComicCon: The Benefit To Below-The-Line

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    Where can one view an LED glove worn by Michael Jackson and a model spaceship used on the film “Alien,” catch a sneak peak of disaster movie “2012” and obtain signatures from movie stars, directors, writers, and artists of all kinds?  ComicCon is that one stop shopping experience for fans of all things television, movies,…

     

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