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  • Creating The “Justice League” CG Villian Steppenwolf: Animatrik’s Motion Capture

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    Justice League finds DC Comic heroes Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momao), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) uniting to overthrow supervillain Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds).  Interestingly, Hinds never stepped foot on set in the role of Steppenwolf – rather, the performance was pieced together via numerous motion capture shoots…

     

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  • Rising To Visual Challenges: Engine House VFX

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    Picturesque beaches and sandy shores are not the only thing placing Cornwall, England on the map these days.  The picturesque peninsula is also home to Engine House VFX, an animation and visual effects company that’s making some pretty big waves. Mike Richter, a 3D freelancer whose architectural visualization skills enabled him to create extremely realistic…

     

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  • Jon Favreau To Receive The 2018 VES Lifetime Achievement Award

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    Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named acclaimed writer-director-producer-actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment.  The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes Talent Were Fan Favs At Comic Con 2017

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    By: Marjorie Galas Comic Con fans flock to the four-day convention, anxious to glimpse the talent who bring their favorite shows and characters to life.  And that talent isn’t contained in the actors in front of the cameras.  The Art Directors Guild panel, “The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination,” featuring Oliver Scholl (“Spider-man: Homecoming”), Francois Audouy (“Logan”), Hannah…

     

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  • Nature, Science And History Informed Production Designer Guy Hendrix Dyas’ Work In “Passengers”

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    By: Marjorie Galas Imagine spending sixty years in space, building a massive craft from the inside out. That’s the concept production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas visualized when developing the spaceship at the heart of his Oscar-nominated production design featured in “Passengers.”  The ultimate creation merged scientific theory, aero-dynamic principles, modern architectural elements, innovative lighting design…

     

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  • Visual Effects New Board Of Directors Election Results

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    The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional honorary society, has announced its 2017 Board of Directors officers.  The officers, who comprise the VES Board Executive Committee, include Mike Chambers, who was re-elected as Board Chair. The 2017 Officers of the VES Board of Directors are: Chair: Mike Chambers 1st Vice Chair: Jeffrey A. Okun,…

     

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  • Nominees For The 2017 Visual Effects Awards Announced

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    The Visual Effects Society (VES) announced the nominees for the 15th Annual VES Awards.  The annual award celebration recognizes outstanding visual effects artistry and innovation in film, animation, television, commercials and video games and the VFX supervisors, VFX producers and hands-on artists who bring this work to life.  The VES Awards will be held on…

     

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  • VES To Publish New Print/Digital Publication “VFX Voice”

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    Visual Effects Society (VES), the honorary global professional society devoted to the visual effects world, announced it will begin publishing VFX Voice, the a new signature print and digital magazine in April, 2017.  The new publication’s inaugural printing will appear in time to celebrate the organization’s  milestone 20th anniversary.  The editorial focus of the magazine will encompass…

     

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  • Reid Burns Joins VFX Legion In Key Senior Position

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    VFX Legion announced Reid Burns, former Senior Vice President of Labodigital, has joined their Burbank division as Senior Vice President of Business Development and member of their executive team, reporting to founder James Hattin.  Burns will oversee the expansion, strategic direction and operation of VFX Legion’s feature and television portfolio, which includes projects such as Hardcore…

     

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  • VFX Pioneer Ken Ralston To Receive 2017 VES Lifetime Achievement Award

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      Ken Ralston will receive the Visual Effects Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to filmed entertainment.  The multi-Academy Award nominated visual effects pioneer will receive this award during the 15th Annual VES Awards on February 7, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed by the VES…

     

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  • Visual Effects Society Present “What Is Real?” At 8th Annual VES Summit

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    The Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced the theme of their eighth annual VES Summit – “What is Real?”” The annual day-long event will be held Saturday, October 29th and will feature top leaders in the visual effects industry, educational panels and break out sessions as well as a networking lunch and mixer at the conclusion…

     

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  • Masters of Dragons: Pixomondo On Three VFX Creature Creations In “Game Of Thrones”

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    BY: Marjorie Galas The Pixomondo staff have mastered growth spurts. Since its creation in 2001, the “solutions oriented design company” has provided visual effects for films including “Hugo”, “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Hunger Games” as well as numerous series and commercials. Most recently, Pixomondo VFX Supervisor Sven Martin and VFX Producer Viktorija Ogureckaja have…

     

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  • Networking And Visual Imagery Hightlights Of 2014 VES Summit

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    BY: Marjorie Galas The Visual Effects Society’s sixth annual VES Summit was chose the theme “Networking and Visual Imagery Evolution” for the day-long gathering at the W Hotel on October 18th, 2014. Tightly packed around round tables, VFX and post professionals attentively listened to opening keynote speaker Victoria Alonso, EVP, Visual Effects and post production,…

     

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  • From Richard Parker To Merida – VES Award Winners

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    It was a good night for “Life of Pi,” “Game of Thrones,” and “Brave” at the 11th Annual Visual Effects Society’s Awards held February 4th. Each entry won four awards each. “Life of Pi” won the Outstnding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture award, the highest award presented to a nominee….

     

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  • Web-Slinging in NYC: VFX In “The Amazing Spiderman”

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    Jerome Chen has been winning awards for his visual effects work before there were awards dedicated to visual effects.  One of his earlier awards, presented by the International Monitor Awards, was for “Electronic Effects” on the film “Contact.”  While the society that presented those awards has since disbanded, visual effects have continued to morph and…

     

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  • From Aliens To Time Travel: The Effects In “Men In Black III”

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    For VFX Supervisors Jay Redd and Ken Ralston, working on “Men in Black III” was a labor of love.  Effects such as Agent J’s (Will Smith) fall from the Chrysler Building took two years to complete, and the recreation of Shea Stadium required a supervised team of nearly 200 people.  For Redd and Ralston, the pay-off for…

     

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  • Digital Vision: Products For The Independent

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    Digital Vision is known industry-wide as a color correction tools front runners. As technology changes, so has Digital Vision’s product line.  They recently announced the addition of high end hardware and software into established platforms at affordable price points that will allow a small independent production facility to provide high end services and stay viable…

     

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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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