(Source: Cracked.com) So I am a visual effects (VFX) artist, putting fake things into movies with computers (often referred to as CG effects). You think you know me? You don’t know me! You know that CG makes things like Gollum and dinosaurs and pretty much everything in Avatar, but most of the CG you’ve seen in your life, you didn’t know was CG at all.


Just a collection of 1s and 0s.


(Source: scifisquad.com) As impressive as the visuals in Avatar are, I don’t think they stand on the same plain as The White Ribbon or Inglourious Basterds, two of the fellow Best Cinematography nominees. Or, if you want to keep the argument entirely within the sci-fi bubble, I don’t think Avatar’s visuals are comparable with fellow 2009 sci-fi releases Moon and District 9.

I don’t want to make light of Avatar’s accomplishments. It’s a visually stunning movie and there are things in it that I have never seen in movies before. It’s an accomplishment.



(Source: cgw.com) There will be much excitement and great content as SIGGRAPH returns to Los Angeles.

Dynamic changes in 2010 include the new SIGGRAPH Dailies! program celebrating excellence in computer graphics by showcasing behind the scenes work and the artists stories that enhance their extraordinary power and beauty. Contributors submitted short (5-15 second) animations of recent work [from the past 18 months] whether professional, personal, academic, or student work.


(Source: Variety.com) Much of the impact of “The Cove,” which collected the documentary feature Oscar on Sunday night, comes from underwater footage that could not have been captured without help from Lucasfilm spinoff Kerner Optical.

Kerner runs a hush-hush “skunk works” that solves high-tech problems for private industry, government contractors and the occasional three-letter agency. Since Kerner’s expertise is in models, miniatures and camera engineering, many of those problems involve exotic cameras.

For “The Cove,” which exposes the slaughter of toxin-laden dolphins for meat in Japan, director Louie Psihoyos needed HD cameras that could sit on the sea bottom undetected and record the events at the surface. Kerner production manager Kevin Wallace became “rock camera supervisor” for the movie.

VFX Gag Order Removed – Digital Effects Studio Goes Public

(Source: Variety.com) Lowry Digital can now boast having worked on the past two vfx Oscar winners.

Lowry, which helped remove any digital artifacts from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” was also quietly engaged to work on “Avatar.” It was sworn to secrecy during most of awards season but was able to go public Tuesday with glowing quotes from producer Jon Landau. Lowry developed its software for film restoration and has adapted it to remove noise from footage captured with digital cameras.


The Visual Effects Society announced the winners of the 8th Annual VES Awards tonight at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The annual event recognizes outstanding visual effects in more than twenty categories of film, animation, television, commercials and video games.

Filmmakers, producers and guests joined more than a thousand attendees from the visual effects industry for the sold-out gala which honored James Cameron with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and Dr. Ed Catmull with the Georges Méliès Award for Pioneering.

    
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