Andy Serkis Insists Performance Capture Acting Is Not “A Drug-Assisted Sport”
Andy Serkis says he’s "hanging by a thread" in the run-up to the release of his directorial debut Breathe. Starring Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield in the true story of a couple fighting polio, it's a departure for Serkis, who's won much critical acclaim acting in motion capture roles in such gems as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and War for the Planet of the Apes. Serkis will follow Breathe by helming next year's Jungle Book–a performance capture extravaganza… Read
Four-Time Oscar Winner Joe Letteri To Receive VES’ George Méliès Award
Joe Letteri, who has won four Visual Effects Oscars for two The Lord Of The Rings movies, King Kong and Avatar, will be given the Visual Effects Society’s VES Georges Méliès Award, bestowed for “pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.” The annual award will be handed out February 13 at the 16th annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
Leterri, currently… Read
Visual Effects Society Hall Of Fame Inaugural Class: Corman, Henson, Iwerks, Méliès & More
The Visual Effects Society is marking its 20th anniversary by naming the inaugural inductees into the VES Hall of Fame. As would be expected, it’s a who’s-who of VFX legends spanning more than a decade of filmmaking — from George Méliès and Ub Iwerks to Jim Henson and Disney/Pixar’s Ed Catmull. Read the full list below.
The guild said it HoF was created to honor a select group of professionals and pioneers who have played a significant role in advancing the field of… Read
Visual Effects Society Lists 70 Most Influential VFX Films: Sci-Fi Rules, Superheroes Lag
It’s been 10 years since members of the Visual Effects Society voted on the 50 most influential VFX movies of all time. A decade later, the industry's professional honorary society is marking its 20th year with an expanded list of 70 movies spanning more than a century.
"The VES 70 represents films that have had a significant, lasting impact on the practice and appreciation of visual effects as an integral element of cinematic expression and storytelling," VES Board… Read
‘Westworld’ VFX Supervisor Jay Worth Talks Designing Robotics For HBO’s Latest Blockbuster Series
With six Emmy nominations dating back to Lost in 2006, visual effects supervisor Jay Worth is a master of world building who brought those skills to bear on HBO’s Westworld, a series which tied with Saturday Night Live for the most nods this year with 22 a piece.
Working exclusively in television, with the exception of 2008’s Cloverfield, Worth enjoys the process of working with the same group of collaborators for extended periods of times, building a shorthand and a… Read
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ VFX Supervisor Brendan Taylor On Dismantling Church With Potent, Invisible Effects
In the brave new world of visual effects, where the only limitations are those of the imagination, visual effects break down broadly into categories—the flashy sort involved with Valerian-style world building, or Game of Thrones‘ dragons, and the kind that operates entirely behind the scenes, invisibly.
In the case of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, visual effects supervisor Brendan Taylor was largely working with the latter. In Season 1, one of Taylor’s biggest projects was… Read
Former Pinewood CEO Ivan Dunleavy Joins ‘Sherlock’ & ‘Doctor Who’ VFX Outfit Milk
Ivan Dunleavy, the former longtime CEO of Pinewood Group, has joined Oscar-winning VFX firm Milk as non-executive chairman. Dunleavy, who stepped down after 17 years at Pinewood in April, has been hired to manage the growth of Milk, a company that has worked on projects such as Sherlock and Doctor Who.
The news comes as the VFX company, which was established in 2013, has received an investment of £2M ($2.5M) from private SME-backer Business Growth Fund (BGF) to expand its… Read
Rhythm & Hues Co-Founder Launches New VFX House PHD
PHD, a one-stop shop “collective” founded by visual effects industry veterans John Hughes, Helena Packer and Kevin Donovan, has been launched in Los Angeles. Hughes is best known to the industry as one of the co-founders of VFX company Rhythm & Hues — he led that studio for 26 years. The company, which won three Oscars for Visual Effects (Babe, The Golden Compass, and Life Of Pi) also was heralded for creating its own proprietary software used to generate photo-realistic… Read
‘American Gods’ VFX Gurus On Producing 3,000 Shots In 18 Months
If you ask visual effects designer Kevin Tod Haug and visual effects supervisor David Stump—who also works in a related craft, as a visual effects cinematographer—visual effects in TV tend to be serviceable, at best, due to the simple economics and complex logistics of television production. But as the collaborators will tell you, American Gods is far from your average television series.
Featuring more than 3,000 VFX shots put together over the course of 18 months, the… Read
Broadcast Nets’ Diverging Comedy Tastes – Vintage Multi-Cam Sitcoms, New Single-Camera Series
This is a conundrum — the two biggest new comedy series on NBC and ABC next season are expected to be revivals of two of the most popular multi-camera sitcoms of the 1990s and early 2000s, Will & Grace and Roseanne. A new season of Will & Grace is a centerpiece on NBC’s fall schedule as the 8 PM anchor of a new Must See TV block, while ABC has been negotiating for a new installment of Roseanne, which is expected to be announced soon.
Yet, the two networks will have no… Read
‘Jumanji’: How Director Jake Kasdan & Producer Matt Tolmach Are Changing The Game Of The Classic Book – CinemaCon
Sony capped off their CinemaCon presentation tonight with a brand new five-minute clip of its upcoming Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, due out on Dec. 22. Introducing Dwayne Johnson, the studio’s worldwide marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein said that the movie will appeal to everyone “from eight to 80.”
Released 22 years ago, the original Jumanji was built as a Robin Williams blockbuster vehicle at the height of his B.O. trajectory post Mrs. Doubtfire. Based… Read
From ‘Inception’ To M.C. Escher, ‘Doctor Strange’ VFX Supervisors Lay Out Their Visual Inspirations
Oscar nominated for their labors on Marvel’s Doctor Strange, visual effects supervisors Stephane Ceretti and Richard Bluff are emblematic of the magic their craft can bring to big screen endeavors. Injecting magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the Benedict Cumberbatch-starring film, the pair had an important part to play in the future of the studio, creating the looks for several mystical dimensions that may appear in future Marvel movies.
A previous Oscar… Read