(Source: bjorn3d.com) Acclaimed director Robert Rodriguez uses AMD computing and graphics processors to create special effects and eye-definition characters, bringing the images in his mind’s eye to life –

AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced that Troublemaker Studios is using Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processors and ATI FirePro™ graphics accelerators to create animations and special effects for its films, including “Shorts”, now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

· AMD has a long history in the movie making industry, with Troublemaker Studios using its technology to push the envelope of digital moving making and special effects in several blockbuster films.


(Source: originalprop.com) Emmy Award-winning special effects and make-up artist and designer Steve Johnson has today launched a new YouTube channel –stevejohnsonfx – and its first video broadcast.  His personal message and vision for future efforts outlines a very exciting opportunity for fans of film and television to have access to some amazing material related to his work in Hollywood over the course of his 30-year career spanning more than 200 movies.

The first such video (“Steve’s Welcome Message”), published today, offers an exciting preview of what will follow:


(Source: network.nationalpost.com) When the computer-generated, 3D animation train was chugging full steam ahead five years ago, filmmakers Wes Anderson and Henry Selick decided to hop off and walk in the other direction.

They partnered to form Revolution Studios and began developing a stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book Fantastic Mr. Fox, right before the economy sank. Unfortunately, Revolution went down with it, so Anderson moved the project to 20th Century Fox (an appropriately named studio, if there ever was one), while Selick, the director of Nightmare Before Christmas, went on to helm another stop-motion film called Coraline.


(Source: incontention.com) Without any doubt, one of the most difficult Oscar categories to predict is Best Makeup. Like Best Visual Effects, the final three nominees are chosen from a previously announced shortlist of seven.

Very frequently, films that would seem to be sure things fail to even make the bake-off. Even so, it is possible to gauge the general sort of films which are nominated, with considerable prosthetics and aging effects being among the most cited accomplishments in this category.


(Source: worstpreviews.com) LaTercera sat down with director Robert Zemeckis (Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol) to talk about his love of motion-capture animation and the future of the technology.

“I’d say that the appropriate thing would be to create a new [Academy Awards] category,” he said. “Like when Walt Disney made the first animated movie. He got a special award since no one had ever done that.”

It’s true that Disney’s 1939 “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” received an honorary Oscar for innovation, but is motion-capture animation as big of a step forward in movie-making as regular animation was in 1939?


(Source: Movie Reporter) German site MovieReporter.net talked to Peter Jackson, who revealed that The Hobbit and its sequel will now start filming mid-summer 2010 instead of the previously-reported March start. Here’s a translation of Jackson’s quote, thanks to TheOneRing.net:

We’re currently working on the second script which we hope to have completed by the end of this year or beginning of next. When the scripts are completed, we can begin with the exact calculation of the necessary budget. We hope to start filming in the middle of next year. However, we’ve received no green light from the studio yet.



(Source: wearemoviegeeks.com) Stop motion animation, like most animation, really, is an art-form, one that has been perfected by only a chosen few.  Ever since 1898’s THE HUMPTY DUMPTY CIRCUS, the usage of stop motion animation in film has brought characters to life in far better ways than modern technology can provide.  Today, in honor of Wes Anderson’s usage of it in FANTASTIC MR. FOX, we give you our list of the 10 best stop motion characters in film history.

10. Talos from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS


(Source: law.com)  Lucasfilm Ltd. was founded in 1971 by Star Wars creator George W. Lucas Jr. It has grown into a major independent production house and one of the world’s leading entertainment companies. Lucasfilm’s primary endeavors include movie and television production, along with groundbreaking visual and aural effects, video games, software and various online activities. Corporate subsidiaries include Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, Pixar Animation Studios, Avid Technology and THX Ltd. The company has spun off a thriving industry of Star Wars merchandising, memorabilia and licensing.



(SOURCE: dreamcareer.info) This is a tentative schedule of the events for the Visual Effects Supervisor’s Boot Camp.

7:30pm   Opening reception
Meet students and instructors and have some pizza.
At Saggio’s, 107 Cornell SE

Saturday, December 5

8:00am- Script breakdown and budgeting
Learn how to break down a script for visual effects purposes and budget effects shots.

9:30am -Shooting Stills
Shooting panoramas and HDRI probes, working with the Nodal Ninja nodal offset head

11:00am-The Location Shoot
Set etiquette for visual effects supervisors, understanding crew positions, camera, lighting and grip equipment and shooting plates with the Red One Camera



(Source: Vancouver Sun)  Thursday’s announcement that the Kerner Group will set up a stereoscopic 3-D research studio at Emily Carr University (ECU) will help British Columbia’s film industry make the transition from a two-dimensional production centre to a place where 3-D movies can be made by local crews.

Several high-profile 3-D movies have been made in B.C. in recent years, including Tron: Legacy, but they always have Americans in the key crew positions. The Emily Carr studio, expected to be operational by late spring, is the first step to building a 3-D movie infrastructure.

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