(Source: prweb.com) Coastal Contacts introduces the new fall lineup of Special Effects contact lenses for Halloween, including a Twilight inspired lens. Adding to their popular Special Effects (SFX) contact lens line, Coastal Contacts now offers over 130 styles, ranging from mildly scary to full out freaky.

“Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year for us,” stated Coastal Contacts Communications Manager, Jennifer Harvey. “Special Effects contact lenses have been growing in popularity for years as they are becoming more prominent in movies. Requests for these lenses have started coming in already for this year.”


(screencrave.com)  For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been on a roller coaster ride of will he or won’t he with Johnny Depp and Disney. After the actor released a few cryptic statements regarding his involvement with the upcoming sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, fans have been worried that he might not reprise the role of Captain Jack Sparrow. To make matters worse there’s even been speculation that the studio would replace Depp, if he didn’t return.

According to Cinemablend, a source from high up in the Disney ranks says that the actor will return for a fourth film as promised, but anything beyond that is up for debate. Just as we stated in our previous post, if the actor decides to reprise the role of Sparrow one more time it could be his last. They said that Depp is a man of his word and will honor his previous agreement with the studio for another sequel.



When Hollywood producers need to make Bruce Willis look 30 years younger, they call on Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak.

The Williamstown couple’s visual effects and computer animation firm, Synthespian Studios, produced more than 250 sequences in the new sci-fi flick “Surrogates,” which premiered in theaters on Friday.

The Disney action thriller is set in the future in a world where humans remain at home and interact solely through robots. When several humans and their robots are killed, a cop (Willis) goes on a mission to unravel a conspiracy behind the crimes.


(Source: Variety) More than 100 visual effects artists who did work for Meteor Studios, a Montreal-based effects house that went bankrupt in late 2007, have reached an agreement with the owners to get at least some of the back pay owed them. Meteor was owned jointly by Evergreen Digital and Discovery Trademark Holding Co, each holding 50% of the equity.
The 130 artists accepted a deal to receive C$590,000 ($544,000), or 70% of the money they say they were owed. Meteor closed down shortly after completing work on the Montreal-shot “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in 2007, and the artists were missing pay for their work on that pic.


(Source: zikkir.com) Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of Japan’s most popular sci-fi giant robot franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam, used his keynote speech at Japan’s Gamasutra-attended CEDEC game conference to provoke game developers — and try to make them reconsider the future of gaming.

“I think that video games are evil,” says Tomino. “[Gaming] is not a type of activity that provides any support to our daily lives, and all these consoles are just consuming electricity! Let’s say we have about three billion people on this planet wasting their time, bringing no productivity at all. Add 10 billion more people, and what would happen to our planet? Video games are assisting the death of our planet!”



(Source: variety.com) George Lucas calls Mich Chau “the major driving force in making my dreams come true.”

High praise indeed, but hard to dispute after a year that saw “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” emerge as Lucasfilm’s first hit TV series, production begin on the WWII feature “Red Tails” and a “Star Wars” MMP game nearing its release — not to mention the usual array of groundbreaking vfx from Industrial Light & Magic, including work on the latest “Star Trek” and “Transformers” installments as well as the highly anticipated “Avatar.”



(Source: indiantelevision.co) Prime Focus, one of the world’s largest visual entertainment services groups, has announced the transformation of its global facilities – Prime Focus London, Blue and Machine (UK), Post Logic and Frantic Films VFX (USA) and Prime Focus Group in India – into a single global company under a new Prime Focus brand.

“This rebrand represents the coming together of all our companies around the world. With this, and the launch of our exciting new products, our goal is to communicate our ability to provide entertainment producers with a Hollywood-calibre experience, whether they’re working with a Prime Focus facility in Mumbai, LA, London or New York City,” said Prime Focus founder and CEO Namit Malhotra.



(Source: moviesblog.mtv.com) Following the recent departure of Disney studio chief Dick Cook, Johnny Depp admitted to being less enthusiastic about returning to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (“Pirates” part 4, for those who lost count). And the fans in turn admitted that they’d give up on the franchise without him in it.

(Source: awn.com)

6) The Road (Dimension Films, Oct. 16)
Fans of Cormac McCarthy’s bleak post-apocalyptic tale have been waiting for a year. Australian director John Hillcoat’s film version of the story follows a father and son trying to survive in a world where ash rains down from the skies. DIVE, Crazy House Effects and Invisible Pictures all had a part in creating this dreary world where cannibals haunt the countryside. Mark O. Forker, who supervised work on The Lord of Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Peter Pan, knows the demands of creating fantastic worlds.



(Source: shootonline.com) The Visual Effects Society announced a number of extraordinary industry leaders are confirmed as speakers for the VES’ Production Summit 09. The industry-wide event will feature sessions on topics including pre-production, production, and post production, as well as creativity, technology and the global economy, from the perspectives of everything from acquisition to projection. The day-long event will be held on October 24th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

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