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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


‘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


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


‘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


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


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


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


VES Awards Nominations: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Latest ‘Apes’ Lead Film; ‘Thrones’ Rules All With 11 Noms

The nominations are out for the 16th annual VES Awards, and a pair of high-profile sequels lead the movie field, while a wily TV veteran lords over all. Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 cult classic, and War for the Planet of the Apes, the latest in a 50-year-old franchise, tied with seven noms apiece. Both will vie for the marquee Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature prize with the VFX teams behind two other sequels — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2… Read


‘Shape Of Water’ BTL Artists On Creating The Asset: Creature & Leading Man

The latest original creature creation from Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water's “The Asset” is one of the year's most unique artistic works in film, the product of a finely honed blend of makeup and visual effects. Known on set as "Charlie," after the cartoon mascot for Starkist Tuna, the Asset was a towering figure, a fish-man with luminous skin, a sharp spine, gills and shimmering scales who was meant to intimidate before empathy set in, as the Asset becomes… Read


Sci-Tech Oscars: ILM, Pixar, DWA, Rhythm & Hues Systems Among 10 Winners


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its annual list of winners of the Sci-Tech Oscars, which this year bestow honors on 10 technical achievements from the likes of Industrial Light + Magic, Pixar, Rhythm & Hues and others. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual awards ceremony Feburay 10 at the Beverly Wilshire. Also to be honored with the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, presented to an individual whose technological contributions have… Read


‘Beauty And The Beast’ VFX Supervisor Kyle McCulloch On Vast Array Of On-Set Visual Cues Used To Aid The Actor

Between films including War for the Planet of the ApesGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Beauty and the Beast, it’s been a big year for films led by CGI-enhanced characters. Having worked on the first Guardians installment, visual effects supervisor confronted an abundance of VFX characters this year on the latter Disney film, grappling with how to assist actors with their performances in reaction to characters that weren’t there. The solution, in large part, was to… Read