(Source: artbistro.monster.com) Last month, two weeks before the main event, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awarded 15 scientific and technical awards to 46 men who pioneered advances in moviemaking technology. Among the awards mis year was a Scientific and Engineering award given to Per Christensen, Michael Bunnell, and Christophe Hcry for developing point-based rendering for indirect illumination and ambient occlusion. The first film to use this rendering technique, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, won an Oscar for the visual effects created at Industrial Light & Magic. Now available in Pixars RenderMan and widely adopted by visual effects studios, the point-cloud rendering technique has helped studios create realistic CCi characters, objects, and environments in more than 30 films.

(Source: latimes.com)  If you think we’ve already been inundated by 3-D with “Avatar” (which was shot in 3-D) and “Clash of the Titans” (which was converted later), get ready for a full-on deluge: nearly every big-budget holiday movie next year will be in 3-D, as will future films as diverse as the ” Spider-Man” reboot, the Taylor Lautner action- comedy “Stretch Armstrong” and Martin Scorsese’s children’s-book adaptation “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”

(Source: MTVnews) Now that Ridley Scott is on the press circuit to talk about Robin Hood, Alien prequel talk is resurfacing. And it’s no longer just a pipe dream. Scott says it’s happening – a visual palette is being designed, concept art is being hashed out and a script is being finalized. But what’s it about? Here are excerpts from MTV’s interview.

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