Feb 04

The Art of VFX | AVATAR | Jonathan Fawkner – VFX Supervisor – Framestore

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New interview at Art of Vfx blog by Vincent Frei.

AVATAR: Jonathan Fawkner – VFX Supervisor – Framestore

Jonathan Fawkner is working since 10 year at Framestore. He has worked on the most biggest projects of the studio such as V FOR VENDETTA, THE GOLDEN COMPASS or THE DARK KNIGHT.

– Hi Mr Fawkner, how did Framestore came on one of the most excited project of those past years ?
We were contacted in late 2008 by VFX Producer Joyce Cox to pick up non-na’vi shots for Weta Digital and help them out.  We had worked on the Kryptonite Island for SUPERMAN RETURNS and Harvey Two-Face for THE DARK KNIGHT which Cox had previously been involved with.

– What was the sequences done at Framestore ?
Framestore did the sequences at Hell’s Gate, when Jake rolls onto the airfield in his weelchair and gets his first view of Pandora and later when he and the Avatar crew escape in the Sampson, as well as the pivotal scene where Jake meets Colonel Quarritch in the armour bay.

Read more:The Art of VFX » AVATAR: Jonathan Fawkner – VFX Supervisor – Framestore.

Feb 02

Avatar Earns 9 Oscar Noms — See How Cameron Created His Sci-Fi Epic | Wired.com

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Avatar making-of videos on Wired.com

some you seen, some you might not have seen.


Wired.com unveils a series of behind-the-scenes videos for Avatar, nominated for 9 Academy Awards.

Videos: Avatar Earns 9 Oscar Noms — See How Cameron Created His Sci-Fi Epic | Underwire | Wired.com.

Feb 02

Oscar Nominations announced | fxguide quick takes

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Oscar Nominations announced

Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards® were announced early this morning by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For the visual effects category this means the field is now narrowed from seven to these three nominated films:

Avatar
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

District 9
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken

Star Trek
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Avatar and District 9 are also nominated for Best Picture. The Visual Effects branch of the Academy is made up of 290 members, 279 of which are active members and 11 are retired. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

A complete list of nominations in all categories can be found after the

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via fxguide quick takes » Oscar Nominations announced.

Feb 02

The Art of VFX | Hassan El Youbi – TD Lighting – Weta Digital

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For all you Avatar fans: A new article about the work done by Hassan El Youbi – TD Lighting – Weta Digital

on Avatar from the new interesting blog Art of Vfx by Vincent Frei

Evolving for more than 10 years in the French and European postproduction, Hassan El Youbi worked in the most part of the Parisian studios as Mac Guff, Sparx or Duboi. He joins the teams of Weta Digital in summer 2008 for AVATAR.

– Hi Hassan, can you explain us your course??
I’m a self-educated person in artistic domain. I headed for CNBDI Angoulême to have CG specialization in 1994.
My experience, I acquired it in different Parisian and European companies such as MacGuff or Duboi…

– How did you arrived on one of the most expected movie of these last years??
Between two productions in Paris, I decided to fill the recruitment page of Weta Digital.
I was definitely far from suspecting that I went working on such quickly AVATAR, at this moment THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and LOVELY BONES were under way.

Read more at :

The Art of VFX » Archive for Digital artist.

Feb 01

The Art of VFX » AVATAR: Mathilde Tollec – VFX Supervisor – BUF Company

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For all you Avatar fans: A new article about the work done by BUF in France on Avatar from the new interesting blog Art of Vfx by Vincent Frei

Mathilde Tollec entered at BUF in 2004. She became visual effects supervisor on the film RICKY and she has just ended the supervision of AVATAR.

– Hi Mathilde, can you explain us your course?
After a degree S, I studied computer graphics during 4 years in Supinfocom Valenciennes.
After the getting my certificate, I postulated in BUF.

– How did you arrive to BUF and what films did you supervise there?
Lasting during my third year in Supinfocom, I made my training period at BUF, I right away loved this company, that’s why I went back to it next year.
On my arrival at BUF I worked first during 1 years on advertising, then on films: “2046″, “MY ANGEL”, “BATMAN BEGINS”, “HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE”. I supervised some advertising and then some sequences on films such as “SILENT HILL”, “THE PRESTIGE” and “BABYLON AD”. Finally, I supervised the film “Ricky” directed by François Ozon.

Read more at http://www.artofvfx.com/?p=15

Feb 01

K-RAUTA | Alphabetic Order

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New 2d animation for K-rauta by Alphabetical order via Acne.

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Jan 31

Interview with Peder Norrby of Trapcode | greyscalegorilla

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Intersesting interview the founder and maker of After effects, Peder Norrby.

I recently sat down with Peder Norrby, the maker of Trapcode, at his apartment in Stockholm Sweden to talk about how Trapcode got started.

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Jan 28

Avatar: Framestore and Renderman | Fxpodcast

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New AVATAR podcast from fxguide.

Avatar: Framestore and Renderman
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Jan 28, 2010 – In part 3 of our series on Avatar we talk with Dana Batali from the Pixar Renderman team and Christian Kaestner, compositing supervisor from Framestore.

Jan 27

“Guldbagge” to lead animator for “Metropia”

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At the swedish film awards “Guldbagge-galan”, norwegian lead animator Isak Gjertsen won a special award  for “Metropia”.

Big congratulations!

Isak Gjertsen

Guldbagge till chefsanimatören för “Metropia” – Filmnyheterna – nyheter, analys, debatt om film och filmbranschen.

Jan 27

Richard Williams: Animation Reels | Motionographer

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Some old classic animation commercials from animation GURU Richard Williams.

Enjoy this classic, two-part showcase (reel 1, reel 2) of famed animator, Richard Williams, in a treasure-trove of traditional animation for commercial advertising.

Richard Williams: Animation Reels | Motionographer | Motion graphics, design, animation, filmmaking and visual effects.