iphone lenses

(Source: Wired.com) If you want high-quality photos, a responsive and full-featured DSLR is the only way to go. But sometimes you don’t want to carry that bulky box around with you. With a couple of accessories, and a few megabytes of applications, you can turn the iPhone in your pocket into a rather capable replacement.

Interchangeable lenses

Photographers have a mantra: “It’s all about the glass.” It doesn’t matter how good the camera is if you mount a junky lens on the front. The iPhone 3GS has added a much better autofocus lens to the mix (you didn’t think that one extra lousy megapixel made all that difference, did you?) but it’s still limited in range.



(Source: hollywoodreporter.com) Steven Spielberg had just wrapped six weeks of motion-capture work on his passion project “The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.” Offering a toast to the production crew hired for the highly specialized shoots, the director raised a champagne glass and noted they had helped him squeeze in the most setups in the fewest days of any production in which he had been involved.

“So maybe that tells you how I feel about the experience of working with you all,” a beaming Spielberg told the assembled employees of Giant Studios.



(Source: allheadlinenews.com) George Lucas lords over all the men in Hollywood in terms of paycheck. The “Star Wars” mastermind has earned a whopping $170 million in the last year, beating another heavyweight filmmaker Steven Spielberg for Forbes’ top spot.

Lucas, the chairman of his Lucasfilm Ltd. shingle, scored big with his latest film “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” last year. He wrote and produced the film with Spielberg, who made it to second place on the list with $150 million.

The film’s star, Harrison Ford, also made it to the list, earning $65 million at 11th place.



(Source: latimesblogs.latimes.com) The King of the World isn’t leaving anything to chance.

Six months before “Avatar” hits theaters, director James Cameron and 20th Century Fox are holding a full-court press with the nation’s leading exhibitors at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood tomorrow to tout his upcoming release.

CAMERON “Avatar,” a blend of live action and CGI animation, is Cameron’s first dramatic feature since 1997’s “Titantic” and has generated a frenzy of interest. During the five-hour meeting (he has never been one for short presentations), Cameron will show 20 minutes of scenes from the film and answer questions about the making and marketing of the movie.

Outstanding Special Visual Effects For A Series

Battlestar Galactica • Daybreak (Part 2) • Syfy • R&D TV in association with Universal Cable Productions
Gary Hutzel, Visual Effects Supervisor
Michael Gibson, Visual Effects Producer
Jesse Toves, CGI Artist
Sean Jackson, CGI Artist
Kyle Toucher, CGI Artist
Pierre Drolet, CGI Modeler
Greg Behrens, Visual Effects Coordinator
Heather McAuliff, Visual Effects Compositor
Dave Morton, CGI Artist

Fringe • Pilot • FOX • Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions
Kevin Blank, Visual Effects Supervisor
Jay Worth, Visual Effect Coordinator
Andrew Orloff, Visual Effects Supervisor
Johnathan Banta, 2D Lead Artist
Steve Graves, 3D Lead Artist
Jonathan Spencer Levy, Visual Effects Supervisor
Scott Dewis, 3D Artist
Steve Fong, Compositing Artist
Tom Turnbull, Visual Effects Supervisor



(Source: NYTtimes.com) And the Oscar for the best animated short film goes to … an Internet community?

That teaser, posted last fall on Facebook by the upstart company Mass Animation, kicked off a project many people in Hollywood thought was laughable: making a five-minute animated film using the Wikipedia model, with animators from around the world contributing shots, and Facebook users voting on their favorites.



(Source: nydailynews.com)  Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) and Co. may have audiences under their spell in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’ but the real wizards are the ones who created the movie’s special effects. Industrial Light & Magic, the biggest F/X studio in the business, gave the News a sneak peek behind the wizards’ curtain to see how they made some of the greatest magic in film history. The link below contains a large gallery of ‘How They Did It” images.

Take a look: NYDailyNews.com


(Source: the-leaky-cauldron.org) Popular Mechanics has a new article online today that gives some new insight regarding the special effects used for two scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince done by Double Negative. As seen in the many trailers and clips from the film, HBP features an attack on the Millennium Bridge in London, England to showcase the rampant actions of the Death Eaters, as well as the Inferi in the cave. While there are movie spoilers contained in the article, the piece does contain technical info on how the scenes were created with legendary VFX house ILM:

    
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