(Source: TUAW) There’s a whole lot of promise in the Watchmen: Justice is Coming game for iPhone/iPod touch. Unfortunately, the game is beset by some bugs and gameplay fumbles. The more I played, the more I got used to the quirks, but eventually there’s a certain monotony to the game that left me rather unsatisfied. Hopefully, as Mike reported, Last Legion Games will take note and keep improving the experience. I’m not saying it is bad — it is an amazing glimpse into the power of Apple’s mobile platform — but it’s more a tech demo at this point than finished game.

Things are literally heating up at Weta Digital, where more than 700 crew are putting together special effects for film projects that include major movies Avatar and Tintin.

Hewlett-Packard sold blade servers worth millions of dollars to Weta for its new state-of-the-art datacentre in Miramar, which was completed in September.

HP business unit manager Jeff Healey says the company has since been advising Weta Digital on how it can cut operating costs.

This has included allowing the temperature inside the datacentre to rise from a conservative 18 degrees Celsius to a more balmy 24-26C.

Electronic Arts Inc. and Starz Media’s Film Roman announced the start of production on an animated movie based on Dante’s Inferno.

The feature-length project will expand on the story in EA’s new game coming out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2010, which in turn is based on part one of Dante Alighieri’s epic Italian poem The Divine Comedy.

Just as the poem and game take players on a stunning journey through the nine circles of hell, the Dante’s Inferno animated feature will also follow Dante as he travels through limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery in search of his true love, Beatrice.



Elstree Studios is welcoming back Star Wars, this time with Star Wars: A Musical Journey.

The Star Wars Saga and The O2 will bring the two together as never before in Star Wars: A Musical Journey which will play for two days only: April 10 and April 11 2009, before launching its European tour.

Roger Morris, Managing Director of Elstree Studios said: “I’m so pleased to welcome the Star Wars crew back to Elstree again. All the Star Wars films used Elstree Studios as their UK studio.

(Source: variety.com) Watchmen” is a notoriously complex story, much like the process used to bring the graphic novel to life on the bigscreen.

To make this transition, director Zack Snyder relied on about a half-dozen visual effects houses to execute the highly detailed look he wanted for the film.

Most complicated were the effects for Dr. Manhattan. Snyder wanted a process that would allow actor Billy Crudup to deliver an unimpeded on-set performance and still produce the raw materials needed to match the book’s visual of a glowing blue, and often nude, super-powered scientist.


With everyone in fear of losing their jobs these days, the Star Tours 2 project was brought back out of the closet and is being worked on once again to prove that the department staff is needed because they are still in the middle of a major project.



(blog.wired.com)  Powerful new tools like the ones used to make Monsters vs. Aliens give filmmakers unprecedented power to manipulate imagery and create immersive cinematic experiences.

High-end filmmakers aren’t just making movies these days. They’re building virtual worlds before shooting a single frame of film, using digital tools that blur the lines between animation and live-action, virtual sets and physical soundstage, photorealistic cartoon characters and motion-captured human beings.

Over the past few years, digital moviemakers have mastered new technologies and learned to micromanage massive teams in order to bring complex collaborative visions to the screen. The goal: to create truly immersive movies that knock the socks off even the most jaded moviegoer.


(Source: variety.com) France is well known for its world-class animation and effects shops, including Buf, Eclair Studios, Mac Guff Ligne and Mikros Image. And yet, these have been at a disadvantage compared with studios in the U.K., Canada or Eastern European countries — studios that offer generous tax incentives.

But now, thanks to the 20% tax rebate plan approved by the French parliament in December, foreign CG and toon producers doing business with Gallic houses will be able to seek tax breaks worth up to million.

For all those job-hunters in creative fields who need a strategic edge in the salary negotiation process — or who simply could benefit from the motivation salary knowledge can provide, Industry Wages Inc. has delivered a powerful new tool. The company has launched the website VFXWages.com (http://www.vfxwages.com) as a free way for these professionals and students to determine the latest information on salaries and hourly wages in their market. Currently VFXWages.com provides pay information for individuals in the visual effects industry, particularly film and television visual effects, gaming, motion graphics, and animation.



Two movie trends have converged and brought us a project that had been rumored for years that almost no one thought would actually happen.

Right now, remaking ’80s comedies is hot (“Arthur” and “Beverly Hills Cop”) and anything supernatural is really hot (“Twilight” and, uh, “Twilight”). To capitalize on these trends  or maybe just because it’s not fair to deny longtime fans any longer \u2014 Columbia Pictures announced that a third “Ghostbusters” movie is in the works, two decades after the last one came out.

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