(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.

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