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‘American Gods’ VFX Gurus On Producing 3,000 Shots In 18 Months

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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

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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 JumanjiWelcome 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


‘Kubo And The Two Strings’ VFX Supervisor Steve Emerson Describes The Innovations Taking LAIKA Into The Future

In scooping a visual effects Oscar nomination, Travis Knight's Kubo and the Two Strings became the first animated film to do so since 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas—a recognition due, in part, to the work of visual effects supervisor Steve Emerson, who also this month received the VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature, alongside Knight, producer Arianne Sutner, and Brad Schiff. With Knight's Oregon-based LAIKA since the Coraline days… Read


‘Star Trek Beyond’ Makeup Artist Joel Harlow Discusses Designing Makeup For 56 Unique Alien Races

A connoisseur of special makeup effects and an admitted Trekkie, makeup artist Joel Harlow signed on to return for Star Trek Beyond after working on the 2009 reboot, without any hesitation. Boasting a blockbuster resume of three decades, it's in the Star Trek films specifically that Harlow finds "the opportunity for creativity." Indeed, Harlow led a sprawling team in designing special makeup effects for 56 alien races represented in the film, all of which are rooted in… Read


VES Awards: ‘Jungle Book’ & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Dominate VFX Honors – Winners List

Score it Rogue One, trophies zero. The Jungle Book was the big winner tonight at the 15th annual VES Awards, taking five trophies including in the marquee category Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. But perhaps the bigger news is that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which came into the ceremony with a leading seven nominations, went home empty-handed. The winner of the Visual Effects Society’s top film award has gone on to score the Visual Effects Oscar nine… Read

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VES Awards: ‘Rogue One’ Leads With 7 Film Noms; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Slays TV Rivals

This sounds more like a sequel than a spinoff: Last year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens drew a leading seven nominations from the Visual Effects Society. Today, the first stand-alone film from that galaxy far, far away scored seven VES Awards noms, topping the field. Doctor Strange and The Jungle Book tied for second with a half-dozen apiece. On the TV side, last year’s most-nominated series destroyed its rivals again, with HBO’s Game of Thrones racking up 11 mentions… Read

Awards News

Oscars: 10 Films Shortlisted In Visual Effects Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is out with its shortlist of 10 films that will vie for Visual Effects nominations at the 89th Oscars. The list features only two comic book movies and one animated pic is Kubo and the Two Strings. Also aboard are such global hits as The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, along with box office middlers The BFG and Deepwater Horizon. Also shortlisted: Rogue One: A Star Wars Sto… Read


Scandinavian VFX Group Goodbye Kansas Blows Into UK With New London Outpost

Stockholm-based VFX Group Goodbye Kansas is setting up shop in the UK with a new London studio to help deliver what it calls a “unique smorgasbord” of services to filmmakers, marketers and game developers. The new operation will be led by Motion Picture Company and Prime Focus alums James Prosser and Martin Hobbs, alongside VFX Supervisors Matt Kasmir and Jesper Kjölsrud; and Art Director Rafael Morant. Among the first commissions for the new team is work on the George… Read


Oscars: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Make Cut As Academy Narrows Visual Effects Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has drawn up its trimmed list of 20 films vying for Visual Effects Oscar nominations. As usual, the list is peppered with big-budget pics — some of which were massive hits (Deadpool, The Jungle Book, Fantastic Beasts, etc.), some that underperformed (Alice Through the Looking Glass, The BFG, Independence Day: Resurgence) and a few that haven’t been released yet (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Passengers). Here is the full… Read


‘Hacksaw Ridge’ VFX Artist On Mel Gibson’s Idea: “He Wanted To Be Between The Bullet And The Gun All The Time”

In a storied career, involving projects by various leading industry auteurs, Australian visual effects supervisor Chris Godfrey has tended to end up working on either war films or musicals—though he doesn't know exactly why. Teaming up with director Mel Gibson on his triumphant return to filmmaking, harrowing WWII tale Hacksaw Ridge, Godfrey had his work cut out for him. Working down under, on a budget of some $40 million, resources were limited; and yet with Godfrey's… Read