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Visual Effects Society Names Its 2018 Hall Of Famers & Other Career Honorees

Star Trek patriarch Gene Roddenberry, Dynamation VFX pioneer Ray Harryhausen and film poster/title sequence legend Saul Bass are among the Visual Effect Society’s 2018 Hall of Fame class, the guild said today. It also named its other career honorees, including Gene Kozicki (Founders Award) and Jonathan Erland (Lifetime Membership). "Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists, innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of visual… Read

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George Jenson Dies: Oscar-Nominated Art Director & Production Illustrator Was 87

George Jenson, an Oscar-nominated art director and production illustrator who worked on such films as Return of the Jedi, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, has died. He was 87. The Art Directors Guild said today that he died May 25 of cancer. Jenson began his four-decade career as a production illustrator and storyboard artist at 20th Century Fox Studios, working for producer Irwin Allen's series Lost in Space, Voyage to the Bottom of the S< …/em> Read

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VFX Supervisor Everett Burrell Brings AIs, Soaring Megalopolis & Real-World Science To ‘Altered Carbon’

Winning an Emmy as a makeup effects creator before transitioning to an accomplished career as a visual effects supervisor, Everett Burrell needed to bring all of his talents to the table with Netflix cyberpunk series Altered Carbon, in order to bring an intricate, expansive sci-fi world to life. Set in the megalopolis of Bay City—what became of San Francisco—in 2384, Laeta Kalogridis' series imagines a world where consciousness has been extracted onto miniature disks… Read

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How ‘Game Of Thrones’ Visual Effects Artists Steve Kullback & Joe Bauer Brought Down The Wall

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Having been through seven increasingly audacious seasons of HBO flagship series Game of Thrones, visual effects producer Steve Kullback always looks at a new season from the same perspective: “Geez, how the hell am I going to do this?” Working with "no-holds-barred" creatives David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with VFX supervisor Joe Bauer, the collaborators always tend to come to the same conclusion about the road ahead: "Well, that's amazing, but obviously it's unproduc… Read

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Christina Ricci, John Cusack Make Virtual Reality Debut In 360 Degree Experience For Film ‘Distorted’

EXCLUSIVE: Two companies — Minds Eye Entertainment and Sky VR — have produced a scripted, live-action 360 cinematic VR experience tied to the release of the Christina Ricci and John Cusack film Distorted. To get an idea of what this means, click on the trailer above and you will be able to move the footage to see the entire film set (in its narrative form) while the video is playing. The VR drops today and the film releases on June 22nd. The thriller is just the latest… Read

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‘Jurassic Park’ Ride To Close At Universal Studios Hollywood In September

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for millions of years. But the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood won’t be so fortunate. After a 22-year run, the ride will close Sept. 3, ending the reign of one of the park’s earliest thrill attractions. That’s the bad news for dinosaur fans. The good news is that an updated dinosaur-themed attraction, called the Jurassic World Ride, will be installed in its place. Park officials are mum on just what to expect from this new… Read

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How ‘Blade Runner 2049’ VFX Supervisor John Nelson Brought Rachael & Pic’s Holograms To Life

A self-described science-fiction fan, visual effects supervisor John Nelson saw a "dream gig" and rare opportunity in Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049. Getting the chance to work on a sequel to a revered sci-fi film—one of the pillars of the genre—Nelson would construct surreal cityscape shots out of real aerial footage shot across the globe, while exploring holograms in all their various visual representations. Specifically, in 2049, Nelson would create holograms of… Read

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‘Guardians Vol. 2’ VFX Supervisor On All-New Rocket Raccoon & Pic’s Spectacular Credits Sequence

Not viewing himself as a comic book fan when he interviewed for 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend was surprised that he got that job, and even more so, that his relationship with the studio has continued through several films. Townsend's collaboration with Marvel would be a rewarding one—receiving his first Oscar nomination several years back for Iron Man 3, the VFX supervisor finds himself back in consideration this… Read

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How VFX Supervisors Brought Supreme Leader Snoke Into The Room For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Taking on The Force Awakens, followed directly by The Last Jedi, Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisors Ben Morris and Mike Mulholland have been living in the Star Wars universe for years now, and they wouldn't have it any other way. On The Last Jedi, the pair would encounter ample creature work—typically involving a combination of practical and visual effects—finding one of their greatest challenges in the character of Supreme Leader Snoke. While Snoke (Andy Serkis)… Read

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VES Awards: ‘Apes’, ‘Coco’ & ‘Thrones’ Dominate VFX Nods – Full Winners List

A film whose battles left hordes of primates dead and another that celebrates the Day of the Dead were the big winners at tonight’s 16th annual VES Awards. Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes took four prizes including the marquee Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. And Disney/Pixar’s Oscar front-runner Coco dominated the toon brigade, also scoring four statuettes. Check the Visual Effects Society’s full winners list below. Blade Runner 2049 — which came… Read

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Cinesite Studios Secures $70M Finance Package For VFX, Animation Growth

London-based digital entertainment company Cinesite Studios has finalized a $70M finance package provided by asset management firm Pemberton. The long-term financial plan is eyed to facilitate new partnerships and collaborations with leading studios and filmmakers to develop original projects. Established in 1994, the VFX and animation studio’s credits include Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Skyfall, Logan, Fantastic Beasts And Where To… Read