(Source: HollywoodReporter.com) Hell hath no fury like a geek scorned, and there is no species of geek more dedicated or passionate than the Trekkie (or Trekker, as they prefer to be called). Roger Guyett, the visual effects supervisor for Paramount’s “Star Trek” prequel, knows this all too well.

“Sometimes I wonder if I’ll meet someone on a dark and stormy night and he’ll come at me with a machete because I didn’t do something the way some hardcore fan would’ve done it,” says Guyett, in a deadpan tone that suggests he’s not quite kidding.

(Source: PRNewswire) The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the Winsor McCay Award recipients for 2009: Tim Burton, Bruce Timm and Jeffrey Katzenberg (see bios below). Named in honor of animator Winsor McCay, best known as a prolific artist and pioneer in the art of comic strips and animation, the Winsor McCay Award stands as one of the highest honors given to an individual in the animation industry in recognition for career contributions to the art of animation.

The 2009 Winsor McCay Award Recipients are:

(Source: examiner.com) Last night the Oscars came early to Hollywood – about three months to be exact. Not the nine-hour televised extravaganza we all love to hate but the first of the honorary awards that, as of this year, were ousted from the upcoming 2010 broadcast of the show.

The Governors Awards, normally given out somewhere at the mid-point of the Oscars ceremony, were bestowed upon three legends of cinema: acclaimed actress Lauren Bacall, prolific B-movie producer Roger Corman, and the esteemed cinematographer Gordon Willis, whose work includes all three “Godfather” films and “All the President’s Men.”

(Source: cinemablend.com) There are lots and lots of Oscar fanatics, myself included, who are counting on Avatar to be a Best Picture nominee despite the fact that no one has seen it. And even before the Oscar nomination process really gets going, there are smaller awards bodies that are taking the Avatar hype to the bank. Director James Cameron will be receiving three awards for Avatar over the next month, according to Variety: the New York Women in Film and Television Muse Award, the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s modern master award, and the Visual Effects Society’s lifetime achievement award.

(Source: Business Wire) Friday the 13th has a built-in terror factor, but this weekend the scariest thing out there may be how much stunt driving and VFX have progressed with the advent of the Drive-A-Tron™ software from SWAY Studio. “2012,” Roland Emmerich’s apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, charts the Mayan calendar prophecy about the end of the world. Among the many chaotic events in the movie is a jaw-dropping sequence in which Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) races through LA as the city crumbles beneath the wheels of the limousine he’s driving. It is an astounding sequence, one that somehow distinguishes itself amidst 158 minutes of non-stop action, and it’s likely producers will now have a tough time shooting a car chase the old-fashioned way.

(Source: solidstategroup.com)  VFXmarketplace.com brings together the buyers and suppliers of visual effects. Set up by Emmy award winning VFX supervisor Tim Webber and Peter Horne, it offers a radical new approach to providing basic visual effects.

Visual Effects (VFX) has become an increasing element of production in the film industry. VFXMarketplace aims to enable increased specialisation within the industry, allowing buyers to focus on more complex VFX, knowing that they can call on responsive capacity when they need it.

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(Source: theglobeandmail.com) One of the biggest, coolest challenges we’ve had was working on The Incredible Hulk ,” says software engineer Berj Bannayan, a co-founder and partner in Soho VFX, a visual effects company that works mainly on Hollywood feature films.

“We got to do really big-screen digital characters and full digital environments, like a digital version of New York City for a big battle on a rooftop. That was a big step for us. And it was fun!”

(Source: Wired) Sometimes it can be hard to see the messages a movie teaches, especially if they’re unintentional. The best way to see a movie’s messages, the bad ones in particular, is to be a parent watching the movie with your kids. Suddenly you find yourself talking to your kids after you leave the theater or after the video finishes playing at home, just to see if they picked up on the bad messages. Then, if they did, you can try to do some damage control.

Quality doesn’t generally come into play when it comes to messages: There are plenty of bad movies whose messages are perfectly benign, and plenty of good movies that have messages you definitely wouldn’t want your kids to take to heart. It is this latter category with which this list is concerned. Here then is a countdown of the top 10 bad messages in good (and at least somewhat geeky) movies:

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