Aug 27

Alice in Wonderland | Henrik Fält

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Weekend inspiration, a few days I watched Alice in Wonderland on blu-ray with my kids and as always beautiful work from Tim Burton.

Found one Swede working on it. Henrik Fält as  effects animation technical director at  SPI.  Great work Henrik!

Here are some articles and interviews about Alice in Wonderland.

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In this interview we focus on the Red Queen shots by talking to Carey Villegas, one of Imageworks’ visual effects supervisors on the film.

Mike Seymour, John Flowers and Ian Failes discuss the visual effects of the 2010 feature film “Alice in Wonderland” and 3D extraction from 2D film.”

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the vfx show » vfxs097: Alice in Wonderland.


Aug 25

Ghost VFX ı Summer 2010

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A lot of new stuff from the Ghost vfx guys in Copenhagen. To mention some:

Sorcerers Apprentice, Kick-ass, Fonecta, 7-up and Lego.

Great work!

Read and watch more at GHOST.

Newsletter ı Ghost VFX ı Summer 2010.

Aug 17

The Important looking pirates has been doing some recruiting.

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ILP has been doing some serious recruiting. For the observant reader the author/owner of this blog is one of them.

I’m looking forward to it!

Following article is in swedish.

PIRATERNAS TOPPREKRYTERING

PIRATERNAS TOPPREKRYTERING

Efterfrågan på 3D- och animeringsjobb ökar och den Stockholmsbaserade postproduktionsbyrån Important Looking Pirates (ILP) är ett av bolagen som märker av ökningen. De växer och välkomnar nu fyra nya kollegor till företaget.

Nyrekryteringen innebär också starten av två nya avdelningar hos ILP, en Online- och en Marknadsavdelning, samt en nysatsning på 2D avdelningen.

– Det känns riktigt bra att vi lyckats rekryterat fyra mycket erfarna medarbetare så att vi kan möta den ökade efterfrågan samt fortsätta utveckla de tjänster vi erbjuder, säger Niklas Jacobson, en av grundarna och ägarna av ILP.

David Wahlberg tillträdde som Head of 2D i början av Augusti och leder utvecklingen av  ILP’s 2D- nysatsning.

– Vi har sett en ökad förfrågan från våra kunder att inte bara erbjuda 3D utan även 2D och därför har vi utökat 2D sidan med en dedikerad Nuke-avdelning, säger Yafei Wu, Head of CG och grundare.

David har ett imponerande register och har jobbat på storfilmer som Iron Man 2, Slumdog Millionaire, Tropic Thunder, Speed Racer, Vantage Point m.fl.

Han har under de senaste åren jobbat på ett flertal stora postproduktionsbolag runt om i världen, bl.a. The Mill i London och LA, Rainmaker i London och nu senast på Fuel VFX i Sydney, och kommer nu alltså hem till Sverige.

Kalle Lundberg kommer närmast från Riviera och kommer arbeta med ILP’s nya Onlineavdelning. Han tillträder som Smokeoperatör med start den 23e Augusti.

– Kalle kommer vara en nyckelperson i uppstartandet av vår nya ”Finishing suite” som smygstartar i höst men beräknas bli helt klar efter jul, säger Yafei Wu.

Kalle har arbetat med postproduktion i 10 år,  bland annat som Flame-operatör, och har erfarenhet från reklamfilm, musikvideos, TV och film. Bland de senaste projekten hittar vi postproduktionen för The Temper Traps senaste musikvideo, regisserad av Daniel Eskils.

Måns Björklund kommer närmast från Milford Film & Animation och tillträder som VFX Producer på ILP den 1:a September.

Måns har lång erfarenhet av postproduktion och började sin karriär redan 1996 som animatör på Commando Royale och har sedan dess jobbat som VFX Supervisor och Production Manager på ett flertal av Stockholms stora postproduktionsföretag.

ILP har inte bara rekryterat talanger från postproduktionsbranschen utan även rekryterat från marknadsföringsjätten Procter & Gamble.

Emma Ledent kommer från Procter & Gamble och tillträder som Director of Marketing & Sales, en tjänst som inte funnits på ILP tidigare.

– Det är otroligt spännande att arbeta med Emma som istället för teknisk erfarenhet tillför skarp marknads- och säljkompetens till bolaget, säger Niklas Jacobson.

Emma arbetade på Procter & Gamble i 3 år och har varit Nordisk marknadschef för Duracell och Pampers.

– Min viktigaste uppgift kommer vara att få ut vårt namn och se till att alla intressenter vet vilka vi är och vad vi gör, säger Emma Ledent.

Important Looking Pirates AB – PIRATERNAS TOPPREKRYTERING – MyNewsdesk.

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Aug 16

Wages In VFX, Animation, And Games -VFX Digital Artists Guild

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Interesting update from the Visual FX Digital Artists Guild about wages in the US, and yes I know, we are far from that level of amount of money.

Have a look at the google spreadsheet of wages, companies from vfx soldier

VFX and Animation Salaries

August 16, 2010, 8:25 am

There’s some really good information available on-line regarding salaries in the VFX and Animation industries if you know where to look. Artist often suffer from vast information asymmetry when entering negotiations. Your manager knows exactly how much artists at your facility make but chances are you have no idea. Your manager probably has a discretionary budget for raises and salaries for the year and quite possibly makes a bonus based on the amount of this budget remaining at the end of the year so they have a personal interest in keeping wages and raises as low as possible. The best way to level the playing field and eliminate the information asymmetry is to talk openly with your co-workers about their salaries. People are often reluctant to do this, so perhaps an anonymous poll at your workplace would feel more appropriate. In addition, there are several on-line resources for wage information.

There’s a wealth of wage information on-line if you know where to look. Hopefully the information below will help you in your next negotiation.

VFX Soldier’s Wage Information Spreadsheet

VFX Soldier has a good article about wages and salaries in the VFX and animation industries.

By law, wage information for non-U.S. citizens working under H1-B visas must be publicly disclosed. The data is usually a couple of years behind but still relevant. The most recent searchable data on-line is from 2008 but the 2009 data may be downloaded. The Animation Guild posts their annual wage surveys. Web sites such as vfxConnection post the results of their independent wage polls. Executive compensation is a matter of public record for public companies or companies filing for IPO.

Search the on-line H1-B database at the FLC Data Center

The Animation Guild (TAG) 2010 wage survey

The web site VFXwages is devoted to tracking wages in the VFX industry

vfxConnection has a user poll of rates. You need to register an account with them to access the information

Regarding executives, if the company is public or has tried to go public, the salaries of the company officers must be published by the SEC and can be found in the SEC EDGAR database.

  • It can be a bit difficult to navigate for first time users so these tips should help with EDGAR:
  1. Enter the company name and hit the “find companies” button.
  2. If the company is already public, find their prospectus under form “8-K”. If the company has filed for and IPO but is not yet public, look for a filing under form “S-1a”
  3. Look under the heading “Executive Compensation”.

Wages In VFX, Animation, And Games – Google Dokument.

  • Here’s an example of Digital Domain’s S-1a filing from 2007 when they attempted to go public.
  • Jul 28

    31 Absolutely Spectacular VFX Breakdowns | AE tuts

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    Speaks for it self.

    FXGuide #82 Making of Avatar in Nuke

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    Robin Hollander from Weta Digital talks us through their use of Nuke and Ocula on Avatar at NAB 2010.
    Avatar © 2009 Fox. All rights reserved.

    Heroes: Season 3 “Completing the Scene”

    Stargate Studios 24 Demo Reel

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    FXguide #85 Making of Alice in Wonderland

    FXguide #86 Layering Explosions and Dust in Transformers 2

    Behind the Scenes of V – Zeus Explained

    Zoic Studios June 2010 Film Reel

    BTS and Breakdown of Kraft Cheddar Explosion VIP

    Travelers Insurance: Snowball

    Powershares: Tony Meet Your Ideas

    GhostVFX – Tulip Bear Before and After

    Physalia: MAD MMX Titles

    Making of AT-AT day afternoon

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    God at the Movies VFX Breakdown

    Iron Man 2 Case Study

    YouTube Play Intro video: behind the scenes

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    Making of Musical Picture Frames

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    MPC Podcast Making of Toyota “Carline”

    ILM – Making of Davy Jones

    Prime Focus – Making of New Moon

    SPIN VFX Legion Before/After

    SPIN VFX Features/Series Reel

    SPIN VFX Outlander Breakdown Reel

    SPIN VFX Max Payne VFX Breakdown Reel

    Iloura – The Bank Job Shot Breakdown

    Iloura – Nightmares and Dreamscapes VFX Breakdown

    Iloura – Seven Swords VFX Breakdowns

    Iloura – Charlottes Web VFX Breakdowns

    BTS: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif

    Superfad: Sony “Eye Candy”

    Before / After video of AutoTopsy by Capricorn 8

    Jun 28

    Milford updates.

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    New updates on Milford film & Animation homepage.

    Two new projects, Svt Royal wedding 2.0 and  Kinder Riegel.

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    Read the full story at Milford

    Jun 16

    Jessica Norman – VFX Supervisor | MPC

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    In my quest to write about Swedes out there in the business of  VFX, I have come to Jessica Norman, Vfx supervisor at MPC in London. She is a one of few women unfortunately in the business, we definitely need  more of you in the business.  Lately she has been working on Night at the Museum 2 and

    Robin Hood as vfx supervisor.

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    Jessica started her career in digital effects at MPC in 2000 working as a Digital Compositor on feature film projects.  Working her way through the ranks, she now forms part of MPC’s key team of supervisors, orchestrating visual effects both on set and in the studio.

    Jessica has a wealth of experience working on both live action photo real movies as well as integrating digital effects in stop frame projects such as Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride.

    At the end of 2008 she was based at MPC’s new Vancouver studio leading the effects effort for Zach Snyder’s Watchmen.  She has since supervised key sequences for Night at the Museum; Battle of the Smithsonian at MPC’s London headquarters.

    Jessica Norman – VFX Supervisor.

    May 29

    Thomy Party | Filmtecknarna

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    A german mayonnaise tvc from Filmtecknarna.

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    more about “Thomy Party | Filmtecknarna“, posted with vodpod

    THOMY- PARTY

    Director: Stig Bergqvist

    Producer: Johan Edström

    Client: Nestlé Suisse

    Agency: Advico Young & Rubicam

    Prod. Company:FilmTecknarna & Markenfilm Switzerland

    May 28

    NIKE FOOTBALL WRITE THE FUTURE – The Mill

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    Epic new Nike commercial World Cup features Drogba, Cannavaro, Ribery, Rooney, Walcott and Christiano Ronaldo who even cameos in a SImpsons episode within the spot. Brilliant directed by Alejandro G. Iñarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel) . A must see for all football fans. Vfx by the Mill.

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    more about “ NIKE: Write The Future“, posted with vodpod

    VFX Company: The Mill
    VFX 3D Artist: Neil Davies, Tom Busel
    VFX 2D Artist: Neil Davies, Tom Busel
    Telecine Artist: Seamus O’Kane
    VFX Executive Producer: Stephen Venning
    VFX Producer: Matt Williams
    VFX Producer: Allison Cain

    May 19

    Husqvarna ‘Taming the wild’ | Redrum post

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    Good looking ad for Husqvarna, post and 3D done by Redrum post in Stockholm.

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    Client: Husqvarna
    Agency: Stendahls Reklambyrå
    Prod Co: Camp David
    Producer: Therese Engberg
    Director: Gustav Johansson
    DOP: Jo Ekentorp
    Post Producer: Anneli Ewert
    Grade: STOPP
    3D Artists: Robert Landes, Kim Fersling, David Strindberg, Mathias Carlsson
    2D Artists: Samuel Schulthess, Håkan Jonsson, Fredrik Höglin, Daniela Gonzales
    Flame: Markus Lundqvist